May 3rd, 2012 - "Who is my Father?"
 

I believe we are approaching a period of time where the people of our nation are going to start asking history altering questions about their identity.  We have to be able to give them the correct answers. 
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I was participating in a group prayer session with my fellow ministry school students on May 3rd. National Day of Prayer.  Sometimes I can sense when God is going to show me something that is going to change my viewpoint on things.  When our intercession leader began leading us in prayer for the nation I felt the Holy Spirit nudging me to press in and listen because He had something important to show me. 

In the spirit, I realized I was looking down at the nation as if from outer space or satellite imagery.  There were no cities or towns.  I knew I was back in time and was seeing the nation in its original state.  There was a flash of light on the Eastern coastline.  I knew that I was seeing the moment of conception.  The nation had been dedicated to God (1607).  His DNA had entered the land never to depart.

Then it was like I was watching the nation grow up, still seeing the same scene of the actual land from high above the world but also seeing almost a sheer overlay of a baby girl growing up, learning how to walk, learning to talk.  I saw that as the nation grew, it lost sight of Who had fathered it into existence.  The nation started reaching out and taking hold of different forces, thinking they were responsible for its birth.  I saw it reach for Economy and say, "Okay, you are my father."  And then Democracy: "Oh, you are my father."  And on and on it went. 

I was so aware that each of these things were only foster fathers.  They would never be able to speak to that area of the nation's heart that longs for its true Father, the One responsible for its DNA.

Finally, when the faint image of this child had grown up into adulthood, I suddenly saw it come to the realization that the things it was holding onto were not its real father.  It was like a connection was made that the nation did not share DNA with the things it was calling its father.  She let them go and just stood there as those things faded out of sight.  And then I heard her ask with sincerity, "Who is my Father?" 

I knew the nation had reached the critical point in its life where it was no longer satisfied to have foster fathers.  The nation wanted to know Who the true source of its DNA was.  Who was responsible for bringing it into being?

I have heard it said that even though an adopted child may have the most wonderful adoptive parents and grow up in a happy home, there is still a drive in them at some point in their lives to locate their birth parents.  The inner drive to know where they have originated from, be it good or bad, cannot be silenced even in the most pleasant of growing up circumstances.  I have friends that even though their adoptive parents were the best a child could ever ask for, still pursued locating their biological parents.  There is a need there that cannot be silenced. 

This is the exact place I saw the nation reach.

Then in the midst of the question of the nation still humming in my mind, I heard the Holy Spirit start speaking.  What He said was sobering. 

In the moment our nation awakens to the desire to know who their real Father is, it would be the greatest of tragedies for the Church to present them with yet another foster father...called Religion.  The reason why?  Because the nation has already had foster fathers.  It knows the difference between the replacement and the Original.  The result will be an inoculation for the true things of God.

It is extremely important that we, the Church, come into right relationship with our Father outside of the box called Religion.  We must come to know Him with our full hearts, allowing His Spirit to reveal Him to us in a way more real than we have ever allowed Him to do so before.

I felt the Holy Spirit challenge me to examine my life and identify how much of it is lived through religious tradition and how much out of true Father/Daughter relationship with God.  He also asked me to think about the way I talk about my faith with others.  Do I talk out of a living, breathing relationship with the Father from Whose DNA I have come from?  Or do I talk about Him in a sense that regulates our relationship down to things I do and observe?

We must KNOW HIM!  Not a theology, not a good idea,  not a program or passed-down tradition.  How can we show others to their Father if we do not truly know Him ourselves?

This is a critical time for us as believers.  The shift in our nation is coming.  Will we have the answers?  May we be humble enough to recognize our own deficiencies and pursue after right relationship with the Source of our own DNA. 

May we be like the Apostle Paul and make this our prayer:

Philippians 3:7-10

Amplified Bible (AMP)

But whatever former things I had that might have been gains to me, I have come to consider as [[a]one combined] loss for Christ’s sake.

Yes, furthermore, I count everything as loss compared to the possession of the priceless privilege (the overwhelming preciousness, the surpassing worth, and supreme advantage) of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord and of progressively becoming more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him [of perceiving and recognizing and understanding Him more fully and clearly]. For His sake I have lost everything and consider it all to be mere rubbish (refuse, dregs), in order that I may win (gain) Christ (the Anointed One),

And that I may [actually] be found and known as in Him, not having any [self-achieved] righteousness that can be called my own, based on my obedience to the Law’s demands (ritualistic uprightness and supposed right standing with God thus acquired), but possessing that [genuine righteousness] which comes through faith in Christ (the Anointed One), the [truly] right standing with God, which comes from God by [saving] faith.

10 [For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [[b]which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death