Being Prophetic Requires Commitment

Being Prophetic Requires Commitment

To know the truth is to know freedom. Freedom affords people the ability to navigate life without the constraints of negative or pessimistic words. Our world today is filled with many voices, and these voices may express words of truth, half-truths, or outright lies. It all boils down to one simple fact: either we speak the truth or we speak a lie. There are no gray areas when it comes to truth. We are a people who either love the truth or love lies. Words contain within them the power to translate into belief. Whatever we believe becomes the framework for how we see things in life. The full meaning, life, purity, and standard of Truth has always been a person, and this person is none other than Jesus Christ, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. This will never change. As He expresses Himself through His people, that value which is invisible now is made visible.

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Need A Prophetic Word?

Need A Prophetic Word?

The words of the Father are precious and rare. Let us never take for granted the significance of His words. Whenever the Father communicates, His words never return to Him void. Whatever proceeds forth from Him will be accomplished because He fulfills whatever He says. Our greatest hindrance to hearing His words is stubbornness that settles into our hearts by choice when we make a deliberate decision to ignore the “Truth.” Our minds take on different perspectives and we start to value our own view over His as to how we think the Father should speak, and especially what we would like to Him to say. Most of us are unacquainted with the audible voice of the Father. Although there are a few instances of this in scripture, the audible voice of the Father speaking to people is rare. To be sure, if the Father spoke in an audible voice to us today, most of us would fall on our faces as if dead. Sometimes, the Father speaks and interacts with us through visions and dreams. Most of the time, however, He speaks in His still small voice into our thoughts. Sadly, because of a lack of knowledge and understanding, most people, including many believers, ignore their thoughts and, hence, ignore the Father’s voice. As we grow to know Him better and become more mature, the louder and clearer He speaks to us! This is when He confronts everything within us that hinders our growth in Him. To hear the Father speak should be our most coveted desire.

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A People Who Stand Before God

A People Who Stand Before God

There are only two men in the world: the first man Adam and the last man Adam. Every single one of the billions of people on the earth live by the standards of either one or the other. Most people live by the standard of the first man, Adam; a significant minority of people live by and abide in the last man Adam, who is Christ. The core aspect of Adam’s being, fashioned by the Father’s hands, was that he would produce after his own kind. Out of him would come sons of the Father who would be postured in their hearts to obey the Father and steward the earth according to His principles. When sin entered Adam’s heart, he violated his relationship with the Father and produced the exact opposite of the Father’s initial purpose. The sin that entered Adam became the core and framework of everything that came out of him. A disobedient man produces a disobedient people.

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The World You See

The World You See

Names give a special designation to individuals so that each can be uniquely recognized. Every name has a meaning and something distinctive about it. Different cultures in the world have their own traditions for selecting names. The Bible itself contains many lessons for us regarding the importance of names. One of the most significant aspects of a name is that it carries or signifies a heritage. After the Father created man and woman, He called their name “Adam,” or, in other translations, “man.” This signified oneness and union, not division and disunion. They came from the Father and carried His name. It was after sin entered their experience that Adam said accusingly to the Father, “the women that You gave me.” This is when the “great divide” started. One of the dearest things in the Father’s heart is His desire for a people to carry His name, a people who neither live by the standards of the world nor follow its ways. They live in the world but are not of the world. The people of the world see the Father in the lives of His children and tremble in awe of His goodness.

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Health And Abundance of Peace

Health And Abundance of Peace

The Father designed and created the very framework of man’s being. Every detail about how man was made came from what was within the Father. Interconnected and interwoven into man’s being is something called “spirit.” This is the image and likeness of the Father. The only way that a man’s spirit can be sustained is in and through the Father. If we allow the Father no place in our lives, we invite disorder, imbalance, chaos, and incongruency to reside. This opens us up to easy influence by our enemy, the devil, who, by use of his deceptive schemes, tricks us into believing things that are deceitful, untrue, and unscriptural. This weakens our spirit, causing a negative impact on our heart. It causes the eyes and ears of our heart to become blind and deaf so that we cannot properly believe in or relate to the Father. Spiritual blindness renders our hearts broken, wounded, and void. We become callous to the Father and to the fact that our spirit lives in an unhealthy state and in desperate need of His healing touch. No inventions conceived by man can heal the spirit of man; only the Holy Spirit can do that. Without peace and truth as pillars in life, we live in disharmony.

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Call On God And He Will Answer

Call On God And He Will Answer

The ability to hear the Father’s voice cannot be acquired by any amount of earthly wealth. It is a truly priceless gift given without cost to all believers. Hearing the Father speak requires first a sincere desire in one’s heart to hear His voice. Communication and conversation with the Father should be a normal, everyday occurrence to those who love Him and have devoted their hearts to Him. Many people read the Bible without knowing Christ, the ultimate Word of God, so they develop a mindset to hear the Father through some of the dramatic accounts recorded there, such as Moses’ burning bush experience, or perhaps Elijah calling down fire from heaven. Those who wait to hear the Father’s voice through these amazing stories often miss out on the knowledge that the Father speaks in many other ways. One of the most important vehicles by which He speaks to us is through our thoughts. Now, there are bad thoughts and good thoughts; you don’t need discernment to know when your thoughts are bad and wayward from the Father! Calling on the Father should never be only an occasional thing with us or something we do only when we have a need; we should call on Him daily. He invites us to call Him by name, and for us that name is Father. As surely as the Father’s covenant with us will never change, so also the certainty of His answering us remains true forever.

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God Never Stops Doing Good For You

God Never Stops Doing Good For You

Every part of our physical body is important for optimal living, but certain parts are absolutely vital; we cannot live without them. One of these is the heart. Comprised of four chambers, along with nerves, tissues, and vessels, this organ continuously pumps blood throughout the body. If it ceases to function for even a short time, death occurs. The Bible speaks of the spiritual heart of man, out of which flows spiritual life. That is my focus here because the spiritual aspects of the heart are especially significant to our growth in the Father. The heart is the soil bed in which seeds are sown, which, when they mature, produce fruit. These seeds represent what we allow to be sown into our hearts, whether good or bad. One might be the seed of deception, which leads to disobedience and carnality, with sin as its fruit. Or it might be the seed of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit, which produces the fruit of a Spirit-led life.

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Nothing Is Too Difficult For God

Nothing Is Too Difficult For God

There is indeed a price to pay to apprehend godliness beyond every natural resource that one has, and it’s called “heart.” “Heart” is a concrete commitment to live and abide by the standards of the Father; a lifestyle led by the Holy Spirit. Those who oppose such a lifestyle will always be people who live in a state of immaturity, placing no value in knowing the Father. As much as there is a price to pay for godliness, ungodliness costs even more, especially in terms of many negative consequences. This does not mean that the Father is vengeful, hateful, or vindictive. On the contrary; the Father is love, and His heart is that all of mankind should be drawn to Him. Believe it or not, when the Father causes His rain of correction to come, it falls on the just and the unjust alike. Those who have His signature in their hearts can endure such times because they are filled with the Father’s peace, which equips them with a steadfast resolve that turns them into overcomers. What we deem as difficult and hard in life depends on our understanding and on our awareness of our limitations. But the same Father who created us is also the God of impossibilities and abundance. There is absolutely nothing too difficult for Him or those who abide in Him.

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Spiritual Growth

Spiritual Growth

Spiritual growth in the Father is an imperative for us. This does not mean, however, that we should never take care of ourselves outwardly, such as eating healthy and getting regular physical exercise. The Father made man in His own image and likeness so that He could have a place to dwell in. There is nowhere in the heavens or on the earth that the Father cannot possess, because He made everything, but even from before the beginning of time, He has never desired to dwell in anything made out of mortar, bricks, stone, or any other inanimate or nonliving thing. The Father is never moved or impressed by buildings, no matter how expensive or attractive they may be or how many wonderful features they have. Buildings can never contain or confine the glory of the Father. The only place in all creation where the glory of the Father can dwell is within human beings. So, the development and growth of the sons of God is crucial because it is they who represent and reflect the Father Himself. Our Father is the surveyor who comes to measure our growth on all levels.

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God's Covenant With You

God's Covenant With You

God, our Father, is totally committed to whatever He says. He takes His Word to be higher than His name. There is no force, power, or authority greater or higher than His name, but to showcase how much He values His Word, He is forever definitive about it. The Father values covenant immensely. More than just a simple agreement to Him, it is an everlasting commitment. He is an eternal Father, not temporal. Relationship is of the utmost importance to Him. It was man in the garden of Eden who made the choice to sin and put a wedge in his relationship between himself and the Father. Despite man breaking his commitment to the Father and trying to hide in consequence, it was the Father who came looking for him, and not vice-versa. Disobedience and sin raise up a people who are unlawful, uncommitted, and uncovenanted. The Father, on the other hand, continues to speak and is forever committed and covenanted to people who forgo the ways of the world and are totally joined together with Him.

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God's Unfailing Love

God's Unfailing Love

Love is an emotion that is beyond comprehensive definition. Dictionaries define love as attraction or affection, and while this leads us closer to understanding the meaning of love, it still does not do it justice. People often use similes to describe love, and while these may help, they still do not truly define love. Truth be told, anywhere we look we can see countless people who fall in (or out) of love. Multitudes of relationships are broken or completely destroyed because people do not truly understand love. Love is a person and His name is Jesus Christ. He is the embodiment of the fulness of the Father, who is love unconditional. Out of Him flows everything that love is.

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Knowing The Language Of God

Knowing The Language Of God

Language a precious gift from the Father, is a vital part of our lives that we use to express the content of our hearts. It helps us articulate our feelings, our dreams, and our deepest desires. Depending on how we use them, our words can either build people up or tear them down; strengthen relationships or cause separation. Out of the thousands of human languages and dialects in the world, English has emerged as the most commonly used. Yet, no human language, regardless the size of its vocabulary, can do any more than barely scratch the surface in trying to adequately describe our amazing Father. He, on the other hand, can use any medium of language to communicate with us and make Himself perfectly clear. His capacity is unlimited; He far exceeds any and every language. As we begin to understand our Father, we begin to take on the tongue of the Holy Spirit. I’m not talking about the gift of speaking in tongues. I’m talking about abiding in Him, becoming an expression of everything that’s within Him.

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Grace In The Wilderness

Grace In The Wilderness

The wilderness is not a pleasant place to be in. It’s a wasteland of desolate, barren, and rough terrain that is uninhabitable; a place that will sorely test one’s endurance and survival skills. But the wilderness also is a place that allows people to go through a time of introspection and to evaluate their lives before the Father. This is the place where people come to deep self-awareness of how desperately they need the Father. To find grace in the wilderness is to find the Father. To find grace is to find His favor. When we have His favor, there is no desolate place, no barren or rough terrain, that can prevent the Father from pouring out His goodness upon His children. However, it takes a wilderness experience to reveal and enhance to us our capacity to love Him regardless of circumstance, trial, affliction, or suffering.

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The Outcasts

The Outcasts

An outcast is someone who has been pushed aside, shunned, or rejected. If that has ever happened to you, then you already know how it diminishes or even destroys your sense of belonging and makes you feel completely worthless, of no value to anyone. Such a mental and emotional state makes you vulnerable to an overwhelming feeling of hopelessness that drives you to question whether life any longer has any significance. This helpless feeling of separation can quickly drive a person to an emotional place of sheer desperation. Everyone craves acceptance and belonging, and most people will try anything to find it. Just knowing that someone cares is enough to create hope in one’s heart and give meaning to one’s life. We as individuals could find no greater value, meaning, or care in life than that which we receive from our Father, who is our maker and creator.

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Write To Remember

Write To Remember

The Father’s voice continues to echo from generation to generation. At no time has He ever stopped seeking people who will attend to what He says and live in complete obedience to His purposes. As we search the Scriptures, we find story after story of men and women who heard the Father’s voice and became conduits and agents of change. Even as sin and wickedness continued to grow in the hearts of people, the Spirit of the Lord remained constant, never accommodating in any way a lifestyle that dishonored the Father. Time and again the Father sent His servants the prophets to bring a people back into obedience to His commands. The greatest struggle was never with worldly people, but with people who had partaken of God, become set apart by Him, been deliberate and blessed by Him, yet still fell in love with the ways of the world, and made false images to represent whom they worshipped.

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When You Pray God Listens

When You Pray God Listens

Our Father is the greatest listener who is, was, or ever will be. He carries within His infinite heart infinite love and care for His children. He never treats us the way we often tend to treat others, especially when we feel wronged or neglected. Whenever we sin and fall short of the Father’s glory, our first and natural recourse is to retreat to a hiding place, somewhere we hope to be able to hide ourselves and our sins from the Father. But the more often we try to hide, the deeper our hole becomes until eventually we realize in despair that there is no way out. Disappointment creeps in and we feel unworthy of talking to Him, so we conclude that the best and safest thing for us to do is separate ourselves from Him. As condemnation grips our heart, our mindset of shame for having failed the Father makes it difficult for us to see the light of day. All of this is wrapped up in our pride. Our unwillingness to admit our wrongdoing blinds us to the realization that the Father yearns for us to return to the place of intimate covenantal relationship with Him. Talking to the Father in prayer will always gain His attention. He knows exactly where we are, as well as every thought we think and every emotion we feel.

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God's Thoughts Toward You

God's Thoughts Toward You

The Father created the devil, but not in His own image and likeness. That is a unique honor afforded to mankind. Contrary to what many believe, the devil never has been an angel of light; neither has he ever been an angel of worship. He has been a murderer from the beginning. The devil’s sole purpose is to eat the dust of the earth, which represents carnality. Anytime and every time that man produces sin and the works of the flesh, he invites the devil to come and partake of his food. Evil stems from the devil, and those who are swayed by perversion, sin, and the works of the flesh are indeed influenced by the devil himself. The Father who made us has only pure thoughts toward us. Our journey in Him was never intended to be to be complicated, long, or hard. The fact that it is all of these is the result of our own doings, but few of us are willing to accept responsibility. The Father is good, and His desire is for us to walk in His fullness. In Him, our yesterday, today, and tomorrow are filled with abundant hope.

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Prayer Works

Prayer Works

Prayer is a vital part of our relationship with the Father. Many people’s prayers to the Father are focused on requests for personal needs, and there is nothing wrong with this. Many others pray just for the sake of praying, knowing that there is a greater power called “God,” and they need to address Him from a place of respect and fear of Him. Still others pray “testing” prayers: “God, if you exist…then You will do this.” The list of types of prayer could go on, and countless volumes of books have been written on the subject of prayer. By the Father’s design, we humans are the only creatures endowed with the ability to hear Him confidently and speak to Him continually. Prayer is more than just presenting our needs, our “what-ifs,” and our words of respect and reverence. Much more. Prayer is a lifestyle of daily interaction with the Father that stems from a place of deep gratitude, generosity, and humility. Everything about our being radiates this!

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Reckless Prophets

Reckless Prophets

After Adam’s creation, he was continually in the Father’s presence. The Father’s glory was all around the created order, but especially upon the man that He had made in His image and likeness. Adam heard the Father’s voice as they conversed together on a regular basis. Possessing no special titles, he was known simply as Adam, the son of God. It was after he sinned that he moved out of the Father’s presence. Regardless of this gross sin that Adam had committed, the Father still engaged Adam by communicating with him. What Adam had done was no small thing—he had started something that would impact all mankind in a negative way—but the Father’s purpose was in full motion. His voice would not be limited or silent to the one He had made and those who would follow.

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The Price For Truth

The Price For Truth

God our Father , in His love, continues to send His word in many different ways as a reminder for His people to make their crooked paths straight, soften their hearts to His voice, and draw near to Him again. One of the fundamental ways the Father does this is by sending His messengers. Remember, our Father is not partial and He never favors one against the other. These messengers are ones who have crossed over and chosen to serve the Father with all their hearts. They have become set apart, totally committed and devoted to His purposes. They made a deliberate choice to abandon the principles of the world because they have no eternal or spiritual value. They are passionate for speaking the truth and do not cave in to the emotions of those who love the ways of the world.

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