FATHER, FRIEND

&JUDGE

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Approaching God as FATHER

(Excerpts taken from Pgs.79 & 81)

When the Spirit of adoption creates the cry of “Abba Father” in our hearts, it is because the revelation of who God is as our Father becomes real.

God is no longer a far-off and distant God incapable of intimacy.  He becomes a very real and present God who is our Father.

Part of this process is the healing of wounds generated from improper and insufficient fathering. All of us have been subjected to this on some level.  There are no perfect fathers except one. He is our heavenly Father.  Hebrews 12:9-10  says our fathers disciplined us according to their own judgment and will. 

Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? 10 For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness.

               

….The Spirit of adoption must be allowed to work out of us the contamination of insufficient fathering and put into us the nature of the heavenly Father.


Matthew 5:44-45 shows Jesus challenging the disciples to be the children of their Father in Heaven.


But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.


Jesus is declaring that God is a loving heavenly Father who even loves those who have no heart for Him….He is revealing the goodness and kindness of the Father but also pressing the disciples to reflect this same nature as His sons.

 

Approaching God as FRIEND

(Excerpt taken from Pg.128)

 

James 2:23
And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God.

 

This gives us insight into faith and believing God that brings justification and righteousness.

It wasn’t Abraham’s works that caused God to befriend Him;

it was his faith in God that stirred the Lord to be his friend.

 

Faith has a very powerful effect upon God.  Whoever will exercise real biblical faith sees God’s passion toward them invoked.  God wants to be this person’s friend. This gives us some clear ideas of what God is really looking for.  Whoever will choose to operate in faith and believing God is posturing themselves to be God’s friend. Whoever believes God, brings pleasure to His heart. Whoever doubts God, causes Him pain. I desire to be one who believes God and brings pleasure to His heart as His friend. 

Approaching God as JUDGE

(Excerpt taken from Pg. 169)

 

 

As New Testament believers we have been repositioned before God as the Judge of all.  This means, as Hebrews 4:12-13 tells us,

Nothing is hidden from Him and ultimately everything will be judged, unveiled, and seen by Him.

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.

God, as Judge discerns our thoughts and intents.

We may fool man, but God is looking at the heart.

 

Just like in the days when God chose David over his brother to be king of Israel, God looked at the heart.  Samuel almost made a mistake in choosing David’s oldest brother because of what he looked like in the natural. God quickly spoke to him and changed his mind in First Samuel 16:6-7. 

 

6 So it was, when they came, that he looked at Eliab and said, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is before Him!” 7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have [a]refused him. For the Lord does not seeas man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

God was not judging from what the natural eye could see.  He was discerning the thoughts and intents of the heart. 

 

When we come before God as Judge, we must be willing to allow Him to judge us. 

This means we give Hm the right to expose our heart and bring any wrong motives to light.  My experience in the Courts of Heaven causes me to believe that in this place things are exposed and revealed.  This is a good thing.  First Corinthians 11:32 tells us that God corrects us so that He will not have to judge us with the world.

 

But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord that we may not be condemned with the world. 

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