Don’t Misunderstand What God Understands

2 Chronicles 8:11 Solomon brought up the daughter of Pharaoh out of the city of David unto the house that he had built for her for he said, My wife shall not dwell in the house of David, King of Israel, because the places are holy, whereunto the ark of the Lord hath come.

Solomon has been king about 20 years. He could have had any woman, and frankly Scarlett, he did! This was not his first wife, nor his last. We are talking about hundreds of them. Isn’t one headache enough?

I guess the wisest man in the world, Solomon, is having a glitch in his
“system.” He begins to do whatever HE wants to do and forgets about the consequences. In spite of his great giftings, God never took his ability to choose away. He hasn’t taken ours away either. Choosing is important. Choosing dictates our future.

Sometimes, when we get wrapped up in what WE want, we can begin to misunderstand what God understands. We begin to justify our sin and make a way around it without getting rid of it. Hebrews 12 says that we can’t run the race very well because we haven’t gotten rid of our “besetting sin.” That thing that just won’t go away. That thing that is constantly present and continually attacking us. Hebrews also tells us (12:4) that we “have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.” This means that sometimes we just kinda, sorta wanna get fixed up! Blood! To draw blood and lots of it, you have to cut deep. It’s all about destroying the work of the flesh, so that the work of Calvary might reign and rule in our lives. But we don’t want that if it’s going to cost us too much! Walking the race, not running it; never really costs too much! That’s why there is so much weak Christianity, we try to manipulate situations so that we can hold on to our sin. Makes weak runners. We were told to run the race, not walk it. The Word says we go from “Glory to Glory” “Christ in me the hope of Glory” “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength…” We begin to say things like, “Sex before marriage is okay, God knows we love each other and we’re going to get married anyway.” “My addiction is okay, God knows how weak I am.” “God understands my hatred for my enemies, He hates them too and I’m just moving in Him….(Ahem…)”

Solomon knows that this wife is bad. He won’t even bring her into the City of David. He organizes a whole new zip code for her. A house separate from everything and everywhere else. He KNEW that it wasn’t right to marry the daughter of Pharoah. Solomon is basically saying, “…. I can’t bring her here. This place is holy. Heck man, the ark of the covenant of the Lord is in this place! I’ve got to get her out of the City. Dad will roll over in his grave. God may throw fire. I just have to move her away from the holiness of God and this sanctified place….”

Is there something in your life, in your house, that you can’t bring into the presence of the Lord? Don’t create a new place for it. Don’t build it it’s own house. Get rid of it. It’s holding you hostage whether you know it or not. There is greatness in you. Go find it! How? Start by admitting to God that you’re messed up. In Leviticus the Lord makes this statement “…If my people will confess their sins, then I will remember my covenant (promises) to them….” Let’s go God! The next thing to do is to read the Word of God. Everything stems from the Word of God. You will learn how to worship there. You will gain passion for prayer and purpose in your decisions there. Romans says to “Renew our minds daily by the reading of the word.” Okay, daily read and your desires and purposes will be changed into God’s. That’s renewal! Renew your mind daily and the rest will follow. God’s waiting for you. The daughter/son of Pharaoh in your life is even waiting. If you weren’t such a compromiser, maybe she/he could have a shot at the truth! Live it Loud. The Holy Spirit of the Living God whom we serve will help you as you make an effort and reach toward Jesus. It just takes an effort, even a small one to give Him permission to awesomize you!


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My Three Sons

Give God what He wants, not what you think He wants!

Three sons left home, they went out on their own and prospered. After several years, they decided to honor their dear old Mother who had helped them along so much in their youth. So, they decided to send her gifts. One afternoon the brothers got together and discussed the great gifts that they had sent to their Mother.

The first said, “I built a big mansion for our Mother.”

The second said, “I sent her a Mercedes limo. with a driver.”

The third smiled and said, “I’ve got you both beat.

You know how Mom enjoys the Bible and you know she can’t see very well these days. So, I sent her a brown parrot that can recite the entire Bible. It took 20 monks in a monastery 12 years to teach him. I had to pledge to contribute $100,000 a year for 10 years, but it was worth it. Mom just has to name the chapter and verse and the parrot will recite it.”

Soon thereafter, the Mother sent out her letters of thanks:

“Milton” she wrote the first son, “The house you built is so huge. I live in only one room, but I have to clean the whole house.”

“Marvin,” she wrote to the second son, “I am too old to travel. I stay home all the time, so I never use the Mercedes; and the driver is so rude!”

“Dearest Melvin.” she wrote to her third son, “You were the only son to have the good sense to know what your Mother likes. The chicken was absolutely delicious!”

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Fun For Women

Laugh a little!

A friend in Canada sent me this and after a long trip back from Central America this week, it made me laugh. Thought you could use it as well!
Love to you, Sandi

A POEM BY MAYA ANGELOU

“When I was in my younger days, I weighed a few pounds less,
I needn’t hold my tummy in -To wear a belted dress.

But now that I am older, I’ve set my body free;
There’s comfort of elastic -Where once my waist would be.

Inventor of those high-heeled shoes My feet have not forgiven;
I have to wear a nine now, But used to wear a seven.

And how about those pantyhose- They’re sized by weight, you see,
So how come when I put them on -The crotch is at my knee?

I need to wear these glasses As the print’s been getting smaller;
And it wasn’t very long ago -I know that I was taller.

Though my hair has turned to gray -And my skin no longer fits,
On the inside, I’m the same old me, It’s the outside’s changed a bit.

But, on a positive note… I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or
how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.
I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she
handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, tangled Christmas tree lights.

I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents,
you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life. I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.” I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back. I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.

I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve
learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People
love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.
I’ve learned that people will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made
them feel.”

THIS IS A GOOD ONE!

A middle aged woman had a heart attack and was taken
to the hospital. While on the operating table she had
a near death experience. Seeing God, she asked “Is my
time up?” God said, No, you have another 43 years, 2 months and
8 days to live.”

Upon recovery, the woman decided to stay in the
hospital and have a facelift, liposuction, and a tummy
tuck. She even had someone come in and change her hair
color. Since she had so much more time to live, she
figured she might as well make the most of it.

After her last operation, she was released from the
hospital. While crossing the street on her way
home, she was killed by an ambulance. Arriving in
front of God, she demanded, “I thought you said I had
more than 40 years left. Why didn’t you pull me from out of
the path of the ambulance?”
God replied, “I didn’t recognize you.”

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Peter’s Mother-in-Law

Luke 4:38-39

“And Jesus arose out of the synagogue and entered into Simon’s (Peter’s) house. And Simon’s wife’s mother was taken with a great fever; and they besought Him for her. And Jesus stood over her and rebuked the fever and it left her: and immediately she arose and ministered unto them.”

The people at Simon Peter’s house “besought the Lord for her.” Do we pray like that? Do we beseech the Lord for anyone or do we just ask ever so cautiously as we are driving down the road, making dinner, between meetings, chasing children, cleaning the toilet or in the shower? How do we “Beseech” anyway? It is a pounding thing, a deep demanding that comes after we have sought the Will of the Lord.

First, it is “sought”, then it is “besought.” Ask the Lord what His Will is first (I sought God’s Will), and then speak that back to Him in a prayer that says, “I besought the Lord…” Time to inquire of God. These people prayed hard, like they had confidence in the answer.

The Lord was in the room already. They didn’t call Him from another zip code to come running. He was there. Not moving. Not responding to the fever, waiting on the prayers of men and women; the people He created to be like Him; the people He created to bring a need to Him so that He might bring the answer to that need. He’s waiting for someone to get fervent about their prayers as James carried on about in James 5:16 “… The effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” To be effective, we have to have confidence, to have confidence, we have to know and trust our God. To be fervent, we have to let the Holy Spirit take over our prayers. To know that we are righteous, we have to be honest with God and confess our sins and turn from them. Not perfect, just going for Jesus. Never was there a perfect person saved and never was there a saved person perfect. It’s not about being this perfect creature so that God will hear your prayers; it’s about knowing He’s perfect enough to guide you in the way that you should go and give you the strength and passion to arrive there.

People prayed a prayer that moved the heart of God. A prayer that almost begged Him for this woman. A prayer that mattered. A prayer that got past who they were and into Who God was. When will we pray that? That’s a prayer that says, “You said God, I heard you and You said…..” But, it is in the knowing exactly what He said.

The Lord runs to that prayer. He moves over to her sick bed and does the things that only He could do. He did the thing He has given us permission and authority to do. “He rebuked the fever….” Oh, the joy of living in the authority that Christ died and rose again for us to have! To rebuke the fever, you better know who you are rebuking, who’s behind the fever and more than that, know Who is sending that fever away.

Peter’s Mother-in-law had a choice. To act healed or not. She chose to get up! The word says that “immediately she arose and ministered to them.” In all of our pain, we can let our body run us or our Spirit. Sometimes, we aren’t ready to be delivered because we like the attention and the medication. Sometimes we are afraid to exercise our faith. God says to get up now and walk on the water, “No thanks,” we often moan, “laying here is easier!” Lots of things are easier! But, once we start walking, there is nothing like it!

Emotional and physical devastation can be overwhelming. Beyond that, it can be something that we grow accustomed to. Almost like a habit. Gotta watch that, gotta “get up.”

Aren’t there those times when deliverance comes too fast? Like Jonah shouting at God because the Ninevites “got it” too quickly. Sometimes, we get the “Jonah Syndrome” and want someone else to pay like we had to for getting the information that seems like they are getting for “free” on the back of our prayers. There, I said it!

You pray for this man for what seems like an eternity, then, it happens, a miracle. He’s got it! Now he’s running around preaching everything that he condemned you for yesterday. We’re glad he got it, but at the same time, there’s this piece of us that wants vindication, justification, glorification. We so often want to put them in bondage to their eternal apology to us and never-ending admiration of all our effort on their behalf! That’s the stuff of sick people. We are abundant in Christ. We are well! No matter what this flesh is shouting at me, my spirit can be the healthiest thing this side of granola. Healthier!

This woman could have layed in her sick bed and commanded that they feel sorry for her a little longer. She could have decided that doing nothing was better than doing something. She could have manipulated the situation to gain pity, to her destruction. She could have been mad at the reason she got the fever in the first place. “What was Peter doing running around the country with Jesus anyway, leaving us alone and unprotected here?” Instead, she rose up and allowed the Lord to heal her, bless her and call her into a work of ministry unto others. You are called, have you shown up for service?

This wonderful nameless woman, went beyond getting up, she became a caregiver. She ministered to those around her, as if to say, “See devil, I’m vertical, get out of my way!” What an attitude of Christ. You see, when Jesus touches you, He TOUCHES you. That means He CHANGES YOU! To be touched by Jesus, to know Him, means that we are being changed to be like Him. The more we let Him touch us, the more we will be changed to look and behave like Him. If He’s walking with you, then you have no choice, you must get up and minister to those around you, because that’s what He’s doing and you want to go with Him, don’t you?

“Oh, to be like Christ and to know Him better everyday.” That was the cry of Paul’s heart at the end of his life. Let that be our cry. Let the whole world know that Jesus has touched you for truly He has!


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The Walking Wounded

There are elements in each life that war against our ability to fully trust the Lord. These elements are peeled away as we are immersed into the river of true abundant living. This abundant living may only be experienced as we go on our quest for excellence in the Lord by becoming vulnerable to who God really is.

The revelation of who God really is always goes farther than we planned and brings rewards greater than we can hold. True abundant living starts on the inside and manifests itself on the outside. The struggle between the spirit and the flesh has created “the walking wounded” of this current age.

The “walking wounded” are those who have tried to have faith. Tried to believe. Tried to move on. But, the wound is too great and the cut too deep. The skin has healed, but the bone is infected. The “walking wounded” minister out of their wounds and the Lord wants them to minister out of the healing from those wounds. Wounded faith is the #1 cause, in my estimation, for the lack of expectancy upon the earth today. When the disappointment is too great, we avoid the process by which it came to us. “I prayed or hoped this way or that way and it didn’t come to pass as I expected. So, I’ll hold on to my knowledge and love of God; BUT, I’m not walking down that road of expectancy again. I’m disappointed and all this faith stuff just doesn’t work for me.” This is not the reason Christ died and rose again! He came that we would be vibrant and free. He came to bestow the abundance of who He is upon us. The Word says that He came to give us not just life, but life more abundantly!

Here’s how the onion peels: Wounded faith will cause you to not expect. A lack of expectancy creates a lack of trust. Without trust there is fear. Fear will rob you of the ability to live in abundance.

Fear will tell you that it is easier to be wounded than healed. Listen, we serve the Lord God, Creator of all things! If he wanted to kill you, He’d of done it by now. Trust Him to fix the mess you have made. Don’t be a hostage to fear.

In Luke 17, when Christ healed the 10 lepers, it is said “that as they went, they were cleansed.” The small army of “walking wounded.” Then, one of the lepers came back and with a loud voice glorified God, kneeled down and thanked Jesus. The Lord then says to him, “Arise, go thy way, thy faith hath made thee whole.” Trust was laying within his faith. What’s laying within yours?

The “Walking Wounded” can’t trust the Lord. They are too hurt and misunderstood. Too persecuted. Those things lead to anger and mistrust. Trade them in today for the ability to trust the Lord in it.

The difference between being cleansed and being whole is huge. If you’re cleansed, you can look pretty good; walking around without leprosy and all! But, being whole is a different story. Being whole means that you are not only minus your physical leprosy, but your heart and motives are without the leprosy. Being whole will compel you to call the leprosy out of others. Being whole means that you trust the Lord enough to sweep the shadows out of your soul. Forsake a mere cleansing for being made whole today!

Many of us don’t know the extent of our bondage, so we never seek deliverance. Keeping busy and never asking for the soul wrecking, ruinous truth will keep the revelation of your bondage “in the closet.”
How can we embrace the cure if we are afraid of the solution that leads to that cure? If we keep running from the Lord’s truth, we are without trust. Your faith may be large. You may be able to believe for someone else, but not yourself. That’s because you have faith, but lack the ability to Trust Christ in that faith. Immature faith really.

You can have faith, but without trust, that faith will never take you to abundance. Aren’t you tired of living in lack? Aren’t you tired of walking around wounded? That stuff is for zombies — We are the Redeemed! Enter the classroom of the Holy Spirit today and allow Him to teach you the rules of abundance! Ask Him to come, He’ll show up, He always does.

 
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THE FATHER HEART OF GOD

by Mary Linda Kleinman

 INTRODUCTION

We see God through eyes that see our earthly father as our example and we can’t help but fall into the trap of comparing and thinking of God as being like our own Dads sometimes.  In distinguishing between the image of God and our earthly father:

  • We need to forgive our earthly father for anything he did and then for not being the Dad we needed or wanted, if that is the case. Then we need to ask God to forgive us and our fathers (ancestors) for what has happened in the past–any sins or tendency to sin in a given way. (Daniel 9:4-19)
  • We need to be transformed by the renewing of our mind and the washing with water through the Word.
    Romans 12:2:  “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world (in this case, as we see God), but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
    Ephesians 5:26b:  “..just as Christ loved the Church and gave Himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the Word..”
  • We’ve been brain-washed that God is one way; we need to wash our brain with the Truth from the Word of God to believe Who God really is.

 THE FATHER HEART OF GOD

 I.  GUIDANCE  (To heal from a father who didn’t give direction or instructions for life.)

Our Father guides us through His Word.
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” Psalm 119:120

We don’t have to worry about fulfilling our own purpose.
“The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me.” Psalm 138.8

Our lives are in our Father’s Hands and He wants what is best for us
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”  Jeremiah 29:11

As we yield our lives to Him, He will show us what He has planned for us.

Our Father doesn’t want us to fret about anything.
 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Phillippians 4:6-7

Our Father does not want us to strive.
“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
“Cease striving and know that I am God;..”  Psalm 46:10a (NAS)

Our Father wants us to enter into His rest.
“For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith.  Now we who have believed enter that rest..” Hebrews 4:2-3  “There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from His.  Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience.  Hebrews 4:9-11

We don’t have to earn our own righteousness; it is a gift from our Father.
“God made Him Who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.”  II Corinthians 5:21

We give Him our sin; He gives us His righteousness.

Our love for our Father and others is a response to His love for us.
“We love Him because He first loved us.”  I John 4:19

We need to believe our Father’s love first before we can really love Him and others.

Our “Father Knows Best.”
“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” James 1:5

Our Father’s guidance is for our good–for life and health.
“My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words.  Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to a man’s whole body.”  Proverbs 4:20-22

II. LOVE (To heal from a father who didn’t love all the time or was never there.)

Our Father is comforting and merciful.
“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort..” II Corinthians 1:3

Our Father chose us before the foundation of the world.  We are accepted totally by Him.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ, according as He has chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him, in love having predestined us unto the adoption of sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, through which He has made us accepted in the Beloved;” Ephesians 1:3-6

We will never be abandoned (emotionally or physically) by our Father in Heaven.
“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:6

Our Father will not be one way one minute and another way the next.
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8

Just as a loving father sings his baby to sleep, so our Lord quiets us with His Love.
“The Lord your God is with you. He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you. He will quiet you with His love. He will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17

Our Father loves us with an everlasting love.
“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with lovingkindness.” Jeremiah 31:3

We are the “apple of our Father’s eye.”
“He shielded him and cared for him; he guarded him as the apple of His eye.” Deuteronomy 32:10

Our Father wants to take care of us; we are valuable to Him.
“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”  Matthew 6:26

Our Father wants to meet all our needs.
“And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

Our Father wants to give us good things.
“He satisfies my desires with good things, so that my youth is renewed like the eagles.” Psalm 103:5
“Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4

It gives our Father pleasure to give us our “inheritance.”
 “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom.”  Luke 12:32

Our Father loves to give to us.
“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever. Let them give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for men, for He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.” Psalm 107:1,8

Our Father cares about us and He will take care of all of our concerns.
“Casting all your care upon Him; for He cares for you.”  I Peter 5:7

Our Father will always be there for us.
“Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies; your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the great deep. O Lord, you preserve both man and beast. How priceless is your unfailing love.” Psalm 36:5
  “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23

Our Father has our pictures in the palms of His Hands forever.
“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.” Isaiah 49:14-16
Just as a loving father carries pictures of his children in his wallet..

Our Father has an inheritance for us that will never perish.
“In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade–kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.” I Peter 1:3b

Our Father carries us.
“Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in Him, for He shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between His shoulders.” Deuteronomy 33:12b
“He will feed His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and gently lead those who are with young.” Isaiah 40:11
“Even to your old age, I am He, and even to gray hairs I will carry you! I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you.”  Isaiah 46:4

Our Father is very generous.
“How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of Your wings. They feast on the abundance of Your house; You give them drink from your river of delights. For with you is the fountain of life; in Your light we see light.” Psalm 36:7-9

Our Father is full of forgiveness and love.
“You are kind and forgiving, O Lord, abounding in love to all who call to you.” Psalm 86:5

Our Father will always keep His promises.
“The Lord is faithful to all His promises and loving toward all He has made.” Psalm 145:14

Our Father picks us up when we fall.
  “The Lord upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.” Psalm 145:14
Our Father lifts us up when we are feeling down or make mistakes.

Nothing can separate us from our Father’s love.
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39

Our Heavenly Father’s love will never fail.
“O Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with Him is full redemption.” Psalm 130.7

III. DISCIPLINE (To heal from a father who was harsh.)

We don’t have to be afraid to tell our Father our sins.
“O Israel, I will not forget you.  I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist.  Return to Me, for I have redeemed you.” Isaiah 44:21b-22

Our Father is faithful to forgive us.
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” I John 1:9

Our Father disciplines us for our good.
“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when He rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those He loves, and He punishes everyone He accepts as a son. Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live!  Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in His holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:5b-11

Our Father’s motivation for discipline is Love.
“My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline and do not resent His rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those He loves, as a father the son he delights in.” Proverbs 3:11

His rod and staff (instruments of discipline) are a comfort to us.
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4

Our Father’s commandments give us comfort and security.
“I remember Your ancient laws, O Lord, and I find comfort in them.” Psalm 119:52

We don’t have to “clean up our own act.”
“Search me, O God, and know my heart: test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23-24

Our Father offers rewards as a means of motivation, not as His only way of showing love.
“I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve.” Jeremiah 17:10

Who Is My Father?

by Keith Carroll

Human history began in a reality that exists beyond time and space, in a spirit realm known as eternity. We don’t know a great deal about the eternal reality, but we can observe its evidence all around us. The best definitive clue we have is found in the Scripture’s description of God, as: eternal, omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient, and invisible. While this describes God as a Spirit, it also identifies characteristics of the spirit realm, as an extension of God.

It was in this eternal spirit realm that God conceived the idea of becoming a Father. The idea was much more than a thought, it came from His heart, out of the inner depths of His Being. God desired to become a Father and have offspring. His children would grow and develop under His fatherly tutorage, into the image and likeness of God’s own heart and character.

In order for the offspring of God to experience a true growth and development process, they will be given a “free will.” They will learn to discern and choose wisely through the exercise of their free will and the many processes of choosing. They will grow and develop into the desire of their Father.

As offspring, these Beings will be uniquely different because they will be designed to grow and develop through a process. Up to this point, Beings were created to be and do, precisely what they were created to be and do. Scripture even indicates that Satan, the great opposing force in the spirit realm, was created to be a spiritual adversary (an opposing choice) in this new thing God was doing.

Once the design was formulated, the Creator developed the material realm to be a limited and contained type of existence within the spirit realm. The contained material realm includes the vast universe with its collection of constellations, solar systems, and molecular structures; each with individual stars, planets, and minute atoms. The material realm exists within the spirit realm.

This material realm is a vast array of interacting variables designed to function with a high degree of order, while allowing for the variables of accident and mishap. The growth and development of God’s offspring will be measured by many beginning and ending time cycles like; day and night, summer and winter seasons, birth and death.

The processes the children of God experience will include many interactive variables like; positive and negative, good and evil, cause and effect, intentional and accidental. All the interacting variables and cycles in the earth are designed to assist our Heavenly Father’s purpose in humanity; the development of children that reflect and resemble their Heavenly Father’s heart and character.

God specifically equipped the Earth as the place within the spirit realm to create, then to tutor and raise His children. Within the earth’s environment God introduced this process of growth and development, demonstrating it first in a variety of plant and animal life forms.

When the right time arrived in the material realm, God created humanity, giving them a free will to exercise and choose how they respond to the variables and cycles of life.

1. Why does God allow bad things to happen?
It’s a result of our environment of variance.
God can bring a good out of every bad that happens.
1Thessalonians 5:16-18 says we are to “give thanks in everything.” Not for but in.

2. What unique experiences do children of God have, that spirits (angels) cannot experience?
a. Create offspring and give birth to children.
b. Exercise free will and make choice.
c. Have faith and believe