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I call Him, Abba, Father
« on: February 22, 2018, 02:17:23 PM »
Understanding the significance of Abba, Father. (Note: Reference to the following statements are taken from this link: https://www.gotquestions.org/Abba-Father.html “What Does It Mean that God is our Abba Father?”):

In Scripture there are many different names used to describe God. While all the names of God are important in many ways, the name “Abba Father” is one of the most significant names of God in understanding how He relates to people. The word Abba is an Aramaic word that would most closely be translated as “Daddy.” It was a common term that young children would use to address their fathers. It signifies the close, intimate relationship of a father to his child, as well as the childlike trust that a young child puts in his “daddy.”

We are all His creations and under His authority and Lordship and will all be judged by Him, but being a child of God and having the right to truly call Him “Abba Father” is something that only born-again Christians are able to do (John 1:12-13).

If we are born again (John 1:12, 3:1-8), we have been adopted into the family of God, redeemed from the curse of sin and are “joint-heirs with Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:17; also Galatians 4:7). Part of that new relationship is that God now deals with us differently, which includes His chastisement when we sin (Hebrews 12:3-11). Because of that new relationship, Christians may sin, but they cannot be comfortable or content living a life of habitual, ongoing sin. If people are living a life enslaved to sin and are comfortable in that sin and without the chastisement of God upon them, then we know they are “illegitimate and not sons” (Hebrews 12:8 ). In other words, they are unbelievers.

As we come to understand the true nature of God as revealed in the Bible we should be amazed that He not only allows us, but even encourages us, to call Him “Abba Father.” It is amazing that a holy and righteous God, who created and sustains all things, who is the only all-powerful, all-knowing, ever-present God, would allow sinful humans to call Him “Daddy.” As we come to understand who God really is and how sinful we are, the privilege of being able to call Him “Abba Father” will take on a whole new meaning for us and help us understand God’s amazing grace.

My Testimony:
I had been attending The Assembly of God Church in my hometown for a number of years…We had a wonderful pastor who just happened to preach his sermon on the very sin I committed that week. At the end of every sermon the pastor invited anyone who needed to come to the altar and rededicate their lives, or get saved, or who needed deliverance, to come forward and be prayed for. I would go up to the front every single time because I was full of guilt and condemnation from my sins.
 
Then the day came when I went to church and as usual the pastor preached about a sin and as usual I was guilty of that sin, why would this day be any different! I am always guilty!!!! I went to the altar for prayer, got saved again and when we were dismissed I left and I went to my home. I walked in the front door, threw my body on the floor and cried out to God and said "I give up, this Christianity thing is too hard and no matter how hard I try I seem to always mess up!"

Then I heard a voice, (this was the first time I actually heard Him speak to me) it wasn't really audible to my ears but it was very audible in my mind. He said to me "Patty, who do you think I am?"....instinctively somehow I knew he expected me to say something, so I said you are God...He asked a second time, “Patty, who do you think I am?”… I replied a little more hesitantly, since the 1st answer didn't seem to be right, and said "The Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, the I AM? ( I am thinking I got it right this time for sure! Haha!)...then He asked a 3RD TIME only a little louder!!! “PATTY, WHO DO YOU THINK I AM?”…..I searched my memory of what I was taught about who God is and finally I said what do you want me to say?

He replied with a loving, gentle voice and said "I am your Father, and as much as you love your daughter, so much more do I love you that you can't comprehend it. As your daughter grows she will make mistakes….and with love in your heart for her you will correct her, discipline her at times but never will you stop loving her because of those mistakes. So it is with me, I will never stop loving you just because you make a mistake. Allow yourself to be led of My Spirit, Grow in the Truth of My Word, repent daily of your sins and always forgive others who sin against you...and in return, I will always forgive you. Seek me daily, walk with me, talk with me, and tell me what's on your heart. I AM YOUR FATHER and I Love you"

I was approximately 23 years old when this happened and it liberated me from condemnation. I finally understood that I am truly saved and I am a child of The Most High God, and I call Him, Abba, Father! Amen!

In addition to becoming free from guilt and condemnation, obedience to my Abba, Father became so much easier because I was doing it with a renewed love, understanding, and respect for Him. His Word actually became a Living Word in my life. I could hear Him speak to me on a daily and continual basis

I never heard His voice speaking to me until I came to know Him as my Abba, Father.
I hope this blesses someone as it did me.
« Last Edit: February 23, 2018, 12:26:53 PM by Hidden In Him »
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Re: I call Him, Abba, Father
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2018, 02:01:19 PM »
Then I heard a voice, (this was the first time I actually heard Him speak to me) it wasn't really audible to my ears but it was very audible in my mind. He said to me "Patty, who do you think I am?"....instinctively somehow I knew he expected me to say something, so I said you are God...He asked a second time, “Patty, who do you think I am?”… I replied a little more hesitantly, since the 1st answer didn't seem to be right, and said "The Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, the I AM? ( I am thinking I got it right this time for sure! Haha!)...then He asked a 3RD TIME only a little louder!!! “PATTY, WHO DO YOU THINK I AM?”…..I searched my memory of what I was taught about who God is and finally I said what do you want me to say?

He replied with a loving, gentle voice and said "I am your Father, and as much as you love your daughter, so much more do I love you that you can't comprehend it. As your daughter grows she will make mistakes….and with love in your heart for her you will correct her, discipline her at times but never will you stop loving her because of those mistakes. So it is with me, I will never stop loving you just because you make a mistake. Allow yourself to be led of My Spirit, Grow in the Truth of My Word, repent daily of your sins and always forgive others who sin against you...and in return, I will always forgive you. Seek me daily, walk with me, talk with me, and tell me what's on your heart. I AM YOUR FATHER and I Love you."

Excellent post!

It's amazing how many theological types seem to forget this. He is our Father, not some impersonal being who barks out commands and passes judgments. The "sinless perfection" crowd have to be reminded f this truth all the time, especially regarding matters of salvation.

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Re: I call Him, Abba, Father
« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2018, 03:13:23 PM »
Amen to that, brother, it is called a religious spirit...or religious bondage. Isn't what He intended for us to be....we are to be free in Christ and to rest in Him knowing that the work He began in us He will perform it to the time of His coming.
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