We Write the Narrative VIII – By Knowing the Father!

Bible Verse:
Galatians 4: 4-7

Preacher:
James M. Moody

Date Preached:
11/06/2016


READING FOR WORSHIP GUIDE: Galatians 4: 4-7

Sunday 11/6 Proverbs Ch. 6; Galatians 4: 1-7
Monday 11/7 Proverbs Ch. 7; I Kings 20: 1-34
Tuesday 11/8 Proverbs Ch. 8; Ephesians 2: 1-21
Wednesday 11/9 Proverbs Ch. 9; Luke 15: 11-31
Thursday 11/10 Proverbs Ch. 10; Matthew 6: 25-33
Friday 11/11 Proverbs Ch. 11; Matthew 7: 7-12
Saturday 11/12 Proverbs Ch. 12

WE WRITE THE NARRATIVE – By KNOWING THE FATHER!

Galatians 4: 4-7 –  But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.

Many people have lived lives without full knowledge and relationship with their earthly father’s. And because of this reality much sensitivity must be used in discussing the idea of knowing our Heavenly Father. For too many, the concept of “father” leaves much to be desired based on the experiences one may have had or not had with one’s father. So, it is important to describe God as Father in the terms the Bible established for us.

TODAY’S QUOTE: “Abba” is not a term of familiarity that a young child might speak. It is not the equivalent of the English “daddy” or “papa.” Calling the Lord “Daddy-God” or “Papa-God” verges on presumptuousness by diminishing His glory as the Master of the Universe. We must remember, while the Lord is our gracious and loving Savior, He is also judge of all the earth.

(John C. Parsons – Hebrew for Christians)

YOUR FATHER DELIGHTS IN MEETING YOUR NEEDS

  1. Matthew 6: 31-32  So do not worry…your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
  2. Matthew 7: 11 – how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
    1. God was never known as “Father” until Jesus revealed God as “Father” and Jesus wants us to know there is nothing more important or too insignificant for the Father when it comes to his children. 
    2. The story of the father playing with his five-year-old son, when he noticed a splinter in his little boy’s thumb
    3. No matter how old you are today, you’re still God’s child, so don’t think that your problem is too small for God. If it affects you, it affects your Father too. If it is important to you, it is important to your Father too. 

HE IS YOUR FATHER IN THE VALLEYS TOO!

  1. I Kings 20: 23 – Meanwhile, the officials of the king of Aram advised him, “Their gods are gods of the hills. That is why they were too strong for us. But if we fight them on the plains, surely we will be stronger than they.”
  2. The advisors of the king of Syria believed the God of Israel to be the God of the hills only. They later found in their second defeat that our God is also the God of the valleys. 
  3. Mountains and hills refer to the good times in our lives and valleys refer to the bad times. 
    1. Some of us have the idea that our Heavenly Father is the God of our good times, but our Father is not there when we are going through bad times.
    2. Some think God leaves us helpless in the valleys, especially when the troubles are of our own making. 
    3. Our Father is the God of our hills, but Father is also the God of our valleys. 
  4. God the Son laid aside His crown of glory, His royal majesty and came down for us, stepping into a human body as a baby. (Philippians 2: 5-11)
    1. He came for the sole purpose of dying on the Cross for our sins, so that He could bring us up to what God the Father has for us at His right hand
    2. That is the grace of our Father. He came to our valley. 
    3. So whatever you are going through right now, know that our Father is right there in your valley with you. 
    4. Your God and Father is holding you in his arms and carrying you through the valley.
    5. Victory is already yours because the God of your valleys is right there with you!

YOUR FATHER’S HEART IS TENDER TOWARD YOU!

  1. Ephesians 2: 7 – in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.
  2. The tenderness of our Father is ours even when we are angry or accusing Him. 
    1. Jesus was not angry with His Disciples for waking Him, but He instead rebuked wind and waves. (Matthew 8: 25-26)
    2. Jesus was compassionate with Mary and Martha while they were angry and disappointed with Jesus. He raised Lazarus from the dead. (John 11: 21, 32 & 43-44)

WHEN IT COMES TO YOU, OUR FATHER IS IN A HURRY

  1. Luke 15: 20-22 – …he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him…Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him
  2. Our Father was depicted by the father in the story.
    1. He is in a hurry to greet us and can’t wait to embrace us whenever we turn toward Him.
    2. He is in a hurry to put the best robe — the robe of righteousness — on us
  1. He is in a hurry to the ring of His authority on our hand. To put back into our hands, the authority to invoke His name, so that we can walk in dominion every day. 
  2. Our Father is in a hurry to put sandals on our feet to assure us that we are His children, not His servants, because only servants went around barefoot.

INVITATION TO CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP

BENEDICTION

14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

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