WHO ARE YOU IN CHRIST JESUS - CALLED BY HIS OWN GLORY AND EXCELLENCE

I’ve been thinking a lot about how I feel when I come to God in prayer and how those feelings have changed over the years.  I loved my earthly father, John Patrick Clair.  As much as I loved him and longed to know him better he was distant and a bit of a mystery to me.  He died when I was eighteen.  Typical of his generation he worked very hard as an attorney and also for the state of Massachusetts.  In addition he helped his sister, Lillian, with a family business after she became a widow.  His parents emigrated from Ireland and his mother was not present for much of his life. 

How we view our earthly father very much impacts how we pray to our heavenly Father.  If we come to Him with the hurts and pains of past wounding we may project that onto God.  We might think we are not entitled to His love or even feel uncomfortable when we consider the depths of His love for us… so great that He died that we might live.  We may, deep down, distrust that He’ll really help us and see Him as capricious.  Our prayers are begging sessions since we've never been taught, or have not dug into His word failing to understand our already established position in the kingdom of God as son's and daughters; princes and princesses of the Most High.  There are so many lies we tell ourselves.  They become fabric in how we internalize and process.  Ask God to help you see Him as He is.  Scripture says this about our Creator and Heavenly Father. 
Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow (James 1: 17). 

Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved (Psalm 55: 22). 
Many have accepted Christ as their Savior, but not as Healer and Deliverer.  This very much impacts the level of faith we have when we pray.  Believe that Jesus is all this and much more.  Ask him to reveal the true and full attributes of his Holy nature to you as Savior, Healer, and Deliverer.   
Also the Glory of Israel will not lie or change His mind, for He is not a man that He should change His mind (1st Samuel 15: 29). 
This being true we can count on His Word being reliable.  God is called, “the Rock,” for a reason. (Deuteronomy 32: 4)  He is the very Word we pray when we pray His promises back to Him.   He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood and His name is called The Word of God (Revelation 19: 13)
Read John 1: 1-5.
For this reason we can count on the next verse:  “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him (Matthew 7: 11).  Also: Luke 11: 13. 
What is our part in this picture?  It is to confess our sins.  Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me (Psalm 51: 10).  Just as in our earthly relationships honesty and confession, when we are wrong, maintains intimate communication.  To stay in fellowship with Jesus Christ means that we get to know Him.   His arms are open to us and his eye never leaves us.  We really and truly are His children.   Many desperate prayers may be pleas for mercy or intervention and daily prayers, when all is going along fairly okay may be cursory; habit rather than heart. 
I’m trying to see the sovereign God of the universe, Jesus Christ more and more as the actual father I never had.  As I lay in bed last night I thought of this verse.  So I say to you, ask and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you (Luke 11: 19).  Also Matthew 7:7.  When a verse is repeated it is an especially important truth to understand, internalize, and believe.    
Father Yahweh is better than any earthly father and so His paternal attributes directed to us are even more loving and expansive than we can imagine.  Before He left planet earth, returning to His heavenly home and seated at the right hand of God, Jesus taught His disciples to pray:  “Pray then, in this way. ‘Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be Your name (Matthew 6: 9).  One memory I do have of my earthly father is that when he was home early enough to have dinner with us he did kneel at the side of the bed with my sister, brother, and I and we prayed the “Our Father” together.  He was a devout Catholic and was the first person in my life to teach me about the value of prayer.  He did this by example and I feel certain that I'll see him in heaven.     
So... what do we know about a perfect Father in heaven?  The door is always open, just as our door would be open to our children.  When our children are in rebellion we long for reconciliation and would not withhold our forgiveness.   We smile when they succeed and we laugh with them; enjoying their company in new ways as they grow and mature.
Trust this.  Not because I write it, but because the substance of His word (The Bible) confirms it. If we spontaneously show up Jesus smiles.  If we cry he cares and offers comfort.  His ear is tuned in our direction; sensitive to every nuance of longing we may feel.  Those sins we have confessed are blotted out, removed as far as the east is from the west; nailed to the cross; long gone and forgotten.  His mercies to us are new and fresh every morning. 

As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.  Just as a father has compassion on His children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him (Psalm 103: 12, 13.  Read all of Psalm 103.  Also Isaiah 43:25. 

If we are in danger He’ll send his angels... For He will give His angels charge concerning you, to guard you in all your ways (Psalm 91: 11). Read all of Psalm 91.   

Here are some little snippets from the New Testament that describe our position in Christ as believers.  When you say these, insert your name.  Tell yourself the truth about how very precious you are to Jesus Christ. 
   
Beloved

Son

Daughter

A bond servant of Jesus Christ


Alien

Called by the will of God

Not sent from men, nor through the agency
of man, but through Jesus Christ.

Sanctified in Christ Jesus

Set apart for the gospel of God.

Predestined by adoption through Jesus Christ.


Chosen before the foundation of the world.

Called by His own glory and excellence.

Called with a holy calling.

Protected by the power of God through faith.

Called not according to our works, but according
to His own purpose and grace.

Much loved and “kept” for Jesus Christ.

Sons and daughters according to the kind
intention of his will.

Salt


Light

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