Thursday, August 02, 2012

Visiting with Your Father

The father of one of my elementary/junior high friends in Tyler Texas has passed away. I read his obituary and it brought back many memories. Skating in her hall, walking to the “walk in” downtown to see a movie, playing Barbies in the creek near our homes. About all I knew about her dad was that he was a bus driver. I hadn’t seen him in 40 years so the photo of him was unfamiliar as well. I didn...’t really know him, but my friend Vickie knew her father very well. She was born into his family. He was the leader of their home. His ways were her ways. Although I knew a little bit about him, Vickie knows everything about her father. Even though she grew up, she kept in contact with her father and fellowshipped with him every chance she got. Because he is not with them anymore, she misses him greatly. In fact everyone in the family will miss him.

We who are born into God’s family are meant to reflect His values and ideals. His desire is that we sit with Him and learn of His character, His ways and His plans so that we are similar to Him. The more intimate a relationship we have with the Father, the more we become like Him. And, when we lose touch with the Father through our own willful ways, we should miss His fellowship. When someone loves their Heavenly Father, they will make the disciplined decision to learn everything they can about Him and through this intimate relationship they will find they are becoming more and more like Him.

Oh beloved, perhaps you have been born into God’s Family. He is your Father, but you’ve grown away. That intimate time of love you had with Him may be a pleasant memory. This morning you can go back and sit in your Father’s lap and have sweet fellowship with Him again. His Word is His bond and He promises to never leave you or forsake you. Run to Him this morning and call out to your Abba Father, your Daddy God, and let Him help you get to know Him in close relationship again. You can know your Father and live in the light of His Word when you open His Book of Love! Oh how He loves you, Oh how He longs to have you come again and visit with Him. Aren’t we blessed to have such a Father and to be born into the Family of God!

2 Corinthians 3:18 So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.

Galatians 4:6 And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.”

1 John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God has come, and He has given us understanding so that we can know the true God. And now we live in fellowship with the true God because we live in fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ. He is the only true God, and he is eternal life.

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