Monday, July 16, 2007

God, my Father

We had a guest pastor at church yesterday and he's actually the brother of a member of our church. I can't remember his name right now but I remember his message. His message was GOOD NEWS to those who have been saved from their sins. I hope to put a link up here letting you check it out. But till I am able to get that done, one thing (of many!) he shared which got my attention was that "the Christian word for God is Father."

Did you catch that? All other religions use other terms for their gods but we can cry out, Abba meaning Daddy! Indeed we have been ADOPTED into His family. That's how much He cares for me, who once spit in His face by the way I lived in complete rejection of His love.

My "mom-through-marriage" (aka mother-in-law, but that term seems too stuffy to me) reminded me of this again today by encouraging me to read Oswald Chamber's My Utmost for today. It says,

THE NOTION OF DIVINE CONTROL
"How much more shall your Father which is in heaven
give good things to them that ask Him?" Matthew 7:11

Jesus is laying down rules of conduct for those who have His Spirit. By the simple argument of these verses He urges us to keep our minds filled with the notion of God's control behind everything, which means that the disciple must maintain an attitude of perfect trust and an eagerness to ask and to seek.

Notion your mind with the idea that God is there. If once the mind is notioned along that line, then when you are in difficulties it is as easy as breathing to remember - Why, my Father knows all about it! It is not an effort, it comes naturally when perplexities press. Before, you used to go to this person and that, but now the notion of the Divine control is forming so powerfully in you that you go to God about it. Jesus is laying down the rules of conduct for those who have His Spirit, and it works on this principle - God is my Father, He loves me, I shall never think of anything He will forget, why should I worry?

There are times, says Jesus, when God cannot lift the darkness from you, but trust Him. God will appear like an unkind friend, but He is not; He will appear like an unnatural Father, but He is not; He will appear like an unjust judge, but He is not. Keep the notion of the mind of God behind all things strong and growing. Nothing happens in any particular unless God's will is behind it, therefore you can rest in perfect confidence in Him. Prayer is not only asking, but an attitude of mind which produces the atmosphere in which asking is perfectly natural. "Ask, and it shall be given you."
Ooooooo, that is good for me to read today. I don't know about you but I'm wanting to spend some more alone time with my Daddy.
Grace to you!

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