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Experiencing the Holy Spirit in Prayer

Many are awakening to the love of prayer, and are seeking to connect with God in a deeper way.  Seeking to experience the Holy Spirit is a biblical, tangible reality.

In John 5 Jesus is speaking to the Pharisees; He says, “You do not have His word abiding in you, because [Him] whom He sent, Him you do not believe”   The Father sent Jesus, but they don’t believe Him. Why? Because they don’t have His word abiding in them.

  • Verse 39 is when it began to really become clear. He says, “You study the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life, but these are those which testify of Me. You are unwilling to come to Me that you might have life (Jn. 5:38).
  • Often we as believers confuse the value of bible understanding we get. We confuse its value, thinking, “It’s complete; it’s enough to have this.”  Yes, it’s valuable to understand the passage, but it’s incomplete, but often you end up with leaders who have head knowledge, but they don’t interact in a fresh way with the Living Son of God, by the Spirit.
  • I read that verse once and I was shocked, I said, “That’s what I do.  I’m searching”—you can also use the word ‘studying’—“the Scriptures. I’m engaging my mind. I thought that through Bible study I would experience life. That was the same problem the Pharisees were having; but here’s the key phrase, in verse 40: “But you are not willing to come to Me that you might have life” (Jn. 5:40).

    What came to my thinking the first time I saw this, changed me forever, it is that you can do Bible study all day long, but if you don’t take the Word to Jesus with a hungry heart, you don’t experience life. It hit me like a arrow, that I wasn’t coming to Him in this way. “You’re not dialoguing with Me. You’re not interacting with Me in your searching of the Scriptures.”  The written word must take us to the Living Word, this is the way to the life and food of the Word..

    So from that point on, I began to try and have a running dialogue with Jesus as I read the Scriptures.  Each passage is a door to knock on and ask Jesus for the Eph 1:17 spirit of Revelation.  The bible never says to read it in a year, but it says over and over to meditate on it.  A verse can be made a prayer quite easy.

  • The implanted Word delivers our soul from bondage to filthiness. 21 Lay aside all filthiness…and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save (supernaturally deliver) your souls. (Jas 1:21)   7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you…ask…and it shall done. (Jn. 15:7)

  • There are three components necessary for the power of the Word to live in us. First, we use our choice to pursue God with a spirit of obedience, faith (confidence He answers) and loving devotion. Second, we feed our heart continually on the Word (implant it in our heart) through mediation. Third, we need the activity of the Spirit to turn meditation into living revelation (turn water into wine, Jn. 2) to save or deliver us from sinful desires.  We must fellowship with the Holy Spirit by talking to Him.   Summary of the three components: we must obey God, feed on the Word and talk to the Spirit.

  • The bible highlights two ways to focus our mind in seeking God: God on His Throne (Rev. 4) and God in our innerman.  The Spirit flows from our “innermost man,” its where the Holy Spirit lives in us if we are born again.  We know from Scripture that He dwells in our innermost man (John 7:38), but we only experience Him in the innerman.  The innerman contains our mind will and emotions (Eph 3:16) We turn the attention of our soul to the Spirit in our spirit to grow in the deep things of God.

1 Cor 2:14  But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness to him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

  • Meditation must be made prayer to enter the heart.  Christianity is relationship with the Man Jesus, we are sanctified and transformed by beholding Him, via the Word and Spirit.  Paul reveals here, that Scripture verses aren’t too just be figured out by the mind, but require the Holy Spirit to impact the heart, we want living understanding.  It takes God to get God.

38 If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.  He that believes on me, the way the Scriptures say,  From his innermost being (belly, KJV) will flow rivers of living water.  (Jn. 7:38 NAS)

  • By believing the Scriptures with authentic faith, we will connect with God and experience the Holy Spirit.  This experience Jesus likens to drinking from rivers of living water.  I’m going to talk about some very powerful activities that have been highlighted as a focus in the prayer movement.   Its easy to slip from the discipline of pursuing God, we must resolve to go after loving Him with all of our heart.  Getting the Word alive in your heart takes time and focus, it must become your main priority, and you must resist activity and speech that hinders it.  If we will commit to agressively feed our heart on the Love of God, we will take spiritual ground and be anointed by the Spirit to love God in yet greater ways.  If we are not agressively taking new ground, we will lose the ground we have, in stagnation.
The Mind Mouth Heart Method
Reading Scriptures gets them in our mind, and we need to love God with all of our mind, but speaking them over ourselves and speaking them to God, gets them in our heart.  John 15:7 reveals that if His words abide in you, you will have greater authority in prayer and see more answers.
4 ways to go Deeper-

1) Pray-Read Scripture to God (thanking Him, asking for revelation or power to obey).

  • Jesus said “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.  But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.” (John 5:39-40)   Scriptures will impact us when we pray them directly, not just thinking about them or studying them.  We when meet with Jesus, the Scriptures are our anointed conversation material.  “We let the written word take us to the Living Word, Jesus.”
  • So depending on the verse, we can thank God for the truth in it, and then ask for revelation on the verse, or ask for power to obey them.  The Scriptures are living and active (Heb 4:2) and are so powerful to transform us and renew our mind as we pray them.  They rewrite the code of our inner man enabling us to abide in God/Christ to dwells within us (Eph 3;16-19).  We renew our mind (Col 3:10) and walk as a new creation.
  • So with a verse like 26 The Holy Spirit…will teach you all things… (Jn. 14:26) We would pray, Thank you Holy Spirit that you teach me, I ask for revelation on what it truly means for you to teach me, and help me to understand you leadings.  Or John 15:9 As the Father has loved Me, I love you.  We would pray, Jesus thank you for this love, strengthen me with might (Eph 3:16) to experience this love.  I ask for greater revelation of this love.  And we would worship and journal revelation.
  • Continually asking for revelation is so powerful, we grow in revelation.  Each Scripture is like a door we knock on, as God is inviting us into encounter, in the Knowledge of God.
  • The Holy Spirit is with us to teach us, like Jesus taught His disciples.  We must lean not on our own understanding, but seek God.  It helps to ask for the Eph 1:17 Spirit of wisdom and revelation and enlightening of the spiritual eyes.
  • 26 The Holy Spirit…will teach you all things… (Jn. 14:26)
  • 13 The Spirit of truth…will guide you into all truth; He will tell you things to come. (Jn. 16:13)
  • 27 The anointing…abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things… (1 Jn. 2:27)

2) Sing the Scriptures to Him

  • Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord. (Eph 5:18-19 Niv)
  • I believe Eph 5:18-19 is being emphasized by many Spirit-led ministries, as the way to be filled with the Spirit.  The verse says we should not answer the longing of our hearts with drunkenness, but rather be filled with the Spirit, by Singing to Jesus the Scriptures. I believe this is one of the most important verses in the bible about prayer.   This message of singing the Word is being spread all over the world through the prayer movement, and it needs to be a part of our prayer life.  God created the human heart so that singing opens the heart in a way that nothing else does.  Singing the Word is the main biblical prescription, the premier way, to be filled with the Spirit and set on fire for God.  Jesus was the Living Word before He became a man, and now we encounter Him by singing and praying/dialoguing the written word.  So we let the written word take us to the Living Word.  But we must grow our hearts in praying the Word.
  • “Biblical ideas that you sing are ideas that you own.” They become yours.
    Premiere means to get the scripture deep in us: sing it, pray it, and not to the air, but to Him. Often.
    Is there anything as satisfying and powerful as singing about the details of Jesus, and declaring to Him that He is beautiful?
  • To pray consistently, pray the scriptures. The word of God is the “chariot” the Holy Spirit rides on best in our lives and heart.
    To pray consistently, sing the scriptures. Singing unlocks the heart, causes truth to go deeper, and makes prayer enjoyable.
    Sing the word of God until you feel something on the inside move. Then sing more.
    To study the word and comprehend it is transforming; to then pray it and sing it – consuming.
    Prayer & the corresponding power of the Holy Spirit makes the heart fertile soil for the seed of the word to flourish.
  • Click on the picture on the top right to see an archived worship with the Word set, with us at Ihop-kc, a 24-7 worship and intercession ministry.
  • When we stand before God on Judgment Day, He is not going to ask us how big of house did we get, or how big did we make our bank account, but how big did our heart get by experiencing His love and revelation (1st commandment.)

3) Fast

  • Fasting does not ‘earn’ us more of God.  It does increase our capacity to experience the Holy Spirit, and accelerate the process of communing prayer.  I have found fasting on water, 1 day a week, to be unparallelled in terms of its impact on my experiencing of God.  I am calling fiery believers to fast at least one day a week.  The benefits are tremendous in fasting two days a week, but let desire for God drive your fasting, not commands or religious spirit.
  • This depth of fasting is well within the reach of most people.  But we desperately need more revelation of Jesus as our Bridegroom who has burning desire for us and fiery affections toward us.  As we live in the truth of the bridal paradigm, we fast because we long for Jesus.  Jesus told the Pharisees the day would come when the Bridegroom would be taken away from the disciples, and then they would fast out of longing for Him (Matt. 9:15).  When Jesus ascended to Heaven after His death and resurrection, He was taken away in the sense indicated in this Scripture.  The Bride of Christ is meant to long for His return, His Second Coming, and fasting is one way we express this longing.
  • By knowing Jesus as our Bridegroom and seeing ourselves as His Bride, we will become energized with a spirit of prayer and filled with courage to live lives abandoned to God in holiness. Only then will fasting seem appropriate, reasonable or Continue reading
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Meditation on the Father’s heart

Chew on these until they connect with your heart, meditation unto revelation by the Spirit (Eph 1:17).  He can turn water into wine, He can take meditation into revelation (Eph 1:17).  He wants to say these things to you, but hunger and prayer is the way forward in the Kingdom.  Confidence/Faith in the Word tears down strongholds of cultural unbelief.  Scientists say it takes a good number of meditations on a sentence for it to become a neural pathway in our mind.
You may not know me, but I know everything about you. Psalm 139:1


I am familiar with all your ways. Psalm 139:3

I even know how many hairs on your head. Matthew 10:29-31

For you were made in my image. Genesis 1:27

In me you live and move and 
your being. Acts 17:28

For you are my children. Acts 17:28

I knew you even before you were conceived. Jeremiah 1:4-5

I chose you from within myself when I planned creation. Ephesians 1:11-12

You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book. Psalm 139:15-16

I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live. Acts 17:26

You are fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:14

I knit you together in your mother’s womb. Psalm 139:13

And brought you forth on the day you were born. Psalm 71:6

I have been misrepresented by those who don’t know me. John 8:41-44

I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love. 1 John 4:16

And it is my desire to lavish my love on you. 1 John 3:1

Simply because you are my child and I am your Father. 1 John 3:1

I offer you more than your earthly father ever could. Matthew 7:11

For I am the perfect father. Matthew 5:48

Every good gift that you receive ultimately comes from my hand. James 1:17

For I am your provider and I meet all your needs. Matthew 6:31-33

My plan for your future has always been filled with hope. Jeremiah 29:11

Because I love you with an everlasting love. Jeremiah 31:3

My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore. Psalms 139:17-18

And I rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17

I will never stop doing good to you. Jeremiah 32:40

For you are my treasured possession. Exodus 19:5

I desire to establish you with all my heart and all my soul. Jeremiah 32:41

And I want to show you great and marvelous things. Jeremiah 33:3

If you seek me with all your heart, you will find me. Deuteronomy 4:29

Delight in me and I will give you the righteous desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

For it is I who gave you those desires. Phil 2:13

I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine. Ephesians 3:20

For I am your greatest encourager. 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

When you are brokenhearted, I am close to you. Psalm 34:18

As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart. Isaiah 40:11

One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes. Revelation 21:3-4

And I’ll take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth. Revelation 21:3-4

I am your Father, and I love you as much as I love my son, Jesus. John 17:23

For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed. John 17:26

He is the exact representation of my being. Hebrews 1:3

He came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you. Romans 8:31

Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled. 2 Corinthians 5:18-19

His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you. 1 John 4:10

I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love. Romans 8:31-32

If you receive the gift of my son Jesus, you receive me. 1 John 2:23

And nothing will ever separate you from my love again. Romans 8:38-39

Come home and I and all of heaven will rejoice. Luke 15:7

I have always been Father, and will always be Father. Ephesians 3:14-15

My question is…Will you be my child? John 1:12-13


I am waiting for you. Luke 15:11-32

Father Heart of God pt 1

NEW EYES TO SEE THE FATHER

INTRODUCTION:

There is a longing in the heart of every human being to know the love and affirmation of their father. Something basic stirs deep inside our souls, releasing a compelling drive to do whatever may be required to gain approval and recognition from the one who represents God to the child in the most significant way.

It is my conviction that a deep healing needs to happen in the heart of every person in order that we might see the Father as He really is, and come to the place of rest in our striving for His acknowledgment and acceptance. We need to have new eyes(Eph 1:18) to see the Father that Jesus knew, and the good news of the Gospel is that the Son of God has come to reveal the Father to us.

In this first post, we will deal with some fundamental breakdowns in our ability to see the Father in His true identity, and set some basic principles of healing in place so that we might receive His love for us.

I. THE FUNDAMENTAL LONGING TO KNOW THE FATHER

A. Human identity locked in the Father’s heart

1. Psalms 139:13-18 For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. (14) I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. (15) My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. (16) Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them. (17) How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! (18) If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You.

a. You formed me

b. You skillfully formed me

c. Your eyes saw my unformed being

d. My days were written in Your book before they happened

e. Your thoughts concerning me are numberless and precious

2. Isaiah 43:1 But now, thus says the LORD, who created you, O Jacob,And He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you;I have called you by your name; You are Mine.

a. You created and formed me

b. You redeemed me

c. You called me by name

d. I am Yours by right of creation and purchase

3. Isaiah 45:4-6 For Jacob My servant’s sake, And Israel My elect, I have even called you by your name; I have named you, though you have not known Me. (5) I am the LORD, and there is no other; There is no God besides Me. I will gird you, though you have not known Me, (6) That they may know from the rising of the sun to its setting That there is none besides Me. I am the LORD, and there is no other;

a. You called me by the name You gave me, though I did not know You

b. You clothed me with Your support that the nations may honor You

4. Isaiah 49:1 “Listen, O coastlands, to Me, And take heed, you peoples from afar! The LORD has called Me from the womb; From the matrix of My mother He has made mention of My name.

a. You called me from the womb

b. You spoke of my name from the womb

B. Innate awareness that the Father holds the key to identity and destiny

C. Authority to impart identity and destiny given to human fathers

Genesis 27:33-34 Then Isaac trembled exceedingly, and said, “Who? Where is the one who hunted game and brought it to me? I ate all of it before you came, and I have blessed him–and indeed he shall be blessed.” (34) When Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with an exceedingly great and bitter cry, and said to his father, “Bless me–me also, O my father!”

1. The power of the blessing resides in the father – v.33

2. Absence of the blessing creates massive anguish – v.34

II. THE PROBLEM OF DISTORTION

A. Root of the problem of sin – the lie that we cannot trust the Father

Genesis 3:1-5 Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” (2) And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; (3) but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ” (4) Then the serpent said to the woman,  “You will not surely die. (5) For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

B. Distorted perspective of the Father destroys ability to impart wholeness

C. Distortion cripples subsequent interactions

1. The earthly father speaks a distorted word

Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.

2. The distortion is multiplied through the child’s wounded heart

Matthew 7:1-2 “Judge not, that you be not judged. (2) For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.

Matthew 13:3,8 Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower went out to sow (8) But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

3. Illustration: the wristwatch and the hammer (more to come)

III. THE PROCESS OF RESTORATION

Three basic laws of restoration that apply to our topic:

A. Honoring father and mother – Exodus 20:12 (first commandment with promise – Ephesians 6:2-3)

Exodus 20:12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you.

Ephesians 6:2-3 “HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER,” which is the first commandment with promise: (3) “THAT IT MAY BE WELL WITH YOU AND YOU MAY LIVE LONG ON THE EARTH.”

B. This is done by learning to see with the Father’s eyes

2 Corinthians 5:15-17 and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again. (16)

Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. (17) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

1. We ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to us the true identity of our parents

2. We set our hearts to think of them and relate to them according to their true identity that exists in the Father’s heart

C. Forgiving and blessing those who curse you

1. Bless those who curse you, thus demonstrating your sonship

Matthew 5:44-45 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, (45) that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.

2. The freedom to do this is rooted in the confidence of receiving the Father’s blessing

Deuteronomy 23:5 Nevertheless the LORD your God would not listen to Balaam, but the LORD your God turned the curse into a blessing for you, because the LORD your God loves you.

3. Forgiving releases ongoing experience of forgiveness

Matthew 6:14-15 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. (15) But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

D. Repenting from false perceptions

1. We learn to see false messages as strongholds of the enemy; systems of thought that have controlled our self-perception and behavior

2 Corinthians 10:4-5 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, (5) casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,

2. Repentance – “sweeping the house clean” – tearing down thought structures (strongholds); turning away from false beliefs

Luke 11:24-25 “When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ (25) And when he comes, he finds it swept and put in order.

3. Healing and spiritual growth – rebuilding new thought structures in accordance with the Word of God.

Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God

a. We must establish a pattern of hearing and perceiving who the Father really is, and what He says about you in His Word to you.

b. Through meditation and contemplative prayer we learn to see what He is really like, and what He thinks and feels about us. This practice is essential if we are to come to a stable place in our emotions, learning to live and respond out of our true identity in the Father’s heart.

CONCLUSION:

Philip said to Jesus one day, “Show us the Father, and that will be enough for us,” (John 14:8).  That is truly the cry of the human soul – we want to know the Father as He is, for in that knowledge is eternal life (John 17:3). My prayer is that through making these verses and concepts a part of your prayer life, you will indeed come to know the Father that Jesus knew, and rest in the confidence of His loving affection for you.

Experiencing the Love of the Father

             Gal 3:26-4:4-7 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus…4 God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. 6 And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba (papa), Father!” 7 Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.                                    

           1 John 3:1 Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!        

  • Jesus makes it clear that God is our Father in heaven (Mt 5:16, 45, 48, 6:1, 9, 11, 18:14, 23:9).   We relate to God by the means in which He has laid forth in His Word, on His terms, on the basis of who He is, who He says we are to Him and how we are to relate to Him. 
  • The Spirit of Jesus the Son lives in us.  Through His Son we build relationship with our Father in heaven.  The same confident love, privilege, and assurance that Jesus enjoyed is now offered freely to us as sons and daughters.

           John 17:24,26…You have loved them as You have loved Me…26…that the love with which You loved Me may be in them and I in them.   

  • Jesus even goes as far to say that the love that the Father has for Him is the SAME love the Father has for you and I!
  • Because of sin, lack of true repentance and bad experiences and examples with natural fathers this it’s not always easy to relate to God as our Father.  Nevertheless the Truth remains and beckons us to believe that God is our Father in heaven.  He’s full of mercy, compassion, truth, power, affection and desire for our relationship with Him to be healthy and whole.
  • We are called to be bold and confident sons and daughters that know who our Father is!

The Father crushed the Son on the cross in order for this to be a reality offered to us (Isa 53:10)..  He’s serious about us.  He’s serious about being our Father and us being His children.

Getting a right understanding of God

            2 Cor. 3:18 beholding…the glory of the Lord…being transformed into the same image from glory to glory

  • Thebeholding and becomingprinciple – whatever we behold (meditation unto revelation) in God’s heart towards us becomes awakened in our heart back to God (transformation).
  • Beholding God’s heart refers to studying about it, speaking of it, and praying it until we understand and thus encounter truth and are changed/transformed on the inside.    As we change our mind (understanding) about God then He changes our emotions and unlocks our hearts to love more.  We are empowered to walk in righteousness more as we grow in our understanding of the love of God.   Wrong understanding about God damages our hearts and causes disability in our walk.  God wants to empower us to be lovers of God, thus He reveals Himself as a lover to us. Continue reading

Knowing the Father

John 14:9If you had known Me, you would have known Him,” His character was beautiful to those who knew Him, so full of enthusiasm and kindness.  He showed them so much strength, so much confidence.  He had clarity and a pure spirit.  They wanted to be with Him, I bet in traveling they were trying to get in the front of the line so that they could be closer to Him.  He was so profoundly attractive to them.  And all the while He was making the Father known to them.

Jesus’s relationship with the Father is a model for our relationship with Him.  There is so much in His personality and His relating with us that can facinate us and restore our hearts to be as He created them to be.  At the core of His being He feels, thinks and acts like a Father because from eternity past He is a Father at the heart level.

He does have such power that you will tremble when you encounter it!, but He also has affections like a Father and desire for personal relationship.  He has such transcendence, having power so utterly beyond anything we can imagine, He is wholly other than, He is in a realm of His own.  And yet he relates to us and so strongly desires our fellowship that He gave His Son for us!

We’ve just got to continue to pray these Scriptures and ask Holy Spirit to minister that which the Father says to us and feels about us (John 16:13).  He is also called the Spirit of Adoption, He can make the Father’s heart known to us.  Resolve to ask the Spirit to reveal the Father to you each day.  Sometimes you’ll feel it right away, sometimes the next day.  But if you prayed it everyday how close would you be to the Lord in a year?  Cultivate the anointing to recieve the Father’s love!!!

Beholding the Father

Many verses tell of Jesus withdrawing to pray, but except for John 17,  they do not say what He prayed.  Once He prayed all night, Luke 9:22.  In John 14-17 we see His deep relationship with the Father and are left pondering the deep love they have in fellowship.  I believe that Jesus in His humanity on the earth had His eternal God nature as a man, but also spent time beholding His Father in prayer so that He could declare with power in John 14 that His diciples knew the what the Father is like, because they have known Jesus.

“Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding dimly the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 3:17-18

We can carry the  countenance/character of the Father to those around Him by beholding the Father.  BUT if Jesus had to pray, how much more do we need this reality as a deep part of our lives!!

Holy Father

15 You received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” (Rom. 8:15)
The Spirit of adoption a name Paul calls the person of the Holy Spirit. He is also called the Spirit of comfort, truth, hope, holiness, conviction, power, etc. These various names of the Holy Spirit give us insight into how He ministers to us as believers. As the Spirit of adoption, He reveals the glory of our position as adopted sons and daughters. He makes known to us of the truths and benefits of being adopted by God. Being adopted speaks of a legal position of privilege in which the child became an heir of the family name, resources and estate.

By our new position as adopted children we have access to the Father’s heart in a unique way.  The Spirit reveals that we can encounter God’s heart as our Abba. The “Abba revelation” empowers us to endure difficulty and to reject Satan’s accusations.

The measure of the Father’s love for Jesus is the measure of His love for us. This is the ultimate revelation of our worth. It gives every believer the right to view themselves as “God’s favorite”.

23 That the world may know that You…have loved them as You have loved Me. (Jn 17:23)

The Father feels about you in the same way that He feels about Jesus!!!!!  He will not increase in His love for Jesus nor will He ever love anyone more than He loves Jesus. Therefore, since He loves you in the same way, He will never increase or decrease in the measure He loves you.

We ask the Holy Spirit to guide us into the truth about the Father loving us like He loves Jesus.  I love to meditate on this reality and have the Spirit reveal it to me.

13 When He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth… (Jn. 16:13)

Our lives are broken and unsettled without a “stabilizing anchor” until we know the embrace of the Father as our Abba. We need the assurance that we are enjoyed by God in our weakness.

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