Tag Archive | loving heavenly father

Revelation 7:9 ” After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb.”

Imagine it.  Someday we too will join the countless throng in heaven.  We will be shoulder to shoulder with people from every corner of the world…all from different races, languages, and customs. Yet we will have one thing in common…one thing that joins us together forever…one thing that wipes away every diversity.  His name is Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. (John 1:29)

Ephesians 2:6-7 ” And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages He might show the incomparable riches of His grace, expressed in His kindness to us in Christ Jesus.”

God didn’t have to do it.  He didn’t have to send His one and only Son to suffer unspeakable torture and death on a cross.  But God did.  Titus 3:4-5 tells us, “But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy.”  It is only because of God’s immeasurable grace and mercy…and His incomprehensible benevolence towards us that we are able to call ourselves sons and daughters of the Most High King.    God didn’t have to do it…but He did.

Hebrews 1:3 ” The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word. After He had provided purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.”

Jesus told His disciples in John 14:9, “Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father.”  He was trying to explain to them that He was the perfect expression and image of their heavenly Father.  And even today,  the notion of the Trinity…the Three in One…Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is a difficult concept to wrap our minds around.  Each is a flawless part of the whole…each equally important…each deserving honor, glory, and praise.

Romans 8:15 ” For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the spirit of son-ship. And by Him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’ “

This week ended the 5 year journey of my son’s family adopting a beautiful  little girl from Haiti.  The moment this orphan’s feet hit USA soil she was a legal citizen and officially theirs.  Another word for son-ship in this verse is adoption.  We all have the opportunity to be legally adopted by our Heavenly Father.  But for some,  they see God only through the lens of their biological father…a man that might  have been absent, abusive, or angry.  Despite the faults and failures of your earthly father…your Heavenly Father will be loving and involved.  He is not to be feared for retaliation.  He is just and will never leave you.  He will accept you just as you are, and will love you unconditionally.  God is your Daddy, which is what the word Abba means…and He’s wanting to be that Daddy in your life you may have never had.

Psalm 89:2 ” I will declare that Your love stands firm forever, that You established Your faithfulness in heaven itself.”

It goes on to tell us in Psalm 36:5-6, “Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens, Your faithfulness to the skies.  Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, Your justice like the great deep.”  I have the opportunity today to be “out in the middle of no where” in North Dakota.  Sitting here looking at the massive expanse of horizon, it seems like you can see forever.  But this vastness around me can in no way compare to the width and breadth of our Heavenly Father’s love for us.  For His mercy for us is indefinite, brought into existence before the very beginning of time by the God of eternity…a ever-lasting and forever God.

Ephesians 5:1 ” Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children…”

It tells us in John 1:12-13, “Yet to all who receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God – children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.”  When we are born again into the family of God we become His children.  And just like little children we learn by our Heavenly Father’s example.  We’ve all seen tiny toddlers attempting to mimic adult actions…it’s how children learn to do things…they model and copy their parents.  We are to be imitators of God…modeling our lives after Him, and living as His beloved children.

Malachi 1:6 ” A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If I am a Father, where is the honor due Me? If I am a Master, where is the respect due Me? says the Lord Almighty. “

We’ll readily agree that God is our Heavenly Father and the Master of the universe.  But our actions seldom match the honor and respect we should be showing  the Lord Almighty.  Our reverence and appreciation usually goes to material things and our comfort… rather than God.  We should all then ask ourselves if we’re showing God the respect and honor He’s due, or placing ourselves on the throne instead.