The Believer’s Authority by Pastor Don
We are learning about the Believer’s Authority.
The fabric between space and time is fluid, not rigid like we believe. In the reality of this, God is.
Genesis 1-4 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness.
Notice this, that God divided the light FROM the darkness. It was not a case of there was no light, then God created light. The light was divided from the darkness.
Genesis 1:5 God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.
Notice that day one starts at evening. For the Jewish people day begins at sunset. The devil has reversed this. Why would it start at evening? God designed men to rest. Sleeping is the beginning of their day, and this is a psychological and a spiritual message. The devil tries to get us up so that we go, go, go. This was not God’s design. We get so busy we lose consciousness of sense and tend to eat and do things that are not in our best interests.
God wanted us to begin our day with an attitude of gratitude, and that begins with resting in God, where in this rest God can charge us up, help us to remove bitterness, put dreams and visions into us, help us to know our missions, and it is when we are resting that we are in position to listen to God. To hear His voice. During the day we are not so receptive, but when we are asleep the brain and body are highly attuned and the spirit can more easily be heard. Then we waken and step into the morning after hearing from God.
So that is why evening begins the day, so we can get rested in the Lord. Then when we wake up we can work, as He wants us to work. If our flesh man runs us it leads to our destruction. If God runs us, we run into restoration.
In the second day the waters are divided.
Genesis 1:7 Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so.
There was a canopy over the earth, and it was an oxygen rich environment. The ozone layer was very thick.
Genesis 1:8 And God called the firmament Heaven. So the evening and the morning were the second day.
Evening & morning – second day
Genesis 1:9-12Then God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters He called Seas. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
Genesis 1:13 So the evening and the morning were the third day.
Genesis 1:14-18 Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.
Lights were formed to divided the day and the night. This is where God created time, dividing day and night. This was to be for signs, seasons, changes, and years. Until verse 14 time was an expanse of eternity, there wasn’t earthly time as marked by the sun and day.
When we are in the Spirit realm time does not dominate us. We can think we were in the Spirit for five minutes and two hours have passed. In the Spirit we are not bound by Chronos time of day/night, seasons, etc.
FAITH exists in the Spiritual realm. Faith is NOT bound by time. You believe for Something. Abraham believed in the faithfullness of God. He had a promise that took 25 years to be fulfilled. To God that is like a split second. It is poetically nice to say that God is in the eternal now. But there is no change and there has to be change for God is creating. God set certain things into time, but where is God? Some picture God sitting outside and observing? But what kind of God would that be? God lives in faith time, not chronos time. We can’t have love without faith and faith without love.
God can reach His hand into time. Joshua by faith stopped the sun. Here the natural was impacted by the supernatural. Adam and Eve were not naked babies but full adults. God formed all that He created and it was in perfect order.
Romans 4:17 (as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did;
God did not think the earth into existence, God SPOKE. He told Abram that He was going to make Abram the father of many nations. Notice that God made Abram this BEFORE it existed. For this to happen, God had to have a concept of time and of earth in time that we are not aware of.
GOD GOVERNS TIME BUT IS NOT SUBJECT TO TIME.
Faith can dominate and interrupt time. God operates in faith. God is cognizant of change. He did it before and now brings it to our attention. God is in Heaven, cognizant of our chronos time, but faith is not bound by time.
Notice: ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD.
The Holy Spirit says that God calls something that does not exist in time as if it exists. In time and out of time – but it is not tick tock time, it is chronos time. We have to discern that our words have reactions in the flesh. We need to accept the power of words, and not try to negate the power of words and the creative spirit. It is like electricity which can do helpful things or kill you depending on how it is used. Electricity in and of itself is a power, but how it is used will determine the outcome.
Faith is not bound by time. But it can take time before what we are believing in faith manifests in tick tock time. We call those things that be not as though they were. We are told to speak to the mountain, refuse to be bound by symptoms. Speaking faith to be cured. FAITH IS NOW. Not going to be. YOU ARE.
Abram was the father of many nations. God changed his name to Abraham (which means father of many nations) forcing him to speak into existence the reality that he was the father of many nations. Every time he introduced himself he was saying, by saying his name, “I am the father of many nations.”
We are not bound by what we see in the outer realm in our senses. Our circumstances are not the truth. In faith the time line of earth does not exist, we get out of that limitation.
Mark 11:22-24 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.
Notice that it says “SAYS” Saying is everything. Why no doubt in your heart? Your head and thoughts are all about chronos (tick tock) time. If we operate from our head we are bound by what we see. We need to speak to the situation, to speak faith, not what we see with our senses. When we spend our time whining about our situation we are speaking our situation and it makes it harder for us to free ourselves from it, for we are speaking the negative.
When it says do not doubt in your heart, it is talking about the inner man. The inner man is not bound by our circumstances. A mom can talk to her child after they have flunked math and instead of berating them for being stupid, she can say, “You will do great things.” It can inspire the child to do better, and then the parent can help. Speak life into that situation, not condemning the child to thinking they are stupid.
Then it says BELIEVE what HE SAYS. The Bible tells us that the power of death and life is in the tongue. Notice the order – death and life. Most people switch those two words around. Most of us give the power of death more power than life. But Jesus conquered death, hell and the grave. With our tongues we can speak life into situations, or we can choose to speak our situation and death. If we let our lips speak our circumstances and the flesh, it does not help our situation. Far better to speak the truth of God.
What we call life, is really death. Death is first than life. We tend to live in sin and carnality until we become born again, and then we have true life.
So often in our circumstances we give up too soon. Pastor Don gave the example of a wife married to a husband, and she starts speaking about the negative things that she sees him doing, that is speaking death over the relationship. She thinks that the husband is not sanctified, but her speaking is only hurting the relationship, not helping.
When we become born again we see the light and recognize the darkness. But when we begin to emphasize where a person is in darkness we are finalizing their reality with our mouths. When we call things the way they are (circumstances) instead of speaking words of faith, it will not help to change the situation. We need to speak that they are growing toward the light, calling those things that be not as though they are.
We have to be careful what we sow with our mouths. Our words can create our worst nightmares.
Pastor Don said that if someone calls you stupid, you need to do something to cancel that statement. You have to use your ability to negate what they are saying. To tell yourself that you are not receiving what they are saying.
Pastor Don also told us that the best way to change somebody is by changing yourself. When you speak, let your words be seasoned with faith.
Pastor Don had a positive dad and a mom that often spoke negative words over him. He told us he had to fight for survival.
Power of positive speaking: If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t talk.
If the devil is working against you to destroy you, you have to say, “I’m not receiving. I’m believing and speaking something different.”
Those who have a victory are not those who have no struggles, but those who persist and keep going forward.
I am going to stop here for today, and will finish this Bible study tomorrow. Our Bible studies run anywhere from 1 1/2 hours to 2 1/2 hours, and I figured you might like the study broken up into two parts.
Have a blessed Friday.
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