Experiencing Father’s Embrace by Jack Frost

Experiencing Father’s embrace is all about choosing to accept our mission in life — the purpose for which God created us. He has created us to experience His love and to make it known to our families and nations.

The Prodigal Father

  • Prodigal means “one who spends or gives lavishly; recklessly extravagant.”
  • The Prodigal Son story (Luke 15) is more about a father’s love and cry for intimacy than it is a son’s rebellion. Although the son did spend his inheritance extravagantly, how much more recklessly did his father give honor, compassion, forgiveness, and grace to his son when he least deserved it?
  • When we value the Father for only what He can do for us, we miss out on the greatest blessing of all – an intimate relationship with Him.
  • Until you value intimacy and love more than what God can do for you, you will continue to have a void in your heart. 

  • God’s love, not your achievements, is what will fill the void in your life.
  • “God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him” (1 John 4:16).
  • Before we can have genuine relationships with others in which we allow ourselves to be honest, open, and vulnerable, it is helpful to first experience the healing comfort of our heavenly Father in those areas of hurt and rejection in our souls (mind, will, emotion, and personality).
  • Not only does God want to be our “happy thought” in those times of distress, fear, and failure; but He also wants us to understand that we are His happy thought as well.
  • The foundation for intimacy with God is the realization that we are His happy thought and that nothing we will ever say or do can change His mind about us. 
  • When you come to believe that you truly are Father God’s happy thought, you will be able to run freely to Him when you sin or when you experience times of distress.
  • Unconditional love is never based upon the merit of the one receiving it; it is based upon the loving nature of the one giving it.

The Older Brother Syndrome

  • It seemed to be perfectly natural to express our love for God by building our identity through hyper-religious activity. Why would people go to the mission filed and die in some developing country and yet not demonstrate affection and love for their own family members? Why would a successful preacher give all of his time to the ministry and yet neglect or even abuse his wife and children? These people would do these things because they are trying to earn love and acceptance by their actions. We have put the Great Commission before the Great Commandment.
  • Do you notice any symptoms of the older brother in your heart?
  • No amount of fasting or study or servitude can earn the love of the Father, especially when the motivation behind these actions is based on a desire for personal gain and reward.
  • When we are more concerned with the opinions of other people than with what God thinks, we start drifting away from intimacy with Him.
  • “Servants can only bring others to a master. Sons are the ones who can point 

    others to their Father” – Jack Winter

  • Bad people loved to hang out with Jesus. Good people wanted to kill Him. How do the lost and hurting feel around you? Do they sense your compassion and concern, or do they feel devalued, shamed, or belittled?

We cannot love God if we don’t love each other (see 1 John 4: 7-8, 20)

  • What reveals a genuine love for God is my ability to convince my family and others of my love for them.
  • This attitude begins at home. It is your responsibility to choose to allow intimacy to become a priority in your life.

“Father, how can I receive Your Love and give it to the next person I meet?” 

  • God wants us to have fellowship with Him, but a true relationship with God will not come at the expense of intimacy with our spouses and families.

The way to the Father’s love is through His Son.

  • To gain a true picture of Father’s feelings toward His children, it is best to turn to the One whose purpose it was to show us the Father.
  • The nature of the Father is the same as that of Jesus: He is love.

Dealing with Father Issues

  • When we release our earthly fathers and begin to come to the Father as a little child in need of a father’s love, we will begin to receive increasing revelation of Father God’s love that is more powerful than any father issues we have carried throughout life.

Would you rather be right or have relationship?

  • How many times have you valued being right over maintaining an intimate relationship with someone else and with God?
  • It is meekness (no self-assertion) that enables us to enter into His rest and prepares our heart to experience Father’s embrace (See Mt 5: 5-11; 11: 25-30).

Receiving a blessing or a curse

  • We make the decision whether to receive mistreatment at the hands of others as a blessing or as a curse. God has promised a blessing if we respond with forgiveness and grace.
  • God wants us to inherit a blessing. All we have to do is give the difficult person a gift that they may not deserve, a gift of forgiveness and grace (See 1 Peter 3: 8-9).
  • Jesus walked out these principles with the one who hurt Him most – Judas.
  • Have you received the difficult people whom God has placed in your life as an instrument of blessing?

Two Paths Into Father God’s Love

  1. A way of great emotional release
  2. A way of humility and faith

Too often we become addicted to the dramatic experience and do not focus enough on our daily walk in Father’s love.

3 primary areas in our daily walk:

1. Walking in the Spirit

  • is a moment-by-moment walking in humility and repentance and dealing with things as they are now, and not waiting for a dramatic experience. Keep short accounts with God. Continually bathe in the cleansing blood of Christ through walking in the light and confessing each sin against love.

2. Humility before God and man

“Humility before God is best measured by our humility before man.” ~ Andrew Murray.

  • The number one hindrance to an intimate walk with God, one in which we truly know and are truly know by Him, is the absence of humility: “for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (1 Peter 5:5).
  • Humility is recognizing my inability to do anything without God’s grace daily filling my emptiness.
  • St Paul found pleasure and glory in his weaknesses and humiliations. He knew humility to be the place of love, blessing, and power (See 2 Cor 12). See acts of humility as a source of deeper experience in God’s love, blessing, and power. Every act of humility before man destroys the workings of pride in my heart.
  • Pride, the lack of humility, is the root of everything that is contrary to Father’s love.  
  • Acts of humility before family & others produce habits where you begin to see others as preferred to yourself and habits breed attitudes where you begin to find pleasure in acts of humility and attitudes strengthen and form your will where you trust God to do the work of defending, honoring, and exalting you that develops your character. 

3. Transparent witnessing

  • Abiding continually in Father’s love means that I am not only receiving the blessings and benefits of His household, but I am also ready at all times to witness of God’s personal dealings with me and my struggles.

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