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YWAM DTS Notes Father Heart of God based on lectures by
Behold what manner of
love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God:
therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
1 John 3:1
I am so glad to be a
child of God, loved by Him. There are many in the world that don’t recognize
that precious relationship, because they don’t know Him yet.
I was feeling not as
close to the Lord as I would like. We always as believers should hunger and
thirst for more of Him but I felt like there was some blockage. As I asked Him
about it, He seemed to show me the area of being a workaholic, a problem area I
had recognized before but still usually viewed as a strength rather than a
I was reminded again this
week, how much I need to praise God, not just thank Him, not just give Him my
requests, but really praise Him and seek His voice and His will. I really
enjoyed the base intercessory prayer time with a group of staff I didn’t really
know, we followed the usual pattern of praise, confession, and waiting on the
Lord with the assignment of praying for all the children and families on the
I was reminded again of
what happened perhaps even before mankind was created and that was the spiritual
war in heaven. Where Satan exalted himself above God and was cast out.
Then another sign
appeared in heaven: and behold, a great red dragon having seven heads and ten
horns, and on his heads were seven diadems. 4 And his tail swept* away a third
of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before
the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she gave birth he might
devour her child. 5 And she gave birth to a son, a male child, who is to rule
all the nations with a rod of iron; and her child was caught up to God and to
His throne. 6 Then the woman fled into the wilderness where she had* a place
prepared by God, so that there she would be nourished for one thousand two
hundred and sixty days. 7 And there was war in heaven, Michael and his angels
waging war with the dragon. The dragon and his angels waged war, 8 and they were
not strong enough, and there was no longer a place found for them in heaven. 9
And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil
and Satan, who deceives the whole world ; he was thrown down to the earth, and
his angels were thrown down with him. 10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven,
saying, "Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the
authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been
thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night. 11 "And they
overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their
testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death. 12 "For
this reason, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them. Woe to the earth and
the sea, because the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, knowing
that he has only a short time."
I was reminded of his
schemes of deception as I found that like me another student was formerly a
Christian Scientist who also sang Onward Christian Soldiers each week while were
believing the Enemies lies. A new insight was in the area of Satan being the
ruler of this world. I thought God gave him that authority and didn’t
understand why, but the truth is we humans give him that authority. Our sin
empowers the devil and his borders are expanded.
Taking a stand on issues
always the same, clear
1. The deity of
Not always the
2. The Bible is
Compromising absolutes is
liberalism, insisting on relatives is legalism.
There are different names for
Creator Is. 40:28
King of King / Lord of Lords
Faithful and just I
FATHER But now, O LORD, You are
our Father, we are the clay, and You our potter; And all of us are the work of
64:8 Pray, then, in
this way: 'Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.
But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman,
born under the Law, 5 so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that
we might receive the adoption as sons. 6 Because you are sons, God has sent
forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!" 7 Therefore
you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.
A father of the fatherless and a judge for the widows, is God in His holy
68:5 (NASB) and I Samuel 16.
There is a difference between burden and
calling. A burden for a need is not necessarily a calling.
God and the issue of suffering
Six reasons for suffering
God created us in His image Gen. 1:26
Not according to His nature but
according to His character. God’s nature:
Omnipresent Prov. 15:3
Omnipotent Heb. 1:3
Eternal – past Col. 1:17 future
Unchanging (immutable) Mal. 3:6
Triune Gen. 1:26
Glorious Ex. 33:20-33
According to His character or
Mind, emotions or feelings, and will
I Cor. 2:16; Is. 1:18;
The opposite of love is selfishness. Most
suffering comes as a result of mans selfishness. “Suffering is the price that
had to be paid, for freedom and love to exist at all” C.S. Lewis.
A fixed environment
God creates a physical world
God makes man free
The physical world is neutral
with a fixed environment of physical and chemical laws
If matter has a fixed
environment and obeys constant laws, it will not always be equally agreeable to
War was declared against the
Kingdom of God. And there
was war in heaven, Michael and his angels waging war with the dragon. The dragon
and his angels waged war, 8 and they were not strong enough, and there was no
longer a place found for them in heaven. 9 And the great dragon was thrown down,
the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole
world ; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with
Lucifer attempted to overthrow
God’s Kingdom “How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of
the dawn! You have been cut down to the earth, you who have weakened the
nations! "But you said in your heart, 'I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my
throne above the stars of God, and I will sit on the mount of assembly in the
recesses of the north. 14 'I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will
make myself like the Most High.' 15 "Nevertheless you will be thrust down to
Sheol, to the recesses of the pit.
The devil and the demons have a
free will also.
"Now when the unclean spirit goes out of a
man, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and does not find it. 44
"Then it says, 'I will return to my house from which I came'; and when it comes,
it finds it unoccupied, swept, and put in order. 45 "Then it goes and takes
along with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and
live there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first. That is
the way it will also be with this evil generation."
God’s will is not always being done. The Lord is not slow about
His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward
you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to
2 Peter 3:8-9
The fall of man
The impact of sin entering the world was
The erosion of the earth. For
the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who
subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself also will be set free from its
slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22
For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth
together until now
Romans 8:20-22 (NASB)
Ignorant and unwise choices
(doing stupid things)
Therefore be careful how you walk, not as
unwise men but as wise, 16 making the most of your time, because the days are
evil. 17 So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is
6. God is the author of suffering sometimes. Therefore, those also who
suffer according to the will of God shall entrust their souls to a faithful
Creator in doing what is right.
1 Peter 4:19
To develop character in us
II Cor. 12:7-10 humility
To make us more sensitive to others who
To judge or punish sin Num. 12:1-16;
also an evil spirit from the Lord in I Samuel 16:14 and I Kings 22:20-22
To test our true motives II Chron.
32:31 and Gen. 22:12
To release a greater measure of His
Spirit Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with
distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ's sake; for when I
am weak, then I am strong. II Cor 12:10 (NASB)
That we might know Him
…that I may know Him and the power of
His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being
conformed to His death;
I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear; but now my eye sees You;
It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I may learn Your statutes.
The places closest to
Jesus in heaven are reserved for those who have suffered in His name. Matt.
5:11-12; Heb. 11:35; Matt. 20:20-23
The Father heart of God
can be seen in the story of the Prodigal Son,
v. 20 His father saw him and had compassion on him
The older brother made
comparisons and felt rejected. Characteristics of the Father:
Slow to anger v. 12, Psalm 103:8
He was just v. 12, one son asked for
the inheritance both received. God always does the right thing. In Hebrew and
Greek just and righteous are the same words. Heb. tsedek Grk.
The father took care of his own v. 17
He was longing and searching for
restoration v. 20
Why didn’t the
father go after his son? He allowed him free will.
the lost sheep, was lost foolishly
The Lost coin was lost
The lost son, was lost willfully
Four words for love in
Eros – sexual love and romance
Storge – like
Phileo – brotherly love
Agapao – unconditional love
He was compassionate v. 20
He was affectionate v. 20
He ran v. 20, Rom. 5:8 God took the
He was generous v. 11, 22-23; Rom.
He was exuberant (knew how to throw a
good party) vv. 23-24
Passionate passere – Latin meaning
whatever I am willing suffer for
Met him, where he was at.
A good listener and reasoner as seen
with the older son.
Barriers that keep us
from experiencing God
unworthy, difficulty receiving and believing God’s love, deception
rebellion Is. 59:2
of God (mind)
relationship with God:
Afraid of Him
knowledge about God without intimacy
with parents teaches what God is like
between parents teaches relationship with God
A revelation of
God (meditate on His Word)
3 kinds of
love Prov. 27:6
wounds, if one side or frequent
Envy – seeking to
Detailed description of
often a sign of covered hurt
Seeking value (acceptance)
comparison with others
Superficial relationships with
God and Man
Feelings of inferiority – five
constant comparison with others
external attitudes of
difficulty talking Ex. 4:10
talking too much
believing lies about myself – I
I don’t fit in
No one understands me
I’m never going to make it
I can’t do anything right
God doesn’t love me
Identity through others or
positions I perceive as significant
Bitterness towards those who’ve
Self rejection -words of self
Steps to wholeness
Take personal responsibility for
Go back to the place or time of
How did it make you feel?
(Identify the feelings – dirty, guilty, hurt abandoned, afraid, defeated;
unwanted, unloved, jealous, inferior…)
Ask God, “Where were You when
Let Him speak to you, He may
I allowed it
I had nothing to do with it
It broke my heart
If He is silent, verbalize your
trust in Him
Feel the liberty to express your
frustration to God
It is okay to get angry as long as you don’t sin Eph. 4:26
There is a process to grieving loss – denial, bargaining, anger, depression, and
If this wound has affected my
identity, use three steps
identify the lie about myself
(these will be especially strong if I have verbalized them or someone else has.
Write it down
Wait on the Lord for His
perspective. He speaks the truth that sets me free. Ps. 51:6 and
Parental shortcomings (that could affect the
way I see God)
Injustice – punishing me for
things I didn’t do. I may then believe God is unjust
Overly strict discipline. I may
then believe God is harsh or legalistic.
Preferential treatment, may be
due to personality differences between parents and children. Giving more
attention (love) to other members of the family. I may then believe God is
biased or arbitrary.
Anger – taking out frustrations
on me. I may then believe God has a short temper.
Abuse – verbal, physical, or
sexual. I may then be afraid of God.
Absence – not being there when I
needed them, abandonment. I may then believe God won’t be there when I need
Hypocrisy – telling me not to do
things that they do in areas of morality. I may then believe that God can’t be
Unkept promises – never doing
something they said they would do. I may then believe that God is unfaithful.
Overview of God’s work
the last 6,000 years
God created us to be in
relationship with Him. He didn’t start out as a warrior, but war was declared
God creates man and places man
on earth. Why in the same place as the Enemy? Love must have an alternative,
it must be a free choice.
We all chose selfishness (the
opposite of love), our own way.
It broke God’s heart Gen. 6:5-6
It separated us from Him Gen.
3:8; Is. 59:2
It empowered the Devil.
Whenever there is sin, the borders of the Enemy are expanded.
who delivered the earth to Satan? Mankind did.
It condemned us to death Rom.
Justice dictates that a law must have a
corresponding equal penalty to protect it. The law of love is so great the only
penalty equal to it, is death. Jesus paid the penalty so we could be justified
by faith in Him. Rom. 8:3-4
Why isn’t everyone saved by Christ’s death and
resurrection? Because it’s not just a legal transaction, God is looking for the
restoration of the love relationship by faith. Jesus satisfied 100% of the
requirement of the Law. Heb. 4:15 indicates He was tempted in every way but
In Christ, God has given us a
new identity II Cor. 5:17.
Justice dictates that a
law must have a corresponding equal penalty to protect it. The law of love is
so great the only penalty equal to it, is death. Jesus paid the penalty so we
could be justified by faith in Him.
Why isn’t everyone saved
by Christ’s death and resurrection? Because it’s not just a legal transaction,
God is looking for the restoration of the love relationship by faith.
God is my Father and
loves me unconditionally.
Through the years a
number of patients asked me about the reasons God allows suffering. I had a two
part sermon series I used to preach when doing pulpit supply on the subject that
was very similar to what Peter presented. Amen and Amen.
What God is saying to
I thought too of the
marks of ownership and acceptance evidenced by the ring, the robe, and the
The new area that God
seemed to really put His finger on this week was in the problem area of seeking
value, acceptance and love through performance. I want to hear God say, “well
done, thou good and faithful servant.” I have been a workaholic most of my life,
I have had a degree of perfectionism, and have compared myself with others. I
have known with my mind that I don’t need to earn God’s favor but with my heart
and my actions I have been working like crazy, I don’t need to compete for God’s
love. I know that God loves me unconditionally but I have been so driven to
work, always thinking I have hundreds of things to do and not just sometimes
sitting quiet before the Lord. I identified with another student who said she
had been a Martha and needs to be a Mary, sitting at the Master’s feet. My
busyness has kept from relationships with other people and with the Lord.
I am so thankful for this
time in Crossroad DTS where I don’t have to minister, but rather can be
ministered to, a time to receive and not give. A time to be silent and draw
closer to God not receive more knowledge.
Areas God has brought
to my attention
The area of preferential
treatment on God’s part was a question I had, I asked about “Jacob I loved and
Esau I hated”. Peter’s answer was similar to the one given on the website at
Question: "Why did God
love Jacob and hate Esau (Malachi 1:3;
declares, “’I have loved you,’” says the LORD. But you ask, 'How have you loved
us?' ‘Was not Esau Jacob's brother?’ the LORD says. ‘Yet I have loved Jacob, but
Esau I have hated, and I have turned his mountains into a wasteland and left his
inheritance to the desert jackals.’
is quoted an alluded to in
“Not only that, but Rebekah's children had one and the same father, our father
Isaac. Yet, before the twins were born or had done anything good or bad — in
order that God's purpose in election might stand: not by works but by him who
calls — she was told, ‘The older will serve the younger.’ Just as it is written:
‘Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.’” Why did God love Jacob and hate Esau? If God
is love (1 John
4:8,16), how could
He hate anyone?
When studying the Bible,
it is crucially important to always study the context of a particular Bible
verse or passage. In these instances, the Prophet Malachi and the Apostle Paul
are using the name “Esau” to refer to the Edomites, who were the descendants of
Esau. Isaac and Rebekah had two sons, Esau and Jacob. God chose Jacob (whom He
later renamed Israel) to be the father of His chosen people, the Israelites. God
rejected Esau (who was also called Edom), and did not choose him to be the
father of His chosen people. Esau’s and his descendants, the Edomites, were in
many ways blessed by God (Genesis 33:9; Genesis chapter 36).
So, considering the
context, God loving Jacob and hating Esau has nothing to do with the human
emotions of love and hate. It has everything to do with God choosing one man and
his descendants and rejecting another man and his descendants. God choose
Abraham out of all the men in the world. The Bible very well could say, “Abraham
I loved, and every other man I hated.” God choose Abraham’s son Isaac instead of
Abraham’s son Ishmael. The Bible very well could say, “Isaac I loved, and
Ishmael I hated.” Romans chapter 9 makes it abundantly clear that loving Jacob
and hating Esau was entirely related to which of them God chose. Hundreds of
years after Jacob and Esau had died, the Israelites and Edomites became bitter