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Creative Power

Genesis 1: 2

The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.

Through this Word of the Day devotional and Ivey Ministries, you are continually encouraged to learn about the Holy Spirit and to develop a relationship with him. This week, I will endeavor to assist you in that pursuit by showing you some of the verses about the Spirit and by sharing some background information.

Today’s verse represents the first time the Holy Spirit is mentioned in the Bible. God didn’t wait long to introduce him. In fact, we hear about him before any mention of the Son. Verse one reads, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Then God begins describing the creation of the earth and that formation starts with the Holy Spirit. We find out in the book of John that Jesus was in the beginning and that nothing that was made, was made apart from him, but we see that Holy Spirit is central to creation. Even now, he remains the creative power of God.

The Spirit hovered, many manuscripts say, over the surface of the waters. He was awaiting the Father’s vision and command. Then when God spoke, the Spirit created, or brought into being, that which the Father designed. This process of creation is how things work today also. Father began His book by demonstrating a key principle of life and of the workings of the Kingdom of God. Creation happens in cooperation with the Holy Spirit.

I told you that Jesus was in the beginning (John 1: 1). His role is significant but not so obvious. The power of creation begins with an idea or a vision. In this case, God had a design in mind for the earth. We know from Matthew 6: 10 that God’s idea was to create earth in the image of heaven. So, He had a clear picture in mind. The next thing He did was to speak. What did He speak, one might ask. He spoke The Word. That is where Jesus made his entrance. The Word is Jesus and Jesus is the Word. As soon as the Father spoke the Word, the Holy Spirit took that Word and materialized God’s vision.

We can do the same thing. We have an idea in mind, employ the Word of God by speaking it and then the Holy Spirit springs into action. He has hosts of angels and spirit beings who hearken to his command. This is how things get done in the earth. That is why it is so important for us to develop a relationship with the Spirit; to get to know him. Through our partnership with him, all things truly are possible. Jesus said he could do nothing of himself (John 5: 19). It was only through his collaboration with the Spirit that he could do anything. We know how successful Jesus was so there should be great motivation to learn to work with the Spirit as he did.

Today is a step towards knowing him better. We learned that he is the creative power of the Trinity. Knowing that might well change our perceptions of creating what we need in our lives as it probably affects our prayer life as well.

Calling Things

Romans 4: 17        (KJV)

God … who calleth those things which be not as though they were.

As Christians, there are several ways we can affect the situations around us. One way is simply to pray and ask our Father to intervene. There is another means by which the Lord has meant for us to affect our lives and the entire world. That is through the power of our tongue; the power of confession. God has given us His power so that we might go into all the world doing good even as Jesus did. Our confession is the basic tool for this process. This is the means by which the Father created the earth, the universe and all creation. He spoke them into existence. There is something so primal and so basic here that if we, as the body of Christ, can get a hold of it, we will be the means of change.

God calls those things that aren’t as if they already were. In His confession is creation. Thereby it becomes reality. So, His saying it makes it real. Isn’t that awesome? He has given this same ability to us because we have now been recreated in His image.

I would love to declare a National Words of our Mouth Day. On that day everyone would speak only positive, life giving words about any and every situation. For that one day we would all say aloud those things which we want to see come to pass. I would call you healed and prosperous and you would agree with me. It would be very easy to have the second National Words of our Mouth Day because people would be filled with expectation from the great success they saw in the first one. Expectation would make the second even more momentous. Maybe we could start tomorrow.

Let There Be … Revelation

Genesis 1: 3, 14 & 16

Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.

(14) Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days and years … (16) and God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also.

In verse 3 God said, literally, “Light Be” and there was light. How is it then that we have to wait until verse 14 for God to get around to making the sun and the moon and what happened in verse 3 since it obviously was not the creation of the sun and moon?

One of the lessons I learned while I was away from you on vacation is that you know much more than I have sometimes realized. I spend a lot of time alone in my office reading and writing so when God gives me a revelation it seems to me that I have received it in a bit of a humanity vacuum. Somehow I lost touch with the truth that He gives me revelation in order to support you. So, I have had several creation theories running around in my spirit for several years that I have shared with few people because they seemed kind of “out there.” What I now understand is that God has been ministering the same revelations to you and has just given me the job of confirming what you are already hearing. I was also concerned about blowing away some of the newer believers with ideas that I thought might be beyond them but they are coming into the body with big ideas already. Therefore, I begin this New Year apologizing to you and with the promise that I will not hold back what I hear God saying. 

So, here is what I believe happened at creation. I believe that when God said, “Light be!” He actually released Himself into the cosmos. We know from John 8: 12 that Jesus is the light. I believe Jesus is the light that was released when God said “Light be!” As scientists dig deeper and deeper in the physics of the earth they find that the smallest particles are made from energy. We know that everything we see is made from molecules and that those molecules are made of atoms. And we know that within these microscopic particles is great energy. Nothing is really static, not even iron. All atomic matter is moving even in the hardest materials. No matter what you allow your eyes to fall upon right now, it is moving at the atomic level. So your desk, although stable, has energy in it being expressed through the movement of atomic and sub-atomic material.

Look at Hebrews 11:9 from the New Living Bible: “By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.” Or in other words, that which we can see was made out of that which is invisible or unseen. God essentially made everything out of His own substance. He released Himself into the cosmos and created the entire universe. He is the substance of our lives. He lives within us and is our own substance. We are made up of Him and without Him there is no life. Jesus is the light and he is the life. Everything that has life derives it from our Father who released the life and the light from within Him and created all that see, hear, touch, smell or sense. He is the source. You’ve heard it before. He really and truly is our source and He really and truly lives within us. His life force, His substance is in every cell of our bodies.

This isn’t doctrine. You do not have to believe this in order for us to be harmonious but I need to start giving air play to that which I believe God is speaking to me. If it blesses you, then “Hooray.” It is my hope that as we explore and push our boundaries this year you will find new freedom and new expression for your faith in God. At the end of the day, it is all about Him. He is the beginning and the end and He is the rock upon which all must be anchored. We are not entertaining heretic theories. We are engaging with God and allowing Him to show us more of Himself and how His truths impact our lives. The creation story I presented today only has substantive meaning if it can positively affect your life and most importantly your relationship with our Father. For example, if God is living in every tissue of your body, in every single cell, what does that mean for living in divine health? That is where we are going – into a life of more of Him, and more impact from living with Him.