“Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, "Abba, Father." Galatians 4:6 NIV
Can you think back to one of your defining relationship moments? You know what I’m talking about…those events that change your connection forever? Well, I’ve had my fair share. I remember, with my heart getting this fluttery feeling, the moment Todd said his vows to me before Pastor John. I still get this excited feeling as I write!
From that day forward our bond was set and my life has never been the same! Todd was no longer my boyfriend…not even my fiancé, he was my HUSBAND!
Today’s Soul H2O devotion in the Sherry’s Sermon Notes Series tells about another one of those defining relationship moments that truly changed e-ve-ry-thing!
Our church held a worship and prayer night; we call them Encounter Nights and boy was I encountered by a truth I hadn’t fully grasped…to be honest, I’m not sure I have yet. Before we broke into prayer groups Pastor Nathan felt to highlight and do a little teaching on Galatians 4:6.
“And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, "Abba, Father."" Galatians 4:6 NLT
Before Jesus, the people of God were afraid to say the name of God; they considered it blasphemy to do so. In order to get around this they came up with calling God YHWH.1
Their relationship with the father was distant and fearful, but by receiving Christ a defining relationship moment occurs and they are to call Him Abba Father; the aramaic equivalent of “daddy” or “papa”.2 How intimate, how loving, how kind.
This change is mind blowing!
God’s people went from living under old testament law, to grace and freedom in Christ…from being slaves to sons who inherit all The Father has…rules were replaced with relationship and legalism superseded by love.
The relationship changes were epic and still hold true today! Years ago when I started to understand this concept I began addressing God as “Daddy”. It’s changed my prayer-life drastically and helped me to remember whose I am.
When you receive Christ and what He did for you on the cross, it brings about one of those defining relationship moments with the Father for YOU! He becomes your Daddy and replaces e-ve-ry-thing with His love. I challenge you to live today grasping the wonder of your relationship with Him.
Father…I thank You for sending Jesus into this world so my relationship with you could be changed for the better. Help me to accept my position with You. I’m part of Your family, a joint heir with Your son because I hold the position of a son; the legal heir in Your heart. Let me fully grasp how you are my Daddy and not let that be tainted by any past human failings from the men in my life…because…You, are a loving, kind and faithful father. In Jesus Name…Amen
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- Galatians 4:6
- Mark 14:36
- Romans 8:15-16
- 2 Corinthians 3:16-18
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YOU CAN OFTEN FIND ME LINKING UP WITH:
MONDAY Monday Meditations – Laura J. Davis, Soul Survival – Donna Reidland,
TUESDAY Cheerleaders of Faith #RARaLinkup – Kelly Balarie,
WEDNESDAY Coffee For Your Heart – Holley Gerth, Word Nerd Wednesdays — Liz Giertz
THURSDAY Heart Encouragement Thursday – Crystal Storms, Chasing Community – Barbara Bradford Ottinger
FRIDAY Dance With Jesus Linkup – Susan B. Mead, Grace and Truth Linkup – Arabah Joy, Counting My Blessings – Deb Wolf, Fresh Market Friday – Crystal Twaddell ELLEN’S PICKS– Ellen Graf-Martin
- https://www.behindthename.com/name/yahweh Website Accessed: 2017-12-01
- https://biblehub.com/greek/5.htm Website Accessed: 2017-12-10