Last Sunday, Pastor Jeremiah shared on the Kingdom blessing of the Heavenly Father’s love for you and I. Like the key to your car, it is the foundational principle that makes the powerful gospel of the Kingdom works. This principle is so critical for our life that I felt I should write to remind us regarding it.
Firstly, our spiritual breakthrough comes when we relate to God as His beloved child and not as a distant and impersonal slave, leader, minister or servant. Before He started His ministry and before He could ‘performed’, when Jesus was baptised at the River Jordan, the Father declared that He is beloved and God is well pleased with Him. He is the first born among us and we too must hear and catch a revelation that we are beloved of God and that nothing we can do can please Him more than now. The righteousness of Jesus is upon us.
“The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by Him we cry, “ Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in His sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”
Romans 8:15-17 (NIV)
Like Jesus, we can call God, “ABBA” and we receive the same kingdom blessings and inheritance as Jesus. We have been adopted into God’s family and central to the Family concept is LOVE.
We must therefore learn to hear God through the voice of love. Many of us are too used to hearing voices of fear and condemnation (many have been raised up with the concept of an angry God especially people like me who goes regularly to Chinese temples where the gods have dark, fierce and scary facial expressions). The world is filled with voices of ‘not good enough’ and voices of rejection. When we are so used to hearing unloved voices, we interpret our life circumstances wrongly and often imagine that God is against us instead of believing what the word of God said, that God is FOR us.
No wonder Jesus said we must return to being like children. My granddaughter Celeste interprets everything with love even when we show her a disapproving look for not drinking her milk or for pulling our hair. She just smiles and continue believing that we love her. We must learn to begin to hear God’s voice of love in everything because we are in an everlasting covenant of love and peace that cannot be broken.
“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet My unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor My covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.”
Isaiah 54:10 (NIV)
Like Jesus, let us learn to daily hear the Father’s voice of pleasure and affirmation, “You are My beloved child. In you, I am well pleased”
Pastor Ron Hee