"So the LORD said to Moses: 'See, I have made you as God to Pharaoh...'" -Exodus 7:1
This is an hour where the Lord is manifesting His glory upon the earth. He is calling us to a place of radical faith—faith that releases the miraculous. He is pouring out on the church, the same anointing for miracles that was upon both Moses and Elijah. In this lesson, I desire that your eyes would be opened to see God as "Creator God," to see yourself in the likeness of God, and to grasp the possibility of the miraculous flowing through your life. You'll learn the difference between healings and creative miracles, discover the power contained in the spoken word, and receive keys for cultivating faith for the miraculous.
God is Creator
In our meetings and crusades, we've witnessed all sorts of creative miracles. We've seen Psoriasis skin conditions instantly cleared up, dead eyeballs scheduled to be surgically removed, restored completely, and instantaneous supernatural weight-loss of 40 pounds. We've seen eardrums that were surgically removed, put back in, and gold fillings and crowns supernaturally appear. These are creative miracles that occur in the Glory of God. In order to experience the creative power of God in your life, it's important to begin to see God as "Creator God."
"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." -Genesis 1:1
In the passage above, the Hebrew word for God is Elohim (_____). It's critical that we have a revelation of the power of Creator God. Jesus wanted His disciples to understand that He was the Word of power—He was Creator God. As they were on their way across the sea, look how Jesus reveals this to His disciples:
"And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, 'Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?' Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, 'Peace, be still!' And the wind ceased and there was a great calm." -Mark 4:37-39
The disciples were amazed that even the wind and the sea obeyed Jesus. However, if they had a revelation of God as Elohim, they would have rebuked the wind, and spoke to the sea themselves. If we have a revelation of God as the Creator, we will have faith for creative miracles. When we see the creative nature of the Holy Spirit and His creative power, we will see that as children of God, creative miracles and healings should be normal occurrences in our everyday lives. It's important for us to begin to ask God for faith to step into the miraculous. God is creative in His very nature; He does creative things. Similarly, as His children we should follow in His footsteps—we have the capacity to release the creative nature of God on this earth.
The realm of glory is the manifested presence of God. Out of this atmosphere creative miracles are released. When God's glory is present in the room, His creative nature is there also. This is the realm of, "All things are possible." It's the nature of the Holy Spirit to create, we see Him at work in the beginning: "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" (Genesis 1:2). When the Holy Spirit begins to brood and move over us, creative substance is available to be called forth and manifested. "You send forth Your Spirit, they are created; and You renew the face of the earth" (Psalm 104:30). It's the work of the Person of the Holy Spirit that makes creative miracles and healings possible.
Healings vs. Creative Miracles
There is a difference between healings, and creative miracles. According to Mark 16:17, one of the signs that follow believers is, "...they will lay hands on the sick, and they (the sick) will recover" (emphasis mine). Recovery is the process of getting better over a period of time; it's not instantaneous or miraculous.
Miracles, on the other hand, are instantaneous. Once in a meeting, the Holy Spirit was moving over the congregation, and I called out, "God is healing Multiple Sclerosis!" A ten year old boy with Multiple Sclerosis, whose body on one side was eight inches longer than on the other, stood up from his chair. He stepped out in faith, into the Glory—he was instantly made whole. His mother later testified that she could hear the bones crack as he was receiving a creative miracle in his body. The boy was completely restored. This is a great example of the miraculous power that can be released through us.
The Creative Power of God Dwells Inside of Us
When we are born again, we receive with the Spirit of God, all of the DNA and genetics that He is. The God who created the seen and unseen worlds dwells inside of us—this is a mystery of beauty. The Godhead, the fullness of Deity, makes His home inside our hearts. Paul says that we should not behave as mere men (see 1 Corinthians 3:3). This is because we are far from being mere men—we are possessed by Creator God.
Think about another statement of Paul's: "...the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you" (Romans 8:11). What type of human beings does this really make us? Creative miracles are as easy as Romans 8:11! With this single revelation exploding on the inside of me, I can release faith for creative miracles. The same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead lives in my belly. Out of faith, as I begin to loose the river of life inside me, when the Holy Spirit is present in an atmosphere of glory, creative miracles will happen! They will manifest. They will explode in my spirit, be released through my mouth, and create and recreate substance from the realm of glory. IT WILL HAPPEN! And it's all done by speaking words of faith.
The Power of Spoken Words
"Death and life are in the power of the tongue..." -Proverbs 18:21
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God" (John 1:1). Jesus, as the Word, created all things. In this passage, the Greek word for Word is logos. Logos can also be interpreted into the English word, matter. Therefore, we can see that words spoken in a faith-decree, come out of the spirit-realm as energized matter that materializes in the natural-realm. We see this happen all the time in our crusades and conferences. As we speak faith-decrees, when the glory is thick in the room, spontaneously, creative miracles occur.
"By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the WORD of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible" (emphasis mine). -Hebrews 11:3
The worlds were framed by God's WORD—the seen being brought into existence from the unseen. Likewise, we can call matter from the unseen realm into the visible realm. Isaiah 48:6-7 in the Amplified Bible says, "You have heard [these things foretold], now you see this fulfillment. And will you not bear witness to it? I show you specified new things from this time forth, even hidden things [kept in reserve] which you have not known. They are created NOW [called into being by THE PROPHETIC WORD], and not long ago; and before today you have never heard of them, lest you should say, Behold, I knew them" (emphasis mine). By our spoken words, we can decree a thing, and it shall come to pass.
Once I was with Bob Jones and Ryan Wyatt ministering in Cleveland, Ohio. It was Sunday morning and I was preaching. We had just completed a conference so Bob told me, "We've already given them the meat... just go and give them the dessert!" I decided to preach on who we are as authoritative sons of the Kingdom of God. I explained how all of creation was looking for the manifested sons to step into their rightful place as heirs of all things.
As I was preaching, it was obvious that people weren't listening and were waiting for me to finish. I got irritated at what was happening and felt this indignation blanket me. Right in the middle of my preaching I yelled out, "And to prove that what I am saying is accurate and that this is a word from God... the wind is going to start blowing at 65 miles per hour and will keep on blowing as a sign that God has given power and authority to His sons over creation, and we are to exercise dominion over the earth!"
It was a sunny morning, but within 30 minutes the temperature dropped to below freezing and a north wind began blowing off of Lake Michigan. Eventually the streets were covered with snow, and due to the high volume of wind sheer, the airport was shutdown. We were scheduled to fly out that afternoon. The only thing Bob Jones could say was, "I told you, before you ever give a word like that you should say, '...and this word will take place after I leave the city!' Now look at what you have done!" He was sincerely ticked off! After being stranded at the airport for many hours, they finally cleared us to take off.
Bob called me the next day and said, "Well, you missed it... the front page of the Cleveland paper stated that the wind came in at 64 miles an hour!" Immediately, I came back with, "No Bob, I think they need to recalibrate their wind machines!" Bob laughed and said, "That was awesome what you did, I think they got the point."
We are Little gods!
"God stands in the assembly [of the representatives] of God; in the midst of the magistrates or judges He gives judgment [as] among the gods...I said, You are gods [since you judge on My behalf, as My representatives]; indeed, all of you are children of the Most High." -Psalms 82:1, 6 AMP
Men are called gods. To these men God's message came, and the Scripture cannot be set aside, or cancelled, or broken, or annulled. Look what Jesus says:
"I and the Father are One. Again the Jews brought up stones to stone Him. Jesus said to them, My Father has enabled Me to do many good deeds. [I have shown many acts of mercy in your presence.] For which of these do you mean to stone Me? The Jews replied, We are not going to stone You for a good act, but for blasphemy, because You, a mere Man, make Yourself out to be God. Jesus answered, Is it not written in your Law, I said, You are gods? So men are called gods [by the law], men to whom God's message came—and the Scripture cannot be set aside or cancelled or broken or annulled—" -John 10:30-35 AMP
Jesus was saying that we are God's children; a family of the Most High God. If we are His family, we are born of Divine seed. Think about it... our children look like us, don't they? Psalm 82:6 says we are gods (small 'g'). This means rulers, judges, divine ones, God-like ones, mighty ones, etc. Because we are His children and His earthly representatives, we are able to judge and act on His behalf. Interestingly, Elohim is the same word for "God," and "god." We are God's "creator gods" on the earth, establishing His earthly government as ambassadors of His supernatural kingdom. Everything brings forth after its own kind—we are His offspring—made in His image. We are of the same family and Species as God.
According to Genesis 1:26, mankind was created in God's image—in His likeness. We have the ability to walk on a divine level through fellowship with Him. We are intelligent beings, capable of creating and inventing. The Father created man to rule over all the works of his hands (see Psalm 8:6), for the purpose of mankind to extend the rule of His kingdom on the earth. It was in God's heart to rule the physical realm of the earth, from heaven, through a family of sons that would set up an earthly extension of His Kingdom.
The word image means, reflection, direct projection of an object, or the exact likeness. Jesus was the image of the invisible of God. He declared boldly, "He who has seen Me has seen the Father" (John 14:9). Jesus and the Father are One. He is the outshining of His glory; the projection of the invisible God—and we are made in His image. As we abide in Him, and He in us, we have access into the heavens; able to move in power and authority on the earth.
John 1:12 in the Amplified Bible says, "But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the authority (power, privilege, right) to become the children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name." Jesus didn't shed His blood on the cross just so we could go to heaven when we die. Jesus Christ came to restore total access to the Father, which was lost through the fall. Now through the blood of Jesus, God has opened to us a new and living way. He has restored to us the long lost relationship title deed, of "Sons of God."
"And you [He made alive], when you were dead (slain) by [your] trespasses and sins..." -Ephesians 2:1 AMP
When Christ stepped into us, we took on a new nature—we were, in essence, recreated in an instance. We must understand that man was not created simply to serve, but to rule and reign on earth. We were, in fact, created by Father God to be the "gods of this world." God longs for us to begin to understand His nature and His ways. He wants us to take dominion over the elements, sin, sickness, disease, and death—exercising our God-given authority.
When I believe that I possess His Spirit, I am able to administrate His dominion—I have something tangible that I can give. Outside Gate Beautiful, Peter approached the lame beggar and said, "Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk" (Acts 3:6). Peter took the crippled man by the hand and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. Peter knew he had something to give—I have something to give—the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead dwells in me! We are joint heirs to the throne with Jesus—we have something to give away.
Partnering with God to Release the Miraculous
God wants us to participate with Him in releasing creative miracles. We see this example in Matthew 14 with the feeding of the 5,000. Jesus took the five loafs of bread and the two fish and broke them into pieces, distributing them to His disciples. The disciples then distributed the food among the crowd. Jesus taught them how easy and natural it was for this to happen. As they took one loaf and gave it away, there was always another.
"...God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did..." -Romans 4:17
God calls those things that do not exist, into existence. However, it's not that those things didn't exist; they always existed in God. Before time began, in the heart of God, in His very core, those things did exist. He gave birth to them through His spoken word. In this hour, the Lord is calling us to draw near to His heart—so we can release His heart. He is pouring out His Spirit upon His sons and daughters, and releasing an end-time anointing to bring in the harvest. It's time for us to take dominion over the earth—exercising the power of the spoken word to manifest His Kingdom through creative miracles.