Monday 28 January 2008

Fellowship with Abba, Father

Praise be to Abba, Father!

This past week has been another exciting time with the Lord! The Spirit of revelation (Eph. 1:17) is upon us and the Lord is revealing more and more of Himself to us in our meetings. Hallelujah!

At our weekly prayer meeting on Tuesday, the Lord spoke to us about His Kingdom and how KLF is the yeast of His Kingdom that is precious and is influencing the Body (Matthew 13:33, 44, 45).

On Wednesday morning, at the women's meeting at Star Bucks, the Lord spoke to the women about how His glory is in His face and that we need to seek His face to see His glory! The week before, the Lord revealed more about "gates" and how His Kingdom people are gates to God's Kingdom! We praise God for revelation and the privilege of being able to feast on His Word and being taught by the Holy Spirit (1 John 2:27)!

Friday's IMPACT! meeting was very exciting as KLF's youth got together to meet with God and one another. We had a profound time exploring the significance of the "keys to the Kingdom" and how God has given His children the keys to bind and loose in order to manifest the Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 16:17-19)!

Yesterday's meeting was very powerful once again. The Lord is speaking to us about abiding in Him and we have seen that to have eternal life is to know God. To know God is to have fellowship with the Father and the Son. To have fellowship with Him is to abide in Him and He in us. As we grow in our knowledge of God through spiritual revelation, the Lord is revealing Himself to us as true royalty (see last week) but particularly as Abba, Father. So, yesterday the Lord was showing us the following:

When we believe in Jesus,

  • we are born again and become children of God. 1 John 3:1
  • we have a right to be called children of God based on what God has done for us. John 1:12
  • we receive the Spirit of sonship by which we call God our Abba, Father. Gal. 4:4-7; Rom. 8:14-17

The reason the Lord wants us to know Him as Abba, Father is the following:

  1. The Lord wants us to grow in intimacy with Him as we come to know Him both as Abba (Daddy) and Father.
  2. The Lord is exposing the Devil's plot to destroy God's image in man as Creator and Father.
  3. The Lord wants to restore natural fatherhood in this fatherless generation to reveal true spiritual Fatherhood.
  4. The Lord wants us to recognise that what we sow in the natural we will reap in the spiritual. Therefore our attitude toward our earthly father reflects our attitude toward our heavenly Father.
  5. The Lord wants to restore the true image of Fatherhood so that His children can reveal Abba, Father to the world.

The Lord then showed us something very profound and exciting. Looking at Numbers 21:8,9 and John 3:14, Abba, Father revealed the following:

  1. The Israelites were disobedient and consequently received the punishment they deserved. Numbers 21:4-7
  2. Moses prayed for the Israelites. 21:7
  3. The Lord did not remove the snakes!
  4. The Lord made provision for the healing of the Israelites by making a bronze snake that was to be raised upon a pole so that anyone who looked at the bronze snake would be healed. 21:89
  5. Consequently, that which was distorted in the natural was restored in the spiritual by looking at perfection.
  6. Jesus reveals in John 3:14 that this incident is a shadow of God's purpose in Christ's death and resurrection!
  7. Whoever looks at perfect Life, the Son, will be healed of that which has poisoned one's life.
  8. Similarly, the Lord was showing us that as we behold Abba, Father, we will be healed of the consequences of distorted and poisoned fatherhood (abuse, rejection, absent father etc).

What is exciting about this revelation is that it confirms that it is as we worship God and fix our eyes on Him that we are healed. It is Abba, Father's way of healing His children. Glory to Him.

Quote of the week:

"Both Scripture and experience teach that it is we, not God, who determine the degree of intimacy with Him that we enjoy. We are at this moment as close to God as we really choose to be. True, there are times when we would like to know a deeper intimacy, but when it comes to the point, we are not prepared to pay the price involved. The qualifying conditions are more stringent and exacting than we are prepared to meet; so we settle for a less demanding level of Christian living." J. Oswald Sanders


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