"And I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty." 2nd Corinthians 6:18
A couple weekends ago I had the opportunity to attend a weekend call "Wild at Heart." A weekend that lead us to think about deep things in our lives; wounds, attacks from the devil, and what lies we accepted as truth. We talked about our need as men is to be the hero, provider, fixer, when this isn't our job at all. It is to be a son; it is to walk alongside a Father that we cannot be. Alongside a Father that wants us to be a son that comes to Him for advice, help, comfort, affirmation, and restoration.
My earthly father was the best father he knew how to be, I can never remember getting a spanking from him. But there was something missing, he wasn't a perfect father, nor am I, for we are not perfect people because of the genetic sin nature we are all born with. But we do have a Father that is perfect and is inviting us to be His daughters and sons.
Again, I had a great dad and I believe many of the men in prison would not probably be incarcerated if they had a father like I had. But a lot of the men I have talked to have, among many things, have a feeling of being abandoned. They also have been abused or have been severely physically punished by their earthly father. This can affect a person in a variety of ways, but I believe it is a contributing factor that leads to a life of drugs and alcohol. It is the desire of the devil "to kill, steal, and destroy" our relationship with our Father in Heaven. It is our relationship with God as our Father that he hates the most.
But we do have a Father that is perfect, and He is inviting us to be His daughters and sons, a good Father that loves us unconditionally. He invites all of us, despite our imperfections, to be His daughters and sons and call Him Abba, "Daddy." A hard thing for many, because of a tendency to relate God as a Father the way we see our earthy fathers. "And I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty." 2nd Corinthians 6:18.
An absolute truth. "And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." John 8:32
Jeff Haverhals - Director
Our lives are a window through which others can see Jesus. = Please, God, draw us close to You. Fill us with Your Spirit of love and joy and peace. Enable us to be a shining light in our world.