Dr. C. S. Lovett’s
MARANATHA FAMILY NEWSLETTER
A FATHER WHO LOVES YOU
"Dr. Lovett is it all right to address the Lord as 'Dad!'"
That question was put to me in a letter from a young lady.
My answer was, “When a person truly loves the Lord and enjoys an intimate relationship with Him, it is almost impossible to offend Him. As long as the words coming from your lips flow from a heart that adores Him, they are precious to Him. As for calling Him ‘Dad,’ that's exactly what He is—our Dad!”
There's a verse in Hebrews that states:
“Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us, and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live?” (Heb. 12:9 ESV).
We come into this world by means of physical birth and we have human fathers, the fathers of our flesh. We enter the heavenly family in the same way, by birth. But it's a spiritual birth. Thus, we have two fathers: an earthly father and a heavenly Father. If we feel close to our earthly fathers and call them "dad," how much more are we likely to call our heavenly Father, "Dad!" He is closer to us and means more to us.
HE LIVES INSIDE US
Our indwelling Savior never leaves us, but watches over us, working with us around the clock. We're bound to become more intimate with Him than our earthly fathers since He shares the secrets of our hearts. We can discuss things with Him we wouldn't dare mention to our earthly fathers. The Lord sees us at our worst and still thinks we're great. When you have a father who accompanies you everywhere you go, Who helps you make every decision and shares your every feeling whether good or bad, you're bound to become the closest of friends. And when you finally learn that He loves you so desperately that He died in your place, He easily becomes your reason for living—or should.
I LIKE THAT IDEA
I grew up without a father. My parents were divorced when I was a toddler, and I wanted a father so bad. At school when the other kids would tell how their dad took them camping, I hurt inside. And when their dads would show up at school events, I would look at them and my spirit would cry.
I had a vacuum in my soul. And that vacuum created an ache that lasted for years. I was 30 years old when I received Christ as my Savior. I’ll never forget the day I had “accidentally” overheard a conversation between some ministers discussing the mechanics of salvation. When I learned from them how simple it was to be saved, I couldn’t wait to get home to tell my wife, Margie. I was so excited, I even forgot to close the car door.
"Margie! Margie! Come with me!" She was in the kitchen at the time. Drying her hands on a towel, she followed me into the living room. I felt I now knew what to do, so we both knelt down and asked the Lord Jesus to come into our hearts!
The joy of that moment was so explosive, I thought the roof would blow off the house. When we rose from our knees, my soul was shouting. The vacuum in my soul was filled and overflowing. The pain was gone! I knew my sins were forgiven, and I was on my way to heaven. NOW I HAD A DAD OF MY OWN!
Do I diminish the glory of God when I look on Him as a real Father? I’m convinced He is willing to be that to anyone willing to “draw near” to Him. “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you” (James 4:8 ESV).
We draw near to Him first, AND THEN He draws near to us. So if you're waiting for God to draw closer to you, so that you might draw closer to Him, you'll have a long wait. When it came to your salvation, He did draw you to Himself. Salvation works that way (John 6:44). But when it comes to FELLOWSHIP with God, it's the other way around. We draw close to Him FIRST. And when you get close to the Lord, don't be surprised if you find yourself calling Him, "PAPA” or “DAD." It may just roll out of you spontaneously, fired by your deep delight in having Him for your Father. Romans 8:15 tells us, “We have received the Spirit of SONSHIP whereby we cry ABBA! Father!" Abba is the Aramaic word for "Papa!" Imagine calling the Most High God, "Papa!"
BUT AREN'T WE TO FEAR GOD?
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Psalm 111:10). At first glance, it might be taken to say, "be afraid of God.” This is what keeps many believers from drawing close to Him. This fear is the same fear any child might have of a loving father when disobeying or displeasing him.
We're not to be afraid of God. That would be a terrible thing. You can hardly fellowship with someone you're afraid of. The last thing in the world God wants for His kids is for them to be afraid of Him. When we consider another verse, we see the folly of such an idea. “Perfect love—casts out all fear” (1 John 4:18). In fact, the same verse says, “He that fears, is not made perfect in love.” What are we to fear then?
Soon now, we'll all be standing before the Judgment Seat of Christ to have our work evaluated and be assigned our places in His kingdom (2 Cor. 5:10). The place He will give us will be based on the place we give Him in this life. If we put Him first, ahead of family, fortune, and fun, we'll do very well. But if we put earthly comforts and pleasures ahead of Him, we'll be sorry.
We're to fear the justice of God. Because, you see, in that day the Law of the Harvest will stand. We'll get exactly what we deserve. What we've sown is precisely what we'll reap. I know some feel the MERCY of God will accommodate a wasted life. The mercy of God does indeed reach down to wash away our sins, but the judgment has nothing to do with sins. It has to do with WORKS. And God’s JUSTICE will see that we get exactly what we deserve.
In salvation that's not true. We don't get what we deserve. We get forgiveness instead of hell. But with works, we get exactly what we deserve. The apostle Paul knew this, and he described this fear as the "terror of the Lord" (2 Cor. 5:11 KJV). And if any Christian has wasted his earthly life in living for himself and his family, the fear of the Judgment Seat of Christ should absolutely terrorize him.
Here's the Lord's word on it: “Behold I am coming soon: and my reward is with me: and I will give to every man according to what he has done” (Rev. 22:12).
The judgment takes place at the coming of the Lord. I want you ready. In fact, it is my job to help you get ready. I want you to be so confident in that day that you'll meet the Lord in the air with a huge smile on your face. Also, I want you to qualify for a good job near Jesus in His kingdom.
Examine your life as it is right now? This is Valentine’s Day month, so be sure to give more of. . .
YOUR LOVE TO HIM!
C. S. Lovett
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Near, so very near to You.
Nearer I could not be.
For in the Person of Your Son
I am just as near as He!
Dear, so very dear to You,
I could not dearer be,
The love wherewith
You loved Your Son,
Such is Your love for me!
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SINCE YOU ASKED!!
Question: “Dr. Lovett I have heard that the world, the flesh, and the devil are the three basic enemies of the believer. I have some difficulty distinguishing between the onslaughts of the flesh and those of the devil. My confusion makes me hesitate in dealing with Satan regarding my problem. It would be great if you could help me clarify this.” (from Mrs. C. S. –WA)
Answer: I love hearing from those who read my books and then touch base. You’re really wondering about the extent the world contributes to your problem.
The world holds the attractions, the lures. Our flesh responds to what we see. And the devil pounces on our weakness and whispers, “Doesn’t that look good?” So it is not a question of one or the other. We live in the world and the temptations are there. Our flesh likes many of them and Satan knows it. His work is limited to putting suggestions in our minds, doing his best to get us to take the bait.
It all works together. Without the world, Satan would have nothing to use. And if we didn’t have flesh, there would be nothing to respond. So it’s a question of seeing something that appeals to our flesh and having Satan tell us to “Go for it.” That’s how it works. Nothing complicated about it. Our flesh, you see, was designed to respond to physical things. And it does, whether food, fame, power, another man/woman, or a car, house, clothes, or travel. All the devil has to do is suggest, “You ought to have that” and our flesh says “Amen.” Unless we’re walking in the Spirit, we’ll say “Amen” too. So don’t be afraid to deal with Satan. If you can get him to back off, it’ll take much pressure off your flesh and it will be much easier to live for the Lord.
See it now? There is but one enemy—the devil. The world is merely the bait. And our flesh the victim.
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