Is the Trinity Really a Mystery?-Knowing the Father! (Series Seven)
As I have mentioned and given you supporting scriptures, the Trinity is the Father manifesting Himself as the Father, in His Son, and as the Holy Spirit. This book is ordained by the Father to show how the whole Bible is about Him and how He is revealing Himself as our Father.
He reveals through the Word His tender love, concern, guidance, etc. He reveals Himself as our Creator, Saviour, and is in us as our sanctifier. So many have a misconception about the Father, i.e., that He is just waiting to pounce on us if we make a mistake. There is such a prevalent view that we are only protected from the wrath of the Father by the compassionate nature of Yahshua (Jesus). So many Christians feel that they can foster a meaningful relationship with Jesus but canít achieve an intimacy with the Father. This attitude is totally incorrect, and with the help of the Father, He will show us what He is really like as we go through the Word.
Learning More about the Father in the Word
In Genesis 1:1 the Word says that in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. In verse 2 the Word says that the earth was without form and void. This is a beautiful picture of our Fatheróliving in eternity, starting time as we know it by creating the world. When He spoke in creation, time started. As our Father He started everything. What He started He will finish. ďHe that began a good work in you will perform it until the day of JesusĒ (Phil. 1:6). This fact should bring us closer to Him because we can know that He created us for a purpose. He didnít create us to be failures. He created us in His image, and since He is a success in every way, we can have the same DNA and be a success.
The Father created beauty out of nothing, as recorded in Genesis. With this in mind we can stand in every situation and know that the Father can deliver us because He has power to make a way where there seems to be no way. He can create a solution to every problem that you and I may face and, if necessary, a way of escape. Everybody and everything was created by Him and for Him. All creation reports to Him. He truly was from the beginning. You can rest in any situation knowing that He controls everything. Thatís why He can say that no weapon formed against us will prosper and that we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us (Isa. 54:17; Rom. 8:37). You may have a whole multitude coming against you, but if your Father is on your side, what harm could come your way? ďA thousand may fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand but it shall not come near youĒ (Psalm 91:7).
We see Godís wrath evident in Genesis 6:7 where He said that He wanted to destroy man because of their wickedness. Even in this we see His mercy, since He spared Noah and his family. From this show of mercy, we see more clearly why God sent His Son to die for us and to pay the ultimate penalty for sin. We can also see in Genesis how the Father raised up someone like Abraham and promised that his seed would be like the stars in the sky (Gen. 15:5). He can do so much through one person. Your seed can bless so many people if the Father can have His way with you by exhibiting His power in you. It is amazing how He can bless generations through your walk with Him.
We can see how God can make a nation out of one manóJacob, who later became Israel. This was a direct fulfillment of what God promised Abraham about his seed, as Jacob is descended from Abraham. We also see in Genesis 26:22 that even though the Philistines stopped up every well that Isaac dug, they could not sustain this. In this verse it is recorded that Isaac digs a well that they couldnít stop up. The Father appears unto him and tells him that He was going to bless him even more. God then moves on his enemies and has them come to Isaac and sign a covenant of peace with him. Our Father can do the same thing for us. Whatever people may be doing to stop you, once the Father moves, their attack is over. Our Father is always there to protect us and win for us. He can always move on our enemies to surrender.
Also, just as Jacob went to Bethel and met the Father as he was running away from his brother Esau, we too can come into His presence and find help (Gen. 28). At Bethel the Father encourages him and gives him strength to go on. Also, when God gives Jacob a plan to take what was his from wicked Laban, it was pointing to the fact that He can do the same for us (Gen. 30, 31).
We also see in Genesis how the Father gives Joseph a dream about his family bowing down to him. This dream took seventeen years to be fulfilled, but became a reality as Joseph is exalted in Egypt to be the number two leader in a strange county. He can raise us up to where we can never imagine.
God also shows that He knows what we are going through by sending Moses to deliver His people from bondage in Egypt. He cares what we are going through and wants to deliver us from any situation, no matter how long we have been trapped. Just call on the name of Jesus by faith in His name. In Exodus 14 we see how God, as our Father, did the impossible for His people. He opens the Red Sea and gets them into their new land. He didnít promise that He would deliver them out of Egypt and not take them all the way. He will complete the work that He started in us and take us into our destiny.
Just like Caleb and Joshua went into the new land and came back with a good report, we can too. They say that even though there were giants in the land, their Father was bigger (Numbers 14:8, 9). Our Father is also bigger than anything that could ever come against us.
In Joshua 6, after the Captain of the Host (The Father) appears to Joshua, He gives him a plan for conquering Jericho. As our Father, God wants to give us direction that may not always make sense, but always works. He tells them to go around the walls of Jericho thirteen timesóonce a day for six days, and seven times on the seventh day (the number thirteen is a blessed numberódeliverance). All they had to do is shout with a great shout on the seventh day, and, sure enough, they got the victory. The walls of Jericho came down. This is our heavenly Father because of His omniscience (all knowledge) giving direction to give them victory over their enemies. He can do the same for us.
As their Father He also tests their obedience by telling them not to take anything in Jericho. All the gold and silver belongs to God. They donít obey, as Achan took some gold, silver, and clothing. They paid the priceóa small army from the town of Ai defeats them. They have sin in the camp and donít consult God before they go against Ai. It is foolish to attempt anything without consulting our Father. After they correct the problem with Achan, they consult with God, and He gives them another plan that turns into another victory. The phrase, ďIf God is for you who can be against youĒ, is true, but the phrase, ďIf God is against you, who can be for you,Ē is also true. We canít win against our enemies without Him and are really helpless without Him. Paul said, ďin Him we both move and have our being.Ē As our Father He is trying to show us that He knows allóand bring us to destiny and keep us in destinyóby obeying Him.
In the book of Judges, we see more revelations about our Father. In chapter 3 we see the enemy of His people controlling them because they ďdid evil in the sight of the LordĒ (Judges 3:12). However, when the children of Israel cry unto their Father and repent, He raises up a deliverer named Ehud. God uses Ehud to kill the enemy king and save His people. God is the same way with us. When we please Him by humbling ourselves before Him, He will raise up someone to help us against our enemies, if necessary. Just be honest with Him. Admit that you are helpless against sin, and only through the Spirit can the deeds of the flesh be mortified (Romans 8:13). Always make sure that there is nothing separating us from our Father. This will ensure His help if our enemies are attacking. The Father did this for His people, even after they drifted away from Him again.
He raises up other deliverers, as recorded in chapters 5, 6, and 7 in the book of JudgesóDeborah and Gideon. There are impossible odds against Gideon, but that doesnít bother God. All Gideon has is three hundred men. The enemy has a very large army (without number, as recorded in chapter 6:5). In fact, all Gideon needed was God (Judg. 6:16). As Gideon obeys Godís instructions and surrounds the enemy, God causes their enemies to destroy each other. Isnít that just like God? His delivering power is awesome. If we need to be delivered, we can be delivered today by our Father in Jesusís name. He has all power. Everything was created by Him and for Him (Col. 1:16). This should comfort us. Everybody and everything reports to God.
If the devil is attacking us, our Father has permitted it for our good. In the book of Ruth, His divine providence is clearly seen as He leads Ruth to Boaz, a kinsman redeemer. He redeems and marries her. This is a beautiful type of God sending His Son to be our kinsman redeemer and be our husband.
In 1 Samuel, Hannah cannot have any children and is tormented by her husbandís other wives, who give him children. But her Father comes through for her and enables her to get pregnant, and eventually she gives birth to the prophet Samuel. This is a great promise to you. We may be in a hopeless situation, and God hasnít come through for us yet, but He will.
In 1 Samuel 16 God sends Samuel to a little shepherd boy named David. He sends him right to his house and anoints David right in the midst of his family. He is the one least likely to be anointed king in his familyís eyes. Maybe we are the least likely in peopleís eyes, but our Father can choose to promote us. Just receive this today in Jesusís name. Later on in Davidís life, the Father raises him up and uses David to do something that nobody else can do, i.e., destroy Goliath. God has a purpose for us that nobody else can do. The odds may be against us, like David, but whatever assignment the Father has for us, He will do it through us. When David becomes king and gets out of line (has the husband of Bathsheba killed), the Father is there to correct and restore. All He needed was an attitude of repentance from David. This is what He could be waiting for from us. Just repent if necessary, and He can restore.
In 1 and 2 Kings we see the Father raising up prophets like Elijah and Elisha to bring miracles into peoplesí lives, as well as words of warning. In 1 Kings 17 Elijah is told by the Father to warn His people that a famine of three and a half years is coming. The Father then sends him to a widow lady who only has enough food for her and her son for one day. God multiplies the food for her through Elijah and raises the son back to life after he dies (v. 21). This really shows the Fatherís concern for His peopleóto send an anointed prophet into their lives with a miracle anointing, to rescue them out of their most pressing need. The Father wants to visit us if we are in a helpless situation and use someone to deliver us. Look at His care and concern. You may be down to your last bit of food and/or money, but you can rest assured that He will show up and help. Imagine the joy of the widow lady who thought that she and her son only had one day left to be alive, but now have years to spend together. He could do the same for you right now. Just receive His deliverance and/or healing in the situation you are in right now, in Jesusís name. As a prophet, I decree today, as you are reading this book, that He is ministering to your deepest need and hurt, with a today miracle, in Jesusís name. Just receive your Fatherís miracle right now.
In 1 Kings 18 Elijah challenges 850 false prophets in front of all Israel by showing that his God would burn the sacrifice that was set up. Their gods cannot do anything. His Father shows up for him and shows that He is up to the challenge by bringing fire from heaven and burning the sacrifice and everything around it. Our Father will do the same for us. He will show up and show out for us. He wants to get the glory by showing up for us when the odds are stacked against us. He wants to show up at times when the devil thinks that he got us.
In 2 Kings 4:38 there is a narration of Elisha and the other prophets preparing food, and someone puts some wild herbs into the pot. Elisha puts some meal into the pot, and God supernaturally cleanses the food. He can take those wild people out of your lifeóthe people that donít belongóonce and for all.
Look how God delivers His people in Exodus 14; the Egyptians follow after the Israelites at the Red Sea, but the Father closes up the water after His children get to the other side. The Israelites never see their enemies againóthey all drown.
In 2 Chronicles 20 Jehoshaphat is surrounded by the enemy, and the only one that could help him is the Father. He pours his heart out to God, and his Father tells him that the battle is not his but the battle is Godís (2 Chr. 20:15). All Jehoshaphat has to do is send his praise and worship singers out into battle first, and his Father discomforts the enemy so much that they kill each other. All he has to do is take up the spoils. This is the nature of the Fatheróto win the battle that you are in for you even if you feel outnumbered. All the Father wants us to do is spend quality time with Him, focus on Him and not the situation, and worship Him for who He is.
The Father is the same one that enabled Nehemiah and Ezra to rebuild the wall and temple at Jerusalem. He had someone finance the whole purpose, arranged people to help them, and watched their backs from the enemy while they worked. This is what He wants to do in our lives as we rebuild peopleís lives. He has called us to repair the connection with His people, and He will take care of us in every way necessary.
The Father is the one who enables Esther to rescue His people by exposing wicked Haman. Itís the Father who David praises and worships in his Psalms. Itís the Father who is the Wisdom that Solomon writes about in his Proverbs.
Letís look at some of the New Testament and see how the Father operates in Yahshua (Jesus). We have been studying how Jesus did such marvelous things while on the earth. He is our Messiah and gave up His life for us sacrificially. One thing that most of us failed to realize is that the Father was the one operating through Jesus. As I mentioned earlier in Zechariah 12:10, the Father says, ďthey shall look upon me whom they pierced.Ē In Zechariah 11:12 the Word says that they weighed for the Fatherís price as thirty pieces of silver. Of course, we know that Jesus was pierced and sold for thirty pieces of silver. So when we see Jesus, we are actually seeing the Father moving and operating through Him. Letís look at the Gospel of John and see the Father moving through Jesus.
Jesus said in John 8:19 that if His disciples knew Him they would also know His Father. In verse 24 He says that ďunless that you believe that I am, ye shall die in your sins.Ē In verse 27 the Word says that the disciples ďunderstood not that He spake to them of the Father.Ē Jesus also says in 8:58 ďbefore Abraham was I am.Ē In John 10:30 Jesus says that He and His Father are one. In John 14:9 Jesus said that when we have seen Him we have seen the Father. He also told them to believe that He is in the Father and the Father is in Him. He was trying to point them to the Father in Him. He was trying to have all glory go to the Father. It was the Father talking so tenderly through Jesus in John 4:1-42 to the lady at the well. It was He who spoke to her of the living water, which is the infilling of His Spirit.
In chapter 5, when Jesus went to the Pool of Bethesda, it was the Father directing Him to go there, and it was the Father who healed the man who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. It was the Father that wrote through Jesus the sins on the ground of the men who had taken the woman caught in adultery in John 8:1-11. He is the one who acted so tenderly to her and on her behalf. Our Father wants to defend us, if necessary, no matter what we have done.
It is the Father who makes clay of His spittle and anoints the eyes of the man born blind who could later see clearly (John 9:6-7). It is the Father doing all these wonderful miracles through Jesus. It is the Father who reveals Himself as the good shepherd in John 10:11. He is our shepherd who takes care of us and watches over us.
None of what I am saying is belittling Yahshua, because He is our Saviour, our Messiah who gave up His life for us. He was pointing everyone to the Father who did the works through Him.
It is the Father who raises Lazarus from the dead when nobody has hope but Jesus, as recorded in John 11. It is the Father who Jesus says would come back and comfort us as the comforter in 15:26. In 2 Corinthians 1:3, 4 the Word says that the Father comforts us. The Father didnít send the Holy Spirit; He is the Holy Spirit. As He is Holy, He is Spirit, and there is only one Spirit. He didnít send somebody else. He is our comforter who can comfort us anytime necessary.
The Father is the one who enabled Jesus to endure the beating of the thirty-nine stripes and still have strength to die for us in the crucifixion.
So the whole word revolves around the Father creating everything, coming in His Son to enable Him to die for us, and giving us of His Spirit to enable us to serve Him and be like His Son. He is also coming back in Jesus to take us home with Him.
In the next chapters, I want to go over some of the other general manifestations of the Father in order to further show that God is not a mystery and to show how very powerful and majestic He really is. This knowledge of His manifestations also allows us to expect Him to be able to do more in our lives. We will be able to draw on these manifestations of the Father in our lives, if needed.
Knowing His manifestations can open a whole new understanding of what God can do for us and increase our worship of Him.
As we start to talk about the manifestations of the Father, I want to begin by talking about His manifestation as the Almighty. In Colossians 1:16 and 17 Paul mentions that all things were created by Yahshua and for Jesus, and by Him all things consist. In Isaiah 43:13 the Father says, ďbefore the day was, I am He and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work and who shall let it?Ē The Father controls everything and everybody. He can surely take care of us.
In Psalm 107:25 and 29 the Father says that He can raise up a storm and also calm the same storm. He has all power. This was a prophecy that was fulfilled when Jesus was asleep in the back of the boat, as recorded in Mark chapter 4, and a great storm arises. He calms the storm when His disciples turn to Him for help by waking Him up. He gets all the glory as a result. He raises up the storm so He could get the glory by calming it. He is doing the same thing in our lives when we are serving Him. He may raise up a storm to have us look toward Him. When we do, He calms it. This opens our eyes to how powerful He really is.
The devil wants us to think that he has so much power, but the only power that he has is what the Father gives him. If the Father allows the devil to attack us it is only to show that all power belongs to Him. The Father does this when He ends the attack in our favor. The Father gives the devil a little rope and he than hangs himself by the same rope.
A great example of the Father being the Almighty and showing forth His power is in 2 Chronicles 14: Asa, a godly king, was surrounded by a million men coming against him and his army. Asa said something very wonderful in verse 11. He said that the Father could win for them whether they had many or few. This attitude brings them to victory, as in verse 12 it is recorded that the Father destroys the enemy. Not only does He destroy their enemies, but also destroys all the neighboring cities and spoils them all. The enemies of Israel start the battle, but the Father surely finishes it. We may feel that we are surrounded and that things are closing in on us, but have faith that the Father is the Almighty and that nobody can stand against Him and win. All we have to do is make sure that He is on our side and that we are obeying Him.
In Genesis 14 we have another story showing how the Father is the Almighty. In verse 9 we see that the armies of four different kings come against Sodom and Gomorrah, win the battle, and take Lot, Abrahamís nephew, and his goods. Abraham then arms 318 servants and goes after the enemy to rescue his nephew (Gen. 14:14). Notice, he doesnít take 318 warriors; he takes servants who were not trained to fight. Can you imagine the odds against Abraham ever winning the battle and rescuing his nephew? However, the Father is the Almighty, and He is going to fight for them. The Word says in verse 15 that Abraham wins the battle and pursues after them. Can you imagine that 318 untrained servants chase the armies of four kings? Only with the Father at the head can this ever happen. In verse 16 the Word records that Abraham rescues Lot and all the goods.
Do you see how the Father can win with many or few as Asa said? Is this our attitude today, or are we looking at the giants that are coming against us as bigger than our Father? Our Father is truly the Almighty, and He loves when the odds are stacked against us. He gets all the glory for the victory.
Look what happened with Gideon; he is surrounded by the enemy, and the Father tells him in Judges 6:16 that the He is going to fight for him and win the victory through him as one man. The Father was saying that all He needed to win the victory was one man to be in agreement with Him. The Father then whittles Gideonís army from 32,000 to 300, just to show His power. He then has Gideon overhear the fear of the enemy. One of them had a dream that the sword of the LORD, even the Sword of Gideon, was going to destroy them. They didnít dream about Gideonís army destroying them, only Gideon and the LORD. This confirmed to Gideon what the Father told him about destroying the enemy as one man (Judges 6:16). The Father then gives Gideon a plan of surrounding the enemy as they slept and shouting and breaking pitchers at the same time, thereby startling the enemy. Here again we see the power of the Father to work with a few people; He has 300 men surround 300,000 men. The enemy doesnít have a chance, because the Almighty Himself has them surrounded. If our Father is with us, it doesnít matter who else is with us. The Father wins the battle against all odds, because one man trusts that if the Almighty is with him, then who could successfully come against them?
The Father also demonstrates His power by using little things to win victories for His people:
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1. He anoints the rod that Moses stretches forth at the Red Sea to open the sea for His people, as well as close the sea on their enemies. When God does a work, He does it thoroughly (Exod. 4:2).
2. He anoints a jawbone of an ass in the hand of Samson to destroy one thousand men single handily (Judg. 15:15).
3. He uses a single stone from David to kill Goliath, which propels David to be king (1 Sam. 17:49).
4. He anoints a handful of flour to last for about a whole year to feed a widow lady and others during a famine (1 Kings 17:12).
5. He uses a cloud the size of a manís hand to show Elijah that it was going to rain after a three-and-half-year drought (1 Kings 18:44).
6. Jesusís anointing on five barley loves and a few fishes multiplies them for thousands of people (John 6:9-13).
Give the Almighty something to work with by applying our faith to the situation we are facing, and watch Him win for us against all odds.
As we study the manifestations of the Father, we can realize just how powerful He really is. I want to continue talking about the manifestations of the Fatheróways that He can manifest Himself to us. The manifestation that I want to talk about in this chapter is His role as the finisher. He is not just the God that starts something in our lives, but He is also the God that completes what He starts. This should encourage us today that no matter what you are going through, He will complete His promises.
In Exodus 14 there is a scene at the Red Sea where the enemy thinks they have Godís people closed in the wilderness. The Father had miraculously caused ten plagues to come on the Egyptians to put pressure on them to let His people go free. What kind of God would bring His people out of bondage and not bring them the rest of the way to the promised land? Even though the enemy was on their trail, God didnít forget His promise to bring them into a new land flowing with milk and honey (Exod. 14:7-9). This promise is what He made to Moses (Exodus 3:7-8). In Exodus 14:13, God tells Moses to fear not, to stand still, and to see the salvation of the LORD. He is really saying, ďI am your finisher. I brought you out of Egypt to bring you into the new land.Ē The Father doesnít bring us out of something without bringing us into something better. Most know what happened as God opened the Red Sea for His people and closed it on their enemies. The Father has a way of wiping out our past once and for all. Those Egyptians could not bring them into bondage again.
When the Father saved us, He began the process of wiping out all our past weaknesses as we turn them over to Him. He makes our weaknesses into strengths. God doesnít just save us to bring us to heaven. He wants to conform us to the image of Jesus (Romans 8:29). This is the process of bringing our flesh under the subjection to the Spirit of God (Romans 8:13). The way we do this is to read the Epistles of Paul (Romans to Hebrews) and allow the Spirit of God to point out scriptures that we need to speak into our lives to help transform us into the image of Yahshua. This process is the road of sanctification that started when we got saved. Our Father finishes what He starts.
In 2 Kings 4 a Shunammite lady and her husband take care of Elisha when he is in town. He speaks a word of blessing over her to help her and her husband have a child, and she has a son. Later on the boy dies suddenly. In verse 34 the Word records that Elisha prays, and the boy comes back to life. The Father just doesnít give us a blessing and not allow us to totally enjoy the blessing. Some are so afraid that they are going to lose something or someone that the Father gave them. He doesnít operate that way. We may be giving up on a dream or promise that the Father gave us, but He can complete His promise. God can re-ignite dreams today. Let Him do this right now in Jesusís name. What He starts He finishes.
God brings them out of Egypt and into the new land. He doesnít just bring them into the new land without getting all their inheritance. There is an obstacle in their way called Jericho. Maybe there is an obstacle in our way. The Father didnít bring us this far without giving us total inheritance. God gives His people a plan to conquer Jericho, and sure enough, the walls come down flat with God doing all the work. God didnít forget about us after He saved us. He wants to complete His plan for our lives and remove any obstacle in our way.
Paul said in 2 Timothy 4:7 that he had finished his course. What he was really saying was that the Father had enabled him to finish his course. The finisher had finished Paulís course through him. Paul said in verse 18 that the same LORD that delivered him in the past would deliver him from every evil work and bring him to heaven. He was really saying that the LORD who started the salvation process in his life would complete the process and bring him to heaven.
In 1 Samuel 16:13 David is anointed to be king over Israel by Samuel the prophet. In chapter 17 David comes against Goliath and kills him. He knew that the same God that anointed him to be king would destroy this obstacle in his way. The finisher would finish the process of bringing David to the throne of Israel. He didnít bring David that far to have him fail.
In John 11 the Word records that Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead after he was dead for four days. He was not finished with Lazarus and still had a work for Him to do. God wants to finish the course that He started in Lazarusís life. He wants to do the same for us. Please let Him do this, and donít be moved by any potential obstacle.
In 1 Kings 19 Elijah was running away from Jezebel and hiding in a cave. The Father tells him in a small, still voice that He isnít finished with him and still has a work for him to do. He wants to use him to anoint Hazael to be king over Syria (1 Kings 19:15).
The finisher wants to bring you to victory in the situation that you are in (2 Corinthians 2:14). The circumstances may be really stacked against us, but all things were created by and for the Father (Colossians 1:16, 17). He wants to finish what He started, remove any obstacles, and bring us to our intended destination.
In Acts 27 Paul is on a ship heading for Rome that is sinking. The Father reminds him in verse 24 that He promised to bring him to Rome. In 28:30 and 31 the Word says that Paul makes it to Rome and dwells in his own rented house. The finisher took Paul through the storm and brought him to His desired destination. Have no fear! The finisher that began a good work in you will complete it unto the day of Christ (Philippians 1:6). Praise Him!
Our Breaker: God of the Breakthrough
Yes! Our Father is truly the God of our breakthrough. In Micah 2:13 the Word says, ďthe Breaker is come up before them: they have broken up and have passed through the gate and are gone out by it: and their king shall pass before them and the LORD on the head of them.Ē As we see, God goes ahead of us in every situation. He is our breaker. We should not try to go out ahead of Him, but wait for Him to clear the way. Let Him run interference for us. In football games we wonít see the guy who is running with the football go ahead of his blockers. No! He waits for them to go first to clear an opening for him. If the one carrying the ball allows his blockers to create an opening, he may gain many yards. Our Father takes great pleasure in breaking through and creating an opening for us.
An example is in 2 Samuel 5:17; the Word says that when the Philistines hear that David was made king, they align themselves against him in the valley of Rephaim. When the Father promotes, the devil may try to take us on. Higher levels may mean higher devils. We have to remember that if the Father gives us a promotion, He didnít make a mistake. He knows that we have the ability through Him to handle the new territory. Those who He calls He also justifies. David inquires of the Lord whether he should attack the Philistines and whether he would win. The Lord said yes to both questions, and David did win. David said in verse 20 that the Lord had broken upon his enemies, and he called the name of that place Baalperazim, or the place of the breakthrough. He started to realize that his Father was the God of the breakthrough. The Philistines attack again, and this time the Father tells David to wait for the sound of the wind going through the mulberry trees. When he hears this wind, he knows that the breaker has gone ahead of him (2 Sam. 5:23-25). He allows his Father to go first, and God wins another great victory for His people. The Father takes great pleasure in winning victories for His people.
Another great example of God going before His people to give breakthrough is in Joshua 5. In verse 14 God appears to Joshua and tells him that He is the captain of the host. He was saying that as captain He is going to go ahead of him. God tells Joshua in 6:2 that He gives him Jericho, which seems so formidable and insurmountable. He wants Joshua to see Jericho the way He sees it. He is actually telling Joshua that if he does it His way, that He, as the breaker, will go ahead of him and give him the victory. He gives Joshua the instructions to go around Jericho once a day for six days and seven times on the seventh day for a total of thirteen times. So many people think that the number thirteen is an unlucky number. Luck has nothing to do with Godís people. The word Luck comes from Lucifer. The number thirteen is actually a number for breakthrough, a number to signify that your Jericho is about to come down and be obliterated. They donít even have to step over the walls, as God has angels push the walls right into the groundóso much so that the ground is flat. Joshua, under instructions from God, tells the people to let the Ark of the Covenant go ahead of them as they circle the walls. This is allowing the breaker to go ahead of them. As we see, David has sense to allow God to run interference for him. Do we? On the seventh day, right before the seventh time that they would go around the city, they begin to shout. This shout was music in Godís ears, as He knew that they believed that He was going before them.
This is what we need to do with whatever we are facing; start lifting up our voices and hands and give God the biggest shout that we ever gave Him. When we do this God the breaker will go ahead of us and give us the victory with very little effort on our part.
In Exodus 14 the Father gives His people a great victory when they stand still at the Red Sea and allow the breaker to go ahead, and He blows on the Red Sea to create a way where there seems to be no way. All Moses has to do is not retreat and surrender to the Egyptians who are coming after them, but stretch forth his rod and follow the breaker across (Exod. 14:16). It takes faith to follow the breaker across the Red Sea, as the water is walled high up on either side. It takes faith on our behalf to go forward, after being hit so hard by the enemy, and follow our breaker, but this is what we must do. You have come so far; there is no turning back. Moses stretches forth his rod again when the people make it to the other side, and the Sea closes up on the enemies. The breaker went ahead of them to open the Red Sea, and the same breaker closed the Red Sea on their enemies. They never see these enemies again, as the breaker destroys them (Exod. 14:30). The breaker can do that for us today if we let Him. He can remove those people out of our lives once and for allóthe ones who Satan is using to hinder us.
In this discussion of the manifestation of the Father as our breaker, I believe He is trying to tell us that if we are serving Him, our enemies become His enemies. He wants to go ahead of us as our breaker and give us complete victory, no matter how many or how powerful our enemies are. We are the apple of Godís eye. An attack on us represents an attack on Him. We need to get to know Him as our breaker today.
There is always a sound that the Father wants to hear from us that initiates His role as the breaker. That sound is the sound of praise and worship coming out of our mouths. When we worship Him, He begins to move in His role as breaker. He starts to move against our enemies. In Judges 1 the children of Israel ask God what tribe should lead them into battle. God answers and says that the tribe of Judah should go first. Judah means praise, and the Word says in verse 4 that Judah did go up first, and God delivers the Canaanites and the Perizzites into their hands. God is showing by this example that He requires praise from His people toward Him to win victory for them. God wrought a great victory for His people at Jericho when they shouted on the thirteenth time that they went around Jericho (once a day for six days and seven times on the seventh day). This shout was the sound that God needed to hear, and the breaker broke down the walls.
Jehoshaphat put his praise and worship leaders out front when he went into battle, and the Word says that when he did, God heard that sound of praise. Then, and only then, did God set the enemy against each other (2 Chr. 20:22, 23).
In Ezekiel 37 the Father shows Ezekiel a valley of dry bones. He tells Ezekiel to prophesize to the dry bones, and when he does, there is a noise and shaking. At that point the bones come together. When Ezekiel prophesizes, this is the sound that God wants to hear, and He makes a sound when He brings bone to bone. God then breathes into them, and they become an exceeding great army (2 Chr. 20:10). It all started when Ezekiel makes the sound and the breaker gives His people the breakthrough.
You see, God is just waiting for the sound of praise on our behalf so He can move in His role as the breaker and break through for you. Whatever you are facing today, just praise Him, and He will move for you. If He moves somebody out of your life, donít try to hold onto them. If you had a serious disease and God wanted to take it away from you, you wouldnít try to hold onto it, would you? That person that God wants to remove from your life could be like a serious disease in your life; let God remove him or her.
In 1 Samuel 17 the sound that the Father needs to hear before He wins the victory for David against Goliath is the sound of praise coming out of Davidís mouth. Since David comes onto the battle scene, there was nothing but praise that comes out of his mouth. He tells Saul that when the lion and bear came against his sheep, the power of God came on him, and he destroyed them (1 Sam. 17:34-36). He says in verse 37 that the same God that delivered him out of the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear would deliver him out of the hand of the Philistine. He then gives the Father the praise when he speaks back to Goliath and says that, even though Goliath comes at him with a sword and a spear, he was coming at him in the name of the LORD (1 Sam. 17:45). He also says to Goliath that the LORD will deliver him into his hands and all the carcasses of the Philistine army (1 Sam. 17:46). In the same verse, he also says the whole earth would know that there is a God in Israel. Do you see that David gives God the praise? And when God hears this, He, as the breaker, breaks forth for David and gives him the head of Goliath.
In my books, Seasons and Noon, I mention that Goliath could be something in our lives that is bigger than us. Once we repent and turn to God with our praise, He will move as our breaker and deliver the breakthrough to us over that Goliath in our lives. Our Goliath could be us.
We need to ask the Father to conform us to the image of Yahshua, and make this our number one prayer request. Go to the Epistles of Paul (Romans through Hebrews), and speak scriptures into your life that God points out to help conform you into the image of His Son. Again, this should be our number one prayer request, i.e., to be like Jesus.
In Judges 7 Gideon tells his men the plan that his Father gives him: surround the enemy and do exactly what Gideon does. He tells them to blow the trumpets and break the pitchers when he does (Judg. 7:16-20). This takes faith for three hundred men to surround 300,000 and wake them up, but this is the sound that the Father was waiting for. When God hears this sound of faith, He, in His role as the breaker, causes the enemy to kill each other (Judg. 7:22). Also, before the battle Gideon overhears the enemy telling the others about a dream that he had that the Sword of Gideon destroyed them. This dream spreads throughout the camp of the enemy. Gideon then tells his men to shout, ďthe Sword of the Lord, and of Gideon.Ē(Jud. 7:20). This was another sound that the Father needed to hear to unleash His wrath as the breaker.
Praise to your Father is the sound that He wants to hear to move as our breaker and deliver the breakthrough to us, no matter that the odds are against us or that there are many people poised against us. Donít look to a man to help us; look to our breaker.
He Is the God of Complete Reversal
How many of us could use a complete reversal of what is coming against us? One of the main truths about the celebration of Pentecost is that those who seem to have the advantage over someone now lose that advantage. The apostles in the upper room run away from the authorities after Yahshua was crucified, but fifty days later they are back in Jerusalem in the temple waiting for the promise of the Holy Ghost (Acts 2:48). When the Holy Ghost fills them, people from all over Jerusalem come looking for and listening to the apostles, after hearing the sound from heaven (Acts 2:6). The authorities then come to them for help. What a reversal.
God wants to reverse the situation and give us the authority over the ones who are trying to control us. For example, a bank is coming after you because you are late on your mortgage payments. The Father blesses you so much that not only do you pay off your mortgage, but now you pay off other peopleís mortgages, causing the bank a big headache. A bank makes a lot of money on mortgage payments. Do you see how the Father can completely turn a situation around? A person could be dying of cancer and then gets healed, and the Father uses that person to bring healing to many others. The Father doesnít get any glory in your life if you are sick and suffering. Let Him reverse the sickness and bring you to complete recovery now in Jesusís name.
In Joshua 7, after God gives His people the destruction of Jericho as a great victory, His people decide to go after a small city by the name of Ai. They do not consult with the Father and go headlong into defeat (Josh. 7:4, 5). The Father reveals that there was sin in the camp. Achan had taken of the spoils in Jericho. This sin was exposed, and God told them to go against Ai again and gives them a plan. This time they come to God first. God tells them to go against the enemy again and run away from them like the first time. He tells them to station men behind the city, so when all the men of Ai come after the Israelites as they pretend to run away, they could burn the city. They do this, and when the enemy looks behind them and sees their city burning, they are scared. The Israelites, who burn the city, come behind the enemy and catch them in a sandwich. What a reversal! God gives them a complete reversal because they consult with Him, and He gives them a plan of victory.
When Joshua was observing how strong and formidable Jericho was, God appeared to him, and Joshua asked Him, ďWhat is the plan, Lord?Ē (Joshua 5:14). The Israelites got in trouble when they didnít consult with God for a plan and got overconfident after the victory of Jericho. For some people, the time immediately after a victory could be very dangerous. Some really let their guard down.
As I mentioned earlier, look at Paul in Acts 27; he is taken as a prisoner and sent on a ship to Rome. While on board, God uses him to encourage those on the ship, and when he gets to Rome, he is a free man and teaches people in his own hired house with no one forbidding him (Acts 28:30, 31). Only God can reverse the plans of the enemy so effectively.
In Ezekiel 37:1 and 2, God shows Ezekiel a vision of a valley of dry bones. God tells him to prophesize to the dry bones, and he does. After he prophesizes the bones come to life and become an exceedingly great army (Ezek. 37:10). Only God can bring strength out of weakness and make an army out of weak people. He is doing that to you and me. Once we became born again, He started to transform us into the image of His Son, as we permitted Him to do so. No more are we people of defeat, but we are now victorious and more than conquerors through Him. What a complete reversal! Please continue to allow Him to remake us into the image of His dear Son. Read the Epistles from Romans to Revelation and speak the scriptures that God points out to you into your life. Let Him cleanse you as a result of you reading and speaking the Word into your life (2 Cor. 7:1).
In 2 Chronicles 20, Jehoshaphat is surrounded by the enemy and heavily out numbered. He gets his eyes back on God, and God tells him that the battle is His. He tells Jehoshaphat to go against the enemy the next day by sending out his praise and worship leaders first. As they sing praises to God, the enemy starts to kill each other (2 Chr. 20:22, 23). It takes Jehoshaphat three days to pick up all the spoils. Look at the complete reversal; one day he was surrounded, and the next day the enemy is defeated by God. His enemy is wiped out and cannot bother him again. In addition, God gives him all their spoils. God can do the same thing for us todayóbring a complete reversal of what the enemy and his two-legged devils are trying to do to us. God can cause us to posses all they have. Do you believe this today?
Jacob was known as a ďusurperĒ as he tricked his brother Esau out of the birthright and blessing from their father Isaac. In Genesis 32 Esau is on his way to see him again after years of separation and being scared. Jacob cries out to the Lord. Jacob wrestles with God till the break of day, and God changes his name to Israel, ďfor as a prince has thou power with God and man and has prevailedĒ (Gen. 32:28). God does a complete reversal of his name to mean a prince and one who had power with God. Also, when he does see Esau again, God reverses the hatred that Esau has toward Jacob, and they have a great and loving reunion (Gen. 33:4-16).
The Father can completely reverse the plans that Satan and his two-legged helpers have for us and deal a blow to them that was meant for us. Just stay close to the Father, realize that He controls everything and everybody, and expect a complete reversal in your favor. I believe this for you in the mighty name of Jesus.
The Renewer of Our Names
One of the Fatherís greatest blessings is that He is the changer or renewer of the meaning of our names. What I mean by this is that if a fictional man by the name of John is known as a drunk, and every time people hear his name they think about John the drunk, that is what his name means to them. Now suppose John gets saved and becomes a preacher. His name has a different meaning now to others. He is now known as John the preacher. The Father wants to deliver you, if necessary, and give your name a different meaning. He wants you to speak into your life blessings from His Word and give your name a different meaning. He wants to bless you so much that there is a complete reversal of the meaning of your name. If your name is symbolized by you losing your house, the Father wants to now give you a house with no mortgage. If your name was symbolized by ďthe one who has cancer,Ē He wants to change the meaning of your name to ďthe one healed of cancerĒ and ďanointed by HimĒ to bring His healing to this generation. God wants to do a complete reversal of the meaning of your name.
If you look at the life of Paul (Saul) in Acts 9, Saul is on his way to Damascus to destroy Christians when a light from heaven knocks him off his horse and blinds him. A man named Ananias lays hands on him, and he is healed and filled with the Holy Ghost. He then starts preaching in the synagogues about Yahshua, and the religious authorities go about to kill him, but God rescues him. His name was not only changed to Paul, but his name has a different meaning; he is now a man who God touched to preach His name, and instead of an enemy in Christiansí minds, he is now their brother. God can change our names to give them a favorable meaning? Every day that we walk with Jesus faithfully He is adding blessings to our names.
Jacob wrestled with the angel of God, and He changed his name to Israel. Jacob was known as a trickster and a deceiver, but God changed his name to mean a prince, one who has favor with God and man (Gen. 32:28).
Before David defeated Goliath, he was known as a shepherd boy, the youngest in his family. But after he defeats Goliath, people start singing songs about him how he killed thousands and Saul had only killed his thousand. Davidís name gets more reputation among the people, and Saulís name decreases in favorability. God does this when He promotes; He puts down one and raises up another. The one who He promotes gets more favor attributed to his name because of the promotion, while the one who is replaced loses the reputation of his name.
Esther was just one of the other ladies auditioning to be Queen until she is chosen. Did her name ever change! In one day her name changes meaning. God could do the same for you in one day. What you have to do is repent, turn your flesh over to God, and let Him control it (Rom. 8:13). Make your number one prayer request be: Lord I want to be conformed to the image of Jesus (Rom. 8:29).
In 1 Kings 17 there is a fascinating story about name changes. In verses 1-7 the Word says that Elijah is sitting by a brook being fed by ravens. He is very comfortable. Up to this point his name means a prophet who prophesized that it would not rain for three and a half years, and one who was comfortable down by the brook. But his name is going to really change meaning; God stirs up his nest, or comfort zone, by drying up the brook. Maybe this is happening to you. Perhaps God has need of us elsewhere, and He wants to make our names more favorable in meaning.
God leads Elijah to a widow ladyís house who only has enough food and water for one day for her son and her. Elijah asks her for a little portion first, and she gives it to him, and her name is changed from widow lady to mistress of the house as she had food for the whole house of people with her (1 Kings 17:17). Her name takes on a different meaning. God pours out so much favor on her that everybody in the area has a different opinion of her name than before. I am sure that everybody who speaks or thinks about her name thinks of her as the blessed of the Lord. In verse 12 she mentions that she and her son only have enough food for one day and then they would die. Because she spoke this, her son did die and God uses Elijah to raise him up (1 Kings 17:21, 22). The reason that she didnít die too is because she accepted and moved right into the name change to mistress of the house. She accepts what God speaks through Elijah, i.e., that if she gives him a little food first the meal and oil would never run out throughout the famine (v.14). She accepts this word of the Lord and puts it on like a jacket and was protected. Please do the same things today, i.e., say out loud every day: ďLord, anything that was ever spoken against me, will be spoken against me, written about me, or will be written about me that is not of you, I break the power of those words in Jesusís name. I curse the effects of these words in Jesusís name.Ē
We need to start feeding our spirit man from the Word in a greater way and start speaking from the Word how God describes us. As a result, our name can change meaning in direct proportion to the blessings that He showers down on us. Look at how God changed the meaning of Elijahís name from the prophet by the brook to the prophet who saved himself and this house from the famineóthe same Elijah who raised a boy from the dead. Again God may be upsetting your comfort zone to move you to a new level and give your name more meaning. Let Him have His way. Donít try to understand it; just flow with Him. Speak His Word into your life to help give your name more meaning. His Word will not come back void. Get ready for a name change. Even Satan will attach a new meaning to your name. Where he was fearful at the mention of your name, now he will be terrified!
Look at some of the meanings that some of the names of the people in the Bible meant. Estherís name means a star, and she sure rose to the occasion, becoming a queen in a foreign country and saving her people from destruction. Jezebel means chaste, and she never lived up to her name, as her life was completely opposite. Rebecca, the mother of Jacob and Esau, pronounced a curse upon herself for conniving to have Jacob receive the blessing from Isaac, their father. Her name means a noose. She really tied a noose around her neck by doing this. Dorcasís name means gazelle; she was the woman who Peter raised from the dead. The devil couldnít stop her from leaping like a gazelle. Elijah means my God is YAH. God really showed up for him. Stephen means crown, and he sure received one by being the first martyr. Absalom means father of peace, and he never lived up to his name, as he declared war on his father, David. Phinehas was a man who pleased God so much by destroying someone who had disobeyed God, and as a result God stopped a plague, but his name means mouth of a serpent (Numbers 25:7-13). God sure changed the meaning of his name, and He wants to do the same for you. Jeremiah means exalted of God, and he sure was. He preached to people what they didnít want to hear, but at the end he was still standing and free, while they were in captivity.
Some of these people mentioned never let God change the meaning of their names and some did. The choice was up to them, and it is your choice today. Let God add to the meaning of your name; donít look back on what your name used to mean, but look to how God can use you for His glory in the future and add blessings connected to your name. The more you obey Him, the more favor He will pour out on you, and the more favor He will add to your name.
I want to talk to you about the Apostle Paul. He is a perfect example of how God can change a life so dramatically that it affected his name in such a great way. Your name reflects your success in life, and God wants to enhance yours and mine. In Acts 9 Saul is on his way to kill some more Christians with new authority from the High Priest. To Christians, Saulís name meant a murderer, one who they needed to avoid, but God had other ideas. There is a great light that shines from heaven, and this light blinds him and knocks him off his horse. He knows that it is God and says, ďwho art thou Lord?Ē Jesus answers ďI am Jesus (Yahshua)Ē (Acts. 9:5). This must send shivers through his spine. He was killing people who belonged to Jesus. He now knows that Jesus is Lord. Paul learns that Jesusís name had a meaning that he didnít realize before.
God leads him to a man named Ananias who lays hands on him, and Saul receives his sight and gets saved. As soon as he gets saved, he starts preaching Christ in the synagogues (Acts 9:20). The meaning of his name is starting to change, as well as his name itself (Paul). God shows Paul, through Ananias, how many great things he had to suffer for His nameís sake, and it really happened (Acts 9:16). He is arrested and put on a ship heading for Rome that was sinking in a storm (Acts 27). God rescues him and he lands on an island named Melita (Acts 28). There a snake bites him, but he feels no harm. The people on the island turn to Jesus and get healed. Paulís name and reputation grows because of Godís favor in his life. He finally gets to Rome and God uses him to reach people in Caesarís court. He has his own hired house and preaches Jesus with all confidence, and nobody is able to stop him (Acts 28:30, 31). His ministry and reputation for Jesus starts to really grow, as well as the persecutions.
When I think about Paul, I think about the fact that he wrote two thirds of the New Testament, but I also think of all the persecutions that he had to endure. In 2 Corinthians 4 we read about many of them. In verse 8 he said that he was troubled on every side, yet not distressed. How many people are troubled on every side? Some of us are going through something we think is so bad, and it is sure not pleasurable, but it is nothing compared to what Paul had to go through. Through all his attacks and trials, he never wavered on Jesus; he never compromised. Can the Father say the same thing about us? Do people think of our names and see the obedience and determination in our lives not to compromise on God or His word?
Paul also said in verse 8 that even though he was perplexed, he was not in despair, persecuted but not forsaken, cast down but not destroyed. He knew that if he didnít understand why God allowed something into his life to attack him that he was not going to try to figure it out, but instead press on. Paul said in Philippians 3:13 that he was not going to look back but only ahead and press toward the prize of the high calling. Look how much honor is attached to Paulís name because of his non-compromising spirit.
Paul also mentioned in 2 Corinthians 4:11 that the spirit of death was always trying to get him. Imagine being pursued by the spirit of death twenty-four hours a day. Paul considered all these things as light afflictions (2 Cor. 4:17). If ever there was a great teacher in the Bible besides Jesus, it was Paul. He taught by example. The same passion that drove him to kill Christians drove him to convert and save others to the same faith. He had such zeal. This is what his name meant to so many people. This is what his name means to so many Christians now too.
Never was Paulís devotion to Jesus and his non-compromising attitude more evident as when he was facing death. In 2 Timothy 4:2 Paul tells Timothy to preach the Word and to be consistent in season and out of seasonóto reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. All Paul was concerned about was preaching the Word and was not concerned about the pressures coming against him as a result. He was probably surprised if there was no pressure. He was so accustomed to the pressure. This is such a lesson to many of us; just do what Jesus says to do no matter what the devil is allowed to throw at you. The Father will attach so much more meaning to your name as He gets the glory from your life.
Some of Paulís final words are contained in verse 7: ďI have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, and I have kept the faith.Ē As the authorities probably wanted to threaten him to deny Jesus before he died, he responded to their attacks in verse 18. He said that the Lord would deliver him from any evil work and would preserve him into His heavenly kingdom. He knew that God had kept him up to this point and that he was not going to let anybody talk him out of serving Jesus, even at the end.
So I pray that we learn from the life of Paul that no matter what our name meant to people before, including Satan, God is building up a reputation attached to our names that will scare even the devil. Satan said to the seven sons of Sceva in Acts 19:15 that ďJesus I know and Paul I know; but who are you?Ē By living a non-compromised life for Jesus and obeying Him in what He asks you to do, your name will strike fear in the enemyís camp, just like Paul. When Gideon overheard the fear that the enemy had when they said that the sword of the Lord and the sword of Gideon were going to destroy them, he marched toward them in confidence (Judg. 7:14-22).
So know today that the Father is changing the meaning of names everyday as we obey Him, especially to Satan and his crowd. As we obey, the Father adds favor to our names. Remember in the life of Paul that what his name meant before he got knocked off his horse was totally changed after he followed Jesus.
The Father is truly the renewer of our names.
In our continuing writing on the manifestations of the Father, the one I want to talk about in this chapter is the fact that He is our repairer. In Ezekiel 16 there is a beautiful picture of us before we got saved. In verse 5 the Father describes us as being in a situation where nobody pities us nor has any compassion on us, but we are left out in an ďopen field.Ē In verse 6 He said that He passed by us and initiated salvation and said, ďDo you want to live?Ē We responded, ďYes.Ē And He then went to work repairing our lives. He began reversing the effects that Satan had on our lives and started bringing a new beginning into our lives. This process that He started of repairing our lives is not completed yet.
The Father came on this earth in Yahshua and chose that His Son be a carpenter. This was no accident. Most of His time on earth in ministry was spent repairing peopleís lives. In Matthew 8:2 a leper comes to worship Him. This man is an outcast to his family, segregated with other lepers, and not able to go into mainstream society. This manís life definitely needs to be repaired. Maybe this is the way that you feel. Your sin has made you feel like an outcast. You feel separated from the Father and feel ashamed. Well Jesus can bring you back into right relationship with the Father when you repent of the sin. He can repair that relationship with the Father that seems to be so broken. Jesus touches the leper, which is unheard of, and makes him whole. He is now able to go back into society, especially back to his family. When Jesus sees someone in need of healing, He sees relationships that are hurting and in need of repair because of the sickness that a family member has. One healing touch by the master in someoneís life can change a whole multitude of people that have been connected to and hurt indirectly by the sickness.
We need to remember this when we see someone bound down by sicknessóthat God can use us to bring healing to the individual and repair other peopleís lives that are affected. Another example of this is in the same chapter, where Jesus heals Peterís mother-in-law who has a fever (Matthew 8:14, 15). Surely, her being sick affects the whole family, especially Peter.
In verse 16 the Word records that Jesus cast out the evil spirits from a multitude of people and healed them all. Imagine the larger multitude of family members that got repaired when the multitude was healed by Jesus. Look what He accomplished in one night.
Earlier I talked about a man who was at the pool of Bethesda and needed healing (John 5). He was sick for thirty-eight years. Imagine the new life that he can live when Jesus heals him. This is a repair that only Jesus can accomplish. Jesus can do the same thing for you today. Be healed and delivered in Jesusís name. Be repaired.
In Mark 5:25 a lady has an issue of blood and has spent all her money on doctors with no positive results. Maybe this sounds like you today. She says that all she wants to do is touch Jesus so that she would be healed, and this is exactly what happens. She touches Him by faith, and He tells her that her faith has made her whole (Mark 5:34). When He makes her whole, she is made whole in every way. This means that all the money that she spent on doctors was coming back. He really repairs every area of her life. He can also restore your health and your finances back to you, especially what you spent on doctors. Jesus is the ultimate repairer.
Another example of a whole family getting repaired with healing of a family member is in John 11. Mary and Martha sent word to Jesus that their brother Lazarus was sick (v. 3). The Word says in verse 5 that Jesus loves them all so much. He really feels for them and their dilemma. He stays another two days where He was and then goes to see Lazarus who has now died (v. 14). He wants to make sure that His Father gets all the glory when Lazarus is resurrected and made whole. He may have been late by the familyís standards, but he is right on His Fatherís timetable. Jesus brings Lazarus back from the dead and repairs the whole family from their crisis. Jesus may be late on your schedule and you wish He had healed you long ago, but it is no accident that you are reading this now. It is by divine appointment. Just know that this is Godís perfect time to repair your body and your life in Jesusís name.
In Isaiah 58 there is a great picture of Jesus as the repairer. In verse 6 He says that He looses the bands of wickedness, can undo the heavy burdens, lets the oppressed go free, and breaks every yoke. Maybe these situations describe you. Just receive what Jesus came to do. He also said in verse 12 that He shall build the old waste places, raise up the foundations of many generations, and be called the repairer of the breach and the restorer of paths to dwell in.
If any part of your life is in need of repair, just realize that He can bring your body back in line. He can restore you to financial stability, and most of all, He can repair your connection to the Father by saving your soul. Just ask Him to do it right now, and receive it by faith in Jesusís name. He is truly the repairer whom you can call on for a repair twenty-four hours a day.
The Father Our Controller
Satan may sound and act like he is the boss or the controller, but he works for the controller, God. In Colossians 1:16-19 the Word talks about Jesus and says that all things were created by Him and for Him, and by Him all things consist. The Word also says that He is the head of the body, the church. He sure sounds like the controller. In Isaiah 40:12 the Word says that God took a drop of water and measured all the water that He would have on the earth. He also took a piece of dust and weighed all the dirt that He would put on the earth. What power! He truly is almighty. The Word says in verse 14 that He didnít take counsel together with anyone when He did it. The Word says in verse 15 that all the nations are a drop in the bucket to Him. So it doesnít matter who or what comes against you; the bigger they are, the harder they fall, and the bigger the glory that God gets.
In Numbers 14, after the ten spies that Moses sent out come back with an evil report, Joshua and Caleb say that even though the inhabitants of the land are big, they are bread for them because the Lord is with them (v. 9). He realizes that the Lord is the controller, and even their enemies report to Him. Do you realize this too?
Some of us need a deeper understanding of who our God really is and how He is the controller of allógood and evil. Even later on in Joshua 14 the Word records that the Israelites are going in to the new land to posses it, and nobody wants to go near Mount Hebron, as there were many enemies. However, Caleb said that his faith is as strong as it was forty-five years earlier when he went in to spy out the land (Josh. 14:10, 11). He goes in and defeats the enemy and takes Mount Hebron as his possession, even though he is now eighty-five years old. He knew that the enemy was bread for him forty-five years earlier, and nothing about God has changed his mind. Again, he knew that his God controlled all.
In 2 Kings 6:1-7 an axe head falls into the water and God causes the axe head to swim to the top of the water. This miracle is a type of how God brought you and me up from whatever we were buried inówhether it was drugs, alcohol, despair, jail, etc. He is so powerful that when nobody could help us, He did. It is impossible for an axe head to swim, and it is impossible for us to be where we are today, except for the help of Jesus.
Later on in the chapter, the Word says that God was telling Elisha where the enemy was going to attack, and he was warning Godís people. The enemy was so angry that they surrounded the city where Elisha was in order to kill him. God controls this whole event in order to get the glory. God the controller causes the enemy to attack Elisha because He knows the outcome. God isnít going to give a word to His prophet and allow the enemy to kill Him. What kind of God would He be if He permitted that to happen? Working for the Father is the safest position to be in. He causes the enemy to be blinded, and Elisha captures, feeds, and releases them. He causes the enemies of Elisha and Israel to be at peace with them. Again, He controlled the whole event, as He got all the glory. God wanted peace, and He caused an attack on his servant to bring it about. He showed that He does control all, and He always gets the glory. So donít be concerned about who is surrounding you and putting pressure on you. If we are true to God and stand for Him, He will stand and win for us.
In Exodus 14, the Father takes millions of His people out of Egypt by His mighty hand with the ten plagues. They were at a point where the Red Sea was in front of them, mountains on either side of them, and the Egyptians behind them. They probably thought that God had left them, but no! In verse 4 the Word says that the Father hardens Pharaohís heart to go after them by the Red Sea. It is a trap for His peopleís enemies, not for His people. He is controlling this whole event at the Red Sea. Why would He bring them out of Egypt and allow the enemy to bring them back captive? What kind of Father would He be if He has taken you so far away from sin and just let the devil bring you back into captivity? If our number one prayer request is to allow the Spirit of God to conform us into the image of Jesus by mortifying the deeds of the flesh, then the devil canít bring us back to captivity (Rom. 8:13, 29).
God doesnít desert His people at the Red Sea, and He wonít desert us in our attack by the enemy. He permitted the attack that we might be under to propel us to a new level and defeat our spiritual enemies once and for all. The trial you are going through is to purge you as gold is purged by fire. God has everything under control to conform us into the image of Jesus, bless us, and get the glory out of our lives. He controls all the circumstances in our lives to get us into our destiny. Donít try to control your own life; turn it over to the ultimate controlleróour God. If we are serving the Father and turning our flesh over to Him, then all the circumstances that could be coming against us today will be for our good. Remember, our Father the controller controls everything and everybody.
The Father Our Architect
In 1 Corinthians 3:9 the Word says that we are Godís building. Our Father is building our lives in Him, whether we realize it or not. If our number one prayer is for God to conform us into the image of Jesus, then this attitude gives God the right to be the architect of our lives. Once we get saved, we need to search the Epistles (Romans to Revelation) and allow the Holy Spirit to illuminate scriptures to our spirits to build us up into the image of Jesus. We then need to speak them into our lives.
In Acts 19 seven sons of Sceva attempt to cast out demons from someone in the name of Yahshua whom Paul preached (Acts 19:13-16). The demons say, ďwe know Jesus and we know Paul but who are you?Ē (Acts. 19:15). Paul had to really achieve something in God for the demons to know his name and for him to be mentioned in the same sentence as Jesus.
In Romans 1:1 Paul says he is the servant of Jesus. In order for God to build our lives, we really have to have the attitude that God is the boss. We are here on earth to serve Him and the people that He wants us to reach. He also says in the same verse that we are separated unto Godís gospel. We canít flow with the world; we have to be in the world but not of the world. The world is going to pass away and the lusts thereof, but he that does the will of God shall abide forever (1 John 2:17). We have to distance ourselves from the worldís opinions and fads. Most of the people in the world are getting ready to serve the Antichrist and are being prepared for his revealing by the spirit of antichrist.
We canít follow the traditions of the world that are contrary to the Word of God. We canít accept church doctrine unless it can be traced back to the Word of God by at least two scriptures. We need to examine what we have been taught in church to see if it can be traced back to the Word of God.
In Romans 1:17 the Word says that the just shall live by faith. In order for our Father to build us up spiritually, we have to walk by faith and not by sight. We canít make decisions based only on the circumstances that are facing us, but we need to walk by faith and not by sight. We have to see that all things were created by Jesus and for Jesus, and by Him all things consist (Col. 1:16-17). We canít allow the circumstances to control us and our actions, but wait on God to move after weíve done all that we can do.
In Romans 2:7 God instructs us to patiently continue in doing well. Just because God has asked us to do something for Him and we donít see the fruit of it, just keep doing what the architect says. He is building us up for His greater use and giving us increased capacity for His blessings. He doesnít want to bless us where our character wonít enable us to keep His blessings. In Romans 4:20 Paul mentions that Abraham did not stagger at the promises of God but held on to them strongly by faith. He was fully persuaded that what God had promised He was also able to perform (v. 21). Again, we canít believe the lies that the devil is trying to dictate to us by the circumstances in front of us, but we need to defy the circumstances and realize that God never lies.
Also, donít be taken back by attacks and tribulation, as Paul says in Romans 5:3-5 that tribulation works patience, which leads to experience, which leads to hope. This hope will not come back void, and the Holy Spirit will never leave us ashamed about the promise that He made to us. The architect is building us up into a strong tower of faith.
In Romans 6:11-13 Paul mentions that in order for God to build us up we need to be dead to sinónot let sin reign in our bodies and not yield the members of our bodies as instruments of unrighteousness to sinóbut yield ourselves to God. Nothing can interfere with the Father building us up into the image of Jesus as powerful as sin taking control in our lives. Paul said in chapter 7 that sin is warring in his members, and the things that he wants to do, he doesnít do, but the things that he doesnít want to do, these things he does (v. 15). He said that only through Jesus can he get the victory over sin (v. 25). He said the same thing in Romans 8:13 when he says that only through the Spirit of God can the deeds of our bodies that are contrary to His Word be mortified. God the architect can only build us up into the image of Jesus when we allow Him to decrease us in the flesh.
Paul says in verse 31 that if God is for us, who can successfully come against us? We need to rely more on God than others. If your Father tells you to stand on His Word for something that nobody else agrees will happen, guess what? Maybe you might have to stand alone with God. When this happens God builds us up in our appreciation of who He is and weakens our dependency on others who may not agree with us. They may also work against you.
When we do these things, we are allowing the architect to build us up into strong spiritual towers for Him, and there is no telling what blessings and anointing He can give us. Our Christ-like character can now maintain the new level that He brings us to.
In Romans 8:37 the Word says that we are more than conquerors through Him. That means that in our desire to live a holy life, regardless of whatever temptation comes our way to get us off our stance, the Spirit of God will rise up inside of us and give us the power to be more than a conqueror against it. He also says in verses 38 and 39 that nothing can separate us from Godís love when the same temptation arises, as God is bigger than the attack. So remember these scriptures when under attack in your flesh.
In Romans 9:27 the Word says that only a remnant will be saved. It is easy for some people to fit in with the majority and do worldly things, but it is the remnant that belongs to Christ and wants to stay true to Him and His Word. When Moses sent out the twelve spies, only two came back with a good report. Only Joshua and Caleb saw the enemy through Godís eyes. Only one hundred and twenty were present when the Holy Spirit fell on the day of Pentecost in Jerusalem! Godís true believers are always in the minority. They never want to feel accepted by the world. They always want to be in the world but not of the world. They know that if they believe on Him, they will not be ashamed (Rom. 9:33).
Also, when facing a temptation, Romans 10:8-11 is very essential to remember. Even though these verses are used to lead people to Christ, Paul is writing to the saints at Rome, so these scriptures refer to people who are already saved. Paul is saying in these scriptures that whatever situation we are facing, call upon the name of Jesus, and believe that God raised Him from the dead, and that same power that raised Him up will pull us out of any situation we are being challenged with. God will bring salvation or deliverance into our lives from the attack.
Romans 12:1-3 are some key scriptures to apply to our lives in order to conform to the image of Jesus: Paul says in verse 1 that we need to present our bodies to God as a living sacrifice. It is so important to remember that we are to serve Jesus, and when we have this attitude, our flesh is under more control. Our spirit man needs to rule our flesh. Also, when we are busy doing Godís will, it is more difficult to fall into the pitfalls of Satan and our flesh. In verse 2, as we mentioned before, Paul exhorts us not to conform to this world but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. How do we renew our minds? By the Word.
In verse 3 Paul exhorts us to not think of ourselves more highly than we ought to think. It is so important not to look down on those who are having problems, but to try to help them. One of the best ways to avoid some of the temptations and pitfalls of the flesh is to get your eyes off yourselves and on to someone else. Getting involved in their problems can help you to avoid some of your own. Verses 7-21 are some good verses to help us to conform to the image of Jesus.
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Verse 9: Love without hypocrisy but in sincerity, be real and genuine in our dealings with people, and hate evil with a passion. We should ask God to show us sin the way that He sees sin. We should see it as deplorable and filthy.
Verse 16: Treat everybody equal and do not treat people who are rich any different from the poor.
Verse 17: Provide things honestly in the sight of all men. Make sure that the world, not just Christians, recognizes our honesty, and be above reproach. (In 1 Timothy 3:7 Paul says that a bishop must have a good report of those outside the church).
In Romans 13:10 Paul talks about the importance of walking in love. Walking in love can keep your flesh out of many arguments and strife where nobody wins. James talks about the tongue being a little member in chapter 3 of his Epistle, but it is a very powerful member. He also says that the tongue is set on fire by hell. It is like starting a fire in a wood-burning stove; first we have to put little pieces of wood (kindling wood) in a fire to get a big blaze going, and then put in the big logs. After the big logs catch on fire, the kindling wood is gone, all burnt up. This is the same with some arguments where some words were spoken that started the argument but nobody can remember what was said to ignite the firestorm of the argument. The words that started it were the kindling, which was set on fire by hell.
In Romans 13:14 Paul says to put on the Lord Jesus and make not provision for the flesh. Everyday it is so important to ask Jesus to cover us as we start the day with His fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance (Galatians 5:22-23). This fruit has to be cultivated by spending time with Jesus in His presence and going through the Epistles.
In Romans 16:20 Paul says that the God of peace shall bruise Satan under our feet shortly. Whatever Satan is trying to start in your life with the cooperation of your flesh, just turn over the attack to the Spirit of God, who will mortify the deeds of the flesh (Rom. 8:13). Donít try to fight the battle alone. Paul says in 2 Corinthians 10:5 to cast down Satanís thoughts and bring them to Jesus. Let Jesus deal with the enemy.
In Romans 16:25 Paul says that God can establish us. Donít try to set your self up. Let God position you. The Word says in 1 Corinthians 2:4 that when we allow the chief architect to build our lives, He will demonstrate His power through our lives. People will realize that we belong to Jesus when we resemble Him with the fruit of the Spirit coming out of us. It is so important that we allow the Holy Spirit to cultivate the fruit in our lives. So many people want the gifts of the Spirit to come out of them because it is easy for these gifts to be manifested. God uses the gifts to help someone else. The fruit of the Spirit takes time to cultivate (Gal. 5:22, 23). The Word says in Mark 4:28 that ďfirst the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.Ē It takes time for the fruit of the Spirit to be developed by the Holy Spirit, but God will give the increase (1 Cor. 3:7).
In 1 Corinthians 2:9 Paul says that our eyes havenít seen or ears heard what God has prepared for those who love Him. As we allow God to build us into the image of Jesus, there is no telling what blessings He will bring our way. By submitting to this process we can develop the mind of Christ and see situations through His eyes, His vantage point (1 Cor. 2:16).
Please take the time to confess the scriptures that we need to apply to our lives to continue on the road to becoming more like Jesus. You will never be the same. You will be surprised how Godís blessings quickly overtake you. God the architect wants to build your life into a mighty tall skyscraper for Him. God is indeed the architect, building up our lives by tearing down the flesh.
I have shown you, with the help of the Holy Spirit, some of the scriptures in the Epistles of Paul that God wants to bring to our attention to help us to conform to the image of Jesus (Rom. 8:29). Please continue in the rest of the Epistles of Paul, and let the Holy Spirit point out other scriptures that you need to apply to your life. The way that we apply these scriptures to our lives is by speaking them out loud and meditating on them. We then will be fulfilling 2 Corinthians 7:1: ďlet us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of the LORD.Ē Then we are truly allowing the Father our architect to build our lives into the image of His Son.
The Father Our Blessor
When God blesses through an anointed individual, it is such a powerful event. He truly is our blessor. Remember, however, that every blessing that He bestows on us is dependent on the fact that we allow Him to conform us into the image of Jesus and mortify the deeds of the flesh (Rom. 8:13, 29). In Numbers 6:24-27 God speaks to Aaron and his sons to bless the children of Israel by saying: ďThe LORD bless thee and keep thee: the LORD make His face shine upon thee and be gracious unto thee: the LORD lift up His countenance upon thee and give thee peace.Ē This is such a powerful blessing, and I speak it into your life today.
A blessing is a supernatural impartation of power into a life by a spoken word of spiritual authority. A blessing by God through an individual that is truly anointed can change the lives of millions of people and can transform whole nations. A father should speak blessings over their children instead of calling them dumb and saying, ďyou never will amount to anything.Ē Every Friday night Jewish fathers pronounce blessings over their children. It is a fact that many of our master merchants, financiers, and doctors are Jewish. Why is this? The Jewish children believe what their fathers tell them they can do. So if God uses an anointed man or woman to speak a blessing into your life, believe it, receive it, and walk in it by faith.
In Genesis 13:14-17, after Abraham separates from Lot, God speaks a blessing that his seed would be like the dust of the earth and that wherever he looked in any direction, the land was his. I speak this into your life so that you will bring many people into the kingdom of God and that He will increase you in many different directions. The main thing is that you have to be willing to separate from the people God wants to remove from your life, just like Abraham had to. In Genesis 17 God mentions that He will establish His covenant with Abrahamís seed. He also said that if they would obey Him in this covenant, He would give Abraham and his seed the land of Canaan forever. I believe that if you follow Godís Word and bring your family up in the same manner, blessings to help you to expand are inevitable.
In Genesis 22:17 and 18 God says that He would bless Abraham so much that He would define blessing by how much He blessed him. He also says that He would define multiplication by the way He multiplied Abrahamís seed. I speak this into your life too, i.e., that people will be amazed by how greatly God blesses you and how much He uses your seed to bring people into His kingdom.
In Genesis 24:60 the relatives of Rebekkah bless her and say that she will be the mother of millions and that her seed will posses the gates of their enemies. I speak that your children will posses the gates of their enemies also. In Genesis 26:13 and 14 God blesses Isaac so much that in a middle of a famine he receives a hundredfold return. The Word says that Isaac waxes great until he became very great and had many possessions. He is so blessed that his enemies who had been fighting against him surrender and sign a peace agreement with him and say that he is the blessed of the LORD (Gen. 26:29). Receive this blessing from the blessor today in the midst of your enemies and in the famine that you may be going through.
In Genesis 27:29 God the blessor blesses Jacob and says that everyone that blesses him will be blessed, and everyone who curses him will be cursed. I speak the same to you today. In Genesis 28:14 God the blessor tells Jacob that all the earth would be blessed by his seed. Receive this for yourself today.
Some of the titles of God reflect the fact that He has the ability to bless us.
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1. Rapha: Our Healer. He can heal you right now as you read this.
2. Almighty: He has all power and wants to show Himself mighty on your behalf.
3. Shalom: Our Peace. I bless you with the peace that only He can give, i.e., an all-consuming peace.
4. Our Shepherd: As you surrender to Him, He will take care of you.
Godís Word contains so many blessings. From Isaiah 40:31 I speak that as you serve the Father, He will renew your strength; you shall mount up with wings as an eagle, run and not be weary, walk and not faint. From Isaiah 41:9-15 I speak that He has chosen you from other people and has not cast you away. He will strengthen you and uphold you with the right hand of righteousness. All that are against you shall now be confounded and shall disappear out of your life. He will hold your right hand wherever you go. In every situation that comes your way, with Godís help, you will thresh down anything that is too big for you.
From Isaiah 42:9 I speak into your life that the former things are coming to pass, that the promises from the past are materializing in your life now, and that He is blessing you with new things. From Isaiah 43:2 I speak that when you go through the attacks of the waters (people), they will not overtake you, nor will the fire burn you when you walk through it. From verse 18 I speak that you need not to remember the former things, because He is doing a new thing in your life now. As I mentioned earlier, please remember that every blessing that He bestows on you is dependent on the fact that you allow Him to conform you into the image of Yahshua and mortify the deeds of the flesh (Rom. 8:13, 29).
Realize today that the Father is truly our blessor. Read His Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5 to see how much He wants to bless. Do you realize that the last thing that He does before He ascends is bless the apostles? (Luke 24:50). He truly is our blessor.
I pray that you enjoyed reading about some of the Fatherís possible manifestations in our lives in the previous chapters. As we understand that He is not a mystery as to who He is, and that He can manifest Himself in anyway that we need Him, it enhances our love for Him. This knowledge of His manifestations also allows us to expect Him to be able to do more in our lives. I pray that you will go to the Father about this book and ask for His confirmation about the content. I thank the Father for His revelation about who He is and the real meaning of the Trinity.
Knowing that there is one Father who has revealed Himself in three manifestations is such a comfort to me. There is no confusion as to who to pray to and who to worship. This has really enhanced my relationship with my Father in praise and worship, and as a result, He has provided more power operating in my life. I pray that you receive the revelation that the Trinity doctrine is one God revealing Himself in three different ways, as a Father to us, in His Son, Jesus, who gave His life for us, and as the Holy Spirit inside of us. With this revelation of who God is, the Word will open up so much more for you as you read it.
Knowing who the Father is will open the door to reach so many Jews. They will know that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob walked in Yahshua. Jesus is an extension of the God of the Old Testament. Jesus is another manifestation of the one true God and His permanent tabernacle. The Jews serve one God, and they will know that we worship the one true God in Jesus. They will know that we worship not a three person God, but a God who manifested Himself as our Father, in His Son, and as the Holy Ghost.
It is also beautiful to understand that the Father came Himself to show us of His ways, in the body of His Son, Jesus. He wanted us to be like His Son, and came into us to make us holy and enable us to be like His Son. It is truly a tremendous revelation of the Fatherís love toward us. I pray that you tell others about this book so they too can receive this great revelation.
I trust that this book has shown you that the knowledge of the Father is the whole explanation to the so-called mystery of the Trinity. As a result of this knowledge, your intimacy with Him will be so much greater. There is such shalom (peace) in His presence. This is especially needed in these last days. He only is our rock and refuge. One of the reasons the Father came on this earth was to reveal more of who He is. I also trust that this book was successful in opening your eyes to this truth.
Please tell others about this book! Our relationship with Our Father is so critical!