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"Growing up in God" basically is what I'm going to be talking about these next two weeks - or, if you want to more technically refer to it, we're talking about 'Mature Sonship'. OK? You have to forgive me, because I'm coming right in here in the middle of your program. I'm not sure what you've covered and what you haven't done, but I'm pretty sure that you've covered something to do with the orphan heart, and the Father heart of God, and stuff like that. So I hope you've got your Bible - you have got your Bible? Yeah? Because you'll be needing it tonight. If you have been where I think you have been in this course, the Father heart of God - have you covered that already? The Father heart of God is central to everything that you're learning about being a family, and also fitting in and understanding who your Father is, and the acceptance and the belonging and all that kind of stuff - you've done that, yes? Yes, OK.

I'll never forget the time that that revelation came to me. I had been a Christian many years and I had grown up in a Christian home, and I was even in ministry. When I read 'Father' in Scripture, I just superimposed 'God' onto that - that was just synonymous for 'God', another name of God - but didn't go any deeper than that. It may even have been understood by me as, you know, 'He's the Father of Jesus'. But I didn't understand the import of what it means to actually know God as our 'Abba Father' - and you know 'Abba' means 'Daddy', really; and it's derived from Aramaic baby speak. We say 'Mama, Dada', they say 'Imma, Abba'. So this cry that comes up, it's a cry of adoption; the cry of the Son of God by His Spirit who dwells within us is when we cry out 'Abba, Father'. I'll never forget the change and the revolution that brought into my life. I hope that you, if you haven't already, are getting that revelation and it's changing you as well.

The Father heart of God is central to everything that you're learning about being a family...

In fact, this has kind of become a movement right across the world, as we rediscover Abba Father's heart. Actually the prophecy that many people link to this, Malachi chapter 4 verse 6; that in the end times, that God will turn the hearts of the fathers toward the children, and turn the hearts of the children back to the fathers. I think that's what's happening with this teaching. So I hope that you're starting to revel in what it means to be a child of God. Yeah? What it means to have God as your Abba, your Daddy in heaven. John 1:12 says: 'To as many as received Him, to them God gave the authority to be called the children of God'. Now that verse, in some versions, says 'sons of God'; but actually the true word is 'children of God' - and that's important, as you'll see in a moment or two. The Greek word is 'teknon'. Just try and remember that, but it's distinguished actually from the word for 'son', which is 'huios'. Now, this is basically the premise of what I'm going to share with you tonight. It's good, for a season, to be completely overwhelmed with the Father heart of God. In fact, it's necessary, and I would encourage you never to lose the wonder of that. There should be a childlikeness that stays with us for the rest of our Christian existence. OK, so understand what I'm not saying: you don't want to ever lose that. If you lose that, you get into trouble very quickly. That happens to me from time to time: somewhere along the way, I get into a performance mentality and I realise I've lost Father's heart again. But all that being said, there comes a time when you have to grow up from being a child to being a son.

Now, let me just clarify here: when I'm talking about 'sons' and 'sonship', that is not to the exclusion of the females in our gathering. The reason why we talk about 'sonship' is that in the Bible times it was only sons that had inheritance. So when we talk about the inheritance, that we are due as Christians in Jesus, we talk about it as 'sonship' - but it covers, of course, the daughters as well. So, if my thinking is right, you've learned the difference between an orphan and a child. Yeah? You did the list, and the poverty stuff, and all that kind of thing. But I want to encourage you tonight to think of, right, if you understand that you're no longer an orphan any more, right? So that means you're a child. You've got an identity, you know who your Father is, and you know who you are. You've also got an inheritance that's coming your way, slaves don't have inheritances, neither do orphans, but only children do. But I want to take you a step further tonight and understand that there's a difference between a child and a son.

I want to take you a step further tonight and understand that there's a difference between a child and a son...

It's one thing to gain an inheritance, coming from orphanhood to childhood, but it's a different thing altogether to be able to access that inheritance - or, to put it in another way, to use it well. So to contrast that, do you remember the prodigal son, Luke chapter 15? OK, so we would all be in agreement to say the younger son, having received his inheritance - and the Bible says that both sons received inheritance from the father - but the younger son wasted it in prodigal living, riotous, wasteful living, on prostitutes and drunkenness, etc. So he was a son who got his inheritance, but he wasted it. But then the other guy - and remember, the prodigal son is about two sons, not just the one; it's actually about the Father's heart more than either of the sons - but there's another older fellow in the story at the latter part of the chapter. We find that he is a son, and he doesn't even leave Father's house - not like the wayward guy - but he has never accessed his inheritance.

There's one verse that I want to emphasize to you, it's Luke 15:31: 'And the father said to him, 'My child, you are always with me and all that I have is yours''. Now, some versions translate that 'my son', it's actually not the word for 'son', 'huios', it's the word for 'child', 'teknon'. He was still a child in his father's eyes, and therefore he hadn't accessed his inheritance So, this is important for what I'm going to share with you later on: a child knows who they are, but has never graduated to the place of responsibility before the Father to be a true son, rather than a young child, a 'teknon'.

Let me just say that - and I recommend this guy's writings, I mentioned him, actually, on Friday night, Jack Frost, a great deal of what I've learned about the Father heart of God has come from him. He's now with the Lord, but from his writings, his teachings - and I have to acknowledge tonight that, almost exclusively, everything that I'm going to share with you came from him over the years that I've gleaned, and there's a few bits of my own here - but it's not original thinking from me, by any means.

Now, I want you to turn with me in your Bibles to 1 John chapter 2, if you would. Here we find several levels of development for a Christian, OK? So, 1 John chapter 2, if you look it up there, we're going to read from verse 9. Are you with me? First John 2:9: "He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now. He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him. But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes. I write to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake. I write to you, fathers, because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you have overcome the wicked one. I write to you, little children, because you have known the Father. I have written to you, fathers, because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the wicked one".

Now let's look at some of these stages of development that there are in the Christian life. First of all, there is what we've discussed which is a child - and we will look at that in a moment or two. Then there is a son, when you've graduated to understand your inheritance and live responsibly before the Father. But then there's another - and I might look at this next week - a husband, or you could define that as being a steward or a manager of life's relationships. Then fourthly, there's a father. OK? Now, we'll look at these briefly tonight, but we've said it's good to be a child, OK? I don't want you to misunderstand what I'm saying: we want to hold onto that Abba-heart understanding of God. A childhood that's been stolen or missed is a tragic thing. Isn't that right? Yet none of us wants to remain a child, and any of us who are parents here tonight, you know, you start to despair a little bit at how quickly Daddy's little princess is growing up - but none of us would want stunted growth in our children, correct? It's healthy for them to grow.

A childhood that's been stolen or missed is a tragic thing. Isn't that right? Yet none of us wants to remain a child...

So, for us to be what Abba Father wants us to be, we must mature. Do you remember what Paul says in 1 Corinthians 13:11: 'When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things'. So we need to go through seasons of preparation for what God has for us, as we move from being just little children in God, to being sons and daughters, responsible.

Now turn with me again now, as we look at sons, turn with me again to Galatians chapter 4. This is very insightful, these couple of verses of the start of the chapter. Galatians 4 verses 1 and 2: "Now I say that the heir" - OK, so that's the child that is going to inherit, right? The inheritance is coming to it, but not just yet - "I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ at all from a slave", or we could put 'orphan' in there as well. Do you see this? Do you understand? So Daddy's little boy is in line to get the big bucks, or to get the family business, but he's not getting it yet. He's only the heir because he's a child. So, theoretically, there's no difference between him and the slave in the house, because he hasn't entered into his inheritance yet. Now watch this: "So he does not differ at all from a slave, though he is master of all, but is under guardians and stewards until the time appointed by the Father".

Now that's, that's incredible. Who's going to give their six-year-old child the keys to their sports car? Nobody with any brains! Isn't that correct? I was actually looking at this in the News last week - did anybody see this in the Metro Newspaper, it was online? This actually is a six-year-old child filmed speeding along a speed track at 155 miles per hour in his dad's Volkswagen Golf R. Now there's a word that I would use for that - you know, a good word, don't panic - what do you think it is? 'Fun'? I'll have a word with you later! 'Irresponsible', that's irresponsible for that father or grandfather, would you agree? Because it's only a child here we're dealing with. Our Father, Abba, wants us to get to a place of responsibility, in order that we can inherit everything that He has for us - but this is important for you to understand: children don't inherit; sons do, daughters do.

Then we've got - as I've said, we'll maybe deal with it next time - husbandry. It's an old word, but it means 'management', it's also a word for 'farming' - but we could call it 'stewardship', or being a manager of life's relationships. That's actually what you have there in 1 John 2, you know, when I read about, 'If you don't love your brother, you're in darkness'. God wants us to get to a place, right, where we're responsible as sons, but we also can manage the relationships that God brings to us through love, and care, and compassion. First Corinthians 4:2 says: 'It is required in stewards that one be found faithful', and a husband should be faithful to his wife and vice versa, and we should be faithful to the family. We see that in 1 John 2 as well, it talks about being strong, overcoming the evil one.

This is important for you to understand: children don't inherit; sons do, daughters do...

So the progression here is: before a son can become a father - are you with me - or a daughter can become a mother in faith, you've got to learn to become a manager of life's relationships. You shouldn't just skip from being a child to a father, or a son to a father, you have to come through husbandry, stewardship, or the managing of life's relationships. Do you understand what I'm saying? Then we get to this position of fatherhood, or an overseer, or a mother - and, according to 1 John 2, it is the fathers who make the Father known. 'You have known Him from the beginning', that's what it says of the fathers. Jesus, in John 17 verses 3, 4 and 6, said: 'This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world'. So this is what fathers do: they manifest the Father to others. In other words, when they see you, if you're a father or you're a mother in the faith, they see the Father.

Now, tonight we're looking at the transition from child to son. So let's talk about that in the time that remains, and we may look at some of these further next week. Childhood is to be for a season. I'm not talking about childlikeness, or just revelling in the love of Abba Father - that should be ongoing in our experience, but we shouldn't get stuck in this developmental stage of childhood in our faith. Why is that? Well, anybody who's ever had them will know that a baby can't care for itself: it has to be lifted and led; it poops, it needs changed; it boaks, it needs cleaned; it cries, it needs fed. You know, you remember? So that's infancy, babyhood, and that's OK for season, to wallow and revel in Daddy's love, and allow Daddy to do everything for you, and then to grow up a little bit. 'What can you do for me today, Daddy?', and you get everything supplied for you and catered for you - and that's OK for season. But children are essentially selfish, would you agree? They're self-centered, and sometimes we can be like that as Christians: we get stuck in the childhood phase - and so it's all a 'bless me' club, what God can do for me, the buzzes I can get, the blessings I can get, the gifts I can get. Don't misunderstand me: I pursue everything in Father's heart, and Scripture says 'pursue earnestly spiritual gifts'. I'm not against that, but if that's all that possesses you, you're maybe getting stuck

There's grace for this season. In fact, God gives you the right to be a little child for a while, and it seems like everything that you're asking for God just gives it to you - but there comes a time when Father expects you to grow up. Now, how do we know when it's your time to grow up? Well, Jack Frost is very good, he says: 'When God stops answering your prayers, and you aren't receiving your inheritance, you aren't entering into your inheritance, when God is no longer giving you grace to be a child' - so when my 14-year-old boy says 'Daddy, would you change my nappy?', that's when the alarm bells start to ring, and I think 'He hasn't grown up to be a son'. So we need to stop giving grace to people, even giving grace to Christians to remain in childhood.

There comes a time when Father expects you to grow up. Now, how do we know when it's your time to grow up?

Do you remember the Israelites? They wandered 40 years in the wilderness, round and round and round in circles, a journey that should have taken just around a week or over. Why did they go around in circles? Because they hadn't learned the lessons. A good illustration of that is: if you're trying to train a puppy to be on a lead, and you're walking along the street, the puppy may protest and stop and dig the heels in. What do you do then? Well, hopefully, if you're kind, you don't just drag it along, but you maybe stand for a while until it gets the program and decides to walk with you. That's exactly what God was doing with the Israelites in the wilderness. God's never in a hurry. Maybe you're there at this very moment. Maybe it's a red light or amber light, and you're wondering why maybe your prayers aren't getting answered, why you're feeling stuck, why you're in a wilderness. Could it be that God is wanting to transition you from the place of childhood to sonship, and being a daughter before Him?

Now how do we transition? This is where I want to spend most of our time tonight. If you turn to Hebrews chapter 12, this shows us how we move from being a mere child to being a son, or a daughter, Hebrews chapter 12. OK, let's start reading at verse 5: "And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: 'My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; for whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives'. If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten?". We'll pause there, keep that open because we're going to read more.

How do we move and transition from childhood to sonship? The answer is simply: discipline. Discipline, where God deals with us as sons and daughters. He expects something of us. It's spoken here of in verses 5 and 6; there's first of all a gentle chastening, an admonition, and then there's severe scourging. Let me just say: don't panic here. We're not talking about punishment as such here, we're talking about training. So there's got to come a place, right, if we're wanting to transition from childhood to sonship, where we actually begin to honour and respect authority. He deals with us, verse 7, as sons. So we have to come into a place of accountability, a place where we come under authority, or we will never ever be mature. So I'm encouraging you tonight: if you feel that you're stuck in that place of childhood and haven't moved on, you need to actually establish a pattern in your life of authority, where you come underneath, where you actually become dependent upon others.

It says here in verse 8: "But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons" - and there's a word beginning with 'B' that describes that, the old Bible versions have it. It's basically saying that: 'Look, this isn't pleasant, but it's a proof that you're a child of God who's moving to sonship'. If this is going on in your life, if you find yourself in a tight space, God could be working you for sonship, submission to the Father of spirits it says here. Look at verse 9: "Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection", or submission, "to the Father of spirits and live?".

We have to come into a place of accountability, a place where we come under authority, or we will never ever be mature...

What's one of the commandments? 'Honour your father and your mother' - there's a promise with that, does anybody know the promise? Good, you must be Church of Ireland or Presbyterian! You've been catechized. Yes, they know their onions! We could take a leaf out of their book. Ephesians chapter 6 says, listen, verse 1: 'Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 'Honour your father and mother', which is the first commandment with promise: 'that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth''. So, what does Hebrews say here? 'Be subject', or submissive, 'to the Father of spirits, and live'. If you're wanting to know the fullness of life and abundance that God gives us, we have to learn to be sons and daughters and be submissive to the Father, and then we will truly live. The converse is true: if you feel like you're dying as a Christian, it could be that you're still a child and you haven't moved into sonship, you haven't become subject to the Father's mission. You see, when we reject authority, OK, when we reject fathers and mothers in our lives, we reject maturity, because we're rejecting sonship. 'Be subject to the Father of spirits, and live', or to put it another way: 'Be subject to the Father's mission'. John 17, what did Jesus say? 'I finished the work that You gave Me to do'. He was a true Son.

Now, whose mission is a two-year-old subject to? Their own, isn't that right? So what does a child want? A child wants comfort, wants to feel good, wants to avoid difficult situations and difficult people. Children are not interested in needs of others, really, are they? They like to blame when they get it wrong, and they want other people to change, not them. Is this looking familiar? Children don't value people for relationship, except when they're getting something out of it. Children look to people to agree with them, to confirm them in their own opinion, their own choices. They will not take the hard road, they will always take the easy one. Children want to be known, they want to be famous, they want to be a YouTube star or whatever, or a famous preacher, or a recognized scholar, or singer, or something like that - but sons want to make the Father known.

Children obey because they fear punishment, but sons and daughters obey because they have their Father's interests at heart. A child waits to be told what to do - even teenagers. Are you familiar with this? Anybody here have teenagers, that when the doorbell goes 'ding-dong', they don't do anything; or the phone - you know, the old fashioned phone - rings, they don't answer it. Or when they're following a recipe, they're stirring a pot, but the oven's not on because it doesn't tell you to put the oven on in the ingredients. They have to be told to do everything. A child has to be told to do everything, and some of us are stuck there. We treat God like a veritable satnav - you know, turn right at the next corner, go round the roundabout left - and we have this utilitarian relationship with God.

Children want position, because they haven't inherited; they haven't inherited maturity, so they're striving to be someone. But sons want to bless others, and others to receive inheritance. Sons and daughters want to give rather than receive. But children strive for titles, strive for notoriety. They're insecure, they're often very angry. Children grasp for what they think is theirs. But what does Philippians chapter 2 say about Jesus? It says he was equal with God, but He thought it not something to be grasped at, that equality with God. It was not something to be grasped at. So because He let it go, as it were, and didn't grasp, all authority comes to Him. Do you see this? All authority, because He took the low place, He gets the high place. So it's not about grasping, it's about yielding - and that's what sonship is. Yielding, being subject to the Father of spirits, and live.

So I'm asking you tonight: are you subject to the Father's mission, or your own? That's the difference between a child, and a son or a daughter. Some leaders are child leaders. They have their own mission. They're wanting to build their own kingdoms. Do you know something? Leaders like this cannot be fathers, because they've never learned to be sons, they've never learned to be husbands, or managers of life's relationships. You see, you can't make a child who hasn't walked through sonship and husbandry a father. A child cannot reveal the Father's heart, that's why some leaders can't. Then some go into marriage as children, spiritually, and sometimes more than that: they haven't matured, and that's why a great deal of problems can come - because submission, what does Paul say? We're meant to, in marriage, submit to one another in love. But children don't submit, children want their way over someone else's way. There's got to be mutual submission, not only in marriage, but in church leadership as well - it's not a dictatorship. This is where we get abuse and control within the body of Christ, when people are not learning to be sons, managers of relationships and true fathers. So don't panic here tonight, if you think I'm calling you to submit to fathers, and you've had really awful experiences of controlling leadership. Listen: don't you submit to anybody who's not a servant leader, and looks like Jesus and reveals the Father. Those are the type of people that it's easy to submit to.

So whose son are you, or whose daughter are you? Or, to ask it another way: who are you submitted to?

So whose son are you, or whose daughter are you? Or, to ask it another way: who are you submitted to? Who are you dependent upon? Who do you depend upon to bring you to the place of maturity and true growth in Jesus Christ? Can I just say, without going into too much detail: that's one of the reasons why I'm here. I don't mean 'Ignite', at Emmanuel, because I've sought for years for fathers and brothers, and just by the nature of my minister that hasn't always been possible. I've been pastor, I've have been an itinerant ministry for years, still am - but here I've found, and I've been looking for it, I've found a place where I could submit to another vision, rather than just my own vision. In fact, I got a prophetic word when I was off on sabbatical last year, I got a prophetic word when we were over in the States, about how, as I would come into a secondary position, or even lower down than that, it doesn't matter, but come under people, as I would come under people, that God would bless more, and exalt the blessing, and the anointing, and the gifting.

I remember years ago, I was sharing this with our kids at the table, because we were doing a little reading and it was that verse, that God, it's the humble He exalts and the proud He debases. Years ago a man said to me: 'If ever you see a ladder, climb down it'. We're so used to climbing up ladders, aren't we? But in the kingdom of God, it's a topsy-turvy Kingdom, everything's upside down. Jesus stepped into the shopping window of humanity and changed the price tags, different values altogether. So will you move, tonight, from a place of a child to this perspective of a son. A son does not have a selfish perspective, but has Father's perspective. It's asking the question: 'How can I take on Father's characteristics?'. So, when your 12-year-old comes to you - if this ever happens - and says: 'How can I help you today, Daddy?', you realize that maybe, just maybe, your child has taken on father's perspective. When you see your child start to stand up for values that you've instilled in them in the home, what happens to you? You get proud, don't you? You get gratified, and you think: 'Isn't that good? It hasn't been a complete waste of time'. But when they actually join you in their mission, where they subject themselves to the father's mission, and they start to help you - and that's effectively what we are as sons and daughters. We become junior partners with the Father in His worldwide mission.

Look at Hebrews again, chapter 12, look at verse 14. Here's the Father's perspective, there's only one of them here, verse 14 of chapter 12: 'Pursue peace with all people and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord'. The Father's perspective is to live in peace with all people - that's just one aspect. Is that our perspective? Look at verse 16, read verse 15 to get the flow: 'and looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled; lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright. For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears'. Now, what's all that about? Do you know the story of Jacob and Esau? Esau was the eldest son and he had inheritance, he had the birthright, and Jacob was wanting to grasp it - that's his name by the way, that's what his name literally means: 'supplanter, twister'. He wanted to steal the inheritance off Esau, and Esau was a fornicator and a fleshly man, and he was prepared to sell it for a bowl of stew. That reminds me of the prodigal, yes? He got his inheritance and he wasted it all for the flesh. He didn't know how to use his inheritance. But what about Jacob? Well, he's like the elder brother, isn't he? He's trying to twist, to manipulate, to manoeuvre to get Father's blessing. Do you remember what the elder brother said? 'I have served you all these years and never disobeyed one of your commandments, and you've never killed a calf for me and my friends'. That's not the way a son talks to a father, that's the way an employee talks to an employer. 'All these years I've served you and never disobeyed' - he never moved from that place to become a son.

That's effectively what we are as sons and daughters... we become junior partners with the Father in His worldwide mission...

So, how do you become a son? You become a son by submitting to the Father of spirits and live. Jesus, in the Garden of Gethsemane, was submitting to the Father's will: 'If it is possible, let this cup pass from me, but not' - say it with me - 'Not my will, but yours be done'. Do you know what Hebrews chapter 5 says about that incident? Hebrews 5:7-9: 'who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear' - what's that another word for? 'Submission' to the Father. Verse 8: 'though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered' - discipline - 'And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him'. That's life: being submissive to the Father of spirits, and live. Jesus was saying in the garden: 'Even if it kills Me', and it did, 'I'm going to be dependent on the Father'.

Let's pray. Let's just take a moment. I know that's an awful lot to take in, but I think you've got enough to know where you are, perhaps. Now, I'll be honest with you, I think there's parts of me that are still a big child, and there's parts of me that's a son. There's parts of me that may be a steward, maybe, to some, I might be fathering some, I don't know - that's a big thing, I'm not sure about that. But I know there's still parts of me that behave like a child: me, me, me; gimme, gimme, gimme. So I'm sure that it's the same with you. You've maybe moved from being an orphan to know who your Daddy is, and maybe you just want to play around in that for a while, and that's fine - because there's meant to be a period like, we're all meant to be children for a while. But for some of you, you've had the red light, the amber light, and you're wondering why you're walking around in circles, like a dog stuck on a leash. Could it be that it's time to grow up in God? It's time to say: 'Father, I submit to You. I submit to You, the Father of spirits, so that I might live the life that You have chosen for me'. Would you do that just now, in your own way, prayerfully before the Lord? Maybe you need to confess childishness - not childlikeness, it's good, OK - but childishness, tantrums with God, selfishness or jealousy. The disciples were largely children fighting among themselves, until the spirit of adoption of sons came upon them. They didn't want to wash each other's feet, wanted the right hand and the left hand beside Jesus in the kingdom. Who was in pole position, all that kind of stuff. We've all struggled, we all struggle with that - but the only answer for that is not to deny it, but to admit it, and to then submit to the Father and say: 'Not my will, but Yours be done'. Jesus was the Son that He was because of the Father He had, and He's your Father. All the inheritance beyond your wildest dreams can be yours; but children don't inherit, only sons and daughters. So why not take His hand and say: 'Daddy' - if you're ready now, only if you're ready, I don't want to steal your childhood off you, only if you're ready, only if you've been stuck - will you say: 'Daddy, Abba, would You help me to grow up to have Your perspective now, to live for Your mission, to even submit to other fathers in their mission so that it's not all about me'?

Abba Father, I thank You for what You're doing in hearts tonight. I praise You. I just pray that no one will think they have to move on, or grow up from wallowing in Abba Father's love; but Lord, that they'll realize that that big world out there, that huge vault of wealth and riches and jewels and treasure that You have given to us in Christ Jesus will not be given to toddlers, but will be given to sons and daughters. May we become those in Your image, Father, that when others look at us, they may see the Father who has been from the beginning. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.

Don't miss the follow-up message: 'Growing Up In God, Part 2: Husbandry'...

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November 2019
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This sermon was delivered at Emmanuel Church, in Lurgan, N. Ireland, by David Legge. It was transcribed from the recording titled "Growing Up In God, Part 1: Mature Sons" - Transcribed by Preach The Word.

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