2000-06-18 - God As Our Father
Perhaps you have been blessed with a godly father. Or maybe there is a gaping
hole in your heart because you have never had a close relationship with your
dad, or he is no longer with you. God is the perfect loving Father, and He
is eager be an "Abba" or "Daddy" to you. He wants to be a Daddy Whom you
tell about your day, a Daddy with Whom you share your deepest desires, dreams
and hurts, a Daddy Who hurts with you and loves you as no one else does.
You are the apple of His eye.
Psa. 68:5 Father to the fatherless, defender of widows-this
is God, whose dwelling is holy. (NLT)
Mal. 2:10 Are we not all children of the same Father?
Are we not all created by the same God? Then why are we faithless to each
other, violating the covenant of our ancestors? (NLT)
John 1:12 But to all who believed him and accepted him,
he gave the right to become children of God. 13 They are reborn!
This is not a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan-this rebirth
comes from God. (NLT)
Luke 15:13 "A few days later this younger son packed all
his belongings and took a trip to a distant land, and there he wasted all
his money on wild living. 14 About the time his money ran out,
a great famine swept over the land, and he began to starve.
persuaded a local farmer to hire him to feed his pigs. 16 The
boy became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the pigs looked good
to him. But no one gave him anything. 17 When he finally came
to his senses, he said to himself, 'At home even the hired men have food
enough to spare, and here I am, dying of hunger! 18 I will go
home to my father and say, "Father, I have sinned against both heaven and
you, 19 and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please
take me on as a hired man." ' 20 So he returned home to his father.
And while he was still a long distance away, his father saw him coming. Filled
with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed