He Spake and it Was Done

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I want to provoke each one of you to a closer relationship with the Lord. In order to have a relationship with somebody we need to know them well. To know their thoughts better and also to know ourselves better. Many relationships today break up because of lack of knowing each other and misunderstandings. If somebody says something and you don’t know the thought behind what they are saying you can misconstrue what they are saying every single time. Is that constructive to a relationship? No. This is the same problem we have with God. If we knew His thoughts when He speaks we would understand Him better. If we knew ourselves better we would understand the dangers we have in misinterpreting things.

We can be careful in how we relate with God’s Word. In any relationship that needs to be improved communication needs to happen. More talking. When we understand each other better our talking together is far more efficient so when we say something, what is actually in our heart gets conveyed properly. There are many relationships where people have an inability to express what is in their hearts. Because of that inability there are misunderstandings. The Scripture is clear that we have a difficulty praying to God. It says in Hebrews 8 that we don’t know what we should pray for as we ought but the Spirit helps our infirmity. It intercedes for us with groanings that cannot be uttered because it knows the mind of the spirit. It knows what we really want. We should pray in spirit and with understanding also.

This is to consolidate the relationship between you and God. This is very essential. When you pray, do you know what is going on in heaven? You can’t see anything and you might think, is anyone actually hearing this? Our senses aren’t on the receiving end. We aren’t in heaven so we don’t receive the other end of our supplications. Because we don’t see this many people have difficulty praying and because they have difficulty praying, sometimes they stop praying. Then the communication breaks down. That affects the relationship. I hope at the end of this study you will know what is happening in heaven as we pray to the Lord and also what is already done before we’ve even prayed. What are God’s thoughts towards us

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

God is expressing His thoughts towards us. I know what I think towards you. These thoughts, are they good thoughts or bad thoughts? They are good thoughts, never forget that. In relationships when communication breaks down you begin to wonder what the other person is thinking. The selfish mind always thinks someone is thinking bad things about me. That’s how we interpret silence. I wonder what they think of me. Here God says right from the beginning the thoughts I think towards you are good thoughts. Thoughts of peace and not of evil. I want to give you an expected end. What does that mean? I want you to understand the future of your own life. That is what God’s thought is towards us.

Jeremiah 29:12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.

29:13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

29:14 And I will be found of you, saith the LORD: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the LORD; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.

God is inviting you to come and talk back to Him. He says, my thoughts that I think toward you are good thoughts now come and pray to Me. Tell Me your thoughts, what do you think about it? God is inviting the communication. He wants us, humanity, to communicate with Him. We communicate with Him through prayer. How does He talk to us? Through His Word. We have the privilege of taking the words as addressed to us personally. Otherwise I would read this verse as talking about the Jews that went into Babylon. Jerusalem was destroyed and He is saying, I’m going to bring you back into your homeland. If I don’t read the Word personally all that I have just read means nothing. But if I take God’s Word as a living book written for those that live at the end of the world, to help those at the end, then when we read this God is talking directly to us. Now I know what He is thinking and He wants to know what I am thinking so I tell Him. That is relationship.

When we have accepted Christ, and in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit have pledged ourselves to serve God, the Father, Christ, and the Holy Spirit–the three dignitaries and powers of heaven–pledge themselves that every facility shall be given to us if we carry out our baptismal vows to “come out from among them, and be . . . separate, . . . and touch not the unclean thing.” When we are true to our vows, He says, “I will receive you” (MS 85, 1901). {6BC 1075.8}

God is saying I want to have a family relationship with you; I want to be your Father. In this relationship there are three dignitaries of heaven. These three beings have different facilities to offer us. These facilities have been pledged to us when we make our baptismal vows and keep them that we would come out of the world. God doesn’t want a divided throne. He wants you to say, I want to leave the worldly ways, follow God and give Him my whole throne. When that becomes our vow when I will serve one Master not two, then these three dignitaries come, relate and communicate to us in a way that we often don’t realise. We see that God’s thoughts were made manifest towards us.

John 3:34 For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.

The person who God sends speaks the words of God. Who has the thoughts towards us? God does. What happens if you never express your thoughts? Can anyone ever appreciate those thoughts? Not at all. If thoughts are never expressed in words, those thoughts never come to fruition. They remain thoughts and that is it. Here God has a thought and has sent somebody. That somebody is now to speak not His own words but the words of God who has the thoughts. Who did God send? The Word. In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. God the Father has some thoughts and He wants to express them to you and I. As these words come to us, what do we do with them? Do we really get the thoughts out from behind them? Or do we put our own thoughts into them? Many scholars will study the Scriptures to place their own thoughts upon the words instead of taking the words and saying, what is God meaning to me? So these thoughts are given and the Son represents these thoughts in word. Then what does the Scripture say? What is given without measure? The Spirit. Here are the three myvegsabbathsermonfacilities: the thought towards you and I, the expression of that thought in the Word, Jesus Christ and to Him is given the Spirit. The Spirit will take that Word and place it into an action. God has pleasant thoughts towards us, His Word expresses those thoughts and then the Spirit is to apply that Word into living experience in you and I.

Prayer is heaven’s ordained means of success in the conflict with sin and the development of Christian character. The divine influences that come in answer to the prayer of faith will accomplish in the soul of the suppliant all for which he pleads. {AA 564.1}

When you pray to the Lord you are in communication with Him and the divine influences will come in answer to that prayer of faith and will accomplish what you are asking for. This is what we are to ask for.

For the pardon of sin, for the Holy Spirit, for a Christ like temper, for wisdom and strength to do His work, for any gift He has promised, we may ask; and the promise is, “Ye shall receive.” {AA 564.1}

Have you ever wondered about the Bible text ‘Ask anything in my name and you shall receive it’? That text has put a lot of Christians off because they have asked for things and nothing has happened. Their prayers are not answered. Have you experienced an unanswered prayer? How do you feel? Do you feel like there is great communication happening? Lord, this is what I want in my life, I’m expressing myself to you, thank you for hearing me and then silence. Then you think what a great relationship we have. This is what happens to many Christians because when they pray they don’t know what is happening in heaven. What does the prayer have to be? What He has promised. How do you know what He has promised unless you get to know Him? See the problem of communication? I want to tell the Lord everything and He doesn’t talk back to me, but in fact I don’t even know what He’s said to me in the first place before I talk to Him. This study of the scriptures, to understand the promises of God and communication with Him are the hand in glove for success in your spiritual life.

Whatsoever you ask in my name you will receive. Do you believe that? The scripture says, ‘In my name’. Often we ask for things and say in our prayer, in the name of Jesus, Amen. Therefore we conclude that we’ve prayed in the name of Jesus and according to the Scripture I should receive what I asked for. But we know that’s not going to work because praying in the name of Jesus Christ is not stating the name of Jesus Christ. You need to ask and prayer for the thing in the name of Jesus Christ. Do you know what the name of Jesus Christ is from the beginning? His name is called the Word of God. If you ask anything according to the Word of God you shall receive it. Do you believe that? There is a big difference.

In My Name

This is His name: in the beginning was the Word and the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. In Jesus Christ. If I don’t know the scripture, how can I ever know how to pray in the name of Jesus Christ? You can’t. If you try, it’s hypocrisy. If I want to pray in the name of Jesus I need to pray in the name of what the Word says. Very few people actually do that because a lot of people don’t like every word that proceeds out of His mouth. It implies a lot of things so they don’t do that. In my name is what we need to pray for. Is this restricting your prayer life? I can’t find things in the Bible that relate specifically to my personal circumstance. If I desired to have a job and pray to the Lord to open the way, it doesn’t say anywhere in the Scripture that I’m going to get that job. So some reason you can’t really pray according to the Scripture. What about my temporal needs, my housing, family relationships? What about all these things in my case that aren’t written of in the Bible? How can I ever pray in His name then? How do we need to relate to God in our prayer life, in our relationship with Him, when it comes to God’s word?

Matthew 6:25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

6:26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

6:27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?

6:28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:

6:29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

6:30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

6:31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

6:32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:)

It is a characteristic of a gentile in their prayer life to fill their prayers with temporal needs. They’re always worrying about what they’re going to eat, what job they’re going to have, how am I going to perform? It’s all self orientated and any self orientated relationship will fail.

Matthew 6:32 …for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

Mat 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Our prayer life needs to be filled up with the concern not of what job I’m going to have or what house I’m going to live in, but of my character that I will have the righteousness of Christ. Seek the kingdom of heaven. So many people are so keen to get gold but when you get to heaven it’s just the road base, the foundation of the ground. Yet we’re so concerned over the road base of heaven. God wants to give us something much better than that, something that can sit on His throne, not on the street. He is trying to lift the mind up from earthly, temporal needs which He knows you need. He’s not taking away the need. He’s not saying don’t worry about eating, you don’t need food. He knows you need it. But your communication with Him needs to be primarily this: the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. This is what God’s Word says. Therefore, when I pray in His name, the Word, I need to pray according to the Word. If I didn’t know His word, how could I ever pray like that? The promise of our temporal needs is given only when we first seek with our heart the kingdom of God and all His righteousness. He will supply your needs. He will give you the job you need, the house you need, the food you need. But don’t worry about that. Make sure you’re seeking Him as a person.

2 Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

What are the promises in the Bible to do? Having these promises, let us go and cleanse our lives. He has promised some things to you and I. Those promises are to be applicable in my character, my life, that the habits that rule me will be cleansed away. Cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh, the lusts of the flesh. You can read about them in Galatians 5. They need to be cleansed. How? By God’s promises.

2 Peter 1:3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and Godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

He has given divine power to all things pertaining to the making of salvation. God isn’t interested in helping your body to flourish so you can suffer more in hell. He wants to save your soul. Nowhere in the Bible is there promised earthly success. What is promised in the Bible is heavenly success. That is the primary word that pertains unto life and Godliness. A big bank balance never made anyone Godly. A great job never made anyone Godly. The tenure of our prayer life needs to be in the direction of His righteousness.

2 Peter 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

God wants us to overcome temptation. It’s not that He will place us in a world of no temptation. He wants us to have the power to overcome temptation in the temptation. That is what the promises are for. Are you familiar with the promises of God? Do you know the promises? If you don’t however will you escape the corruption that is in this world? The relationship needs to be two ways. We would like to tell God everything that we want but are we willing to hear what His thoughts are to us? When we know His promises to us, then we can pray to Him. Then when we pray to Him we can know what is happening with our prayers in heaven. It’s a circular relationship. If you don’t know what He says, you can ask Him in your prayers. Lord, I want to know your promises. Then look for the promises because He has given them already. Here are three of the dearest promises that I love. The first is in Ezekiel. Some may say this is in the Old Testament, why are you reading from that? Do you know the whole Christian Church was founded on the Old Testament? When the Apostle Peter says, we have these promises he’s referring to the promises of the Old Testament. So for me today to take a promise from the Old Testament is true to apostolic belief.

Ezekiel 36:24 For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.

36:25 Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.

36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.

36:27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

This is one of my favourite promises because who is going to do it? God says, I will do that for you. That’s what He is telling me personally. Not just to the people in the Old Testament. He’s saying that to me personally because the Bible is living. I will do that. That promise means a great deal to me because in my prayer life God’s talking to me directly. I love how He says, I will do this for you. I must hold Him to His word, because that’s what He said. If

Isaiah 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: …

Do I believe that? Is He with me?

Yes!

Isaiah 41:10 …be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

He doesn’t just say, I will. He says, yes, I will. It’s such a positive statement. Not, yeah OK I’ll do that for you. It’s, Yes I will. This is the power of God. The God who created this universe, who put the Sun in its place is emphasising His desire to help me.

1 Thessalonians 5:23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

5:24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.

Do you believe these promises? That God, in this present age according to Titus, can make you perfect and blameless in character? Do you believe that? If you don’t, then you don’t believe in God’s Word. If you don’t believe in God’s Word, how can you ever pray? People say, we should just believe on Him and not worry about what to do. If you believe Him, He says He will do something for me and I will do it. The belief in God isn’t just the mere belief in His existence because the Devil believes in God. But He doesn’t receive any of the promises of God because he doesn’t believe in God’s Word. Everyone that disbelieves the reality that God says, I am going to make you perfect, disbelieves what He said. That makes God a liar. Is God a liar? If He says that in the present age He will make you perfect, but I say he’ll magically make me perfect at the end of the world, I’m saying God is a liar. The grace of God teaches us that denying unGodliness and selfishness we should live soberly and righteously in this present world. In this present world, today, I can gain victories over my sins. Not because I said I can do it. Because God said.

If God says, then it is. If you deny that, then you’re denying the creation of this planet. It is to deny the very tree outside. How did that tree get there? God said, let there be a tree and do you know what happened? There was a tree. Therefore, when God says it happens, it happens. God says He will perfect my character. I can’t do it; He will do it. Because He said it, I believe Him. Otherwise I may as well let go of the creation of the world. Sadly, that is what so many Christians have done. We need to believe on the name of Jesus Christ. You will be saved. What is the name of Jesus Christ? The Word of God. If you believe that Word, you will be saved. Abraham had that belief. He believed in the Word of God. If you want to be part of the Israel of God, a son of Abraham, you need to do the works of Abraham. It doesn’t come through bloodline like so many people believe. It comes by action. If you receive Christ then you are Abraham’s seed. This is how Abraham experienced his walk with the Lord.

Romans 4:20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;

4:21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.

4:22 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.

Do you want to be justified from your sins? The Bible says confess your sins. He is faithful and just to forgive your sins. Do you know what happens when you’re forgiven? Your sin doesn’t exist anymore. Justification is just as if you had never sinned, if you believe God’s promise that He can do it. What is that promise? The promise that I hold dearly is that He will cleanse me, give me a new heart and He will cause me to walk in His ways. I believe that. Because I believe His promise and confess my sin to Him where I have failed, the righteousness that is in that promise is imputed to me, right there. No delay. While the work is carrying on through the Holy Spirit. Abraham believed. He did not stagger at the promise. He said, if God has said that, then it’s going to happen. Yet to all appearances it was impossible, because Sarah’s womb was dead and He was unable to reproduce. How can that be? What God said can happen.

Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)

Is He faithful, who promised? Have you had somebody promise you something and then it has failed? You did you feel. You don’t want to trust them, do you? God is making a promise, to sanctify me holy. He is faithful who has promised.

Hebrews 11:11 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.

God promises to these old people that they were going to have their first child, which they had longed for, which God had promised to them. Sarah judged Him faithful. By faith she received strength. Where did the strength come from? Not by might, nor by power but by my Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts. The Holy Spirit strengthened the womb of Sarah. If they did nothing about it, would they ever have a child? Of course not. When the strength comes there must be an action to make that strength useful. If that action is not there to make that strength useful, then that strength is useless. It just lies on the page of the promise. How many promises of God lie in the Bible that are never applied, because you and I don’t believe them or don’t put the effort into receiving that strength as God imparts it to us and applying it to what He said He would do. Abraham and Sarah by faith were justified, believing in the promise and conceived a son, and the promise was true. Do you know that your prayers have already been answered if you pray in the name of Jesus Christ? In the Word. If you pray according to God’s word your prayer has already been answered. So you don’t have to wonder what is going on in heaven. You can know what is going to happen.

2 Corinthians 1:20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.

All the promises of God are yes. Have you wondered, what is God going to say to my prayer? He’s saying yes if it’s according to God’s word. Not just yes. Do you know what Amen means? Let it be so. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth and He said let there be light. Do you know what happened? There was light. It happened because God said, let it be done. So all the promises in the Bible are yes and let them be done. God cannot lie. In Jesus Christ. The Scripture says, all the promises of God in him. Who is him? The Word. All the promises in the Word are yes and Amen.

John 5:5 And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.

5:6 When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?

5:7 The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.

5:8 Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.

Did the man say, that’s impossible? I’m cripple can’t you see? Are you mocking me? Absolutely not. He got up and walked because when God said, arise and walk, the Holy Spirit healed him. How did Jesus know he had been there a long time? God the Father knows. He knows the thoughts He has towards us, thoughts of peace and not of evil. God the Father saw this man and heard His groanings. He hears the groanings of the prisoners from heaven (Psalms 102). He sees the sufferings of this man. He says, I have some lovely thoughts for this man that I want to tell Him. So Jesus Christ came as the Word to express those thoughts. He said, do you want to be healed? That was God’s thought. Arise and walk and the Spirit healed him. As the Spirit strengthened him, he got up and walked. If he said, I don’t have to do any work now, I can just rejoice in the fact that He said I’m healed and lie here for the rest of my life, what use is that? When he says something, we must do it, because the power that we need is in his words.

By sin we have been severed from the life of God. Our souls are palsied. Let these desponding, struggling ones look up. The Saviour is bending over the purchase of His blood, saying with inexpressible tenderness and pity, … {MH 84}

The way you speak expresses the thought. Jesus is saying this in tenderness and pity because the Father’s thoughts are that towards us.

“Wilt thou be made whole?” He bids you arise in health and peace. Do not wait to feel that you are made whole. Believe the Saviour’s word. Put your will on the side of Christ. Will to serve Him, and in acting upon His word you will receive strength. {MH 84}

As the will of man co-operates with the will of God, it becomes omnipotent. Whatever is to be done at His command may be accomplished in His strength. All His biddings are enablings. {COL 333.1}

When he says something he’s not telling you to do it on your own. When He says it, He supplies everything that is needed to achieve it except for one thing: your will. What do you want to do? Will you be made whole? If you don’t want to be made whole, He can’t do it. Sorry. In the beginning when He made man He said, Let us make man in our image. He was putting forth a proposal of what He wanted to do. Our God respects the dignity of each one of us. The personal privacy that each one of us has. He’s not going to overrule our will and just make us whole. He says, will you? Will you be made in His image, is the question. If there’s no objections, He will make you in His image. Just like He did originally.

There were no objections in the Garden of Eden. It said, Let there be light and there was light. There was no objection to the will of God in the creation of the world. Do you know why it’s taken so long for the recreation of man? Because of objections. Sorry, I don’t want to be made in your image because that means I need to leave my habits and my worldly pleasures that I love so much. I don’t want to leave the way of life that I love so much that isn’t according to God’s word. I object. So the Saviour simply asks, will you be made whole? If you say no, that’s fine. We wonder why our prayers aren’t answered because we’re not praying according to His word. Everything He says has with it the toolbox to do it. It’s a complete package. When our prayers are made, when I am going to claim a promise in the Bible, how does that prayer get received in heaven? Just after He preaches the sermon on the mount the following events took place.

Matthew 8:1 When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him.

8:2 And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.

Lord, I know you can clean me. If it is your will, can you please clean me? Do we pray like that? I know you can do it. If you will, you can do it. Is that doubt? Absolutely not. Notice the return reply of Jesus.

Matthew 8:3 And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.

No man has ever cleansed a leper, but this man comes towards the Son of God and says, if you will you can make me clean. Then Jesus says, I will make you clean. Our sin-sickened souls have many bad habits. I remember a habit of mine that clung with me for a long time. I said, Lord I want this to be gone, but it never went. Then I prayed earnestly and my mind forgot about the habit. I can’t remember the day I overcame that habit. Five years later I looked back and remember that I had that habit. What happened? I was cleaned. My mind was fixed somewhere else and that habit went. God wills for our habits, the sins in our lives, to go. When we pray, Lord it is your will that I be clean, cleanse me now; and then wait. As you wait you’ll find your life changes as you continue that prayer in your heart that you want to be changed. Give it time and it will be changed.

Matthew 8:5 And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him,

8:6 And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.

8:7 And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.

That was a quick response. Jesus wanted to heal him.

Matthew 8:8 The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.

What sort of faith is that? I don’t need you to come into my house in the flesh. You just need to say the word. Do we have this faith? We don’t have Jesus in the flesh in our homes, but all we need to pray is, just say the word Lord and it shall be done.

The amazing thing is that He’s said it already. You just need to find it. You need to find out about Him what he has already told you. When you find out what He has already told you, you’ll know Him better. When you know Him better, you can talk to Him better. All the sudden your relationship starts to flourish. Notice the mechanics of your prayers and how Jesus responds.

Matthew 8:9 For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.

8:10 When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.

When a man of authority speaks, the servant goes and does it. Christ has all power in heaven and in Earth. In the creation when He spoke the Spirit moved upon the waters. The thoughts of God are expressed through the Son. The Son cannot speak His own words. The thoughts of God the Father must be expressed by the Son. He is subjected to the thoughts of His Father. Then as the Word goes forward the Holy Spirit, the next facility in heaven, is obligated and commanded by the authority of the Word to go and do the work. These are the three dignitaries of heaven that have come to save you and I. God’s thoughts are expressed by the Word and are actions by the Spirit. Therefore, the commandments are for who?

The Holy Spirit

When Jesus was on the stormy sea and the winds were raging, He said, peace, be still and the spirit moved upon the waters. It was done. There are many people that get caught up in the spirit world, but do you know the Spirit is subjected to the Word? What the Word says, the Spirit does. Therefore if you have a spiritual experience that is outside of God’s word it is not the Holy Spirit. Just like Jesus is subjected to God’s thoughts and can only express them, if any other expression that is not God’s thoughts comes out, it’s not Christ. There are three that bare record in heaven: the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. These three are one; united. When the command is, be ye perfect, the Holy Spirit is to do the work in you. You need to believe it. Do you believe you can become perfect? That’s hard work. Do you believe you can become sinless on this earth before Jesus comes? These are hard statements. If we don’t believe them, then the power cannot work. There is a surety that God cannot lie.

Hebrews 6:12 That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

In the creation, the whole world was made in six literal days. When it says, let there be light and there was light the original reads, ‘and it came to pass that there was light’. That all happened in one day. In the re-creation, it still happens in principle but it can take a longer period of time. When God says something, it comes to pass. In prophecy, God didn’t just predict the future. God made the future. He created the future in stating what was going to happen. When the time came, what he said was going to happen. Why? Because He’s the creator. The heavens and the earth were made by the breath of his mouth. He commanded and it stood fast. He spoke and it was done. The words of Christ are creative, alive, powerful words. When he sates prophecy, that such a king will do such a thing, when the time comes, that king will do that thing. It shall come to pass. Anybody that prophesies and it doesn’t come to pass you know is wrong because it wasn’t the word of the Lord. God’s word creates. We are to have diligence. Not to be lazy. Be diligent and follow like the apostles. through patience they inherited the promise.

Hebrews 6:13 For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself,

6:14 Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee.

6:15 And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.

Have you got the patience to wait? Please perfect me. Then it appears that nothing happens. Do you know what is happening? Patience. The scriptures says, let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect entire wanting nothing (James chapter 1). So when you ask to be perfected and nothing happens, that’s the work of perfection. It is the trying of your faith, when nothing is happening. It is relationship building. If I claim a promise of God, it was thought by God and worded by Jesus so the Spirit must act upon it. I just need to be willing on every step to overcome. If I am willing, it will be done.

Hebrews 6:16 For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife.

6:17 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: 6:18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:

6:19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;

Here is the answer for your Christian life to be consolidated. God has promised. His promises are made by two immutable things. One, God swore that it would happen. It is impossible for Him to tell a lie. Why is it impossible for God to tell a lie? If He says something that doesn’t exist, when He says it, it comes into existence. That’s why it’s impossible for Him to lie. Whatever he says is truth. Do you believe that?

Romans 3:4 God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar…

When you say something, is something created? My promises are like the ropes of sand. That was shown on Mt Sinai. God says, thou shalt do this and that and they say, yes we will do it. That was their promise and they were liars because they didn’t do it. Any time you come to God’s commandments and say, I must do them, you’ll prove to be a liar, because you won’t do it. When we read the commandment, thou shalt not, that’s a promise, not a command. I’m not going to be an adulterer. God said that. I believe that and will submit to that word. I will be willing to not be an adulterer. So I’ll put away the pornography and everything else because God has promised that it is going to happen. He cannot lie. When He says, thou shalt not, you won’t. But if you say, I will, then you will fail. Man lies. We’re all liars. We must come to the point of, if He wills we shall do it. If it is God’s will we shall do it. If God wills is the whole point. Not my will but thine be done. That was the prayer of Jesus Christ.

Matthew 6:9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

What was his name? The word.

Matthew 6:10 Thy kingdom come.

What are we seeking for? Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness.

Matthew 6:10 … Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

How is God’s will done in heaven? He speaks and it is done. He says go and they go. He says come and they come. He is a man of authority. All power in heaven and in earth is given to the Word of God. I pray that this will help your faith. As you get to know him, by getting to know what he as personally promised to you, you will have intelligence of how to pray to him. You will pray with understanding. As you pray, you are simply claiming the promise that He has said and it is impossible for Him to lie. By that, you can have consistent, solid evidence in your life and you cannot be shaken. You do not become slothful, but diligent in searching the scriptures for they testify of the word of God.

Amen.

Posted on December 10, 2010, in Divine Service Sermons, Sermons For Sabbath and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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