He Became a Father

The holiday season is now upon us. As the days get busier and the stores get more crowded, we begin to turn our attention to one of the most favored days of the year, Christmas. Throughout this series, we will take a focused look at the day Christmas celebrates: the day Jesus was born. This series will unpack the ramifications of Jesus’ birth and his revelation to the world from four different perspectives. First, we will look at the day that from our perspective appears to be the day God became a Father. In the Old Testament, it appears that God was so distant, but this day seemed to change the way the entire world would relate to God. No longer would God be just some distant being which ruled the universe. Now we see God as a relational Father desiring to walk through this life alongside each one of us.

Awkward Introductions:

The passage where we first begin to see God as Father is found in Luke 1:26-38. As we begin to read this passage, it becomes very apparent that we are entering into an extremely awkward moment in the history of mankind. God has just sent a messenger angel (his wingman) to share with a young teenage woman named Mary that she is about to deliver the Son of God into the world. As awkward as it must have been for God to so quickly reveal his plan to Mary, we find that God had planned this encounter for far longer than Mary could have ever imagined. God revealed throughout the Old Testament 44 different prophecies which were indications that the person who fulfilled them would be the person sent by God to redeem the world. We see that from the beginning of the Bible and throughout history God was constantly revealing this plan. Mary only became aware of her role in this plan as she was capable of handling it. Sometimes God protects us from our destiny because we would be incapable of accepting his plan for the entirety of our life.

God’s Plan:

What we should understand from this interaction between God and Mary is that God does desire to tell us what our future is, what we were created to be. Then, we must realize that we were created to do more than we can even fathom. Yes, God know what struggles you have in life currently, but you haven’t seen his plans for you. God has included you in these plans longer than you can imagine. The fulfillment of our destiny merely requires your obedience to God’s revelation. Finally, your required obedience is to God, not man or any other created being. Everyone may look from the outside and think this looks wrong (such as a 14 year old girl pregnant out of wedlock who claims to be a virgin carrying the Son of God), but it is your responsibility to respond to God.

Fatherhood:

This day ultimately cost God much more than it ever did Mary. Father chose to break every religious presupposition that the coming Savior would be a dominant militant force. God paid the ultimate price to be the Father, but he didn’t just become Father of the Son. He opened up an opportunity to adopt all those who would come to him. God’s ultimate desire is to adopt you as his child.

Pastor Zac Breckenridge

LifeBridge Jonesboro

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Not Your Dad

Listen, I’m going to be honest with you. We’ve got daddy issues and not just one or two of them. We’ve got a lot of them. I must surmise that we cannot live like we are supposed to until we deal with them. This series is aimed at dealing with those issues which harm us the most.

Defining Daddy Issues:
“Daddy issues” has been this term coined in America which is used to describe individuals who act and react in their life based on the misguided direction of a father-figure or in most cases the lack of such father-figure in their life at all. Statistics have proven that the lack of a father-figure in a child’s life dramatically increase the child’s probability of enduring hardships throughout their life.

Developing Daddy Issues:
The overwhelming results that researchers have found correlating the absence of a father or a poor relationship to one’s father did not develop overnight, nor over a few years for that matter. Many, if not most, Americans have adopted a mentality of seclusion coupled with a lack of vulnerability. We want to appear to those around us that we have it all together. This lack of vulnerability places us on a pedestal for everyone to watch our every move. When a mistake is made, the higher you are, the harder you fall. This concept has directly affected parenting in the previous generations and caused parents to not disclosure shortcomings to their children. It doesn’t take long though for most of us to realize that not every decision our parents make do we agree is best for our lives. This has caused children within our generation to have shattered realities and the more embittered the generation becomes the more the statistics rise.

Defeating Daddy Issues:
Where will we get our role model then to defeat daddy issues in our lives? We must turn to God. He is THE Father. Yes, he is holy and he is King of Kings, but he is also our provider. He provides everything we need. The Father sent his Son. The Father gives the Spirit. The Father adopts you and gives you the heavenly inheritance. Once we acknowledge that our father (mother, grandparents, manager, boss, mentor, and anyone else who has invested in your life) is a human and therefore messes up because we all mess up, then we can be empowered to forgive the one who has hurt us because they didn’t measure up to all we desired for them to be. Next, we must rely on the true Father. Father God is the embodiment of everything a father can and should be. He is all we need. We must forgive those who hurt us and rely on the only one who can be everything we are searching for in a father. It’s time to deal with your daddy issues.

Pastor Zac Breckenridge
LifeBridge Jonesboro

Not Your Daddy

They said to him therefore, “Where is your Father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither me nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also.” (John 8:19 ESV)

The biggest issue in the modern church is not idol god worship; it’s idle God worship. We all have a different perspective on what it means to be a father. Often times, we believe early on that everyone’s dad is like our dad. However, that simply isn’t true. Jesus’ primary mission while on earth was to reveal who is God the Father.

 

Idol Father:

Idol god worship refers to those who worship a false “god” that can do nothing as though it can do everything. Idols get their power by humans giving their authority to demons. The enemy’s goal in idol god worship is to keep you active and give you power outside of the church.

 

Idle Father:

Idle God worship refers to those who worship the true God who can do everything as though he can do nothing. Idle God worship occurs when humans follow the rules of man above the Law and love of God. The enemy’s goal in idle God worship is to keep you inactive, ineffective, unfruitful, and powerless within the church.

 

God the Father:

The way we worship the one true God who can do everything as though he can do everything is by recognizing who that God really is. Acknowledging the attributes and characteristics of God the Father will help us to see who he is in relation to us. God’s attributes are his permanent intrinsic qualities. God is spirit, personal, characterized by life, infinite, and constant (to name a few). God’s character develops based on the revelation of himself to humanity. Morally, God is holy, righteous, and pure. His integrity is genuine and faithful. His love is benevolent, graceful, merciful, and persistent. He is merciful because he doesn’t give us what we deserve, but is graceful because he gives us what we don’t deserve.

 

Who is Your Father?

Romans 8:15 says, “For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’” From the moment we accept Jesus as Savior, we receive the Holy Spirit within our hearts. The Spirit is who empowers us to have a right understanding and relationship with God the Father.

Who is your Father? If you haven’t had a full relationship with God the Father, turn to Jesus today and allow the Holy Spirit to empower you in this area.

Pastor Zac Breckenridge

LifeBridge Jonesboro