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My Heavenly Father - Pastor Stacey Shiflett

My Heavenly Father

Matthew 6:9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

 

Intro: Today is Father’s Day.

You may have a great dad.

You may not have a dad.

You may have a dad, but you are not close to him for whatever reason.

You may have several dads; depending on your family dynamic.

No matter what the status is of your earthly father, God can be your Father!

God has promised to be a father to the fatherless.

·        Psalms 68:5 A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation.

 

I want to preach for a little while on “My Heavenly Father.”

I rejoice this morning that the Creator of the Universe is My Heavenly Father!

He’s the only Perfect Father that has ever existed!

In John 17, Jesus called him “Righteous Father” and “Holy Father.”

 

The Apostle Paul used the phrase “God our Father” no less than 11 times in his writings.

In the Gospel of Matthew alone, Jesus made the statement “Father which is in heaven” 15 times.

The Sermon on the Mount (chapters 5-7) was filled with references to the Father. (15 times)

An awareness of our Heavenly Father will impact every area of our lives.

Having a love and appreciation for your Heavenly Father will accomplish several aspects of your Christian life.

 

We see in Chapter 5, it will affect:

               A. The Shining of our Christian Light – vs. 13-16

·        Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

 

               B. The Showing of our Christian Love – vs. 43-48

Matthew 5

·        43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.

·        44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

·        45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven:

 

There are at least twelve references to our Heavenly Father in Matthew chapter 6.

We see in Chapter 6, a love for your Heavenly Father will impact:

               C. The Secrets of our Christian Life

 

1. Our Giving – vs. 1-4

·        Matthew 6:1 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.

 

2. Our Praying – vs. 5-13

·        Matthew 6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

 

3. Our Forgiving – vs. 14, 15

Matthew 6

·        14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:

·        15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

 

 4. Our Fasting – vs. 16-18

Matthew 6

·        17 But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face;

·        18 That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.

 

5. Our Trusting – vs. 26-32

Matthew 6

·        31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

·        32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

·        33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

 

On this Father’s Day, I want to rejoice in the fact that God is my Father!

I want to love and appreciate and honor My Heavenly Father this morning for several reasons.

 

I. He Birthed Me

I must tell you something this morning that many people do not know.

If you are not saved, God is not your Heavenly Father.

There is a huge percentage of people that believe that everyone is a child of God.

That is not true, and Jesus taught that clearly in John chapter 8.

 

John 8

·        38 I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father.

·        39 They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham.

·        40 But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham.

·        41 Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.

·        42 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.

·        43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.

·        44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

·        45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.

 

I am extremely grateful for the fact that He allowed me to be born into His family!

John 1

·        11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.

·        12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

·        13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

 

The love of God that was extended to me that made it possible for me to be called a son of God.

What a blessing!

1 John 3

·        1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

·        2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

 

II. He Blisters Me

One of the greatest confirmations of being a child of God is when He corrects us.

·        God will rebuke and reprove His children.

·        God will correct His children.

·        He will chasten His children.

·        He will even scourge His children if they need it.

Jesus said in Revelation:

·        Revelation 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

 

You don’t hear much preaching anymore about the chastening hand of God.

Very rarely do you hear a child of God giving thanks for the rod of chastisement.

The Psalmist David was clear in Psalm 23 – thy rod AND thy staff – they comfort me!

There is great comfort in knowing that we have a Heavenly Father that will correct us when we need it!

 

Being corrected by God and chastened by God is an established fact for a child of God.

·        Deuteronomy 8:5 Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the LORD thy God chasteneth thee.

 

God’s Word commands the child of God to maintain the right attitude toward the correction of God.

·        Job 5:17 Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty:

Proverbs 3

·        11 My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction:

·        12 For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.

 

If you don’t ever get a spanking from God, that is evidence that you are not His child!

Hebrews 12

·        5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:

·        6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

·        7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?

·        8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.

·        9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?

·        10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.

·        11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

 

I am the Christian that I am today because My Heavenly Father has chastened me many times as a child of God.

 

III. He Blesses Me

I cannot tell you how grateful I am today that My Heavenly Father is so good to me!

·        Psalms 68:19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.

·        Matthew 7:11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

·        James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

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