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You and I are supposed to rule and reign in this life now! You
may say in your heart, “Jesus did not mean that we are supposed
to rule now; . . . did he? Surely we have learned that we are
supposed to wait until the Millennium comes and once we have
been given a new body of spirit composition, then we will rule
during the Kingdom of God!”
First, we better find out what the Bible means by the phrase to “reign in
life.” Surely we are just supposed to rule over our own flesh now. After
Jesus returns we will be given city(s) to rule over during the reign of
Christ. Before we jump to conclusions, we better find out who we
should look to as an example regarding rulership in this lifetime.
Paul claimed that we are supposed to look to him as our example, “Be ye
followers of me , even as I also am of Christ” (1 Cor 11:1). Beyond merely
following Paul, notice the last part of that verse, “even as I also am of Christ
(1 Cor 11:1)! If we are followers of Jesus, realize that it was He who told us,
What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them,
and ye shall have them ” (Mark 11:23-24). How can we receive our desires?
Now, let’s get realistic here, it seems that Jesus might have gone just a little too
far. He said, “ What things soever ye desire! ” Now, that covers an awful lot of
ground! There are lots of desires in the hearts of lots of people! I know because
I have a lot of desires in my own heart! How can all of these people actually
receive what they have prayed for just by believe in their hearts?
One of the keys to releasing our Christ based desires is through understanding that
our beliefs are just like seeds. Let’s notice a secret in the planting of a human seed.
What does a woman do as soon as she discovers that she has become pregnant? . .
Now, I want to give you an opportunity to think about that question for just a few
seconds before we continue! The pregnant woman begins by announcing to the
world, “I am pregnant; I am going to have a baby! I am so excited!”
My brother-in-law Neil Jones has recently proclaimed that he has birthed the belief that his
home will be supernaturally paid-off! I suppose that means to him that he expects to be
delivered from debt, “Owe no man any thing” (Rom 13:8). The scripture also tells us twice
in Deuteronomy, “and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow” (Deut
28:12) & (Deut 15:6). Neil believes in his heart; therefore according to Jesus, he will
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receive whatsoever is conceived in his heart! Further, Neil and I are in agreement
concerning his delivery from debt, “if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing
that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven” (Matt 18:19)!
Some might scratch their heads and ask, “Isn’t Neil acting and speaking just a little bizarre
and impulsive?” How can he rashly claim that his house will be supernaturally paid-off?
Surely his belief system (his form of religion) has gone to his head! After all, nobody gets
his or her home supernaturally paid off! . . . Right? . . . WRONG! Neil has conceived
that desire in his heart and he has seen the vision of freedom from debt, “where the Spirit of
the Lord is, there is liberty” (2 Cor 3:17). He has impregnated his heart with the seed of
believing that his house will be supernaturally paid-off, “it shall be, when the LORD thy
God shall have brought thee into the Land . . . to give thee great and goodly cities, which
thou buildedst not, 11 And houses full of all good things, which thou filledst not” (Deut
6:10-11).
Neil has seen in his heart these promises for his family, “Keep thy heart with all diligence;
for out of it are the issues of life ” (Prov 4:23). Neil has seen the unseen before it comes to
pass! In the spiritual realm, our heart sees before our eyes do!
Back to the question, “Are you and I supposed to rule and reign in this life?” What does
the bible have to say about this issue of reigning during this lifetime? Where can we find
that whole concept in the pages of the Bible? And, how does reigning relate to faith?
We have previously studied the Biblical concept that the Christian has already become “the
Righteousness of God!” --- If you are not familiar with that topic, you may obtain a copy
of that Rivkah Ministries Bible Study http://www.rivkah.org/PDFs/040213.pdf from the
World Wide Web at: http://www.rivkah.org
This Bible Study will focus on one specific passage out of the book of Romans,
specifically, Rom 5:17 which says, “For if by one man's offence death reigned (ruled) by
one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness
shall reign (rule or have dominion) in life by one, Jesus Christ.” Most of us read quickly
over that verse and just kind of say to ourselves something like the following; “Well, that
verse mainly teaches that Adam sinned and therefore all of us must receive the sacrifice of
Jesus Christ!” The verse does say that; however, it has so much more information to
convey. Notice the following table as it seeks to expound that verse more thoroughly by
means of the eight specific segments contained in the verse!
Rom 5:17
(1) For if by one man's offence (2) death reigned by one; (3) much more (4)
they which receive (5) abundance of grace (6) and of the gift of righteousness
(7) shall reign in life (8) by one, Jesus Christ.
(1) For if by one
man's offence
Adam was that “one man” who brought death into the world, “For as in Adam all
die” (1 Cor 15:22). One might ask so why should Adam’s sin affect me
personally. However, we all sinned in Adam in the same sense that, “Levi also,
who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham” (Heb 7:9). Levi had nothing to do
with paying tithes nor did we have anything to do with Adam’s sin; yet in God’s
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Rom 5:17
(1) For if by one man's offence (2) death reigned by one; (3) much more (4)
they which receive (5) abundance of grace (6) and of the gift of righteousness
(7) shall reign in life (8) by one, Jesus Christ.
economy the seed within the father experience the blessings/curses of the father.
Through our father Adam, God’s “Law of Sin and Death” became apparent.
(2) death reigned
(ruled or had
dominion) by one;
Death has ruled, “Nevertheless death reigned from Adam” (Rom 5:14). Death is
the victor over every sinner, “sin hath reigned unto death” (Rom 5:21). Do you
realize that the Bible speaks of two opposite laws regarding life and death? We
all know what laws are; they are invisible regulations out of God’s wisdom that
everyone is subject to. For example, there is the law of gravity. No physical
thing known to man can break that law. Jump off a tall building onto the street
and you will die! Everything on earth is subject to the law of gravity.
The Bible teaches two opposite laws regarding life and death, “For the law of the
Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death
(Rom 8:2). These two opposite laws will be covered in a future Bible Study.
(3) much more
Adam sinned and he began the death cycle! “The law of sin and death” took
over. Just think of all of the grief and all of the sins that Satan and Adam have
brought upon the world! It is very powerful to think about all that sin; however,
Much More ” – has Jesus has brought to us, “where sin abounded, grace did
much more abound” (Rom 5:20)!
We must realize that the “sin consciousness” that Adam brought is not anywhere
near the same level or anything on par with what Jesus brought to humanity!
Jesus brought “ much more !” What God did in Jesus is “ much more !”
There is something in those who are “the righteousness of God” that bondage
cannot stand. There is something in those who are “the righteousness of God” that
poverty cannot abide. There is something in those who are “the righteousness of
God” that even the foul elements of nature cannot conquer.
(4) they which
receive
The key to righteousness is that it must be received ! This cannot be emphasized
enough. There is a sad story of man who killed someone during President
Andrew Jackson’s administration and there arose a great cry from the people of
his hometown for the president to pardon his death sentence. However, when the
warden offered him the pardon, he would not receive it! The Supreme Court
ruled that he should therefore die as planned and he did; all because he would not
receive what had been offered! There is power in receiving , while there certainly
can be great loss to those who fail to receive !
(5) abundance of
grace
“For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ”
(John 1:17).
“the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; 5 That in every thing
ye are enriched by him , in all utterance, and in all knowledge; 6 Even as the
testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: 7 So that ye come behind in no
gift ” (1 Cor 1:4-7).
“But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift
of Christ” (Eph 4:7).
Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and
of Jesus our Lord” (2 Peter 1:2)
(6) and of the gift of
righteousness
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be
made the righteousness of God in him (2 Cor 5:19-21)
the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon
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Rom 5:17
(1) For if by one man's offence (2) death reigned by one; (3) much more (4)
they which receive (5) abundance of grace (6) and of the gift of righteousness
(7) shall reign in life (8) by one, Jesus Christ.
all them that believe” (Rom 3:22)
(7) shall reign in life
There is no getting around the concept that we are supposed to reign in this
lifetime! We will examine scriptures in this Bible study which prove this
concept. However, for now consider the following: “And he was in the hinder
part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him,
Master, carest thou not that we perish? 39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind,
and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great
calm. 40 And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no
faith? ” (Mark 4:38-40). Why would Jesus ask them, “ how is it that ye have no
faith? ” Obviously, Jesus expected that through faith they should have been able
to rebuke the wind and calm the sea themselves! Matthew’s account says, “O ye
of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea” (Matt 8:26).
(8) by one, Jesus
Christ
“as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive” (1 Cor 15:22).
“But we see Jesus, who . . . by the grace of God should taste death for every
man” (Heb 2:9).
The key to ruling and reigning in life is through the receiving of the free gift of
righteousness, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of
God” (John 1:12)! We must receive the free gift from God! Our Key to success is to
receive . How do we know that we have received the free Gift? If we receive our gift from
Jesus we will reign, “death (another name for death could be “satan’s way of life”) reigned
(ruled) by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of
righteousness shall reign in life (Rom 5:17). We will return to the topic of receiving later
in the study.
There is no way that we can really believe that we have received something from God
unless we become pregnant with that which we have received and we intend to give birth to
it! Our job is to nurture our belief unto a delivery; or to give birth to our belief. Remember
satan’s goal is to get us to abort our beliefs! He is seeking after the destruction of the
seed, “then cometh the wicked one , and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart
(Matt 13:19).
We should tie this wicked one directly to the Biblical stories that illustrate the killing of
babies! In both stories there is the imminent birth of powerful Sons of God! These stories
include the births of both Moses and Jesus, “ Pharaoh (a governmental leader) charged all
his people, saying, Every son that is born ye shall cast into the river” (Ex 1:22) and “Then
Herod (another governmental leader) , when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men,
was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and
in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under” (Matt 2:16)!
Satan works in patterns! Notice that whenever powerful Sons of God were about to be
born, he has become furious and moved through governments to kill many children !
Through (another governmental function) the Supreme Court decision known as, Roe v.
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Wade, which was made in 1973, 42,036,175 total abortions have taken place in the U.S.
since that date! This means that for every 1,000 live births, there have been 306 abortions!
It is hard to comprehend but almost one in every four children conceived in the United
States since 1973 has been put to death! These satan inspired deaths have occurred once
every 24 seconds since 1973! This accounts for more deaths than during the time of both
Moses and Jesus combined. The only thing that we can conclude is that satan once again is
aware of and fears the imminent birth of many powerful Sons of God! Get that concept. In
other words, satan himself is telling us that the Sons of God are about to be delivered!
Now let’s examine a story regarding dominion during the life of Jesus, “And on the
morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry: 13 And seeing a fig tree afar
off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to
it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet. 14 And Jesus answered and
said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it” (Mark
11:12-14).
Notice in verse 14 that Jesus answered the tree! He obviously spoke to it! The tree must
have said something to Jesus that provoked Him answer it! One does not answer unless
they have first been addressed. What on the earth did the tree tell Jesus? In order to
understand you must first acquire a botanical fact concerning the fig tree. In essence, a fig
tree develops its fruit at the same time that the leaves grow on the tree. In other words, the
fruit and the leaves grow out at the same time! Therefore, whenever one sees a fig tree that
has leaves they should also expect to find fruit! Notice the end of verse 13 “for the time of
figs was not yet” (Mark 11:13). Jesus knew that time of figs was not yet; however, since
the tree had leaves it was not the time for leaves either. Therefore, the tree lied to Jesus; it
was telling anyone who would listen, “I am an early bloomer; come and partake of my
early fruit.” In the same fashion that the tree talked to Jesus so, things speak to us!
Continuing in verse fourteen with the concept of dominion, “And Jesus answered and said
unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it ” (Mark
11:12-14). The disciples heard Jesus curse the tree but they did not really think anything
about his words. He spoke the curse and they heard Jesus’ words. The next day they
observed firsthand the results of Jesus’ words! Mark finishes that story, “And in the
morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. 21 And Peter
calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is
withered away. 22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God” (Mark 11:20-
22). Why did Jesus even bring up the concept of faith at that point in time? Because the
dominion ( rulership or authority ) which Jesus exercised over that tree required faith!
Remember Jesus’ words during the storm, “how is it that ye have no faith?” (Mark4:40).
We should recognize the three-step process observable during the story of the fig tree:
1)
Jesus Said;
2)
They heard it;
3)
They saw it!
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You might remember from last week’s Bible Study entitled “Spiritual Perception” that we
observed a slightly different three-step process to spiritual perception; however, the
principle is the same. There is (1) speaking on the part of God; (2) there is hearing on the
part of man (in last week’s message we included that the man also obeyed in the course of
step two) ; and then step (3) they saw! By the way, notice step (2), since Jesus spoke to the
tree out of his authority over the plant kingdom, the tree had to obey!
The main concept that we ought to understand is that Jesus fully intended that we also
would possess that same authority to speak dominion over the plant kingdom (like the fig
tree); and over the mineral kingdom such as the case of a mountain, during this lifetime ,
“Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou
cursedst is withered away. 22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. 23
For verily I say unto you, That whosoever (you and I are part of “whosoever”) shall say
unto this mountain (“saying to a mountain” or a fig tree is to be taking dominion or
authority over them) , Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in
his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have
whatsoever he saith” (Mark 11:21-23).
In essence, Jesus is teaching us through the Bible to exercise the same faith that He
possessed! Let’s recall Paul’s teaching, “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of
Christ.” Jesus’ clear example through the fig tree is that we too might exercise that
authority! Sadly, we possess authority that we do not exercise. We must change!
I am going to introduce and define two new symbols that we will use through the
remainder of this study:
Our converted heart ( u ) is symbolic of the heart that we obtained from God during
conversion; and secondly, the Egyptian eye ( ) is symbolic of man’s natural vision
which most men possess from birth!
With the understanding that we can see in our hearts as well through our eyes, let us use the
two preceding symbols in the following portion of the study as helps that we may identify
exactly which kind of vision we are talking about in each instance. Jesus spoke of
individuals which, “shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he
shall have whatsoever he saith” (Mark 11:21-23). Whether or not we believe it, here we
are given authority form Jesus to possess those things that we speak into existence,
“whatsoever he saith” (Mark 11:23).
However, here is the key to exercising that authority from Jesus: You will ultimately
possess the vision of ( ) what you say, if you first possess in your ( u ) , when you
speak out your desire! In other words, you must have it here ( u ) before you will ever
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have it here ( ) ! “The Law of Sin and Death” has trained us that we need to have it
here ( ) before we can claim it in our hearts ( u ) ! On the other hand, God’s law of
faith teaches us to have it here ( u ) before we have it here ( ) ! In order to birth
something that has been developed in the spirit realm, it must be born in the heart ( u )
before it can be observed through natural vision ( ) !
:)
When we first birth something in our heart we are much like a woman that is just a few
months pregnant. No one else would even know that she is pregnant unless she tells them!
Nonetheless, She Knows that Seed has been Planted! She and her husband were the only
ones present during the implantation and even he must be told!
In essence the recently impregnated woman must announce her pregnancy! So too, must
we Christians announce the conception of our inner visions. As the outside world begins to
see manifestations of our spoken inner visions, they will come to recognize that we have
obviously developed a special relationship with our God! This will make them more
inquisitive at the same time that it brings Glory to our Lord! Announce it! Say listen here,
“I am pregnant with freedom from debt;” “I am pregnant with freedom from poor health;”
“I am pregnant with more-than-enough finances;” etc, etc.
What about the “day of adversity?” Doesn’t Solomon teach, “If thou faint in the day of
adversity, thy strength is small” (Prov 24:10). Doesn’t the Bible teach, “she being with
child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered” (Rev 12:2)? Isn’t it true that
every birth has a day of adversity? We need to learn from the natural, the hardest day is
always the day of delivery! When we experience the greatest day of adversity this is never
the time to quit; rather it is time to push!
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Because you had it here ( u ) before you said it, you will eventually experience it here
( ) ! Stated in simplest of terms: to birth something out of the spirit we must
impregnate our heart and thereby experience the invisible before it ever becomes visible.
How many of you desire something in your life? If you believe Jesus, then you should be
like the man who does, “not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he
saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith” (Mark 11:23). We all can
essentially have the desires on the outside that we first birth on the inside! Notice how the
scripture confirms this, “(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)” (2 Cor 5:7). You can always
remember that verse because it is one of the verses where the KJV displays a happy face at
the end of the verse!
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Jesus taught, “believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them” (Mark 11:24). That is
simple, “believe that ye receive;” “believe that ye receive;” “believe that ye receive!”
Notice Matthew’s account of the same story that we have been studying, “Now in the
morning as he returned into the city, he hungered. 19 And when he saw a fig tree in the
way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit
grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away. 20 And
when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away!
21 Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt
not, ye (clearly, “ye” includes every disciple of Christ) shall not only do this which is
done to the fig tree , (by these words Jesus fully intends that we are empowered to perform
the same miracles and even greater!) but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou
removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.” (Matt 21:18-21).
Jesus’ words should be ringing in our ears, “believe that ye receive;” “believe that ye
receive!” What does it mean to receive something? It means that you contain it. It means
that you take it. It means that you accept it. It means that you embrace it. It means that
you hold it. Are you containing , taking , accepting , embracing , and holding the seed in
your heart? Whenever we really get something in the spiritual realm we embrace the
unseen! Next we must nurture and declare that we contain this thing that others cannot see!
Our ultimate success is contingent on our heart manufacturing that which has been birthed
within!
Here is another key : Shout for joy when you believe that you receive it! On the
natural level (in the world) they celebrate during the birthing stage of a child while in the
spiritual realm we are supposed to celebrate during the planting of the seed stage! The
reason is that one always celebrates when they receive!
We cannot bring to term that which we have not nourished within! The church is the bride
of Christ! The bride is a woman and it is the woman who receives the seed and brings it to
term! In essence, that is our job. We should be getting pregnant with seeds of the word.
We nurture the seed by meditating on the object of our faith. There are two kinds of mental
processes that take place within the human mind with regard to faith:
Meditation is pre-playing your future in your mind;
Memory is re-playing your past in your mind!
Now that we are living under a new law, we must pre-play the future not re-play the past!
Pre-playing is God’s way of faith, while re-playing the past is satan’s way of death. David
was so successful because he continually meditated on God’s word; we see this as he wrote
concerning the righteous man, “in his law doth he meditate day and night” (Ps 1:2).
Simply close you eyes and you can see with the mind’s eye the thing that has already come
to pass in your mind! About eighteen months ago prior to retirement, while I was still
working as an administrator in the Pueblo Schools, two office mates asked me what I had
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planned after retirement. I hadn’t given it much thought so I simply I closed my eyes and
envisioned myself in the future. I told them that I see myself sitting at a computer and
looking out of a large window as a cool breeze blows over a wooded area with mountains
in the background and a great view off in the distance. Right this minute, as I am writing
this bible study, I am enjoying the outcome of that exact vision except for the breeze! If
you could somehow possess a time and space machine which could place you in the
position to observe me as I am writing, you would realize that the vision that I saw and
expressed to my workmates is exactly what I am now experiencing! I did not fully
comprehend on the day of my mental vision that I would be here in Colorado today; in fact
I thought I might actually be living in California (where my then wife-to-be lived) ;
however, my hearts deepest desire was to remain in Colorado!
I totally forgot about that conversation and my vision until just a few weeks ago as I was
thinking about this specific Bible Study. During the long process while my wife and I were
looking for a house, the only stipulation that I required of the real estate salesman was that
I desired a good view. We ended up in the house that actually supplied the vision that I had
shared eighteen months earlier and which I had forgotten that I had shared with others!
Do you see yourself possessing your future? If you don’t then you are not doing what
Jesus wants us to do! We must display the vital signs of a pregnant woman! Faith people,
“calleth those things which be not as though they were” (Rom 4:17)! We are faith people.
What are you pregnant with? Once you know then have the celebration service all by
yourself! Then you can go outside of your prayer closet and announce your vision to those
around you; even to the unbeliever! You should probably expect ridicule on the part of
others. However, when those around you see your vision come to pass they will experience
a change of heart!
Are you speaking out those things which are impregnated in your heart to other people? If
you don’t others will never know! Further, according to Jesus, your speaking them is part
of the process of receiving them, “he shall have whatsoever he saith ” (Mark 11:23).
When the thing that you are believing for becomes real in your mind you will naturally talk
about it and you will begin to act like you already possess it. Dr. Yon Chee Cho (?) the
famous Christian Pastor in Korea, who is the leader of the largest church in the world,
began with just a simple dream in his mind. He simply believed through faith that he
possessed a desk and an American bicycle. He announced those things which he had in his
heart to others. However, he spoke of them as if they already existed. The people called
him on it. When the people asked to see his possessions he replied that one day soon he
would show them; not long thereafter he proudly showed the objects of his dreams.
When I was in my twenties I planted a garden and I knew exactly where everything had
been planted. I knew this because I taped the packet of seed to a stick and placed it in the
ground at the head of each planted row. With time, the sticks were knocked down by the
dog, kicked during watering, or taken away by the children. However, I already had
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developed a clear image of exactly what the garden would look like. I was alone during the
planting of the seed. If anyone were to have asked to see the fruits of my garden, I would
have told them with complete confidence and expectation, “wait just a little while and you
will taste those juicy fresh vegetables.” I was actually amazed; every seed brought forth
exactly what it had promised.
In the spirit world, we must see the unseen before we can see the seen! Nothing just
happens; from the beginning God established the process, “While the earth remaineth,
seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall
not cease” (Gen 8:22). God made the world to operate under the principle that planted seed
brings forth a harvest after a season !
Even the greatest event of all time required the planting of a seed! Notice how Luke the
physician expressed his narrative concerning Joseph the legal father of Jesus, “Mary his
espoused wife, being great with child ” (Luke 2:5). Mary became great with child; but how
did the conception take place? Matthew fills in some of the details concerning Jesus, “his
mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with
child” (Matt 1:18). That still does not answer how the conception took place. Obviously
Joseph did not place his seed in Mary. Remember we are studying about conception and
the planting of seed. Notice Luke’s account, “And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary:
for thou hast found favour with God. 31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb ,
and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS . . . Then said Mary unto the angel,
How shall this be, seeing I know not a man ? 35 And the angel answered and said unto her,
The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee:
therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. 36
And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is
the sixth month with her, who was called barren. 37 For with God nothing shall be
impossible . 38 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according
to thy word . And the angel departed from her” (Luke 1:30-38). We have learned that the
birthing of any seed in the spiritual realm requires a word from God followed by faith and
speaking on the part of the believer. However, we cannot overlook the most important
factor in the story of Jesus’ conception, “ The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the
power of the Highest shall overshadow thee” (Luke 1:35). Just as in Mary’s conception of
Jesus, it is the power of the Holy Ghost in us which brings to pass our hearts desire!
It is the God in us that brings about the fulfillment or our desires! God in us impregnates
the seed planted in our hearts and brings it to fruition!
Just like the Virgin Mary, due season will arrive for us! We should be saying, “be it unto
me according to thy word!” When Mary used those words she became impregnated!
Repeat out loud after me, “be it unto me according to thy word!” We have to receive!
Receiving is the important component! Say it out loud, “This is my receiving day!” When
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you wake up in the morning say to yourself, “This is my receiving day!” It is okay to let
every devil in hell know that you are getting yourself into position to receive from God!
Peter says, “ Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls” (1 Peter 1:9).
Let’s remember what receiving is! It means that you contain it. It means that you take it.
It means that you accept it. It means that you embrace it. It means that you hold it.
If we fail to receive, we cannot blame God for not getting something from Him! We must
receive! When we receive in the spirit, we should celebrate the reception just like the
natural mother celebrates when her child is born! But we are not natural when we operate
in the supernatural! Therefore, we celebrate before it comes to pass, during receiving.
God declared the end from the beginning! Don’t you get it? Satan has tried and tried to
stop this creation thing of God for six thousand years! However, God finished the process
from the beginning, “I am God, and there is none like me, 10 Declaring the end from the
beginning , and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel
shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure” (Isa 46:9-10). God finished His project during its
foundation!
Now the powerful part; God decreed that He would produce many children through Jesus,
“For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many
sons unto glory ” (Heb 2:10). The point for us in this study is that God’s children are
beginning to discover exactly who they are. They are beginning to act like offspring of
God! They are beginning to declare those that they want to bring into existence! They are
using faith as they “calleth those things which be not as though they were” (Rom 4:17).
We, you and I are the Sons of Almighty God! I am made like God Almighty; I am His
Son! I am the Righteousness of God!
You see, I have spent time on vacation in several distant places: Hawaii, Cabo San Lucas,
the Grand Canyon; the Continental Divide; Florida; Georga; South Dakaot; Tennessee;
Texas; Oklahoma; New Mexico; California; Arizona etc. etc. God tells me, “Every place
whereon the soles of your feet shall tread shall be yours” (Deut 11:24). As a Son of God, I
am expecting to go back to visit all these lands, portions of which I own!
Whenever any problem shows up, claim your redemption from that problem! Talk it out.
Then we must go through our problems:
The path of victory is through
Our Problems
We must emerge out of the other side of our problems. If we get pregnant with the good
life we will give birth to the good life! Get pregnant with the “sperma” of God’s word
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instead of the worries of the world! After that pregnancy, announce it! God wants you and
me to have dominion over the earth, “after our likeness (the God kind) : and let them have
dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over
all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth” (Gen 1:26)! That
word of instruction was given to Adam and Eve; however they did not take dominion.
God’s command still remains for the Sons of God who will take hold of it, claim it, speak it
and go through the birthing process!
Get a vision of your faith and turn up the heat! Keep the pressure on your belief until you
give birth to it! Be intense about your belief! Get violent in your speaking the thing into
existence, “the violent take it by force” (Matt 11:12). Announce it, I am pregnant with
prosperity, health, whatever your dream is! Do not stop crying out your belief until you see
your dreams manifest with your physical eyes!
Now, let’s observe one last story of a man who learned to see into the spiritual plane before
the physical. This man got a vision of his dream and he immediately began to act upon his
spiritual vision! Then, when Jesus saw it he acted upon it. We start with the story of
Bartimaeus, “As he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people,
blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging. 47 And when he
heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou Son of David,
have mercy on me. 48 And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried
the more a great deal , Thou Son of David, have mercy on me. 49 And Jesus stood still, and
commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good
comfort, rise; he calleth thee. 50 And he, casting away his garment , rose, and came to
Jesus. 51 And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee?
The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight. 52 And Jesus said unto
him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole (Bartimaeus’ faith made him whole) .
And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way” (Mark 10:46-52).
You might not get the real significance of that story because it is hidden in a cultural
context. Let me attempt to explain by using our modern American culture as an example.
If you are driving down the street and you come upon a man with a white cane who is
ignoring your car as he crosses the street in front of you, what would you think? & Why?
We all should know that a white cane is indicative of a blind man. The color of the cane is
sign to all in our American society that the man is blind. So too in Jesus’ day, the type of a
garment that a blind person would wear identified him as blind. Now, notice what
Bartimaeus does immediately upon being summoned by the Lord, “And they call the blind
man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee. 50 And he, casting away
his garment (Bartimaeus received his spiritual sight through the act of casting off his
garment. In essence, he began to see himself as a man of vision.) , rose, and came to Jesus”
(Mark 10:49-50). You must realize that Bartimaeus stopped identifying with his personal
blindness (and he began to see into the spiritual realm) as soon as he knew that he was
going to see Jesus? Jesus did all of the rest as he gave the word, “And Jesus said unto him,
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Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole (Here, Jesus recognized the man’s faith
through his act of casting off the garment of blindness and seeing through his inner vision) .
And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way” (Mark 10:52).
Are you still wearing your old blind man’s garment? Do you say, “I am unworthy!” “I am
just a sinner!” “I still have my sickness!” CAST OFF THOSE GARMENTS!
Like Bartimaeus, you and I need to develop our inner vision! If you don’t have IN SIGHT
(inside of the heart) ( u ) you will never experience your dreams with your EYE SIGHT
( )!
What is that specific thing that you desire in your heart? Write it down on the blank line
below:
Now repeat after me:
“In the name of Jesus, I believe that I have received ______________________________.
In the name of Jesus Christ, according to your word, if I believe that I receive and then I
have! Therefore right now I have what I believe! I have received it and from this day until
it is born into the world I will nourish what I believe I have received! Be it unto me
according to thy word.” At this moment, I have conceived; and I shall give birth!”
Now let me ask you a question, “What would you do, or how would you act if you actually
saw the physical manifestation your dream right here, right now?”
Then shout for joy; your joy expresses your belief that you have received your dream!
Take dominion over your circumstances, over your bills, over your
health, over your family situations, over your relationships, and even
over fierce storms whenever needed!
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