Lakewood sermon playback from 2013 with Pastor Prince:
It’s your father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom
Wrong to think that the names of God are more important than knowing God as “Father”
Justin, Ps Prince’s son, first words were “Abba” or father in Hebrew.
When Jessica was 3yo she would have nightmares and she wouldn’t call out to her dad his formal occupation and position in church. She would just cry out, “DADDDDDY!!!!”
Just that one word, “Daddy”, is an eloquent prayer.
There was a Pharoah that knew not Joseph and enslaved the Hebrews. Why did God wait so long to free them?
God heard their groanings and then recalled his covenant to their fathers.
Even a groan can reach His throne.
Sometimes we are so strong, we refuse to groan and keep saying we can handle it.
HS helps us with groanings that cannot be uttered.
When God heard the groaning, He sent the deliverance.
Groanings of the people activated the covenant.
We now have SONship and call Him ‘Father’ so we sense His love.
In Court, if your dad is a judge, you can call him “your honour” but at home, you know him as “my father”. He might pass judgment vs others, but he is my dad.
Worldliness isn’t about what we put on (clothes or make-up).
Bible defines worldliness as the lust of the eyes & flesh, and pride of life.
The law commanded the people not to be worldly to no avail. If could tell people to be unworldly, Jesus need not come.
1 John 2:15- if anyone loves the world, the love of the Father isn’t in him.
Not your love for your Father but the revelation of how much your Father loves you that makes you unworldly by accident.
Jesus said, “Father, I have manifested Your name”- the Jews know the name El Shaddai, Adonai, Elohim. He came to raise the name FATHER.
Pareo- divine protection
Knowing the Father’s love can bring about a divine protection over the lives of our children.
Father corrects but doesn’t do so w sickness, disease, accidents. Does so with love and mercy.
True repentance is change of mind.
The more we speak Father, the more divine protection is given. Jesus protected the disciples by reminding them and declaring to them the Father’s name.
Unity of love in the body of Christ. Unity of the Spirit. Not unity of the doctrine.
Guy from a broken family and engaged in gang violence since 14yo. Abused and beaten up by his mum’s boyfriend. 25 now. No fatherly love in his life. One day he watched a sermon where Ps preached on how Jesus was called the beloved son by the Father. He went into the wilderness, were tempted and won. We need to affirm our kids with love and that empowers them to win in the trials of the world. Now the guy’s bad habits just dropped off and he now senses the love of the Father in his life n
Devil knows counterproductive to remind people they are the beloved when he is attacking them. See the way he pointed things out to Jesus in the wilderness.
God released His holy indignation and justice on Jesus. “Eli Eli why have you forsaken me?” Jesus took our place so we can take His place. Today we have the right to call out to Him, “Father, Father why have you so blessed me?”
My soul cries ABBA FATHER because I am His child. He tells me that He loves me because I am His child.
Ps Lian- “God has to be judge to the world, but He wants to be Father to us.”
Dear Lord Jesus thank you that you so loved me. Thank U that u went to the cross to die my death…