Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023
Pastor Jerry Sellers, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, TX
Let me start of for just a couple of minutes by unpacking a concept, then I want to jump into the thought and subject matter for tonight…
John 8:32 – “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Freedom: The state of not being imprisoned or enslaved; to be loosed from bondage or captivity
In Luke 4, Jesus is in Nazareth. He goes into the synagogue on the Sabbath, picks up a scroll and begins to read Isaiah 61. He finishes up with saying, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
What He was literally saying: – “I am the Truth and knowing Me sets you free.”
Catch this next statement:
“Truth comes from the source of the thing.”
The only element or entity that knows the truth about a thing is the source from which it came. Everything else is opinion.
Only the manufacturer knows the truth about the product. Everything outside of this is only opinion. So, the only entity that knows the truth about you has to be the source from which you came. Everything else is just an opinion.
The by-product of truth encountered is Freedom
Genesis 1:3 – It begins with 3 words …And God said
vs 6: And God said,
vs 9: And God said,
vs11: and God said,
vs 14: and God said,
vs 20: and God said,
vs 24: and God said,
vs26: and God said,
Eight times in the first 26 verses of the very first chapter in the very first book of the Bible, we see everything God created, He created by saying it – by speaking it into existence. By declaring it.
God speaks things into existence by the power in His word
When God speaks, He creates. Because God is consistent to His character, the same thing happened when He created man. When God creates anything or when He called things into order, He uses the power of His Word.
I want you to get an understanding for how God creates:
When God wanted something done, He first decided what He wanted and why He wanted it. Then He spoke to what He wanted it made of, and whatever God said to what He spoke to, came out exactly as He said.
Let me say this again so you can get a clear understanding of the principle of how God creates by using the power of His word:
When God wanted to create something, He first decided why He wanted it and then He decided what material He wanted it made of. Then, whatever He wanted it made of, He spoke to what He wanted it made of, and whatever God said to what He was speaking to, became exactly what He said.
If you can wrap your head around this principle, you will find this creative process throughout these Scriptures here in Chapter 1.
Look at vs 11
Genesis 1:11 – Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so.”
When God wanted trees and vegetation, He spoke to the earth to bring forth vegetation. God wanted plants to come from dirt so He spoke to the dirt and whatever He spoke was brought forth just as He said. God said, “Let there be herbs and grass.” He spoke it to the dirt and the dirt brought forth herbs and grass. Therefore, whatever God speaks to, brings forth what He said.
Just like an arrow released from a bow is strategically aimed at its target, God does the same. He aims His speech, His word. He speaks His word at what He wants things to be made of.
So every plant, tree, herb, grass, and vegetation is made out of dirt because that is what He spoke to. When plants die, they go back to the earth–back to dirt–because that is what they are made of. Truthfully, when you eat an apple, banana, tomato, or a pepper, you’re eating dirt. It’s all dirt because it was made out of dirt.
Hang with me cause I’m going somewhere with all of this.
Vs 14: when God wanted to create the Sun, He spoke to the firmament. The firmament is full of gases so when God said, “Let there be light in the heavens,” that brought forth the sun. The Sun is nothing but gasses.
Vs 20: When God wanted fish
Genesis 1:20 – Then God said, “Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures…”
God said to the what? Waters! Therefore, fish are made from water and dirt. That means the dirt under the water brought forth the fish, so fish are made up of watery dirt.
Vs 24: When God wanted animals, living creatures, cows and horses it says
Genesis 1:24 – Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind”; and it was so.
Once again God spoke to the what? Earth! He said to the earth bring forth what? Living creatures. Therefore, out the earth came what? Whatever living creature God said.
So, every animal you see is 100% dirt. That’s why whenever an animal dies, it deteriorates back to dirt. When you eat animals, you’re eating dirt. It’s all dirt. Because that’s what God spoke to.
So, whatever God wants, He decides what He wants it made out of then He speaks to what He wants it made out of, and whatever God says to what He speaks to comes out to exactly what He said. This is a very important principle in creation.
Now, alongside this is another principle that is very important to understand. Whatever God brought something from, it has to remain attached to wherever it came from in order to live, function, and thrive.
This is a very important principle. When you study creation, everything that came from a specific place has to feed on (or stay connected to) where it came from in order to live.
Plants came from where? The earth so they have to remain attached to the earth in order for them to live. Animals came from earth–the dirt–so they have to keep feeding on the dirt through vegetation, or one another, in order to live. Fish came from water so they have to remain attached to water in order to live. That’s a principle.
Genesis 1:26 – 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.”
Genesis 1:26 – Then God said, “Let Us make man…”
When God wanted fish, He spoke to the waters.
When He wanted stars, He spoke to the firmament.
When He wanted plants, He spoke to the earth.
When He wanted animals, He spoke to the earth/dirt.
When God wanted Man–that’s you and me–He spoke to Himself.
I want you to wrap your understanding around this:
Animals 100% dirt: plants and trees 100% dirt; Stars 100% gases; fish 100% water/dirt; but when it came to Man the source is 100% God.
and we know that God is a Spirit.
That’s why you are a spirit. You don’t have a spirit–you are a spirit–because that’s what God spoke to.
You came out of God, therefore God said to Himself, “Man come forth.” Out of God came forth a beautiful spirit and He named it man.
Spirits have no gender. Nowhere in the Bible will you ever see a male spirit or a female spirit. Spirits have no gender so the word man is a plural word in scripture. All of the species called man are spirit beings. They came out of a spirit because God spoke to Himself and He is a spirit.
Whatever is in water is in fish. Whatever is in earth/dirt is in animals and plants. Whatever is in the firmament is in the stars. Whatever is in God is in man. That’s why God cares about you. That’s why He unconditionally loves you. That’s why His mercies are new every morning. That’s why He so longs to be in relationship with you.
Psalm 8:4-6 (AMP) – What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of [earthborn] man that You care for him? 5 Yet You have made him a little lower than God, And You have crowned him with glory and honor. 6 You made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet,
God loves you so much because you are not only like Him, you are of Him.
That’s why plants can’t fellowship with God. They are 100% dirt. Animals can’t. 100% dirt. Fish 100% dirt. Water, stars 100% firmament. That’s why only you can fellowship and worship God – you’re 100% spirit. They who worship God must worship him in w? Spirit and in Truth.
Man is a Spirit. Then God said to this man who is a spirit…What did He say?
Genesis 1:26 – “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.”
Now, there seems to be a problem, or a hurdle, because the earth is physical and man is a spirit. God now has to do something to make it work for this spirit-being to be able to actually function in a visible state. He says, “I have created you, man, to have dominion–or rulership–to manage-to govern over the earth. You are to be a leader, a manager (the actual term is “a king” over the earth) but you are a spirit which is invisible and the earth is physical.”
So God now has to take the man, who is spirit, and put him in an earth suit so the man can rule the earth. In Genesis 2:7, God says “I have to make this earth suit for the man to wear.”
Genesis 2:7 (AMP) – then the Lord God formed [that is, created the body of] man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being [an individual complete in body and spirit].
God had to take the dirt, form a shell–a house–and blew the spirit He created into this dirt body for the man to be able to rule and have dominion.
God’s desire in all of this was for man to rule the earth for Him. The man is like Him, therefore the man who is spirit can relate to God who is spirit. God is invisible. The man is invisible but the body is visible. So, God living in the unseen–who also is living in the spirit of man, which is unseen–now can be living in the seen and “on the scene (which is earth).”
God’s desire is for His will to be communicated from the unseen to the man, who is unseen, who is living in the seen on the scene. So when God wants something done, all He does is communicate it from the unseen to the unseen living in the seen on the scene and then the seen does it so that the unseen can make the seen know what the unseen wants. It’s called, “Kingdom” or “King’s Dominion.”
The King of Heaven dominating earth through His own children.
So, the kingdom of God is God who is King of glory – King of Heaven – dominating the earth through His spirit children and their physical/seen/visible bodies so that the unseen can manifest in the seen.
Therefore, what’s happening in heaven can now happen on the earth without heaven having to leave and relocate.
This is the Kingdom of God.
Before I say anything else,
I believe 2023 is the appointed time for the church, His children, to understand and advance the Kingdom!
The message of the Bible–our manual–our warranty from the manufacturer, is The Kingdom.
The disciples asked Jesus what shall we pray for? He said, “Pray”– that means “You should desire” what God has always wanted.
“Our Father who is in Heaven (the unseen), Hallowed (holy) be Your name.”
That means you have integrity. You will get what you want. Jesus said, “Our Father who is not on earth, You are full of integrity. You’re holy. You will get what You desire…Your Kingdom. Kings-dominion come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Let what You want in the unseen be seen on the scene.
The Kingdom of God shall be within you.
Who are you? You contain the spirit the likeness of God. You contain the unseen Kingdom within your dirt body. You are a leader, a manager, a ruler, a steward, a king.
After the King of heaven’s death, burial and resurrection, He had them gather in an Upper Room and once again breathed into them another spirit–the Holy Spirit. The Bible says the kingdom of God is love, joy and peace in the Holy Spirit. (Romans 14:17) When you receive the Holy Spirit, you are being reconnected to Heaven so God’s will can once again be done through a dirt suit.
In vs 26 God said… let them have dominion. (everybody say let them). God did not say, “Let US have dominion,” He said, “Let them.” Let who? Them! That means the only creatures who have legal authority on this earth are mankind – humans. I have shared this in the past but let me say it again.
What is a human? The word/term human is a combination of two words: Humus and Man.
The word Humas means “dirt” and the word Man means “spirit being.” When you put the two words together, you get human. A spirit inside a dirt body. According to God, the only creatures with legal authority on earth to function here legally are humans.
That means a spirit in a body. If you don’t have a spirit, you can’t function here legally and you have to leave. That’s why when you die, you leave because you are no longer legal.
That is why satan is illegal. That is why demons are running to and fro trying to find a body to possess. They want to borrow your body because they need to be legal to do their wickedness here. Demon possession is an attempt for spirits who are illegal to become legal. Demons cannot function without a body here on earth.
That’s why satan came in the form of a serpent when he came to tempt Eve in the garden.
That’s why the legions asked Jesus to cast them into pigs when He drove them out of the demoniac of Gadara.
That’s why you can walk up and down the street and they never bother you, but when they get into a person, they become destructive because now they have a body to legally work through.
That’s why you have to be cautious with your body. Your body is important to this earth.
When God said, “Let them have dominion,” He was also taking Himself out of the picture because God is Spirit and He doesn’t have a body. When God said, “Let them,” He became illegal. God is faithful to His word and He won’t violate His own Word. His word is above His own name. God Himself cannot come on planet earth without a body.
Have you ever thought, “Why didn’t God stop Adam and Eve from eating the fruit?” They were sinning. God could not stop them–not because He was weak, not because He wasn’t powerful enough, not because He was not mighty, not because He is not sovereign–but because He is faithful to His own word. He couldn’t come in as a spirit and stop them because He would have broken His word. That would have made Him unfaithful and a liar. That would have made God untrustworthy.
If God would have stepped in and broken His word, we could never trust that He would keep His promises. But because He kept and upheld His word, we can trust that He will keep all of His promises He has made to us.
The bottom line in all of this is our Origin: that we are made from His spirit from Himself. We can see our identity determines our value and our worth. We are children of a sovereign King–a majestic deity. We are not a mistake in His grand scheme. He created us so we could rule, reign, lead, steward, manage–so we would function in dominating creation – that we have a purpose.
Say with me: I have a purpose!
Proverbs 19:21 (NIV) – Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails
God prevailed by creating you to dominate. To become royalty. To discover the truth about who you really are.
Let me say this about identity…It has been a huge revelation for the last decade or so. What is your identity?
Let me put this thought or language around this. Your identity is that you are kids of the King. He made you from Himself to be a visible king on this earth to dominate. That’s your identity – how you dominate for Him. “I’m an armor bearer.” That’s my function as a king. That’s how I dominate. Some say my identity is a warrior. I would say, “You’re a king. You’re the King’s kid who fights as a mighty warrior.”
God prevailed by creating you to dominate. To become royalty. To discover the truth about who you really are.
To bring the invisible Kingdom of heaven and make it visible on your earth. When you unpack the great truth that you have a purpose, you can now unlock the door to another Kingdom principle: Your Potential.
If you are still breathing the air on this side of heaven, you still have unlocked potential.
Did you hear what I said? You have Potential. Say that with me: I have potential. That makes you loaded! Tell your neighbor…YOU ARE LOADED!
Proverbs 25:2 (NKJV) – It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.
If you can understand this and discover your identity, purpose, potential, that makes you a bad motor scooter.
Let me end with this thought.
Matthew 16:18 (AMP) – And I say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades (death) will not overpower it
Matthew 16:18 (NKJV) – And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.
“The Truth About Who You Really Are” – Your Identity is Revealed in Your Origin
When you discover that truth, it sets your FREE!