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Living Free - Aug. 8, 2007

  • 2007 Aug 08

Today's Scripture
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

Thoughts for Today
When we receive Christ as our savior, we are adopted by God! He becomes our Father, and we become his sons and daughters.

As our Father, he will guide us, teach us, protect us, provide for us, discipline us, comfort us, help us, forgive us, defend us, strengthen us—and through it all, love us unconditionally.

Twice in the New Testament Jesus referred to God as Abba. In Galatians Paul used the term. Abba is an Aramaic word for father, indicating a special intimacy rather like we use the word daddy. God is our loving Father, our Daddy.

Consider this…
Psalm 37:23-24 says that when we stumble, we won't fall down because God will be holding our hand. What a picture! Just envision a father—a daddy—walking along with his young child. The child trips, but the father is holding tightly to the youngster's hand and holds him up, keeping him from falling to the ground.

Our heavenly Daddy does this for us as we are willing to put our hand in his, following his guidance and trusting him. When we stumble, make a wrong move, he's right there to protect us and help us - to keep us from falling all the way to the ground and to guide us back to where we belong.

Lord, I thank you that you are my loving, caring Daddy. Thank you for holding my hand wherever I go, and for giving me the strength and guidance to keep going when I'm faced with stumbling blocks or wrong turns. Thank you for caring. In Jesus' name ...

These thoughts adapted from…
Restoring Families
, by Janet M. Lerner, D.S.W., helps to minister to families caught in the cycle of abusive relationships. The curriculum deals with overcoming these abusive relationships through Christ and is recommended for use in support groups and Christian counseling. 



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