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Matthew 6:10 ” Your Kingdom come, Your Will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

Psalm 40:8 tells us, “I desire ( or choose) to do Your will O my God.”  We even see Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane praying, “Yet not as I will (want), but as You will.” (Matthew 26:39)   When we seek God’s will… we desire that which pleases God and thus will create joy within us…for we will find ourselves in the center of His will…and it’s the very best place to be.

Matthew 6:9 ” This, then is how you should pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name.”

In Luke 11:1 it tells us that the disciples came to Jesus and asked Him to teach them how to pray.  This verse is the start then of what we call The Lord’s Prayer….undoubtedly the most perfect prayer we could ever utter.  The prayer starts off by firmly placing the focus God, our heavenly Father.  Jeremiah 3:19 tells us that God wants us to call Him Father, but not like any earthly father…for we are to revere His authority and divinity in light of redemption.

Hebrews 10:4 ” Because it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins…”

What does being a “good person” mean to you?  Maybe your list contains all the things you do.  You donate, you volunteer, you help your neighbor.  Or maybe your “good person” list contains all the things you don’t do.  You don’t smoke, drink, or do drugs.  You don’t swear, or watch X rated movies.  All of us have mental lists that make up what being a “good person” constitutes.  But just being a “good person” will not get us to heaven…for our eternal life is not hinged on anything we will ever do or not do.  That’s because it’s only by the blood of Jesus and His sacrifice for us that we can have the hope of eternity with Him.  The very foundation of Christian faith is based on this one truth…Jesus Christ came to save the world from sin and He is the only way to God…for just being a “good person” will never rescue you from going to Hell.

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.