I’m continuing where I left off in my last post, including a clip from Jonathan and Amy Claussen (Family Restoration Project) from our time together. I think it will be a great blessing to you.
I mentioned in my last post what Jonathan had said about the Church dancing at the Door (Jesus) but never entering in (to the Father). This is what happens when we don’t enter in.
George Barna has uncovered the bad fruit that comes from stopping to admire Jesus but never going through the Door to rest in the Father’s embrace.
His research has found that there’s no discernible difference between people inside church and outside church in every area of our culture—in the strength of our relationships, marriages, what we watch, how we spend our money. And the statistics for divorce and other negative relational issues are worse in the Bible Belt South! (Atheists rated higher for successful marriages)
So, what do we do with this information? Shouldn’t this tell us, as Bible-believing evangelicals, that something is terribly wrong?
What’s wrong is that, even though we’ve been adopted as beloved and fully-affirmed sons and daughters of our heavenly Father, most of us still think like spiritual orphans. I was one for 25 years of my Spirit-filled Christian life. I talk a lot about this on this blog so I won’t go into it further here. You can search my site on the word “orphan” or just read this post if you don’t know what I’m referring to.
Beloved, I will say it again. Don’t go past this point until you get it. Everything changes when we finally find ourselves in the Father’s embrace.
Is it really that important?
Yes! A thousand times yes! More than could possibly you know. I am convinced that the orphan-mindset is the primary cause behind every breakdown in marriages and relationships in general—addictions, bad habits, escapism, compulsiveness, workaholism, competitiveness, need to perform, feelings of rejection, hopelessness, resentment, judgmentalism, unforgiveness, divisiveness, using control and manipulation…it’s behind everything that separates us.
And this most definitely includes why Christians are so divided in the body of Christ. Because when you remove the division between yourself and the Father’s love, it automatically removes the division and separation everywhere else.
Okay, now the audio clip. It begins with a moving testimony from Amy where she shares where she came to a place in her life of hopelessness from being on a roller-coaster ride of performance as a life-long committed believer and mother of seven (“Amy try, try, try…Amy epically fail…repeat process), until she had a personal encounter with the Father’s love that transformed and completely restored her heart and forever changed everything in her life.
Her testimony describes perfectly what I mean by getting off the hamster wheel of performance Christianity to living like a son or daughter at rest in the Father’s embrace.
After her testimony, Amy and Jonathan led us into a time to encounter Papa’s love for ourselves. They prayed over us, letting the Father love on us. It was amazing.
And the beauty is, through this recording, you can experience the same thing too. 🙂
Know that your heavenly Father so wants to pour out His love in you and through you. He’s ready, are you?
So just find a quiet comfortable place and open your heart and soak in Papa’s love. You’ll be forever changed.