Our Father in Heaven

The Father is God, His Love is perfect and He loves each one of us, His created children with this Perfect Love

We have a Father in heaven, who not only can perfectly Love us but also provide perfectly all we need physically and spiritually on earth and in heaven in His Loving presence.

Every good thing comes from Him and He gives us all we need to live and serve Jesus as a good citizen of The Kingdom of God.

]oh 16:27 For the Father himself gives his love to you, because you have given your love to me and have had faith that I came from God.

He is the only member of The Trinity that has not been into creation. But has always been in The undefiled Kingdom of God. So when you approach Him you are on Holy, Undefiled Ground.  It is only because of the Redemption Jesus obtained for us that we are able to approach Him and relate to Him on a continuing, personal basis.

All the way through the life of Jesus one thing stood out.  The relationship He had with The Father.

His great High Priestly prayer (Jn 17) was to The Father and this relationship was so important that He even spent time in His agony to ask The Father that we too could have a relationship with The Father similar to what He had with Him, so that we would all be one with Him and The Father.  Jesus then died to make this relationship possible.

I quote the section of John 17, below.

(Joh 17:20)  "I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word,

(Joh 17:21)  that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.

(Joh 17:22)  The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one,

(Joh 17:23)  I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.

(Joh 17:24)  Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.

(Joh 17:25)  O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me.

(Joh 17:26)  I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them."

 

We do not appreciate The Father as we should and also do not spend the time with Him we should as well as thank Him for what He gives us.  Every good and perfect gift (which includes salvation and eternal life) comes from Him (James 1:17).

It is The Father that draws you to Jesus and gives you understanding of your need of Jesus. He then gives you to Jesus to rule on His behalf and care for you, placing you in The Kingdom of God to do this. As you are translated by Him from the kingdom of darkness to the Kingdom of God The Holy Spirit renews your spirit so that it is spiritually alive to God and no longer belong to Satan (Tit 3:5).

One day Jesus will hand The Kingdom back to The Father who will then become our ruler. We must prepare for this by learning how to obey Jesus and developing our relationship with The Father.

The Love of The Father

How can one describe the Love of The Father. It is so pure and transparent
There is no self-seeking, deception or guile in it
Only pure, selflessness, care for and service to others!
There is only good will in it and the desire to benefit others.
He seeks what is best for others and not Himself
His nature is that of a servant
A servant of Love!
God is Love
He that dwells in God Dwells ins His Love and all that is
Results from this Love

The humility of God is beyond comprehension. He created man in His own image and gave Him a lovely place to live in.  What an honour we have that God has created us in His own image.  He did not control man but gave man a free will so man could relate to Him in a voluntary relationship on a personal individual basis. He even showed His trust in man asking him to look after His Garden he had placed man in, and He use to walk through this garden each day and spend time interacting with the man..

In this He shows His desire for a personal relationship with us.

The Mercy and Compassion of The Father are unfailing. They are always there and are eternal. Even in judgment they are expressed.

Who else provides the needs of those who reject them in the hope they will come to love them.

He does not treat us as we deserve, even though He has every right to punish us for our transgressions (our rebellion against Him which is what sin is).

He treats us as His children and prepares us for spending eternity with Him.  His training, through The Holy Spirit, is continuous and unconditional. It is we who limit it.

He tells us to call Him 'Daddy' and relate to Him on the same basis we relate to our physical Father on earth and to expect the same love, care, training and provision our natural fathers should give us, except that in His case it is Perfect, continuous and complete.

He brings us into existence, maintains our life and gives us a future and a hope, all without our asking or deserving these or even knowing we need these things.

Who can fathom the depth of The Love of The Father. Only Jesus and The Holy Spirit can and this is also the quality of Love that they express toward us.

The Father looks down on a world that is mostly deluded, confused and in pain. A world that is captive to the king of terrors (Satan) and his servants (demons).

The Father asks His citizens to tell these hurting people about the freedom and hope the citizens of His Kingdom have and that they too also can have this freedom and hope because of Jesus has done for them.

An Observation

As I was wrote this booklet, I was staggered by the fact that Father trusts us to do His Work, as does Jesus and The Holy Spirit.

If they did not trust us they would not use us! What are we trusted with?

To tell others of His Love

To tell others of His Kingdom, which is spiritually present in us on earth and physically in heaven

To tell others what His Son has done

To tell others of His Gift of The Holy Spirit and what this means to the citizens of His Kingdom

To be faithful to His trust in us and His Love for us.

If we love Him we will tell these things to others as well as be a good steward of these things.

The Father, Salvation and Redemption.

The Father shows you your need of Jesus and guides you to a relationship with Him and Jesus, then gives you to Jesus to be your Lord and to be steward of you (take care of you on behalf of The Father).

Redemption  allows you to relate to The Father and enter The Kingdom of God by removing the defilement of sin that prevents you from entering it.  The Kingdom is Holy so that no defiled person or demon may enter it.

The Father sent Jesus to redeem you so that you could have a personal relationship with each member of The Trinity.

To leave out what The Father has done for you in regard to Salvation and Redemption is to leave out an important part of these things and will result in not loving The Father as you should for His part in these things.

The Father

He is God

The Father is to be praised and adored for eternity (2 Cor 11:31) The Father brings Honour and Glory to His Name (Jn 12:28) The Kingdom of heaven is His (Mat 26:29)

All things are in Him (1 Cor 8:6) and all things are a result of the work of Jesus. (God must contain the universe or what was outside of Him would be a God. Which cannot be).

Only The Father knows when Jesus will return (Mat 24:36)

When all evil is removed from the earth Jesus will give The Kingdom back to The Father (1 Cor 15:24)

His Ministry to us

He has prepared heaven for us (Mat 25:34) He sent Jesus to help us get there (Jn 3:16)

He transfers us into heaven from Satan's kingdom (Col 1:13)

His Relationship to Jesus

It was The Father's Will that Jesus die (Mat 26:39)

The Father would have delivered Jesus if Jesus had asked him too (Mat26:53)

Jesus was obedient to The Father unto death (Mat 26:42)

The Father loved Jesus because Jesus was willing to die for The Father's Purposes (Jn1O:15)

Jesus was in complete control of when He was to die (Jn 1O:18)

He chose to obey The Father and suffer (Jn 18:11)

Jesus died to show His Love for The Father (Jn 14:31)

The Father Glorified Jesus through His death (Jn 17:1)

Jesus Glorified The Father through His death (Jn 17:1)

He was The Father of the physical Jesus (Mat 26:39)

Jesus has a personal relationship with The Father (Mat 11:27)

The Father Loved Jesus and revealed all His plans to Him (Jn 5:20)

Jesus represented The Father on earth (Jn 5:43)(as we also do as citizens of His Kingdom)

He taught and spoke what The Father had given Him to say (Jn 8:28)

The Words given to Jesus by The Father result in eternal (Jn 12:50)

Jesus had an urgency to do the work of God (Luke 2:49)

Jesus had work to do for The Father that showed He (Jesus) was God (Jn 5:36)

The Father did miracles through Jesus to prove who Jesus was (Jn 5:20)

Jesus removed all that was against His Father (Jn2:16) defended His Father's Holiness and place of worship (Jn2:16)

The Father gave witness to whom Jesus was (Jn 8:18) Jesus Honoured The Father (Jn8:49)

The Father listened to the requests of Jesus and raised the dead for Him (Jn 11:4)

The Father was pleased with Jesus (2 Pet 1:17) Jesus was God, equal to The Father (Jn 5:8)

Jesus is part of The Trinity with The Father (1 Jn 5:7-8) Jesus worked in unity with The Father in all He did on earth (Jn5:30)

All are to honour Jesus in the way they honour The Father (Jn5:23)

Jesus and The Father are one (Jn 10:30)

If you know Jesus and Who He is (God) you will know The Father (Jn8:19)

If you saw Jesus you have also seen The Father (Jn14:10) Those who worship The Father will love Jesus also because they know He came from The Father Jn (8:42)

Jesus will return with the same Glory as The Father has (as God in other words) (Mar 8:38)

Jesus alone of all humans has seen God as He is God (Jn 1:18). This is because the true appearance of God is outside of time and eternity in The Kingdom and at the moment we only see the manifestation of The Kingdom in creation and not the true Kingdom

Sometimes a member of The Trinity shows themselves to us, but only in a way we are able to relate to what we are shown.

In Heaven

Jesus works with The Father to sustain creation (Jn 5:17)

He and The Father work as one in all they do (Jn5:19)

All things are given to Jesus (Mat 11:27)

Jesus will come in the authority of The Father and reward all according to their service to Him (Mat 16:27)

Jesus has been given the authority to judge all who die (Jn 5:22)

The Father's Relationship to us

On Earth

He reveals to people who Jesus is (Mat 16:17)

Those who learn of The Father will be drawn to Jesus (Jn6:45)

The Father shows us our need of Jesus (Jn 6:32)

The Father gives us to Jesus (Jn 6:37) He draws people to Jesus (Jn 6:44)

The Father helps all who want to follow Jesus (Jn 6:55)

Jesus will never reject those The Father sends to Him (Jn 6:37)

The Father's desire is that all the people He gives Jesus will never lose their salvation (Jn 6:39).

We can lose salvation though through deliberate unrepented disobedience (Rev 3:5)

The Father desires us to be like He and Jesus (Jn 17:11)

The Father desires us to be one in Him and Jesus (Jn17:21)

The Father desires us to be where He and Jesus are (Jn 17:24)

The Father receives our spirit at death (Luke 23:46) to make this possible

He raises the dead (Jn 5:21)

Jesus asks the Father that we can be with Him to behold His (Jesus) Glory (Jn 17:24)

Salvation

The Father desires all to be saved (Rom 11:28)

God alone can forgive us and let us get into heaven but only if we forgive others (Mat 6:14,15)

He is the one who forgives us our sins (Luke 23:34)

Only as you obey what The Father says, which Jesus taught us on behalf of The Father, will you get into Heaven (Mat 7:21)

You must declare who Jesus is before others on earth before He will declare to His Father in Heaven that you belong to Him (Mat 10:32)

The only way to The Father is through what Jesus Did at Calvary as well as doing what Jesus commands us to do (Jn14:6).

Redemption gives us 24 hour access to The Father, but it is only as we obey Jesus that we maintain our salvation and have this continual access.

The Father makes us citizens of The kingdom with all the benefits that apply to that relationship (Luke 12:32)

The temple was to be removed as a place of worshipping The Father (Jn 4:21)

They would worship Him in their spirit (Jn 4:23

We are Temple of God and The Holy Spirit is in it (1 Cor

3:16)

The Father gives us The Holy Spirit because Jesus asked Him too so that we can relate to and worship God as we should Jn14:16). Because The Holy Spirit is in us we have 24 hour access to The Father and do not need a special building (like The Temple was) to access God.

The Father gives to us the best gift, a relationship with The Holy Spirit (Luke 11:3)

The Holy Spirit is given to testify of Jesus (Jn15:26) The Holy Spirit reveals things to those willing to listen to and be guided by Him and who, for some reason are not able to do not use their own reason to work out the things The Father requires them to learn or do (Mat 11:25)

The Father gives you The Holy Spirit so you can know Him and learn about God and your relationship to Him (Eph 1:17)

Because we are His sons and daughters (by adoption) The Father has given us The Holy Spirit so we can know Him as personal Father (Gal 4:6)

He sends The Holy Spirit and Jesus determines who is to be empowered by The Holy Spirit (anointed and enabled for ministry) (Luke 24:49)

The Father seals those who follow Jesus with The Holy Spirit (Jn 6:27)

The Holy Spirit shows we are adopted sons of The Father when led by Him (Rom 8:14,15)

The Holy Spirit empowers us to do the work of The Father (of Jesus and the Kingdom)

The Holy Spirit is able to show the world (ruled by Satan) is not correctly following God because Jesus has gone to The Father (Jn16:10). (Jesus showed what righteousness was by His Lifestyle and by His death made it possible. Because of Jesus we have a living yardstick for The Holy Spirit to be able to use to show how we are to live).

Our Obedience Brings The Father Glory (Mat 5:16)

Loving your enemies shows you are His Child (Mat 5:44,45)

We are to live up to our level of maturity as The Father lives up to His level of Maturity (Mat 5:48)

We are to show His quality of Love and Mercy to all (Luke 6:36)

The Father Loves all who obey the Command of Jesus (as they are doing what The Father told Jesus to command Jn14:21-4, Jn 13:34-35)

We are part of the family of God if we obey The Father (Mat 12:50)

We are His Sons and Daughters by adoption if we reject what Satan offers and seek Jesus and His Holiness' (2 Cor 6:18)

He gives us stewardship of things (every good and perfect gift) to maintain for Him

Anything not planted (of The Father) shall be destroyed (Mat 15:13) because it originates from Satan or us.

The Father knows all about us (Mat 10:29,30)

The Father is the one who looks after us (Jn 15:1)

We are not to call anyone our spiritual father as He is our Spiritual Father in heaven (Mat 23:9).

His Provision for us

The Father feeds the animals that do not know Him as well as supplying all their other needs and we are more important than they are (Mat 6:26)

The Father knows what we need before we ask Him for it (Mat 6:8)

What He provides for us is far better than anyone can give us (Mat 7:11)

He is The Father of Mercies and the God of all comfort (2 cor 1:3) True peace comes from The Father and Jesus (2 Cor 1:3)

In regard to His Children

The Father protects children and watches each child closely (Mat 18:10)

The Father desires that no one goes to hell (Mat 18:14)

When we pray to Him we are to approach Him as God and Holy (Mat 6:9)

When you pray do it privately and God will answer your prayers (reward you) openly (Mat 6:6)

When you give to people do it in secret and The Father will reward you openly (Mat 6:4)

If two or three ask for something that is in the Will of God The Father will make it happen (Mat 18:19)

Jesus answers our prayers to bring The Father Glory (Jn 14:13)

We are to pray that The kingdom of The Father will be on earth (Luke 11:2)

The Father will honour all who serve Jesus ( Jn 12:26)

We bring honour and Glory to The Father by bearing fruit for Him (Jn 15:8)

As We bear fruit for Him whatever we ask for to do the work of Jesus, He will provide (Jn15:16, Matt 6:33)

We only able to do the type of miracles that Jesus did because He has gone to The Father (14:12)

Every tongue confessing Jesus as Lord brings Glory to The Father (Phil 2:11)

Access to The Father is through Jesus (Eph 2:18) Jesus is the only way to heaven and The Father (Jn 14:6)

Jesus intercedes for us with The Father (Jn 16:26)

Jesus calls us friends if we accept all He taught us (which The Father asked Him to teach us Jn 15:15)

Whatever you do to Jesus you do to The Father (Jn15:23) Whatever you do to another you do to Jesus (Mat 25:40) and thus The Father as Jesus as they are one.

If people reject you it is because they do not know The Father, His Love for them or His purposes for them (Jn 16:3)

As The Father sent Jesus to do His Work so does Jesus send you to preach The Father and His Kingdom (Jn 20-:21)

The Father blessed us through what Jesus did with every spiritual blessing (Eph 1:3)

The Father and Jesus make people apostles (Gal 1:1)

In Heaven

Those in a correct relationship with The Father and Jesus shall shine as the sun does (Mat 13:43)

The Father has a home for us in heaven (Jn14:2 prepared for us by Jesus).

Usage of words ‘The Father' in the New Testament.

Nearly 19% of the usage of the word Father is in Matthew and 17% in Luke. The book of John has 52% of the references to The Father. The book of Matthew was used by The Holy Spirit to show God as Father to the Jews while that of Luke was show to show The father as Father of The Gentiles to whom it was written.

The Gospel of John was used by The Holy Spirit to deal with things that had been neglected of which 'The Father', and His relationship to the individual  as well as The 'Love of God' and its expression in us, appeared to be two things that had been neglected. It is not surprising then that John has over half the verses that mention the role of The Father in the life of Jesus as well as in our life. The Gospel of John is truly a book on the 'Father Nature' of God.

To emphasise Jesus only is to ignore The Father and The Holy Spirit and to assign to Jesus roles He is not Responsible for. By this you dishonour The Father and The Spirit and allow Satan to bring into your belief system wrong theology.

Our Christian development is directed by God towards two objectives:

Developing our relationship with Jesus and The father

Maturing us into productive citizens of His Kingdom.

The Kingdom is The Father's but it has been given to Jesus to rule. The Holy Spirit is the designated adviser and teacher to all who desire to live as its citizens should.

When we pray it should be guided by The Spirit so it is prayed in accordance with the Will of The Father (and thus best for The Kingdom). It will be for the advancement of The Kingdom through the freeing of people, either from the kingdom of darkness (salvation)or from the bondages that Satan has placed on them in or around them (deliverance), or through hindering the efforts of Satan in some way (spiritual warfare). When it is for these purposes only then can we really say we are praying 'in Jesus Name'.

To ask for anything more than what we have been personally given is to say God is not honouring His promise in Matt 6:33 to provide all we need if we are doing His work, or we are in sin so that He cannot honour this promise except to organise what we need for us to repent of our sin and return to a relationship with Him..

It is different if we ask God for the desires of our heart and leave it with Him to provide what we need. That is not prayer, that is just communicating.

Remember, The Kingdom of God is in people and not in the acquisition of property or wealth and it can only be really advanced as people are either:

Freed from the kingdom of darkness and become citizens of The Kingdom of God or

Freed from the bondages Satan places on them that stop or hinder their being useful citizens of The Kingdom of God.

Freed through being given the truth they need to know to fight the lies and deception of Satan

You can see the need to be led by The Holy Spirit in all things, because He searches the Heart and Mind of God and knows what the Will of God is for us (Rom 8:27). That is why we are always to 'pray in The Spirit' and are told that only those 'led by The Spirit of God' are the adopted sons/daughters of God (Rom 8:14).

You should always pray for the purposes of The Kingdom when praying for someone or an event so it will be best for what you are praying for. To pray for anything else is not the Will of The Father or Jesus.

One should not pray because they are expected to pray. One should pray out of love for The Father and for His Kingdom, for its expansion as well as for the welfare of its citizens. This is what Jesus had on His heart and what His ministry was all about. In this is the cry of Jesus and of all who love The Father :

Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will be done

His desire was that all would be in The Kingdom of God and safe from Satan's rulership.

Jesus taught this should be the attitude of your heart in prayer. The purposes and manifestation of The Kingdom should be the priority of every citizen of The Kingdom of God.

Jesus never asked us to pray to Him but to The Father.  He asks us to believe in Him and His teachings and the ministry of reconciliation that flows from His finished work at Calvary. He also asked us to work in His delegated authority and preach, teach and demonstrate The Kingdom as He did. He always pointed us to The Father for our needs.

We are also not shown to pray to The Holy Spirit. He is there to bring into existence what we ask in the way of miracles for the purposes of expanding or demonstrating The kingdom of God, as well as to  teach us about The Father and Jesus and their Love for us as well as to guide us how to live as a citizen of The Kingdom of God.

The Holy Spirit also intercedes for us with God when we do not know what to pray (Rom 8: 26-27).

The Kingdom is The Father's and to Him alone are we to ask for our needs. To ask anyone else is incorrect and may leave you open to Satanic attack. How The Father provides our needs and who He uses to do so is up to Him.  But what is provided must be at His Direction.

The Fathers Heart in Ministry

When we see The Father's Heart we will forget ourselves and desire only what He desires. After all, His type of Love is in us (through the training of The Holy Spirit in us) and we should love as He Loves. As citizens of His Kingdom we should have the same attitudes as He has, of which love is the foundational one (which is why it is the first Fruit of The Holy Spirit).

Where people study to obtain a position, or are elected to it by men or are paid to do it, the basis for their ministry is incorrect (unless they have been instructed by The Spirit to do so). Any position of ministry obtained will be based on man's evaluation of the requirements of a ministry and the need to satisfy the people placing them there or paying them.

When the person is chosen by The Father because they have His Heart's attitude, money or rewards are no longer important.  He will provide all they need to live and serve Him and they should look to no one else to provide their needs. Their hearts desire is for an intimate relation- ship with God from which will flow their service to Him and desire for others to know Him as they do.

This attitude of The Father's Love should not just be in ministry, but should be our attitude to all around us: family, friends, spouse, strangers, people we minister to or worship with. All our interaction should have His type of Love as the basis for interactions of any kind.

It does not matter who ministers to a person as long as The Father's Love is shown to that person.

The Father works according to the laws of the spirit world and is able to work best when His Love is the basis for the ministry. If ministry of any type is not done in The Father's Love it is legalistic and can become a form of witchcraft type control or ritual.

We are given a new heart when we follow Jesus. It is fitting The Father's Love should fill it and not the love we carry over from our old pre-Christian self, which was trained by the devil working on our lusts and desires. To fight our flesh and its desires it is necessary to have The Father's Love in the new heart God Gives us (2 Cor 5:17).

Give your heart to The Father. Command all that is in your heart that is not of God to leave in Jesus' Name and go to the throne of Judgment and ask The Father to fill your heart completely with His Love and The Holy Spirit.

When The Father's Love is expressed through us, rewards in heaven will not be important to us, neither will authority, or position in heaven or on earth. What will be important to us is that The Father's Love is expressed through us and that the work of The Kingdom is done.

The Bible states our real reward is the intimate relationship we have with The Father, Jesus and The Holy Spirit, now and in eternity. To desire anything else misses the point of the relationship we have with them.

We should minister out of love, appreciation and gratitude to Him for all He has done for us. Our desire then should be to give Him joy and pleasure in how we serve Him and what we do in service for Him.

Any ministry on any other basis than this has missed the whole point of God's Love.

Without The Father's Heart, The Authority of Christ and the Guidance of The Holy Spirit ministry is exercised incorrectly.

The Love of The Father

The Love of The Father is endless. It never stops or ends.

The Love of The Father is unceasing. It never stops being directed towards you, He Loves you even when you reject Him

The Love of The Father is immeasurable. It is bigger than any need or problem you will ever have or cause Him.

The Love of The Father has no desire or purpose other than what is best for you: now, in eternity and beyond!

Authority and The Father

Jesus was given all authority under heaven and earth by God.  This authority has been delegated to us in part (only over Satan, his demons, his plans and his workings) and must be used in accordance with the Will and Guidelines of The Father.

So you should always seek the Will of The Father, and the guidance of The Holy Spirit so you will correctly express the delegated authority of Jesus. The Gospel of The Kingdom is proclaimed with power and authority when it is done in God's type of Love in God's way, in accordance with the Will of God and as a result of His love for the person being ministered too and not just for the sake of demonstrating the power and Authority of The Kingdom.

We need to see people as being children of The Father whom He Loves and whom He has given us the special privilege of ministering too on His behalf. By ministering to them out of His type of Love we are ministering (serving) to Him and in fact this serving Him should be the basis for anything we do.

As we serve Jesus we also serve The Father whose Will Jesus is doing.

When we Minister

We need to realise they are His Children that The Father has so graciously allowed us to minister on His behalf. So:

We should minister in accordance with His Will

We should minister in His quality of Love

We should minister in accordance with the delegated authority of Jesus

We should minister in the empowerment and leading of The Holy Spirit

We should demonstrate His Love, His kingdom and His rule.

If these are in place, ministry will come to pass in the way The Father and Jesus desire it too occur through the guidance of The Holy Spirit in us.

A personal example

As I was writing this, I asked The Father what His Will was in respect of something.

He told me.

I then asked Jesus what His Will was in the regard to the same thing. He said: "You heard The Father!” Then The Holy Spirit reminded me that in The Lord's Prayer it stated that The Will of The Father is to be done.

The Will of The Father is also the Will of Jesus and The Holy Spirit as they are all God and agree as one. So perhaps we need to ask The Father what to do and not Jesus as He also is doing The Father's Will. But having said that, it is up to either of The Trinity to tell us what to do as it will be The Will of The Father that is told to us.

How should we approach people?

We should ask The Holy Spirit what the Father's will is for that person and what He desires you to do for that person and then do it.

If the Holy Spirit is silent then you must use the guidelines of The Bible to determine how you are to relate to others (in love, sound, positive, edifying speech, servant heart, illustrating The Kingdom of The Father.)

To do anything else is to disobey God!

The challenge is to ask Holy Spirit every time we minister or even meet people:

What is the Father's Will for that person

What does The Father want me to do about it?

In Conclusion

Learn what is on The Father's Heart as in that will be your true purpose for life: now, and in eternity and beyond.