Honoring THE Father

Romans 8:14-15

Many people think that if God exists, He is simply a distant entity in the sky, unreachable, unknowable, and disinterested in our lives. It is obvious in the New Testament writings that even the Children of God, the Jews, saw God as a faraway figure that watched over them and deserved worship but wasn’t meant to be intimate and personal. This couldn’t be further from the truth. God wants to be known and to have a relationship with the people He created. He sent us an in-depth letter—the Bible—reaching out to us, telling us about Himself and how He made the ultimate sacrifice so that we might be able to have a personal relationship with Him.

The Bible attributes many characteristics to God—Savior, Healer, Friend—but perhaps the most personal is our heavenly Father. When we accept God’s gift of salvation, He adopts us into His family. Ro 8:14-15, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.”

God the Father adopts us and makes us co-heirs with His Divine Son, Jesus Christ. God treats us as His own, giving us full access to His riches and bestowing upon us a great inheritance, including eternal life with Him.

This morning, I want to Honor THE FATHER.

I believe when we have a right perspective of God as Father, then we can be more of what a father should be and even bring honor to that lofty position of Fatherhood.

When we think of God, we should remember these fatherly qualities. Consider how He is our:

  • Life Guide. Jas 1:5, “ If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”
    • Our heavenly Father helps us find our way in life, and discover who we’re meant to be. 
      • We can always come to him for advice and wisdom and share our deepest desires.
      •  Following His guidance will never lead us astray.
  • Encourager. 2Co 12:9, “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
    • When we feel alone, or are faced with hardships and discouraging circumstances, God reminds us to stand strong. 
      • He has given us every skill we need and teaches us every applicable truth to get us through the tough times.
      •  His Word strengthens us and His grace sustains us in our struggles.
  • Provider. Php 4:19, “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
    •  Our heavenly Father takes care of our every need—physical, emotional, and spiritual. 
      • Of course there are times we have to wait or don’t receive something we feel we need, but God always supplies our needs at just the right time, in just the right way.
    •  Not only that, He wants us to live an abundant life Joh 10:10, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
      •  He longs to bless us and has bestowed upon us a great spiritual inheritance as His children.
  • Protector. Ro 8:38-39, “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
    • No one can take us from the Father’s hand. When we join His family, He seals us with His Holy Spirit, guarantees our eternal life, and neither we nor anyone else can take it away. 
      • As Paul said., “nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God” 
  • Educator. Heb 12:5-6, “And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.”
    • Because He loves us He corrects us: Pr 3:12, “For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.”
      • To protect us from our worst enemy, ourselves, God the Father patiently disciplines us.
      • To strengthen us, that we not fall into buying into the world’s demise.
  • Our Heavenly Father who wants us to know Him and loves us immensely. He has gone to great lengths to be with us, and longs to spend quality time with His children.
    • In recognizing and understanding the basics of God love and desire towards us, His unruly children. Does it stir within you a desire father the children God has placed in our care the same way He fathers us? 
      • The cares of this world, the drain of real life, often distorts our view of god and the purpose He has given us His creation.
    • What lengths do you go to in order to spend time with your heavenly Father? 
      • How well do you honor Him and listen to His wisdom? 
    • If it’s been a while, or if you’ve rebelled against His divine parenting, there is good news. 
      • He is always willing to welcome you back with open arms and restore you to your position as His beloved child.

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