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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God's Compassion On Us

God's Compassion On Us

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

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Reaping The Love of God

Reaping The Love of God

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

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Turning Your Heart To God

Turning Your Heart To God

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

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Without God You Will Lack Knowledge

Without God You Will Lack Knowledge

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

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When You Depart From God

When You Depart From God

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

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Those Who Know God Will Do Great Exploits

Those Who Know God Will Do Great Exploits

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

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Waiting On The Promises Of God

Waiting On The Promises Of God

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

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