God is our Father!
2 Corinthians 6:18 (AMP): “I will be a Father to you, and you will be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty”.
Let us be determined this week to worship, praise and adore GOD OUR FATHER:
Our view of God is sometimes greatly influenced by our earthly dads. Our perception of fatherhood can have a positive or negative influence on our emotions when we think about God as our Father. The word ‘father’ is a relational name, it implies a personal relationship, one in which we get to know, interact and relate to someone. Some of us have been truly blessed with amazing dads in our lives – that are loving, kind, faithful, dependable, caring and protective. Our Heavenly Father is infinitely more wonderful, holy and loving. Let’s allow our view of God our Father to be based on having a personal relationship with Him. The Bible teaches us that God as our Heavenly Father:
Longs for us, His children, to have an intimate relationship with Him. He wants to be our Father (John 1:12-13; 1 John 1:2-4, 3:1; Ephesians 1:3-6; Acts 17:24-28).
Lavishes us with love. Because of His marvelous love towards us, and by giving us the greatest gift ever in Jesus, we are called children of God – loved and set-apart by God our Father. There is nothing we did or could do to earn it! God made us, and we are His. Before the foundation of the earth, God chose us and He chose to adopt us as sons and daughters (1 John 3:1; John 3:16; Ephesians 1:4; 2:18-19).
Is never absent, nor will He abandon us. He is always with us (Joshua 1:9; Deuteronomy 31:6; Zephaniah 3:17; John 14:16-17; Psalm 46:1).
Is for us, He will never turn against us nor will He ever fail us (Romans 8:31; Psalm 56:9, 73:26, 118:6; Deuteronomy 31:6; 1 Chronicles 28:20).
Overflows with goodness, He is faithful and to be trusted (Deuteronomy 7:9; 2 Timothy 2:13; Psalm 33:4, 119:90, 145:17).
Protects us, helps us and cares about every detail of our lives (Psalm 3:3, 5:11-12, 16:1, 32:7, 46:1, 59:16, 91:1-2, 118:6-8, 119:114; Isaiah 46:4, 54:17; Exodus 14:14; Proverbs 18:10; Hebrews 13:6).
Provides for us and showers us with good gifts (2 Corinthians 9:8; 2 Peter 1:3; Matthew 6:31-32, 7:11; Philippians 4:19; James 1:17).
Is full of compassion and comforts us in our hour of need (Exodus 34:5-6; 2 Kings 13:23; Psalm 86:15, 145:8-9; Lamentations 3:22-23; 2 Corinthians 1:2-4; John 3:16).
Directs our steps – guiding us along the path He has chosen for us and lovingly correcting us when we go off-course (Psalm 25:4-5, 32:8, 86:11, 119:105; Isaiah 30:21; Proverbs 3:5-6; Nehemiah 9:19; Hebrews 12:5-11; 2 Timothy 3:16; Proverbs 3:12).
Is merciful and full of grace. He forgives our sins and gives us eternal life – an extraordinary inheritance (John 3:16; Ephesians 1:18, 2:4-5; 1 John 1:9; Revelation 21:6-7; 1 Peter 1:4).
Let’s therefore believe wholeheartedly that through faith in our Lord Jesus, we are born into God’s family; and in Christ we are complete and accepted as sons and daughters of the King most high! That’s what Jesus did for us! He came to earth, took on human form, taught us how to live, and then paid an immeasurable price for our adoption. He took our sins upon Himself on the cross. Through Jesus, God becomes our Father and sends us His Spirit to lead and guide us into an intimate relationship with Him.
Our Father, Who is in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Father, we worship You for who You are and all that You have done! Thank You for giving Your son, Jesus, so that we can be redeemed. Thank You that through Jesus we are forgiven, set free and a part of Your family. Thank You that we may call You Father. Thank You for sending Your Spirit to live in us as our helper. Abba Father, we long to know You more intimately. To You be all the power and glory forever. Amen.
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