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The Abba Factor
Dr. Timothy Hoflund
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If only the world knew what God really wants! If only we who claim to be God's people truly knew what God really wants! Not what He wants from us but what He wants for us! Not how He wants us to be to Him, but how He wants to be to us!
I can never get past the thought that God wants to be our Father! And not just our Father, but our Papa! To me that is always the show stopper! When praising the Lord in song, invariably that realization comes into my mind and I am overwhelmed! My voice stops singing and I go into another place of worship because God wants to be my Papa!
He begat a Son, just to give Him up to the cross, that I may be reconciled to Him so that I would know Him as my Father, and more than my Father ... by Daddy!
I first received this Rhema in 1990 and have been learning it ever since! I was studying Ephesians and came across...
"Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
And came and preached peace to you which were afar off and to them that were nigh.
For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father." Ephesians 2:15-18
Just when I read these words I heard the Lord say to me that His greatest desire for us is that we come to know Him as our Father!
Then we come across the vocative "Abba, Father" ... not once, not twice but three times! The first time is in Mark with Jesus crying Abba Father!
Oh how wondrous God's Word is! We are to be conformed and transformed to be like Jesus, Jesus called Father God, Abba Father in the most vulnerable, critical, crucial moment of His earthly life and then God's Word tells us that His Spirit comes into our spirits resulting in the same cry for "Abba, Father!"
Oh, how God wants us to get past the limitations of the formality of religion! Oh how God wants us to become ever more personally reverent in our worship! Oh what price God paid in order that our reality may become the result of being reconciled to Him!
"Father" is not merely yet another "title" for God! Father is how He wants us to really know Him! But then, as if to explain that even "Father" still does not reach the depth of the intimacy He desires us to experience with Him ... He causes His Spirit to stir within us, bringing us to the point in time and the place in life where we get past all of the pretense, past all of the religion, past all of the formality and into the realm of true personal, intimate fellowship - - the place and the time when we finally begin to call Him ... Papa - Daddy - ABBA!
And because ye are sons,
God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts,
crying, Abba, Father.
Wherefore thou art no more a servant,
but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
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