God's word framed the world. He spoke and created.
By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.
God made us in His image and He created. He made us to create just like He did. Spoken words are our tools by which we use to frame our own world.
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.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 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.”
If words are our tools then the question is, how well are we using those tools? Are you choosing words that build up or destroy? Do you encourage or discourage?
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Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.
Expectancy - www.Dictionary.com =
1. the quality or state of expecting; expectation; anticipatory belief or desire. 2. the state of being expected. 3. an object of expectation; something expected.
The word we translate faith comes from the Greek word pistis. It means a moral conviction of truth;an assurance, a belief, faith, and fidelity.
In recent days an atheist and a humanist have visited an article I wrote. They were bloggers looking for a story and an argument and I got a lesson in the condition of modern day journalistic ethics (or not). That's beside the point. The attitude expressed, at least by the atheist was that he would not believe unless he saw proof. But faith works just the other way.
Hosanna - a divine appeal for help
God in His great mercy and love has sent His word through many apostles and prophets to warn us of the condition of our nation. We've already experienced many disasters (economic, weather, persecutions, etc.). We are doing our part to equip you to prepare for these times (click here for Spiritual Preparations & click here for Practical Preparations). In fact, if our nation repents, like Nineveh did at the preaching of Jonah, God would relent. But if it does not....
The key to not only surviving in the midst of adversity or judgment is .................. a marvelous, wonderful, awesome personal relationship with the Creator of the universe made possible through the gift Jesus gave us when He laid down His life for us.
The God who created all things talks to me! He will talk to you too. (click here to meet Jesus) This is the key to thriving (thrive = prosper, be successful, develop vigorously and flourish) in the midst of adversity.
Therefore the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you; And therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; Blessed are all those who wait for Him. For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem; You shall weep no more. He will be very gracious to you at the sound of your cry; When He hears it, He will answer you. And though the Lord gives you The bread of adversity and the water of affliction, Yet your teachers will not be moved into a corner anymore, But your eyes shall see your teachers. Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, "This is the way, walk in it," Whenever you turn to the right hand Or whenever you turn to the left.
My good friend Dan Hammer (Pastor/Apostle - Sonrise Christian Center click here) shared a dilemma he sometimes faced and was unsure about how to answer it. Sometimes people would throw up a statement something like this, "how can a loving God send people to hell." He prayed about this for a while and this is what he shared the Lord showed him (to the best of my recollection).
Imagine you as a father prepare a trip for your family to Disney Land. It is the happiest place on earth right? You take care of the flights, hotel, food, and in fact, you've made arrangements so everything is paid in advance. But your family chooses to go to Mukilteo.
Did the father send them there or is that just where they chose to go?
I was on Facebook yesterday when I saw a powerful testimony from the Mom of a nine month old whom God healed by growing her child's leg out. We happen to know Danielle personally because we have a covenant to pray for Skip and Danielle's business called DI Entertainment. We are rejoicing in the miracle Christ did on their behalf. Here's her testimony:
I took my baby in for her six month check up and learned that one leg was ½ inch shorter than the other. At 8 months I took her to another doctor it was confirmed again that one leg was ½ inch shorter. Yesterday (almost 9 months) I took her to a specialist that we were referred to and they confirmed they are now exactly the same.
It was a pretty noticeable difference with her short legs. You could see the difference between her thighs to her knee caps and of course her overall length. This created a great opportunity for dialogue about the goodness of the Lord with the doctor, the nurse and several other random people. We have been contending for this the last three months and our good God came through and did what He does!” We are believing for many things right now and this was an awesome expression of Him hearing and responding to His children’s prayers!
Revelation 19:10 ..... Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."
If Jesus did a miracle like this for Danielle and her family, He can do it for you too! Only believe, pray and ask in Jesus name.
A couple of days ago I received a phone call from my friend Jake, pastor at New Song in PT Townsend and the apostle and founder of the International Kingdom Foundation. He shared with me a dramatic encounter, a vision he entered into last Sunday. The vision shook him. When he shared it with me I encouraged him to write the vision down.
Surely the Lord God does nothing, Unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets. A lion has roared! Who will not fear? The Lord God has spoken! Who can but prophesy?
My strong encouragement to you is do not fear, but WATCH and PRAY. It is clear in the parable of the five wise and five foolish virgins that the five wise virgins not only watched and prayed but they also had the foresight and discipline to PREPARE. It is my strongest conviction that these challenging times we enter into are the greatest opportunity for our Lord's Church to shine. This will be our finest hour, for those who are prepared.
Click here for Vision of a Coming Storm to America
The One Nation Under God Rally was POWERFUL! Standing room only! Praise God!
Last night I was privileged to open this event with a few words and prayer. It began with the candidate for Attorney General, Stephen Pidgeon blowing the shofar. Then
I quoted the first several lines of the second paragraph from the Declaration of Independence (click here) which clearly acknowledges five immutable principles constitute the heart and soul of American government (list from One Nation Under God by Wallbuilders)
1. Government acknowledges that there is a Creator
2. Government acknowledges that the Creator gives specific inalienable rights to man
3. Government acknowledges that it exists to protect God-given rights
4. Government acknowledges that below the level of God-given rights, government powers are to be operated only with the permission of citizens – i.e., with the “consent of the governed”
5. If government fails to meet the four standards above, the people have an inalienable right to abolish that government and institute a new one that does observe the four criteria above.
The Wallbuilder's article went on to make this profound statement, "Significantly, without a public and official recognition of God, there is no hope of limited government, for rights come only from God or from man."(click here) I went on to share how God always has a remnant like the 7000 who did not bow the knee in Elijah's day and that I believed there was a people in Washington State today that would reflect Daniel 11:32.. "but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits."
The Prophetic Sign
Pastor Dan Keller from Island View Worship Center in Richland WA was the next speaker. He was on the platform with the flag standing off to the right of his shoulder. He began describing the condition of our Nation and quoted President Obama who said: