In the moment James 4:6 comes to mind. As I looked at it just now, it seemed to me the whole chapter is on target with the elaboration I had intended.
“… the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.” John 14:17-19 NIV
What I want to say here is that the impartation of Grace is a package deal. It not only comes with DNA of God, it also comes with which an “Everlasting Father,” (Isaiah 9:6) to watch over His very own DNA in us.
“If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. 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?” Hebrews 12:7-9 KJV
Our heavenly father is not far from any of us, and for many of us He has gone so far as to come to us with skin on in the fatherhood included among those Jesus promised to us in His “100 times” promise of Mark 10:29, 30.
“Even if you had ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel.” 1 Corinthians 4:15 NIV
The truth of this didn’t end with Paul as many would have us believe. The key thing we need to appreciate is that all of this is of GRACE – relationships of GRACE! If we have been given the kind of eyes that are able to see, and the kind of ears that are able to hear, we see, hear and appreciate that this is all the impartation of GRACE. The Grace of Spiritual fatherhood looks after and nurtures the Grace of God’s DNA in us as we grow up into Him who is the Head, even Jesus Christ, Ephesians 4:7-24.
In Short, It’s All GOOD, because It’s All God. :-)
See also A Woman Posted on October 22, 2011 by LovingLikeGod.com
Thank you Jay. I love God’s grace, His greatest gift. I am so glad that I “got it” early. I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We, indeed, have much to be grateful for. I hope you are enjoying all your company. Wishing I were there, hopefully in the Spring. Love to all. donna
Wow this message is of such importance and I’m seeing that the father’s heart is not satisfied in even providing foster care or adoption for His children but wants them to know Him in such closeness as to impart His own DNA into them. There are so many who are willing to teach and instruct others , but to really love them enough to willingly pour out their very life for them is very rare…We so desperately need more spiritual parents as you Jay that truly care …Sadly, there are many orphaned children that do not even have a foster parent to care for them, let alone a adoptive parent or if they do they eventually realizes that they are only being used as merchandise to fill a emotionally or financially void and are not truly loved, cared for or even wanted ..
My heart cry’s out that I and others may come to that fullness of Grace to have the Fathers Gods heart for all His children… His Love becoming Life in and through us more and more ,touching others… Love begetting love ,one to another … “The Hope of Glory .”
Thank You! My hope here with this blog is that more of the saints will come to see that God the Father wants to give Himself to us in others, and us to others in this personal family relationship way so that when it happens by the Spirit’s prompting/doing we will not miss the moment, and just walk on by those he wants to give us as gifts. It is also my hope that the professionals will stop seeing others as someone to do, but rather someone to love!
Perhaps there will be those who have read this blog post, who on reflection realize that there have been those encounters, but without understanding became missed opportunities for the increase of Jesus’ more abundant life in relationship to and with others. Ultimately TRUTH is relationship. That’s just how God is! :-)
I want to add that “spiritual” mothers also exist.
I trust on this blog that goes without saying! :-)
A word only begins to live when it said.