January 22, 2016

Tears of the Saints - Leeland

Father's Embrace — Prayer


“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)

 


As we see in Luke 15, the Prodigal’s father ran to his returning Son, placing his arms around him.

I thank you, Heavenly Father, for similarly embracing me.

In your embrace I feel love, strength, self-worth, glory and light, with no fear of failure. In your embrace I feel great satisfaction and the great desire to embrace you back, to be with you. In your embrace I feel your grace and mercy, your righteousness, power and glory.

With this embrace we become one — transparent — enabling us to be face to face with you, with no limits: untouchable, unstoppable, and in your will. All in order to serve you.

Father, I ask for you to embrace this nation, to give us the breath of fresh understanding so that as we enter into the War Room in prayer with the saints, we can prepare and execute your will on this nation and the world — on earth as it is in Heaven. Let us be your trumpets as with the story of Jericho, as we witness the fall of the worldly nation and the rise of your Kingdom on the earth.

As in 1 John 4:2, let us test the spirits to recognize what is of you and what is of anti-christ. May we be steadfast, firm in your word.

This nation will honor you again.

Prayer, Joe Burbank, 1/21/16


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January 17, 2016

Church House, Whore House or Father’s House? (Prodigal Son, post 2)


Where do we live our lives? In the church house, the whore house, or the Heavenly Father’s house? Let’s look at this subject through the Prodigal Son story.


The Church House

“The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’” (Luke 15:28-30 NIV)

In the story we see the elder brother disconnected from his father; he didn’t know his father’s heart or ways. If he at all lived in the father’s house or ate at the father’s table, who would know it? He appeared so disconnected from the father, one can guess he spent most of his time with the workmen-slaves in the fields and in the barn. Perhaps he ate outdoors with the workers and slept in the hay loft.

The man was so religiously bound (read his words) — thereby disconnected from the father — it would not be hard imagining him painting the barn white and putting a steeple on the top. His barn was his church, and his church was his world. And he spent time with the people and the creatures who were a part of his world. But his world was not the world of his father. In his heart he was separated from the father’s house.

Religion is not the Father’s House.



The Whore House

“Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything. (Luke 15:13-16 NIV)

The younger son lived in his father’s house. Though it is possible he slept in the next room and ate at his father’s table, he didn’t know his father or his father’s heart. So he left home and went to the world.

He squandered his wealth in dissolute living, until both he and his wealth were completely spent. In typical religious form, his brother eventually accused him of spending his money on prostitutes. Whether the accusation was correct, it is important to note that the world system is Babylon, and Babylon is a harlot (Revelation 17:5). People who connect themselves with the kosmos/world system are worldly — they tend pigs, are jealous of pigs, and they sleep with whores (Revelation 18).

Dissolute and worldly quest is not the Father’s House.


The Father’s House

“Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’” (Luke 15:25-27 NIV)

Near the end of the story, the Prodigal Son returned home to the embrace of his father. He was blessed with his father’s mercy, forgiveness, love, mantle, ring, authority, and an “embrace my son” party. Now that he experienced his father’s good heart, it’s not hard imagining him stepping into his father’s house and never again straying. He lived with his father, ate with his father, fellowshipped with his father, learned from his father, and worked with his father. He was now a very real part of his father’s world, his father’s house.

The elder brother refused to step into the father’s house; instead he stood on the lawn, religiously accusing his younger sibling. This shows that it’s easier for a worldly man to accept forgiveness and a fatherly embrace than a religious man.

The embrace of the Father is the doorway to the Father’s House.



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January 04, 2016

The Prodigal Son: Intro




What mortal couldn’t benefit from a greater relationship with the Heavenly Father? This post is the first in an inspirational series about the Heavenly Father and his good heart. The series is based on the New Testament parable, The Prodigal Son.
 
Hopefully as you read this post and the following posts, you will see the Heavenly Father’s good heart toward his children — toward his prodigal children, his ex-prodigal children and toward those who don’t know they’ve been or currently are prodigals. By reading and pondering what is written, you will fall in love with or grow in love with the Heavenly Father. I believe these teachings have the ability to change lives because the Heavenly Father’s good heart is in them. We should know that seeking and getting to know the Heavenly Father changes lives. 

As you get to know the Heavenly Father, he will create and establish change in you that has the ability to grow as big as the Heavenly Father Himself is big, and will reasonably grow as big as your faith in Him will allow; and that, dear friends, if seriously pondered will either freeze your brain or reboot your vision to something great for the future. With that said, why not climb on a limb and expect incredible and supernatural change, lasting and eternal change, and change that affects everything and everyone around you? As you get to know the Heavenly Father, His work inside you will usher in the peace and joy, love and power, prosperity and everything else you need and desire, simply because you are Yahweh’s beloved child who enjoys spending time with him. The Heavenly Father is the wellspring of everything good, and He will bless you as you grow in intimacy with him.

Dear sons and daughters of God, in the coming posts we will be discussing sonship and the spirit of sonship; we will also be discussing the Heavenly Father and his good heart. This will happen through detailing the text from one of Jesus’ amazing stories found in the book of Luke. In revealing the story, God’s heartbeat will be heard and felt. In showing you the Heavenly Father’s intentions toward his children, you will not be subjected to complex biblical or spiritual principles. We should never think that by learning or working principles we can make sonship happen in our lives. Sonship in Christ is found and developed in a healthy relationship with the Heavenly Father. The Heavenly Father Himself will reveal His heart to us as we hunger to know him, offering our lives in fellowship with him.

Let me start off by introducing myself. My name is Sheldon David. The call on my life is mostly about spiritual sonship and fathering; it is about making disciples, fathering spiritual sons, planting church life and ministering prophetically. I work inside and outside of organized religion, yet I mostly enjoy the church that meets in homes. 

The subject of fathering is special to me. And the relationship I share with the Heavenly Father is very special to me. Throughout my childhood years I had a natural draw and need for my earthly father, yet I had an unhealthy disconnect from him — a detachment I could not understand or alleviate. There was also the brokenness and neediness that usually accompanies such disconnect. In my developmental and maturing years I was exhibiting deep insecurities, inferiority complexes, emotional instability, deep-rooted fears, success paralysis, and the inability to relate meaningfully to God or others. I did not understand what a father was or was meant to be. All I knew was a void in my heart, a void that echoed daily; the void inside desired a fatherly connection, but I didn’t know how to make that happen — I didn’t know how to fix what I couldn’t remember breaking. 

As I got older I sought to succeed in relationships and vocation and in just being happy — also in righteous living, doing what I could to appease the Lord or at least keep my name from getting red-flagged on heaven’s roll call. But everything I sought to do only hindenburged without even a charred memento or a video funeral. In bizarre ways, at times I even tried to father myself, using psychological and therapeutic self-talk methods, issuing the more insecure part of me surprisingly insightful pearls of wisdom, steady counsel and “get back on the horse” pep-talks. Of course, this could not and did not succeed, for how can a broken person do anything but recreate brokenness? Only Yahweh knew the extent of my need and pain, a pain that was with me every moment of every day. Hopelessness, depression and thoughts of death were my relentless bedfellows. 

I am certain that the pain and pressure I experienced is experienced by countless other people, some who might be reading this post. Dear reader, if that is you please keep reading these teachings. What we will present will give you hope — real and lasting hope.

Though I had been born again at a very young age — I think my first words were “mama” and “I’m a sinner” — and had spent much of my life perfecting the art of adjusting my backside in hard church pews, Jesus actually called me to discipleship at the age of twenty-five; that was September 1985. From the first day of my calling, the Lord gave me a hunger for His Word and for prayer. Within the first few months, I was filled with the Holy Ghost and became a man of prayer. So with the appropriate tools in my belt, I sought to know Christ; and I sought Him like a desperate man. In seeking to know Him, in getting to know him, and in learning to walk with and trust Him, I eventually started desiring to know the Heavenly Father. Initially the quest was not an easy one since I didn’t know much about fathers, no less the Heavenly Father. Up until that point I viewed Jesus’ Dad as little more than an Oz-like character up there beyond the rainbow, cloud formations, and the wimpy theological sketches I had heard taught and preached during my previous sentence in pew-gatory. To me he was mostly a conceptual father in a conceptual place called heaven beyond the real and concrete walls of my father-need, and mostly beyond the thick — albeit subconscious walls of the anger and mistrust I held against him for allowing my life to be as dysfunctional as it had been.

Beyond the fractured mindset, something in my redeemed soul began taking notice of the hope the Holy Spirit was holding out to me — hope for relationship and fellowship with the Heavenly Father. I started to think that if I were to meet this Father, this Heavenly Oz, and were to spend time in his presence, perhaps he would bestow acceptance and love on me. And that would be the greatest gift imaginable. I hoped that someday he would take me under His wings and patiently instruct and discipline me, helping this broken person become a complete man. I wanted to be like Moses who spent time regularly with Yahweh in the Tent of Meeting, getting to know his ways in the process. Through the patient work of the Holy Spirit, I started to envision a relationship and friendship with the Eternal Father. I hoped that in the process of getting to know Him, I would someday get to know and accept myself. For when a person feels (or is) unfathered, he or she does not know who they are. Not at all! That’s what makes them a bull’s-eye for insecurity, inferiority and a cornucopia of complexes. Essentially, I desired the Heavenly Father to take the role of the Father my soul needed. And so I sought to know Him. So in the summer of 1988, the Holy Spirit uniquely introduced us:

While walking with a friend around the lake in our small town, my friend pointed to an old tree and asked me to imagine the tree as a representation of fathers. Then she asked me to speak to the tree. Instead of speaking to it — for I was much too sophisticated to talk to trees — I went over and kicked it. My friend didn’t say much about the Chuck Norris imitation, but she did suggest I go home and pray things out. So that’s what I did.

While reclining on my couch I asked the Heavenly Father where He had been throughout my life — through the shame-filled years of childhood, the self-loathing years of adolescence, and the struggling to know how to survive adult years. I unloaded onto heaven’s doorstep what felt like a ton of debris associated with rejection and the fear of rejection and loneliness that had become my default. 

Through the grace of God and the gift of the Holy Spirit, I heard the voice of the Heavenly Father speak to me. He explained where He had been throughout my life. He let me know that I had, in fact, not been alone. As He spoke to me, I received visions and flashes of understanding regarding His heavenly care and guardianship over my life from the time of infancy and childhood into my adult years. He let me know what He believed and felt about me, and I sensed the power of His words, love and affection. He let me know that He had not actually allowed any natural person to father me (or disciple or “apostle” me), stating that He had been jealous for that position from the get-go. He explained that through the nurturing and training and impartation He would provide, I would become a man who would be an honor to Him, an honor to the Body of Christ, and a friend to the Lord Jesus Christ. That was the day the thick clouds of hopelessness parted for me, and the conceptual and religious notions I had held about the Heavenly Father started to transform into a living and vital relationship with Him.

Through the ensuing years, the Heavenly Father took me under his wings, uniquely, powerfully and intimately revealing his heart and ways. He revealed his passionate and compassionate nature, his strong and steadfast character, his marvelous and supernatural works, and has exemplified incredible grace and mercy and patience toward this son. I have been privileged to have spent quality time with him in His presence, and have shared many life-giving and life-changing experiences with him. And though I’ve barely scratched the surface of his divinity (he’s pretty big, you know), I will share some of what I’ve learned from Him, experienced with Him, and have gotten to know about Him in this study.

The writings I’m about to share with you pertains to a father and his sons. Through the story we will see the Heavenly Father more clearly, the Son of God more clearly, and see our place in the family and the house of the Father more clearly. We will also address some things that need to be pushed out of the way for the view and the path home to be realized. With the desire to know the Heavenly Father as our draw, and the Holy Spirit as our guide, we will now begin our journey. Here is the Prodigal Son story from Luke 15:

"There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, 'Father, give me my share of the estate.' So he divided his property between them.

"Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.

"When he came to his senses, he said, 'How many of my father's hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.' 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.

"The son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.'

"But the father said to his servants, 'Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let's have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' So they began to celebrate.

"Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. 'Your brother has come,' he replied, 'and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.'

"The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. But he answered his father, 'Look! All these years I've been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!'

"'My son,' the father said, 'you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.'" (Luke 15:11-32 NIV)


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December 05, 2015

The Shaking Has Begun -- (Word of the Lord, 12/4/15, S David)

Says the Lord...

The shaking has begun.

I am not intimidated by the messy world you see around you. Something stable and wonderful has already been established beneath all of it. Once the false has been cracked and broken, the real and brilliant Kingdom will shine forth.


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September 06, 2015

PRAY as if you care.

PRAY as if it's your last time.

PRAY as if God listens.

PRAISE the Heavenly Father as if He faithfully answered your prayer. 



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August 20, 2015

Shaking Reveals Someone

The greatest move of God ever to hit planet earth is about to hit. Travail and shaking is currently happening; Christians are shaking, the Church is shaking, the World System is shaking, nations are shaking. The clouds are parting to release God's newest and most powerful move ever. The Heavenly Father Himself will be the coming revelation, visitation, and move of God upon planet earth.
The Heavenly Father Himself will be the coming revelation, visitation, and move of God upon planet earth.
The Heavenly Father Himself will be order and restoration for the earth and will bring order and restoration to the earth along with nurturing and discipline and paternal blessing and wrath and everything else the earth and every creature upon the earth desires, deserves and needs. Along with the unveiled understanding and profound visitation of the Heavenly Father will come sonship, sonship rule, and the revelation and power of the Kingdom of God, along with incredible signs, wonders and miracles — beyond even what was seen in the earthly ministry of Jesus as He yielded to the power of the Heavenly Father.

When all is said and done and the books have been written, the Church Age will have given way to the Kingdom Age, the Religion of Christianity certainly gave way to the Body of Christ, Bride of Christ, and the Kingdom of God; and the clergy class of religion gave way to sons and daughters of Yahweh who minister and rule by the authority of the Holy Spirit. The greatest spiritual reformation the earth can possibly know will be found within the unveiled revelation of the Heavenly Father.


The revelation of the Heavenly Father is at hand — find it and find Him.

 

August 11, 2015

Seek the Father

You can look at the world and be in all types of fear, or you can look at the face of the Father and be in all types of awe.

Jason Ben-David

July 05, 2015

A message to sons of God:

All that I Am, all that I have, all I reveal I Am and have, I give to you. This is true inheritance, health, prosperity and eternal flourishing.


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May 17, 2015

Hope




HOPE means envisioning and seeing yourself as God does.




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