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The Good Father
By Joel Osteen - Aug 04, 2017

Many of us were raised by loving fathers who did their best, but no one's father was ever perfect. Others were raised by abusive, violent, neglectful, critical fathers or fathers who abandoned them. Most fathers never planned on passing down dysfunction and insecurity to their children, but a child can't help but be impacted by the ones who raised them. The fact is that all of us have been wounded in some way by our father's mistakes, wrongs and failures. 

The good news is that our heavenly Father, the Good Father, has taken all of this into account. He knew who your parents would be, what you wouldn't get, what would be unfair and put you at a disadvantage. He's already designed a plan with that in mind to get you to your destiny. When He laid out the path for your life, He took into consideration the hurt, the pain, the rejection, the loneliness; it doesn't have to stop you. Even if the people who should have been speaking life to you and empowering you did just the opposite, don't use it as an excuse to live bitter, to give up on a dream, to settle for mediocrity.

Where you come from is not who you are. You are a child of the Most High God. The Scripture says, "It is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom" (Luke 12:32 NKJV). If you'll turn to the Good Father and get your approval, your validation, your love from Him, then despite what your earthly father did or didn't do, despite what hasn't been fair, the Good Father will make it up to you and pay you back for the injustices. The Good Father takes pleasure in not only helping you overcome, but He'll show you favor that thrusts you years ahead. He'll always be there for you. He has you in the palms of His hands. The Good Father is saying, "I'm proud of you. You're My child. You're My prized possession. You're fearfully and wonderfully made. You're a masterpiece."

Start going to the Good Father.

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