The Father Heart of God Teaching

What's your story?
If you were to introduce your Father in heaven, what would you say?

If you were to introduce your dad, what would you say?

What if your dad were to introduce you? What would he say?

How are your glasses?

Time for a new pair of glasses?

What is the truth?

Hebrews 1:3 - The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. (NIV)
John 1:18 - No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known. (NIV)

Look at Jesus. Find the Father.

John 1:35-42

John 2:1-11

John 3

John 4:1-26

John 5:19-20 - "Jesus gave them this answer: 'I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, to your amazement he will show him even greater things than these.'" (NIV)

John 11:1-44

John 13:1-17

John 18:1-11

Look at Jesus. Find the Father.

Who Am I?

What is the basis of your identity?

The basis to your identity is in your Father.

What does the Father say about you?

Genesis 1:27 - "You are made in God's image." (NIV)

Isaiah 43:1 - "You belong to your Father." (NIV)

Ephesians 1:3-8 - "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will– to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding." (NIV)

1 John 3:1 - "How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!" (NIV)

You have a choice.

Identity has to do with your will. It's your choice to accept the Father's opinion of your identity.

The Father's love provides both a definition and an opinion of who you are.

You only know who you are when you accept and agree with the Father's design of you.

Remember the history of the Israelites.

The Israelite identity was that of a slave.

God gave them a new identity.

Israel constantly fought this new identity.

Complaint against God and disagreeing with your God-given identity will always hold you back from your inheritance, from all He has called you to. Learn from the Israelites (1 Cor. 10:1-13; Heb. 3:7-14).

10 Non-negotiables of your design

Sexual Identity

Physical Identity

Soul Identity

Parental Identity

Family Identity

Historical Identity

Birth Order Identity

Racial Identity

National Identity

Ageing Identity

Write the sum total of your identity. Then take time to thank God for it.

Accepting the Father's love (choosing to accept His design of you) provides security for your identity.

Accepting the Father's love also provides security for our minds.

What brings insecurity to our minds?

Our Fears

Fear of Rejection

Fear of Man, Men, Women

Fear of the Future

Fear of the Unknown

Fear of the Dark

Fear of Disease

Fear of Disaster

Fear of Death

Fear of the Demonic

Fear of Authority

Fear of Being Alone

Fear of Not Getting Married

Fear of Getting Married

Fear of Certain Ethnicities

1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. (NIV)

Identify the fear.

Fear resides in unbelief... unbelief in the character of God.

The feeling of fear is a normal part of being human. Living in fear is a choice to say "NO" to God and who He is. Turn from unbelief and clear the pathway for your freedom.
Unbelief leads to fear and rebellion. We shake our fists at the Father, thinking we are free. But we are bound by fear and rebellion.

Renounce the lie that my Father is...

distant, disinterested

Your Father is intimate and involved (Psalm 139:18).

insensitive, uncaring,

Your Father is kind and compassionate (Psalm 103:8-14).

stern, demanding

Your Father is accepting and filled with joy and love (Zeph. 3:17; Rom. 15:7).

passive, cold

Your Father is warm and affectionate (Isaiah 40:11; Hosea 11:3-4).

absent, too busy

Your Father is always with you and eager to be with you (Heb. 13:5; Jer. 31:20; Ezek. 34:11-16).

impatient, angry

Your Father is patient and slow to anger (Exo. 34:6; 2 Peter 3:9).

tries to take the fun out of life

Your Father is trustworthy and wants to give you a full life (Lam. 3:22-23; John 10:10).

condemning, unforgiving

Your Father is tender-hearted and forgiving. His arms are always open wide to you (Psa. 130:1-4; Luke 15:17-24).

nitpicking, perfectionistic

Your Father is committed to your growth and proud of you as His growing child (Rom. 8:28-29; Heb. 12:5-11; Phil. 1:6).

Accepting the Father's love brings security to our emotions.

Do you struggle with lowness of spirit, sadness, despair, hopelessness?

Isaiah 61:1-3

Significance

Psalm 139:1-3

Your Father sees you. He sees your contribution. He notices.

Your Father is proud of you.

Shamelessness

Knowing you are right before God - Romans 5:1

Knowing the difference between conviction and condemnation - Romans 8:1

Knowing the difference between being humbled and humiliated - 1 Peter 5:5-6

Expectation

You have a plan and a purpose - Jeremiah 29:11.

You have the promise of intimacy with your Father - James 4:8.

You have hope - Romans 15:13.

Living without boundaries

Characteristics of The Orphan Spirit (the one who lives without boundaries)

  • Assumes they are over-looked and forgotten
  • Lonely - wears this
  • Rejected - lives this out
  • Independent - fend for self
  • Rebellious attitude toward leaders
  • Over-sensitive to correction
  • Dwells with comparison and competitiveness
  • Deceptive - presents one way, feels another
  • Hoards comfort - leading to addictions
  • Striving for acceptance

Example of Living with the Orphan Spirit

  • The Prodigal brother of Luke 15:28-32

What's the truth?

So he got up and went to his father. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. Luke 15:20 NIV

Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. John 14:23 NIV

and he waits and knocks...

Revelation 3:20

Repent of boundary-less living. It's time to let the Father in and deal with the orphan spirit.

7 Categories of Pain

Authority

When authority is abused...

Anger

Results

Trust

What breaks trust?

What are the results of broken trust?

Values

Values are best described as ‘the way’ a person chooses to live out their daily life. Therefore daily decisions and our behaviour reflect this value system.

Values are modelled to us by our family.

Ungodly values = love things, use people.

Godly values = love people, use things.

Affection

Definition - the appropriate physical demonstration of love

Results of a lack of affection

Presence

When people abandon us...

Ephesians 1:3-8

Acceptance

Pushed to perform and strive for acceptance

Chasing after conditional love is an endless pursuit.

When you know your Father's acceptance, you can stop running. You have come home.

Communication

Harsh communication

No communication

Results

"What do you want me to do for you?"
"Daughter, your faith has saved you."
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