Summary: An in-depth look at knowing God as your Father.
“Who’s Your Daddy?” Series
Are You My Daddy?
Knowing God As Your Father
In the Old Testament, God was never referred to as Father. People were servants of God.
In the New Testament, when Jesus referred to God as Father, they wanted to stone him for blasphemy.
Because of Jesus’ sacrifice, we were made to be sons and daughters of God.
Galatians 4:4-6 “But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons. Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ‘Abba, Father.’”
Romans 8:15 “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.’”
There was a girl that grew up in Jerusalem. One day, she and her father went shopping in the marketplace. She was holding tight to her daddy’s hand. Well, out of the corner of her eye, she caught a glimpse of a shiny, new baby doll. She longed for it so bad. She let her Father’s hand slip out of hers and she ran over to hug the baby doll. In the midst of all the hustle and bustle of the market, she lost her Father. She looked around and couldn’t see him anywhere. She did the only thing she knew at that moment. She cried out, "ABBA! ABBA!" And as she called for her daddy, he came busting through the crowd like Superman and swooped her up in his arms and carried her for the rest of the day.
God is our Father. The word ‘Abba’ literally means ‘Daddy’ in Aramaic.
When you come into the family of God, you don’t come as a servant, you come as a Son or a Daughter and have a relationship that’s close enough to call God your DADDY!
When you know God as your Daddy, you’ll recognize obvious differences between a Father and a Man.
1. He Knows
Matthew 6:8 “Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.”
Matthew 6:31-33 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
Philippians 4:19 “And my God (Daddy) shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
2. He Cares
Mark 4:38 “But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”
John 10:30 “I and my Father are one.”
1 Peter 5:7 “Cast all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you.”
3. He Corrects
Hebrews 12:5,6 “And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: ‘My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; for whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.’”
Proverbs 3:12 “For whom the Lord loves He corrects, just as a father the son in whom he delights.”
4. He Guides
Psalm 23:3 “He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.”
John 16:13 “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on his own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.”
5. He Protects
Psalm 91:1-7 “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.’ Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you.”
Most of the time, people don’t get hurt because they get run over, they get hurt because they lay down on the Railroad Tracks themselves.