Thursday, April 16, 2009

Thankful Thursday - Daughter of the King
Laurie, from Women Taking a Stand, is hosting this week. She has chosen a great theme for Thankful Thursday. We are daughters of the King.

He Reigns

"But you, O God, are my king from of old; you bring salvation upon the earth." ~ Psalm 74:12 (NIV)

"On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS." ~ Revelation 19:16 (NIV)

The Lord reigns as King of kings and Lord of lords. There is no other God but Him. I rejoice at His power and sovreignty and might. I am humbled by His holiness and brought low by the grace He gives.
The Greek word for King is basileus. It means:
1) leader of the people, prince, commander, lord of the land, king

My Father, the King
"For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father." The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children." ~ Romans 8:15-16 (NIV)

The Greek word for Abba is, suprisingly to me, abba. The outline of Biblical usage is:

Abba = "father"

1) father, customary title used of God in prayer. Whenever it occurs in the New Testament it has the Greek interpretation joined to it, that is apparently to be explained by the fact that the Chaldee "ABBA" through frequent use in prayer, gradually acquired the nature of a most sacred proper name, to which the Greek speaking Jews added the name from their own tongue.
Abba is of Aramaic origin. 'Ab is a noun which means: father.

Now Father, or patēr, in Greek, means:
1) generator or male ancestor
a) either the nearest ancestor: father of the corporeal nature, natural fathers, both parents
b) a more remote ancestor, the founder of a family or tribe, progenitor of a people, forefather: so Abraham is called, Jacob and David
1) fathers i.e. ancestors, forefathers, founders of a nation
c) one advanced in years, a senior
2) metaph.
a) the originator and transmitter of anything
1) the authors of a family or society of persons animated by the same spirit as himself
2) one who has infused his own spirit into others, who actuates and governs their minds
b) one who stands in a father's place and looks after another in a paternal way
c) a title of honour
1) teachers, as those to whom pupils trace back the knowledge and training they have received
2) the members of the Sanhedrin, whose prerogative it was by virtue of the wisdom and experience in which they excelled, to take charge of the interests of others
3) God is called the Father
a) of the stars, the heavenly luminaries, because he is their creator, upholder, ruler
b) of all rational and intelligent beings, whether angels or men, because he is their creator, preserver, guardian and protector
1) of spiritual beings and of all men
c) of Christians, as those who through Christ have been exalted to a specially close and intimate relationship with God, and who no longer dread him as a stern judge of sinners, but revere him as their reconciled and loving Father
d) the Father of Jesus Christ, as one whom God has united to himself in the closest bond of love and intimacy, made acquainted with his purposes, appointed to explain and carry out among men the plan of salvation, and made to share also in his own divine nature
1) by Jesus Christ himself
2) by the apostles

How intimate, yet holy, our Father is. As Creator God, He holds the stars in the Heavens and the stars in my eyes. I am captivated by His holiness yet how personable He is. He is our Father God.

What a privelege to be called children of God.
Many people have a hard time identifying with God as a loving Father, especially if their earthly father was less than loving in word or deed. I have mentioned before that my earthly Daddy was an alcoholic (recovered now)and was emotionally and verbally abusive. Despite my rebellion in my teen years, one thing I knew clearly when I was younger and know even more now is that I was and am loved. There was no lack of love in our home.
One of my earliest memories is of me being sick one hot summer day and Daddy coming in from the garden after picking butterbeans. He sat down for a minute before he hit the shower and I hopped up on his lap and nestled my chin into the folds of his neck. He may have been sweaty and grimy and a little stinky after working so hard all day, but he was all I wanted. I needed comfort and love and just to be held. Tears are pooling in my eyes as I type this because I remember that just a few months ago, when I had that awful bronchitis and sinus infection and ear infections and respiratory virus and ached from head to toe, my Dad came up and I told him I was sick. Instead of backing away like I had the plague he let me get my hug. I was held then and I was held now. If I was smaller I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I could have nestled up to him without him fearing catching what I was had. Why? Because that's what Daddy's do.

Our God is the same, yet even much better. We can run to Him and nestle up to Him and just be so comforted and loved. We can be held by the King of the Universe. How AWESOME is that?! He loves us *that* much!

Who We Are in Christ
"Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God." ~ Romans 5:1-2 (NIV)

Oh, how thankful I am to be the Daughter of the King. Christ Jesus gave us the justification through our faith in Him. We have actually gained access to His grace by our faith and because He loves us! What an honor!

The Greek word for access is prosagōgē. It means:
1) the act of bringing to, a moving to
2) access, approach
a) to God, i.e. that relationship with God whereby we are acceptable to him and have assurance that he is favourably disposed towards us

Can you imagine that He died just for you?! Death on a Cross! Death could not hold Him and He rose again. Now we rejoice in the hope of eternal life with Him.



Questions for Reflection: Do you make the most of your access to your Heavenly Father? Have you accepted Jesus as your Savior? If not, email me at sisterchick1@yahoo.com and let's chat.
Verse for the Day: "But you, O God, are my king from of old; you bring salvation upon the earth." ~ Psalm 74:12 (NIV)
Prayer: Father, what a privelege to call You Father. Thank You for loving us so much that You sent Your Son to die for us. I praise You that we have access to You through Him. I cannot express enough my gratitude at the comfort, love and peace You give. I just don't have the words. My heart is full to bursting, Lord, and I praise You for giving me the privelege of being the daughter of a King. In Jesus' Name I pray, Amen.

A - Approach God with confidence. "Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need." ~ Hebrews 4:16 (NIV)
C - Connect with God in prayer daily. "Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me!" ~ Psalm 66:20 (NIV)

C - Choose to learn more about God's love for you and His ways through reading His Word. "I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word." ~ Psalm 119:15-16 (NIV)
E - Expect to spend eternity with the Father who loves you so much. "Keep yourselves in God's love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life." ~ Jude 1:21 (NIV)

S - Seek to honor God as your only King and Father. "Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen." ~ 1 Timothy 1:17 (NIV)

S - Share His love with others, encouraging them to know the Lord. "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." ~ Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV)

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22 comments:

Raye Ann said...

As usual great post. You are such a great source of wisdom. I am always so thankful that I am a daughter of the King of Kings.

Blessings Always

Debra said...

Laurie Ann,

This post struck a deep chord in me. My father and I had a tenuous relationship for most of my life but I can remember running home with my first grade report card that had all A's and he was outside raking and I jumped up in his arms and he swung me around and I, too, had my head nestled in his neck and to this day I remember how he smelled and how he held me and I remember I never felt so safe or so loved!

Beautiful post, my friend. Blessings to you this day!

Melanie said...

Oh, how thankful I am that I can run to God my Father and ANY TIME!

Happy Thankful Thursday, my friend!

P.S. - Thanks so much for the comments you left me earlier today. Every word meant so much to me and offered great encouragement. Love you!

Mary Moss said...

How intimate, yet holy, our Father is. As Creator God, He holds the stars in the Heavens and the stars in my eyes. I am captivated by His holiness yet how personable He is. He is our Father God.

This is a beautiful post!

Alleluiabelle said...

Laurie Ann,

This is truly a beautiful post. Our Heavenly Father, our Abba Father. Oh how I love Him so much. Words can't describe the feelings that I hold for Him, but you did a remarkable job in writing this post. What an inspiration and encourager you are to all who come here. I learn so much from you. You a such a gift from God. Such a gift beautiful sister.

Hugs & Blessings,
Alleluiabelle

CHOCOLATE AND COFFEE said...

Such wisdom! Another great post!

Blessings!

Jerralea said...

I had to comment when you talked about your dad. My dad also was an alcoholic when I was growing up. He did a lot of things wrong, but one thing he did right, was to tell me repeatedly how he loved me and how special I was as I was growing up.

Enjoyed your acrostic. I'm thinking of calling you the "Acrostic Queen."

bp said...

I liked the verses you used about our King! Great! Have a wonderful evening.

Tricia said...

What a wonderful post... you have such a wonderful ministry here!

I have been reading a book about holiness, and I just finished working on my Beth Moore homework which was on how Jesus was royalty and priestly, and how we are the same as children of God... how amazing our God is, and yet so personal! Sometimes it is just too much to truly grasp and understand...

Blessings!

Peggy said...
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Peggy said...

Blessings Daughter of the King Laurie Ann,

With GREAT ACCESS like this, I can see why you are so full of JOY!

It is such a Privilege to be able to call Him Father, ABBA!

And with this, we are sisters. I am so blessed by your prayers, wisdom, seeking heart & mind filled with God's thoughts, gifts & power! You truly inspire us to STUDY the WORD!

Debbie said...

Laurie Ann, once again you wrote such a beautiful and thorough post. What a beautiful example as you shared about your earthly father. I too was fortunate to know that my earthly father loves me. So many women haven't had that experience. Although our earthly fathers aren't perfect, they let us know we are loved and I'm so appreciative of that.

Thank you so much for your prayers for me. I'm beginning to feel better. Prayer makes a difference.

Saleslady371 said...

This is such an inspiration to me. Thank you for sharing your heart and these beautiful scriptures.

More Than Conquerors said...

Thanks, Laurie Ann, for sharing your thankful heart with us. This post is very thorough and encouraging. Love the ACCESS. Precious reminders. Beautiful picture and verse from 1 John. Thanks for your visit and encouragements too. Take care and have a blessed day!

Blessed Mom of 8 said...

A simply beautiful post Laurie Ann!

Praising God for your relationship with your earthly Father.

Praising God that He is our perfect Father who sees us as His princesses - despite our shortcomings!

Hugs and love,
Jill

He And Me + 3 said...

Amen!
I am so glad that He has called me His daughter and that I can access His lap anytime/all the time. What a safe place to be!

Denise said...

Fantastic post.

Marsha said...

I love the question you asked of us, "Do you make the most of your access to your heavenly Father?"

Early on in my faith walk I did not. I was one of those you mentioned that didn't have a good early father to help me identify. I was in my early 30's until I could call my heavenly Father, Father.

Over the past several years, I've made a focused effort to practice His presence...to talk with Him outloud...to seek His counsel...to attempt to see the world through His eyes so I can be His hands.

What a privelege it is to be a daughter of the King!

Thanks for this awesome post, my friend.

LAURIE said...

Laurie Ann,
Wonderful post today for TT! We are daughters of the King! and that means that we are royal sisters....ALRIGHT! Not only do we get to spend time with each other here on the net but we will be together for all eternity! Love and appreciate your ministry here in bloggy world! -Laurie

Pia said...

how wonderful and privileged to be the King's daughter. thank you for this beautiful post. blessings to you, laurie ann.

Michele Williams said...

I love the question you ask us... wow...makes me have to stop and examine my access process! Love the acrostic! As always this is a wonderful post!

mom said...

Thank you for stopping by my Thankful Thursday and so wonderfully sharing your heart here!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~