God Is Our Help

God Is Our Help

One question that has baffled believers and nonbelievers alike for millennia, and still does today, is “If God is good, why is there so much of trouble in the world?” This is an honest and understandable question, but to answer it we must do a little digging. The word trouble means disturbance or distress, adversity, affliction, or anguish. To be in trouble is like being cramped in a tight spot that is very difficult to get out of. The origin of trouble in our world can be traced back to the fact that the human race as a whole is disconnected and disjointed from the Father. Whenever men and women walk outside of their relationship with the Father, they also walk outside of His influence, which is a dangerous place to be. As a result, they create substitutes in hopes of filling the void in their lives due to the absence of the Father, but they find no satisfaction. No purely human solution is possible because there is nothing that we can put into our lives that will fulfill and sustain us except the Father. Anything we try to substitute for the Father’s place in our lives is what the Bible calls an idol. It may look good, or feel good, or even satisfy—for the moment—but in reality, it is completely dead! Our problem is that we are surrounded by systemic issues that are entrenched in deception, perversion, wickedness, and sin. These things have put mankind into a cramped, tight spot and caused heart blindness to become the prevailing standard. Disorder and chaos, however, can never overcome the order of the Father! He is our complete and perfect standard in life.

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God's Compassion For People Never Ends

God's Compassion For People Never Ends

Many people today are searching to find out who God is and whether or not He is truly real. This is a question that should not be taken lightly. Many of the world’s religions in our day compete in declaring that their way is the right way. Each one proclaims their own perception of God, making it appear as if there are many. But the question, “Who is a God like You?” in Micah 7:18 addresses the one true God, who is Truth. He is mighty in power, full of authority, and great in love, mercy, and grace. There has never been any other God before Him, and He is not a figment of man’s imagination. He was not created, but is the Self-existent One. It is impossible to look closely at all of creation and honestly conclude that He does not exist. True life comes from Him, and without Him, life is meaningless. He is called by many names—God, Spirit, Healer, the Great One, and so forth—and while all these are true, He is, more than any other, Father. Note that I did not say “a Father”; He is not simply one among all other fathers. He is the ultimate, supreme, and perfect Father, and forever will be. He is the beginning and the end.

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Do Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly

Do Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly

There is only One who is super good, and that is God, our Father. His supreme goodness does not mean, however that He will refrain from dealing with anything that is out of order due to deception and sin. Some people, seeing the Father in this role, it’s clear that He is not good. What we must understand is that while the Father is good, He also is corrective. In fact, His corrective actions are part of His goodness. Those who are faithful children of the Father know that, like loving earthly fathers, He disciplines those whom He loves. As we grow toward maturity, He allows us to go through a process that brings out His fullness in us. It is the Father’s corrective actions that can be the most trying part of our journey with Him. How can a good Father allow those He loves to go through painful adversity? This is an age-old question that has sparked many different viewpoints. But know this: Christ learned obedience by the things He suffered. Yes, we will all experience “suffering” on our way to maturity, but it is during those very times that we learn some of our most valuable lessons and experience the greatest strengthening of our relationship with the Father. As we grow, we move from, “Father, where are you?” to “I know that my Father is with me, and whatever valley I have to go through, He is there!” Walking with the Father means embracing the fullness of His ways, and His ways exhibit His nature and character, showing Him to be perfectly just, forever merciful, and a lover of humility. Consequently, all those who love Him immensely follow His heart to do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with Him.

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You Are Not An Outcast

You Are Not An Outcast

The Father is filled with compassion, which comes from His love. He has never lost hope for those who have come out of Him—His children. Contrary to the false view of many, the Father never has and never will deliberately lay out snares to catch and destroy His children. It is not His nature, if we ask Him for bread, to give us stones to eat instead. Out of His love flow righteousness, justice, mercy, and grace. Whenever His children turn their hearts away from Him, they pay a costly price. While the world, too, offers joy, peace, and happiness, it is unable to sustain the eternal spirit of man because it is temporal and destined ultimately to fade away. Just look around, and you can see the telltale evidence! The world’s promises seem appealing at first, but its emphasis is always on “self,” which only creates a distortion of the mind and a gaping void internally. We were never created to live our lives apart from the Father, and whenever we do, the result is disorder and disharmony. This does not happen because the Father is mad at us and wants to get even, and thus inflicts pain and harm upon us in order that we will “fear” Him. Certainly not! Becoming lame and afflicted outcasts is the result whenever we pursue a standard of life that is subpar to that for which we were created: to live in close relationship where the Father is in us, and we are in the Father.

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The Mountain Of The Lord's House

The Mountain Of The Lord's House

We and our fellow believers around the globe gather weekly in a wide variety of different structures, to which we give a wide variety of different names, such as church, synagogue, temple, sanctuary, meetinghouse, worship center, etc. Many—perhaps most—of these meeting places are simple, practical, and relatively unadorned in design, while some are mind-blowing in their architectural innovation, ingenuity, and beauty. Whatever our situation, most of us are familiar with the phrases, “going to the house of God,” or “welcome to the house of God.” In the beginning of our walk with the Father, we said this with sincerity because we felt it was the righteous and correct thing to say. The more we matured in the Father, however, and the more we read in the Scriptures, the more we realized that the “house of God,” has nothing to do with theplaceswhere we attend, but with thepeoplewho attend. The Father posed this question question: “What house can you build for Me? Or what is the place of My rest? Did not my hands make all these things?” (Acts 7:49-51). While human tradition tends to identify the “Lord’s house” with a particular physical building and location, the Father has never viewed His “house” that way. With the Father, the “house” to house His presence has always been Hispeople, those who are called out and set apart as a royal priesthood, a holy nation, and a chosen generation; a people called the “church.” The mountain of the Lord’s house is not a specific geographical location, but rather a full representation of the Father’s called-out ones, who emanate His glory by walking in the fulness of His image and likeness. The true, authentic church is the mountain of the Lord’s house.

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Money Can't Buy Your Spiritual Freedom

Money Can't Buy Your Spiritual Freedom

The Father has always partnered with leaders to represent Him to His people. They were never to abuse their power, or misdirect the people they led. Rather, with humility of heart, and walking in honor before the Father, they were to empower the people to know the Father, and help them enter into a personal, intimate relationship with Him. It is important to understand that whenever the Holy Spirit signifies a leader, whatever is in that leader’s heart starts to manifest. To see the difference clearly, just consider the contrast between Saul and David. Unfortunately, too many godly leaders become influenced along the way by the world’s standard of leadership, and end up diluting their view of the Father, even as they try (unsuccessfully) to duplicate the world’s standards and yet remain Father-centric. There are many biblical lessons about life and leadership, about how to live a Spirit-led life, and about how to be set apart from the systems of confusion that seek to put a wedge in the relationship between the Father and His children…

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God Is Faithful To His Words

God Is Faithful To His Words

The Father is not a proponent of a mixed life; i.e., where people try to walk with Him, on the one hand, yet, on the other, to walk in the ways and under the influence of the world, which is based on deception and centered around the attractions of the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life. The destructive trails of these three lusts can be clearly seen in the negative impact they have had on all people from generation to generation, ever since the first man, Adam, gave in to deception. The Father is gracious and merciful, but no one can understand or enjoy this part of His nature unless they learn to live in complete obedience and submission to Him. The ways of the world are temporal and will fade away, but the Father is eternal and His words will forever stand the test of time. His words contain a process that allows for growth into maturity that will always benefit those who walk upright before Him. To dismiss His words is to become disconnected from Him. Departing from the Father to live on the natural plane might seem gratifying for a while, but all too soon reality would hit with the awareness that satisfaction and fullness in life are found only in Him.

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Being Angry With God

Being Angry With God

Even though the Father is Spirit, He is also a person, and as such, has emotions. Throughout the scriptures we find references to various emotions attributed to the Father: He is jealous for His glory and for His people; His heart is grieved over the sinfulness of man; He expresses anger toward human wickedness; and many others. Most of all, the Scriptures speak of the Father’s love for all His creation, but especially, humanity. We must be careful not to equate the Father’s emotions with human emotions because His emotions are in perfect harmony with His perfect divine nature, with no hint or shadow of the sin and imperfection that taint human emotions.

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God Can Change His Mind

God Can Change His Mind

Love is one of the greatest expressions of the Father, for He is love. Because He is love, the Father’s viewpoint of love far exceeds every human definition that exists or could exist. Humanity has many high and lofty beliefs regarding love, but because of living apart from the Father who is love, even the highest of these falls far short of the standard of love exemplified by the Father. While the Father’s love is filled with substance and meaning beyond what words can describe, human love is based on the limited view of self-fulfillment. There are systemic problems in our world today that would be greatly alleviated or even eliminated altogether if we all lived and walked in the love of the Father. Despite what our natural eyes might seem to indicate to the contrary, the truth is that the Father is serious about His children and has our best interest at heart. Out of His love, He will never hold back from bringing correction so that all people will return to the fullness of the Father and become aligned with Him. While our own emotions frequently get the better of us, the Father of love is a God of order who will not hesitate to deal with disorder, deception, and sin. But know this: in all of His doings, He is forever gracious, merciful, slow to anger, abundant in kindness, and relents from doing harm.

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Running From God

Running From God

It’s impossible to look all around us and not be amazed by the beauty of creation. Many people persist in taking up the mammoth task of trying to prove that everything in creation appeared all by itself, completely at random, but this viewpoint is like walking up a hill backwards. People who deny the existence of the Father are completely blind spiritually, and this blindness drives many of them to try to prove scientifically that God does not exist. But the very blindness that drives them also limits them. Indeed, the Father is true and forever will be. He made everything in the heavens and the earth, and there’s no possible way truly to denounce Him or what He has done. Man, being made in His image and likeness, was the one who would reflect, represent, and become His expression to all of creation. Having a relationship with the Father means that man had the privilege and honor to be in His presence, as well as to carry His presence wherever he went as he took dominion. To have or come into the Father’s presence means to come before His face, or His “eyes”; man being within sight of the Father, and the Father being within sight of man. In the Greek, presence also means “comings,” as in the comings of the Lord. If we apply this to our close relationships, it means being in the same room with the ones we love, and being in the same room means being in each other’s presence. Whether we communicate or not, simply being there is to have presence.

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A Famine Of God's Words

A Famine Of God's Words

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (Jn. 1:1 NKJV). This Word was (and is) Christ, and through this Word the heavens and the earth were framed: “Let there be…”, and there was. In the natural, we regard words as basic units of language by which we describe and give meaning to things. However, the Word that existed before all things and gave existence to all things is a Person, and His name is Christ. Factually, there is no way around this. He is the Source of all life; His very words, therefore, carry the power of life. Every word He speaks is absolutely pure and contains everything we will ever need to sustain us. Jesus openly declared, “The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life” (Jn. 6:63 NKJV). All of creation came into being by the words of the Father, and He sustains it all by His words. Where mankind is concerned, however, the Father did not speak us into being, but took of Himself and made us in His image and likeness. Just as He sustains the natural environment by the words of His mouth, our sustenance as His children comes by hearing His voice, listening to His words, and living in a posture of obedience to Him. We humans value many things in the natural world that will not last, but will fade over time. That is why we need to be perfectly clear that the greatest treasure we can ever possess is the words of the Father. If a famine of His words ever occurs in our land, the result will be chaos, loss of hope and purpose, and absolute misery. The Father is the very fabric of our being, and without Him life is totally meaningless.

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Easily Offended By Truth

Easily Offended By Truth

The words of the Father are forever precious. Hiding His words in our heart gives us a tremendous resource of divine strength. Sadly, because of peoples beliefs, not everyone values His words. When the world denies the Father and His words, they not only are deceived, but also ignorant concerning Him and His ways. Although they do not possess any knowledge or understanding of the goodness of God, our Father, they have no justification for their unbelief. Then there are those who do believe in the Father but have allowed spiritual blindness to creep into their hearts somewhere along the way, and this, combined with pride and holding onto their traditions, renders them incapable of hearing the Father and receiving His words. While they may have walked faithfully with the Father in a prior season of their lives, His words now are intolerable to them because they do not fit into the framework of their worldview. The Father never gives up, however, but allows His voice to be heard and His words shared with those who are passionate about Him.

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Hate Evil, Love Good

Hate Evil, Love Good

There is only one who is good and filled with goodness beyond measure, and that is the Father. There is no way He can be anything other than good. It is also no secret that the Father, who is good, created the devil, the one who is deceitful and filled with evil. People in the body of Christ today have many views about the devil, but it’s imperative that we understand that the devil is not and will never be the Father’s enemy, but he is ours. To make him the Father’s enemy is to give him a platform of equivalent power and authority to that of the Father. Such a concept is completely unbibiblical; absolutely nothing in the Bible supports or verifies such a belief. The devil was created to serve the Father’s purposes. He has been a murderer from the beginning, and his sole purpose is to eat the dirt of the works produced by man; what we call carnality. So, every time people produce the works of the flesh, they invite the devil to come and partake of his meal. Our evil-filled world today is the result of Adam’s long-ago decision to embrace deception in the garden. We see deception’s continuing work and prevalence in all the wickedness, rebellion, and sin that it has produced and still produces. For those who have been translated into the Father’s kingdom of light, evil has no place to reign in their lives. They are the children of the Father, who hate evil and passionately love the Father’s goodness.

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God Reveals His Secrets To His Friends

God Reveals His Secrets To His Friends

Our world today is populated with over several billion people, and within the next 50 years, that number is expected to grow exponentially. From a scriptural point of view, every person presently on earth or yet to be born will live either by the standards of the first man Adam or the last man Adam. In essence, regardless of the diversity of peoples or cultures or their numbers, human life all boils down to a choice between these two men. The Father created man with the ability to speak to and listen to Him, and He also listens to us. Man’s relationship with the Father was intended to be transparent, with nothing hidden and no painstaking effort needed to figure out the Father. The growth toward intimacy of the relationship between man and the Father would become a set pattern for the rest of mankind to follow and live by. However, when man was led away by deception, he gave in to a voice other than the Father’s, which severely handicapped his ability to know and walk with the Father. Throughout the ages of man, many different individuals would rise up to stand out. They would take the time to know the Father, and were given over to His purposes. Making a deliberate decision to abandon the standards of the first man Adam, they became enraptured by the glory of the Father.

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God Is Your Shelter

God Is Your Shelter

Whenever the Father speaks, everything within creation submits to and obeys Him—except mankind. This has been the ongoing state of affairs ever since Adam and Eve’s initial disobedience of Him in the garden. Their sin deceived them into the distorted belief that they were gods unto themselves and did not need the Father in order to function at their fullest. Sadly, the embracing of this belief led to the demise of man from his original exalted state, and the adverse effects of his warped thinking is starkly visible today in the seemingly endless array of problems we have on this earth. It’s easy to blame others for the state of affairs so that we can feel personally vindicated, but the only correct posture that will lead to change is to accept our responsibility for the world’s problems and turn our hearts to the Father. He did not create us to function without Him, but to walk with Him continually in complete union: the Father in us and we in the Father.

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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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