God's Covenant With You

God's Covenant With You

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

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God's Unfailing Love

God's Unfailing Love

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

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Knowing The Language Of God

Knowing The Language Of God

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

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Grace In The Wilderness

Grace In The Wilderness

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

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The Outcasts

The Outcasts

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

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Write To Remember

Write To Remember

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

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When You Pray God Listens

When You Pray God Listens

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

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God's Thoughts Toward You

God's Thoughts Toward You

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

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Prayer Works

Prayer Works

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

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Reckless Prophets

Reckless Prophets

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

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The Price For Truth

The Price For Truth

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

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Great Leaders Care

Great Leaders Care

Leadership is a crucial theme in the scriptures. From Genesis 1 onwards we read story after story about men and women whom the Father raised up as His voice to display His glory and splendor. The Father harbors not even an ounce of insecurity, doubt, or jealousy regarding those He has called to lead His people. When the Father’s glory manifests in our lives, it reveals our weaknesses. Many cannot handle such a revelation and go astray in their own beliefs. They might profess to know God, but the truth is that they once knew Him yet proved either incapable or unwilling to make changes in their lives. They may speak in the name of the Father, even, perhaps, perform signs and wonders with results, but the Father is in no way moved by their words or activities. If the leaders’ hearts are deficient and they are blind to the truth, that is the way they will lead people.

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No Need To Hide From God

No Need To Hide From God

God our Father values relationship and He in no way intended for any person to hide from Him. On a daily basis, the Father communicated with Adam, and this was a normal way of life for man in the garden. The Father’s voice was his strength, direction, sustenance, protection, and everything else he needed. There was no such thing as mere subsistence survival in the garden. Within the confines of the garden, man living in direct communion with the Spirit enjoyed a life of abundance. It was only after he sinned by listening to a voice other than the Father’s that he hid himself from the Father. Ever since, man has hidden himself from the Father whenever he chooses to live in a sinful manner.

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When God Is For Us

When God Is For Us

Knowing the Father and having His heart far outweighs anything else we could ever want in life. He is the fullness of peace that gives us rest, love that is unconditional, and joy that is unspeakable. He is rich in mercy, abundant in grace, and a delight even in His corrections. As we walk with Him, following the path that is set before us, fear has no place to misguide or dictate our steps; rather, we proceed with boldness, confident in the knowledge that the greatest power and authority in heaven or on earth accompanies us. If the Father is for us, nothing can be against us.

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Caring For The Stranger, The Fatherless And The Widow

Caring For The Stranger, The Fatherless And The Widow

In all the wonders of creation, the most important in the Father’s eyes is man. Why? Man is the only being created in the image and likeness of the Father. Every creature that was made by the Father reproduces after its own kind. Likewise, a man in covenant with his wife produces children in their image and likeness, but even more, sons of God. Man’s mandate for reproducing after his own kind was to fill the earth with “sons of the Father.” After sin inhibited Adam and Eve in this mandate, he started to produce after his own kind until Christ, the only begotten Son of the Father, who set the course back in action for mankind to be reconciled to the Father and once again produce “God sons” in the earth.

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Being Shaped By God

Being Shaped By God

The Father is Spirit, and there is nothing biological in Spirit. In order to understand and know the Spirit, we must open the eyes of our heart, and that can come only by believing. Scripture employs anthropomorphic language to describe the Father, attributing to Him physical characteristics such as a head, hands, or feet. This is to help us further understand who the Father is by utilizing language we understand as embodied humans relating to other embodied humans. Indeed, the Father fashioned and made us with His hands. The time He put into making us is beyond human rationale because He made each of us unique. When the Father fashioned us, He created us as a unity of spirit, soul, and body. Man in the garden was a spirit being clothed in flesh. It was only after he sinned that he started to see himself as body, soul, and spirit. As sons of God who have been reconciled in Christ, we recognize that we are no ordinary creatures, but extraordinary spirit beings.

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Becoming A People Of Truth

Becoming A People Of Truth

Growing in the Father daily means that our spirit man is increasing in its capacity. Inwardly, we possess a resolve and a strength that is invisible, while outwardly our posture changes as we display the nature and character of the Father more and more each day. His voice is a prerequisite to our spiritual growth and provides all the sustenance we will ever need. As we grow daily in Him, continuous changes take place within our framework. It is vital that we don’t become stuck with what we know (or think we know) and assume that the Father cannot speak in other ways.

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Knowing People By Their Fruit

Knowing People By Their Fruit

Our time-space world is governed by four seasons. Each season has unique qualities within itself that it brings to the earth, the most easily recognized of which are dramatic changes in the physical environment around us. Many people would agree that winter is their least-liked season. Everything that was green and verdant earlier in the year now becomes brown and exposed. Some animals, like bears, go into hibernation. The often-bitter cold discourages many outdoor activities. On the other hand, the annual anticipation of summer is always a joy—until the heat becomes unbearable. The earth requires these seasons—winter, spring, summer, and fall—in order for all things to grow and thrive properly.

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Being Influenced

Being Influenced

Apprehending the Father will cost you something. To attain Him means that you will be misunderstood by those who have chosen to live by a worldly standard. There are also those who call themselves believers but live contrary to the life of the Holy Spirit. Becoming a mouthpiece for the Father is a glorious aspect of our journey as His children. He speaks to us individually; He shares things with us about His people, and about those who do not know Him; He makes us privy to many of His secrets. However, at times when we don’t see positive, favorable things taking place quickly, we too easily begin to question the Father and distrust His promises. Complaining (and quitting) is always easier than continuing to climb the sometimes arduous steps of progressive growth in the Father.

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God’s Word Sustains Us Through Anything

God’s Word Sustains Us Through Anything

The journey toward righteous rule is never easy. This is the road less traveled, and along the way there are many obstacles to face. Going in one’s own strength is tedious, painstaking, and, ultimately, self-defeating. A matter of sad truth is the fact that many people who receive the Father and come to know Him sometimes walk away from Him. They surrender to the cares of the world and allow them to overwhelm their perspective of Him. Going against the very proclamation that they once made, they become non-believers of the Father’s words.

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