When I think of the dreams of a child that lives in an orphanage, I think of the loneliness they must feel because they are alone in this world without parents to care for them. They don’t understand why they don’t have parents. They just know that they are different from other kids. They see other children with their families and they want to be like them. They want what they have. They want a close personal relationship with their parents. They want to be able to call someone Daddy, or Father. They want to feel secure in the arms of a father who will protect them and love them. They want to feel confident as they face the world because they have parents who will support them.
These same feelings exist within many people who are not a born again, regenerated, adopted child of God. They look at a true Christian and they notice a difference in them. They don’t know what it is, but they see the Christian handle the problems and trials in their lives in a more confident way. So the non-believer will ask the Christian how they can face trouble with more confidence, and their reply is that it’s because they are a member of the family of God. They have a close personal relationship with God. They have the authority to call our heavenly Father, Abba, Father. The word Abba is an Aramaic word that is the equivalent of the English word Daddy, or Papa. It speaks of the close emotional relationship that a believer has with God. They know that God loves them and will provide for them. They feel secure in the arms of the almighty God. This is their confidence. This is how they face adversity in their lives.
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