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DAY 12 – Cry Out to Your Father, He Wants an Intimate Relationship with You
Romans 8:15 So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, Abba, Father.
Cry Out “Abba, Father”
I never really thought of God as my “Abba” Father until a few years ago. As I grew up, and right into adulthood, I believed God was this distant, scary Being in heaven Who wouldn’t really bless a dirty rotten sinner like me. I was insecure and I thought that God was always judging me, ready to punish everything I did wrong.
Galatians 4:6: Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father!
Abba is the Hebrew word for Father. It is an intimate word used by children to their parents. We could use words like “Papa” or “Daddy” when addressing our own parents and this is how God wants us to relate to Him also, as our Papa or our Daddy. He is our ever loving Abba Father, and we are his children. Jesus cried out ‘Abba’ and now we, as God’s children, have that right as well. God longs to be Daddy to you.
“And I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to Me” 2 Corinthians 6:18.
God does not want a distant or cold relationship. He yearns for you to be intimate with Him. He desires a warm, loving, intimate relationship. “Abba! Father!’ tells you that God wants to run up to you and hug you just like a loving earthly father does to his children.
Safe in My Father’s Arms
When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, the one thing I dreaded most was breaking the news to my parents. I just thought I couldn’t do it. I remember going to their home and my mum was not in, just my dad and my brother. I sat down beside my daddy and said I needed to tell him something. He had been a very disciplined man, meticulous and did everything with excellence. He was never really into hugs or anything like that, however, when I broke the news to him, he reached out and wrapped his arms around me and I cried like a little child in his arms. I felt like a little girl again, so safe there, so loved and I didn’t want him to let go. I didn’t want to face the reality of cancer and what my future held. I just wanted to stay there in my daddy’s arms. But he had to let go and I had to face my problems. My daddy couldn’t change my future, he had no control over what would happen to me. It was then that I realised I had another Daddy who did hold my future and when I placed my trust in Him and ran into His everlasting , loving arms, He would take control of everything and He did just that. Not only through my illness and all those treatments that came with that, but through my marriage also. He held my hand and He took control.
If your heart is breaking right now and you are afraid of what the future holds, run into your Papa’s arms and trust Him to fix you and your future. There is no better place you could be.
How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! – 1 John 3:1
Please allow God to engraft into your heart that you have a Daddy who loves you, He is strong enough to protect you, He cares enough to teach you, He is tender enough to hug you, He is alive enough to walk and talk with you.
God is also holy, mighty and awesome, yet He longs for us to call him “Abba Father.” Sweet Abba Father! The Creator of the universe is also our Papa!
You Are the Apple of Your Father’s Eye
Psalm 17 8 Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings.
Do you have any idea how attractive you are to God? You are the centre of God’s affections – the apple of His eye. His compassion and understanding is so vast it cannot be measured. He feels your hurts more deeply than you do because His sensitivity to suffering is so much greater. You have probably forgotten many of your pains, but God has not. He has perfect recall of every moment of your life. Your tears are still mingled with His at this very moment and He has placed each one of them in a bottle.
You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book. Psalm 56:8.
He has always been there and always will be
God has been with you every day of your life, through all your trials right from when you were a little girl until now. God is with you all the time, something an earthly parent cannot be and not only is God with you all the time, He gives you His whole attention all the time.
Let Him have all your worries and cares, for He is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you. I Peter 5:7.
God is constantly thinking an uninterrupted stream of loving thoughts towards you as though nobody else in the world exists. You don’t have to get His attention, He’s already listening. Maybe as a wife you feel very alone because your husband doesn’t even notice you and takes you for granted. God is not that way. He cares. He is a God of detail. The Bible says that God has numbered the hairs of your head. He’s trying to reveal to us in how much detail He knows us and cares about our lives.
Did You Know that God Sings to You?
Have you ever watched a baby sleep peacefully in the arms of a mother after having been fed at the breast? The child no longer squirms and demands, but rests in the embrace of her loving arms. A deep contentment wells up and the mummy often starts to hum a lullaby as she gazes lovingly at her baby’s trusting and beautiful little face. Imagine your Daddy gazing down at you as you rest in His love and His heart wells up with joy as He sings you a lullaby.
Zephaniah tells us: “The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with his love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17
Most of the time He just says, “I love you,” and softly speaks your name.
God is the Perfect Parent. He always disciplines in love. He is faithful, generous, kind, and just. He loves you and He longs to spend time with you. He wants you to receive His love and know that you are a special and unique person to Him. Will you receive God’s love and affection? Won’t you open up and enter into an intimate relationship with your true Daddy? He is patiently waiting for you to come. It is my prayer that you will realize His love for you and respond to the Father heart of God.
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