Tag: Power

You Are Framing Your World


Have you ever stopped to think about what God’s most powerful, creative force is?

I’m referring to His Word.

In Genesis we read the story of creation, how He spoke our world into existence.

Out of the abundance of His heart He speaks…

He created mankind, using Himself as the pattern, and breathed into them the breath of life. 

His Word. 

And believe it or not, He has given that creative force to man… 

“The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.” (Proverbs 18:21 NLT)

What shall we do with our words? Where will we allow our words to take us? 

“We can make a large horse go wherever we want by means of a small bit in its mouth. And a small rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot chooses to go, even though the winds are strong. In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches. But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire.” (James 3:3 – 3:5 NLT)

What kind of world will we create (or frame) with our words? 

“By faith we understand that the universe was created (KJV-framed) by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.” (Hebrews 11:3 ESV)

I love watching home remodeling shows, where someone completely guts an old house and frames in new walls. The framework makes it possible to finish the house, and it is the defining factor of exactly how the house will look and function. 

So it is with our words. Whether we believe it or not, our words frame the kind of life we’ll have. They determine our direction and disposition, and decree what will or will not be allowed to attach itself to our life. 

In a house, doors and windows cannot be added unless the framework allows for them. No extra lighting or electrical outlets, either; not until the framer says so. 

What are you saying about your life? What are your words creating? 

Are you and the Living God on the same page? 

Do your words agree with His?

If the Kingdom of God operated according to the words YOU speak, would God’s will be done here on earth as it is in heaven?

Remember, it was Jesus Who said, “…For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” (Matthew 12:34 ESV) 

God demonstrated just how powerful words can be when, out of the abundance of His heart, His words framed the world as we see it.

Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word which proceeds from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). We live the way He has designed when we are continuously feeding on what He is saying (in His Word and by the Spirit). As His word brings life to our inner man, our heart, it then follows that out of the abundance of our heart our mouth speaks; creating and framing a God-minded, God-favored kind of life. 

Our tongue will steer us through life’s channels, and will keep us from becoming shipwrecked. 

So, what kind of world are you framing for yourself, your family, and those around you? 

Are you enjoying the life you’re living? More importantly, is it the kind of life which invites God’s Presence and help? 

And where will you eventually end up?

It is so very important we understand our greatest power, and frame our world as it should be. 

Full of life, and pleasing to God Almighty.

Power To The Faint

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“Be strong, hang in there, you can make it, keep a stiff upper lip, hold it together…”

Words spoken by well meaning people.

But is that the best advice?

Maybe. But not always.

Many times it is the exact opposite of what we really need to do.

“Oh, come on, man! Are you crazy?”

Think of it this way: if I’m trying so hard to keep it all together, to keep my power generator cranking out all the energy I can muster; if I’m pushing myself to dangerous levels and STILL not making it, maybe I should try something else.

Like giving up?

Really. 

It’s a principle of God’s Kingdom. 

“He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.” (Isaiah 40:29 ESV)

Power to the faint; the exhausted, the spent, the empty.

Did you get that? The EMPTY have room for what He has to give.

The way of the Kingdom. 

“He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich (full) He has sent away empty.” (Luke 1:53 ESV)

“For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:26-29 ESV)

The way of the Kingdom. 

It’s a principle Paul learned when he complained three times to the Lord about all the beatings he had been receiving. (Paul’s true “thorn”)

“Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:8-10 ESV)

Many folks believe God answered Paul with a resounding, “NO!”. But read the passage again. God told Paul, “What I have for you is sufficient. Allow MY grace to be your strength. Don’t just approach My throne of grace; RECEIVE My grace to help you in your time of need.”

As long as we are convinced God needs OUR strength, we will fail. But if we will understand it’s okay to feel (and be) weak, that’s when we’ll begin to experience GOD’S strength – His power to overcome any obstacle or weakness.

He gives power to the FAINT! To the exhausted. To the empty, bankrupt, breathless and starving.

Which is actually what every one of us are.

Don’t be too strong for your own good. Humble yourself under the mighty hand of God, and He WILL lift you up.

He gives power to the faint. 

Do you remember how God delivered the Israelites from the land of Egypt? Do you remember WHEN He did? Here’s a hint:

Then the Lord said, “I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters. I know their sufferings…” (Exodus 3:7 ESV)

Many times the Lord must wait for us to become so weak we finally call for His help. The children of Israel were in Egypt 430 years; and when the situation became more than they could bear, they cried out to God. And God heard them.

Jesus said, “My Father knows what you have need of, even before you ask.”

Yet, the answer doesn’t magically appear just because we’re His kids. Until we’ve exhausted all our resources, we aren’t capable of receiving His help.

But He gives power to the faint. 

Are you willing to empty yourself of your strength, and humble yourself under His mighty hand?

If so, He’ll raise you up. Then you will experience His power for the faint.

“But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.””  (James 4:6 ESV)

So be it!

Some “Last Days” Thoughts

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“Egypt was glad when they departed, for dread of them had fallen upon it.” (Psalm 105:38 ESV)

There’s coming a day, and what a glorious day it will be, when the Church, the Body of Christ, followers of Jesus, the remnant of believers, will be called into the very presence of God. Some call it “the Rapture”. I prefer to call it “the Great Catching Away”.

Israel is a type of the Church, the “called out ones”. As Israel was called out of Egypt supernaturally, so it shall be with the Church.

Israel was called out, then joined together in the wilderness. In the wilderness they had to learn about their God. They learned faith, obedience, following leadership, how to fight together against a common enemy. When the time for them to cross the Jordan, they were ready.

Israel became a unique nation among nations and so did the Church.

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” (1 Peter 2:9 ESV)

The Church began in power, but through the years, and succumbing to man’s traditions and doctrines of demons, has all but lost its identity and unique message.

But God has always had a remnant. And he has one today.

Over the last couple hundred years, God has been rebuilding his Church, and restoring its power and ministry gifts. God is bringing the Church to the culmination of his plans and purposes. A time when the Church, the Body and the Head, function as one. A time when the dread and fear of God cover the earth like never before. A period that allows the world (Egypt) to witness the God of Creation, and experience his great power – through the Church.

“Egypt was glad…” That will happen again. The world will be glad when the Church finally leaves. Presently, the Church has very little influence in the world. Most people can either “take it or leave it” where the Church is concerned. But that will change, and change quickly.

And as it was when Israel departed from Egypt, and a number of Egyptians left with them, so it shall be once more. For the final demonstration of God’s power is not only a declaration of God’s greatness and his ultimate triumph over every enemy, it will also be the greatest gathering of souls into his kingdom. Harvest Time!

So what should we look for?

–House cleaning – the people of God judging and purifying themselves – 1 Peter 4:17
–Ministry gifts operated in humility and purity – 1 Corinthians 12-14
–A definite division between light and darkness – Acts 5; 1 Thessalonians 5
–God working through the Church in power and holiness – Mark 16:15-20; Ephesians 3:10
–“Come up here” – the Great Catching Away – Revelation 4:1; 1 Thessalonians 4

I realize not everyone will see things like I do. How do you think things will be, as the end of this present age draws near? Are you ready for the end of this period, and the beginning of the next?

One thing is certain. When all is said and done God will still be the one in charge.

Forever and ever, amen.

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