When Truth is Lost Love is Lost – By Thomas Koester

Evil is most dangerous, not when it hides in obscurity, but when it is plainly flaunted; when it dances in the light and no one seems to care.

As Martin Luther King Jr. has once said:

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

When evil that has been exposed by light, and is darkened by our indifference then even love has little hope of driving out hate.

Our society has completely flipped. What was once evil has become good, and what was once good has become evil.

Vladimir Lenin, was a Russian communist revolutionary, politician and political theorist. He clearly understood how to change truth into lies and lies into truth.

“Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.” Vladimir Lenin – April 22, 1870 – January 21, 1924

And so, truth becomes lost to our children, as does the meaning of love.

Sex is no longer the act of consummating marriage, but is an uncommitted, casual contact between two, maybe three or more humans. Sex has become merely a recreational act and is void of meaning, truthfulness and love. When truth, and the consequences of ones actions have been removed, so also is the true meaning of love removed from relationships, our families, communities; all the way to the highest offices of the land.

Ralph Keyes, a notable author and speaker, has said in his book, The Post-Truth Era: Dishonesty and Deception in Contemporary Life:

“We are living in a post-truth era.”

He further writes:

“…This is post-truth. In the post-truth era, borders blur between truth and lies, honesty and dishonesty, fiction and nonfiction. Deceiving others becomes a challenge, a game, and ultimately a habit. Research suggests that the average American tells lies on a daily basis. These fibs run the gamut from “I like sushi,” to “I love you.”

There is no more denying the fact that 85 to 90 percent of America’s News Agencies are no longer after truth, but salacious morsels of lies, misstatements, innuendos, rumors and gossip, all of which are used to create and shape stories or events. This propels politicians or ideologies towards unpopular agendas that we all allow to become law, and not necessarily in favor of the Republic, nor it’s political, economical or educational future.

Facts, truth and context are ingredients that are purposely left out of important stories, as truth may become too damaging or too politically incorrect, or it may be too offensive. Ideology has become more important than truth. Hate, not love is purposely weaponized to move agendas that are void of common sense and common decency. Love, honor and respect are nowhere in sight and are replaced with lies and cover ups.

So, out of “sensitivity, we lie. For the sake of political ambition, we lie. For the sake of legislation, we lie. For the sake of “National Security,” we lie. We lie and lie about all these significant nation and societal changing events.

For example, legislation that delivers health insurance for the uninsured, but then impacts those with health insurance, which in turn causes them to lose the insurance they had. And, their doctor? Well, he had to take an early retirement, due to oppressive regulations and reduction in pay.

This happened under the guise of “truth” and “fairness?” The politicians used lies to force an “Affordable” Healthcare Care system, which by design, became an unaffordable healthcare system that would eventually force us all into a single-payer system of socialized redistributive medical services.

The Bible says, in Mathew chapter 5, verse 37:

“Let your yes mean yes, and your no mean no. Anything more than this comes from the evil one.”

So, in matters of oaths and speaking truth, if we say yes, but mean no, or say no, but mean yes, our words come from the evil one – from the dark side.

We are all capable of lying. But,when a society accepts lies and miss-truths from its leadership, tenured educators, politicians and news outlets and cable networks, the whole of our culture and society follows suit, and we then become a Nation of liars and therefore become enslaved to lies. Lies leads a people to slavery and not freedom. Lies leave us uninformed.

A notable politician and former presidential candidate has said:

“We want people to be uniformed but compliant.”

…Hmm, uninformed? …Compliant?

…In other words, politicians want us, no, they demand that we accept lies and ignore truth, and if we become “compliant,” we shall have peace. People, this is straight from the Father of Lies!

You see, when truth can no longer be tolerated, or is too politically insensitive, we allow ourselves to become uninformed. And, if uninformed, we then become compliant, as there are no boundaries between truth and lies. No more ethical “black and white” as everything becomes gray and meaningless.

Relativism is replacing realism. Reality TV is actually, unreality TV, portraying itself, and selling itself as the new norm, as the “new truth.”

When truth is lost, love is lost. Because love, real love, requires truth. Real love is colorful, not gray, and sadly, the days are becoming more and more gray.

To be uninformed and compliant is the definition of slavery. For you become a slave to whatever and whomever has mastered you.

If you fight for Truth, you are fighting for Love too.

Truth or Lies?

The choice is yours….Choose Truth and Love wins also.

The Cancellation of All Curses – Thomas Koester

For over the past three decades, it has been my passion learning about the wounds we’ve all suffered during our youth and formative years.

It’s not what will happen to you, which will change your life, I spoke out one night of lecturing …but rather what has happened long ago, which has already changed your life.

While young and innocent, most of us knowingly or unknowingly have made life-changing vows or agreements while in the midst of abuse or emotional, psychological or physical harm and pain. These past hurts or wounds, while eliciting powerful emotions of hate, anger bitterness or rage, have conjured dark agreements with the Father of Lies.

John 8:44 says that all lies come from the Father of Lies, who is the Devil.

It has been his strategy to get us to make these dark vows and then to live from them. He uses the most important people in our lives to originate these lies: we’re no good or unlovable or too ugly, too fat, or too skinny; we’re stupid, losers or failures. The list can be quite long and the voices of others soon become our voices, echoing selfdepreciating and ugly curses over our own hearts and minds.

Since these curses and lies were spoken over us at such a time when we were mythical, fanciful and magical at heart, that is, our ability to believe the unbelievable; the curses and lies became part of our identity and belief system. We end up living them out like prophecies written in ancient manuscripts.

These “prophecies” end up directing our lives and careers; our relationships and associations. To bring healing to these past wounds and nullify the agreements is a path which only few have taken. Even though freedom and wholeness is possible, many of us prefer to live out our lives in the seclusion and cover of darkness and duplicity. We’ve come too far, or lived too long with our false persona; the mere thought of dismissing or exposing our poser-selves is too frightening!

So, we play hide and seek at work, at home and especially at Church. The longer we play this nightmarish game, the more hardened and sadistic we become to our own wounded heart and soul. This process continues until we become addicted to sex, drugs, alcohol or lies. Or, perhaps our drug of choice is our reputation or religiosity. Perhaps you’ve masqueraded so long and for so many years at church, home and work, that you are even lost to yourself. This is as deadly as a heart attack and a silent killer, just as hypertension and high blood pressure can kill you. Why, we’re simply a walking time bomb of contradiction, lies and hypocrisy.

Oh, but my dear friend there is such hope, and this is why I am writing this to you. Please read on…

Isaiah has said; “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.” Isaiah 5:20.

Jesus said; “…And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!” Matthew 6:23.

I know all about this. This was, and is my life. It is both my past and my journey. There is a Redeemer and a Healer. He is in pursuit of you, not to judge you, but to redeem you, heal you and restore you to who you were meant to be!

Your True Father wants you back. As the late Brennen Manning has so often quoted:

“God accepts you as you are, and not as you should be. Because you’re never going to be as you should be.”

The Good News, is that it’s God’s responsibility to transform you as you should be!

This is not your wife’s job, your boss’s job, your best friend’s job; it’s not your pastor or priest’s job or any self-help guru’s job to change you. It is the job of a loving God, who’s waiting for you to call out to him; “Abba”, “Papa” or “Daddy” or even “Father-God!”

The only way to the Father is through the Son. And it is the Son, Jesus Christ who’s taken upon himself all the curses and dark vows ever spoken in any language and tongue against us, so that we may be loved rather than destroyed.

Do you see this? Do you see how amazing actual living and loving can be; if all the crap, hurts, wounds and pain can be taken away?

Oh, and it can be taken away. All the guilt, shame and self-loathing; all the self-hatred and hatred of others can be removed. All the self-doubts and doubting of others; all the lost trust of self and others and the cynical and diabolic distrust and suspicion can and will be gone.

Just say this prayer out load, or even in a whisper:

Dear Jesus Christ, I stand before you, exposed, scared, ashamed and afraid. I have lived a wrong life and have hurt myself and others. I confess to you my wrong doings, my mistakes and my faults. I acknowledge my need of forgiveness from you and my need to forgive others. I also forgive myself for the harm I’ve done to me. I believe in your Word of Truth and that you lived a sinless life, died on a cross of suffering because you took upon yourself all my sin, all the curses spoken over me and all my wrong doings. You were buried in a tomb and were raised to life on the third day, making it possible for me to be forgiven and to have new life, new hope and a future. I believe these things in my heart and I confess and acknowledge them with my mouth so that I am saved and redeemed. I am now your true son or daughter and I can now call you my Abba or Papa, as you have put your Spirit into my transformed and purified heart forever and ever. Thank you for my salvation and healing, in the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Now, simply live a new life and understand that you now belong to God as his child and you’ve become his responsibility. He is no dead-beat-dad. He is indeed a Mighty God, an Everlasting Father, a Wonderful Counselor and a Prince of Peace. All authority is upon his shoulders and his Kingdom shall know no end.

Welcome home. Welcome to a Loving God and a Wonderful Savior!

The danger is to do nothing. To do nothing is to remain in darkness and under curses and false agreements. Do something with your new life and truly live! No longer agree with the dark voices in the back of your mind, rather reject their curses and foul thoughts in the Name and Authority of Jesus Christ.

Give the Father of Lies an Eviction Notice and cancel all your curses!

The Prodigal Father – By Thomas Koester

There was a man who had two young sons and was living a very busy life. One day, the father said to his family:

“I’m leaving for a job in Europe. This is a once in a lifetime career opportunity I’ve been working so hard for! I’ll be gone for a month, but will send for you to join me.”

Not long after the father had set off for Europe, he met a young woman and began squandering his wealth on wild living. After he had spent everything he had, the woman he had met, and the friends he’d made, all left him, high and dry. Suddenly and almost at the same time, the stock market plunged to a record low, causing him to lose his dream job. With no employer sponsoring him, and his work visa expired, he had to hide from the authorities.

Meanwhile, back in the states, the man’s family had grown concerned, as they’ve not heard from him in weeks. The man’s wife had tried his cell phone, but it was disconnected. She tried his office phone, but they said he’d been laid off a few weeks ago.

She tried to console her two young sons, who’d been crying for days for their missing father.

“Was it something that I did to make daddy leave us,” said the younger son? “No,” said the older son, angrily… “He left us because he never loved us or had time for us!” The mother tried to correct her sons, but the younger son ran to his room, slamming the door behind him, while the older son ran outside, and just kept running and running, till he fell to the ground, totally exhausted.

Weeks turned into months and months turned into years. The boys are teenagers now, tall, like their father. And, also like their father, they’ve avoided their house as much as they could, choosing to stay over their friends homes, as Mom was mostly working anyway.

In time, the man’s wife had become very ill. Since he’d left, she’d taken on two jobs and the raising of their sons alone.

During the younger son’s earlier years, he had grown attached to a churchgoing family. One Sunday, while at church, the younger son heard the preacher recite a passage from the bible. “No man can come to the father, except through me.” The preacher explained, “If you want to be with the Father you must go through the son!” At the conclusion of the preacher’s message, he gave an invitation to come to the Father. Suddenly, the younger son found himself being drawn forward, where he surrendered his life to the Son of God. The young boy, not quite understanding the preacher’s message, had thought that going through Jesus would bring him to his lost father. And towards this end, the younger son began to pray every day, without fail for the return of his father.

Now, many years later, the father, still living on the streets in Europe, in squalor and poverty and with no hope, came to his senses.

“Perhaps, I can reach out to my family, they will at least let me live in their garage, and perhaps I can tend to their yard for some food and clothing.” His thoughts continued… “Surely that would be much better than eating garbage, living in cardboard boxes under bridges.”

So, the father begged and begged, panhandled here and there, scrapping and collecting enough money to purchase an oceangoing ticket on a freighter. But alas, no one would sell him a ticket without a passport. So the father, who’d learned to be crafty while on the streets, secretly stowed himself away on a ship heading for the US.

Several weeks later, he arrived and hitched his way back home.

Exhausted and hungry, in rags and worn out shoes, he finds himself staggering down the street where he used to live so many years ago.

While he was still a long way off, a young man looks up while washing his car. His eyes fixed on the old haggard man walking towards him. His heart beating in his throat and tears filling his eyes, as he recognizes that haggard old man as his father! The younger son runs to his father, and catches him in his arms, just before he hits the pavement. He lifts his father up, all the while kissing him, and said: “dad, a preacher told me, when I was lost and alone and missing you so terribly much, that the only way to the father was through the son! And since then, I’ve not stopped praying for your safe return home.”

“Son,” the father begins… “Dad”, the son stops his father; “all is forgiven; all that remains is that mom and I still love you;’ “there’s nothing you need to say. I have the best room in our house all made up for you, just the way you’d like it. Come, live with me and I will be your son, and you will be my father, who was lost and now he’s found; was dead and now he lives!”

“What about your older brother”, asks the father? “Dad, he’s homeless and very angry. I have been praying for him too.” “Let’s get you cleaned up and we’ll introduce him to the Father, through the Son also.”

” Yes, if you forgive others for their sins, your Father in heaven will also forgive you for your sins. But if you don’t forgive others, your Father in heaven will not forgive your sins.” – The Rabbi, Jesus of Nazareth – Matthew 6:14-14 (NVC)

“Whoever does not believe in the Son does not have the Father, but whoever accepts the Son has the Father too.” – The Apostle John – 1 John 2:23 (ERV)

Becoming a Whole Man – Women’s Desire for Real Men – By Thomas Koester

My son Jordan and I listened to several of John Eldredge’s podcast on the way down to Bakersfield many weekends ago. We talked about how good It would be if we could get a weekend retreat scheduled to help men and boys with their brokenness and father hunger.

One thing that Jordan and I have learned in hosting many retreats in the past, is that if a man is to be healed from father wounds, or to draw closer to the heart of God, going to the mountains and spending a little time away from the familiar and from responsibilities provides an excellent environment to find clarity and healing.

There is a clear biblical mandate in scriptures for fathers and sons to turn their hearts towards each other, as written in Malachi 4:5-6 and in Luke 1:17.

Did you know that God closes the Old Testament with Fathers turning their hearts towards their sons, Malachi 4:5-6, and then opens the New Testament with the same message in Luke 1:17? Matter of fact, a broken and wounded relationship between fathers and sons leads to a cursed life. In turn, a cursed life causes the wounded sons of Adam to detest and avoid the Father Heart of God. And, like Adam, we are driven away from God and cover our nakedness (shame) with a false life and endless pursuits of Eve (the woman).

Eve becomes a surrogate; a pseudo-god in place of the Father Heart of God. Her comfort replaces the comfort from Father God and her beauty replaces the glory of God. So, man sees his reflection in the woman rather than in God. He grades himself and his masculinity in the responses and opinions he receives from woman.

I find it interesting that God created Adam apart from Eve. God walked with Adam for some time before he created and presented the woman to him. If a man is to walk with God; if he is to be fathered by God, he must let go of Eve. He must cease his pursuit for her comfort; for her beauty, and her maternal instinct to satisfy his father hunger.

A woman cannot bestow masculinity, nor can her maternal instinct heal the wounded masculine soul. He is father-famished and mothering this type of wound will further emasculate him, extending his adolescences years and perhaps decades beyond the stage of normal boyhood.

Read the following short conversation between Nullah, a little half breed Aboriginal boy, and Drover, an Australian cattle driver from the movie Australia:

Nullah: You a man, Drover?
Drover: Yeah, I try to be.
Nullah: Sometimes man got to get away from woman.
Drover: Maybe.
Nullah: That’s why you go droving.
Drover: I go droving ’cause that’s my job.
Nullah: If you don’t go droving, you not a man.

Young Nullah has learned from his grandfather, King George, an old Aboriginal man that a boy cannot become a man until he leaves his mother and completes his walkabout.

Drover, played by Hugh Jackman, later explains to Lady Sarah Ashley, played by Nicole Kidman, that Nullah needs to go on walkabout and that without ceremony (walkabout) the boy will have no love in his heart, he’ll have nothing; no dreaming, no story, and no country.

And this is the problem with our culture. Boys do not, in a healthy way, detach from the woman, which should be initiated by the father’s invitation. The ceremony between father and son never happens, and so, the son remains a boy with no love in his heart, no dreaming, no story and no country or belonging. Matter of fact, for far too many boys, there is no father to speak of. And so, men awkwardly and inappropriately remain attached to the woman as mother, rather than as an equal. Romance becomes incestuous and confusing, as men become seekers of mothers rather than partners.

A real woman does not want a grown man to follow her around like a lost boy or puppy. When the cuteness wears off, she awkwardly becomes a mother, rather than a lover of a true man. Relationships become difficult when a man can not give, but is in contestant need to receive.

A man must detach from Eve in order to become attached to the Father Heart of God. Without a father in the life of a boy, the boy becomes lost and wounded. When the boy ages into adulthood, without initiation and ceremony he hides his unfathered and boyish heart with the fig leaves of false masculinity and posing.

Wounded boys and men like this need healing. Jordan and I have witnessed the miracle of healing and restoration of men’s heart to the Father Heart of God in the space of a few days. God can and does heal by just one word. After all, did not God speak the worlds into existence, by the Word of his power?

“For He spoke, and all things came into being. A single command from His lips, and all creation obeyed and stood its ground.” Psalms 33:9 (VOICE)

“His Son is the radiance of his glory, the very image of his substance, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purified us of our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high…” Hebrews 1:3 (WEB)

Yes, God can do a miracle in a man’s soul with one word!

Also, do you see the connection between “His Son is the radiance of his glory,” and you, being, or becoming His son, reflecting his radiance? This is something that only a Father-God can do. This is not Eve’s place or role in your life.

A real woman desires a real man. However, so many woman have settled for boys trapped inside the body of a man, and so become mothers. This cycle repeats itself over and over again. Women searching for real men, and real men searching for real women, but finding only the adolescent forms of what whole men and women should be. Only God can stop this cycle and it starts with the healing of father wounds in the hearts of men and women.

The enemy has spoken words of power also, and so stricken and wounded the hearts of people by using wounded fathers, and mothers too, to wound the heart and soul of their offspring. Thus perpetuating cursed boys and girls, which grow up with insatiable (impossible to satisfying) desires, or appetites for sex and drugs, or eating disorders. The hole is a God sized hole, which only his wholeness can fill. But since many significant wounds originate with the father or mother, they are driven away from the Father Heart of God and the nurturing and maternal presence of the Holy Spirit.

John Eldredge, author and speaker wrote the following:

“A wound that is not wept for is a wound, which cannot be healed.”

And so, we live a life without tears; without compassion and love for our own wounded hearts and souls. – We all die silently while God has delivered to us our only remedy, that is, Jesus Christ.

“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” said Jesus – John 14:6.

The Father is the principal destination and the Son is the vehicle, or passage way to the heart of Abba-God. (Abba is Hebrew for: Papa or Da-da, an endearing term for Father).

“For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” Romans 8:15 (ESV)

“Because you are now part of God’s family, He sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts; and the Spirit calls out, “Abba, Father.” Galatians 4:6 (VOICE)

For those who have the Water of Life, start watering. For those of you my dear friends, and those whom I’ve not had the pleasure in meeting, drink deeply from the Water of Life, and you will never go thirsty again.

Jesus said, “… Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst—not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life.” John 4:14 (MSG)

If you want to hear more about this amazing Water and the Father Heart of God, message me, or ask for it from others who are drinking from this Well of Life and who are acquainted with the Abba of Jesus.

Don’t remain in slavery, and do not give into fear, but receive the Spirit of Life, of adoption into the family of God; into the Father-Heart of God.

Do not silently hide, or dismiss your heart, become the man you were meant to become, and simply pray and ask God to father you in the way you should go, and you will find peace and joy.

Our God is no deadbeat Dad, but the Everlasting Father, Wonderful Counselor, the Mighty God and the Prince of Peace!

Becoming a true and whole man is what every real woman desires – she’s after the authentic you.

The Healing of A Woman’s Heart – To Be Seen or Not to Be Seen – By Thomas Koester

A little girl understands the significance of inner beauty by her daddy. Her mother may teach her the practicality and meaning of femininity, but her daddy will teach her the significance of her feminine beauty and being captivating in heart and soul. To ignore this; writes John Eldredge, “…to dismiss her little twirls, her bashful smiles, and cries, of: “Daddy, do you see me? Daddy, do you delight in me? Daddy, do you have time for me?” Is to create ugliness on the inside and an overemphasis of significance and beauty on the outside.

So many little girls are wounded in heart and soul, but not only by a brute father, cruelty, or physical violence. This is not to marginalize, or diminish the pain of abuse, which so many little girls and women have suffered, but a father’s absence, busyness, or silence can be very damaging to her inner beauty and feminine heart.

I know this, because I have a wonderful, graceful; very intelligent and gentle daughter, named Tessa. She is blessed with a natural outer beauty, and, in spite of my long periods of absence in her younger years, she radiates with inner beauty and a love for life. She is also very creative and a very bright business woman.

Yes, I know about wounded little girls and wounded wives. I wish I could undo the absent and silent years, while I was too busy with career and acclimation, fame and fortune. I hate that not only did I validated much of my wife’s wounding, but created wounding within the heart and soul of my precious daughter.

But, as fathers and daddies, if we turn our hearts back towards our daughters, they can be set free to twirl, smile and light up with inner beauty, no matter how young, or old. It is never, absolutely never too late to heal the damage we men, young and old have inflicted on the most precious gift as a little girl.

If we don’t, she’ll go on, and on accentuating her outer beauty and cultivating and shaping her femininity as a weapon against other women, and an allurement to capture men’s primal instinct and attention, whereby she’ll ruin herself, over and over again.

The hole in her heart is caused not by strangers, boyfriends, or lovers, but by a father, and no other man on earth can make her whole again, except the man called her daddy.

My daughter has told me many times, while we’re in public; “did you see the way that girl looked at me?” It took me awhile to understand and catch what she had experienced, but one day, I saw the snarling look girls give to pretty girls. The irony is that the angry or jealous girl may be beautiful herself.

But doesn’t this speak to the real issue; the real battle within the wounded feminine heart and soul? She feels threatened and at war with outer beauty, no matter how ugly an opponent may be, as she is blinded to the inner ugliness of others, she is also blind to the forgotten inner beauty of herself. So all that is left, is the shell and not the substance of who she truly is. She is lost.

A wise and good father will point his daughter to a greater Father, by loving her from the inside out. By loving her from his heart to hers, grants her the belief and faith in a Loving, and Father-Hearted God.

“No one can come to the Father, Jesus has said, except through me.” John 14: 6. And, with the passage way and destination to God being both male, a father-wounded girl may have great difficulty trusting these words of Jesus, or the goodness of the heart of a Father-God.

The Evil One uses a father’s inexperience and his own childhood wounding from his own father, to wound the daughters and sons that he may father. This is called a schism, a well planted wedge of hurt and pain from one victim to the next; from one father to daughters and sons, and so on, until generations are inflicted with heartlessness, self loathing and external living.

If we fail to turn to our daughters, a wounded girl will compete aggressively among other sufferers; among other wounded girls. The only difference between a wounded little girl and a wounded and grown women, is the cost of their hair, makeup, clothing and accessories.

I have nothing against makeup, clothing, or a little bling. But, if you want the right kind of man, wouldn’t you rather captivate him with your heart and soul? If not, you may fall for a guy who’ll not see you, not delight in you, and not spend time with you. You’ll settle for the abuse of silence and busyness; a hollow man, only satisfied with your competitive and external beauty, which you must constantly fight against foods, fads and aging.

Wouldn’t you want a man, who values and is captivated by your heart and soul? After all, your heart and soul are eternal and not external.

Healing is possible. Life is possible. and Love is worth fighting for and a daddy’s love is worth risking the hurt of possible rejection. But, “faith, hope and love is eternal,” and, as it further says in 1 Corinthians Chapter 13, the Love Chapter, “Love keeps no record of wrongs.”

…Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

…And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. I Corinthians 13: 4-8, 13.

If you want “Happily Ever After,” you have to find the guy who’s after your heart, not your body or made up face. When you do, you’ll be happy and free to truly live and to truly be loved.

It is the heart, it’s always been the heart. And not only is this the part of you, which Christ came to heal, but also to make his home with you, inside your heart.

“The Spirit of the Lord, the Eternal, is on me. The Lord has appointed me for a special purpose. He has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to repair broken hearts, And to declare to those who are held captive and bound in prison, “Be free from your imprisonment!” He has sent me to announce the year of jubilee, the season of the Eternal One’s favor:

for our enemies it will be a day of God’s wrath; For those who mourn it will be a time of comfort. As for those who grieve over Zion, God has sent me to give them a beautiful crown in exchange for ashes, To anoint them with gladness instead of sorrow, to wrap them in victory, joy, and praise instead of depression and sadness.” Isaiah 61: 1-3 (VOICE)

To be seen or not to be seen? That is a great question. Start with the healing of your heart and all will go well with you.

Be seen as radiant and beautiful of heart, and let all other fads, fashions and accessories go, as nothing is more important than you and the little girl who was once lost, and is now found, loved and celebrated of heart and soul.

I see you!

I love the scene from the movie, “The Last of the Mohicans,” when Cora Munro, played by Madeleine Stowe is seen by Hawkeye, played by Daniel Day Lewis.

Cora: “What are you looking at, Sir?”

-She neither expected nor anticipated the answer she received, and appears awkward and bashful, but nonetheless she is captivated by his seeing her.-

“I’m looking at you, Miss,” Hawkeye said, steadily.

Healing Your Past Will Set You Free In Your Present – By Thomas Koester

“Reconciliation Starts Here – Forgiveness Starts Here …This is Why it is Such A Powerful Weapon”

Christ came to reconcile our past and future, so that we may live real and abundant lives in the present. Time and forgetfulness cannot heal old wounds, for this is why Christ announced his anointing, as he read from Isaiah 61:

“The Sovereign Lord is upon me and has anointed me to preach good news to the spiritual poor and impoverished, to heal the broken hearted; setting captives free, and proclaiming release for the imprisoned.”

Yes he came for our salvation, but he also came for our healing, release of our captivities and for freedom from our bondages. All of these things are from our past. The above list is most often what has happened to us, whether it was yesterday or years ago. Christ is ready to go there with you now, and at this very moment. Please, don’t ignore the tugging that’s happening at this moment in your heart and mind. Don’t be afraid, but be brave. Be humble. Get freed.

I was preaching at a men’s retreat a few years ago for a men’s group from a Church which I had not visited nor was I familiar with. At the opening of the retreat, I was introduced to all the men in the group, and one of the men was familiar to me. I introduced myself to this gentlemen, and I immediately recalled that this was the man who had molested me as a child, some forty years earlier.

What ended up happening was nothing short of a miracle and the beauty of the Kingdom of God was breaking through; peace between the lion and the lamb was about to occur.

God had given me the message of reconciliation and forgiveness a few days before the retreat. But before God would allow me to preach it, he asked me to reconcile with this man now, and at that moment, and to forgive him before I do anything else.

So, with God’s grace and power, I cooperated with His Spirit of forgiveness and mercy. I had kept this man’s offense to myself and from the rest of the men at the retreat, and I walked with God into my past. Christ Jesus brought us peace, healing, freedom and release. Chains fell off that weekend and a new friendship was born.

Later I had learned that this man had become a Christian shortly after he had molested me so many decades ago. But, until I had forgiven him I was buried under a mountain of shame that haunted me for decades.

God, through Christ Jesus is reconciling the world back to God, and even our past. Sometimes his Spirit of Grace brings us backwards to reconcile past hurts, past captivities and past imprisonments. Whether it is us behind the bars of hatred and unforgiveness, or the whether we’re the jailer, holding the keys of someone else’s past offenses against them.

Through the Men’s Retreat, God had shown me that we can only stumble over our past if it is left in a state of un-forgiveness and left unreconciled. Because God is eternal, the Alpha and Omega, he exists in our past, present and future. The works of Christ, destroying the works of the Devil in all the areas and seasons of our lives is both completed and ongoing, in a multidimensional way and unhindered by time and place.

All governments are upon his shoulders. The expanse of his Kingdom shall know no end. He is the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, Wonderful Counselor and the Prince of Peace. He is there all the time, and in every area of our lives, past, present and future, but you must believe and obey Him and listen to His voice. I cannot stress how significant the voice of the Lord is and how important it is to listen, follow and obey.

We can enter into our future with triumph, because Jesus Christ has triumphed over our pasts, and if we work with him, he will bring us to the place of forgiveness, even forgiveness for our past enemies, abusers and those who’ve betrayed our hearts.

Forgiveness is such a powerful weapon for good.

Journey with God, as he leads you, and do not dismiss your past, but have the courage and faith to follow Him wherever he leads you.

I can promise you this, God is already there!

Love Is On The Way – A Note From Heaven

Delivered By Thomas Koester

My dear Precious One,

Pain, suffering, crisis and hardship are tools in my hand, not to harm you; not to punish you, but to transform and beautify you. All losses and all hardships are my instructors and directors, nudging you towards my heart and shaping my likeness into your uniqueness.

I have redeemed you to be with me forever, and so, I’m preparing you now for the happily-ever-after then.

Don’t stop loving me. I will not stop loving you – never! I am a ferocious and unstoppable lover of your heart and soul. There is no other God like me, or ever shall there be. I am your One and Only, as you are my one and only. This is how I see all my children, high or low, great or small, you are precious to me all.

Focus not your worry on the crisis. Rather, focus your faith on my promises, so that my will may happen on earth, just as it exists here with me in heaven.

I hold ALL things together by the Word of my Power! Am I not qualified to be your only God and Father?

I am jealous for your love, but I know how frail you are and how prone you are to wonder, so I am patient, wooing you by my Spirit and gently whispering to your heart and soul: “come back to me… …come back my Dear One.”

Don’t test me, but rest in me, and all will go well with you.

My Son Jesus, is my expression of my love for you. His face is my face. His passion is my passion. Come to me through him. If you stop believing in Him, you stop believing in Me. Don’t stop believing, and don’t stop obeying my Word and my Voice.

In due time your season will change. The valleys of death will be gone and mountainous vistas will spring up, and the works of my hand will shower you with breathtaking beauty and it will captive your heart. Your soul will be filled to overflowing and we’ll dance together again.

I am longing to show you my face and light up your life with my full presence and full glory, into everlasting joy and happiness.

In that day, you’ll become as bright as the stars in heaven and all your worries, hurts and imperfections will be gone, gone and gone, never to return.

I can’t wait to show you all I’ve prepared just for you. Let me continue to prepare you for all of it; the highs and lows, the turbulence and difficult days are all masterfully handled and orchestrated by me.

Be patient and remain true to me, as our time together is always approaching nearer and nearer. Things will get rough just before they’ll get better, so watch carefully for my signs and ready yourself — I love to come through for you, because I’m in love with you…

…Love is on the way!

Your Loving Abba-Father,