Our heavenly Father 1

'They did not understand that he spoke to them of the Father.' John 8:27 NKJV

The people in Jesus' day found it hard to grasp the concept of God as Father. Lord, king, judge, they understood - but not Father. Until Jesus came and revealed the Father, he remained a mystery. 'No one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him' (Matthew 11:27 NIV).

And many of us still don't understand what God being our Father really means. We struggle to grasp the blessings we have from him. 'Father,' God's all-inclusive name, incorporates how he feels about each of us, plus how he provides everything we need. Think about what a loving, all-powerful father would do for his child when they were in need. Our heavenly Father will be there for us when we're in need, and he blesses us in the good times too.

When we recognise God as our Father, our fears leave and we start to believe that all our needs will be met. Jesus prayed that we'd know that our Father loves us as much as he loves Jesus (see John 17:23). The Bible tells us that we 'are members of God's family' (Ephesians 2:19 NLT); and that we're his children. 'See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!' (1 John 3:1 NIV). The question is: Do we believe that?

So what now? Listen to 'No Longer Slaves' by Jonathan and Melissa Helser. As you're listening, reflect on the fact that you're a child of God.

Soulfood: Lev 23:33-44 John 7:1-40 Zech 14:16-21 Heb 11:8-16,

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