Abba, Our Father

“Abba, Our Father”

Galatians 4:6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. (KJV)

The third Sunday in the month of June is traditionally observed as Fathers’ Day. Many will take this day to give honor, and special recognition to their fathers. Believers should also recognize and give honor to “Abba Father” who is the greatest Father of all time.

In Chapt. 6:9-13 in the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus gives the disciples instructions on how to pray. When we take a more in depth, and closer look at this prayer, we can also see Jesus describing God as “Abba Father”.

Matthew 6:9-13 “ After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.11 Give us this day our daily bread.12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.” Amen. (KJV)

·         He is not a respecter of person (Acts 10:35), He is a Father to all “Our Father”

·         He lives in heaven “which art in heaven”  

·         He is Holy “Hallowed be thy name”

·         He has a kingdom on earth and in heaven “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven”

·         He is a provider “Give us this day our daily bread”

·         He is forgiving “And forgive us our debts”

·         He is a deliverer “but deliver us from evil”

·         He is power and has glory “For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory”

On this coming Sunday when we acknowledge earthly fathers, we also should take time to acknowledge our “Abba Father”, and not only on this Father’s Day, but on each day of the year.

The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”Romans 8:15 (NIV)

 “Dear God we come to you as little children with our arms lifted up to you crying out “Abba Father”. You are the Alpha and the Omega; we give your name the praise, the glory, and the honor that you so much deserve. Thank you for the example you have shown to the world of what a Father should be… Amen

Continuing in His service, Rev

A Burning Bush experience

“A burning bush experience”

Exodus chapter 3 Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.” When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!” And Moses said, “Here I am.” [Exodus 3:1-4 NIV]

Many of us have a busy and sometimes hectic lifestyle. When we read the Scripture in Exodus chapter 3 verse one, Moses was busy tending to a flock of sheep. Being a shepherd carries an enormous responsibility, which includes making sure that the sheep, are grazing in a fertile area and also being assured that the sheep are safe from any nearby predators.

God does something very unique to get Moses attention. He (God) first appears to Moses in a burning flame that is inside of a bush, without the bush being consumed. Once Moses turned aside to look at this great site, God then speaks to Moses, and calls him by his name “Moses, Moses,” and Moses answers and says “Here I am”.

So I ask this question, what does God have to do to get our attention? Are we so caught up in our daily routine of responsibilities that we have no time, or are so distracted that we don’t hear the voice of God? Does God always have to give us a “burning bush experience” to get our attention?

The Psalmist writes in Psalms 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God.” We have to make and take time out of our busy schedules or activities to be still, and sit quietly. When we do this, we will be able to hear, and listen to the voice of God clearly, without having to have a “burning bush” experience to get our attention.

Starting today;

  • try riding in your vehicle with the radio off
  • put the cell phone on mute or vibrate for a short period of time
  • respond to that text or email a little later unless it is an immediate emergency
  • and put anything else on hold that will distract you from hearing the voice of God 

Many times people may say “I’m just waiting on God” not realizing that God has been waiting on them, but they have been too busy to hear His voice calling them.  

“God I thank you for being longsuffering with me, and I pray that from this moment on, that I will be attentive to hear your voice without having to have a “burning bush experience” from You to get my attention focused on what you are trying to say to me…. Amen

Continuing in His service, Rev

When to Keep Your Mouth Shut According to the Bible

In the heat of anger ~ Proverbs 14:17

When you don’t have all the facts ~ Proverbs 18:13.

When you haven’t verified the story ~ Deuteronomy 17:6.

If your words will offend a weaker brother ~ 1 Corinthians 8:11.

When you are tempted to joke about sin ~ Proverbs 14:9.

When you would be ashamed of your words later ~ Proverbs 8:8

When you’re tempted to make light of holy things ~ Ecclesiastes 5:2

If your words would convey a wrong impression ~ Proverbs 17:27

If the issue is none of your business ~ Proverbs 14:10

When you are tempted to tell an outright lie ~ Proverbs 4:24

If your words will damage someone’s reputation ~ Proverbs 16:27

If your words will destroy a friendship ~ Proverbs 25:28

When you are feeling critical ~ James 3:9

When it is time to listen ~ Proverbs 13:1

If you may have to eat your words later ~ Proverbs 18:21

If you have already said it more than one time ~ Proverbs 19:13

When you are tempted to flatter a wicked person ~ Proverbs 24:24

When you are supposed to be working instead ~ Proverbs 14:23

Something Just For You….

If you have been betrayed, God can be trusted (Proverbs 3:5-6)

If you are sick, God can heal you. (Isaiah 53:5)

If you have a need, God can supply it for you. (Philippians 4:19)

If you are hurting, God can mend it. (Acts 18:10)

If you are weak, seek God for strength. (II Corinthians 12:9-10)

If you are under attack, God can protect you. (Psalms 91:1)

If you feel all alone, God is always there. (Hebrews 13:5)

If you need peace, God can grant it. (Philippians 4:7)

If others doubt you, God believes in you. (Jeremiah 29:11)

If others do not know what you can do, God has a plan just for you. (Jeremiah 1:5)

If you wonder why, know God has a purpose for you. (Romans 8:28)

If you desire direction, God has your steps ordered. (Psalms 37:23)

Purpose To Remember:

No matter what you endure throughout the day, God is able to be whatever you need Him to be.