To touch the heart of the FATHER.
To live as a CHILD of God.
“For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named…” (Eph. 3:14-15)
John, the beloved disciple, declares that you are called to be a son or daughter (child of God) and not a child of satan. “In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother” (1 John 3:10).
But the Father loves you immensely and, “…is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is long-suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (2 Pt. 3:9). Therefore, He chases you down with unrelenting love. Remember, Jesus exposed to earth, Heavens’ delight by sharing, “I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance” (Lu. 15:7).
The Father has an immeasurably strong desire for you to be in His family, and He gave up His only Son to adopt you. You are worth it. Wait … no, those words don’t suffice. Let me try this again: the Father’s desire for a family is stronger than the sun in all its glory! When was the last time you could stare at the sun for more than a moment? Even this analogy does not begin to scratch the surface of the Father’s passion for Family. Revival is Family—God wants to spend eternity with you; He wants to be your eternal loving Father.
The Father affectionately made a promise to His Son about you being a part of the family. A foundational premise of God’s kingdom is the Father’s fundamental promise to give Jesus an inheritance: the Bride of Christ (Eph. 5:31-32; Rev. 19:7-9). Jesus longs for an eternal companion, a Bride, who voluntarily chooses to be equally yoked to Him in love. I know what you are thinking: how can I be the Bride? Am I gonna marry Jesus? Well, yes, but it might not be exactly in the way your thinking (Rev. 19:1-10). You will be married to Jesus without physically engaging with Jesus as a married couple does. (NOTE: Scripturally, the “sons of God” includes women, and the “Bride of Christ” includes men.)
An aspect of His inheritance involves the mandatory obedience of all creation (Rom. 14:10-12). Jesus desires you, and He desires to do the will of the Father—Revival is an Obedient Family. This immovable trust establishes you as a loved child of God the Father and a loved Bride of Christ—forever!
Imagine listening to the Father share about people to Jesus for the first time. I know Jesus is God, but the scripture declares you were hidden in Him before the foundation of the world (this is actually your adoption story; read this for further proof [Eph. 1:3-6]). You might ask, “what does that mean?” Genesis 1 sheds monumental light upon this.
In the beginning...wait, the beginning of what? Glad you asked. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters” (Gen. 1:1-2).
Did you catch that one little phrase…The “earth was without form, and void.” It was created, but was without form. When was the last time you created something, but it was without form? Actually, you do this a lot. Whenever you create a plan in your mind, the plan exists, but it is without form. Then once you actually execute the plan, it exists. So, there was a time when God created the Heavens and the Earth, but the earth was without form and void. This means it was still in the heart of the Father. There was a time you existed as the dream of the Father’s heart before the foundation of the earth. Remember, He said to Jeremiah, “Before I formed you in the womb—I knew you” (Jeremiah 1:5). In the same way, He created you in His mind, and then shared you with Jesus.
But our story does not start there. You, my friend, must ask where? Where was God the Father when He created the Heavens and the Earth? Interesting questions aren’t they? If you’re like me, you always thought that The Father dwelt in Heaven, but the first Scripture of the Holy Word says that He “created Heaven.” So where was He living before He created Heaven? The answer is (drum roll please….), hidden in a song from the 4 living creatures. They declare, “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!” (Rev. 4:8). He is the God “who was”. He “was” there in the Secret Place before the foundation of the world.
He existed in Perfectly Perfect Perfection—He was there where He was. Where was that? It is where the Father was. (Don’t get mad at me, I am actually saying that where He was Perfectly Perfect Perfection.) The four living creatures declare His Majesty while telling the story of His existence before the foundation of the World.
Imagine if you will that moment when the perfect Father first describes you to Jesus. Yes, describes you, because after all God created you, and He has great BIG plans for your future. (Why do you think the devil is trying to destroy your life? Because God has big plans for you.)
If Jesus knew Jeremiah before He actually formed him in the womb, then we can conclude He knew you before you were actually physically formed (Jer. 1:5). So, I’ll ask the question again: Where were you before you physically existed? Remember, You were His perfect plan; you were the amazing dream in the heart of the Father.
Do you recall when He created Heaven and earth? Clearly, they both existed in His heart before they were created in the natural; after all, He is the most creative architect. (In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth, but the earth was “without form, and void.” It was still in the heart of the Father. As the most skillfully detailed architect, He drew all and planned all ahead of time.) Likewise, you existed before He actually formed you in the womb. The Father knew you; He had a plan for you that lasted into eternity. The Father has a plan to enjoy you—Revival is Family—FOREVER.
So back to the question. What was the Father seriously thinking and feeling the first time the Father described you to Jesus? Seriously think about it. If you, the perfect Dream of the Father, existed in His heart, then when was the first moment that Jesus knew you? Was it before your mother’s womb?
The book of Revelation gives us a massive amount of insight into this in one simple Scripture. Revelation 13:8declares that, “Jesus is the Lamb slain from (or before) the foundation of the world.” You should be shouting how remarkable this is. Truly, this is a most remarkable discovery of monumental degrees. This means that He saw you, He met you; He saw the Father’s immeasurable LOVE for you. He saw that you are a part of a wonderful family. Unfortunately, He saw that your willful sin would keep you from Heaven’s gate. He first loved you, therefore. Jesus chose to sacrifice His life to be your Savior. He chose to be the Lamb that would be slain, before the foundation of the world, for the sake of LOVE.
Now hold on, I know what you are thinking. I am some crazy Internet Preacher that is going to bellow about aliens and conspiracy theories. Wrong! I simply want to talk to you about truth.
What is truth? Truth has three or more components. Firstly, it must be confirmed in the holy Word of God and agreed upon by credible biblical scholarship. (I have heard people twist the Bible to speak whatever hair brained idea they have.) Secondly, truth must be unquestionably inspired by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit must bear witness within the heart of the speaker and the community they serve with. Thirdly, (there are more, but I will just stay at three), truth must be historically possible. When someone is sharing an idea, then it must either have actually happened, or be possible (with God all things are possible). Therefore, the truthful statement I have made is that Jesus met you before the earth existed physically.
So, now you know, my friend, what you did not know yesterday. The joyful Father held you as a tender dream in His heart. You were “in Him” before the earth was even created. You still don’t believe me? Consider what divine revelation the Apostle Paul had, “Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we (you) should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will” (Eph. 1:4-5).
You should be excitedly standing on your head laughing with joy. You were chosen in HIM! You existed in the heart of the Father as His Dream! You are the dream of the Father’s heart, and not for what you accomplished. Instead, it’s just because He first loved you!
He fashioned you to be holy and without blame, in love, predestined. (Don’t get tripped up on this word. It means that God knows the end from the beginning, and He still gives us all the dignity of a choice). Again, He predestined you to be adopted, to be a part of His Family. You see, you are not just saved from something, you are rightly saved for something—Revival is Family.
So, in summary, the Father wants a family, and you are a very important part in “The Family.” Also, you were the exquisite Dream of the Father, who loved you before you existed physically. Jesus, for the sake of Love (love for His Father and equal love for you) became your Savior. He chose to humble Himself to the lowest of lows, become a man, redeem you, and He rose up to sit in vibrant intercession for you to succeed (Rom. 8:34; Heb. 7:25).