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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 Your Father.

Who Am I?

What is the basis of your identity?

The basis to your identity is in your Father.
The more you know who your Father is, the more you will know who you are.

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)

Ephesians 3:14-21 - For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

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)

Where does insecurity come from?

Unbelief which leads to rebellion

Hebrews 3:7-13, 19

When we try to find our identity (meaning, purpose) within ourselves (our gifts and abilities)

Ecclesiastes 1:12-18

When we try to find our identity outside ourselves in people and possessions

Ecclesiastes 2:4-11

When we rebel and push against the Father's boundaries

Genesis 11:1-9 - the Tower of Babel; Isaiah 14:12-15 - Lucifer's fall from heaven

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.

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.

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

Experience the embrace of conviction.

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.

Isaiah 40:10-11

See, the Sovereign Lord comes with power, and his arm rules for him. See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him.

He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.

Revelation 1:12-16 - I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and among the lampstands was someone “like a son of man,” dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, and out of his mouth came a sharp double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.

Revelation 1:17-18 - When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.

Your Father is both powerful and gentle. Will you accept all of him?

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

Application

The Father breathes identity over you and in you.

Response: Choose him.

The Father sets loving boundaries around you.

Response: Obey him.

The Father wants to deliver you from your fears and other bondages.

Response: Prepare for this (repent and renounce unbelief, etc.).

The Father wants to heal you.

Response: Name the pain.

The Father wants to comfort you.

Response: Receive it.

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

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