June 19, 2010

God, Father God, Heavenly Father, Abba Father……Daddy God? Papa God?

Recently, someone commented that referring to God as “Daddy God” was disrespectful. In obedience to the Lord, I am blogging about this. How interesting that Sunday is Father’s Day. God amazes me!

There are so many biblical names for God. The Hebrew names stick out in my mind because of a song that I learned, over 10 years ago, when I used to sing in the choir. Jehovah Jireh refers to God as a provider (Genesis 22). Jehovah Nissi means “the Lord our Banner” (Exodus 17: 8-15). Jehovah Rapha means “the Lord who heals” (Exodus 15: 22-26). Jehovah Shammah means “God with us” (Psalm 23: 6).

I looked in the Bible under “Father”. My Bible defines Father is a “male parent and forebears; characteristic of a mentor or provider relationship; name and role for God in relation to the children he fosters.”

Next, I went to Merriam-Webster.com. The definition of Father means “a man who has begotten children” OR (more importantly) “the first person of the Trinity”. So next I looked up Daddy. Low and behold there was no definition. HOWEVER, the word Father was listed to look up for a definition for Daddy.

So just to satisfy my curiosity, I also looked at Dictonary.com. Daddy is “a diminutive of dad”. Dad means Father. So I looked up Father again. Dictionary.com lists several definitions for Father; I will list the ones that are relevant here: “a male parent”, “a man who exercises paternal care over other persons; paternal protector or provider”, or “the Supreme Being and Creator; God.”

Matthew 6: 9 “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.”

Matthew 6: 32 “…For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.”

Ephesians 4: 6 “One God and Father of all, who is above all…”

I John 3: 1 “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God…”

Romans 8: 15 “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.”

Think about this, what are a baby’s first words when learning to talk? “Da-Da”. A child soon learns that by saying “Da-Da” it brings their Father close to them (both physically and emotionally); it makes their Father smile and feel proud. What does an older child say? “Daddy”, “Dad, “Papa”, “Father”. Again, this brings their Father close to them. I love how Romans 8: 15 says is...we are God’s children by the spirit of adoption. When we call upon God, there is a feeling of being close to him and being in his presence.

1 Samuel 16: 7 “…..for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.”

So whether you call him God, Father God, Heavenly Father, Abba Father, or Daddy God.....I even heard a Pastor & a Deacon say refer to God as "Papa God". Dictionary.com listed “Papa” as a synonym for Father. God looks at your heart. God knows your heart. God knows what you mean and how you mean it. Most importantly, God loves to hear from his children and to hear us call upon his name.

Happy Father’s Day Daddy God!!

June 12, 2010

Ministers of Dance...Make Sure Your Armour Is On and Get Your Feet Ready!

Last April (2009), as I was preparing to minister in dance at a wedding, the Lord gave me this scripture:

Ephesians 6: 11-18

11 Put on the whole armour of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching there unto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.

I shared this scripture with the ministry. As I meditated on this scripture, the Lord spoke to me, specifically, about verses 12 and 15. He told me to meditate on this. As I meditated on verse 12………Often times, dancers come under attack as they prepare to minister. Many times, the attacks affect our bodies, for example, sprained ankles, sore knees, sore back, feeling lethargic, etc. Satan knows the power and anointing that God gives dancers. We bruise the neck of the devil, with our feet, when we dance. So the devil will try to fight us to hinder us from completing our assignment; he’ll us any means necessary, including trying to attack our bodies.

However, verse 15 really stuck with me. As dancers, we usher in the Holy Spirit, break strongholds, bring forth healing and encouragement….we change the atmosphere. And…..we preach the gospel of peace….with our feet! We bring forth peace!! When God spoke that to me, I was thinking “wow, never understood that verse that way, THANK YOU DADDY GOD!”

So, after ministering nobody in the chapel made a sound. No clapping…nothing during or after we ministered. You could hear a pin drop. I was thinking “did they understand what we dancers were saying through our ministry?” The next morning, as I sat in church, God reminded me about verse 15. He said “the dancers brought forth peace at the ceremony”. I looked at God, smiled and quietly said AMEN!! GO GOD!!!!

Through all this, God has given me a better understanding of this scripture. Dancer Ministers…make sure your armour on (tight!) and get your feet ready…..and allow the Lord to use you!!!