“The god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” (2 Corinthians 4:14 KJV)
The 5 Specific Ways God Provides for Our Visions (Part 1)!
Greetings my brothers and sisters. I welcome you to share His love, goodness, and faithfulness during these times. I am hoping and praying that His will be done in each and every one of us who are called kingdom citizens of heaven.
It is a privilege and joy to continue speaking of His goodness all the days of our lives. We will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. I pray that all is going well with you and your families despite the changes taking place in our communities and in our world. We can do this as we stand on the solid rock - Jesus. So, relax and let’s get to His Word and receive encouragement from it for today and for this week. I pray that you are casting all your cares on Him, for He cares for us all. Remember that Christ is our everything and He gives us His love and His grace!
Let’s go over the scripture reading for today. In the original Greek, one meaning of the word “world” is “a space of time” and “an age.” Some Bible versions translate the first part of the verse as “the god of this age.” (NIV, NKJV)
This definition of the word “world” seems to put a time restriction for the god of this world. Satan’s reign will endure only for a time. Our God’s purposes are eternal. They were planned from the foundation of the world to restore mankind. Let’s look at what the scripture says about this.
“God…has saved us and called us to a holy life-not because of anything we have done but because of His own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time.” (2 Timothy 1:8-9)
“He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love He predestines us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will.” (Ephesians 1:4-5)
What awesome scriptures to start our day and week. God planned to restore mankind and to renew the earth through a new ruler-the second Adam, “the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:5). Christ reestablished mankind’s authority in the world and restored to us our God-given purpose. Christ also restored divine communication through the power of prayer.
It is God who gave humanity (ADAM means mankind) the gifts of freedom and authority of the earth. The outcomes of these gifts depend on whether man uses his will or follows God’s will. Satan tempted Adam and Eve to disobey God. In yielding to his deceptive speech, they cut off their divine communion with God. Adam and Eve’s rebellion distorted God’s image in mankind and attacked God’s plans for the earth. Satan usurped mankind’s authority on earth.
The apostle Paul refers to Satan as “the god of this world.” (2 Corinthians 4:4 KJV)
Mankind forfeited his authority to Satan, now serving him instead of ruling with God. Using their will marred the image and likeness of God within them. As a result, humanity no longer partnered with God to fulfill His purposes. The result was a world at the mercy of a renegade authority opposed to God’s plans. Before salvation, doing it our way hinders God’s purposes for the world: goodness, fruitfulness, creativity, truth, joy, and love.
When Adam and Eve broke relationship with God, their effectiveness in prayer was compromised. Prayer is communion with God. It is true prayer that maintains the oneness of heart and purpose with God. That is why when we pray as believers, we represent God’s interests on earth. Representation requires relationship. Essentially, our difficulties with prayer and our estrangement from God can be traced back to the fall and the fallen nature of man.
As redeemed believers, we must realize who we are in Christ. We must act upon the principles of communication that God established if we are to be restored to His purposes. This crucial area of communication is prayer. It is sad to say that there are not a lot of people attending prayer meetings. Many people do not know how to talk to the Maker. They do not have a daily relationship.
Let us continue with principle # 9 of our vision challenge: We must know how to employ the provision of our vision. I am going to give you the 5 specific ways that God provides for our visions!
#1: God provides for our vision through our ability to obtain and use land and its inherent resources (Read Genesis 2:7-12). These passages describe the wealth of the land surrounding Eden. God said there is gold, resin, and onyx in the land. Resin is a fragrant gum, similar to the precious substance, myrrh. Onyx is a type of gem. All these precious substances are in the land. These were all available before the Fall. God was saying to Adam as the ruler of the earth, “Mr. Adam, there’s richness in the land. Not only do you have use of what is on the surface of the land (such as trees and fruit), but you also have use of what is under the ground.”
Here is my point. Sometimes a person has to work hard to get the riches that are within the land. Harvesting fruit requires labor but it is different than what an oilman has to do to get his substances. Drilling for oil takes time and pressure. The lesson I think in this comparison is that one has to be willing to dig deep to obtain wealth.
Another example about the importance of understanding that wealth is in the land comes from looking at God’s promise to Abraham in Genesis. What was God’s first promise to Abraham? The Lord said to Abraham, “‘Go to the land I will show you,’ … Abram traveled through the land as far as the site of the great tree of Moreh at Shechem. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. The Lord appeared to Abram and said, ‘To your offspring I will give this land.’” (Genesis 12:1, 6-7).
God made the same promise of land as an inheritance to Abraham’s son, Isaac (Genesis 26:2-4) and to his grandson, Jacob (Genesis 28:10-15). The Lord continually reminded them of the land they were to inherit. God also reaffirmed this promise of the land to the Israelites through Moses (Exodus 3:7-10, 15-17).
In Genesis 13:15, God said the land would forever belong to Abraham’s descendants. Even today, in the state of Israel, land is leased, rather than sold, to the citizens. There is no private citizen who can own property. A person can build and own a house, but he doesn’t own the property upon which it stands. The government owns the land. They are saying it is considered God’s property and therefore it is secured for Him.
Now according to the biblical record it seems that land ownership is God’s first order of prosperity. I believe it’s desirable for most people to own land. I have an encouragement for the young people who are reading this: If your parents left you land, don’t exchange your perpetual inheritance for a pot of soup (Genesis 25: 29-34). Live very simply, if you have to, but keep the land because there’s wealth in the land.
It is my prayer that you truly understand the value of land. I want you to hear me, my beloved friends. Some of us have been so heavenly-oriented that we have practically forsaken the earth, which has been given to us by God.
Matthew 5:3-12 contains the group of scriptures described as “the Beatitudes” - I like to call them the “attitudes to be.” I think the Beatitudes contain the attitudes God wants us to have in life. Take heed to the attitude in verse five: “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit…” Inherit what? Heaven? No!! According to Jesus, if you’re meek, you inherit “the earth.” It is Christians who always think in terms of heaven because that is where their focus is. Yet, God didn’t create humanity for heaven. He created us to fulfill His purpose on earth.
Meekness means discipline or self-control. If you control your spending, limit your purchases of items that depreciate, cut back on expenses, and put money in the bank, you can create a nice down payment for a piece of property. Yes, you can own land if you exercise discipline and self-control in your life. Now, how do you do this in practical terms? You can stop buying lunch every day. Instead, make and bring a lunch to work. Put those finances you made available into your savings. Keep and maintain your old car until you buy your property. You can buy a Mercedes later. Put your priorities ahead of luxuries. You will be amazed at how much you can save toward your vision’s goals.
Well, I think I have said enough for today. I will finish the rest of the specific ways God provides for our vision, next time. Remember to be disciplined so that we stay on course with our goals.
So have an awesome week. God bless everyone. Continue to fight the good fight of faith. Thank you once again for your unending prayers. Pray for our leaders. Whether you like them or not, just pray! It is our job and duty to pray for them. It is scriptural! Have a good week!!!!!
Prayer: Father, You have given us the privilege to rule and reign with Your Son, Jesus. May we exercise that authority, led and empowered by the Holy Spirit. We thank You that we are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. Please help us to pray in communion with Your will, in right standing with You because of Your Son. You have taught us to include others when we pray. We want to be empowered by Your Spirit through fasting so we can minister to others and counteract the work of the enemy. We consecrate ourselves to You in prayer and fasting, setting ourselves apart to seek You and Your will, rather than our own interests. We pray today that You use us to fulfill Your purposes for your glory. We pray this in the name of Jesus, who fasted and prayed not only for His disciples, but also according to John 17:20 for us who have believed in Him through their testimony. Thank You for reminding us that we are not alone during times of trouble. You are always here in times of need. We remember our brothers and sisters experiencing hardship in the parts of the world affected by the wind and rain. You understand everything and purpose. Only You, our God! We pray encouragement and hope for those who are mourning their loss of loved ones and loss of possessions. May You be their peace in the midst of their storm.
My prayer for you: I pray for Your people this morning and for this week. Let them ask in prayer and realize that You are the answer to their every need. Let the scriptures reveal to them that despite what they see in the natural, You are still their loving Father. Forgive them of their sins. Help them remember that there is no hope except in their Creator! Go with Your people this week. Provide, safeguard, and protect them wherever they may go. Let Your favor be with them always in their jobs and in their homes. All these things I pray through the wonderful name of Jesus. Amen and Amen!
Thought: Blessed are the meek!
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