In order to receive full understanding of scriptrure, we need to know the love of Father God. The following article I wrote will help those who have a problem with the word father understand
the difference between an earthly father and our heavenly Father God!
Jesus came to earth to do the will of the Father. That was His only purpose for coming. The redemptive work of the
cross of Christ brought us as Believers of Jesus into the freedom to walk in His truth, life, and light. Without the work of the cross, nothing would be possible today for a Believer. Jesus alone made this possible through His great sacrifice.
In (John 17:3) Jesus talks about life eternal. In His prayer, He said, “And this is life eternal, that they might know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” Jesus
was ever working for those whom Abba gave Him (to whom He was sent / verse 6) to know the Father. For us to know Him as our Father.
Jesus said that He and the Father were one.
And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Abba, keep through your own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are. (John 17:11). Jesus displayed the Father heart
of Abba. If you want to know the Father, look at the Son.
When Jesus talked about life eternal, it was to know the Father the way He knew Him. Israel had a fear of Father Yahweh. They
did not want to talk to Him personally, even when He invited them to. They were afraid of Him. They saw His power and their sin were displayed, and they feared Him. Coming close to the only real God without the covering of Jesus would be
fearful. For the blood alone is the entranceway. Israel wanted prophets and priests to speak for them, and for Yahweh to speak through them. They understood the power of Yahweh, but not the relationship with God. They believed He was
too holy for personal guidance, but this never stopped them from disobeying His laws or worshipping false idols. No intimacy of relationship the way Moses did or Joshua wanted to have. Jesus calling Father Daddy was an insult to everything they
believed God was. They did not feel He was a Daddy in the way Jesus taught. And some of us think this way today if we have had an abusive father in our lives. If we believe
That Abba cannot
love us because we are unlovable to Him, we feel no different than Israel did. We want to keep our distance from Him.
took me a long time to understand the love of Abba Father. This took place because I did not have a good relationship with my earthly father. My father wanted a boy instead of a girl I was told when I was born. This event brought about rejection
and a spirit of abandonment. Because my father came from a long line of boys in his family, he was embarrassed about having a girl. This was foolish yes, but true non-the less. The thinking of men years ago was different than today but still
prevalent in some countries. Because of this mindset by him, I could never measure up. No matter what I did, it was never good enough.
When I accepted Jesus, I had no problem loving Him. He
instantly became my Beloved Lord, but Father God was a different story. In my subconscious mind, there was an area I was not willing to open up to change. I was not consciously aware of it, but there was a closed door to Abba. This distance
in my soul did not keep me from anything but knowing His love. I read the Old Testament, quoted scripture, but did not really know Him. Then one day after many years of being saved Jesus led me to Him. I was in prayer at the time.
Since I was saved, I had seen Jesus as I closed my eyes in prayer. Standing a distance away, opening His arms up to me to come closer. Suddenly I saw one day that He had His right arm out pointing it to a
road down the way. I saw nothing at the end of this road. He spoke to me and said, “IT IS NOW TIME TO GET TO KNOW THE FATHER.” I was disappointed beyond belief, and spoke back saying, “I’m fine with just knowing you.”
For days after I felt nothing of Jesus’s presence in scripture reading or prayer. I was devastated and felt saddened by His request of me. I knew of certainty it was His direction, so finally after several days allowed the Holy Spirit to
lead me into what He wanted to do with me.
Not until Jesus asked me to get to know Father God was I aware of my unconscious rejection of Him.
Maria Schaefer / Director of FIY Ministries
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