I want to spend some time today talking about our heavenly Father.
Our Father which art in heaven.
Who can pray that prayer?

Is God the Father of all by the fact of creation OR is this prayer only for those who have received the Spirit of Adoption?

Let's go to John 8:42-44 .
Jesus spoke to some people, some religious people, in John chapter 8 and said:
v. 42 If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.
v. 43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.
v. 44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father
of it.


Who can call God Father?

God created a lot of creatures that do not know him as Father.

You may say, "But these are not rational and intelligent beings."

Well, hold on a minute.  He made angels.  They are intelligent, but the Bible says to which of the angels said he at anytime, "Thou art my son."Angels are not called children of God. ( Hebrews 1:5 )
Creation does not necessarily bring relationship as father and son (child).
 
John 1:12 says as many as received him to them he gave power to become the sons of God, even to them that believed on his name.

Read Galatians 4:3-7.

Romans 8:14 says for as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

Romans 8:9 says if any man have not the Spirit of Christ he is none of his.


When we were saved and born again we came to know Jesus as Savior and the Holy Ghost as the indwelling presence of God in our hearts.   But we must also get to know God the Father in a deeper more intimate way.
The way to do that is through his Word.

Jesus presented God as the Father, not just his Father, but a Father to all who would believe on him through Jesus.

I wonder how much of the time we really see God as the Father and conceive him as our Father.

You know I was blessed to have an earthly father who was a "daddy".

You see, any man that is physically capable can be a father, but it takes special care to be a "daddy".

I never doubted if my dad would love and care for me.   He showed me by his actions and his words, so I grew up feeling safe and secure when my dad was around.
But, I knew other kids who were not so blessed.   They were filled with fear when their dad was home, because of his actions and words. They didn't trust their father.

But, do you know what is sadder?  I meet Christians who don't really trust their heavenly Father, not because he is hard or harsh, but because they have not spent the time with him in fellowship of prayer and his Word to really come to know him as Father, Daddy.

Jesus presented God as the Father, as a good Father, and as our Father.
In Matthew 6:1-7 he refers to him several times as "your Father" (thy Father).  Verses 8-9 refers to his caring and tenderness.
Your Father knoweth what things ye have need of before ye ask. 
God the Father is already looking to meet your need.

Did you ever look into something ye knew your child would need before they ever knew they would?

I like something Paul wrote in Ephesians 3:14-15 I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named.
This tells me that part of the family is in heaven now and part of us are still on earth, so there is going to be a reunion. To me this scripture brings God out of the hard and harsh atmosphere of religion and into relationship with his children as Father.

Ephesians 2:9 says ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and of the household of God.

Let's look at God's nature as a Father.
Matthew 6:26 says, Behold the fowls of the air for they sow not neither do they reap, nor gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. "Are ye not much more than they?"

The people Jesus was preaching to never really grasped what he was saying, because they had been taught about a God of religion, not a God of relationship.

We have Christians like that today.   They see God as a judge on his throne with a big fly swatter waiting for them to make a mistake and, "POW", that's it.

Well, God is a God of judgement and justice, but there is much more to him than that.

My natural dad would hand out some judgement and justice from time to time, but I trusted him with my life.
I trust my heavenly Father with my life and soul.

In Matthew 6:30-33 Jesus says, Don't worry about food or drink or clothing. Your Father knows you have need of these things.

Spend your time seeking right standing with him, and all these things will be added to you.
This doesn't mean to take NO thought at all, but not to be ANXIOUS.

Another scripture that reveals the Father nature of God is Matthew 7:11 . It says: If ye then being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him.

God's Father nature is love, provision, protection.   He is a giver.
I John 4:8 says God is love.Romans 5:8 says he loved us while we were yet sinners.

I hope you can receive what I am about to say.  God loves the lost, but they are not his children until they receive the redemption of Jesus. Until then they are under another lord, and because of that God is limited in what he can do for them.   Sort of like the kids in another country the church helps to support, our hearts are soft for them and we are moved by love, but we are limited by the laws of another authority.

You may say, "Well, I believe you can't limit God", but the Bible says that Israel turned back and limited the Holy One of Israel.

Can you call God Father?  Can you say, "I am begotten of the Spirit and God you are my Daddy."
If not, you can be.  You can be a new creature, a joint heir with Jesus, a citizen of heaven.

And Christian, I urge you today to begin to develop your relationship with the Father to new levels.

How do you develop a relationship?  By fellowship. 


          
              WHO  CAN  CALL  GOD
                     FATHER?