The authority of the believer by Pastor Don
As believers we are sold a bill of goods as true by those who do not accept all that is in the Bible as true for today. God can see the end from the beginning. God does not function in Chronos Time (clock time as we know it on earth). If we could realize this our outlook would change for we would believe that God’s perfect timing was in effect. But our perception of Chronos time gets in our way all the time. God’s timing is different and if we could realize that He moves at the right time for us, then we would not get caught up in Chronos time and things would not seem so boring and wrong.
Psalm 17:3-5 You have tested my heart; You have visited me in the night; You have tried me and have found nothing; I have purposed that my mouth shall not transgress. Concerning the works of men, by the word of Your lips, I have kept away from the paths of the destroyer. Uphold my steps in Your paths, that my footsteps may not slip.
The Prophet David was saying that there is a period and time of testing for the believer. God knows the mind of us and is giving us a testing of the heart. Our hearts elude us when we think we want one thing, but we really want another. Be careful. On the surface what we respond to does not always come from our heart but from our brain.
In the natural we can be politely nice to people we don’t like. Be social and polite. We can do it to God. Yet in our heart we can think they are a pain and we don’t like them. God has tested our heart and as a result, God can decide if we are qualified and able to be put in position for the Kingdom. God directs our steps. When we let God direct our steps it is a benefit to the believer, but we need to qualify for it. If we don’t have a right heart, we are not in a position to be led.
The authority for the believer has conditions. The love of God is unconditional, but if we qualify we also gain authority. There is a difference between blessing and status.
Our status with God is that we are acceptable and He loves us. That’s a blessing for we are blessed to be a child of God. But for further blessings we have to qualify.
We are the pride of God and He is our loving Father. When God moves He will abundantly exceed our expectations. It is not tit for tat. For one little nice thing that we do for God, God does 50 or more for us.
We need to open our heart and let God in. When He comes in He will move the furniture around and redecorate. God wants to open up the secret compartments of our hearts. We have learned self-protection, don’t open up to every person. But some relationships are progressive over time, and we open up to a deeper relationship. We want to try and hide things from God, but God knows the things in our hearts and thoughts. The devil can’t hear our thoughts, he can only watch our behaviors and see our thoughts through what we say and do.
Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
The things you think in the night, your good and your bad thoughts, God can visit you there. We want to give our whole lives to God, and let Him transform our thoughts and minds, to be more in line with His perfect will for our lives.
Psalm 17:4 Concerning the works of men, by the word of Your lips, I have kept away from the paths of the destroyer.
It is what we say that helps to keep us out of the paths of the destroyer. We can speak negative into our lives or positive, it is our choice what comes out of our lips.
Psalm 17:5 Uphold my steps in Your paths, that my footsteps may not slip.
To qualify we don’t want our footsteps to slip. We know we can’t get out if we are hiding stuff and not ready to go to where God wants us to go.
Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
God made man like Him, giving us authority, character and power when we were created. Notice, it says “Let THEM” that means man – all men He created. God started with order and certain characteristics for man.
DOMINION – The same LOGOS and HOLY SPIRIT is in us that created the earth. God has given us free will, the ability to think, decide and eat the fruit of our decisions. Man is even more like God. He has given us dominion and innocence. Adam and Eve had no sense of evil or good, couldn’t do anything wrong until they listened to satan and made the free will choice to know good and evil. Before that they did not know how to rob, steal, kill, have sex outside of marriage, etc.
Genesis 1:28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
God BLESSED them and told them to be FRUITFUL AND MULTIPLY AND SUBDUE THE EARTH. That meant subdue satan, angels, anything on the earth. Why didn’t the devil just shove the fruit into Eve’s mouth? Because she had dominion over him. If you are not yielding to the will of God you have a heart problem.
Genesis 1:30 Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so.
Every beast of the earth.
Genesis 1:31 Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
Notice it was ALL good.
We then looked at the first two verses.
Genesis 1:1-2 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.
Notice that in this the earth was without form and void – God does not create a mess. God made all things perfect but something happened to cause the earth to be without form and void.
We know what precision it takes for our universe to operate. In verse 1 there was order and everything was in it’s right place. Verse 2 something happened to cause the earth to be without form and void. What happened?
Darkness was on the face of the deep. We really don’t know what that means. But then after that, God goes through the process of creation – reestablishing order. For things to stay in order there needs to be someone to have dominion on the earth.
God redecorated the earth and told Adam and Eve to keep it nice. God’s plan was that man was going to keep order on the planet.
Wherever God’s presence comes he will set things in order.
Practicing dominion here is a heart issue. The condition of the heart is immediately obvious for our mind shows our heart issues.
Psalm 18:1 I will love You, O LORD, my strength.
I WILL – we choose to do it. He gives us a choice to make. We can choose to love or not to love – to love God or not to love him, to treat others with love or not to treat them with love. We can overlook shortcomings in another – if we are looking for perfection on earth we will not find it for we all have stuff that makes us imperfect.
We need to get past the heart issues and speak to our needs. For example if you husband leaves his socks on the floor you can choose not to be offended. We love someone not to hurt them but to help them. If we will love people then we will change toward them and they will change toward us.
If we let God into our hearts, we open up hidden places and we get more blessing and power, and we need to do this to reap benefits.
We have to get honest with God. Lord I am working on it, I am trying to get it right. Don’t pretend that you have it right. You can’t step into the anointing without a humble heart and bold faith. David did not kill Goliath without stepping into Biblical faith. Let our feelings of unworthiness stop.
The book of Acts is also for us, for it shows what we can do. But we have to open our heart to it and want to qualify ourselves to step into boldness and get it.
We thought about a song that is often sung at our church. “The presence of the Lord is here and I’m going to get my blessings right now.” This seems carnal, but to qualify for blessings from God we have to go get them. With the right mind we can have the greatest blessings of God. So how do we qualify? We want to line up with the thoughts of God, but how do we know what God is thinking? Some use Isaiah 55 to tell us that we can’t know what God is thinking – but that is stinking thinking. We then looked at the passage of Isaiah 55 that seems to say we don’t know the thoughts of God. We looked at it deeply to see what it was really saying and who it was talking to.
The passage is Isaiah 55:8-9 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
If you take these verses out of context it sure seems that it is saying that we can’t know the thoughts of God. We eliminate anyone from knowing God’s thoughts, and belittle ourselves. So let’s look and see who is he speaking to? What is He speaking about? What does it mean?
God’s talking. Who is God talking to?
Isaiah 55:1 Ho! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
There is an availability of sustenance for anyone, outside or inside. All we have to have is need, and we can get it. It is free.
Isaiah 55:2 Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in abundance.
There are two kinds of bread – carnal (earth bread that we can eat) and spiritual bread. If we spend only on carnal things we will not be satisfied. We need to have wise use of money for spiritual things. Make wise decisions and eat what is good. Let the soul delight itself in abundance – this is about something more spiritual, not just more bread. How do we get this spiritual food?
Isaiah 55:3-4 Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you—the sure mercies of David. Indeed I have given him as a witness to the people, a leader and commander for the people.
God is directing us that if we want something spiritual, soul bread, spiritual food we have to come to God. LISTEN ATTENTIVELY. Come to God. HEAR it in your ear and receive it in your heart and mind. Be careful how you hear. We can hear something with a critical ear, sometimes we hear foolishly. We do not always discern what we are hearing. We have to hear, analyze it and decide if it is from God, and then let it get to our minds and heart. It is there that we have the authority of the believer.
Open up our heart’s secret places to God. God’s not going to smack you down, but He will help you clean it up. All we need to do is make an effort to open up to God and He will bless you.
When we hear and open up our insides to God we shall have the Zoe kind of life. Zoe means to live – the God kind of life. We are not just alive physically, but we will have a good life. Yes we will have problems, but there will be a peace and excitement and an abundant life even in the midst of our challenges. Our soul is composed of our mind, will and emotions and our soul will be happy. Is God afraid of swine flu, poverty or the economic downturn? No. We have an everlasting covenant with God. This passage is talking to us, for we are sons of David through Jesus Christ.
Was David perfect? No. But he had a heart for God. David stole Uriah’s wife and had Uriah killed. He violated his covenant as king. He was not a great father. But He did know to repent and lean on the mercy of God. He opened His heart to God and God called David a man after His own heart.
There is no sin too great that God can’t use us. Everyone God uses has had sin in their lives. Biblical examples of this are David, Paul, Peter, etc. Jesus is the only one without sin.
Isaiah 55:5 Surely you shall call a nation you do not know, and nations who do not know you shall run to you, because of the LORD your God, and the Holy One of Israel; for He has glorified you.”
Even though we have shortcomings, God will make us a special example to men. We are the head and not the tail. He endues us with power and authority, in spite of our shortcomings. Why? Because God has glorified us.
Jesus is our present reality. The Kingdom of God gives us authority, and helps us with what we do not know. We are led by the Holy Spirit, who helps us to know the mind and will of God, and the Holy Spirit speaks what Jesus speaks. The King is the Father, and we are under His benevolent dictatorship.
The unsaved call for the Kingdom of God, they look for us, and not know why. But we draw them to us, for we are ambassadors in the Kingdom of God. We are serving in the United States of America as Ambassador of the Kingdom of God. Our nation is the Kingdom of God. God glorifies us and places His anointing on us.
Some may wonder how can I be a sinner so long, and all of a sudden – miraculously be a believer. Our God is able. Our past is closed to us and God remodels us to serve in His Kingdom.
Isaiah 55:6 Seek the LORD while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near.
God is talking to us. We believers are glorified by Him because He is always near. The above passages speak to those who are believers, then Isaiah speaks to those who are nonbelievers, the wicked.
Isaiah 55:7 And the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.
God is talking to us about the wicked. God is seeking to reach the wicked, and what they need to do is to return to the Lord, and God will have mercy on them. Therefore if man changes his thoughts and returns to God, God will forgive him.
Am I wicked and unrighteous? We are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. When we were wicked or have our wicked thoughts we are not having God’s thoughts. Therefore then, the following verses would apply to us. But as the righteousness of God verses 8 and 9 do not apply to us.
You can’t separate verse 7 from verse 8.
Isaiah 55:8-9 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
We reversed this passage. When the wicked forsake God’s ways, then God’s thoughts are not our thoughts.
A Spirit Filled Believer has God’s thoughts. When we are filled with the Holy Spirit and are righteous because of Jesus, then we are thinking God’s thoughts. As the righteousness of God, we can get righteous, good ideas.
Isaiah 55:10 For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
What we do when we are righteous.
Isaiah 55:11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
Our minds will come to come to power in our callings, blessings and success if our heart is open and ready to receive. God says that we think like Him when our hearts are open to God and have changed. When our hearts are opened to God we begin to think right and get God’s thoughts. We can then hear what it is that God is saying through our hearts. We can discern if it is God or not God.
We want to work at opening up our hearts and exposing to God those hidden secrets and not pretend that they are not there. God already knows about them. When we can open them up to God we can be healed. God can return us to righteousness.
Then we need to begin to question our thoughts and ideas, are they wicked or righteous? We can determine to only do those things that are Godly. We can seek how we can be a blessing rather than a curse. How can we improve a situation instead of making it worse.
We can then step into all the promises of God. God has no problem with us realizing that we get something when we serve and obey God. God does not mind wise servants.
God wants us to open our hearts so He can heal us, open our ears so that He can speak to us, and open our minds so that He can change our mind to be more like His.
Praying your day is blessed.
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