GOD WANTS YOU TO EXPERIENCE HIM AS FATHER
“This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven…’” Matthew 6:9a NIV
“Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.” Colossians 3:21 NKJV
· GOD WANTS YOU TO EXPERIENCE HIM AS FATHER AND HELP HIM REACH OTHERS.
“And He will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.” Malachi 4:6 NKJV
FIVE WAYS GOD WANTS US TO EXPERIENCE HIM AS FATHER
1) GOD WANTS YOU TO EXPERIENCE HIM AS A CARING FATHER.
“So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when He adopted you as His own children. Now we call Him, “Abba, Father.” For His Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.” Romans 8:15-16 NLT
“Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.” 1 Peter 5:7 NLT
“So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ … your heavenly Father knows that you need them.” Matthew 6:31-32b NIV
2) GOD WANTS YOU TO EXPERIENCE HIM AS A NURTURING AND GUIDING FATHER.
“And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.” Ephesians 6:4 NKJV
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:5-9 NIV
3) GOD WANTS YOU TO EXPERIENCE HIM AS AN AFFIRMING FATHER.
“And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”” Mark 1:11 ESV
“And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church…” Matthew 16:18a NKJV
4) GOD WANTS YOU TO EXPERIENCE HIM AS A CORRECTING FATHER.
“And have you forgotten the encouraging words God spoke to you as His children? He said, “My child, don’t make light of the Lord’s discipline, and don’t give up when He corrects you. For the Lord disciplines those He loves, and He punishes each one He accepts as his child.”” Hebrews 12:5-6 NLT
5) GOD WANTS YOU TO EXPERIENCE HIM AS A RESTORING FATHER.
“But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.”’ And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry.” Luke 15:17-24 NKJV