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August 11, 2019, 6:32 PM

RELATING TO GOD AS FATHER (PART 3)


Your Father in heaven deeply longs for you to understand who He is and relate to Him as Abba, Daddy! He has shown Himself through Scripture. He loves the name Father and has done everything necessary to help you experience Him.

The key word as we have studied in the previous weeks is adoption. Adoption speaks of three things:

Choice! He picked you and called you to Himself. Before you were in your mother’s womb, He knew you. He has planned for your life, knowing every single day you have lived.

Effort! In order to provide for you to be adopted God had to act proactively. No parent accidently adopts a child. They plan for months, even years for the adoption. They go through myriad steps, wrestling paperwork ad nauseum. In the same way God prepared for you! He willingly went through the agony of watching His Son suffer and die, allowing Jesus to pay the price needed for our adoption.

Certainty! Just like the Roman adoption laws do not allow for an adopted child to be set aside the price Jesus paid for us cannot be undone. Once adopted into His family we are permanently part of the family.

The Father wants you to know that there are six things He is doing for you right now. Your daddy is doing each of these for you every day of your life. Last week’s blog called attention to the first three of these.

The Father Seeks (Psalm 103:13-14)

The Father Saves (Ephesians 1:3-5)

The Father Satisfies (Matthew 7:7-10, 1 Timothy 6:17

 

Today let’s review the final three actions of the Father:

The Father Strengthens (Ephesians 3:14-19)

Do you feel tired? Worn down? Ready to give up? Life can be exhausting. We get to the end of ourselves. In those moments God wants you to know that He is there to provide strength for your journey.

Paul prays for you.

14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Paul kneels before his father, and yours, praying for all those who bear name of the Father. A small hint: that’s you! You have been adopted into His family and given His name.

Paul prays that you would know that He strengthens with power in your inner being. He does this not by any power you bring but by the riches of His grace. He gives you enough strength for today.

Your daddy wants to give you a knowledge that His love is wide, long, high and deep. How far have you gotten from God? Not far enough that He can’t reach you. He will reach you no matter where you are.

He works in your heart right now to provide you the full knowledge you need to understand Him. He wants to fill you up with Himself.

 

The Father Sanctifies (Hebrews 12:7-11)

Your Father loves you right now wherever you are. Whatever your faults and failures, your struggles and doubts. He loves you and strengthens you. BUT Daddy loves you far too much to leave you in the place where you are. He simply will not let you stay there.

Both in the spiritual realm and in the earthly realm Fathers have a responsibility to provide discipline for the children.

The author of Hebrews speaks of this discipline in Hebrews 12:7-11.

7 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? 8 If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. 9 Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us, and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! 10 They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. 11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

Daddy wants you to know that His discipline is

o Positive. It is motivated by love and by a desire to help you grow. Earthly fathers may sometimes discipline out of a wrong motive, but our Heavenly Father never does.

o Consistent. I love that the author of Hebrews points out that the earthly daddy does what he things best at the time. None of us provide discipline that is always consistent. We are flawed in our reasoning and our emotions, but He never is.

o Purposeful. He has a plan and a purpose for our discipline. He sees where you are but also sees where He will help you be. He is guiding you forward, always.

Trust your daddy to provide for your discipline in a way that is best. He’s got the plan even when you don’t see it. He will help be holy and righteous in His grace.

 

The Father Secures

Your relationship with your daddy is permanent. He doesn’t depend on you to provide one ounce of energy to keep you saved. He saved you by His grace and keeps you saved by His power. place in His family is guaranteed.

 

FOUR SUMMARY CHALLENGES

Ensure that your place in His family is settled. Have you been adopted into the Father’s family? If you are not absolutely certain repeat this prayer,

Dear God, I understand that you want a relationship with me. I understand that because of my sin problem it is impossible for me to do anything to build that relationship. I believe that Jesus paid the price for me to walk with you by His death. I also believe that He conquered death and Satan by raising from the dead. Please come into my heart right now and save me. Thank you for saving me, daddy. Thank you for adopting me as your child. I pray this in the name of my Savior, Jesus!

 

Do the hard work of forgiveness. Yes, this is the toughest part of my message. If have read this far into my messages, you know that I freely acknowledge the pain that some who read these words have because of wounds your father (or mother) left on you. It’s time to deal with those wounds.

Allow me to give a few other thoughts on this difficult subject.

Take serious stock of the wounds you have. Acknowledge them. Don’t sweep them away, pretending they are not there. The hurt is real and healing only comes as we acknowledge it.

Can you acknowledge the truth that just as God has paid for all the sins you committed in allowing you into His family, He has paid for those sins your dad committed? God has transferred all our wrongs and all your dad’s wrongs onto the blameless life of His Son. They are all paid for. You could simply not pay for the sins you committed, and neither can your dad.

This is not a free pass. It is not ignoring the treacherous wrongs committed in the past. If there are criminal actions in the past they must be paid for. If you are scarred those hurts are real. But at some point, we simply must release the hurt and the wrongs to the Father.

 

Allow Him to bring healing which only comes from the cross. Let your Daddy have that hurt. Give it to Him now. He loves you so much. He wants to heal you.

 

Finally come real close and listen to your Father’s heart. I know you can’t close your eyes and listen to these words but meditate on the following statements. Just hear His heart. He wants you to know that:

o I have never given up on you.

o Before I ever asked you anything from you, I gave you everything in the gift of my son.

o You matter to me.

o I have given you gifts.

o You are a somebody to me.

o I have given you a destiny.

o You are not the center of creation, but you are dearly loved by the One who is!

o I want you to come to the throne freely.

o You have a seat at my table in heaven.

o Call me any time. I really like when you call me Abba or daddy.

o I am so delighted to call you my daughter or son.

 

He loves you and treasures you.

I finish this blog with the words of a great new worship song by Cody Carnes. Relish His love as you hear this promise. Run to Him again and again!

“RUN OT THE FATHER”

I’ve carried a burden for too long on my own.

I wasn’t created to bear it alone

I hear Your invitation to let it all go

I see it now; I’m laying it down
I know that I need You

 

I run to the Father, I fall into grace, I’m done with the hiding. No reason to wait.

My heart needs a surgeon. My soul needs a friend

So, I’ll run to the Father, again and again. (And again, and again)

 

You saw my condition had a plan from the start.

Your Son for redemption, the price for my heart.

I don’t have a context for that kind of love.

I don’t understand, I can’t comprehend. All I know is I need You.

 

My heart has been in Your sights. Long before my first breath.

Running into Your arms Is running to life from death.

I feel this rush deep in my chest. Your mercy is calling out

Just as I am, You pull me in. I know I need You now

 

Chorus 2

I run to the Father, I fall into grace, I’m done with the hiding. No reason to wait

My heart found a surgeon, my soul found a friend.

So, I’ll run to the Father, again and again (And again and again)


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