Devotionals

The Father Filter

Have you ever played that game?

The one where someone says a word and you have to say the first thing that pops into your head?

School- Meh

Ultimate Frisbee- Fun

Donuts – Sprinkles

Stranger Things 2- YES!

But when this game gets a little more serious it’s no longer a game.

It’s real life with our

real experiences and our

real thoughts.

What you think about when you think about something, or someone, is really important.

We are seeing, thinking, feeling through a filter.

So, let me ask you a question…what do you think about when you think about God?

Maybe you would say He’s the referee. Or if referee doesn’t feel extreme enough, you would say He’s the cop.

He’s the one calling the shots, handing out yellow cards and ticketing you when you’ve messed up.

Maybe you see Him like Santa. He’s the one that gives you stuff. That if you pray the right prayers and do well then He will #bless you.

Maybe you think He is an older man with a rad beard.

Maybe you think He is like a cloud because you can’t quite describe Him and He feels far off and distant. When you try to grasp Him the air passes through your fingers faster than you can feel it.

Maybe you see Him as your homeboy, your ride or die.

Maybe you don’t feel like you fit into any of those categories, maybe you feel like you know where I am headed with this and you feel like the lens in which you view God is pretty accurate.

Or maybe you don’t feel like you fit into any of those categories because you are sitting there staring at this screen with insane doubts debating on if you think God is even real or cares about you at all.

 

Now, if that’s you. I’m just asking you to hang on. Give me to the end of this and then reconsider.

Regardless of where you are at or how you are currently viewing God, it is important to realize that your GOD filter is going to reflect the relationship that you have with Him.

And if we do not see God as FATHER, if we do not think of Him as FATHER when we think about Him, then we need to re-adjust our filter in order to have a healthier and more accurate view of God Himself.

The first instance where we hear God addressed as Father is when Jesus is teaching how to pray…

This, then, is how you should pray; “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be thy name.” Matthew 6:9

 Later on, God is addressed as “Abba” which translates to “Daddy”. That’s like a whole other level. There’s a deepened level of relationship when you rid of formalities.

When this sinks in, and I mean like really takes roots, it almost feels as if it can’t be true.

It will absolutely destroy you in the best way possible when you can see yourself the way God sees you, when you see Him as Someone fighting, orchestrating and sacrificing for your good.

He is out for your good, and He will do it for His glory.

When we believe that we actually have an identity as children of God, addressing Him as “Father…”, brings something new in us. It unveils a level of comfort, care and adoration that is incomparable. Regardless of what we’ve experienced.

Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” Galatians 4:6

If you are questioning or need a reminder that you are a cherished child of God, here’s what you need to remember…

 1. God LOVES you…He literally gave EVERYTHING for you so that you could be in a relationship with Him forever more.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

 2. God’s WITH you…He may not be tangible in the sense of physically seeing and feeling but He is there, and He is present, and He equips you with all that you need.

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

 3. God’s FOR you…He fights on your behalf and is writing a beautiful story for your good and for His glory.

The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still. Exodus 14:14

 

So think about this…think about what you think about when you think about God. And let it wash over you revealing more of who He is. Let Him continue to reveal to you that God is FATHER.

 

The FATHER Filter Application

Prayer: Ask God to enhance your filter for Him, ask Him to give you a heart and a posture that sees Him and speaks to Him as Father.

Scripture: Memorize Matthew 6:9

Say It To Yourself: What do you think about when you think about God? Jesus reveals God as a Father.

Journal: Write about what view you feel like you have of God, if it’s changed or stayed the same, and how it influences the way you interact with Him and others.

Meet the author

Celeste Elizabeth

Celeste Elizabeth

Celeste Elizabeth is honored to be a writer for BigStuf’s blog, but this isn’t her first interaction with the summer camp. She was an intern in 2014, came back as summer staff in 2015, and has since been writing for BigStuf’s blog. Even though her home is in the beautiful city of Colorado Springs working for Red Rock Church as their Communication and Programming Director, she considers BigStuf family and will partner with them whenever she gets the chance! Celeste is a major fan of coffee, a lover of books and words, and is incredibly passionate about the next generation. Check out more of her writing at thecelesteelizabeth.com!

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