Word at Work June 1, 2016

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1
Scripture: Hebrews 11:1

Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” The Greek word translated “substance” is hoop-os-tas-s, from hoop-os-tass-o. It is a compound word meaning, ‘to squarely face an issue, lay hold of it and place it under your authority and under your feet.’ As faith is defined in Hebrews, a major purpose of it is that we face an issue, a problem, a purpose, take hold of it and through the power of God and place it under our feet for the will of God. Faith allows us to establish Kingdom rule by declaring and decreeing the Word of the Lord over a situation and we trust that God will send His angels and make it happen. That is why it is absolutely essential when we walk in faith to walk in the Holy Spirit. It is impossible to walk in faith without walking in the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit has to show us what the will of God is in a situation so that we can be the agent who faces it and squarely puts it under our feet and brings it under the authority of the Kingdom. Hopefully, we do that for salvation and for the harvest. We reluctantly do that for destruction. But if destruction is deemed necessary by the Spirit for Kingdom purposes to open the path to salvation, it is available to us by faith. In the end-times, the book of Revelation is predominant. So our predominant theology and view of life in the last days has to be broadened so that it is squarely rooted to include the book of Revelation. One major difference we see in Revelation is a dramatic change from the gospels in mercy vs. judgment. One problem of developing faith for the end-times is that the majority of the church has grown up as believers with doctrine developed almost exclusively from the gospels. Jesus’ ministry to the lost sheep of the House of Israel is far different than how Jesus’ ministry is described in Revelation. That is a change the church has yet to make and balancing the Priest and King is essential.


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