So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when He adopted you as His own children. Now we call Him, “Abba, Father.” For His Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. And since we are His children, we are His heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share His glory, we must also share His suffering. Romans 8:15-17

This is one of my favorite scriptures in the Bible because it deals with intimacy from a son and daughter to their Father. It says we now call Him Abba Father, or Daddy Daddy. I have two children and I never get tired of them calling me Daddy, because it shows a heart of innocence, love and tenderness.

In much the same way, worship is not merely a time of singing songs; it’s the opening of your heart to an intimate God who wants to embrace His children. If we have the wrong heart condition, it limits our ability to connect to our loving Father. An orphan heart comes from a lack of understanding of what our Heavenly Father is really like. He is like no other father on earth. Even the greatest father doesn’t even come close to how loving and powerful our Heavenly Father is. We are all born with an orphan heart, independent and rebellious, when it comes to God the father. An orphan’s heart is cynical and closed. On the other hand, a son or daughter’s heart is open and trusting. When we come to the Father through Jesus, we are given a spiritual heart transplant.

When we lead people into the Father’s presence, we must encourage them to let the things in their hearts that are wrong trade places with an embrace of a loving Father. The next time you worship and embrace the love of our awesome Dad, do not approach Him as an orphan; rather, come before Him as a son or daughter. Daddy is waiting.

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