Our Father, who art in heaven
This first line, seem so simple but more powerful than we can imagine.
These words, the basis of our relationship with God, tells of who He is and what He is to us.
The all-powerful God, the beginning and the end, the All sufficient God, Life-giver, Creator of the Universe and the Most-High is our Father.
And the most beautiful fact?
He became our Father by choice.
Yes, we didn’t choose Him, He chose us and called us to be His own.
As earthly parents, we don’t get to choose the type of children we conceive and birth. We only get to have them and accept whatever high and low it comes with.
On the other part, adoption is beautiful and. intentional in that the child has been conceived and birthed, the adoption home gives you all the birth defects and Ill behaviour patterns of the child yet you still choose to bring them into your home and love them as yours because you chose them in spite of all.
This is exactly what the Father did with us. He chose and adopted us to be His own.
“But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law so that he could adopt us as his very own children.”
Galatians 4:4-5 NLT
And in adopting us, He gave us the Holy Spirit as a proof of His everlasting covenant with us.
“And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.”
Galatians 4:6 NLT
The Holy Spirit is the tangible proof of His everlasting presence with us. God is telling us that not only have we been adopted, we have also been given a Helper to teach us the nitty-gritty of this new family we became a part of and also make sure we get properly integrated and functional.
Before acceptance, we were in a place of condemnation riddled by sin and shame until Jesus came.
He came and paid the ultimate price of our freedom -that old rugged cross- so we can become members of God’s family not as servants but sons.
Now as believers, our place is secure in God. Our adoption is legally binding by the blood.
What does this mean to us?
The moment we give our lives to Christ, an identity shift happens. We are no longer slaves to sin but children of grace. We are no longer a slave to shame, guilt, pain, confusion, sickness, unforgiveness, anger, fear, panic or death.
By grace through faith, we gained dominion over all things in the name of Jesus. We gained authority to speak to calm the storm within and without.
Now we are entitled to the right and privileges associated with the name of the One who adopted us. We can call His name without fear or restrain and watch Him show up for us.
We are strengthened in the confidence and assurance that God loves us and is intentional about us.
Now the depth and level of our relationship with God is made evident, let’s understand that in reaching out to our Father, there is no barrier or wall of fear shielding us from Him. He desires the closeness and is eager to see you lean on Him for support, strength and guidance. God desires our vulnerability. He doesn’t want distant interaction. His greatest desire is to see us draw closer as He is near to us.
And the good thing is, it doesn’t matter whether you have an earthly Father or not before you can understand this Father-Child relationship, just surrender your heart to Him and strengthen your faith of approach.
I call Him Daddy because that is exactly what He is to me. I am a child of God the King so are you who have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and personal Saviour.
We wobble in defeat because we are yet to embrace His love and mercy. The slave mentality is what has held you down from reaching out believing God is angry at us. Step out and step into all that you are in Christ, only until then does the true believer ’s life start.
In the word, we find His written will for us and in our hearts, lives the Holy Spirit, witnessing us, to convict us of our rightful place in the Kingdom.
Guess what, you may offend your Father and even upset him to the level of wanting discipline you but he will never let you go or push you away when you need him.
Our relationship with Him should control our thoughts and outlook on life for by Him all things were made and in Him, we gain peace and clarity. His love for us opened the way for an intimate relationship with us.
The next time we pray ’Our Father’. Mean it! Say it with the confidence and faith of our place with Him and in Him. My Father loves me!
I say to you, ’Ye are sons of the King’.
“See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him.”
1 John 3:1 NLT
You are Loved💙💜💚