Thought for the week – 27.6.19

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When I’m thinking about how God intended our relationship with Him, there are a few Bible verses and thoughts coming to me. They’re my thoughts, but I would like to share them with you.

Let me ask you this first: How ‘close’ are you with God? How intimate would  you describe your relationship with Him? Distant, familiar, close, intimate?

Here are a few Bible verses related to this topic.

In John 7:39 we read that Jesus had to be glorified before the Spirit would be given. Then in Acts 2:38 it says that when we decide to follow Jesus, we’ll receive forgiveness and the gift of the Holy Spirit. Being forgiven and accepted, the Spirit Himself has come to live in us.

Then in Romans 8:15 it says that we have received the Spirit of adoption (becoming a legal child of God), by whom we cry “Abba, Father”. The term ‘Abba’ is an Aramaic word for father, but it’s been used to “express a high degree of closeness with reverence” (from netbible.org). In our modern day English we could translate this in using ‘Daddy’, in an intimate and  respectful way.

If we draw these verses together, we can conclude: Jesus had to leave so that the Holy Spirit could come and live in us. It’s through the Spirit (the Spirit of adoption) that we can cry to our heavenly Father, our Daddy. Think about how intimate God desires our relationship with Him to be. Experience His love for you when you open up for Him. Surrender to Him.

Be blessed.

Arno Bremer
Youth with a Mission (YWAM)