Why I call God Father excerpt taken from Daughter of the King: Possessing Your Spiritual Inheritance.
In Scripture, there are many different names used to describe God. While all the names of God are important in many ways, the name “Abba Father” is one of the most significant names of God in understanding how He relates to people. The word Abba is an Aramaic word that would most closely be translated as “Daddy.” It was a common term used by young children to address their fathers. It signifies the close, intimate relationship of a father to his child, as well as the childlike trust that a young child puts in his “daddy.”
What a powerful name it is –the name of Jesus Christ. Just speaking the name Jesus shifts the atmosphere. It silences the voice of doubt and unbelief, the fiery darts of the enemy. Jesus came into the world to offer salvation and deliverance to anyone who calls upon His name.
Being a child of God is the highest privilege and honor that can be imagined. We have been, adopted through faith in Christ Jesus which is the source of our hope, the security of our future and the motivation to walk worthy of your calling. Being a daughter of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords calls us to a higher standard, a different way of life, and a greater hope in His unfailing love. It is amazing that a holy and righteous God who is all-powerful, all-knowing, and ever-present, would allow us sinful humans the privilege to call Him “Daddy.” “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” He is our “Abba Father,” and He is the Perfect Father! That’s why I call Him Father.
GOD IS FAITHFUL
We know a characteristic of God is faithfulness. The Israelites were promised a land flowing with milk and honey if they lived by faith and move ahead to possess the land God had promised them. In some ways, my journey has been similar to the children of Israel coming out of Egypt. Egypt represented a place of oppression and slavery for the children of Israel. Because of the Lord’s love and faithfulness, He bought them out with a mighty hand.
But it was because the Lord loved you and kept the oath he swore to your ancestors that he brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the land of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.
The Israelites had to overcome the giants in the land to continue their journey to their Promise Land. The giants struck fear in the hearts of the Israelites, causing some of them to draw back. On our journey, we may experience discouragement, fear, impatience, and unbelief, just as children of Israel did, as we walk in faith and encounter our own giants.
I still face obstacles as I pursue what God has called me to. But I am determined to move ahead despite the obstacles.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfector of faith. For the joy set before him, He endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
God has set a race before each of His children. Run with endurance—relentless perseverance—to finish your race well. God knows the plans He has for you, and He is faithful to bring them to pass as you stay the course He set for you.
I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for. Then you will call to me. You will come and pray to me, and I will answer you. You will seek me, and you will find me because you will seek me with all your heart.”
During this journey, you may be tempted to give up, quit, or stray from the path God has ordained, but remember there is no temptation that can keep you from your God-given destiny. When you are tempted, God will provide a way for you to endure or escape the temptation, if you hold on. God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. When you are tempted, look for His provision of a way out.
The Bible is full of examples of God’s faithfulness to His children. Psalm 119:90 says His “faithfulness continues through all generations.” My favorite verse regarding God’s faithfulness, one that I always lean into as I travel this journey, is found in Joshua 1. Joshua was chosen to lead the children of Israel into the Promised Land after the death of Moses. The Lord said to Joshua, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Dr. Francine is an ordained minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ. She hosts a broadcast called “Going Beyond Church” on Facebook. You can connect with Dr. Francine on Facebook at @afrancinegreen as well as on Twitter @beyond_2017. Visit her website at http://www.afrancinegreen.com.