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1) The Father loves the Son.
God described Jesus at the beginning of His ministry, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.” (Matthew 3:17)
Circle the words the Father uses to describe Jesus. Like Jesus, we too have the immense privilege of being called the sons of God and sharing in the Father’s love. Jesus Himself said to His disciples,
For the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me and have believed that I came forth from the Father. (John 16:27)
God loves you! He doesn’t see you as a sinner anymore, but as one of His sons!
2) The Father takes care of the Son.
Once one of Christ’s disciples tried to protect Jesus. Jesus exclaimed, “Don't you realize that I could ask my Father for thousands of angels to protect us, and he would send them instantly?”(Matthew 26:52-53 NLT)
God the Father always watches over the needs of His children. As Creator He is more powerful than any enemy we might face. Read Matthew 6:7-8 below. What did Jesus teach about how the Father cares for them?
And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition, as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. Therefore do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need, before you ask Him.
From the verses above, what does Jesus say about talking to your Father?
We need to learn to immediately take every problem or need to our Father instead of worrying about it. As a little child I never worried about my food or clothes. My father made sure I had what I needed. He cared for me.
3) The Father directs and trains the Son.
Jesus spent much time talking to His Father in prayer. Jesus liked spending time with His Heavenly Father and doing what He wanted. Once He said this,
For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. (John 6:38)
Our Father wants to make us like Him. He shows us His will through the Bible, parents and teachers that love Him. Sometimes the training also comes through difficult circumstances! We need to be attentive and obedient.
Application: Tell your heavenly Father about your day today. Identify a need you have and trustingly ask Him to take care of it. Next ->
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