Child of God

Posted on April 4, 2018 at 4:05 PM

Dear Child Of God

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he (Jesus) might be the firstborn among many brothers. Romans 8:28-29


Many know the work of Jesus as salvation and they may have Jesus as Savior, but they never really grasp the relationship that opens up with God, the Father as a result. Jesus died so that we could be redeemed and reconciled to God. When we have Jesus as Savior, we are no longer orphans, but are adopted and sealed with the Holy Spirit as sons and daughters of God the Father.


Many of us think of God the Father as distant, disinterested, and perhaps even angry because of our negative experiences with our earthly fathers or we may have even been taught this in the church. Such a view is not borne out by Scripture. When Jesus prayed, he prayed to the Father from a place of intimacy. He prayed as the Son of God.


Anyone who believes in Jesus is also a son or daughter of God. Therefore, we need to step into who we are because of what Jesus did and pray from a place of intimacy with God the Father.


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.” Romans 8:15


The intimacy in the meaning of the word “Abba” is scarcely captured by the English translation normally rendered to it of Father. Father implies distance. Abba is deeply intimate, such as Dad or Daddy. When we pray, we should not pray as orphans, but as sons and daughters of the living God.


I am keenly aware of the effects abuse has on self-image for I have been there. My former husband treated me as though my existence did not matter. He treated me as a non-person if you will. Even worse, my heart has been broken as I have been continually subjected to threats by my ex-husband’s attorney to declare my children “emancipated” (i.e., fatherless) so that their father would no longer be financially responsible for them.

In spite of all of this, or perhaps because of it, I have come to deeply appreciate my status with God—I am his beloved child. I also know that no child, including my own, will ever be fatherless. They are beloved children of God.

No matter what your circumstances, no matter what anyone else has ever told you. No matter what you have ever done, there is one truth that will never change--you are a beloved child of God.

If you are a Christian, I urge you to cast aside any fear of judgment and simply repent for any sins, knowing that you have been justified. Then take the radical step of intimacy and cry out to Abba/Daddy God, your father in heaven who loves you dearly. Christianity is about a personal God and a personal relationship with God. If you have not embraced this, then you have not embraced all that Jesus did at the cross.


If you have not accepted Jesus as Savior and desire the personal relationship with God that comes through Jesus, you can do that now by praying this prayer.

Father God, I desire to know you. I ask that you forgive me for my sins. I accept Jesus in my heart and I believe that he died for my sins. I ask that you come into my life and my heart so that I can be a child of God. I thank you in Jesus’ s name. Amen.

-Pastor Sherri Falco

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