Series: Feast of Tabernacles
Sun am 9th October 2011 – Dr William Hinn
Jer. 9:23-24; 1 John 4:19; Deut. 7:7-8; Jer. 31:3; Gen. 1:26; Col. 2:9; Col. 1:27; Rev. 3:14; Isa. 54:5; John 1:4-5, 12; Ps. 82:6; Zech. 10:12; 2 Cor. 12:2-6; Gen. 1:27; 2 Cor. 9:8; Eph. 2:4-9; Ps. 52:1; Ps. 34:8; Prov. 23:5; Matt. 6:25-32; Phil. 4:19; Prov. 3:6; Jer. 2:13-19; Job 35:6; Matt. 5:45-48; Eph. 3:19; Jas. 1:17; Rom. 8:35; 1 John 1:5; John 3:16
The Bible should not only be read; it must be studied. We come to know the Lord, from glory to glory; from faith to faith. Never allow yourself to become limited, trapped or restricted. Don’t build a temple around where you have been. In God, it’s always on the increase. He has given everything that pertains to God-likeness through the knowledge of Him. The word exceeding means constantly increasing. Just when you think you’ve reached your limit with God, it’s only another beginning. We should never allow ourselves to become stagnant. In God you’re not going somewhere, in God you’re coming from somewhere. God finished you before He started you. Now you’re coming into the experience of what you have always been.
For I am Jehovah doing kindness judgment and righteousness in the earth for in these I have delighted, they are an affirmation of Jehovah (meaning these confirm me to be true) It is He who is becoming personified in a people who are loving, just and kind, of integrity in the earth, in them He delights. This is the affirmation of Jehovah confirmed to be true (Cf Jer. 9:23-24).
There was nothing about me that attracted the heart of God, I love Him because He loved me first (1 John 4:19). He loves because it is His sovereign will to love. God’s love is not influenced by anything outside of Himself. His love is eternal. For God to stop loving us He would have to stop or cease from being God. His love is sovereign. His love is infinite. His love is immutable (unchanging). His love is holy. His love is gracious.
When God gives, He brings forth, He makes. But as many as received him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name (John 1:12). And God said, Let us (Elohim) make man in our image, after our likeness: Gen 1:26 [The word “make” in Hebrew means to do, to accomplish, to advance, to appoint, to be , to become, to finish, to furnish, to fit to fulfill, bestow, bring forth and fashion. (Strongs)]. Elohim (The plural expression of God) said, “make will We humanity in our image according to our likeness”. Elohim did much more than to create man; Elohim became man. And it is ongoing. This is The Word talking, it is constant and it is present tense. It is significant because it means that whatever you are going through, God continuous to say “Make will We humanity”. In the beginning was the Word, and we were begotten in the Word. For example, God will not say to us “be thou holy or perfect” unless He has put into us what it takes to become holy or perfect.
God is experienced. You cannot just hand out character; you build it and so it requires a participation, “make will We.” Elohim is really your original self. Nothing is going to stop the Word, because “in the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God” and the Word is still saying “make will We humanity.” If we cannot accept this we think we are bigger than His Word.
It is not about us; we need to die to self. If we want it to be about God, we must get out of the picture.
Jesus is the firstborn of the original formation, in Him dwells all the fulness of the Godhead in bodily form (Col. 2:9) That is Elohim. This is the mystery hid from the ages, the riches of the glory, Christ in us (Col. 1:27). This is Elohim.
Everytime your light shines in darkness it is Elohim; when we overcome it is Elohim. Every time we participate with God it is Elohim. “Make will We”.
“I Myself have said, you are Elohim and sons of the Supreme are all of you. [Don’t ever read the first part without the second part] For it is you yourself that shall have the allotment of all nations… Arise, O God, (Elohim) judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations” (Ps. 82:6,8). Remember: Elohim is plural. El Elyon (Most High) is singular – the Supreme ruler of the universe. He is our Father and Elohim is His expression; children.
For centuries man has lived in a sense of separation from God – looking for a God in heaven or on a cross or in a cloud. He has been taught that God was apart from his own being. Yet scripture has always taught us that God is Spirit, God is your life and God is in you. The challenge of oneness is that there is no room for your life (or two-ness!). If you see His life as your life, you can receive oneness.
Never confuse condition with position. There is no such a thing as feeling spiritual. You cannot feel honesty; you either are, or you’re not. Being spiritual is your state of being. All perceptions of lack; be they material or moral or spiritual are illusions that God is not present. We say “how can God be present and I have this problem?” The seeming lack is the proof that God is present. Is this not the introduction to grace? And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect in weakness (2 Cor. 12:7-9). My strength Paul, is made complete in your weakness. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong (2 Cor. 12:10). And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work (2 Cor. 9:8).
By grace are we saved, not of ourselves; it is a gift of God, not of works so that we can boast. Works and grace cannot work together because grace is the gift of God Himself; it is the highest quality of good.
Therefore the need is not the evidence that God is not present but the contrary – the need is the proof that He is present. With God it is not supply and demand but demand and supply. The need is the proof of supply. The need is merely the condition of faith for the available supply. For the human mind the thought of supply is always synonymous with money. We always connect one with the other and it is hard to separate them. The truth is: supply is the word of God.
But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God (Matt. 4:4). Receiving Gods word is receiving supply.
Don’t allow your need to break your harmony with God. God’s grace translates into food, clothing, housing. His grace translates in all the supply to all the needs. God supplies all our needs according to the level to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:19).
If God is spirit then we must see Him beyond the evaluation of goodness and badness; beyond the tree of good and evil. He is beyond good and beyond evil, beyond giving rewards and punishment. The God of the tree of life, the God of all grace, He rains on the just and the unjust (Matt. 5:45). To those who hunger to know God and are saved by grace, this will cause a desire to know Him more. We set in motion the rewards and punishment ourselves by our deeds. If you sow in the spirit you set into motion your freedom but if you sow to the flesh you will reap corruption. This is a law.
When Jesus cried out on the cross, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do”. What did He forgive? Jesus forgave their ignorance. Evil is not a man; evil is an impersonal tempter, deceiver. It is a principality. People are not evil, they are deceived and ignorant. This is why God is able to be the God of grace. This grace is the highest quality of good. If people are expecting a reward from God and they do not get it, they will be upset with Him. There are many Christians not in the body because they are offended at God. Those that love His Word cannot be offended. We only respond to what is in us.
There is nothing Satan has that can attach itself to us, we have nothing in common, there is nothing relational. There is nothing in me that in any way equates to Satan. He can try to tempt us but Satan’s nature has nothing to do with us.
The Devil is not a person, The Word talks about “It is evil” When God talks about “casting the Devil into the bottomless pit”, it is a saying. It means that the enemy will find no footing, no place to attach himself in us. So in a sense, we are the “bottomless pit” – a people in whom the Devil has no hold; there is nothing in them he can attach to.
That sorrowful drunk, sinner or drug addict, has the image of God within. They don’t know, go tell them. Give them the good news. Jesus said “go tell them it is finished.” He is the God of all grace, He is the God that rains on the just and the unjust. Had it not been for His grace where would we be?