Father – Son
Matthew 11:27 (NKJV)
27 All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.
Daniel 11:32 (NKJV)
32 Those who do wickedly against the covenant he shall corrupt with flattery; but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.
How does this work?
As you know God increases your faith allows you to do great exploits!
12 Pieces of the Puzzle
Each piece reveals something of God and how we relate
Know God as Father
Important to paint a correct picture…4 elements to pick up on
Represent 4 faces of a father
God loves: 1 John 3:1 (NKJV) Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. The primary defining characteristic
Behold look at the way he loves! Replace your father
1. The Father Loves
God provides: Matthew 6:31-32 (NKJV) Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
If God clothes the birds and the flowers… he will take care
Every good and perfect gift from above!
2. The Father provides
God protects: Psalm 61:3-4 (NKJV) For You have been a shelter for me, A strong tower from the enemy. 4 I will abide in Your tabernacle forever; I will trust in the shelter of Your wings. Selah
He is a strong tower to run to for safety
His security system has no clitches no lapse
3. The Father protects
God leads: Psalm 48:14 (KJV) For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death.
God has never left his people w/o direction
Pillar of fire cloud vision prophets casting lots voice
He orders our steps he sets the course sovereign will
4. The Father leads
These are the 4 faces of God!
Do as a Son
John 8:29 (NKJV) And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him.”
If indeed God is the perfect father… Jesus is the perfect son!
Notice the word ‘please’ what pleases God?
Hebrews 11:6 w/o faith it is impossible to please God!
Jesus did what pleases He trusted his father
That is why he was at peace…in the boat…asleep
He carried what was in the bottom the boat to top of water
It was the result of this incredible trust!
God said this is my son in whom I am well pleased!
To imitate the Son we must trust the Father!
Mark 12:30 (KJV) 30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
This is the perfect response to the Perfect Father!
This is not lip service
This is not flippant
This is not occaisional
Love God the Father with an all in love!
No spectator relationship
This is a no non sense relationship where the Father is first
This is absolute loyalty!
The 1st piece of the puzzle…4 faces and two responses trust/loyalty