LESSON 20 - WHO IS THE FATHER ?
Many people take about the Father and sing about the Father, but who is the Father? Ben shares biblically sound teaching about who God is and what He thinks and feels about you.
WHO IS THE FATHER ?
“…His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father…" (Isa. 9:6)
WE EACH RUN OUR OWN RACE OF HOLINESS (looking unto Jesus displaying the Father)
Read Hebrews 12:1-17 - From the beginning God has a Father’s heart. Jesus revealed the nature of God as a Father who longs for intimacy with His family. Today, The Father’s heart yearns to have a family who voluntarily loves Him and His Son (Bridegroom); God is a great King, BUT above all He is your Eternal Father (Isa. 9:6).
THE FATHER IS HOLY AND GOOD
Holy and Good: He is Creator, Majestic, & He is holy; sin cannot dwell before Him, BUT He made a way for you to be with Him—to live HOLY—through Jesus. Luke 15:11-32 the prodigal son 1st repented before the Holy Heavenly Father; 2nd the Father released a warm hug. Today, live holy repenting before the Holy Heavenly Father and then receive the Mercy and Grace—Fathers embrace.
Our Father is Holy and Good: Around the Throne of God the angels worship God with names of respect and adoration, for example, “To Him who sits upon the Throne, who lives forever and ever”. Jesus made a startling declaration, when you pray say, “Our Father”. Today, you are not to stand at a distance from Him (Matt. 6:9); you pray to a Father that loves you.
Jesus is revealing the Father: Jesus reveals many facets of God's name and personality. Yet, God’s Fatherhood comes to the forefront and dominates Jesus’ revelation of what God is like (John 17:26). Today, The Father is still inviting you to search out who He is—be holy for I am holy.
Sons and daughters: For eternity, you are the blessed of the Father. Satan says you are cursed and accused by the Father. You inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. The Father was thinking of you when He prepared the foundations of the world (Mt. 25:31-34). Today, you can fully walk in the affections and authority of a child of God—a New Creation. Your earthly father may not have left you a financial or spiritual inheritance; BUT GOD has a rich treasure for you!!
Father calls us to be holy: Paul taught (2 Cor. 6:11 - Cor. 7:1), “Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” He taught the church at Corinth to know and understand the Holy. Then, you freely enjoy the loving Father and walk in His inheritance towards you. Today, it is important to note that God loves you, but your sin keeps you from experiencing it freely; His love for you wars against sin.
Adopting Abba Father: life is broken and unsettled until you know the embrace of the Adopting Father (Rom. 8:12-17). Human intimacy will not answer the deepest cry of your spirit; you’re created to long for the touch of a father. Today, your primary emotional need is the assurance that you are enjoyed by The Father in your weakness; Firstly, you need revelation that the Father longs for you and enjoys you.
For in You the fatherless finds mercy: The answer to your crisis of not having a father figure is found in God the Father; earthly parents point to your Heavenly Father. (Hos. 14:3). Today, you can live holy as you allow the Father to be your father and free your earthly parents from past pain.
Luke 15 Father lost a son (and got Him back again): the story is not just about the son, but about a Father that is patient. The younger son asks for his inheritance, which was a great insult to a father. The father gave his son the money because he knew the heart of that son. He knew that his son would never come into intimacy with him until he was broken by the discovery of his sin and emptiness. Today, you live holy as you understand your sin and need for a patient saving Father (Luke 15:11-32).
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