Good Father, Son and Holy Spirit

Written by Jenny
Our view of God shapes everything we do and everything that we are.  It is imperative to understand and fully be convinced that God is good and only good, one hundred percent of the time.  But what about... You can no doubt fill in this statement with something you have read, heard or believed over the years about why God is not good.  The lie that God is not good is so prevalent in our world but there is a cure... The truth!  The truth is that God is completely holy and He aims to get rid of sin in our lives because sin destroys us.  Many things that are caused by evil in our world are blamed on God and this is an unfair assumption.  God does allow free will and the fall of man brought sin into our world.  We live in a fallen world that is corrupted by sin but make no mistake, it is the devil who seeks to steal, kill and destroy.  God's will is for all people to come to repentance and to live abundantly.  John 10:10 says, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full."

Most people walking the planet today are orphans because they lack a relationship with Father God.  Either they don’t know Him or they have rejected Him.  But sometimes even followers of Christ can act like orphans after they are saved.  These people lack understanding of the love of God and they live as orphans do; separated from the Father’s love.  By encountering and fully embracing the love of God a person can heal the orphan spirit and live as a child of God.  Knowing the love of the Father is a person’s deepest longing; it is what hurting people are seeking.

It is important to have good relationships with each person of the trinity: God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  It’s not enough to have a good relationship with just one person of the trinity.  A person can have one good relationship with God but lack another relationship and this will still result in the orphan mindset.  For instance, many people love Jesus and they see Him as the nice guy that protects them from the wrath of Father God.  These same people seem to think that the Father part of the trinity is always angry and wanting to punish His children.  Nothing could be further from the truth!  1 John 4:14 says," And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world." God hates sin because it destroys us.  Father God is Holy and just so He must judge sin.  Because of the Father's great love He provided a sacrifice, His own son, to forgive our sins and bring us into right relationship with Him.  It's important to ask these questions to see if you have a right relationship with each member of the trinity.

Father God, is there any lie that I am believe about you?  What truth do you want me to know?

Holy Spirit, is there any lie that I am believing about you?  What truth do you want me to know?

Jesus, is there any lie that I am believing about you?  What truth do you want me to know?

The Father's Great Love for Us
The parable of the lost son as told in the book of Luke is the tale of two orphans.  Both the older and younger sons are living as orphans because they lack understanding of the Father’s love.  The younger son rebels and spends his inheritance on wild living.  We know the younger son is an orphan because he leaves his father’s house and asks for his inheritance early; basically calling his father as good as dead.  He has no plans to return to the Father and lives as if his father is dead until he runs out of cash and wants to return as a servant instead of a son.  The older son remains at home and does what the Father asks but he is stuck in the performance trap.  He mistakenly believes that the love of the Father is dependent on how much love he has earned through his good works.  Both sons in this story have an incorrect view of their father and do not understand the great love of the good father.

Luke 15:11-32New International Version (NIV)
The Parable of the Lost Son

11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.
13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living.14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.
17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father.
“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.
21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.
25 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. 27 ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’
28 “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29 But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’
31 “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’”

Spirit of Adoption
The orphan spirit that is created when a person does not have a good connection to all three persons of the trinity is not easily removed.  In fact, it cannot be removed, it can only be replaced by the love of God and the spirit of adoption.  In the parable of the prodigal son the Father does something significant that is often missed when we read the story.  The prodigal son has run away and then decided it would be better to return as a servant in his father's house than to live with the pigs he finds himself with.  This wayward son returns home and says that he has sinned and is no longer worthy to be called his father's son.  Next the Father does something amazing.  He doesn't point out the sin of the son or how wrong he has been because the son already knows this.  The Father simply says to his servant, "Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him (the prodigal son)."  By this action the father was saying he still wants the son to have all of the rights and privileges of a son.  The father did not want to hold back the blessings a son should have just because the boy had strayed and squandered his wealth.  There was no punishment, there was only a loving father waiting with his arms open.  Have you done something that you think will disqualify you from being God's son or daughter?  The truth is that you cannot run too far or stray too much to be forgiven and accepted by Father God.  Maybe you are more like the religious older brother who has tried to work your way into a relationship with the Father.  Either way you are living as an orphan and you can run to Papa God right now and accept the robe of sonship/daughtership.  Give your heart to Him completely and spend real time in his presence.  Learn to sit on Daddy's lap and soak up His love and goodness.  True intimacy with God is the one thing every person desires and it is just waiting there ready to be opened like a perfect gift.

Our view of God and each part of the trinity can be directly related to the relationships we experienced growing up.  If your father was harsh and angry you will tend to assume that Father God is also harsh and angry.  If your mother was unreliable you might conclude that the Holy Spirit is unreliable.  And if your siblings or friends have been unkind or betrayed your trust then you will probably assume that Jesus is the same way.  The solution for any incorrect view of God is to ask Him what lies you are believing and what truths He wants you to know.  Then you must forgive the person or people who have contributed to your false belief and claim the truth.  For instance, you might say a prayer like this:  I forgive my dad for being angry when I was growing up and for giving me the idea that God is angry too.  I renounce the lie that Father God is angry.  I claim the truth that Father God is kind, good and full of compassion.  Lord, please solidify this truth in my heart.  Then you should repeat this process for each off the members of the trinity.