Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

Our Father in heaven

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

23rd September 2012

The Lord’s Prayer begins with these words: “Our Father in heaven” (Matt.6:9)

It is very encouraging to me that Jesus reveals God to be a loving Father with whom we can have a very close relationship. This is especially helpful for those people who did not know or have not been very close to their human fathers.

That got me thinking about some of the benefits that are ours because we have God as our father in heaven. Here are some of them:

1. We have access to the Father

‘For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba] Father.” (Romans 8:14–15)
‘Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need’. (Hebrews 4:16)

2. We have fellowship with the Father

‘We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete’. (1 John 1:3–4)

3. We have guidance from the Father

‘I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you’. (Psalm 32:8)

4. We have security from the Father

‘And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose’. (Romans 8:28)
‘What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?’ (V.31)

5. We have correction from the Father

‘And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says, “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,6 because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.” Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it’. (Hebrews 12:5–11)

6. We have generosity from the Father

‘In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete’. (John 16:23–24)

7. We have the inheritance of the Father

‘The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory’. (Romans 8:16–17)

Did you notice some of the words in these verses?

  • We don’t live in fear
  • We get help us in our time of need
  • This makes our joy complete
  • God’s loving eye is on us
  • Who can ever be against us?
  • We will share in God’s holiness
  • We will share in His glory

There is so much for us to be thankful for.

Have a good week honouring your Father in heaven.

Pastor Barry

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