For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
– Romans 8:14-17
“We are in danger of getting into a bargaining spirit with God when we come to Him— we want the witness of the Spirit before we have done what God tells us to do.
“Why doesn’t God reveal Himself to you? He cannot. It is not that He will not, but He cannot, because you are in the way as long as you won’t abandon yourself to Him in total surrender. Yet once you do, immediately God witnesses to Himself— He cannot witness to you, but He instantly witnesses to His own nature in you. If you received the witness of the Spirit before the reality and truth that comes from obedience, it would simply result in sentimental emotion. But when you act on the basis of redemption, and stop the disrespectfulness of debating with God, He immediately gives His witness. As soon as you abandon your own reasoning and arguing, God witnesses to what He has done, and you are amazed at your total disrespect in having kept Him waiting. If you are debating as to whether or not God can deliver from sin, then either let Him do it or tell Him that He cannot. Do not quote this or that person to Him. Simply obey Matthew 11:28, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden….” Come, if you are weary, and ask, if you know you are evil (see Luke 11:9-13).
“The Spirit of God witnesses to the redemption of our Lord, and to nothing else. He cannot witness to our reason. We are inclined to mistake the simplicity that comes from our natural commonsense decisions for the witness of the Spirit, but the Spirit witnesses only to His own nature, and to the work of redemption, never to our reason. If we are trying to make Him witness to our reason, it is no wonder that we are in darkness and uncertainty. Throw it all overboard, trust in Him, and He will give you the witness of the Spirit.”
– Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest
If we have made that total commitment to Jesus, God is our Abba, Father – our Daddy.
It’s odd, my Dad rarely sat down and talked with me. We had few of those heart-to-heart talks. My mother reigned as the matriarch. She sat in her rocker in the living room, and we had to entertain her with intelligent conversation. Praise the Lord, my brother-in-law loved to talk and had thousands of stories.
But where was my Dad? He was in the bedroom, in his recliner, watching a sports channel on television.
When my Dad did talk, in a heart-to-heart fashion, the words were like gold. You wanted to absorb each one and savor the experience.
Yet, we have a Heavenly Father who has given each who are children of God, a Counselor, the Holy Spirit. He is ready to have a conversation. Can you make time to talk to Him?
While my Dad escaped to find his own quiet place, we need to escape to find our quiet place to spend time reading God’s Word and praying. In that combination, those of us who are the children of God can hear God speaking.
We may be asked to go before the ruler to entertain them, regardless whether the ruler is of the household, village, state, or country. When we have been listening to God, we will then have something intelligent to say.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.