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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Learning Is Not For The Fainthearted

Learning Is Not For The Fainthearted

Our world today is framed by a standard of learning built upon rationalism and logical thinking. Before people will believe what they learn, they must be convinced that it is true; everything must be “proven” by factual evidence. Anything regarded as contrary to the facts is ignored because, based on rationalism and human logic, it has no validity. Such a viewpoint elevates human intellect to the highest standard of measurement. It arises from mankind’s natural curiosity and desire to understand the world around him and to propagate this knowledge to succeeding generations through what we call education. While all of this is good, its value is diminished and revealed as limited and finite when people ignore, disbelieve, and refuse to embrace the Father. This humanistic approach to knowledge is built upon a set of standards and principles based on the fundamental but deceptive belief that human beings possess within themselves independent power and authority; the belief that no power in the universe is greater than man and his intellect.

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God Renews Our Days

God Renews Our Days

Every day is a new day, and each new day that we have on earth is governed by time. When people don’t know the Father or don’t have a relationship with Him, they are governed by time. Time was never meant to control people, but was allotted to mankind to serve the Father’s purposes. The Father is eternal and He has placed eternity in the hearts of the sons of men, meaning that in Him, there is timelessness. However, the Father uses time on the earth to manifest the fulness of His heart. He never turns His heart away from us, and no matter how deeply mankind falls into deception, wickedness, and sin, He never relents from bringing correction so that people’s hearts are turned back to Him. To have our days renewed is to come back to the Father and to abide by His nature and character.

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When You Weep

When You Weep

Inasmuch as the Father is love, He is also a Father of order. He did not create anything in disorder, but made everything beautiful in His sight and then pronounced it good. When the first man Adam sinned, he violated the Father’s order for his life. The repercussions of his sin led to his departure from the presence of the Father to live in a state of disorder, disharmony, and division. Even in the midst of the tragic consequences of Adam’s sin, the Father never abandoned Him. Adam was His son by creation, and the Father’s intention from the beginning was to raise up a generation of sons who represent Him well. The adverse effects of sin, however, impacted generation after generation until Jesus Christ, “the only begotten Son of the Father,” came to earth and gave His life as the propitiation for the sin of all mankind. In spite of His atonement, countless people today still are imprisoned in a lower state of life because of sin, wickedness, and perversion. The Father never relents from dealing with sin to establish for all people order, harmony, and oneness with Him. Out of His love, He engages man by correcting everything that is incorrect within him. He is compassionate and His heart is wide open for all mankind to turn to Him and see Him as our Father. As He continues to speak to those who listen to Him, He reveals His heart. It is His love and compassion that cause us to weep over what we hear and see our Father say concerning people.

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You Are Made To Be Different

You Are Made To Be Different

In the garden of Eden, only one tree was off-limits to Adam and Eve; all the rest were freely available to them as a source of food. They were free to partake of the fruit from those trees anytime they wished. And as they lived in the presence of the Father’s glory, His glory nourished and sustained them. Fruit from the trees and vegetables from other plants in the garden provided them with nutrients, energy, and sustenance of physical life, but could not provide them the necessary component to experience fullness of life. Their ability to live was based on Spirit! They did not have to partake of several meals a day in order to stay alive because there was no such thing as death in their domain. They partook of those trees at their leisure. It was after they sinned that their emphasis changed and those food trees in the garden became part of their regular diet to provide nutrients, energy, and protein to serve their biological needs. Whenever natural hunger surpasses the hunger for Spirit life, however, people make decisions according to the desires of the flesh and give little thought or concern to the things of the Holy Spirit. While earthly food is delicious and provides a source for natural life, we all must purpose in our hearts to recognize and pursue the glory of the Father as our ultimate source of life. Without the Father, we are but dead beings.

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Defender Of People

Defender Of People

A savior is someone who avenges, defends, protects, rescues, preserves, and delivers. The entire scope of the scriptures reveals an ultimate and Almighty Savior of mankind, who is none other than Jesus Christ. A savior, by definition, is someone who delivers people from circumstances they have gotten themselves into and cannot get themselves out of, and leads them into something that is greater than their present disposition. Beyond mere deliverance from a negative situation, a savior also shows those being delivered a more excellent way that they can see and walk in, and thus come to know the original blueprint of their lives. Christ not only saves people from sin but also brings them back into proximity with the Father so they can relate to Him face-to-face. In Christ, and through His work as Savior, a plethora of sons and daughters emerge to become saviors who will continue to be His voice and representatives to all of mankind until the entire universe is filled with His purpose; until all of mankind bow their hearts in acknowledgment of the Father.

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Why People Matter To God

Why People Matter To God

While the earth is populated by multitudes of people, there are a people within a people who are set apart and given to the purposes of the Father. They have come to the knowledge of who the Father is in their lives and understand that they are given over to Him as His emissaries. This is the Father’s heart for all mankind, but because of stubbornness of heart, spiritual blindness, and deafness to His voice, most people follow the dictates of their own hearts and never take the time even to acknowledge that He is the only wise God, much less know Him. People’s stubbornness, blindness, and deafness toward the Father caused them to erect wayward beliefs that become “idols” that mislead them and countless others. These idols could be literal carved images that they worship as their gods, but “idols” also could represent thoughts that become their fundamental beliefs by which they live—beliefs that have no place for and in the Father.

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The Failing Ways Of The World

The Failing Ways Of The World

The Father’s promise to Abraham will never be forgotten. Out of him would come a son, out of whom would come twelve tribes that would form one nation - Israel. From the onset, it was the Father’s desire to be their King and that they would represent Him on the earth as a nation of kings and priests. Unlike all of their neighboring nations, who were wayward and steeped into idolatrous worship, Israel enjoyed the very presence of God in the midst of them. This was the greatest force in the entire universe. However, time and time again, this nation, this people whom the Father cherished, fell into the entrapment of sinful, idolatrous worship, by which they fell in love with the ways of the world rather than the Father. The Father, in his unending mercy, continually sent many messages to them through His servants the prophets, but rather than embracing them, the people rejected them. The thicket of deception blinded the eyes of their hearts to keep on producing evil. So, the Father gave them exactly what they wanted, which was “Babylon,” a literal place whose name means “confusion.” Babylon represented the fullness of the world and its ways. It’s key component, like its name, was confusion, and all those who were enamored by it partook of its cup. The impact of this drink made people lose their senses and become mad. Indulging in the ways of the world and partaking of its drink and delicacies caused people to become delusional.

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When You Lose Your Way

When You Lose Your Way

Of the many words the Father uses in the Scriptures to describe His people, one of the most common is “sheep.” Unlike most other species of animals that God made, sheep are vulnerable, innocent animals that lack defensive capabilities to fight off predators. They are completely reliant on their shepherd for protection. The Father is the greatest Shepherd of people, and there is no other like Him. To be lost means that sheep have meandered from the flock and its leader. It has taken another way that opens itself up to predatory attack. This behavior has always been the tendency of the children of God. After being guided by the Father, hearing His voice through His leaders, and seeing His great acts, they still repeatedly left the fold and made themselves targets of the enemy. To be lost means to start off on the right road but then turn and head in a completely different direction. You cannot get lost without first starting from a certain place you are familiar with.

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God Never Gives Up On People

God Never Gives Up On People

The Father has an incredible love toward those He has made. His heart toward mankind is magnanimous, and filled with goodness and lovingkindness. He is not partial in how He cares, and He never holds back from His blessings. Every word He speaks is Truth, and He is relentless in raising up a people who will sojourn with Him and become carriers of His glory. It has always been in the Father’s heart for mankind to have complete access to Him, forming an unbreakable relationship with Him and remaining in a steadfast posture of being sons (both men and women) before Him. The first man Adam, exercising his power of free choice, violated his relationship with the Father, thus producing the visible fruit we see all around us in the form of disobedience, wickedness and sin. Christ paid the greatest price possible for this as He laid down His life and broke all the power of sin. Yet, today, countless people still walk in blindness to the Truth, laying themselves open to be overcome by the power of the enemy. The enemy only increases in power by the credit mankind gives him. Undoubtedly, there is a price to pay when pride and stubbornness prevent one’s heart from bending to the Father. When we reach the place of realizing that there is nothing in this world that can satisfy us internally except the Holy Spirit, it is at this juncture that change has to take place and we experience a continual weeping to be put back together and restored to our relationship with Father God.

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Why Spouses Blame Each Other

Why Spouses Blame Each Other

After the Father had made all the rest of creation, He took out of Himself and created man in His own image and likeness and called His name “man,” (Heb. Adam), which most Bible versions translate as the proper name Adam. After Adam finished naming all the animals and had seen each of them paired as male and female, he looked around and he saw that there was no creature that was comparable to him. This awakened in him an internal desire for a friend and partner of the opposite sex. It was then that the Father put him into a deep sleep, took a “rib” from his side, and formed a woman. When Adam awoke, he looked and exclaimed, “bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh,” and called her name, “woman.” Thus commenced the very first relationship between a man and a woman. Before sin entered into their lives, Adam and his wife, Eve, lived in the perfect harmony of “oneness.” They never saw themselves as two separate people, but as one. In fact, as stated in the genealogy, they were called “man,” or Adam. Both man and woman were free to roam the garden, steward it, and exercise dominion over it. The instruction that Adam received from the Father was not to partake of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. I’m certain that he communicated this with his wife, Eve.

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Obedience To God's Voice

Obedience To God's Voice

When going through periods of intense struggles or when facing extremely precarious predicaments in life, there is absolutely nothing wrong in trying to find the best possible solutions that will ensure a favorable outcome. As we mature in our relationship with the Father and get to know Him better, we will surely realize that there’s nothing we can hide from Him, for it is He who made us, and He knows everything about us. In loving and walking with the Father, how we start and how we finish both are vital to Him. Many who seek to walk with the Father get off to a great start, but somewhere along the way the cares of the world start to creep in and so way on their minds that they succumb to the pressure. When this happens, deception enters in, causing them to doubt both the Father and His promises, so that in the end they walk away, offended at Him. When all natural resources are consumed and all options for solutions are exhausted, we come back to the Father, humbled and willing to hear what He has to say, whether it be pleasing or displeasing to our ear. We are willing to make the change for the better. However, the test is whether we can maintain and become stewards of what He says, or go back to our normal ways.

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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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