The Father Is Sovereign

The Father is Sovereign, King of All

When we talk about God’s sovereignty, we mean that God has all authority, all power, and there is no one like Him! He is sovereign Ruler and King of the universe.

Deuteronomy 4:34 – “Or did God ever try to go and take for Himself a nation from the midst of another nation, by trials, by signs, by wonders, by war, by a mighty hand and outstretched arm, and by great terrors, according to all that the LORD God did for you in Egypt before your eyes? (Verse 35) “To you, it was shown, that you might know that the LORD Himself is God; there is none other besides Him.

(Verse 39) “Therefore know this day, and consider it in your heart, that the LORD Himself is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other.

Isaiah 45:5 – “I am the LORD, and there is no other; there is no God besides Me. I will gird you, though you have not known Me. (Verse 6) That they may know from the rising of the sun to its setting that there is none besides Me. I am the LORD, and there is no other; (Verse 7) I form the light and create darkness, I make peace and create calamity; I, the LORD, do all these things.”

(Verse 12) I have made the earth and created man on it. It was I – My hands that stretched out the heavens,m and all their host I have commanded. 

(Verse 18) For thus says the LORD, who created the heavens, who is God, who formed the earth and made it, who established it, who did not create it in vain, who formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD, and there is no other.

(Verse 22) “Look to Me, and be saved, all you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other.

God answers to no one, but some forget the other attributes about God when they think about His sovereignty, God is all good! Some supreme authorities in other countries think that they answer to no one, however, this is what the Bible says about that: Romans 13:1 – Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. (Verse 2) Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.

God is the One that gives authorities and places people in their positions, so be very careful when coming against whom God has placed in that authority. That includes people in government. Yes, in this country we have the right to vote, but remember, God is still in charge and when we resist whom He has placed in that position, we are resisting God’s ordinance.

To Bible readers of the Old Testament, do you remember how Nebuchadnezzar’s arrogance and pride got him put out into the wilderness, eating grass, and not knowing what had happened for seven years? But then something happened after that time period:

Daniel 4:34 – And at the end of the time I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my understanding returned to me; and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever. For His dominion is an everlasting dominion, and His kingdom is from generation to generation.

God can even bring down kings that resist His authority. For the Bible says for those who resist, judgment will come. Boasting against God is evil (James 4:16).

All authority and all power belongs to God and God is a good God all the time. He is totally in charge and that’s why we pray to the One that fully loves us and only wants the best for us – He’s sovereign in all things!

The Father Is Omni

The omnipotence, the omniscient, and the omnipresence of God are all attributes of God. The word “Omni” means “all.” When we understand who God is, it changes our lives.

The Father is Omnipotent

This means omnipotent and potent means powerful. So God is “all-powerful.” This means that God has all power and all the ability to perform all of His decrees. Without the omnipotence of God, the rest of His attributes would be feeble. If God was not “all-powerful,” He couldn’t act on His goodness. He wouldn’t be able to fulfill His good desires toward us. However, He can because He has all power!

It might help us understand this if we put God’s power in two categories: God has “supreme” and “absolute” power. Supreme is His right to act and absolute is His ability to act. His power is above all. And because He has all power, we have peace.

When our world is out of control, things in our lives are a mess, we can have peace through Him! Here is what this means to us personally: It means that you and I have the power to overcome sin.

1 Corinthians 10:13 – No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. There is no sin, no temptation, that we can’t get free from because God is “all-powerful” and He won’t allow it to overtake us.

Here is the second thing that this means to Christians: It means that we can overcome sickness also. Romans 8:11 – But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. Most people don’t relate this Scripture with sickness. This is talking about our “physical bodies!” We can overcome sickness because God has all-power.

Here is the third thing this means to us: It means I can overcome Satan:  1 John 4:4 – You are of God, little children, and have overcome them because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. (“Them” is the spirit of antiChrists’.) So we can overcome sin, sickness, and Satan. Why? Because He is greater that is in you than he that is in the world. Satan is a created being and no created being is more powerful than their Creator! Satan is not beyond God’s control or beyond His power, ever!

The Father is Omniscient

This means that God has “all knowledge.” God knows everything, everything actual and everything possible. All events and all creatures, past, present, and future, at the same time! God can’t learn anything because He has all knowledge.

God also doesn’t think the way we think. We try to figure things out, but God is never trying to figure something out. He’s never bewildered or confused. This also means that nothing can ever happen to us that God didn’t know about and already planned and provided for us.

In the Book of Job, chapter after chapter, Job’s friends are complaining to him. Then Job starts complaining, but then God answers Job:

Job 38:1 – Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, (Verse 2) “Who is this who darkens counsel by words without knowledge? (Verse 3) Now prepare yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer Me. (Verse 4) “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding. (Verse 5) Who determined its measurements? Surely you know!

(Verse 12) “Have you commanded the morning since your days began, and caused the dawn to know its place, (Verse 13) that it might take hold of the ends of the earth, and the wicked to be shaken out of it?

(Verse 16) “Have you entered the springs of the sea? Or have you walked in search of its depth? (Verse 17) Have the gates of death been revealed to you? Or have you seen the doors of the shadow of death? (Verse 18) Have you comprehended the breath of the earth? Tell Me, if you know all this. (Verse 19) Where is the dwelling of light? And darkness, where is its place, (Verse 20) that you may take it to its territory, that you may know the paths to its home?

(Verse 21) Do you know it, because you were born then, or because the number of your days is great? (Verse 22) “Have you entered the treasury of snow, or have you seen the treasury of hail, (Verse 23) which I have reserved for the time of trouble, for the day of battle and war? (Verse 24) By what way is light diffused, or the east wind scattered over the earth?

(Verse 34) “Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, that an abundance of water may cover you? (Verse 35) Can you send out lightnings, that they may go, and say to you, ‘Here we are!’? 

God has all the answers! He knows exactly what we need and when we need it because He knows the end result before it ever happens!

The Father is Omnipresent

This means that He is fully present in all places at all times! Psalm 139:7 – Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? (Verse 8) If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.

The first six verses of Psalm 139 show the omniscience of God; verses 7 through 12, show the omnipresence of God; and verses 13 through 18, show the omnipotence of God. The last verses show the justice of God.

God doesn’t have to travel like we do, He’s already there! He’s fully present everywhere at the same time. God is above all presiding; He is beneath all, sustaining all; He is outside of all, embracing all; and He is inside of all, filling.

1 Kings 8:27 – “But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven, and the heaven of heavens cannot contain You… We are not ever by ourselves if we are a believer! God is everywhere and always with us!

Because God is everywhere, how can people make the statement, “I don’t feel close to God?” First of all, we are not far from God “geographically.” It’s not the location that causes people to feel alone, it’s a matter of the heart. Those that don’t walk close with Him, even if they are a believer, aren’t close to Him because they are not walking in unity! Yes, God is omnipresent but His manifest presence is when we get in unity with Him!

God is all-powerful which means: There is no problem in our lives that God is not able to take care of!!

My Best Friend – The Father

The Father Is Good

Psalm 119:68 – You are good, and do good; teach me Your statutes. This is one of the great attributes of God. Attribute literally comes from the word “tribute.” Something we give someone that they are due. It belongs to them. The characteristics that belong to Him. All of God’s other attributes come out of His goodness!

The Father Is Completely Good

God is not partially good, because whatever God is, He is fully. He doesn’t just have goodness, He is goodness!

In Exodus, Moses is having a conversation with God when he asked God to “Please show me Your glory,” he wanted to know what God was known for because that’s what you get the glory for. What was God good at better than anyone else? And here is what God said to him: Exodus 33:19 – Then He said, “I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.”

Exodus 34:6 – And the LORD passed before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, (Verse 7) “keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgressions and sin,…”

All of these attributes listed here in this passage, tie into with His goodness. God is infinite – without limit, without bounds, and God cannot be measured. He’s infinitely good! God is also omnipotent – He has all power. His goodness will never be limited by His power. God is just – His justice is impartial. God is omnipresent – His goodness is everywhere. God is immutable – He cannot change.

Do you know there are people that honestly believe that God is not good? Why would they think that? Because Satan has told people, “If God is good, why did such and such happen to you?” Satan will point to bad things that have happened in our lives to get us to believe that lie. However, Satan is actually pointing to his “own work,” as evidence that God is not good.

Satan is the one that brought sin, sickness, and disease and death into this world, not God. God created a perfect world and put man in charge of it. But when Satan rules, look at what happens.

We were created because the Father is good.

James 1:17 – Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. (Verse 18) Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.

Why were we not destroyed after we sinned? Because God is all-merciful and good. Whey does God continue to forgive us? Because God is good! Whey did God shed His blood for me? Because God is good!

In everything that God created, He was looking for something. Everything He created, He looked at it to see if it had one quality about it.

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Verse 2) The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. (Verse 3) Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. (Verse 4) And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness.

(Verse 10) And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters He called Seas. And God saw that it was good.

(Verse 12) And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the trees that yield fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

This goes on describing what God created and proclaiming that it was good. All that God created was a reflection of Himself and His goodness. Romans, Chapter 1, says, “We can see God in the things He created.”

Yes, God displayed His goodness in His first creation, but it is displayed more in His second creation: Romans 5 tells us God created Adam in His own image, but Adam sinned. So He created the Second Adam as the Firstfruits of man. The second creation is us when we become born again. When man fell from God’s created goodness, God redeemed us so that we would not fall from His infinite goodness.

We must choose the Father’s goodness.

Romans 11:22 – Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God; on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off.

We get a choice. This word “consider” means to ponder, to make a choice. To choose one way or the other. Look at both sides – Do you want goodness or do you want severity? God has a will so He made us with a will. He didn’t want robots. Too many look at the evidence that Satan supplies and choose the severity of God. What we just read says when they choose the severity of God, they will be cut off.

Matthew 7:11 – “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!

We all know that Satan uses his own works to say God is not good, but did you know that he also tries to get us to judge God’s goodness? That’s a trap from Satan. If a person doesn’t believe that God is good, they won’t love Him, they won’t serve Him, they won’t follow Him, and they won’t trust Him.

God can’t be anything but good! Trust Him because His true evidence is all around us!

 

The Miracle of Meditation

Luke 2:15 – So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” (Verse 2) And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, the Babe lying in a manger.

(Verse 17) Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning the Child. (Verse 18) And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. (Verse 19) But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. 

The word “pondered,” we would describe as “meditation.” She gave serious thought to what God had spoken to her heart.

Joshua 1:8 – “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

If we meditate on this Book, then we will be prosperous in all areas of our lives and then we will have good success.

Psalm 1:2 – But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law, he meditates day and night. (Verse 3) He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither, and whatever he does shall prosper.

This word meditate in Hebrew means: to ponder; to give serious thought and consideration to selected information. Now, let me ask you this: Can you spend an hour or two focusing on something? Some say that’s too hard, but we watch two-hour movies, don’t we? How long do you think it takes me to prepare these studies that I post? Some mornings its three or four hours, depending on what time I have to be at work that day. I can’t get enough of God’s word.

Why does something supernatural happen when we meditate on God’s Word?

Because God’s Word is Seed.

1 Peter 1:23 – having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever,…

When we read or study God’s word and put it in our hearts, we are actually putting a seed in there. That seed is going to produce! Any time we plant a seed in the ground, that seed doesn’t look anything like the picture on the package. The package shows us the result of what the seed will produce if watered and nurtured. It’s the same way with God’s word.

When the sower sows the word, that word can produce thirty, sixty, or one hundredfold increase. So when we meditate on God’s word, we are doing something that is going to produce good fruit in us.

Psalm 119:15 – I will meditate on Your precepts, and contemplate Your ways. (Verse 23) Princes also sit and speak against me, but Your servant meditates on Your statutes. (Verse 48) My hands I will lift up to Your commandments, which I love, and I will meditate on Your statutes.

Read all through this Psalm where the enemy had come against one of these priests, but they decided to meditate on God’s word. In other words, instead of meditating on the wrong that people do against us, meditate on God’s word.

When people are in bondage in an area, they usually meditate on the lie that keeps them in bondage. Why not meditate on the truth that will set us free?

God’s Word is Alive

Hebrews 4:12 – For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. When we begin to meditate on God’s word, life begins to burst out of us. God’s word helps us know His will and do His will.

1 Timothy 4:12 – Let no one despise your youth but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith in purity. Let no one look down on you if you are young, but be an example to believers in your word, in your conduct, in love and so on. (Verse 13) Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. (Verse 14) Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. (Verse 15) Meditate on these things, give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all.

God’s Word is Jesus

John 1:1 – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (Verse 2) He was in the beginning with God. (Verse 3) All things were made through Him, and without Him, nothing was made that was made.

(Verse 10) He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.  (Verse 14) And the Word became 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.

Revelation 19:13 – He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.

When we meditate on the Word of God, we are meditating on Jesus. If a person rejects the Word of God, they are rejecting Jesus! All things are created by Him and held together by Him. We are the ones that determine how much of Jesus we are going to let flow through our lives. We determine it by how much time we spend in His Word.

Philippians 4:8 – Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things.

I promise you, if you will meditate on the word of God, something miraculous will happen in your life!

The Light of the Lamp

Psalm 119:105 – Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Every one of us have stumbled over something in the dark. For whatever reason, we didn’t turn a light on. We didn’t light up our path.

Is it possible that some are stumbling spiritually? Is it possible that some are trying to make it through this dark world without using the light that God gave us?

A Lamp To My Feet

Luke 11:33 – “No one, when he has lit a lamp, puts it in a secret place or under a basket, but on a lampstand, that those who come in may see the light. (Verse 34) “The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, when your eye is good your whole body also is full of light. But when your eye is bad, your body also is full of darkness.”

(Verse 35) “Therefore take heed that the light which is in you is not darkness. (Verse 36) “If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, the whole body will be full of light as when the bright shining of a lamp gives you light.”

If in Psalm 119, verse 105, the light is the word of God, then in Luke 11, it’s still the word of God. If we will allow the lamp of the Word of God in us, it will fill us with light! And the way that light comes into our body is by what we look at.

How much darkness do we see every day? We see a lot of horrific things if we see news, media, or the television. Why then do some not allow the light from God’s word to come in every day? The more light we allow in, the light will take care of the darkness. Light always overcomes the darkness!

Exodus 25:27 – “You shall make seven lamps for it, and they shall arrange its lamps so that they give light in front of it. (This is the lamp that is in the Holy Place.)

God’s word shows us the way we should go. It shows us how we should walk. The light, the lamp, and the oil. The light representing the Father; the lamp representing Jesus, and the oil representing the Holy Spirit.

Exodus 27:20 – “And you shall command the children of Israel that they bring you pure oil of pressed olives for the light, to cause the lamp to burn continually. God’s word burns continually.

Proverbs 6:23 – For the commandment is a lamp, and the law is light; 

Luke 15:8 – “Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and seek diligently until she finds it?

When we lose something, marriage, investments, relationships, we need to “light a lamp.” Get in God’s word for any situation because it will light the path in the way to go.

A Light To My Path

1 John 1:5 – This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. (Verse 6) If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. (Verse 7) But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

John 3:20 – “For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.”

Everyone practicing evil does not come to the light. When people are in sin, the last thing they want to do is read the Bible or listen to someone tell them they are sinning. However, that is what they should do, is come to God’s light. Why? Because light dispels darkness! Anyone that has a dark area in their life should run to God’s word and turn the light on.

When we have a light for our feet, it shows us where to take the next step. And a light to our path shows us which direction we should go. God speaks through His word. He will also confirm what He said through His word. We can read a verse in the Bible that was written thousands of years ago and the Holy Spirit will speak to us. Why? Because God’s word is eternal. If God spoke it thousands of years ago, it’s still true today. I know some who don’t believe that. They think God changes with the times Not so! God’s word is “timeless.” So how do we hear God for our situation today?

The first thing we must do is enter into the presence of God: Psalm 100:4 – Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. We establish lines of communication by worshiping Him.

The second thing we must do after praise and prayer: Philippians 4:6 – Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. If it’s on your heart, tell God about it!

The third thing that will happen is “Proclamation.” This is when God will begin to proclaim His word to you. At this point is when we begin to read our Bible, after praise and after we pray.

People that are just starting out with getting in the habit of reading their Bible may need some help finding out where to start reading. So why not ask God? For those who become familiar more and more, they shouldn’t have any trouble figuring out where to start reading. However, don’t forget about the Old Testament. I believe we need to understand the Old Testament to be able to understand what takes place in the New.

When we get in the habit of doing these steps to get in the presence of God, and when a decision needs to be made, it will be easier to hear God’s answer. I can’t stress enough how important the time is to spend with God. Some may have to start getting up earlier to do this but if a Christian wants to be close to God, they are going to have to spend time with Him and be in His word.

If you are waiting on an answer from God, the answer will be calming and clear. There won’t be anxiety or a sense of anxiousness involved and He will confirm it. You can’t go to other people to get “your word” from God. So that means you are the one that has to spend time in God’s presence asking Him. We can get confirmation from others though, but that word from God to you will be spoken to you!

God’s Word is a Lamp to our feet and a Light to our path!

Seeing Scripture With Spiritual Sight

Are there any verses in the Bible that you don’t believe to be true “all the time?” Example: Psalm 103:3 – Who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases. Do you believe God forgives all iniquities? If you do, then why not believe He heals all your diseases?

Do you honestly believe that God heals all iniquities and all diseases? Do you believe that people’s traditions can blind their “spiritual eyes?”

We are blind without God.

Isaiah 42:18 – “Hear, you deaf: and look, you blind, that you may see.” Obviously, Isaiah is not talking to people who are deaf naturally. He’s talking about spiritual deafness. Then he tells the blind to “Look!” (Verse 19) Who is blind but My servant, or deaf as My messenger whom I send? Who is blind as he who is perfect, and blind as the LORD’s servant? (Verse 20) Seeing many things, but you do not observe. Opening the ears, but he does not hear.”

Isaiah 43:8 – “Bring out the blind people who have eyes, and the deaf who have ears.”

Ezekiel 12:2 – “Son of man, you dwell in the midst of a rebellious house, which has eyes to see but does not see, and ears to hear but does not hear; for they are a rebellious house.

This is a theme throughout the whole Bible. Even Jesus told His disciples that they had ears but couldn’t hear. Do you think that rebellion or a “hard-heart’ has something to do with not being able to see or hear?

Is it possible that in the natural, to be looking right at someone and not see them? Sure it is. So is it possible to read something in the Bible and after we read it, not have any idea what we just read? In other words: You saw the words on the page in the natural, but not in the spiritual.

Receive your spiritual sight.

In Mark, Chapter 8, Jesus heals a blind man but He does it in a way He hadn’t done it any other time, that we know of. Mark 8:22 – Then He came to Bethsaida; and they brought a blind man to Him, and begged Him to touch him. (Verse 23) So He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of town. And when He had spit on his eyes and put His hands on him, He asked him if he saw anything. (Verse 24) And he looked up and said, “I see men like trees, walking.” (Verse 25) Then He put His hands on his eyes again and made him look up. And he was restored and saw everyone clearly.

We have no idea how many blind people that Jesus healed but there are five times that the Bible tells us how He did it. One time, He just spoke; one time He cast a demon out of the blind man; another time He touches one; another time He spits on the ground, makes mud, and rubs it on the man’s eyes; this time, we just read, He spits on the man’s eyes. The saliva from Jesus’ mouth touched the blind man’s eyes. Jesus is the Word of God.

Have you ever heard a pastor teach on this particular Scripture and then tell the congregation that the healing of the blind man didn’t work the first time? Didn’t work the first time, really? These preachers build a case to build up their theology. Hogwash! So when you hear mess like that, they are saying, “Even with God, it doesn’t always work the first time.” That is just crazy theology and I’ve heard it from a pastor or two in my lifetime. Do people honestly think that God doesn’t know what that passage means? Of course, He does!

Jesus, the Creator of all, puts His hands on the blind man and asks him, “Now, what do you see?” Then the blind man says, “I see men like trees, walking.” Then Jesus puts His hands on him again and the man saw everything in the natural, clearly. How many sets of eyes do we have? We have “two” sets. We have natural eyes and we have spiritual eyes because we have been born again. We can’t forget that the Bible is a spiritual book written by a Spiritual Being, to a spiritual people.

Now, look at these Scriptures where the Bible talks about “men” being “trees.”

Psalm 1:3 – He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, This is a man that meditates on the word of God.

Psalm 52:8 – But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God;

Psalm 92:12 – The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree,

Jeremiah 17:7 – “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, and whose hope is in the LORD. (Verse 8) For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters,”

Isaiah 55:12 – “And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.”

Matthew 7:17 – “Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.”

Do you honestly believe that Jesus came to earth just to teach us about “trees” and plants?” No, He was talking about people!

Zechariah 4:11 – Then I answered and said to him, “What are these two olive trees – at the right of the lampstand and at the left?” (Verse 14) So he said, “These are the two anointed ones, who stand beside the LORD of the whole earth.” Zechariah is seeing olive trees, but they were actually anointed ones.

Revelation 11:3 – “And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.” (Verse 4) These are the two olive trees” and the two lampstands standing before the God of the earth.

Yes, there are times that the Bible talks about real trees, but there are times when trees represent men. The Bible will confirm itself. We have to learn to read the whole context, before and after the passage.

The Bible says that there is a veil that covers our eyes until we believe. It also says that God’s word is foolishness to those who are perishing. Pride will stop a person from understanding the word of God and having spiritual eyes to see. If people read the word as if they know everything already, they will be spiritually blind to its true meaning!

We are blind and deaf without the Holy Spirit guiding us and giving us an understanding of what the Scripture has to say. We ask and we will receive spiritual ears to hear and spiritual eyes to see!

 

 

 

The Symbols of Scripture

There are many symbols in Scripture and if we know the meaning of them it helps to understand what it is talking about. For instance: Psalm 74:3 – Lift up your feet to the perpetual desolations. The enemy has damaged everything in the sanctuary.

Who is the enemy in this verse? Satan. Where does it say he is in? In the sanctuary. And what is the sanctuary? It’s us! The sanctuary mentioned in Scripture doesn’t always have to be a building, but the enemy is always Satan or his demonic minions. This next example will help:

Ezekiel 34:1 – And the word of the LORD came to me, saying, (Verse 2) “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel (God is not telling Ezekiel to prophesy against literal shepherds, He is talking about the spiritual leaders.), prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says the LORD God to the shepherds: “Woe to the shepherds of Israel who feed themselves! (Verse 3) “You eat the fat and clothe yourselves with the wool; you slaughter the fatlings, but you do not feed the flock.”

Verse 4 lists the ministries of Jesus, which is what is supposed to be done by the spiritual leaders in the church today: (Verse 4) “The weak you have not strengthened, (That is the Baptism in the Holy Spirit because we get power and strength from the Holy Spirit.) nor have you healed those who were sick (healings), nor bound up the broken (inner healings), nor brought back what was driven away (deliverance), nor sought what was lost (evangelism); but with force and cruelty, you have ruled them.

(Verse 5) “So they were scattered (the people walked away) because there was no shepherd (spiritual leader); and they became food for all the beasts of the field when they were scattered. (The beast are spiritual, demonic spirits.)

Here is what God is telling Ezekiel to prophesy to Israel: When the people don’t feed themselves with God’s word and no one to teach them, the beast of the field will come after them. These are demonic spirits, fallen angels.

All through the Bible, the beasts of the field represent the fallen angels, demonic spirits that come after believers. The Bible is a spiritual book, written by a spiritual Being, to spiritual beings! Now look at this Scripture:

Genesis 3:1 – Now the serpent… Everyone knows that the serpent represents the devil, but where is the proof? Revelation 12:9 – So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan,…

So we know for sure that the serpent is Satan. Keep in mind: When sheep are scattered they become “food” for the beast of the field; and the beast of the field are fallen angels, demonic spirits.

Genesis 3:1 – Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. The Bible is not saying that the serpent is smarter than any other animal that God created. It is saying that Satan is the most cunning of all the fallen angels. See how much easier it is to understand when you know what the symbols represent?

When we understand the meaning of some of these symbols the Bible will become much clearer when we study. Mark 1:13 – And He was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan, and was with the “wild beasts”; and the angels ministered to Him. There were not a bunch of lions, tigers, and bears that Jesus had to beat off. These beasts were demonic spirits coming after our Lord.

Mark 4:3 – “Listen! Behold the sower went out to sow. (Verse 4) “And it happened, as he sowed, that some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds of the air came and devoured it.

Then in verse 9, Jesus says, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” Jesus is talking about spiritual ears, listening with your heart what the spirit says. Then in verse 13, He tells them that the “seed” is the word of God. And the “birds of the air” are demonic spirits that come and immediately try to take the word that has been sown in the heart. This helps us understand that when we read in other places of the Bible, “The birds of the air” are demonic spirits and Satan.

When Daniel wrote the book of Daniel, he was in the city of Babylon. Babylon was a “mixture” of the world and the church. The children of Israel were captive in Babylon for 70 years. The children of God began to “mix” their worshiping practices with the traditions of Babylon. So is it possible that “Babylon” represents a mixture of the world and the church? A worldly church! I think that is exactly what is still going on today. Bringing in the beliefs and cultures of the world and putting it smack down in the midst of the church!

In Daniel, the king of Babylon has a dream: Daniel 4:10 – “These were the visions of my head while on my bed: I was looking and behold, a tree in the midst of the earth, and its height was great. (Verse 11) The tree grew and became strong; Its height reached to the heavens, and it could be seen to the ends of all the earth. 

(Verse 12) Its leaves were lovely, its fruit abundant, and in it was food for all. The beasts of the field found shade under it, the birds of the heavens dwelt in its branches and all flesh was fed from it. (Verse 13) “I saw in the visions of my head while on my bed, and there was a watcher, a holy one, coming down from heaven.

(Verse 14) He cried aloud and said this: ‘Chop down the tree and cut off its branches, strip off its leaves and scatter its fruit. Let the beasts get out from under it, and the birds from its branches. (Verse 15) Nevertheless, leave the stump and roots in the earth…

Now we understand that the “birds of the air, or in this case heaven, and the beasts of the field are demonic spirits, that have come and made their home in the branches and under the branches. Daniel tells the king that the “tree” that grows bigger and bigger is him. And the birds, demons, beasts, demons, have come and made nests on and under him.

Then in verse 14, Daniel tells the king, a holy man comes and cuts the tree, him, down to the stump, strips off its leaves, branches, and scatters the fruit, but leaves a remnant. Isaiah 6:13 – …Whose stump remains when it is cut down so the holy seed shall be its stump.

Birds of the air – demonic spirits; beasts of the fields – demonic spirits; trees – people; serpent – Satan; seed – Word of God; branches – us, believers.

Jesus tells a parable of what the kingdom of heaven is likened to: Matthew 13:31 – Another parable He put forth to them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field, (Verse 32) “which indeed is the lest of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.”

What are the branches? John 15:1 – “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. (Verse 2) “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.” 

It is amazing to me that some Christians think they can’t be in bondage because they are a Christian. However, over and over throughout the Scripture, we see that the “birds of the air” come and nest in the branches. That is demonic spirits entering the church. They aren’t going to come after the ones that they already have on their side. They come after God’s people! All it takes is one little slip of bringing in the world’s way of thinking and putting God’s word aside and the next thing you have is a “Worldly Church!”

Ezekiel 31:6 – All the birds of the heavens made their nests in its boughs; under its branches, all the beasts of the field brought forth their young; and in its shadow, all great nations made their home. Putting aside God’s word and standard brings in the world and yes it will get bigger and bigger.

Deuteronomy 7:22 – “And the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you little by little; you will be unable to destroy them at once, leat the “beasts” of the field become too numerous for you. This was when the children of Israel went to take possession of the Promise Land and they had all these enemy nations around them.

God said He would drive them out “little by little.” And just as they did when they would sacrifice the lamb and the blood-covered them, we are saved and washed in the blood of Jesus. We are saved; we are water baptized as they went through the Red Sea; we are baptized in the Holy Spirit and now we have to drive the enemy out of our lives as they drove the enemy out of their land. And if we drive the enemy out of our land, we will have victory and will have taken possession of the land God has given us, the Christian life.

1 Corinthians 3:9 – For we are God’s fellow workers; “You are God’s field,” you are God’s building. We drive them out little by little. And the reason is so that the bests of the field don’t become too numerous for us!

Matthew 12:43 – “When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none. (Verse 44) “Then he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes, he finds it empty, swept, and put in order. (Verse 45) “Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of the man is worse than the first. So shall it also be with this wicked generation.”

God delivered Israel from the nations little by little so that the beasts of the fields didn’t increase. That’s the Old Testament. Now, in the New Testament, Jesus said that when an unclean spirit goes out of a man, that spirit will try to come back in with seven more, after a while. If that unclean spirit finds that “house’ empty, he will bring in seven more and make themselves at home. Why is the house so empty?

So what’s the key to keeping those demons out? When we get “set free,” we have to fill our house with God’s Word! God’s word is the only thing that can defeat the enemy. As we are getting free, little by little, we just keep filling our house, breathing in the word of God. When the enemy comes back, he can’t come in and take you into bondage with seven other unclean spirits ever again!

Psalm 107:20 – He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.