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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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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