Wednesday teaching 8-7-19
God created us with a longing for Himself. The human soul needs a Father and cries for a Father.
“God has sent forth into our hearts the Spirit of His Son, crying Abba, Father!” Gal. 4:6
What is a father?
A father is a combination of love and authority! Love without authority is a friend. Authority without love is a boss. But love with authority is the Father.
Only Jesus and Paul used these words, “Abba Father” in scripture, and only 3 times. Jesus said this is how we address God.
The first two Hebrew letters Aleph and Bet make up the word Abba or Father in Hebrew. But the Hebrew word for Love is spelled the same except for adding the Hebrew letter Hey (represents a window) in between. It’s as if love is defined in Hebrew letters as
Love = the heart of the Father revealed
I John 4:8 “God is love.”
A window into the heart of the Father reveals God is love. This is what the human soul is crying for – the love of the Father.
Ill. Like a newborn baby crying to be held – we are crying for the Father.
This is a much deeper desire than we may realize. You may be thinking that you don’t think about desiring God or dream about Him. But the psalmist wrote,
“As the deer pants for water, so my soul pants for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.” Psalm 42:1
“O God, my soul thirsts for You, my flesh faints for You, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. . . Your steadfast love is better than life.” Psalm 63:1,3
Jesus describes this longing in a one verse parable in Mtt. 13:44
“The Koh is like a treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered it up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
This is what we are created for – to personally know the love of the Father and let His love satisfy all the longings of our heart.
“God is most glorified in us, when we are most satisfied in Him.”
How could anyone not be satisfied with God? Yet we are sometimes. It must be because we don’t know Him very well. We may not think He has our best interests in mind.
“The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.” (If the Lord is your Shepherd – He is all you need!)
This longing in our heart for satisfaction, success, significance is actually a longing for God to come take His place in our hearts. We are not really living until we become alive to Him.
“Incline your ear to Me and come to Me. Listen so that your soul may LIVE.” Isa. 55:3
LIVE or EVIL?
Why do we seek God if we have found Him? If we are already born again – why seek Him?
- Because there is such mystery and wonder with God that we have yet to experience. WE know about Him to the degree we seek Him but there is so much more.
“Without faith it is impossible to please God. For he who comes to God must believe that He exists and that HE IS A REWARDER OF THOSE WHO DILLIGENTLY SEEK HIM.” Heb. 11:6
Dilligently – search out, carefully, aggressively. A hunger to experience Him enough that you would push through the crowd like the woman with the issue of blood who touched the hem of his garment, or like Zacheus who climbed a tree to be able to see Jesus.
Ill. We may not be faced with crowds of people that keep us away from touching Jesus but we are faced with crowds of decisions each day of what is most important to us. Luke 10:38-42 CEV.
“worried” – troubled or anxious over many things.
“troubled” – disturbed by a crowd of things
You are already making your choice daily.
Let it be known to us all that Satan lures us all with the same temptations. There is nothing new under the sun. His main thing is to keep you from filling your longings with God, so he has to keep you from God’s Word somehow. He has to keep you distracted from the Main thing.
“But the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things, entering in choke the Word and make it unfruitful.” Mark 4:19
The Main Thing is the keep the Main Thing, the Main Thing!