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18th October 2015
Jesus said: “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” (John 14:18) Isn’t that wonderful? Last week we looked at our identity – who we are in Christ. We can encounter God and be doing sorts of wonderful activity, yet still be orphan-hearted, having the mentality of orphans.
This means our hearts wander about looking for love, security and significance in all sorts of places. But the Father wants us to be in His embrace, our hearts held secure in His heart.
The Bible says that we have received the Spirit of adoption, by which we cry, “Abba! Father!” (see Romans 8:15-17a and Galatians 4:4-7). We have been made for a purpose – it’s to have intimacy with our Maker: to know the Father and be known by Him.
We have been designed for love. Through what Jesus has done on the cross, we have the beautiful reality of knowing God as our Father.
What thrills my heart as a dad is when my kids look at me with such security knowing that they are loved by me. How much more does God’s heart melt when we come to know that we are dearly loved and accepted by Him as our Father?
God accepts you. He adores you. And He welcomes you. He calls you His child.
When I use the phrase ‘intimacy with God’, how do you respond? Through the lens of identity, we begin to grasp the intimacy the Father wants us to have with Him. When we know who we are in Christ, we understand the intimacy we have been beckoned into.
Intimacy with the Father can be helped or hindered by our experience of our earthly dad. Some of us have never been told we’re loved, we’re wanted, we’re important. So we can resist or withdraw from God, thinking He is like our earthly dad. But He isn’t.
We can approach God with freedom and confidence (Ephesians 3:12). This is an outrageous idea, but it’s true: we can come running into the throne room of God and have full access to the Father. Jesus has brought down every dividing barrier.
All of the Father’s house, is your inheritance; all of what is true for Jesus, is true for you. All of the Father is on offer for you. God promises that as we draw near to Him, He will draw near to us.
We are now in a safe place with Him where we can be ourselves. We also get this on-going revelation as the Father reveals His heart for us – as you draw near Him, He reveals what He thinks of you!
When we draw near to Him, He also tells us who He is, so we understand Him and see how He responds to calamity and crisis, we get His heart and His nature, we see that He is healer, saviour, redeemer. He is a faithful dad.
The Bible tells us that God always has good gifts for us – our Father in heaven is abundant and He loves to be good to us and to bless us.
Another thing that happens when we draw near to God is that we can rest. We no longer have to strive or perform. We can be still and know that He is God. As He woos us towards Himself, we can live from a place of rest. All of us live either like Martha or Mary (see Luke 10:38-42). Where do you position your heart? Is it at the Lord’s feet like Mary or is it all over the place like Martha?
The key to this intimacy we can have with the Father is the Holy Spirit. Jesus promised us another counsellor to be with us forever, the Spirit of God. We encounter God’s love through the Holy Spirit. Are you hungry for more? Do you want to draw near to the Father?
Posted by Santino Hamberis