2017-06-14 / Columns

“Cry” Out To God

By Matthew Thornton

Romans 8:15: 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.”

God does not give us a number of spirits, a number of senses and emotions that we simply cannot deal with or overcome. How many of us have sensed fear in our everyday lives? How many of us have unmasked a sin that revealed itself as fear?

Fear underlies many of our thoughts and motives. Often, these thoughts run through our heads….

I’m afraid of doing this because... I’m afraid of saying this because... I don’t want to do that because... I’m worried about this because... I’m worried about so and so because...

Fear is the underlying motive for all of these statements, and many life events and choices. Is this really how we think our Heavenly Father designed us to live our lives? Never make a decision or act out of fear! If you can learn to identify motive, you can easily discern, or know, what it is that God wants you to do. It is as simple as this: If you think you should, should not do something, ask yourself: What is the real motive here? You will hear your own spirit rise up within you and give you the answer.

If it’s fear, it’s not from God, and you simply, flat out refuse to act on it.

Say no to fear! Fear is not the way our Heavenly Father designed us to live! He did not design us to live cowardly, fearful, anxiety filled lives! Rather God designed us to be confident, walking with our head held high, knowing just how big our Father is!

As the scripture says, we can cry out to God for help, guidance, instruction, and wisdom! Here, we are instructed to cry out to God by saying “Abba, Father!” When you ask something of God, do you really want it? Are you really desperate enough for an answer that you will “cry” out to God? Here, the word “cry” in the original language of Greek literally means to cry out to God aloud, with urgency, as if shrieking even! Moreover, it is descriptive of a cry that is expressed with deep emotion and inarticulate sounds, you could say, a heart cry that goes beyond the limits of words. Do you communicate to God this way?

As we celebrate this Father’s day, I encourage you to consider your own relationship with God. He is our Father, in such a greater, most perfect, and infinite way. It is from Him that we learn to be excellent father’s to our own children. If we’re not learning from the best, we’re not going to be the best to our children.

What happens when your children “cry” out to you? You’ll go out and move mountains for sure! As Dads we all know how a child’s cry, even without words, can pierce the heart to the core.

Be encouraged that God’s heart is desperate to move mountains in your life as well. But we’ve got to want Him. We’ve got to not want to be afraid anymore. We’ve got to be desperate to learn of Him, take His guidance and wisdom, and use it to reflect divine character to our children.

This Father’s Day…I encourage you to “cry” out to God. Not just in a few words, a prayer at bedtime, or only when you need some help. I encourage you to cry out to God for guidance, for wisdom, for answers in every situation of life. Cry out to God and ask Him to teach you how He is the best Father by far, and how to reflect that glory to your children.

Matthew Thornton is the pastor at Riverside Alliance Church, 110 Stockton Ave, Walton NY 13856;

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