A christian is someone whom God decided to father.
“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. NO ONE comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6 NKJV
Let’s take time to pause and reflect how God chose and adopted us to be His own. How He fathers us is much more than the most loving father on earth can do. Indeed, nothing compares to the love that He has for you and me.
Because of His great love, He GAVE His only beloved and begotten Son, Jesus Christ, that as we receive Him, believing Who He is and what He has done, we are restored back into Daddy God’s loving arms where our relationship is rebuilt and revived from the fall in the Garden of Eden. Comes with reconciliation is His invitation for us to be intimately connected with Him.
In intimacy, He woos us to Himself.
In intimacy, He whispers us His secrets. He enables us to hear what His plans and purposes are and graces us to walk in them.
In intimacy, He reveals to us Who He is and who we are in Him.
In intimacy, He breathes His life in us, positioning us to declare, “I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me”
In intimacy, His strength is made perfect for our weakness.
One of the great revelations about our weakness is that of not being literally “weak”,. But it is when “self-reliance” is dislodged and disarmed. Sometimes God waits for us to be at the end of ourselves before He comes in and comes through for us, yet it is not defined as being weak in faith.
“And Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age at the time of which God had spoken to him.” Genesis 21:2 ESV
Old age is never the prime time to give birth to a child, but Abraham believed what was spoken to him by God.
“And NOT being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.” Romans 4:19-21 NKJV
Abraham’s intimacy with God sustained Him. He was strengthened in faith giving glory to God.
Our time of thanksgiving, praise and worship builds and enhances our intimacy with God. It is never wasted time. He inhabits the praises of His people. His presence envelopes us where fullness of joy is found. And when joy fills us, the joy of the Lord becomes our strength.
Abraham and Sarah came to the end of themselves, beyond their natural ability to conceive a child, before God gave them Isaac. God’s power indeed works best and is made perfect in our weakness. It happened when they no longer relied on themselves but fully relying on, leaning on, and trusting God to perform what He has promised.
Our stillness in the midst of seeing what is contrary to what was promised only comes from intimately knowing, recognizing and understanding who He is and who we are in Him. We cannot trust whom we do not know. Trust is birthed from our knowledge of His love, His mercy and His grace, as the cornerstone of our faith in Him. Faith rests in trust.
“Trust in and rely confidently on the LORD with all your heart And do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him, And He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way].” (Proverbs 3:5-6 AMP)
He is willing and able! In truth, He is searching and waiting for receptivity to Him.
“For the eyes of the LORD roam to and fro over all the earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is fully devoted to Him. (2 Chronicles 16:9)
But are we willing and able to allow Him to come and consume us, giving Him permission to fill and flood us with Himself until every fiber of our beings are infused with His very presence? Are we open to the invitation of being fathered by our Heavenly Father Who is perfect in every way everytime?
Jesus said, “It is finished!” The ball is now in our court. Our gift of free will now is challenged and is to be exercised. He who has the Son has life. (1 John 5:12) God said, “CHOOSE LIFE!” (Deuteronomy 30:19)
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for choosing us to be Your beloved sons amd daughters. Thank You, Jesus, for making and BEING the WAY for us to be reconciled back into our Father’s embrace. Thank You, Holy Spirit, for allowing the eyes and ears of our hearts to see what it means to have the love of the Father through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. We ask You to continue to reveal to us MORE of Who our Father is and who we are in Him. Amen!