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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When the Lord has touched your Mouth…

To those that carry the New

It’s amazing how well received you are if you play along and help maintaining the Old, although carrying the New.

But the moment they realize you didn’t come to confirm the Old but to Declare the New, silence and rejection becomes your part.

It’s hard when the values of the Old become strongholds that resist the New.

Defending the Old as being the Now means that the Old will always be old and only becomes older.

In the same time, declaring the Old as being the Not is declaring your Tree doesn’t has Roots and your House doesn’t has a Foundation.

Very few realize that there is a progress involved when we understand the renewal of the Old by embracing and recognizing the New.

Thinking generational means thinking progression, legacy and infinity.

And remember, Old is not Wrong but… Old and of course, New is not per definition Good, but just… New.

Old only become Wrong when its refuses to understand that it’s a stepping stone to the next level.

Generations are not a part of a repeating itself system but with deep honor involved to the values that are brought by the Old, a progressive process of Restoration and Renewal.

When we become part of the “Behold I will do a New thing”, we become part of a Kingdom bigger Perspective. We become part of the Taking back what the enemy has stolen.

When you become the Voice of the Old by rejecting the New, you become the personification of what is supposed to be a process, not a person.

Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.” But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’; for to all to whom I send you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, declares the Lord.” Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth. And the Lord said to me, “Behold, I have put my words in your mouth. See, I have set you this day over nations and over kingdoms, to pluck up and to break down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.“”

Jeremiah 1:4-10 ESV

…to pluck up and to break down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.


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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


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To get rid of this Monster

Releasing some random thoughts today.

For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there among them.” (‭Matthew‬ ‭18‬:‭20‬ HCSB)

So it is about ‘togethering’ (I know, not a word), His name and at least more then me, where He suddenly makes it many, like the mathematics of: 2 fish + 5 bread + Jesus = thousands!
So my conclusion is then: you + me + Jesus = gathering! And when we add Spirit, it is invisible connected to the thousands, even the millions. 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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This Generational Faith

Deuteronomy 6:4-9: Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

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As I wrote in my last blog, a wonderful awareness of responsibility is arising Continue reading


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Why Are My (Garden) Seeds Not Growing?

Have you ever wondered why your seeds failed to germinate properly? Seeding too deeply, planting in cold soil, extremes of watering, improper soil preparation, birds or squirrels and poor seed are the most common causes for seeds failing to germinate.
Probably one of the most disappointing things in gardening is to have prepared the soil and sown the seed, only to have a partial or complete failure of germination. Here are a few of the pitfalls you can overcome by seeding properly.
One of the major factors in seeds not sprouting properly is planting them too deeply. As a rule of thumb, no garden seed should be planted any deeper than three times the diameter of the seed you are sowing. In the case of some seeds, they should not be covered with soil at all. Therefore it’s very important that you read and follow directions on the seed packet. Generally, packet information will suggest proper planting times, locations, planting depth and proper spacing of the particular types of plants you are seeding.
 
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So far the article I was reading to see what could be wrong in the garden…

I loved the surprising moment hitting of these profound words and I hope you have the same little smile on the right (or left) corner of your mouth as I noticed myself reading this revealing article. It goes on about the how and the why and the when of the problem of growing fruit in due season but… it helped me to get back (and deeper) to the Culture and Climate problem I have been addressing for the past few posts.

Let me say first that I am not, and please hear the out loud NOT, just speaking to an audience (distant from myself), addressing “church” issues! No, I am addressing and even finding answers to my own situation, my everyday around me issues in order to get hold on the things that seems have been there forever. We sing, talk and proclaim NEW almost everyday, we long for the NEW, the fresh, the fruitful and yet we still experience the things that grew from an atmosphere into a culture. The situation that mindsets (unwillingly) became a voice in the arguments and causes you to get so disappointed that you don’t even dare to touch the theme again. You find yourself avoiding subjects, creating answers that makes you craftily sailing around the cliffs.

A garden has a culture of its own and it is the climate that creates it. The wind, the rain, the humidity, the shadow and sun, the position, all issues that define a climate and with it, the garden “works” with it in it’s culture. Families can be or, let’s be honest, are like that. But what works for a garden is not meant to be for a social structure. Yes, there influences that define the nature of a social community, but other than “gardens” we are called to be in control, to subdue since the human “culture” is as much under the influence of The Fall as the gardens we create. Mainly the reason why Jesus was addressing those issues was, because of the fact that they limited the people to see and enter the Kingdom way, the “Culture of God”.

We are not supposed to create or maintain our own culture but to reflect the Kingdom on Earth as it is in Heaven, which is by definition in contrast to the manmade rules and regulations.

This one confronting sentence at the end of the article made me so sad: If your seeds germinate and then the young seedlings wilt and die, the problem is likely to be… and they confront me with the responsibility of not dealing with the wrong culture before “trusting” the seeds to the soil.

The young seedlings wilt and die!” 
Wilt- plant, leaf of flowerbecome limp through heat, loss of water, or disease; droop.• person: lose energy, vigour, or confidence 

Most of the time we understand that we must be willing to change the garden culture because we get frustrated of the fact that our costly investments do not pay off, but when it is about the costly Seeds of the Word, invested through Death and Cross and Forsakenness, we are so ignorant and even unfaithful as Jesus would address it.

For the parents, the teachers, the (youth)pastors, let there not be the blame that we are ignorant of the Word and so, irresponsible with the Seed!

For the Sake of the New, let’s not spare the soil, the culture we created but ask the Lord what it would take to create a New Environment that will hold and multiply the Seed into the Fruits we have been praying for so strongly!

After all, what do we have to loose in a dying world!


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What can we learn from Jesus about raising kids?

Struggling with the issue of culture and habits in the way we raise our children, being a “stranger” in an other culture, easily makes things the clash between different cultures. That’s why I love this blog on raising it above our culture into His Culture!


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Sunday School

What can the theistic Sunday Schools, meeting for an hour once a week, and teaching only afraction of the children, do to stem the tide of a five-day program of humanistic teaching?

It hit me hard, reading this essential truth, as it reflects perfectly my biggest concern these days according to the way we think we can do church! Just this week, addressing some serious issues in our church, people think it is about critic, negativity or even anti-church, but trust me, it is not. It is my cry to a people called to be the salt in a total polluted world. Salt that has lost its strength through the thinking that we can randomly change the heart of some with our voluntarily programs and our showing up every now and then we feel to!

The effort around us is a non-stop, aggresivly, pushing of the agenda of the anti-christ.

But so far for the scary and “negative” news!

The good news
Thanks to the worldly system that took and the prophetic voices that make parents, christians, aware of their vacum, their hunger, their emptyness, their love for the young generation, there is a rising amount of remnant that no longer keep silent and step up and speak. With the understanding of a violent environment, we call it what it is and we are aware of the fact that it needs a different approach, knowing that we will “hurt” the ignorant!

Yes there is a lot happening, there is healing and prophecy. There is potential and understanding of “the new”, but the difference is that we need to analyze where we are and what we need. If we don’t want to change our venue”, if we think that the way we did it all the time will do it in the time ahead we will lose it. If we think that the 1-hour-a-week can solve the problem, while the full-stop agenda of the humanistic system, backed up by the law is teaching them the truth, we are ignorant and inresponsible.

What them?
Our houses, our children, our influence is the only real solution. Being parents, being father and mother, being the salt to their life and in that being the only trustable source for your children!

This week I was with this dear brother, taking the guts to step out the sytem, to, for now, take the responsibility and have their worship time in the house and reading the word, sharing the Life. A father, a mother and three wonderful pure hearts of their children, making a journey surrounded by worry hearts, opposing opinions and accusing voices.
I specifically say: for now, because of course we need community, we need the fellowship of the brothers and sisters, we need the voice of “the church” and its teachers, prophets and apostles. For now, because the environment is not save, not bible prove, not ‘Life secure’ and than there is the need of a interim solution.
While we think “it will come” we wait and with it, this wonderful generation lacks the Word. While we take the effort to teach the christians who are supposed to be teachers by now, but still need the milk, we neglect the need of this arising generation.

Watching the beauty of a mother, breastfeeding her little one, I watch the closeness of mother and child and the satisfactory sound of the little one, drinking in the arms of safety. So natural, so obvious and in the same time so intense as it takes so much of the mother.
Bottles are so much easier… It can even be done by someone else! See? Got it?

I love the reports of the parents, hearing about them sitting with the Word, singing the songs, praying for each other and it are those reports that give me hope. Not the conferences, not the healing reports, not even the prophecies of our precious Danish brother Jens Garnfeldt who travels our nation now a days with some amazing words. Nothing wrong about it, but don’t be fooled by sitting and listening. It is about arising and doing, taking the battle back and restoring the authority in the house!

Dear friends, do not stumble on my words but get to the heart and leave the optional. I read the turmoil about words on the twitter: apostolic, prophetic, yes, no, warning… It hear the mind and miss the (father)heart. When there is heart there will be answers, real answers!

So, how about the one hour on Sunday-morning?

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Is There a Son in the House?

I am reblogging an amazing post today from Ryan Elward. My son (!) send me the link yesterday, just an hour after I posted my blog “This “my” is God!

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For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. 1 Corinthians 4:15

A couple of nights ago I had a dream that me and my son arrived unexpectedly at my father’s house. When we arrived he was so excited to see us. It was as though he was anxiously waiting for us to come back home. In the dream I was taken aback because while I love my father our relationship is awkward. We don’t spend much time together and dropping in on one anther unannounced is almost never heard of. I awoke remembering the promise in Malachi that Elijah would come and restore the hearts of the fathers to the children and the hearts of the children to the fathers.

Hearts are being turned, awakening is coming.

We’ve been put in the families we are in for a reason. God is taking us somewhere and He has things to teach us and things for us to inherit through the families we are birthed into (whether natural or spiritual). For example within my natural family my father was a product of the Jesus movement. I remember hearing from my great aunt (a nun in Southern California) that she always believed he was called to the ministry. In many ways I believe that I’ve inherited that calling. My roots are in the Jesus movement and as a result of that God moved on my heart at a young age.

The sons are coming home.

This past weekend I attended a service at a Church I was a part of for many years. While seeing the young people being ministered to I was brought back to the powerful encounters I had during those years. God was doing some amazing things in my life during that season. There was a number of us who were being trained for the work of the ministry and were being raised up as sons in our father’s house. Unfortunately a number of things happened that caused many of us in this group to move on and set a different direction for our lives. It grieved me thinking that the dreams of my friends had died. While processing these thoughts I heard the Lord say, “The sons are coming home.” What that means or how that’s going to come about I don’t know. What I do know is that regardless of who stayed or moved on we are still family. It’s the Lord’s Church and not ours.

But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 1 Corinthians 12:18

More than just needing correct teaching in the Church we need those who can model the message by their life. Paul comments in 1 Corinthians that though there are ten thousand teachers there are not many fathers. We don’t need more instructors. We need more fathers. God’s method of bringing the Church to maturity is through the relationship of fathers and sons. Fathers are put into the Church to reproduce life into others in the body who can then reproduce that life in another. The great commission given to the Church was to go and disciple, not just convert, all nations. While many of us today are seeking revival and another move of God it will never be sustained without the proper relationship between a father and a son.

One of the reasons that revivals fizzle out isn’t because people aren’t hungry or praying enough but because the structure to sustain the revival has not been accurately built.

When the local Church has to consistently go outside of the body to find ministry it’s because the message of the fathers and sons has been neglected. There is a time and place for outside ministry but it should never be considered the norm. God has placed the gifts needed within every local Church body to fulfill the mandate she has been given. We are called to know no man after the flesh, including Christ Jesus, but rather after the new creation man (2 Cor 5:16,17). The problem is that instead of recognizing sons in the local body we’ve become familiar with the members after the flesh. Rather than making room for those in the body to use their gifts (which will bring increase in the body) familiarity causes the gifts to be hoarded thus stifling spiritual growth. It’s time for the fathers in the local body to invest themselves into sons and daughters who can reproduce the ministry in the next generation. As thankful as I am for itinerant Apostles, Prophets and the like who run with the message God has given them I am convinced that God has in the local body those that he has graced to carry the same message.

Where there has been hurt and division in the body because of the neglect of the sons by the fathers God is bringing healing. In this third day the Lord is reviving us and raising us up that we may live in His sight (Hosea 6:2). Restoration is coming to your local Church body. Sons are coming home and the fathers are being prepared to receive them. Hearts are being turned from the fathers to the sons and the sons to the fathers.

In 1 Kings 17 shortly after Elijah performs the miracle of the multiplication of food for the widow and her son he (the son) falls sick and dies. There is no more breath left within him. The sonship message fell sick but the ministry of Elijah will revive it. The miracles of provision and prosperity as seen in the multiplication of the widow’s food are not enough to sustain this message.

New Covenant fathers consistently point people to Jesus and His righteousness rather than to their identity apart from Christ.

The widow woman asks Elijah if he’s come to bring her sin to remembrance by putting her son to death. Much ministry today rather than brining life puts people back under condemnation by reminding them again and again of their sin. This is the message of doom and gloom. The letter of the law kills but it is the Spirit that gives life. When we are at our deepest need it is the enemy and not God who tells us that things are the way they are because of our sin. New Covenant fathers consistently point people to Jesus and His righteousness rather than to their identity apart from Christ. The old order wants the revival without having healthy sons in the house.

Rather then answering her questions Elijah tells the widow woman to “give me your son.” Here we see the father taking responsibility for the son. The ministry of Elijah bears the infirmities of the weak. We are all called to bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2). When fathers don’t care for weak sons they die. Elijah carries him into his UPPER ROOM and lays him in his own bed. One of the reasons the message of the fathers and sons has been neglected is that we’ve dealt with it on a horizontal plain. The Lord is calling us to go vertical. Bring sons into contact with the Lord Jesus Christ himself! The father prays for and identifies with the son he is raising back to life. He lays the son in his bed picturing rest. It’s from a position of rest that we manifest the kingdom.

The Church is in need of some fathers to take sons into the upper room.

Elijah stretches himself out three times on the son. Stretch, stretch, stretch. In the Hebrew stretching here means to measure with a line. God has given us New Covenant fathers so that the Church might go on to maturity measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ (Ephesians 4:13). In Luke 13:32 Jesus said, “Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.” What did Jesus mean by the third day I shall be perfected? He couldn’t have been talking about His death, burial, and resurrection because when He was in the tomb he didn’t cast out devils or do cures. So this must have some other meaning. He is the Head and we are the Body. ON the third day (stretched out 3x) the Church is going to come into a place of maturity where Christ is fully formed in them and they are going to rise up out of bed!!! The fathers and sons are going to see the work finished.

The Lord heard the voice of Elijah and revived the son. This is the first time in Scripture we see resurrection. When Christ raised people from the dead it wasn’t so that people could see that a powerful miracle had taken place but rather so that evidence could be given that the Kingdom has arrived. It didn’t have anything to do without people dying outside of their time. It had everything to do with the new creation coming. We don’t need a Church who cries rapture, but one who shouts resurrection. There is a generation that will join in a shout like Elijah and declare “Your son is alive!” (1 Kings 17:23). Dead sons are coming to life in the upper room (the third story).

It’s Fathers and Sons that turn the world upside down.

Upon the son coming to life the widow woman declares, “now I know that you are a man of God.” It amazes me that the first miracle Elijah performs for this woman isn’t enough. The message of prosperity can only do so much. Revival can only do so much. It’s Fathers and Sons that turn the world upside down. When we have the correct pattern accompanied by the miraculous we will see the work finished. Elijah is carrying the son down from the loft and displaying him whole to his mother. Local Church get ready because you are about to be put on display. The nations are going to come into your house because fathers are bringing dead sons back to life.

Are there sons and daughters in your house? Are there people in your local body who have been given prophetic words, dreams, desires that are laying dormant? Fathers bring your sons and daughters into the upper room. Stretch yourself out upon them. Breathe life into them. You don’t need more prophetic activation, words, etc. What you have already been given is more than enough to finish the work. Raise up sons and daughters in your (local) house that can reproduce your vision and I guarantee that when the revival comes that we’ve been praying for it will be sustained.


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The Green Screen

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The Green Screen Generation

You can make everything happen…
Green screen faith…
Green screen church…
Make, pretend, “create”!
The distinction between real and fake is fading.
Dinosaur, super Hero’s, Worship and even God’s presence…
What after super church…
One time it is fun, but “the not real” creates a character!
Do we prepare them for real life?
The digital world is only about zero’s and one’s.
It is about a virtual (almost or nearly as described, but not completely or according to strict definition) reality!
What’s the answer?
Connect them with the dirt, the soil and only then give them the seed!
Live is about storms, rain, hunger.
About sowing and reaping, about waiting and expectation!
And I know, it will demand you some time and effort…
Today only some out load (loud enough to be audible) thoughts that kept my mind busy as I hope they will be keeping you busy too!
And by the way, if you don’t know what a green screen is… just google the answer!