Good Morning Gorgeous,
It’s a brand new day! A fresh start!! A new dawn will emerge soon, and wash the day in sweet, refreshing light.
My four year old son Brycen just momentarily woke up from his sleep and asked, “Mom, when I wake up what is today?” He meant what are we doing today…is it a home day, a school day, or a church day? I replied back, “It’s a church day.” He snuggled back in and said, Yaaaaay, I love church.”
My heart warmed up because I love church too. Why? Because I meet my daddy there. Sure, I can call on Him any time of the night or day. I can meet with Him anywhere. Yet, something special happens in my soul when I set everything aside, all distractions, and I gather with other brothers and sisters in the faith, and we all join together to meet with our Father. When we make time and space for a relationship, it grows. The Lord promises that when we call on Him, He will draw near to us. He is our Lord and Father who answers the phone EVERY single time we call! He is never too busy to hear the cries of your heart. Never unable to answer, and always ready to comfort you.
Jesus demonstrated to the people that He was ascending to His Father, who was also OUR FATHER. It was a brand new concept for the followers of the Lord to relate to Him as Father. Jesus came to earth, and made a way for us to enter into a whole new realm of relationship with the Lord. He taught us to call the father, Abba meaning, “Daddy.” A personal name for a special relationship between a father and a young child. Daddy carries with it the connotation of innocent trust between a papa and a child. That’s how the Lord desires to interact with His people. As papa, father, daddy, Abba.
These are the first words Jesus spoke after he rose from the dead.:
First, He asked her why she was crying and who she was looking for, then He called Mary by name and….
Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’ ” John 20:17
Throughout His walk on Earth, He continually referred to the Lord as the Father, My Father, Abba..
Here he CLEARLY states, that His Father is ALSO our Father.. The Lord is OUR GOD and OUR FATHER!! His very first teaching from the grave!!! The Lord is our Father!
Next, Jesus spread this news to His disciples. They were meeting together in a locked room out of fear of the Jewish leaders. Jesus had just been crucified three days earlier. Can you imagine their fear? As they met together behind closed, locked doors, Jesus appeared! His very first words: “Peace be with you.” And then He showed them His hands and side. They were overjoyed and Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. John 20:21-22
Through Jesus, The Holy Spirit enabled them to access their inheritance as sons of the Lord! They are now able to call on the Lord as “Abba” or “daddy” too just like Jesus! And we can too. The veil is torn, the Lord is accessible not just as our Lord, our creator, our savior, but also as Our Daddy!
Here is more proof from Galations that we have this special secure relationship.
Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “ Abba, Father.” Galatians 4:6
And another verse showing that the Holy Spirit connects us to the Lord with full access just like a child to their father.
The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Romans 8:16
Friends, the Lord is Gooooooood. He is loving. He wants to pull you into His lap and kindly care for all of your needs like a perfect father would. He wants to hear the needs and desires of your heart. He wants to fill you with joy and abundance. He wants to meet your needs and heal your hurts. This Father’s Day if it’s hard for you to receive this kind of a relationship with the Lord because of a broken or less than ideal relationship with your earthly father, I get that totally. My earthly father brought pain and destruction into my life, but my Heavenly Father brought healing and hope. You can read about my Father who stepped up, when my earthly father stepped down here:
A Father who stepped up when mine stepped down…
Gorgeous child of God, you are the apple of your Daddy’s eye! You are chosen, loved, called, and purposed. Spend some time in prayer today asking the Lord to reveal Himself to you as your good, good Father! He will meet you wherever you need Him.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Lord, Savior, Redeemer, Creator, and Papa! Please awaken our hearts to a renewed relationship with You as our Daddy. Help us to move into a more intimate, close father/child relationship with You. Help us to have childlike faith in You like a child trusts in their daddy. In Jesus’s name, Amen.
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Such a great article, Vanessa.
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I hope you enjoyed your Sunday.