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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.

Colossians 3:21 ” Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.”

We all want the very best for our children.  We also may want them to succeed in areas where we  didn’t…like Sports.  But just because that “mini-me” looks like you,  doesn’t mean he has any desire to be the football , basketball, or baseball star you weren’t back in the day.   Pushing kids into activities they aren’t excited about will only exasperate and infuriate everyone.  Each one of our children are unique  individuals,  with God- designed gifts, talents, and passions.  By building on their strengths, we can foster what the Lord wants for them, rather than what we’d like to live vicariously through them.

Matthew 8:20 ” Jesus replied, ‘Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay His head. “

Yes, in a sense, Jesus was homeless.  He and the Disciples traveled unhindered by the obligation and responsibilities of traditional homes.  But Jesus pointed out in this scripture… He was to be in the world, but not of it.  And like Jesus, we too are aliens and strangers on this earth. (I Peter 2:11)  We are ever looking forward to our eternal home…our everlasting dwelling place with the Lord  in heaven.

I Chronicles 29:11 ” Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is Yours.”

Lord, You are the King of glory.  We thank and praise You,  for You have founded this world and all that is in it. (Psalm 89:11)  Your strength and might…Your glorious beauty is everlasting and forever.  You are great, and greatly to be praised on heaven and earth…Your splendor and greatness is beyond comprehension.