It is in the Father’s nature to win. Not in the sense that He needs to compete against another, as the term 'winning' might imply. He simply does all things well and cannot be faulted, as He always and ultimately does what is best and right. There is not a challenger in the realm of spiritual things that can even get close to Him, if it is not willed by Him. The Father knows nothing about defeat or failure. Everything about Him is perfect, and nothing He originally created had defect. Had the first man and woman not secured a sinful future for mankind due to their disobedience, the whole human race would have continued to exist in a state of absolute perfection – without knowledge of things that would inevitably usher in feelings of failure, loss and, ultimately, abject misery.
But this is not the Father’s will, nor is it His way. He makes “…everything beautiful in its time” (Ecclesiastes 3:11). It cannot be said that there is one battle He has fought, that He has not won. It cannot be said that there is one life that He has sought, that has not been touched and healed, and brought back into the image of the perfect Son. This is His way – to make the imperfect perfect; restored to the original intent of the Father, making such a person ‘fit’ for communion with Elohim. The Scriptures and the testimonies of countless individuals declare it to be so. Consider the havoc Yahweh wrought on the world’s superpower, Egypt, when He decided it was time to bring His people out from under the bondage of the might of that country. He took off the wheels of the chariots, not only in the Red Sea, but figuratively, in the whole land of Egypt, with the calling into play of a few natural elements. But Goshen had light!
We can recall Joshua and his men, marching to the orders of the Father, stalking the people of Jericho as they marched around the city for one whole week – and at the time indicated by Yahweh, the walls of Jericho came crashing down!
We can remember also, the exploits of other scriptural ‘greats’ – David, Samson, Daniel, Elijah – the list goes on and on. The Scriptures declare, for a purpose, the failings of such men when they went forward in their own strength and understanding. But the successes abounded when they partook of the winning nature of the Father, and went forward in His time, in His strength, at His word.
You see, Yahweh wishes to impart that winning streak to each of His children. It is not His desire that those, whom He loves, undergo torrential lashes of failure, intimidation, timidity. These things undermine the true nature of the Father. His utmost desire is to see His children walk on the ‘high places of the earth’ (Deuteronomy 32:13, Isaiah 58:14 KJV). In the book of Habakkuk the writer records a journey which takes him from a place of questioning the chosen instrument of Yahweh’s dealing, in this case the Chaldeans, to a place of absolute trust in the Father, which enabled him to walk with “…hinds feet upon mine high places…” (Habakkuk 3:19 KJV). It did not matter if the fig tree did not blossom, he would still rejoice! This is the behaviour and attitude of someone who has embraced that winning streak – nothing can deter him!
Is this your experience today? Do you know the winning nature of the Father in your life? Does He exceed all your expectations? Is He free to impart to you a dynamic, undeterred attitude that sees you walk on the high places of the earth; to sit with the princes of the earth; to be as a city set on a hill? Are you able to say in all circumstances, regardless of personal loss and misfortune, “I know my Redeemer lives?” If so, then you know something of what the scriptural ‘greats’ experienced.
That is not to say that we won’t have our trial and temptations. This is and always will be the plight of the children of Yahweh – for it is in the fire that pure gold is refined. But even in the heat of the battle there is a place of solidarity when we know the love and the heart of the Father. In the desert, He is the oasis; in the storm, He provides the safety of the harbour; when the wind blows and the rain falls, the house built on the Rock will withstand the onslaught. Oh, if we can, today, but receive a glimpse into the heart of the Father, to understand His desire for His children, our hearts will be lifted up and our spirits will soar as the eagle.
It is with a personal conviction and experience of the Father’s winning nature that we must go into the towns and cities of our nation and with boldness declare the love and supremacy of the One True God. Into the sound of the many voices of our nation, must come a strong, clear trumpet call from the Mountain of Yahweh, such as, “For [Yahweh] so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16); “Awake to righteousness and sin not...” (1 Corinthians 15:34 KJV); and, “rend your heart, and not your garments. Return to [Yahweh] your [Elohim], for he is gracious and compassionate” (Joel 2:13).
Proverbs declares, “…he who wins souls is wise” (11:30). The Father knows that in the spiritual climate of today souls have to be ‘won’ for the Kingdom. One good interpretation of the word ‘won’ in this sense is ‘captured’. Souls need to be captured from a life of misery and spiritual meaningless, and from the paws of a ‘marauding lion’, then persuaded of the value of a ‘Good News’ gospel which changes lives and gives true purpose forever! Individuals come to the Father at the bidding of the Holy Spirit, but it is the Father’s children who are used as instruments to warm and challenge the heart of the seeker in spiritual matters. Nevertheless, to be used to see a soul ultimately cross the line of salvation and to work with such an individual takes the wisdom that comes from the Father.
Yahweh delights in saving those cast aside by society; equally He enjoys ‘interfering’ in the activities of humankind to bring out those whose hearts are searching and sensitive to spiritual matters. But often, He sends you and me to such ones. We must seek the heart and the nature of the Father as we venture out in obedience to the Great Commission. There is no room for pride or self-purpose and honour. After all, there is nothing we can do to save a soul from pending gloom and misery; we must simply open the door and beckon those who would listen to look to the Cross – where there are answers to all humanities dilemmas.
Yahshua was sent to a nation and to specific ones whom the Father had called. Yet, the impact of the Son of Yahweh was such that many ate ‘the bread that fell from the master’s table’ (see Matthew 15:21-27). The Father’s call is both general and specific. It is His desire that all are saved, and with such an understanding, His children must go forward and declare the message of the gospel without partiality. And yet there are those who hear a specific call. Wisdom will teach us to recognise the difference, and wisdom will help us to win, accordingly, whoever it is that Yahweh brings across our path.
Friend, believer, the call to go out into the highways and byways is not for some chosen few, those who have been ordained for such a task. This attitude of mind should be the natural overflow of every heart that has been touched infinitely by the Father. Has He not done great things for you? Has He not satisfied the deep desires of your heart? Has He not touched you in a very special way? Does this not carve within you a longing to see those whom society has cast aside taken up in the arms of a loving heavenly Father? If not, then you must go back to the foot of the Cross and receive a new glimpse of the One who once filled your heart with such love that nothing seemed too much to give.
The desire for the winning nature of the Father will only be sparked in you when the nature of the Son, that of pure love, is paramount in your life. For love He came, for love He died, for love He saves and satisfies. Let love be the motive that propels you forward today! Begin today, to experience the winning nature of the Father and see walls come crumbling down in peoples’ lives; see strongholds and superpowers in the hearts of mankind stripped bear; see lives touched and healed forever.
What joy and victory awaits all Yah’s children when they realise they are eternally part of a winning side.