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Crossroads DTS Father Heart of God notes from lectures by Peter Warren at
YWAM Perth, Australia 2007
There are different names for
Isaiah 40:28 (NASB) Do you not know? Have
you not heard? The Everlasting God, the
LORD, the Creator of the ends of
the earth Does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable.
Job 19:25 (NASB) "As
for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, And at the last He
will take His stand on the earth.
· King of Kings / Lord of Lords
Revelation 19:16 (NASB) And on His robe
and on His thigh He has a name written, "KING OF
KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS."
Faithful and just
John 1:9 (NASB) If we confess our sins, He is
faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all
64:8 (NASB) But now, O LORD, You are
our Father, we are the clay, and You our potter; And all of us are the work of
Matthew 6:9 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!"
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
God created us in His image
Genesis. 1:26 (NASB) Then God said, "Let Us
make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the
fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all
the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth."
Not according to His nature but
according to His character. God's nature:
Proverbs 15:3 (NASB) The eyes of
the LORD are in every place,
Watching the evil and the good.
Hebrews 1:3 (NASB) And He is the radiance of
His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by
the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the
right hand of the Majesty on high,
John 3:20 (NASB) in whatever our heart condemns
us; for God is greater than our heart and knows all things.
Colossians 1:17 (NASB) He is before all things,
and in Him all things hold together.
Deuteronomy 33:27 (NASB) "The eternal
God is a dwelling place, And underneath are the
everlasting arms; ...
Malachi 3:6 (NASB) "For I, the
LORD, do not change; therefore
you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed.
Genesis 1:26 (NASB) Then God said, "Let Us make
man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of
the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the
earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth."
Exodus 33:20-33 (NASB)
20 But He said, "You cannot see My face,
for no man can see Me and live!"
Then the LORD said, "Behold,
there is a place by Me, and you shall stand there on the rock;
22 and it will come about, while My glory is
passing by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock and cover you with My
hand until I have passed by.
I will take My hand away and you shall see My back, but My face shall not be
God's character or
Mind, emotions or feelings, and will
1 Corinthians 2:16 (NASB) For
WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE
THAT HE WILL INSTRUCT
HIM? But we have the mind of
Isaiah 1:18 (NASB)
"Come now, and let us reason together," Says the
LORD, "Though your sins are as
scarlet, They will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They
will be like wool.
God and the issue of suffering
Six reasons for suffering
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
A. Revelation 12:7-9
7 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
attempted to overthrow God's Kingdom
12 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
13 "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.
C. The devil and the demons have a
free will also.
43"Now when the unclean spirit goes out of a
man, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and does not find it.
"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.
2 Peter 3:8-9
8 The Lord is not slow about
His promise, as some count slowness,
9 but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.
The fall of man
The impact of sin entering the world was
The erosion of the earth.
Romans 8:20-22 (NASB)
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.
For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth
together until now
Ignorant and unwise choices
(doing stupid things)
15 Therefore be careful how you walk, not as
unwise men but as wise,
16 making the most of your time, because the days are
17 So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is
6. God is the author of suffering sometimes.
1 Peter 4:19
(NASB) Therefore, those also who suffer according to the will of God shall entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right.
A. To develop character in us
2 Corinthians 12:7-10 (NASB)
7 Because of the
surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from
exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan
to torment me—to keep me from exalting myself!
Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might
9 And He has said to me,
"My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected
in weakness." Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my
weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.
10 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.
(NASB) knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.
Hebrews 5:8 (NASB)
Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered.
B. To make us more sensitive to others who
Corinthians 1:3-4 (NASB)
3 Blessed be the God and Father
of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,
4 who comforts us in all our affliction
so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the
comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
D. To judge or punish sin
Numbers 12:1-16 (NASB)
Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had
married (for he had married a Cushite woman);
and they said, "Has the LORD
indeed spoken only through Moses? Has He not spoken through us as well?" And the
LORD heard it.
3 (Now the man Moses was very humble, more
than any man who was on the face of the earth.)
Suddenly the LORD
said to Moses and Aaron and to Miriam, "You three come out to the tent of
meeting." So the three of them came out.
Then the LORD came down in
a pillar of cloud and stood at the doorway of the tent, and He called Aaron and
Miriam. When they had both come forward,
He said, "Hear now My words: If there is a prophet
among you, I, the LORD, shall make
Myself known to him in a vision. I shall speak with him in a dream.
7 "Not so,
with My servant Moses, He is faithful in all My household;
8 With him I speak mouth to mouth, Even
openly, and not in dark sayings, And he beholds the form of the
LORD. Why then were you not afraid
To speak against My servant, against Moses?"
So the anger of the LORD
burned against them and He departed.
But when the cloud had withdrawn from over the tent, behold, Miriam
was leprous, as white as snow. As Aaron turned toward Miriam, behold,
she was leprous.
Aaron said to Moses, "Oh, my lord, I beg you, do not account this sin to
us, in which we have acted foolishly and in which we have sinned.
12 "Oh, do
not let her be like one dead, whose flesh is half eaten away when he comes from
his mother's womb!"
13 Moses cried
out to the LORD, saying, "O God,
heal her, I pray!"
14 But the
LORD said to Moses, "If her father
had but spit in her face, would she not bear her shame for seven days? Let her
be shut up for seven days outside the camp, and afterward she may be received
15 So Miriam was shut up
outside the camp for seven days, and the people did not move on until Miriam was
however, the people moved out from Hazeroth and camped in the wilderness of
1 But a man named Ananias, with his wife
Sapphira, sold a piece of property,
kept back some of the price for himself, with his wife's full knowledge,
and bringing a portion of it, he laid it at the apostles' feet.
3 But Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan
filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back some of the
price of the land?
it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold,
was it not under your control? Why is it that you have conceived this deed in
your heart? You have not lied to men but to God."
5 And as he heard these words, Ananias fell
down and breathed his last; and great fear came over all who heard of it.
6 The young men got up and covered him
up, and after carrying him out, they buried him.
7 Now there elapsed an interval of about three hours, and his wife
came in, not knowing what had happened.
And Peter responded to her, "Tell me whether you sold the land for such
and such a price?" And she said, "Yes, that was the price."
9 Then Peter said to her, "Why is it
that you have agreed together to put the Spirit of the Lord to the test? Behold,
the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will
carry you out as well."
And immediately she fell at his feet and breathed her last, and the young men
came in and found her dead, and they carried her out and buried her beside her
11 And great fear came
over the whole church, and over all who heard of these things.
Also an evil spirit from the Lord
1 Samuel 16:14 (NASB) Now the Spirit of the
LORD departed from Saul, and an
evil spirit from the LORD
1 Kings 22:20-22 (NASB)
20 "The LORD said, 'Who will entice Ahab
to go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead?' And one said this while another said that.
a spirit came forward and stood before the
LORD and said, 'I will entice
LORD said to him, 'How?' And he
said, 'I will go out and be a deceiving spirit in the mouth of all his
prophets.' Then He said, 'You are to entice him and also prevail. Go and
E. To test our true motives
32:31 (NASB) Even in the matter of the envoys of the rulers of
Babylon, who sent to him to inquire of the wonder that had happened in the land,
God left him alone only to test him, that He might know all that was in
Genesis 22:12 (NASB) He said, "Do not stretch
out your hand against the lad, and do nothing to him; for now I know that you
fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me."
F. To release a greater measure of His
2 Corinthians 12:10 (NASB)
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
G. That we might know Him
(NASB) that I may know Him and the power of
His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being
conformed to His death;
(NASB) have heard of You by the hearing of the ear; but now my eye sees You;
Job 42:5 (NASB)
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.
are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all
kinds of evil against you because of Me.
and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they
persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Hebrews 11:35 (NASB) Women received back
their dead by resurrection; and others were tortured, not accepting their
release, so that they might obtain a better resurrection;
Matthew 20:20-23 (NASB)
Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to Jesus with her
sons, bowing down and making a request of Him.
He said to her, "What do you wish?" She *said to
Him, "Command that in Your kingdom these two sons of mine may sit one on Your
right and one on Your left."
Jesus answered, "You do not know what you are asking.
Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink?" They *said to
Him, "We are able."
23 He *said to
them, "My cup you shall drink; but to sit on My right
and on My left, this is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it
has been prepared by My Father."
The Father heart of God
can be seen in the story of the Prodigal Son,
Luke 15:11-32 (NASB)
And He said, "A man had two sons.
younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me the share of the estate
that falls to me.' So he divided his wealth between them.
not many days later, the younger son gathered everything together and went on a
journey into a distant country, and there he squandered his estate with loose
when he had spent everything, a severe famine occurred in that country, and he
began to be impoverished.
"So he went and hired
himself out to one of the citizens of that country, and he sent him into his
fields to feed swine.
he would have gladly filled his stomach with the pods that the swine were
eating, and no one was giving anything to him.
when he came to his senses, he said, 'How many of my father's hired men have
more than enough bread, but I am dying here with hunger!
18 'I will get up
and go to my father, and will say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven,
and in your sight;
am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me as one of your hired men."'
he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his
father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and
the son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; I
am no longer worthy to be called your son.'
the father said to his slaves, 'Quickly bring out the best robe and put it on
him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet;
23 and bring the
fattened calf, kill it, and let us eat and celebrate;
24 for this son of
mine was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.' And
they began to celebrate.
his older son was in the field, and when he came and approached the house, he
heard music and dancing.
he summoned one of the servants and began inquiring what these things
he said to him, 'Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened
calf because he has received him back safe and sound.'
he became angry and was not willing to go in; and his father came out and
began pleading with him.
"But he answered
and said to his father, 'Look! For so many years I have been serving you and I
have never neglected a command of yours; and yet you have never given me
a young goat, so that I might celebrate with my friends;
30 but when this
son of yours came, who has devoured your wealth with prostitutes, you killed the
fattened calf for him.'
he said to him, 'Son, you have always been with me, and all that is mine is
we had to celebrate and rejoice, for this brother of yours was dead and has
begun to live, and was lost and has been found.'"
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 (NASB)
The LORD is
compassionate and gracious, Slow to anger and
abounding in lovingkindness.
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
Why didn't the
father go after his son? He allowed him free will. In the other
the lost sheep, was lost foolishly. The lost coin was lost
accidentally. The lost son, was lost willfully
Four words for love in
Eros - sexual love and romance
Storge - like
Phileo - brotherly love
Agapao - unconditional love
5. He was compassionate v. 20
6. He was affectionate v. 20
7. He ran v. 20, God took the
Romans. 5:8 (NASB) But God demonstrates His own
love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
8. He was generous v. 11, 22-23;
8:32 (NASB) He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us
all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?
He was exuberant (knew how to throw a
good party) vv. 23-24
passere- Latin meaning
whatever I am willing to suffer for
14. Met him, where he was at.
15. A good listener and reasoner as seen
with the older son.
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
The love of God
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 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.
3 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
II thought also 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 me from relationships with other people and with the Lord.
II am so thankful for this
time in Crossroads 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
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