Often times when people have not heard anything new from the Scriptures, they go back and try to bring life to the old way of understanding into a new generation. If the Spirit of God is not there, then they have taken the Word and made a religion with it. In order for people to justify the means that their interpretation of Scripture is truth with authority and power, they use the Scriptures as a legalistic rod which measures right and wrong bringing separation and division to the body of Christ. This is an antichrist spirit. Another arena people justify with the Scriptures is when they receive something new; they often believe the new is related to the old. They try to put new wine in old wine skins, or make new bread with parts of old, moldy bread.
When we press into something new with God, He does use the same WORD, but He desires for us to press into His Spirit. His ways are not built upon yesterday, but are new every morning. He desires for us to be transformed by the renewing of our mind as the mind of Christ in us.
God gave us a new birth be born from above to see as He sees us in this world. For those who have flown in a plane, think about the different perspective of seeing your home or your city where you live from the air versus standing in your yard looking up. You are the same person, but what you see things from the heights of flying in a plane, there will be an experience that cannot be understood by someone that has never seen an aerial view. If we were to computerize an aerial photograph in the mind of a person on the ground with the description of the aerial view from the person in the plane, it would be different, even though they are both looking at the same photograph.
The word of God is Spirit. Words carry life. In John 4:24, "God is Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth."
1 John 5:5-7: "Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one."
Words are spirit, and they have the ability to carry LIFE or death according to the heart of the vessel releasing the words. If it is the Spirit of God that gives witness to the words, then LIFE is manifested. Now consider this; everything lives (is alive) in its domain whether it is the soil, the trees, the water, the clouds, and even mankind and death. Within their domain, there is a realm of microscopic moving energy that exists giving that substance space and time. With this understanding we can view that the earth and the atmosphere are alive. Everything created has life according to its kind within its domain of energy.
When a child comes into the world, they see everything in creation alive: the flowers, the trees, stuffed animals, dolls, toys, sand, sky, etc. It is not until death is introduced to a child that a transformation in their minds takes place about what is alive and what is not. Those forms that exist for life to be consumed, such as plants or animals, are consumed to be transformed life into a higher form. This is the creation pattern found in Genesis Chapters one and two. Now, here is a place to stop and give some thoughts to this statement. This next statement must be a quickening by the Holy Spirit if you are to grasp the truth of this statement.
Man was not created by God to be consumed by death to become a lesser life giving energy to death so that plants could grow or to become food for bugs, including bacteria, fungus, and viruses.Man was created to give life to LIFE. God is LIFE. In HIM, there is no darkness, or death. Selah.
God created laws of nature to function in seasons and time to serve those laws. Even creation in other realms such as the sun, moon, stars, and rain serve the earth creations of plants, animals, nature, etc. in a harmony of seasons so that all the orders work together for a higher purpose (Eccl. 3: 1-8). If there is anything within the order, out of order, it has a chain reaction to affect the whole order hindering the potential of the order to function to its fullest.
As long as we remain within an order that is functioning in proper unity, everything will synchronize to the highest level of harmony and unity to its full potential. The laws of unity for all of creation to function will come into harmony to please God. The world and universe were created to function to please God.
And then God made man…
Genesis 1:26-30: "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so."
"And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good" (Gen. 1:31).
God designed heaven and earth to be in such a balance and harmony of perfection that all creation would be attracted and conformed to the image of man because man was created in the image of God.
Colossians 1:16-18: "For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence."
It is "words" that have the power of Life and Death to create or destroy. Man has the ability to attract or repel according to what is in the heart and mind. What man does with his thoughts can determine the impact of harmony or destruction with God's creation.
"The LORD said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart" (1 Samuel 16:7).
"Don't you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man 'unclean.' For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander" (Matt. 15:17-19 NIV).
Everything under the Kingdom of God in the kingdom of this world works by law. "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven" (Eccl. 3:1). Energy is neither created nor destroyed, but changed according to how we sow and reap which is manifested according to the words/thoughts we create in our mind/heart. God is a God of order He created the science that everything that is spoken from the heart will have a reaction created into existence. That reaction will either create harmony and LIFE, or disharmony, separation, and death. All of natural creation functions within its domain. The winds blow according to their domain whether we know or not which way or where they are coming from. The oceans function within their domain. The grass, trees, and flowers grow according to their domain. We do not have to know the science behind the process, but we do have to respect the domain they function in to have the full potential of harmony to exist ourselves.However, we are in this world, but not of it. Now here is wisdom that we find from Solomon hidden in Ecclesiastes:
"He has made everything (all) beautiful in its time. He also has planted eternity (HIMSELF) in men's hearts and minds [a divinely implanted sense of a purpose working through the ages which nothing under the sun but God alone can satisfy], yet so that men cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. I know that there is nothing better for them than to be glad (live by the joy of the Lord as their strength) and to get and do good (judge no man) as long as they live; And also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor (labor in the Lord)--it is the gift of God. I know that whatever God does, it endures forever; nothing can be added to it nor anything taken from it. And God does it so that men will [reverently] fear Him [revere and worship Him, knowing that He is]. That which is now already has been, and that which is to be already has been; and God seeks that which has passed by [so that history repeats itself]." (Eccl 3:11-15 AMP).
"This [illustration of] wisdom have I seen also under the sun, and it seemed great to me: There was a little city with few men in it. And a great king came against it and besieged it and built great bulwarks against it. But there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city. Yet no man [seriously] remembered that poor man." (Eccl. 9:13-15).
What was the "great wisdom" that Solomon speaks of? The power of praise and prayer from the heart of a righteous man; a man that knows his life is hid in Christ. For it is Christ IN you that will cause transformation around you to line up with the harmony of God's character and nature. It is a law that we, "Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again" (Matt. 7:1-2).
Isaiah 11:2-3: "And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:"
If we understood that the judgment, separation, and condemnation that we release in the atmosphere by our thoughts and words of our hearts will be sown in the lives of our children and children's children, would we still speak them? Just because we do not see the judgment of our words in our personal lives, does not mean at some point in time that the judgment we spoke on another will come back into our domain.
Since God has planted His seed of LIFE (eternity) within every heart of mankind, by faith, we have the ability to plant seeds of HIS character and nature that will be reaped by our children's children when we store our treasures in heaven. When our treasures are stored in earthen vessels, we are under the laws of consumption by the domains of the earth. When the Holy Spirit quickens our spirit to our true identity in Christ through Jesus Christ our Lord, we no longer are to live according to the limitations of time under the sun, but bring the manifestation of God's Kingdom out of our earthen vessels.
This revelation comes forth according to the domain we create by our thoughts spoken from our heart into our atmosphere. God is Love. God is Light. God is LIFE. There is no sickness, disease, darkness, or death where God abodes. When we praise the Lord we must understand why we praise the Lord. "Let every (all) thing that has breath and every (all) breath of life praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!" (Psalm 150:6). God gives us breath, He initiates, and then we are to follow with PRAISE as the response. As long as we are breathing, we are to praise. This also means that if we praise the Lord, we will breathe LIFE.
If you don't want to breathe, then stop praising God. However, the Scriptures tell us to, "count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience" (James 1:2-3).
If we want to breathe (BE ALIVE), we must praise God through ALL trials and tribulations, not just the once we like and receive a carnal reward in. The same pattern flows with our tithing and financial issues. God initiates and then we praise Him with our tithe. What we sow in our heart, we reap in our life. If we sow in corruption (negativism, doom and gloom, separation, criticism, and self-focus), you will age according to time and death. If we sow into LIFE unconditional love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control, then God's LIFE will flow through us transforming us into His image while in our natural body.
"I have been crucified with Christ [in Him I have shared His crucifixion]; it is no longer I who live, but Christ (the Messiah) lives in me; and the life I now live in the body I live by faith in (by adherence to and reliance on and complete trust in) the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself up for me. [Therefore, I do not treat God's gracious gift as something of minor importance and defeat its very purpose]; I do not set aside and invalidate and frustrate and nullify the grace (unmerited favor) of God" (Galatians 2:20-21a AMP).
When King Hezekiah was confronted with sickness unto death in Isaiah 38:17-20 we hear the change of his heart that changed his life:
"Behold, for peace I had great bitterness: but thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption: for thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back. For the grave cannot praise thee, death can not celebrate thee: they that go down into the pit cannot hope for thy truth. The living, the living, he shall praise thee, as I do this day: the father to the children shall make known thy truth. The LORD was ready to save me: therefore we will sing my songs to the stringed instruments all the days of our life in the house of the LORD."
The world is at a crossroad of LIFE or DEATH, the spirit of fear or the Spirit of FAITH. According to what is in our hearts is what we will give place to in the atmosphere we breathe. Each person on this earth has the ability to change the world by changing their heart. Jesus unveiled the power mankind has over LIFE and death according to the science behind sowing and reaping.
"Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression. Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer" (Psalm 19:13-14).
"Perceptive words spread knowledge;fools are hollow-there's nothing to them. God can't stand pious poses, but he delights in genuine prayers. A life frittered away disgusts God; he loves those who run straight for the finish line" (Prov. 15:7-9Message) "And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him" (James 5:15).
Today, let us, "sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth." (Psalm 96:1). For the earth is the Lord's, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein" (Psalm 24:1).
Let every (all) breath praise the Lord, changing our hearts to change the world! "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth" (John 1:14). "Christ in you, the Hope of Glory!" (Col. 1:27).