What does it mean to you when a father brings up a child in “the nurture and admonition of the Lord”? (Ephesians 6:4)
I have heard it taught that in Bible times a father would take a new-born baby, lay the child on his chest during the night and sleep with it. Thus, he would nurture the baby (or promote growth for the child, according to the Bible Dictionary). When the child needed to be fed, the child would be handed over to the mother for a feeding and then transferred back to the father.
When a child is tenderly instructed by the father, it makes the child trust his/her parent. When this does not happen, the enemy comes in with seeds of doubt, mistrust, fear and unbelief.
Many times I talk with people who have tremendous issues with trusting God. Very often they confess they have had a poor relationship with their father. However, God can totally change that when forgiveness steps into the picture as they let their father “off the hook.”
Sad to say, we often subconsciously transfer those mistrust issues on our Father God. That is just what happened to me; I never trusted an authority figure, let alone God the Father. Jesus?… Yes, I loved Jesus, but could not identify with a loving Go, until the Lord freed me from bitterness and unforgiveness toward my earthly father. Even though he died many years ago, I never was able to confess my bitterness toward him face to face, but I still forgave him as if he were alive. I must say this was not an instant miracle; it took me many years of laying down my “rights” to my anger.
I have concluded that “trust” means letting go of your own opinion on how things need to be and adopting His thoughts on every issue. It means to abandon yourself to let go of the “what, where and when,” and trust Him in His good timing.
Our God is called the Lion of Judah and He is able and willing to devour any enemy of doubt and unforgiveness. He is our Father and Protector and we can trust Him when it seems there is no way. This Lion is gentle and knows how to nourish and deliver from the fear and resentment we have formed in our hearts as a result of pain towards our parents, or anybody else.
I hear Him say:” I have come to free you from your past hurts and failures, so you can learn to love in return and become a good father, a gentle and patient mother, breaking the generational curses over your home. Do not hold your parents, teachers, children and friends liable, but surrender them to Me for I am their Judge, not you. Then you and your children will love and become like tender plants that mature into strong trees in My Kingdom, and I will protect you and watch over you with My Lion Spirit.”
Watercolor by Marietta Wright
Brushed by God .
This book gives a refreshing look at inspirational art ( prophetic art) exposed in church, to individuals, on the streets and in parks. The book shares many experiences on how almost any body can do prophetic art for people you love or want to reach for Christ. This book is for every one and a delight to read. See side panel for details. If you live outside the USA you need to add $5.00 extra for shipping by air.
Drawn by God
This devotional book has 52 short chapters and 176 pages. Each chapter starts with a question, has a biblical background scripture that is appropriate for the title of the chapter and then discusses the answer to that query through the eyes of the author’s vision of God. The chapter ends with a prophetic word from Jesus’ heart saying “I hear Jesus say…” Every chapter ends with a drawing by the author or an inspired artist who knows Jesus intimately.
The book will make you hungry to know more of Who God is and answers questions like, “Does He really care about the small stuff in my life? How can I give Him first place when I feel like I am losing it and I feel He does not love me anymore? Do we need conflict in our life? What about generational blessings? How far will He go with me? What about impossible situations? How do I ever attain to living a life that is bathed in God’s rest?”
The book also shares personal examples of how the author faced tremendous difficulties in her own life. How in her youth during the war in Holland they were hiding Jews right under the nose of the Nazis who occupied a castle next door. The pain she experienced in her broken youth when she felt like no-one even realized she was around. How God became her Father and her Mother when she herself was just a young mother, longing to be free from much bondage.
The book is based on spontaneous prophetic art and how God wants to speak to each one of us not only through His precious word, but through anything that comes our way
Spontaneous Prophetic art is practiced in some churches where the artist steps forward as the worship starts and asks God for a spontaneous picture for the congregation. After the worship, the artist explains the meaning of the picture and shares what she or he senses God wants to say to the people at that point in time.
Most of us have heard the maxim, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” We may try a hundred word-related ways to comprehend a truth, but somehow, pictures engrave the heart. When the picture matches the words well, the reader is more deeply impacted.
Each devotional highlights an aspect of life – a challenge, a question, an irritation, a potential decision – and offers biblical truths in a practical, encouraging voice. See sight panel how to obtain this reviving book. Orders outside the USA pleas pay an extra $5 for shipping by air.
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