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Coming to Know the Love of Our Real Father – Episode #606

July 14, 2018

Coming to Know the Love of Our Real Father
Episode #606
7-15-2018

With Martha Kilpatrick and hosted by John Enslow

This is the continuation of a series of Podcasts started in Episode #605.
Coming to know God, to love and be loved by our real Father is THE great adventure! Don’t settle for knowing ABOUT Christ, or you’ll miss knowing HIM.

Martha:
And you know, John, the adventure of life is not to get everything you want. The adventure of life is to know God. And if you miss that adventure, you’ve not lived.

John:
You may have amassed things for yourself but you didn’t truly live.

Martha:
If you live by a bucket list of all the things you want to do, you are going to do, and that’s your satisfaction – that you did your bucket list – you’ve missed it entirely.

John:
It’s just the love of the world, isn’t it?

Martha:
Just love of the world! And the world will never give anything but grief.

John:
But see the amazing thing is, is that if you are purposed to know Him, determined to know Him, you may experience… He may go through and you may experience a bucket list but it will be with Him and it will be eternal.

Martha:
Exactly! I’ve had a bucket list of fabulous experiences around the country and the world. And but it was Him.

John:
You’ve wanted to travel to different places and He took you there with Him.

Martha:
With Him, because of Him, in Him! And He told me every trip, He would remind me, “Ok, you’re not going to Ireland to speak, to teach people. You are going to Ireland to love Me there.” It’s all about loving Him.

John:
So if you had gone and you had said, “Oh, I want to go and see my ancestral home and where I’m from,” and if you’d done that, you would have been like, “Oh, well, that was…how beautiful” and it would have been a lovely memory. But because you did it with the goal to know Him, He was revealed in your ancestry. He was revealed in your ancestral home. He was…

John:
He was so much greater.

Martha:
The revelation was there. It was greater! And, you see, I don’t remember that I asked to go there but our friend arranged for me to go there. Remember?

John:
Absolutely!

Martha:
And I would not have asked that much of her because it was a long drive and she had to find it and so forth. But it was…it showed me God. Exactly! His purpose, and His long, long arm of ranging for a life.

John:
So knowing Christ and purposing and determining to know Christ is not like you just sit on the couch.

Martha:
Right!

John:
It’s not, you’re not sequestered in a dull, purposeless life.

Martha:
He’s too fabulous and too complex and He wants to reveal Himself in all that He is and so it is the only adventure. You want an adventuresome life? Get on the train that’s headed to know Him and you will…

John:
Well, most people think, you know, pre-saved people, think that becoming a Christian is going to be the most dull, boring thing in the world.

Martha:
And you will be denied everything fun.

John:
Exactly. And it’s so completely counter to the reality. But even to be saved you have to determine to know Him in order to know Him.

Martha:
Yes!

John:
Otherwise you are just going to know about Him.

Martha:
Yes! It’s the ‘about’ that trips people up. ‘About’ means you don’t have to get involved with God. You can just know about Him and talk about Him and think about Him but not Him. And that’s the tragedy of…

John:
That’s missing Him!

Martha:
They have no knowledge of God. It’s what Paul said about the Corinthians.

John:
It’s tragic!

Martha:
It is! It is THE tragedy. If you could know God one year, it would be worth it all, and then you went to heaven. But to spend your whole life getting to know Him, not yourself, as you say on your blogs. So it’s, it’s so exciting I’m bursting.

John:
Well, I saw, you know, the weakness and then I saw the zeal and the life come forth and I’m like going, “Wow!” So that’s why I stepped aside, because I was like, “Wow, wee!” This is… You literally had an energy that was not your own.

Martha:
For sure! It was the energy of the Spirit for the Father. And I spoke some about the Father in that CD of the Month. But I read something in…somewhere else of my writings. I can’t think at the moment where it is, maybe it was Adoration, that we are all prodigals. We’re all lost in one form or another in our own self-consuming lust, whatever that happens to be. Sometimes even religious stuff. But we are children who are lost to come back to the Father expecting Him to reject us or subdue us and we find who He really is. That story is the story of every Christian.

John:
That was from The Real Father.

Martha:
Oh, is that The Real Father? Ok!

John:
The CD series The Real Father.

Martha:
And everybody has to go to discover how wonderful the Father is. And at least the prodigal came to his senses from madness. We’re all in madness until we come to our senses and say, “I need God! This is it! Nobody, I have nothing and nobody and I am nothing and I am just getting deeper and deeper in a hole. It must be God. I’ve got to have God.”

So he goes back expecting just to be the lowest servant and he’s celebrated as the choice, favored son. The favor of God is for those who come home to Him. It doesn’t take anything, you don’t have to earn anything, you don’t have to accomplish anything. You can say, “Here I am. Aren’t You proud of me?” Oh, no! You’ve come back to Him destitute and He gives you every favor of His love and covers all your shame and all your mistakes and all your filth of the world. It’s phenomenal. That is the real Father. That’s my Father in heaven.

I’ve been listening to Fernando Ortega’s song “How Great the Father’s Love for Us.” The words of it are awesome.

John:
I love Fernando.

Martha:
Uh huh.

John:
His music is just…

Martha:
It’s quieting.

John:
It is!

Martha:
Fernando is quieting in his music. Keeps it rather simple. Just piano.

John:
Um hmm.

Martha:
See, John, in the Tape of the Month, the real emphasis was on the Father. That’s the ultimate. I just want to read these lyrics.

How deep the Father’s love for us, how vast beyond all measure, that He should give His only Son and make a wretch His treasure. How great the pain of searing loss, the Father turns His face away as wounds which mar the chosen One, bring many sons to glory. Behold the Man upon a cross, my sin upon His shoulders. Ashamed I hear my mocking voice, call out among the scoffers. It was my sin that held Him there until it was accomplished. His dying breath has brought me life I know that it is finished. I will not boast in anything. No gifts, no power, no wisdom. But I will boast in Jesus Christ, His death and resurrection. Why should I gain from His reward? I cannot give an answer. But this I know with all my heart, His wounds have paid my ransom.

John:
That’s intense. That’s beautiful!

Martha:
Made a wretch His treasure!

John:
That’s beautiful, that’s absolutely beautiful.

Martha:
Where is it, Hebrews? It’s from the scripture. How great a love the Father has that we should be called His children. You want to read it?

John:
1 John 3:1 NLT says: See how very much our Father loves us, for he called us his children, and that is what we are!

Martha:
The song is taken from 1 John 3:1?

John:
Yeah, that’s where that scripture you quoted was.

Martha:
One of the things I told was that repentance takes you to the knowledge of God. And at this time we are… There is so much repentance going on. It’s so intense and beautiful and cleansing and I really feel that God is getting us ready and the Church ready for an outpouring of His glory. That we are yet to see… We are going to see glory, many say, as we’ve never seen it before. The last days are going to be filled with His glory and His power.

John:
And the counterfeit of that is the darkness that will increase, and if the darkness is going to increase to a level that is frightening, beyond what we…then the glory of God would to be equal and greater. So it’s a wonderful time.

Coming to Know the Love of Our Real Father – Episode #606 – Shulamite Podcast

If you find the Christian life dull or boring or lacking in anything fun, there’s a big problem. Coming to know God, to love and be loved by our real Father is THE great adventure! Don’t settle for knowing ABOUT Christ, or you’ll miss knowing HIM.

2 comments

  1. Pauline says:

    This podcast has evoked praise, confidence and thanksgiving.
    When I first heard the gospel message, I came to Christ in addition – I simply added Him to my life; and after a while it did get boring and yes, John, I just ‘sat on the couch.’ It’s difficult (impossible, actually) to have a Father / daughter relationship when you can’t really rest in His love.
    Fifteen years later, the Holy Spirit drew me and I came to Christ in submission; off the couch and “Just Give Me Jesus.” [title of one of Anne Graham Lotz’ DVD series.] Purposeless became purposeful. Father never gave up on me.
    When I fail, He loves. When I doubt, He loves. When I’m running on empty, He loves. So today, I will stop and breathe and remember that I am His treasure. Thank you for that reminder, Martha!
    “For you are a holy people, who belong to the Lord your God. Of all the people on earth, the Lord your God has chosen you to be his own special treasure.” – Deut 7:6 NLT

    1. Thank you Pauline for your comment. Oh good point, “the addition gospel” is deadly isn’t it.

      Oh and believe me, I wasn’t saying He doesn’t have you ever sit on the couch, it just isn’t all there is. It seems that sitting had great fruit in your life. My life now has more stillness, silence, and waiting than I have ever had before, but it is all with purpose to know Him. Also that stillness has made my times of events and happening so much greater. I guess it is always about focus and motivation. The purpose to know His incorporates life in all it’s many facets.

      Love you!

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