God Enjoys Speaking To You

God Enjoys Speaking To You

Genesis is the book of beginnings, and it begins with the Holy Spirit hovering over the face of the waters. Until He spoke, the earth was without form and void. Revelation (also known as the Apocalypse), the last book in the Bible, concludes with the Spirit and the bride inviting those who are thirsty for the Lord to come and partake of Him. There is no escaping the Holy Spirit. He was there at the beginning of life and will be there in the afterlife. The Holy Spirit is the most powerful and glorious friend anyone could have in the entire universe; there is no one else like Him. Adam, the first man created by the Father, became privy to a relationship unlike that of any other part of creation: communing with the Spirit on a daily basis. Adam walked with the Father daily and heard His voice continually. He did not have to offer a sacrifice or conjure up any special words or magic formula in order to speak to the Father. He was filled with the glory of the Spirit, which was normal life for him. The standard of true life for humanity on earth should have been as Adam and Eve produced children after their own kind, fashioned in the image and likeness of the Father. Sadly, this did not take place because they allowed deception to enter their hearts. Even after they sinned, however, the Father still came to talk to them. Sin never stops the Father from communicating with those He loves—His children.

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Shame Has No Power On You

Shame Has No Power On You

Man was created to be the reflection and representation of the Father. As such, man is the highest order, the apex of all that the Father created, and the Father gave him power, authority, and dominion over everything. This means that everything else in creation was lower than man and was made to serve man in accordance with the Father’s purpose. Adam walked with the Father on a daily basis, abiding in His presence, and this was his covering. Everything changed after deception and sin entered his life because of his disobedience to God. Instead of coming joyfully to the Father, Adam and Eve hid from Him, the very one who had created them in His image and likeness. With their sin and disobedience, shame entered into the human experience. Shame is the emotion and heart attitude that arises when we know we are guilty before God. It is to feel humiliated, look foolish, be unclean, be a reproach, be dishonored, and be disgraced. Whenever we disconnect from the Father, our very source of life, we open a void in our life that allows shame to flood in like a tide.

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Turn Your Heart To God

Turn Your Heart To God

The greatest point of entry for connecting with God our Father is the heart. Those who love the Father know they should love Him with all their heart, soul, and mind. Words are insufficient to describe the power that the heart possesses because out of it flows life. The heart also is the place inside us where hidden feelings are captured and kept. It is a place of intimacy, never meant to be alone outside of the Father. People who depart from Him inadvertently make their heart a doorway for deception to enter in, and within their deceived hearts, thoughts become beliefs, and these beliefs become viewpoints that shape how they think and function in life. At first it might seem like true freedom to do whatever they think is right in their own eyes, but as time progresses, the very viewpoints that they believed brought them freedom become quicksand, and the circumstances of their life begin sinking rapidly. When life begins to fall apart, many people try to hang on to traditions to get them by, while others may scramble to lay hold of the next best thing that they think will bring their life back into alignment again. Search far and wide, but the truth is that genuine change comes only through honest confession and acknowledgment in our heart of how much we need God, our Father. Turning our heart to Him is the starting point of a vigorous and fulfilling journey into understanding fully who we are, why we are here, and the nature of our very purpose in Him. Without the Father, we are disconnected from the world and from each other. Let it be sung from the mountain tops that the Father is indeed gracious, merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in loving-kindness.

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Those Who Have God's Voice Remain Strong

Those Who Have God's Voice Remain Strong

As grand as creation is, and adorned in stunning beauty and enticing mystery, nothing is greater or more beautiful in all creation than knowing and loving the Father’s voice. Our world today is bombarded with a cacophony of voices saying many different and often contradictory things. One voice, however, stands out against all the others, and that is the Father’s voice. And out of all the creatures that God created, one alone stands out above all the others, and that creature is man. Man alone among all the species of the earth was created with not only the ability to hear the Father speak, but also to represent and manifest on the earth everything He says. This does not mean that God made man a robot. On the contrary, man has the freedom to choose. He can choose to listen and obey, or he can choose to do the opposite. But all choices have consequences. Ignoring the Father’s voice brings with it negative consequences such as ignorance, confusion, and lack of understanding. If we truly value the Father’s word, however, His voice becomes the most desirable sound to our ears and the most longed for part of our daily life…

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People Mirror Their Leader

 People Mirror Their Leader

The leadership of the Father is an absolute necessity because without Him, life is but a vapor. Leadership, to many, means influence, but it is so much more than that. Leadership is having the ability to know the Father, capture His heart, and live from a place of elevated sight. Many people perceive the Father as an angry tyrant ready to unleash great affliction and adversity upon people. The truth is just the opposite. Even a superficial reading of the Scriptures makes it clear that, time and time again, the Father called for His people to come to repentance. Often, they did, for a time, only to eventually revert to their sinful ways. Even in the midst of His judgment of them, the Father’s nature of lovingkindness, truth, mercy, and grace never changed. The people chose disobedience over obedience. In assessing the Father’s heart on leadership, we note that He spent five days creating this entire universe, and on the sixth day, He took out of Himself and made man. On the seventh day, He rested. Just as importantly, He was pleased with the outcome of everything and said, “It is complete.” He then gave oversight and leadership of the universe to man with only one commandment: “Do not partake of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” This man Adam was the first high priest, leader and representative of the Father in the garden. His ability to lead was not complicated, but simple: Live in the sphere of obedience and produce a people just like you—sons of the Father. It would be like people, like priest.

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God's Compassion On Us

God's Compassion On Us

The Father did not create man just so He could destroy Him. Even though we see in the Scriptures many examples of His fierce judgment, and often find His dealings with man difficult to comprehend, this does not mean that He is an overbearing Father who thrives on rigidity and wants everybody to walk in a continual cringing and head-hanging fear. No, the Father wants people to worship him out of relationship rather than out of necessity. The commencement of man’s journey in the Father started way before the garden of Eden. Remember, we were chosen in Him before the foundation of the world. On the sixth and final day of creation, the Father took out of Himself that which was in Him, a man whom He would create in His own image and likeness. This man was no ordinary being, but a son of God, which meant that he came in the fullness of his Father, bearing the Father’s image, likeness, mind, love, nature, and character. From the very beginning in the garden of Eden, man enjoyed a pure, authentic relationship with the Father. The Father loved His son, and the son loved His Father. Whereas man’s mind changed after he was lured by deception and sinned, the Father’s mind did not. Because He is unchangeable, and because He is Father, He will forever have compassion on those He made in His own image and likeness.

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Reaping The Love of God

Reaping The Love of God

The human body is comprised of many parts, and each one has a specific function designed to serve a specific purpose. Some of these parts are external and visible, but the vast majority are internal and thus unseen. Because each body part has a distinct functionality, the absence of any body part produces limitations of some kind on the rest of the body. The heart is arguably the most crucial organ in the body because without it the body dies. The Bible also uses the heart widely as a metaphor for the spiritual life. In the spiritual sense, the heart often is described as ground that is made up of either fertile soil that produces life or infertile soil in which no seed can germinate. Fallow ground refers to soil that once was cultivated but now remains idle where there should be growth. Left unattended, fallow ground is vulnerable to unwanted weeds, briers and thorns. It transforms that which once was beautiful and desirable into something unpleasant and unappealing.

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Turning Your Heart To God

Turning Your Heart To God

It is beyond doubt that all human life on earth has a starting point. Biologically, we are conceived by and birthed to our parents, whether or not they are married. Even beyond our parents, however, our lives did not just mysteriously materialize out of some molecules or gas in the air. While many people doubt or even outright deny the existence of God, let it be known here that all human life comes from the Father. The devil has never been a creator; he is a creature who possesses no ability to create. He has been a murderer from the beginning and will always remain a defeated foe, yet full of deception. The Father desires that all mankind know who He is. While countless people today continue aimlessly worshiping idols, and many others express no belief in God, there is yet a generation present on the earth who are the children of the Father. They are given over to Him with all their hearts. To return to the Lord means to come back to the starting point. It implies that a people, in this case a nation, who once understood a matter, once walked with the Father, and once became witnesses to some of the most amazing occurrences that the Father orchestrated on their behalf, nevertheless fell into deception along their journey and veered away from the Father. This is the Father’s clarion call for them to return to Him, to come back to their original position in Him so that He can heal their hearts.

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Without God You Will Lack Knowledge

Without God You Will Lack Knowledge

Unlike the “gods” created by sin-deceived mankind through the ages, the Father is not one who can be represented by an idol carved out of wood, fabricated from metal, sculpted from rock, or formed from a mold inlaid with mineral resources. He is Spirit and personal and immensely values relationship with His people. Because He seeks relationship with His people, He does not hide his voice so that we must work ourselves to exhaustion just in order to hear Him. As we take regular time to listen to the Father, we soon realize that His voice is our very source of life. Many people approach the Father on the basis of their needs, and there is nothing wrong with that. However, as we continue to grow in the Father, we come to the understanding that enjoying the fullness of an authentic, unbreakable relationship with Him depends on knowing and loving Him with all our hearts. As we bask in His presence and seek to better understand His heart, we discover that His words are Spirit and life. Lack of knowledge subjects us to walk in complete ignorance, easy prey to the power of deception. To reject the Father is to reject knowledge, because He is the one who knows everything. He holds the keys of knowledge, understanding and wisdom!

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When You Depart From God

When You Depart From God

It has always been in the Father’s heart to produce a people who fully represent Him in His image and likeness. The blissful environment all the garden of Eden was the original context of genuine and intimate relationship between the Father, His first son, Adam, and Adam’s wife, Eve. Connection with the Father is the highest possible dimension of life, the purest of all possible relationships. Truly, from out of Him pour streams of living water that will never end or dry up. In him resides infinite abundance. When Adam and Eve chose deception and sin, they disconnected themselves from their source of abundant life and became disjointed from the Father and from each other. The first marital conflict in history took place in the garden of Eden when Adam accused his wife of misleading him. These are not just mere words written in the Scriptures to be recited or memorized. The very essence of their choice became what they produced. Instead of producing the image and likeness of the Father in the earth, they started to produce after their own image and likeness. They departed from the Father and went out of His presence. From them grew a mixed people, some of whom would know the Father, but many more who would not. These, versus committing themselves to the Father, instead would make up their own gods and play the harlot by living totally unrighteous lives.

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Those Who Know God Will Do Great Exploits

Those Who Know God Will Do Great Exploits

Every day, we stand witness to the long, steady decline of the condition of our world. No matter how many innovative solutions or visionary inventions we humans come up with, we still fail to address humanity’s greatest need, which is spiritual rather than natural. Things in the natural can cater to our needs in only limited ways and for a limited time. Widespread ignorance of the Father and of His nature and character has left a gaping hole in the human soul, a hole that cannot be filled by anything in the natural, but only by turning our hearts crave and knowing the Father. Nature abhors a vacuum, and the vacuum, or void, in the heart of mankind without the Father quickly becomes the enemy’s playground. Mankind simply cannot live apart from the Father. In order to experience a meaningful life, we first must know the Father. Only then can we begin to fully understand ourselves. Those who take the time to know Him will experience supernatural strength, unspeakable joy, indescribable love, and a peace that is stronger than any weapon. These are the ones who can stand firm in any and every situation and accomplish great exploits. Why? They lean on the Father and find their solace in Him.

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Waiting On The Promises Of God

Waiting On The Promises Of God

The Father has no limits to how He communicates with His children. In fact, His voice is so precious that if there was a famine of it in the earth, mankind would fade away. Most of the time, when He speaks, people consider it “prophetic.” They normally frame it as the past, present and future. To an extent, this is true. However, as we become more acquainted with the Father and spend quality time getting to know Him, we function more and more from the disposition that hearing Him or seeing Him is and should be a “normal” way of life. This is our heritage! He is ever willing to share His secrets with those who have postured themselves to be solely dedicated to Him and live in complete obedience unto Him. As we get to hear Him say things, whether by an audible voice, in our thoughts, or through visions or dreams, it is crucial that we know that everything He says has an appointed time. The appointed time means that there is a waiting period between the time He speaks a word and the time it begins to unfold and come into full manifestation.

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Making War Against The Saints

Making War Against The Saints

Reviewing two thousand years and more of history has given us deep insight into the horrendous human costs and tragic consequences of mankind’s countless wars of nation against nation or even brother against brother. Anyone with a normal conscience recognizes that the wanton infliction of pain and death upon other people is evil, and not something to be celebrated. It is inevitable that people die violently during war, including many who are innocent and noncombatants. It was near the garden of Eden where the first innocent human blood was shed when Cain murdered his brother, Abel. Scripture denotes Cain as an evil man who became enraged with jealousy by his brother’s righteous sacrifice to the Lord. From that first homicide until today, the history of man has been a seemingly unbroken litany of war after war, conflict after conflict, battle after battle and, particularly, the unrighteous against the righteous, and the ungodly against the godly. Many of these wars were fought for the purpose of establishing a kingdom that would stand out as a superpower over the rest.

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The Living God

Then King Darius wrote: To all peoples, nations, and languages that dwell in all the earth: Peace be multiplied to you. I make a decree that in every dominion of my kingdom men must tremble and fear before the God of Daniel. For He is the living God, And steadfast forever; His kingdom is the one which shall not be destroyed, And His dominion shall endure to the end. He delivers and rescues, And He works signs and wonders In heaven and on earth, Who has delivered Daniel from the power of the lions. So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.
— Daniel 6:25-28 NKJV

Throughout the ages, man has sought to know the true and living God. His quest has failed, for the most part, because of his confused belief that there were many gods who needed to be appeased and worshiped. From the beginning of time this was never the intention of the Father, who created the first man Adam in His image and likeness. Adam knew the Father and understood that He, and He alone, was God, and that there was none other but Him. Disobedience and sin derailed man’s mind, resulting in the erosion of his beliefs and spiritual capacity. Even today, millions of people are trapped in subjugation to the multitudes of false gods they worship. Tradition and ignorance lead them astray into the mistaken belief that because they follow positive principles and do good, they are serving the “right” god. None of these false gods, however, will ever lead anyone to the one true God. There is only ONE creator, and only ONE God, and we know Him as Father. He is the true and living God, but His expression on earth can only become visible through those who are His children.

Idols have become the norm of the day as people try to give meaningful expression to how they view God. Paintings are drawn, sculptures crafted, blood sacrifices offered, and far too many other false rituals and practices to describe here. People understand intuitively that there is a higher power, a supreme ruler and giver of life to mankind. The fundamental question we must ask of everyone’s devotedness to their beliefs is, “Do they have a relationship with the living God?” While many would argue their case and even demonstrate good works as proof, their achievements are based either on the power of the soul or the power of another influence, and these things do not constitute what it truly means to be the children of God and to walk with Him. The children of the Father know that there is only one way to the Father, the way paved by His Son, Jesus Christ, who laid down His life for the entire race of humanity (past, present, and future), as the propitiation for their sin. His mission never was to get people to heaven, but to restore, redeem, and reconcile them all back to the Father. In doing so, He would liberate man from the lost cause of looking up and in every other direction trying to find God, only to be deceived and concoct images of created things to be worshiped as gods in place of the living God. The true expression of the Father is that the Father tabernacles in us, and we in Him. The result is all too clear: we begin to showcase the Father’s divine nature and character, and become His representatives on earth.

The world is going to know that the Father is the living God in and through His sons. They take up their positions in Him, not from a place of traditions and rituals, but in the pattern that the Son framed for all to follow. Jesus learned obedience by the things He suffered. Through all of it, He never caved to the world’s value system. He lived completely aboveboard, focusing solely on pleasing the Father and doing His will. Christ, the Son, was set thoroughly after His Father’s will and purpose. This became His food. Fear of man was not His portion. People who loved the traditions of their earthly fathers over the heavenly Father wanted to stone Him to death multiple times. They mocked, scorned, and despised Him. Through it all, He revealed the Father. When specifically asked to reveal the Father, Jesus responded, “Have I been with you this long and you still don’t know Him? I am in My Father and He is in Me. When you have seen Me, you have seen the Father.”

Why Prayer Works

Why Prayer Works

Dialoging with the Father is not a tradition, but a lifestyle. Unlike with any other religion in the world, nothing strenuous is required to come before the Father, and nothing anyone can give Him, no special gift, will make him love people any more than He already does. He is not dead mortar and bricks; neither is He some kind of image created by man that has no life or ability to communicate. The Father is Spirit; full of life, and He loves purity of heart. It is mankind who has made up images, derived formulas, concocted various traditions, and developed their own ideas of who they think God is. Sadly, we have a multitude of man-made religions in the world today, all of which contend that their way is right and that the god that they serve is the “one.” This mindset stems from the first man Adam after he sinned and walked out of the Father’s presence. The adverse effect of sin caused mankind to disengage from the Father, from listening to His voice, and from knowing what it is to have a continual, interactive relationship with Him.

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Being A Person Of An Excellent Spirit

Being A Person Of An Excellent Spirit

Just because we witness negativity, evil, and bad things all around us in the world today does not mean there are no people who aspire to do right and exhibit what it means to be good. In fact, one does not have to believe in the Father to “do right and show goodness.” Many people, religious and nonreligious alike, display in their lives many works of doing right and being good to others. However, there is more to knowing the Father than just doing what’s right and living by a good standard of life. The Father is an eternal Spirit with a divine nature. To know Him is to become completely transformed by embracing His nature, expressing His character, and living by a high standard of consistent obedience to Him. Scripture engages with three aspects of man’s nature and experience that are vital components of how he should live: the law, morality, and spirituality. Christ fulfilled the law; He was tempted in every area in life and did not give into sin, and He functioned as an obedient Son who was led by the Holy Spirit. Walking with the Father is to abide in His state of being, unmoved by anything else. He is the only wise God, and the Father of excellence. Those who are called out in Him will exhibit His fullness and will always be of an excellent spirit.

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When God Writes On Your Heart

When God Writes On Your Heart

The Father is Spirit. Spirit is like the wind around us: you can’t see it, but you can hear it, and feel it when it blows. You can’t tell from where it comes or where it goes. As the Father fashioned and made man, He gave him a body made up of many different parts. Each part has a function. It is important to remember that man is unlike any other part of creation in that he alone of all creation was made with the ability to hear the Father and have a face-to-face relationship with Him. Even after man’s sin in the garden, it was the Father who came looking for him. Prior to sin, man’s encounter with the Father was from spirit to Spirit; after he sinned, he saw himself naked for the very first time, he saw his body clothed in flesh. Even though the Father is Spirit, there are various aspects of Him that we describe anthropomorphically, as if He had a physical body like ours: He is the head, He has a heart, He has hands, and so forth. These descriptions best describe how we see and know Him; however, Spirit is way more than that. It’s with this in mind that we have to realize that the Father is unlimited in every way; He can—and does—speak to us in many and varied ways. If any of us in this world saw only a disembodied hand appear and its fingers begin writing on the wall (as King Belshazzar did), our knees would knock together, too, and we might even pass out from the shock!

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Is God Really With Us?

Is God Really With Us?

Living by the righteous standard of the Father means that we have come to a place of embracing His nature, and He alone is righteous! There is absolutely nothing crooked or incongruent about His ways. The world abides by its own set of principles but continues to devolve deeper and deeper into godlessness because those principles lack both power and depth. Lacking knowledge of and relationship with the Father, the world tries to substitute requirements and regulations that exalt human status, power, and authority. This produces the “fear of man,” an ungodly fear that paralyzes people and keeps them bound. Those who fall into this fear become enslaved to it. The sons of the Father are commanded to pray for all those who are in authority, but they are never told to bow down to any image or belief that leads them away from Him. Our Father is the final and highest authority in the heavens and the earth; everywhere, in other words. No matter how bad things become on earth or how intensified the fiery trials of life can be, the sons of God are assured by His promise that He will never leave or forsake us, even when we walk through the valley of the shadow of death. Those who know Him are privy to the greatest secret in the world, which is Christ, the Son of God, who lives in us and we in Him. This is the anchor of the hope in our soul.

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Enduring The Fires Of Life

Enduring The Fires Of Life

Whenever people live outside of the Father, they inevitably begin to embrace their own self-driven, self-motivated, and self-led life. Based on their own strength, they start to make things in accordance to what is in their hearts, and these become the things that they bow down to. These false, man-made things are known as idols; anything that a person falls in love with outside of the Father is an idol. For awhile, false allegiance or illicit love might seem enlightening, celebratory, and even joyous. As time progresses, however, reality will set in, along with disillusionment, because the very idols we create have no power, authority, or capacity to relate to us in any way. This sad reality is all too visible in our world today, with literally thousands of false images to which people bow down, pay tribute, and give homage. Devoid in their understanding of the Father, they waste their time, strength, and energy worshiping things that have no voice. Caught up in themselves, they are persistent in trying to prove that they are right by making something alive out of something that is as dead as dry wood. Set apart in the midst of all this cacophony are a people who are loyal, devoted, Father-lovers and followers. Their eyes are set on Him who is the author and finisher of their faith, and they are willing to pay the price to go into any fiery furnace because they know their Father is the only true and wise God who is, was, and ever will be.

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Being Ten Times Better

Being Ten Times Better

There exist in our world today two kinds of people: those who live and abide by the standard of the first man Adam, and those who live and abide by the last man Adam. Those who function by the standard of the first Adam do so on the basis of their own strength, might, and intellect. They are influenced by forces other than the Father and live from the plane of being a “life-giving soul.” While many of the things that come from such an internal construct might seem good and durable, they are all temporal; they have no weight or capacity for longevity. First-Adam people operate from a viewpoint based on earthly wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. They have no framework to perceive the matters of the Father because they have shut Him out of their lives and fallen in love with the ways of natural man. However, the Father gives His favor to those who are intent about Him, those who search out His heart. These are none other than the sons of the Father who are fully devoted to Him. These last-Adam people are bent on living from the plane of the “life-giving Spirit.” They have been translated from darkness into His glorious Kingdom of light. Having laid aside and disowned the ways, manners, and operation of the natural man, they live in complete submission to the Father. Because they function by the power of His nature and character, they stand out from all others as being ten times better.

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