I had a great time yesterday speaking on responding to God at ALife. Our responses to God reveal our trust in all that He sees for us in our destiny. These things fit with the purpose of harvest in our lives. Our natural birth and natural environment doesn’t match who we are meant to be. We need God’s super-natural grace! All created things, visible and invisible, reveal the mystery of God. A principle of response is hidden in the earth and we must each find it! It is key to the destiny of our lives.
If you read the Hebrew Torah (the first five books of the Old Testament), you will find that it opens from the back and reads in the reverse direction of our English language. I believe that this pattern expresses something of the mind of God. The realization of starting with Genesis at the back of the book reveals to me that we have a beginning because God has determined an end. We do not have an end as the result of our beginning. God has determined a completion and therefore we are required to have a beginning. We are not a product of our past. God created us for a future and a hope. We don’t have a future and a hope because we were created. We were created for the future and the hope that God has determined for us to walk in. This is true for both our natural birth in the flesh as well as our birth through the Spirit of Christ.
Ephesians 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
God did not determine for us to do good works because we were created in Christ Jesus. We were created in Christ Jesus because God predestined us for good works. The good works determined by God required us to have a re-creation in Christ Jesus. The works were prepared beforehand; therefore, we needed a past to serve the destiny of our future.
In order for us to become the prophetic people that God requires of us, we must learn to think covenant. Those of us from the western world think contract. A contract says that we make certain agreements in order to fashion or secure a particular future circumstance or event. A contract takes certain conditions to acquire a certain result. A covenant is not like that. A covenant is based upon a completed work and requires conditions to be met in order to comply with that completed work. While a contract has conditions that hope to accomplish a completed result, a covenant sees the completed result and then has requirements to serve that completed result. The result is pre-established and does not change. A contract implies a hope for a future while covenant declares hope of the future. We must learn to think covenant, destiny, purpose, target, finish line, prize, goal, harvest, fulfillment, completion and the like. God determined harvest before He determined sowing.
1 Corinthians 2:9-10 But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.
There are things that we have not seen, heard, or thought that God has prepared for us to enter into. If we base our life upon the things that have happened to us in the past we will be bound to experience the same things that we have seen, heard or known. God desires to bring us further in the things of Him. The restoration of all things requires us to receive things that are yet to be revealed. In order for us to receive the things that are yet to be revealed we must first of all view them as a finished work in Christ. These finished works have been prepared for us by God and are ready to be received through His Spirit. The key is in our ability to receive the revelation and then follow through with the appropriate steps in life to see them come about.
Genesis 1:26-28 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
In the very first book called Beginnings (Genesis) we see that God determined finish line, goal, prize, target, and harvest. That was the commission. That was the mandate to man. Beginnings happen because God has an end in mind. This is the good news of harvest!
Ted J. Hanson