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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Daddy Issues - Matthew - pages 239-246

I loved reading about Jesus' baptism today.  But it wasn't the baptism of water, but the baptism of His Father's Voice, that pulled my heart strings.  There is something powerful about your Father speaking into your heart, especially in those crucial rights of passage like we see here in the Son of God.  He needed to hear from His Dad.

“This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”
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The Baptism of the Father’s Voice:

God’s voice – “This is my son…”
God’s heart – “I chose you.”
Our shame name – Alone - Self-identity issues
Our new name – Known (You belong to me.)

“This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him! 
God’s voice - “whom I love…”
God’s heart – “I love you.”
Our shame name – Afterthought - Self-hatred issues
Our new name – Desired (You mean so much to me.)

**Illustration – Phone message from Rob Smith

“This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” 
God’s voice – “in whom I am well pleased…”
God’s heart – “I’m proud of you.”
Our shame name – Almost - Self-worth issues
Our new name – Enough (You make me very happy.)

“This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” 
God’s voice – “listen to Him!”
God’s heart – “I believe in you.”
Our shame name – Average - Self-doubt issues
Our new name – Strong (You have what it takes.)

“This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”
 I don't know where you find yourself today and what you need the Father to speak over you (into you), but I hope His voice will pierce through the clouds and fully immerse you, baptize you through and through.

Daddy, speak.


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