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The Word of His Power

Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high…Hebrews 1:3

In prayer, I had an impression of some things “crumbling”.  Whatever these things may be… personal plans, callings, relationships, finances, ministries, etc. (you can fill in the blanks), it’s not being upheld by the Word of His power.

Either, He didn’t say it to begin with…

or…

His word isn’t being prayed, prophecied, declared, proclaimed, spoken…undergirding it.

 
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Posted by on July 24, 2011 in power, Prayer, Prophecy, Provision, Words

 

Power Failure

Ephesians 3:20-21, Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

If I’m doing the math correctly, power= asking & thinking. 

Asking & thinking are the motor skills of power. 

With the absence of asking & thinking, there can be a power failure.

We must strengthen our motor skills.

THINK…

Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.  Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.  Meditate (think) on these things; give yourself wholly to them; that your profiting may appear to all. 1 Timothy 4:13-15

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8

Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 1 Corinthians 13:5

ASK…

And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. 1 John 5:14-15

Interesting…confidence should bear the fruit of asking

If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. John 15:7

Asking reveals where we abide and what abides in us.

Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.  John 16:24

A lack of joy may be a direct result of simply not asking.

Let Resurrection power partner with asking and thinking today.  God is able!   

And just for fun, I’ll leave you with this comparison.

Power=asking and thinking.

Faith=believing and speaking.

 

Incomplete Works

Revelation 3:1-2, To the angel of the church in Sardis write: These are the words of him who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your deeds complete in the sight of my God.

When I read these words, reverence for God strikes my heart.  It does.  A good, healthy, holy fear.

We cannot fake God out.  Our reputation among people doesn’t faze Him one bit!  Not at all. 

There are things left undone.  You know it. I know it and more importantly, Father God knows it. 

This is God’s warning to us (me).  It’s time to wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die.

Don’t stop half-way!

Don’t stop just short of it!

Speak to it again! Speak to it!

Speak to the prophecies of days gone by!

Speak to the visions and the dreams!

Speak to your holy calling!

Speak to His purposes and plans for you life!

Speak to the promises of God’s word again!

Declare it again that surely it will come! It will not tarry.

Surely.

We are on the brink!  You and I are on the brink of completion!  This is the point of onset!

[This is a side note but I feel it is of importance. Recently, in our prayers, God has revealed the color red.  God said, “it’s the beginning of seeing”.  The name Sardis means “red ones”. Selah.]

 
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Posted by on July 22, 2011 in Resurrection Power

 

Power Hackers

Hebrews 9:14, How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

According to the Greek, the function of conscience is… 

1. distinguishing between what is morally good and bad

2.  prompting to do the former and shun the latter

3. commending one, condemning the other

The conscience is where we file memories as defined by the root word Suneido, meaning to have seen in one’s mind with one’s self or with others.  Ironically, it’s pronounced “soon i do”.  It’s a picture.   A spiritual photo album in a sense of either things we have done or in the future, will do…maybe even again

These dead works that Hebrew 9:14 talks about are what I would like to refer to as “power hackers”.  They have been purged from our conscience by the blood of Jesus.  They have been evicted.  However, at any given opportunity, will try to take up residence again because without us, they are lifeless.   

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things (dead works, perhaps?)  are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:1  (Notice the responsiblity of the conscience here.  It’s the part that beholds.)  

Passed away is another term for dead.  God has said that if any man be in Christ, old things are dead!   It can be any number of things.  Old actions, behaviors, tendencies, thoughts, speech, relationships, habits, etc.  You name it, it’s dead.  That means that every demon attached to the old is left powerless. 

To be plugged into a dead outlet is useless, so wouldn’t it make sense to steal it?  It’s energy theft at it’s best.

Now, as new creatures,  there is such a power working in us.  Ephesians 1:19-21 speaks of it. 

And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come…

It’s Resurrection power! 

It’s this very power that the old things and dead works will tap into. 

But what we must understand is that nothing dead can live unless we allow it to.  It’s what we yield our God-given power to that will live. 

So, even though I call dead works “power hackers”, truly, they can only take what we give them.   If we’re not careful, we can provide outlets for these things.

If you’ve found yourself in dead works lately…

If your conscience is reminding you…

If you feel a little drained…

It’s time to pull some plugs! 

How much more shall the blood of Jesus purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

 
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Posted by on July 21, 2011 in power, Resurrection Power

 

Anything But Small

Matthew 17:20, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. 

So often when I see a passage referencing mustard seed, immediately, I think of the size.  “Just a little, itsy, bitsy, teeny, weeny bit.  If I just have that.”  Can you relate?

 That’s because Mark 4 speaks of it that way, in the context of the Kingdom of God.  

But I think it’s important to note that Jesus didn’t say anything about the size of our faith.  What he said was, “faith as a grain of mustard seed”.

He was talking about the potential of faith. 

Is the Kingdom of God small? 

Insert “pregnant pause” here.

At first glance, the mustard seed looks insignificant. 

Yet, it’s the same principle as Hebrews 11:3.  Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. 

If someone says, “I give you my word.”, are you tangibly holding anything? 

No.

But it’s a promise and it’s as good as yours.  

This is how it is with God’s word.  It always produces and like the mustard seed, its BIG TIME!  

This may seem a bit off course here but bear with me.  Remember this post? (Will This Faith Live?)  If not, go back and read it when you’re done with this.     

It was in that post that I talked about applying resurrection power to our faith.

James 2:26, Faith without works is dead.

Dead faith doesn’t believe anything, say anything and much less, produce (do) anything!

Now, just read what  Matthew 17:20 says in the amplified version….

He said to them, Because of the littleness of your faith [that is, your lack of  firmly relying trust]. For truly I say to you, if you have faith [that is living] like a grain of mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, Move from here to yonder place, and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.

Did you see that?  The mustard seed is representative of faith that is living!

Does your faith need CPR?  God breathes on it when you do.  When your breath passes over your vocal chords releasing His word into the atmosphere, it gives faith a pulse!

 
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Posted by on July 20, 2011 in Faith, Resurrection Power

 

Mountain Out Of A Molehill

Matthew 17:20, He replied, “Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” (NIV)

God has made it so simple, hasn’t He?  Simple. 

The Word clearly states that if we have faith as small as a mustard seed, we can say to this mountain, MOVE! and it will.  It will. The mountainIt moves.  Not you. 

This is a very popular verse and many of us tarry on the mustard seed and I’ll definitely get to that in the next post but first revelation first. 

The mountain.

The explanation that the Great Big Book of Everything (AKA, the Strong’s Exhaustive  Concordance of the Bible) offers is that the mountain is both doubt and “to expiate sin“. 

The Great Big Book of Every Other Thing (AKA, Merriam Webster Dictionary) defines expiate as to satisfy or atone for.

As I lay on my bed with a cold compress on my head due to a mountain headache, let’s just say I used this time to meditate on this. 

Here’s what Holy Spirit and I talked about.

Doubt is something that presents itself as bigger than God.  We can either chose to accept or refuse it’s suggestion. 

The mountain, if an atonement for sin or something we think has to be there as a consequence/ payment for what we have done wrong, it will not move. 

Have you ever used the phrase, mountains of bills?  It’s a term used for debt.  With that in mind, Holy Spirit downloaded this.

Sin debt is the greatest poverty known to man. 

When one receives the salvation that can only come from our Lord Jesus Christ, our sin debt has been paid in full.   Paid.  Not because of anything that we can do but because of His mercy and His grace. 

But when the aforementioned consequences befall us or the enemy comes to extract a payment from us…do we think we have to accommodate it? 

Listen, I don’t owe the devil anything! I don’t owe him a headache!  I don’t owe him lack!  I don’t owe him guilt! I don’t owe him stress! I don’t owe him  ____________ (insert the latest consequence here!)

But, still he comes for his pound of flesh and I find myself obliging!

If I keep thinking I owe, it’s my greatest poverty and will breed poverty in every area of my life! 

I have to let the Lord handle my accounts!  

For some reason, I can hear the words of my mother, “Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill.” 

To do such a thing is to over-react or to make too much out of a minor issue. 

According to Wikipedia, when we make a mountain out of a molehill, we are responding disproportionately to something.  It’s an act of exaggeration.  Get this…a distortion known as magnification.  It’s to dwell on a situation that is long passed and no longer significant.

Sound familiar? Why does Jesus demonstrate that these things should be cast into the sea?  Because that’s the place He has provided for them.

Micah 7:19, He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.

Something we can learn from the mole and a warning to us…

Moles have an uncanny knack for instantly locating newly planted shrubs, trees, seeds…..and tunneling under them.  This has the unfortunate effect of both unearthing the transplants,  and denying them much needed water.

(This was on another blog that I came across as I was looking for the perfect mole picture.  It’s called, The Things I Gave Away.  Since I’m not into plagiarism, how’s that for credit?) 

Hopefully we get the picture here.  No wonder a molehill feels like a mountain.  It threatens the harvest of our lives! It does it’s very best to deprive our seed and the Seed himself from rooting down deep.

But the mountain, it responds to your voice! It’s at your command.  It picks up and leaves based on what you believe. 

Are you in debt or are you prosperous?

That’s why the mustard seed.  

Until tomorrow…

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2011 in Faith, Jesus, Provision

 

Seeing Through Bountiful Eyes

 He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.  Proverbs 22:9

The bountiful eye is the eye of faith. 

It’s the eye that sees “there is more than this“. 

Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.   Hebrews 11:3

With the bountiful eye, we see a spiritual framework.   

Every existence is of Divine deposit…backed by the greater unseen. 

The bountiful eye takes in the peripheral.  It sees outside the box and doesn’t fear the box being empty.

The bountiful eye sees beyond human parameter, limitation and circumstance. 

To have this eye is to be blessed

And to be blessed is to deal our bread to the poor.

Our bread is our communion with God.  The substance and the evidence of our interaction with Father God and the presence of His Holy Spirit in our lives. 

Give us this day our daily bread.  (Matthew 6:11)

Every day, there is opportunity for things which are seen to be made of things that do not appear. 

Every day, we can live in the reality of our prosperity.

Every day, we can take the bread of relationship and deal it to those who are poor.

If you study out that word “poor”, you’ll find that it is rooted in the Hebrew word dalal , which means to languish or look weakly of eyes

What a glorious truth!

To better interpret Proverbs 22:9…

 He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to those who languish or look weakly with their eyes.  When you do, you give to those who see weakly. 

A bountiful eye never sees only for itself. 

And a blessed man never eats alone.

 
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Posted by on July 17, 2011 in Blessing, Faith, Seeing