Summary: I want you now to notice a very sweet fact about this cry; namely, that it is literally the cry of the Son.
“The cry of Abba Father”
Allan H. Kircher
1 John 1:5-7 “This is the message God has given to us to pass on to you: that God is light and in him is no darkness at all. So if we say we are his friends, but go on living in spiritual darkness and sin, we are lying. But if we are living in the light of God’s presence, just as Christ does, then we have wonderful fellowship and joy with each other and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from every sin.
Christ is the secret plan of God for ultimate victory in the life of every Christian.
The Christian life is in reality only the Christ life.
Christ actually wants to live his own life new and fresh in you every day.
The problem is:
Thousands of people today are disillusioned with bootstrap religion (trying to “do it” themselves by much prayer, many devotionals, much holy living).
They always fail, and that will always be the case.
What triumph there is, what relief when we loosen those straps and take what is already ours in Jesus Christ.
Then prayer becomes a delight, Bible study a joy, and holy living a natural consequence.
What we have become, in the process, something highly contagious.
Wherever we go, almost without trying, we kindle little fires of God in the souls of others.
We are refining our Christian Maturity through the obedience of our Heavenly Father.
It is time for us to be devoted. Devoted to the mission of the gospel.
It is time to say “I will not play Sunday anymore.”
It’s time to say “I will not just come to Sunday morning worship and live like the devil the rest of the week.”
It is time to say “Abba Father,” and cry out deeply to our heavenly Father.
Crying out so deep that we humble every morsel of our being.
It’s about time to weed out the impurities of our life
Plant the seed ministries is designed to empower individuals to root out and destroy those things that have kept them from growing in their lives through the word of God.
All of us have too many impurities to list and when left unrefined they can and will impede our progress in our road to maturity.
Whether it’s something as simple as passing by somebody deliberately as to not to speak to them or something a little more complicated such as a drug addiction they all need to be dealt with in order to grow in the spirit of God.
There are too many things out there that get us in trouble. Everyday things.
1 Cor 10:23 says “everything is permissible, not everything is acceptable, everything is permissible, not everything is beneficial, nobody should seek his own good but the good of others.”
Everything we do in this world is permissible. Our sins, our impurities, our hurts, our habits are not. Not in God’s eyes.
We have to weed them out and we do that through the testing fire of God’s word as he refines them for our benefit.
We cannot do it ourselves. That’s the problem. Satan tells us were OK. Just go to church, eat your lunch and go home. And your done growing. Satan loves that.
There are still some Christians today after 10 years of service to the Lord who still gossip. Or still boast upon their accomplishments….or still complain……can you believe that.
or still say “I can’t believe that person is walking to the altar.” “I really would like to know why-they must have some problems in their life.”
We need to get a t-shirt made up with the years of service that you have as a Christian.
This way when a brother or sister makes a error in their walk such as a negative comment, we can say, “Hey brother,I can see by your shirt you have 1 year service as a Christian, let me give you some spiritual guidance on that comment you made.”
On the other side, maybe this will help the 20 year Christian be a little more accountable for his actions.
Now after saying that here comes the big H word……….Humble..
This is the first step of refining our Christian maturity “Make a humbling decision that I am completely helpless to do anything good in my life.
Romans 7:18 “I know nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have a desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.”
Here’s how it works at RCM for the first step.
There is a mistaken notion that the world is divided into two groups of people—the worthy and the unworthy, the sinners and the non sinners.
But such a world’s view does not agree with God’s Word. Scripture tells us that no person ever has had or will have the power to be good or righteous or worthy.