My dear friend, Bob Nolan, loves to call the Lord “Dad.” For some, this may seem disrespectful or an attempt to trivialize the Lord. But I get it. He is not just God out there, almighty and awesome. He is that. But to his children, God is Dad…Papa, Abba…which is more intimate, less formal, more familiar. In my view, our Father in heaven has come to earth in the person of Jesus and has provided his very self to us in Holy Spirit who lives inside us. Not somewhere out there, but in here, with us, and with us the King and his kingdom. If Jesus wanted his disciples and conversely, us, to know the awesomeness of the Lord as our primary view of God, he would have stated that. But he wanted us to know Father (Dad) as our provider, protector, yes, and our most trusted friend and confidant.
Holy, is the Name, and in fact, there is no better family name to carry than the one we do. His name. His name is pure, holy, set aside for greatness, and we are to acknowledge the family name, remember the family name, and act according to the family name. His name is holy, and so is ours, as we carry the name Anointed (Christ), the name of the Father (as sons and daughters), and we should always respect and honor the good name of God…and our name as well.
It’s all about the Kingdom and God’s will, here and now, so we can demand the resources to fulfill our purpose. When I say demand, this is not in an arrogant way, but simply asserting what scripture declares and what the Lord would have us do: To come boldly before his throne and ask for what we need to fulfill the vision and mission he has called us to.
As believers, we all make mistakes and even willfully transgress God’s laws at times. Thus, we need to live in a perpetual state of forgiveness. Offenses occur in life and the church, and we must be willing to forgive as we have been forgiven. Not because we deserve it, for none of us do, but for the very fact that none of us do deserve God’s forgiveness but benefit from it always. We forgive people because we have been forgiven by the Lord for much more than anyone who might offend us.
One of the beautiful things about the Kingdom of God is that it stands in absolute opposition to the Kingdom of Darkness. When I say in opposition, it is not equal opposition like Star Wars and the Force, for Satan and the realm of darkness was thoroughly and completely defeated by Christ on the cross and we live in that victory. So, we can pray with absolute confidence that the Lord will keep us from evil, and that in fact, that we can walk in the paths of righteousness and can we trust in a life of safety from the evil one. Finally, we must remember that it is all about his kingdom and glory. We live in his power.
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