To fully understand something you must go back. To understand Idolatry and why it makes God angry, we must know why we need to worship God. In the book of Genesis chapter one as you read the bible when God was creating something, he spoke directly to the source of the thing. For example in Genesis chapter 1 verse 11 and it reads: “Then God said, “Let the LAND produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so.” God spoke to the land or dirt if you will, to produce vegetation. The important thing you must know about Genesis chapter 1 as you read, is that whatever God spoke to is the sustainer of the product it was to produce. Allow me to break it down even further. The land doesn’t need the plant, but the plant needs the land or soil to survive. The water doesn’t need the fish, but the fish needs the water to survive. It is so important because you must know that whatever something comes from it needs it to survive. In Genesis chapter one verse 26 reads. “Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness so they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” In this particular verse, you MUST see that God is speaking to himself when he says “Let us make mankind.” Who are the sustainer and source? Remember whatever God spoke to be it water, land or sky that particular thing had to be in that environment to live. If God talked to himself to make mankind, who needs God? The answer is mankind. The reason God hates Idol worship is that God is the source. Why would you worship anything else but the God who sustains you, provides for you and loves you? You should always worship the source, not the resource because the source gives you the ability to get the resources. It is my prayer that all Fathers would grasp this concept because you’re just like God in that whatever you produce (children, wife) you are to sustain, protect and provide.
The first thing you must know is every human being is given twenty-four hours in a day, but what you do with the time determines the value of your life. Time is critical because time can be lost, wasted, abused, redeemed and revalued. Secondly, you must know, in order to control the time that is given to all human beings you must plan. Planning your day, weeks, months or years allows you to take control of your time. The more you plan, the more valuable your life becomes because you will be able to identify your life priorities from the clear plan that you have established.
I am sure you’ve heard the statements: “I don’t have time for this” or “Don’t waste my time.” Usually, these comments are used about not wanting to engage or participate in the conversation or situation whichever occurs. Another thing I would like for you to know is that your time can be wasted doing something good. For example, you have a huge exam coming up in a couple of days, but your friend calls you and says they need your help at a homeless shelter and you decided to help at the homeless shelter instead of studying. Distraction is one of the greatest weapons used against a person who is discipline.
It is very imperative for you to understand the importance of Planning and Time because in the book of Psalms chapter 39 verse 4 it reads: “Lord, make me know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am.” Time is determined by God. This particular verse compels us to ask God to reveal his purpose for our lives quickly. You see you must know that God has a plan for your life so that is why you must plan and submit your plans to God. In the book of Jeremiah chapter 29 verse 11 it reads: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
When I think of time, I thank God for the time because time allows us to grow and mature. Time also will enable us to get over hurt, pain and heal. In the book of Ecclesiastes chapter 3 verse 1, it reads: “There is a time for EVERYTHING and a season for EVERY activity under the heavens.” There is so much in this verse. This verse informs me that whatever season that you or I am currently in whether good or bad will not last because everything has a season.
There is this final thing that I wish above all that you truly understand, and that is if you have wasted any time you can redeem the time. How can you regain the time? You achieve the goal of taking back ownership of time through planning. It is my prayer that you take the time needed to make 2018 the year that can be measured by the results due to your plan.
As I write this letter to you, I want you to prepare yourself for what you are about to receive. What you are about to receive is just not a letter but understanding, and I hope that after you have gained this knowledge that you apply it to your very life because if you use what I am about to give, it will bless you tremendously. Also, after you have acquired this knowledge, you will never celebrate Christmas the same. The Gift that I am going to share with you comes from the book of Isaiah chapter 9 verses 6-7, and it reads:
For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
If you were like me, I was taught to focus on Jesus, the savior. I grew up with the idea that we should celebrate the birth of Jesus and worship Jesus and bless Jesus and ALL of this is true, and we should do ALL of these things, but there is more. The thing I would like for you to focus on is the first three lines of verse 6 in the book of Isaiah chapter 9 it reads. “For unto us, a Child is born,” yes this is true, a child is born of the Virgin Mary. The next line reads “Unto us a Son is given” this is true as well, and you need to know Mary didn’t give the son she only birth the child God gave the son. Now that you have that insight I want you to pay close attention to what it states in the third line it says “And the government will be upon his shoulder” what is this government? This is why I am writing you this Letter to tell you that the government is God’s Kingdom the government is God’s government and God’s way of life and this is the good news. I want you to understand the reason for this Christmas Holiday is to celebrate the birth of the Savior Jesus, the redeeming blood that was shed from God’s given son Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God that came to Earth because of the birth of Jesus. The Kingdom of God is so important because in the book of Matthew chapter 6 verse 33 it reads: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” It never says seek Jesus or to seek God it says to seek the kingdom. Another reason I write this letter is that I want you to experience the Kingdom of God on Earth. It is my prayer that we as a nation seek the Kingdom of God with everything in us. Merry Christmas.
As I write this letter, I want to first say Happy Thanksgiving to all but what I also would like to give thanks for is the revelation of character from God. When you think of the word character, there are a few words that come to mind. The words that come to mind are words such as reputation, image, a moral person, temperament, disposition, and identity. There are a few things you must know about character one is that character is subtle. Character attracts loyalty and character never change it is consistent. In the book of 1 Peter chapter 1 verses 15-16 it reads, “But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy because I am holy.” In these particular verses, it is simply saying be ONE of your deeds, acts, and words. In other words keep your words, deeds, and acts all in alignment or all one. A person that has character is consistent and unwavering with their convictions and principles. You must understand that Principles are laws which never change, for example just as you have the law of motion and the law of gravity a person that values marriage will stand on the principle or law of not committing adultery.
Today we live in a society where there is politics. You see politics in the news and people come on and give their views and points, and it is simply the politician who is most popular that persuades the audience or wins the vote. A politician will compromise on their values to achieve their goal of winning. I want to shed some light on this because when it comes to your life and the people that make the big decisions about our way of living you want someone who has character, not someone who is popular. I want you to see the importance of character because someone is watching and that someone is our future, our children. The reason I felt compelled to write about the subject of character is that when I observed my previous actions in my own life I have missed the mark, and some may be asking how you have missed the mark. If I could be transparent for a moment. I have had two children out of wedlock myself, and I can tell my kids not to have children until they are married, don’t do what I did but what if they choose to overlook what I say and because of what I have done decided to do it anyway. The point I want you to understand is that character protects your words. I want to share a statement that I heard someone say that I would like for you to remember and that is “The foundation of trust is integrity.” Character is integrity, and if you have integrity people will follow you, but if they don’t trust you, they will not follow you. This statement is true for relationships and leadership. I received a revelation about character after reading the book of Genesis. In Genesis chapter 1 verse 26 the bible lets us know we are like God. “And God said, Let us make man in our IMAGE, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” The part in this particular verse that I wish for you to understand is the part that says “And God said, Let us make man in our Image” Image is Character, so therefore we were made with God’s character inside of us. Have you ever wonder why you felt bad when you did something you know you had no business doing even if no one seen you do it or better yet no one will ever find out? I will tell you why it is because it is not the character of God and your spirit knows. You see a person of Character doesn’t care if you know what they are doing in their private life because what they do in their private life determines whether or not a person will trust them in their public life. My prayer for all Fathers is to be a man of character so that you can lead your families with integrity and dignity just as you were created to do. It is my prayer that others will see and experience the Kingdom of God through your life.
I am about to share something with you that is about to blow your mind and change you forever. After you read this letter you will not only make the enemy mad, but you will walk away with so much power, and you will sit and ask God, why did I not know this early in life? The response would probably be you weren’t ready to receive it.
I would like to start by sharing this particular verse in the bible and it Psalms chapter 24 verse 1 it reads. “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.” What you should quickly realize is this, you own nothing. The word Lord means master and owner. In Psalms chapter 24 verse 1 it is simply telling us that the earth, it is the Lords’. The Lord is the owner of the Earth and guess what and everything that is in the world belongs to the Lord as well. The revelation that I wish that you would grasp is that if the Lord owns the Earth and EVERYTHING in the Earth, why would you depend on the money you get paid from the job that you work or the system that you think that governs your life. What I want you to understand is this. The job that you are currently on, God allowed you to have it because he owns it. The money that you get paid. God allowed you to have the job to make money and guess what he owns it. You see tithing isn’t about money it’s about you giving it back to its owner. Tithing is you acknowledging that God owns your money and he will keep it flowing.
In the book of Isaiah chapter 9 verse 6, it reads. “For unto us a child is born, unto us, a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, and The Prince of Peace.” I wish above all that you could understand the revelation that the systems of this world have absolutely no authority in the Kingdom of God. God owns the world (systems) God owns everything in the world. Your children are from God, so they are God’s royal favor to you. How to get anything from the owner who has everything is to acknowledge him as the Lord over everything in your life and that thing that you think you own be it your house, car, business or money, I challenge you to give everything to the Lord he will bless your life. I have to let you in on a little secret. God also rules over every spirit that means nothing can’t happen to you unless God allows it to happen. Fathers, it is my prayer that you would see who the real owner is and realize he wants you to have access to everything and not ownership of a few. Also, it is my prayer that you understand the concept of what God was trying to establish here on earth through his son Jesus.
My heart is heavy as I write these words and I will tell you why. The reason my heart is heavy is that men do not know their true identity. First, let me state what the word of God says about the man. In the book of Genesis chapter 2 verses 15-20, it reads.
“The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die. The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals. But for Adam, no suitable helper was found. ”
The first thing you must know that as a man I urge to be in the presence of God consistently. When God placed Adam in the Garden of Eden, it was a place where the presence of God dwelled. The next thing I recommend that you pay attention to are the instructions that God gave the man. God not only place Adam in the garden but told Adam to work the garden and take care of it. Are you working? Do you have a job? Also, I urge to pay close attention to see who God is talking to this whole time in these verses. God is talking to Adam no one else; there was no Eve yet. God gave the man (Adam) the instructions, not the woman (Eve). As a man, it is part of your identity to be a man that dwells in the presence of God, a working man and a man that can hear from God and obey God. Continuing further in the book of Genesis Chapter 2 verse 21-22 it reads. “So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.”
The first thing that I want to acknowledge is this; the woman did not come from the dirt the woman was made from the rib of a man. I don’t know if you can catch the revelation of whatever you produce you sustain. You can find more about the concept of sustaining what you produce on a previous letter titled “A Letter to an Absent Father.” The revelation I wish for you to see is that if a woman comes from the rib of a man isn’t it his job to sustain her if a man was made in the image and likeness of God?, whatever God produce he protects, maintains, provides, guides and cultivate.
It is my deepest desire that you know your true Identity so that you can be the Father that God created you to be. The thing you must realize is that you are a Father although you have no children. You see Adam was all these things before he became a natural father. Your job as a man is to protect, provide, guide and cultivate whatever you produce be it a wife or children. We often hear the term Motherland when we refer to going home, but I beg to differ because The Father carries the seed, not the Mother. The Mother incubates the seed and births what is given. So when we use the term Motherland are we saying that it is a seedless land? The man carriers the identity that is why today we carry the males last name in marriage and also with the birth of a child. My prayer is for the men in this world to discover their true identity so that foundational fathers can be birthed to carry on the legacy of the Kingdom of God.
As I write this letter to you, I want you to know that this is not just a letter but a gift that I am giving to you. The gift that I am giving is the gift of encouragement, empowerment, and enlightenment. Also, there is something else that I must share with you, and that is the storm that you have endured or the storm that you are currently going through, God already has a plan for it, and I know the answer. The answer is called change. Now, allow me to introduce you to this change. In the book of Romans chapter 12 verse 2 it reads. “And be not conformed to this world but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” This particular verse is telling us to change the way we think. This verse is also telling us to change the way that we view things because when we do, we will be able to do the things that God has purposed for us to do. I know you have questions just like I did. What is this good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God? You can find the answer in John Chapter 3 verse 16-17, and it reads “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” This verse is the good, acceptable and perfect will of God. John chapter 3 verse 16-17 is simply saying God loved the systems so much that he gave his son to change the system to reflect the Kingdom of Heaven’s system. Also, God did not send his son Jesus to condemn the system but save the system. God wants us to change the system this is the ultimate purpose. What does it mean to change the system? It means the laws that govern us, like for example when segregation was a law but was it right? Just because something is a law, it doesn’t make it right. Also, the banks that own us, and the culture that tries to define us. Put on the culture of the Kingdom of God and learn from this system. As a Father, you have a tremendous responsibility. It is the time, to take on this responsibility of raising children that can have a positive impact on the world. The current state that we are in is not a good place. I write this letter because I want my children to know two things the REAL purpose of the believer and always to strive to be a leader who initiates and implements change.