Reminders on enjoying heart to heart with the Father

Series 10

Episode 5

Prologue

Brothers and sisters, today’s topic of Treasures for the Soul is “Reminders on enjoying heart to heart with the Father.” In this message, we are reminded to practice beholding the Father—realize that He is on the throne, with infinite glory, as described in Revelation chapter 4. We also see that the infinite Lord is at the right hand of the Father; and our life is bound up with the Father’s life. Some Bible verses can help us to meditate on the Father and pray to Him more often. For instance, Psalms 32:8 helps us to realize that the Father instructs, teaches, and counsels us with His eye upon us. Abba has involved Himself in our life and daily living. Let us realize Him more often.

Message

Everyday, we behold the Father and realize that He is on the throne. Revelation chapter 4 tells us that the Father has infinite glory and beauty. As seen by Stephen, the Son of Man is standing at the right hand of God (ref. Acts 7:55). I have believed in the Lord for sixty years. I treasure calling to the Lord every day. I don’t just call Him “Lord;” But I especially enjoy calling Him “Lord, the love of my youth.” This reminds me of the days when I first believed. Indeed, He is the love of my youth. The Lord’s passion, grace, and love are tremendous.
I also treasure so much that God is my dearest Father. Therefore, every day we should realize that our life is bound up with Abba’s life. I want to share some tips with you on enjoying being heart to heart with the Father. When we talk to God, oftentimes, we talk to the Lord. We may not talk to the Father as much. Same goes for Bible reading. When we read about God or Yahweh in Psalm, for example, we are more likely to think of the Lord. Yahweh is the everlasting and self-existing LORD. Actually, the Father is Yahweh, and so is the Lord. Therefore, Yahweh can refer to both the Father and the Lord. Isaiah 53:6 reads, “And the LORD (Yahweh in Chinese translation) has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” In this verse, “the LORD” was referring to the Father, but in some cases, “Yahweh” refers to the Lord. We often direct our thoughts to the Lord when reading Psalm. As a matter of fact, we can also think of the Father in many cases. This will help us better understand the love of the Father. For example, Psalms 32 gives us warmth when we read it as words from the Father. However, we do need to be mindful that in some cases such as prophecies specifically about the Lord, this cannot be used for the Father.
For those scripture that can be applied to both the Father and the Lord,applying them (Thomas) considering them with respect to the Father gives us a better understanding and deeper enjoyment of the Father. Of course, for the scriptures that specifically refer to the Lord, we cannot read them by applying them with respect to the Father. In the Old Testament, the understanding of the Father and the Lord were not that clear.
Psalm 32:8-9 read, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding, which must be curbed with bit and bridle, or it will not stay near you.”
This passage tells us that God will instruct us. It’s true that the Lord will instruct and gaze upon us. He will teach us in the way we should go. It is also appropriate to consider this passage as words from the Father. It helps me a lot when I think of the Father instructing and teaching me in the way I should go. I feel the intimacy with the Father. He counsels me with His eye upon me. Aren’t you happy to hear the words from the Father? He is so close and intimate with us when He says, “I will teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.”
Psalm 139:3 reads, “You search out my path and my lying down…” Psalm 139:18 reads, “…I awake, and I am still with you.” We can read these verses with respect to the Father. The Father is with me through the night. His eyes are on me. When we think of God, we know that the Father also plays a part. Though we often think of the Lord more than the Father, the reality is that the Father is also very involved. Seeing the Father more is very helpful to us.

Series 10

Enjoy Being Heart to Heart with the Father

Message Date: 2020-02-23

John 17 records the Lord’s prayer to the Father, which disclosed the deepest desire of the Lord and the Father–that we could deeply enjoy the love with which Abba loved the Lord. Right at the beginning of His prayer, the Lord mentioned the fruit of the cross, which is eternal life. This is our greatest treasure, our personal firsthand experience of knowing Abba and the Lord. The Lord came to the earth to manifest Abba’s name, so that we could experience Abba and live in the boundless love with which Abba loved the Lord. He mentioned multiple times that it was the Father who sent Him; He treasured that Abba had sent Him to become a Man, to be born for us, and to die for us. All these that happened among the Trinity God are so astonishing! Abba chastised and forsook His beloved Son because of our sins, so that the church could appear. Today, the Lord praises the Father in the midst of the congregation. We should worship Abba, pay attention to being heart to heart with Him every day.
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The Love Desire in the Depths of Abba and the Lord’s hearts

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Fruit of the Lord’s Crucifixion: Eternal Life

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The Lord Came to Manifest the Father’s Name

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The Father Sent His Only Begotten Son

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Reminders on enjoying heart to heart with the Father

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The Father’s Desire for Me is Forever Steadfast