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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Our Heavenly Father

Today is Father's Day, a day on which we honor fathers. For many of us, today is a day when we spend time with our fathers, thanking them for all they have done for us throughout our lives and pouring our love out on them. For some of us, this day is bittersweet, as we have lost our fathers, but we still have the cherished memories of the time we had with them. And then there are some of us who may not have had a good relationship with our fathers, or had fathers who were not there for us, making today a day that is no different from any other day, or perhaps even a difficult day.

But, there is one father whom all of us can celebrate today, one whom we can truly honor. He is a father with whom we can spend time today, whom we can thank and on whom we can pour our love. That father is God, our heavenly Father. He is a Father who knows us better than anyone, who knew us before we were even conceived in our mothers' wombs (Psalm 139:13). Our heavenly Father provides for us in a way that no earthly father can (Matthew 7:9-11). He is a Father who knows our every need even before we ask Him (Matthew 6:8).

Out of His great love, God, our heavenly Father, chose us to be His adopted children before the world was created (Ephesians 1:3-6). But sin came between us and our adoption as God's children so, at exactly the right time, He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, into the world to redeem us so that, as God's adopted children, we are able to cry out to Him, saying, "Abba! Father!" (Galatians 4:4-6) When we receive Jesus as Savior, when we believe in His great name, we receive the right to become children of God (John 1:12). And, with Christ in our lives, we can be led by the Spirit of God, through whom we receive the Spirit of adoption, not just as children of God, but also as heirs of God (Romans 8:13-17).

Today, let's honor our heavenly Father. And, not just today, but every day!

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