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Shari Popejoy


March 18, 2012

Lord’s Day Devotional; Hey Daddy

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Have a few moments today to get your Bible and have a visit with your father?

The Bible teaches that God is our Heavenly Father. We were created in pure divine wonder in order to commune with Him, but when sin was chosen, separation occurred between mankind and our source, our one true home, the place our spirit longs to find solace. (Genesis 1-3)

The Bible teaches that God so loved us that He gave Jesus to the world, a great sacrifice, to restore our cursed, sin-laden souls into pure and right relationship with His holiness. (John 3:16)

Some have been taught errors about God by well-meaning persons. Some perceive God a certain way — wrongly, or perhaps have had slanderous ideas reported to them about God by persons wholly unacquainted with Him.

Perhaps the best way to know Him is to have a talk with Abba Father — one on one.

An earthly father might have been a poor example of what a good father is, but that is no excuse to reject our true Father, the one who breathed life into dry dust and shared His Spirit with us (Genesis 2:7).  The one who is so powerful that if He removed His spirit, we would crumble back into the dust (Job 34:14-15).

Abba Father.

Jesus knew this Father intimately, and testified that He came to the earth to reveal the truth about the Father to us (John 18:37).  Jesus called him Abba Father (Mark 14:36), an Aramaic term of endearment for Father, this One who chooses to be approached and in relationship with us.

“Because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.  For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship.  And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”  The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.” Romans 8:14-16.

Remember the “Hey Daddy” approach?  We should approach our Heavenly Father with this same attitude, having been reconciled to good standing with him by turning aside from sin, and unto His holiness.  He desires our companionship, and wants to be our Father.

Have you talked to your Father today?

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God; that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of him.” I John 5:14-15

  1. Today, spend some time with your Father.  Give him the respect He deserves by not questioning who He is, but accepting Him, allowing Him to reveal Himself to you as a loving Father, full of grace and glory, unchangeable, not conforming to your expectations, but the epitome of I AM.
  2. Perhaps you can take some time today to read about and meditate on some of the aspects of Abba Father.
  • He is holy (Leviticus 11:45)
  • Righteous (Psalms 19:9)
  • Jealous (Exodus 34:14)
  • A consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24)
  • Healer (Exodus 15:26)
  • Provider (Genesis 22:14)
  • Author, finisher (Hebrews 12:2)
  • Adopter (Romans 8:15, Galatians 4:5, Ephesians 1:5)

About the Author

Shari Popejoy
Shari Popejoy is the author of the book Won Without Words, and the blog Won Without Words, encouragement to wives. She writes the Livingstone Library, an adventure series for young people, and the blog Oh Joy!, (injoyinc.com/oh/) for busy moms. She is a frequent contributor to Christian print and online magazines, and writes from the quiet country of the Ozarks, where she lives with her husband, Marc, and their three children. You can find out all about her at sharipopejoy.com!


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