The heart of a father

“My son, don’t forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commands;” ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:1‬


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And after all…

Was reflecting my first 10 years in my new homeland Sweden. Besides the fact that the language is still a bit of a struggle for me and the culture in many ways can be quite a struggle or better said a confrontation, it has been some amazing and challenging years.

Coming from a nation of communication, meeting and greeting, I had to except that other nations have other habits and qualities. Digging in the dirt of what confronted me, I found some amazing qualities of the people of this nation. Qualities that I began to like to the level of adapting and excepting. I love the people in many ways that learn to deal with seasons of extreme cold, darkness and lack of the fruits of the field. I understand the still strong effort to prepare the wood in spring and summer in order to be warm in the winter. Continue reading


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The Restoration and Rise of Families!

By Katie Barker

“I am raising up families who will minister together. These families will be markers of all I will bring forth in My Body, for I desire to see spiritual mothers and fathers equipping and releasing those coming after them into the fullness of the destiny I have for them. I desire to see an honoring of the path pioneered by the previous generation. Unity will be the hallmark of these families and it will flow from a solid foundation of love and a firm standing on the truth of My Word. Watch for the rise of these families.”

I heard the Lord say, “I am restoring families and the key role of the family.One of the greatest ploys of the enemy has been the degradation of family, and with this has come a departure from the fullness I intended for My people. With this has come a departure from My ways. Many are walking with deep hurt and mistrust but I am coming to heal wounds and bring restoration.” Continue reading


Who Can I Send?

Destructive sounds have invaded the atmosphere and caused the world to give in to darkness and the demonic powers. Called to be the Light, the Word, the Provision, the Church has become silently irrelevant and therefore gave away, neglected the assignment and the calling of the Lord to go and make…

Complaining about “the darkness”, made us whiners, irrelevant voices ignoring the fact that we are The Voice, The Change, The Answer, as He told us to be and clothed us with all that was needed.

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(Dis)Connecting the Generations

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I stood there and could only softly cry while making the picture. A generational connection, a recognizing and embracing proclamation of honor and insight where “the old” blessed “the young” in a nation that can be defined as fatherless.

It was so much more than “praying a blessing” over their initiative as all in me, every part of my “father heart” jumped up, shouted out (silently), knowing that this was significant, as small as it seemed to be. This was a slap in the face of demonic forces, a turning point for a whole nation and yes, it was in “the City” in the heart of where the violent laws rule the nation and transformed the beauty of generational thinking.  Continue reading


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The Synergy of the Generations

If the Church hopes to be relevant and meet the needs of the twenty-first century and beyond, it must be willing to undergo a paradigm shift. The Elijah to Elisha Revolution confronts the status quo by challenging the Church to reexamine many of its assumptions. One of these assumptions is what could be called the “quick escape mentality.” Continue reading


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Leading them out…

About Moses and Egypt,
About Joshua and Promised Land,
About perception of time, place and vision,
About the lack of identity and dreams. Continue reading


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Expectation

expectation |ɛkspɛkˈteɪʃ(ə)n|: a strong belief that something will happen or be the case: reality had not lived up to expectations | [ mass noun ] :  I sat down in expectation of a feast of nostalgia.• a belief that someone will or should achieve something: students had high expectations for their future.• (expectationsarchaic one’s prospects of inheritance.

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Waiting for something to happen or someone to come! That is what I read on the face of this beautiful little (grand)child! Her name is Selah and she lives a life full of expecting, always eager to meet, to smile, to huge when someone enters the door or to get her coat when someone (her grandfather) leaves!

I was thinking of the verse: Romans 8:19-21
For the creation eagerly waits with anticipation for God’s sons to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to futility—not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it—in the hope that the creation itself will also be set free from the bondage of corruption into the glorious freedom of God’s children.

The verse above says CREATION as it is build in Gods creation to expect, to eagerly wait for the fulfilment of its destiny! That is what I see in the still so pure and simple heart of this child and that is what I ask daily to be of childlike innocence! You can see this look all over when you take the time to observe, to receive the innocence of those children. In the same time you can recognise the pain and rejection when the expectation is not noticed or met!

anticipation |antɪsɪˈpeɪʃ(ə)nnoun [ mass noun ] the action of anticipating something; expectation or prediction: her eyes sparkled with anticipation | they manned the telephones in anticipation ofa flood of calls.• Music the introduction in a composition of part of a chord which is about to follow in full.

For today I pray:
Father, remove every concept, every mindset, every thought that keeps me from exception without imagining (creating a carved image) so I will always be surprised by the things You will do today! Help me to see, recognise and meet the expectation of the ‘children’ and be Your Presence of confirmation to the identity of the innocence!


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A Generational Faith

What’s on in Sweden

Every time I see this header showing up in The Local – (Sweden’s News in English), I wonder if the people really know what is on in Sweden.
Last weekend, my daughter had this Skype conversation with her friend, who is attending Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry in Redding USA. During their conversation she (the girl from BSSM) reported this great thing that since this year, the attitude of the Swedish students changed so radically from coming for their own blessing into being prepared and trained with a passion for the nation of Sweden. More than 40 young people, getting together every week and passionately praying for the salvation of Sweden. Continue reading


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Empowering the Next Generation

This is why I focus, why I speak, why I write, why I have challenged and why I believe you have to do it too!

“The coming generation in the Kingdom is awesome! But they have to learn and connect with the former if they shall reach their full potential.” A quote that I picked from someone I follow on twitter. My reaction-tweer was: “Yes, the coming generation in the Kingdom is awesome! So lets connect with them and guide them into their full potential!

So let US connect with them and let us take all the effort it needs to guide them, to serve them without being stupid in taking a standpoint of level. I know the guy who wrote the tweet and I know there is no way he meant the negative part, but it stirred up something in my spirit as it reflects the reaction I see around me!

Last weekend I lost a key from the house of our daughter. It is a rented place which means that the whole lock needed to be replaced when they move again. A lot of money…
My wife and I took the time to think, rethink, seek, look and look again. All the places where we thought it could be and no result. In a way a little stressing, even “knowing” that He is in control. On a morning we felt an urge to pray again to find it and my wife stated: Father we need this key as it stands for the doors that needs to be opened concerning the struggle in the young families. Please gives us a visible answer so we know you will give us the “keys” to this family and loneliness problem.
We found the key just an hour later and with it we received the promise of Wisdom! Praise God!

This morning, while being in the prayer room the urge of knowing the solutions for an arising generation came up so strongly as we are with a lot of grandchildren around us. As we stood there we begged the Lord for wisdom, resources, strength and unity in dealing with the challenge. I know we are hitting the target and I know, wisdom and resources and provision will flow to the places of “need”, to the people of purpose and to the generation that cries out!

In many areas God is building a strong and generational work in the hearts of the people and with it God is filling the Storehouses in the years to follow. I hope you connect with us in every way to spend time, effort and money in it!

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Resources:

http://weare3dm.co.uk/shop/children-families-and-god/

http://4to14window.com


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Show us the Father…

John 14:8-21

Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”

Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say,Show us the Father’? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves. 12 I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

15 “If you love me, you will obey what I command. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.”

Don’t you know me, even after I have been among you such a long time?

It is quite an reaction of Jesus with a sadness in His answer: Don’t you know me? even after… 

Being among does not always means “knowing”! It seems a normal question from the disciple as we all have this longing to “see the Father”, longing for His presence and the simple answer of Jesus helped me to reflect my own “longing”!

I remember this moment, someone reacted on a letter my daughter wrote in a very difficult circumstance. She needed to express her point of view and used the words she normally would use. Wise, strong words, reflecting a mature spirit (although young of age at that time) and the only reaction the person could give was: I don’t hear you speaking, I hear your fathers words! Of course she meant to say that she was negatively influenced by me, but we took it as a compliment, since we knew it were her own words! For us, an example of knowing us by walking with us and with it reflecting the heart we developed on the journey God took us!

Even in the time of Jesus, the “good old days”, the root of the question was birth from an individualistic mindset, not understanding “being one”, being connected. Not understanding what it is to live from the unity, the covenant and not knowing that the oneness as God meant it, is the only perspective from where you can see the Father!

It is not, being part of the same family, sitting in the same building, having the same surname and even being called brother or sister. It has to do with knowing Him, watching His deep walking, observing His inner attitude, that reveals the heart of the Father! The greatest thing Jesus did, besides dying on the cross, was not leaving us as orphans. By sending the other part of the Oneness, He made us directly connected to the Father, not as members, but as sons and daughters.

What seemed to be a legal question, Show us the Father, revealed the fact that even after being such a long time He has been with you, you still don’t know Him! No judgement in His voice, only sadness and with it the urging to correct, by expressing the results of getting closer!

Because we lost contact with our roots and believed that being independent is a great blessing, it really meant loosing our ability to be part of the generational blessing God has in store for all of us. It has been the biggest effort of the evil one to disconnect, to separate, to cut loose, with whatever beautiful words has been used. By doing so, we only have the here and now and thats what is ruining our life. By reconnecting, by returning the hearts, we reconnect with the Purpose and build hope in Life!

My statement in life according to my children: In order to give them a future, I had to connect them with their (spiritual)past!

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I have been using pictures of the wedding of Anne and Eric in the start of my blog. Even if it looked being a wedding blog, I hope you understand that the pictures helped me in my words to underline the beauty of a process, where the hearts are returning!