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Bible Text: John 1:12-13; Romans 8:15-16; Galatians 3:26 |

INTRO:  As good as your earthly father may have been, he wasn’t perfect.  There is only one perfect father and that is God, the Father.  Today we will look at some of God’s characteristics as Father and what this means to those who are His children.  May the Holy Spirit speak to you during this sermon.

F – Faithful Provision & Care (Matthew 6:25-33)

- People know God as “a” father but not necessarily as their Father.

- How many of us didn’t feel assured of our Father’s provision when we prayed “give us this day our daily bread”?

- When our means are inadequate, we are to trust God because He is faithful.

- He provides – not in our greed but in our need.

- We can have things, as long as our things don’t have us.

- Jesus told us not to be anxious about our lives.

- God will take care of us; He knows what we need.

- We need to seek God first and then all these things will be given to us.

- Our Father will give us good gifts (Matthew 7:11).

- We have nothing to worry about; we need to trust God.

- Do we really trust God?

- It is easy to say, but harder to put into practice.

- Anxiety shows a lack of faith and trust in His love and care for us.

- He is faithful; we can always count on Him.

- His provision may look different than what we think it should be.

- Our Father wants to do much more than we can imagine.

- He wants to be our heavenly Father.

- He is a good God and a good Father.

- God made this promise:  I will never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5).

- There is no place we can go that God is not already there.

- God will never turn His heart from us; He will never reject us.

- We may have felt rejected or abandoned by our earthly fathers.

- We may look to “things” to try to find fulfillment.

- It is never enough; we won’t ever be filled up with things.

- We need to keep our lives free from the love of money and be content (Hebrews 13:5).

- When we come to Christ, we realize that in God the Father we have every provision and care we will ever need.

- But God never promised that we would have what we thought we needed or wanted.

A – Attentive Always (Matthew 10:29-31)

- Attentive is alert, wide awake, watchful.

- God is wide awake; He doesn’t sleep.

- He is ever-watchful; He is watching even when we don’t think He is watching.

- God knows the number of hairs on our heads; He cares about us.

- We are very valuable to Him; He sent His Son to die for us.

- God SO LOVED the world – us.

T – Time Commitment (Matthew 6:33)

- Seek first the kingdom of God.

- Seek God more than other things.

- Spend time with God.

- If you spend time with God, He will spend time with you.

- Just talk to God; He will respond to you.

- He will show you how to live a righteous life.

- Our children also need us to spend time with them.

- Children spell “love” -- t - i - m - e, not m - o - n - e - y.

- Time is an essential commodity in any relationship.

H – Heart of Mercy & Grace (Psalm 103:8-13; 1 Peter 1:3)

- God is slow to anger and steadfast in love.

- God is merciful, but this doesn’t mean we can do whatever we want to do.

- Mercy is not getting what we deserve; grace is getting what we don’t deserve.

- To those who belong to Him, He gives everything we don’t deserve but not what we do deserve.

- God wants us to be everything He created us to be; He wants us to be like Jesus.

- We may believe God is mad at us, that He is disgusted with us and we can never be good enough.

- If that is what we think, we will be afraid of God.

- Those thoughts are from the devil; the devil wants us to run away from God.

- God is tenderhearted and gracious.

- God took our punishment so we could come before the throne of grace.

- Jesus said, “It is finished.”  This means paid-in-full, forgiven.

- We won’t become what He wants us to become without His grace and mercy.

- James 4:6:   “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

E – Expressive Affection (Matthew 3:16-17)

- This is God saying He is proud of us.

- Some of the deepest wounds of a child are a father’s wounds.

- Fathers need to express their love for their children.

- Rules without relationship lead to rebellion.

- Children need to feel a sense of worth from their dads.

- Physical touch, a hug, is important.

R – Relational Authority (Hebrews 12:7-10; Ephesians 6:2-4)

- God is our ultimate authority.

- He is our authority, but He also desires relationship with us.

- Jesus is our representation of God.

- Fathers also need to have a relationship with their children.

- Fathers shouldn’t exasperate their children (Ephesians 6:4).

CONCLUSION:  We barely touched the surface of who God, the Father is.  He is the Perfect Father.  In fact, He’s the kind of Father we’ve always wanted and needed, and He is the Father who is available to you.  It all begins with knowing Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.  To know Jesus is to know God, the Father.  Do you know Jesus?  Have you placed your faith and trust in Him?

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