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{ Day 363 }.


He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:2-4

Take the posture of being learners rather than experts in the ministry of the Spirit. There really aren’t that many of our generation who have gone before us in some of these things. We must continue to become like little children before our heavenly Father, the Lord Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. We must be more confident in their ability to teach and lead than in our ability to learn and follow. Fortunately, their commitment to us is stronger than ours is to them. And this reality is truly the source of our strength. Be gracious, kind, and patient with differences in perspectives within the community of believers and various streams of the body of Christ. If God is the true source of a move of the Holy Spirit, then He is well able to act independently of our judgments and criticisms to defend His honor. He will raise up creditable witnesses and advocates.

{ PRAYER STARTER }

Father, I have so much to learn about You. If I spend each waking day of my life in Your presence, I will still have so much more to learn about Your work, Your love, and Your purposes for my life. Make me a learner, dear Father.

We don’t have to prove to anyone that
something is of God if it really is!

By MIKE BICKLE.

The Bride Awaits Her King.


laughing bride
(http://www.stockfreeimages.com)

Every woman loves a love story. What girl, young or old, hasn’t dreamed of being Cinderella, pursued by her Prince Charming?

Most people don’t consider Christianity to be first and foremost a love story; but it is. In fact, if you are a Christian you are involved in the greatest love story ever. And, it gets even better; you aren’t the ugly stepsister. You are the beautiful bride!

The Song of Solomon gives us a picture of our Bridegroom King, Jesus, who left heaven’s paradise to come to fallen Earth and redeem His bride: “Who is this coming up from the desert like a column of smoke, perfumed with myrrh and incense made from all the spices of the merchant?” (Song 3:6, NIV). Here Jesus is coming out of the wilderness perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, signifying His sufferings and intercession for His bride.

This is the same Bridegroom who ascended to heaven, and who can declare, “Father, I did it! I paid the price for her” (see John 17:4; 19:30). In response, the Father can reply to His Son, “Sit here, on my right hand while I send my Holy Spirit to train your bride” (see Heb. 12:2; John 16:13).

The Holy Spirit prepares us for the Bridegroom King. He is our teacher and guide. He awakens our spirits and sets our hearts on fire. He is the One who brings the revelation of conviction, repentance and salvation.

The Spirit illuminates the Word of God, taking the logos (doctrine or the revealed will of God) and making it a heart-gripping rhema (an individual Scripture given for a specific purpose). And He is the One who makes known to us our birthright and awakens us to our destiny.

In Search of a Bride

The story of Isaac and Rebekah is a picture of the great love adventure between Christ and His bride. In Genesis 24, Abraham (Father God) commissions his servant (the Holy Spirit) to find a bride for his son, Isaac (Christ).

In Genesis 24:14, the servant leaves the father and goes through the wilderness with 10 camels loaded down with a large dowry. When he arrives at the town, it is evening, the time when the women would go draw water at the well. The servant prays to God and puts forth a fleece: “Have the maiden You have selected as Isaac’s wife give me a drink and offer to water my camels as well.”

Before he even finished his prayer, Rebekah came to the well, dressed as a servant, going about her daily chores. The servant asked her for a drink and immediately something quickened her heart. She answered, “Yes, of course, and may I also water your camels?” (See Genesis 24:19.)

Now that was an extravagant offer. The camels had just come out of the desert and were extremely thirsty. One camel can drink about 30 gallons, so she was offering to draw about 300 gallons of water for his 10 camels.

In the natural, all Rebekah saw were thirsty camels. She didn’t know about the son. But hidden beneath this simple request for a drink was a prophetic invitation for her. Often, the Holy Spirit comes to us asking for what could be compared to only a drink of water, and we reject His invitation because we can’t see what is concealed within it.

After Rebekah watered the camels, the servant presented her with jewelry—a golden nose ring and gold bracelets (Gen. 24:22). When she told her brother Laban about the visitor and the gifts he had given her, he ran to meet the servant and extended him a personal invitation to his home (v. 31).

When we see all the wonderful gifts the Holy Spirit has to offer, we greatly desire and need them.

But often we get so focused on the gifts that we forget the Holy Spirit is a Person with a personality and that we need intimacy with Him even more than we need His gifts.

The Journey Leads to Jesus

When the servant entered Laban’s home, the servant refused to eat any of the food set before him, saying that first he must explain his mission. The servant shared the story of Isaac’s miraculous birth and recounted the series of events from earlier that day—his prayer at the well and Rebekah’s response (Gen. 24:36-48).

After the servant related the story, they ate and fellowshiped all night. The next morning as the servant prepared to leave, Rebekah’s family asked if he would stay another 10 days before taking Rebekah to his master. The servant refused the invitation because he had a mission. He had to get the bride to the son! (See Genesis 24:56.)

So often we want to stay in the bride’s house. We want to stay where the party is, and where all the gifts are. We lack the revelation of the importance of our journey.

We view the Holy Spirit as though He is there only for our benefit—for a little healing and a little refreshing. We fail to understand the magnitude of this incredible love story and the importance of the journey to the Bridegroom King, who longs for His bride.

When Rebekah’s family asked her if she were willing to go with the servant, she replied, “I will go.” Likewise, the Holy Spirit is looking for voluntary lovers who will say, “Yes, I will go with You! Yes, I want to know the Bridegroom King! I am willing to leave my family to follow You now.”

Rebekah didn’t know how to get to Isaac on her own. She didn’t know that she must travel hundreds of miles through the wilderness of varied terrain, through valleys, mountains, streams and pools. She had to totally trust her relationship with the servant to lead her to her bridegroom.

Rebekah was willing to leave her comfort zone. She didn’t know about the times of isolation she would face or the criticism that would come her way when others did not understand how the Lord was leading her. She was totally dependent upon the servant.

The Holy Spirit is jealous to bring a pure, lovesick bride to Jesus. He knows the fears and weaknesses we have. He knows the times our hearts faint, and He will protect us.

He takes away everything that hinders love—callousness, brokenness, unforgiveness and pain. He wants to do a radical work of healing, cleansing and deliverance so that we will mature into the beautiful bride we were created to be.

Every time we say yes to the Holy Spirit’s leading, our Bridegroom’s heart must leap as He sees His bride moving closer to Him in love. Jesus wears many crowns, but the one crown the bride can give to Him is her love (Rev. 19:12).

The Holy Spirit may express Himself through the phenomena of fire, wind and oil, but He is more than those attributes; He is a person, and we must develop an intimate relationship with Him to prepare us for our personal journey through the wilderness.

The Purpose of the Wilderness

Our individual wildernesses are unique. There are different types of mountains for each of us to cross. These symbolize the obstacles, persecutions and misunderstandings we encounter.

The Holy Spirit will lead you to the mountain of myrrh—the time of the dark night of the soul. This is akin to the time when He led Jesus into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil (Luke 4:1-14).

When Jesus came out, He was filled with authority and with heavenly power. He was able to do whatever the Father told Him to do. Just like Jesus, we, too, will go through sufferings and temptations, but the Holy Spirit will be there with us.

He will walk with us over the hills of daily pressures where we will choose whether or not to continue climbing higher. But there will also be low times when we’ll go through the valleys, and our hearts will faint with despair.

In the valley, we won’t understand the way, and we’ll want to cry out: “Holy Spirit, are You still with me? I can’t feel You!” But He is always there. He is our skillful guide who alone knows all the terrain.

Actually, the wilderness isn’t all that bad. As we continue on our journey to meet our Bridegroom King, God establishes places of remembrance for us. These are times when we meet intimately with the Holy Spirit.

During stressful and painful seasons, the Lord invites us to meet with Him and make a holy covenant. Then, in the future, when we encounter hard times, we will be able to look back at this place and remember that we have met with God.

Prophetically, I believe the word to us for this hour is that we come to know the Holy Spirit as a person. We need to break outdated mindsets and paradigms of church culture that put limitations on the Holy Spirit.

Cultivate a personal relationship with Him. When we do not know Him in this way and aren’t experiencing seasons of renewal, we will feel alone and abandoned.

We must cry out to know the Holy Spirit better. As we learn to embrace Him as a Person, He will come to center stage because He is leading us to the Bridegroom King.

Each of us is responsible for maintaining an intimate relationship with our beloved guide, so that when we go through the despair of the wilderness, we know immediately to lean on Him. Yield to Him and come to know Him as the best friend of the Bridegroom.

As Rebekah was going through the wilderness, I am sure she was saying to the servant, “I’m nervous about this high mountain in front of me, please tell me more about Isaac. What does he look like?”

Only the servant knew Isaac intimately. Rebekah had never seen him face to face.

As they trudged along through the heat, the servant likely talked about Isaac to Rebekah, saying: “I have known him since the day he was born. He is wonderful, stunning, dazzling and full of light and compassion. This bridegroom is a good, tenderhearted man, and when he sees those who are broken, despised and rejected, he quickly goes to them. He is a tender shepherd.”

Source: CHARISMA MAGAZINE/ SpiritLed Woman.

JILL AUSTIN

The Choice to Love God.


“That you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days” Deuteronomy 30:20 NKJV

You’ve certainly heard of the story of the prodigal son who in his rebellious mind took his part of the inheritance and went to squander it in the world.
You’ve also surely heard of how when he came back to his senses after loosing everything, he returned to his fathers’s house where his father welcomed him back with rejoicing.

This story though told many times is not such a big deal in the sense that it is just the story of man. Rebellious in nature, wanting to do things his way and waiting till he had come to end of himself before acknowledging that there is something better.

What is so surprising here is that the father listens to him gives him his share when he asks for it and let him have his way.
“And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.’ So he divided to them his livelihood.” (Luke 15:12)
Which earthly father would do that while he is still alive?

Now we understand that this story is more about our heavenly Father who loves us so much that He wouldn’t force us into obedience. He loves us so much that He wants us to love Him back the same way, by choice.

But didn’t the Father know that the son was going to waste all the money? That’s the heart of our heavenly Father. He will never force us to love Him, He is therefore willing to take the risk of seeing us get lost in order to win us.

God wants you and me to choose to love HIm. Let’s not wait till we’ve lost everything before we make that choice.

“Now listen! Today I am giving you a choice between life and death, between prosperity and disaster. For I command you this day to love the Lord your God and to keep his commands, decrees, and regulations by walking in his ways. If you do this, you will live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you and the land you are about to enter and occupy.” (Deuteronomy 30:15-16 NLT)

Wishing you a Blessed Week!


I have told you this, that His joy may remain in you and that your joy may be full! (John 15:11)


By Anita Antwi.

Father’s Day Poems.


A Collection of Christian Father’s Day Poems

This selection of Christian Father’s Day poems includes one I wrote for my special dad. Perhaps you’ll find just the right words to bless your earthly father with one of these poems, chosen specifically with Christian dads in mind.

My Earthly Dad

With these three words,
“Dear Heavenly Father,”
I begin my every prayer,
But the man I see
While on bended knee
Is always my earthly dad.

He is the image
Of the Father divine
Reflecting the nature of God,
For his love and care
And the faith he shared
Pointed me to my Father above.

–Mary Fairchild

Thank You, Dad

Thank you for the laughter,
For the good times that we share,
Thanks for always listening,
For trying to be fair.

Thank you for your comfort,
When things are going bad,
Thank you for the shoulder,
To cry on when I’m sad.

This poem’s a reminder that
All my life through,
I’ll be thanking heaven
For a special dad like you.

–Anonymous

My Hero

My hero is the quiet type,
No marching bands, no media hype,
But through my eyes it’s plain to see,
A hero, God has sent to me.

With gentle strength and quiet pride,
All self-concern is set aside,
To reach out to his fellow man,
And be there with a helping hand.

Heroes are a rarity,
A blessing to humanity.
With all they give and all they do,
I’ll bet the thing you never knew,
My hero has always been you.

–Anonymous

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When Father’s Day Hurts Your Heart.


Cindi McMenamin

If the thought of Father’s Day brings a sting to your heart, you are not alone.

As I was interviewing women while writing my book, When a Woman Overcomes Life’s Hurts, I discovered that the “Daddy wound” is very prevalent among women. Little girls who experienced abandonment, rejection, abuse or indifference from their fathers can tend to carry that pain with them throughout their lives.

If  you are one who has never experienced the love of a father, or has been disappointed through unmet expectations or even hurt deeply by your father, you don’t have to remain “stuck” in that place of heartache from year to year. You can free your heart from unmet expectations, pain and regret, as Stephanie, and countless other women have done.

Stephanie’s father left her mother and abandoned the family when she was about five years old. Then after he remarried and became a step-parent to his second wife’s children, Stephanie’s father started arranging for her and her sister to have weekend visits with him.

“While growing up, it was a rough relationship,” Stephanie said. “I was mad at him, and he constantly put both my sister and me second to his new wife and children. From what I can remember, our conversations and visits were always hostile. I was very angry at him. As I became an adult I would get off the phone with him and cry or be really upset. I let myself be hurt by his empty promises to see me more or call more often to stay in touch.”

But Stephanie had to free her heart from unmet expectations and resentment that was keeping her from moving forward in life.  Today she knows joy and peace when it comes to her dad because she took a journey of forgiveness that you can take, too.

1. Forgive your father for the ways he has hurt you or not measured up. 

We all have expectations of what we wanted from our dads. And when we realize they are human, and therefore sinners, just like us, we can extend grace for the ways they’ve fallen short, just has God has extended it toward us. Stephanie says: “It wasn’t until I became a Christian that I realized I needed to forgive my dad. I wrote him a letter and said I was finally putting all this behind me. I forgave him for walking out on our family and told him I would like to have a closer relationship with him. He called and said he was shocked that I had held on to the pain of the divorce for so long. He thought I had let that go a long time ago. I was totally shocked to hear him say that! Apparently he hadn’t noticed my anger through the years, or hadn’t given it that much thought.” It was then that Stephanie realized her Dad might never respond to her the way she had hoped. It was then she had to take the second step of forgiving her dad.

2. Face the fact that he may never become the dad you had hoped for.  

Stephanie said her dad continues to hurt her in ways he probably doesn’t even realize. “He still makes the same empty promises and says hurtful things, but ever since I’ve forgiven him, God has given me peace.” As Stephanie learned, when you forgive someone, it doesn’t mean your relationship with that person will be fully restored. It just means that you will have peace for having extended forgiveness and you will be able to move forward with life.

“I was hoping for a healed relationship, but that hasn’t happened, and it doesn’t affect me as much as it used to,” she said. “It still hurts, but I’m able to let it go and walk away calm. I’m at as much peace as one can be with the fact that I will always come as an afterthought with my dad.”

Stephanie can say that, and still walk tall as a confident woman, because she knows who her real“Daddy” is. She knows she is loved and cherished by her Heavenly Father who wants to more than make up for what she never experienced with her earthly father. That was key to her being able to experience peace, in spite of her father’s continued behavior.

3. Focus on God to fill the “Daddy void” in your life. 

Scripture says we are all, by nature, children of wrath (Ephesians 2:1-3), but God found a way toadopt us as His own.  I used to envy adopted children because they could not say they were “accidents” or unplanned when it came to being in their family. Their adoptive parents wanted them so much they found a way to get them. Our Heavenly Father did the same for us. Romans 5:8 says “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” And Romans 8:15 says we have been given the spirit of adoption, through that death and resurrection that Christ endured on our behalf. That means you weren’t an unplanned or unwanted child. Even if you feel no one on earth really wanted you, God did. And He found a way to make you His own.

Scripture doesn’t just say we can call God our Father. The Bible tells us we have been given the right, through our adoption, to call Him “Daddy.”

Again, Romans 8:15 tells us we are given the spirit of adoption and “by him we cry ‘Abba, Father.’” The English word that is most close in meaning to the Aramaic word “Abba” is “Papa” or “Daddy.” Jesus used this affectionate, loving term for His Father when He prayed “Abba” or “Daddy” in the Garden of Gethsemane shortly before He was arrested and crucified. In crying out “Abba” Jesus showed His dependence on Daddy while He was facing His impending death. We can call upon our Heavenly Daddy or “Papa” as personally as God’s own loving Son, Jesus, did. That is a privilege. That is affection. And that is love between a Daddy and His daughter.

Won’t you release your heart through forgiveness and then let your Heavenly Father fill that hole in your heart this Father’s Day?

Cindi McMenamin is a pastor’s wife, mother, national speaker, and author of a dozen books, including Letting God Meet Your Emotional NeedsWhen a Woman Overcomes Life’s Hurts, andWhen God Pursues a Woman’s Heart. For more on her books, ministry, and free resources to strengthen your soul, marriage, and walk with God, see her website: www.StrengthForTheSoul.com.  

Publication date: June 7, 2013

{ Day 157 }.


Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame. —Song of Solomon 8:6

There is nothing more compelling or attractive than desire that goes above and beyond. Hollywood has made billions of dollars from the craving of the human heart to experience deep, abiding love. The love stories through the ages are very similar. They are the stories of the man who sells all to win the love of his lady. People flock to the theater to see the same story line over and over. Why? Because something in us longs for love that knows no boundaries, love that knows no sacrifice in pursuit of the one it loves. Shakespeare‘s timeless classic Romeo and Juliet touches the deep chord within. It cries out that life itself is only worthwhile if the heart burns with love. There is no sacrifice too great when the heart is set on fire.

{ PRAYER STARTER }

So much of the world is searching for love in all the wrong places, Father. Help me to reveal the love of Father God to others, so that sharing a revelation of Your love becomes my highest goal.

When you understand the revelation of the fire of
God, experiencing His burning desire for His Son
and for other human beings will radically
change your life.

By MIKE BICKLE.

{ Day 150 }.


Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. —1 Corinthians 15:58

We are also not called to be religious. We are not called primarily to jump through the hoops of our religious systems and political structures, or to dot the i and cross the t according to a particular doctrine or policy. The Great Commission was spoken from the heart of our Father God to a bride who is ordained to partner with the Son of God. It was spoken to the church to be a lover partner, whose work would flow out of the energy of divine romance through hearts energized with love. The Great Commission is often seen through the paradigm of a worker. It is seen as a mandate of great sacrifice. But by the end of the age, evangelism will be accomplished as the overflow of a lover in partnership with her Bridegroom God. We won’t consider it sacrifice, but a privilege. We will work in the fields of harvest with hearts that are absolutely lovesick with desire for the Lord of the harvest.

{ PRAYER STARTER }

Father, whenever religious systems or policies have taken first place in my life, remind me that I have been called to be in relationship as a lover with the Bridegroom God.

God has called us first to be lovers.

By MIKE BICKLE.

{ Day 144 }.


I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. —Isaiah 61:10

A Bridegroom God is a God who has indescribable desire and delight in human beings. He is a God in whom we feel liked, enjoyed, wanted, pursued, and delighted. Both the Father and the Bridegroom desire us. The Holy Spirit, on the other hand, mediates this revelation and imparts love to our hearts so that we might respond wholeheartedly to the Father as children and to the Son of God as a bride. Whether our hearts are focused on the Father God or the Bridegroom God, we experience burning desire. Something profound happens in us when even in our weakness and brokenness we feel wanted, longed for, and rejoiced in. Our response is to abandon our hearts to God. When we see Him as our Bridegroom, our need to feel enjoyed by God is met. Our lives and personalities are completely changed by the realization that God not only likes us and enjoys us in heaven, but He also actually enjoys us and takes pleasure in us while we are here on the earth.

{ PRAYER STARTER }

How incomprehensible it is that Your love causes me to feel liked, enjoyed, wanted, pursued, and delighted. Your love causes me to give my heart back to You, and to live my life only to bring You pleasure.

Something resonates in us when we feel the burning
desire of God’s heart.

By MIKE BICKLE.

Good Things From God.


If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him! - Matthew 7:11

No father will answer his hungry childs’s cry for bread with a stone, or give the child a serpent if he asks for a fish. Even sinful parents have in their hearts something of the image of God‘s own fatherhood. The argument is from the less to the greater. If a true earthly father, with all his imperfection, will not mock a child’s cry, but will respond lovingly, how much more will our Father in heaven do for us?

“How much more?” is a question none can answer. We can only say as much more as the heavenly Father is more loving, and wiser, and more able to give, than is the earthly father. Yet we must explain this promise also by other scriptures. The gate of prayer is set very wide open in this verse, yet those who would enter must come in the right way and seek“good” things.

While no one who asks for bread will receive a stone, neither will one who asks for a stone receive a stone. And many times do we come to God pleading with Him to let us have a stone. Of course we imagine it is bread, and that it will be food to us. It is some earthly thing, some gift of honor or pleasure, some achievement of ambition, some object of heart desire. It looks like bread to our deluded vision. But God knows it is only a cold stone, that it would leave us starving if we were to receive it; and He loves us too well to listen to our piteous cries for it, or to be moved by our earnestness or our tears to give it to us. When we ask for a stone He will give us bread. Thus it is that many requests for earthly things are not granted. Yet the prayers are not unanswered. Instead of the stone we wish, God gives us the bread we need. We do not always know what is bread and what is a stone, and we must leave to God the final decision in all our prayers.

By Vine.


Bible In A Year: May 21st…

By Book Old Testament New Testament Proverbs & Psalms
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How to Live as Sons and Daughters of God.


Os Hillman
Os Hillman

Satan wants us to see ourselves as slaves and orphans, not sons and daughters of our heavenly Father. The marketplace wants to make us slaves who are living from performance instead of our hearts.

In Luke 15, we find the story of the prodigal son. Jesus tells this story of a son who asked for an early inheritance, then floundered it away through a sinful life. Once he realized his sin, he repented. The father welcomed him back and did not even make mention of the son’s sin. He rejoiced over the return of his son.

This is a picture of the unconditional love of our heavenly Father. The prodigal son’s brother, however, was a picture of a son living as a slave. He lived to please the father through his performance. His works made him feel entitled to preference, and he was angry with the father’s unconditional acceptance of the wayward son. The elder son’s pride revealed he was not living as a son but a slave. We are all susceptible to this attitude.

Before we were born again into God’s kingdom, we were all slaves and orphans. However, all of us are adopted as sons and daughters when we receive Christ into our lives:

“Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ at all from a slave, though he is master of all, but is under guardians and stewards until the time appointed by the father. Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world. But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.

“And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, ‘Abba, Father!’ Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ” (Gal. 4:1-7).

Living as a son is the key to living a victorious Christian life. Joseph lived as a son, not as a slave. His father Jacob doted on him. In fact, his father gave too much favoritism to his son, attracting spirits of envy and jealousy that almost resulted in murder.

Even when Joseph was made a slave in Egypt, he still lived as a son. A slave would have become bitter and would have retaliated for his circumstances. However, Joseph entrusted himself to his Father, as evidenced by his behavior. He was thrown four difficult tests, and he passed each one of them with flying colors. He passed the test of betrayal by forgiving God and his brothers. He passed the sexual temptation by fleeing Potiphar’s wife and going to prison for his righteousness. He passed the perseverance test when he was forgotten after giving a dream interpretation to the cupbearer. And he passed the stewardship test when he refused to repay all those who had betrayed him and became a faithful steward over the resources of Egypt.

Joseph lived 81 years after being elevated from the prison cell. He could never have passed those tests had he not lived as a son. The one thing he always wanted more than anything else was to see his father again. The father-son connection was strong in Joseph, and this is why he was successful in his trials:

“And God sent me before you to preserve posterity for you in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. So now it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of his entire house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.” (Gen. 45:7-8)

When God delivered Joseph from prison, he took him from prison to the pinnacle of power. Many of us have taught that Joseph was second in command to Pharaoh. Actually, Joseph was over his entire household. He may not have had the title of Pharaoh, but from a spiritual position, Joseph was over the entire nation.

However, a closer examination of Scripture tells us two very important things about his advancement. The purpose of Joseph’s deliverance was “to save the lives of his brothers” for the sake of a new nation and for Joseph to “spiritually father Pharaoh.”

How could it happen that a 30-year old would father someone possibly twice his age? It is because it was a spiritual relationship. Joseph never lost sight of who he was. He never lived as an orphan or a slave. He could be a father to Pharaoh because he was a good son first. He was able to forgive and see a larger story to his life because of his position as a son that he never rejected.

This allowed Joseph to operate from an intimate relationship with his heavenly Father, to have dreams and interpret dreams and to gain supernatural marketplace strategies that would give him favor among the leaders of government because he was a problem-solver, not just a religious person. This is also why he did not succumb to the temptations that come with power and influence and wealth. He remained a steward of God’s purposes on the earth for the nation of Israel and Egypt. This is why many marketplace leaders cannot be entrusted with wealth and influence today. They still live as orphans and slaves by seeking to achieve value through their accomplishments rooted in performance, workaholism, money and fear of failure.

Joseph lived a life that others were attracted to. His life was rooted in his position as a son of his heavenly Father and his father, Jacob. Joseph’s fondness of his father was expressed many times in the Scriptures. The one thing he longed for more than anything during those years of separation was to be reunited with his father. This is a picture of the spiritual son-to-father relationship.

God Disciplines His Own

“If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness” (Heb. 12:7-11).

In order to be a legitimate son or daughter, we must allow our Father to discipline us at times. Discipline is always for our profit. God’s desire is that we all become more like His Son, Jesus. That requires “pruning the branch” along the way. And God doesn’t prune dead branches, only those that are alive and yielding fruit. This was true of His own Son: “Though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered” (Heb. 5:8-9).

So, are you living as a son or daughter, or as an orphan? God wants to demonstrate His love to you as your heavenly Father. Why not ask Him to show you how to live as a true son or daughter?

“I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters,” says the Lord Almighty (2 Cor. 6:18).

Source: CHARISMA MAGAZINE/ NEW MAN.

OS HILLMAN/TODAY FIRST


Os Hillman is author of Change Agent and the “TGIF: Today God Is First” daily email devotional, which you can find at www.TodayGodIsFirst.com.

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