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You know, God has revealed himself with many titles and roles. He is Creator of the universe, the Law Giver, our Redeemer and Provider. The Bible addresses him as Almighty, God Most High, Everlasting God, Lord, Master, Lord of Hosts and My Shepherd. And there are additional phrases as well. But one of the most important ways God reveals himself is as our heavenly Father. Jesus taught his disciples a model prayer. It began with the words “our Father.” In fact, seeing God as father is so important, that the Holy Spirit testifies that God is our daddy. Yes, you heard me correctly, daddy.
Listen to Romans 8:15-16, “For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’ The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.” In the original language, the word Abba is the equivalent of “daddy” in English.
Think of how small children delight in their father’s attention. See how relaxed and safe they feel on his lap. How trusting they are and delighted when he gives them a treat to eat! When they are tired, they want to be lifted on his shoulders and carried.
God wants us to experience the same delight, confidence, dependency and trust. That’s why the Spirit testifies that we are the children of God. Take a moment to pray to your heavenly Father.
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