Day 12 - Frame Your World By Faith / Protestant Reformation

Shalom, 

Today's recording is a little longer but its packed with good stuff from the Spirit. I have a few favorite passages of Scriptures; Hebrews 11 is one, its a hall of fame of men and women who by faith framed their worlds. 

Hebrews 11: 38-39 says, And all these, having gained approval through their faith, did not receive what was promised, because God had provided something better for us, so that apart from us they would not be made perfect.

Positioning Myself Under the Spout of Heaven,

Tarry there and I will come says the Lord!

Sharon

Frame Your World By Faith / Protestant Reformation

By faith we understand that the worlds [during the successive ages] were framed (fashioned, put in order, and equipped for their intended purpose) by the word of God, so that what we see was not made out of things which are visible. - Hebrews 11:3 (AMP)

As we saw yesterday the first great reformation took place when John the Baptist and Jesus took their place as God’s instruments for change.

John the Baptist prepared the way declaring, repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand and receive the One who is coming!…Let us do the same IN our day!

Jesus reformed the religious system of His day…LET US DO THE SAME IN OUR DAY!

The second great reformation took place in the 1500’s when Martin Luther nailed the 95 theses to the door of a church in Wittenberg. 

Martin Luther framed a change to religious tradition and heresy using the Word of God…LET US DO THE SAME IN OUR DAY!

The Reformation (more fully the Protestant Reformation) was a movement within Western Christianity in 16th-century Europe that posed a religious and political challenge to the Roman Catholic church – and papal authority in particular.

“In 1517, in one of the signal events of western history, Martin Luther, a German Augustinian monk, posted 95 theses on the church door in the university town of Wittenberg. That act was common academic practice of the day and served as an invitation to debate. Luther’s propositions challenged some portions of Roman Catholic doctrine and a number of specific practices.

Luther argued that the Bible, not the pope, was the central means to discern God’s word — a view that was certain to raise eyebrows in Rome. Further, Luther maintained that justification (salvation) was granted by faith alone; good works and the sacraments were not necessary in order to be saved.

Luther had been especially appalled by a common church practice of the day, the selling of indulgences. These papal documents were sold to penitents and promised them the remission of their sins. To Luther and other critics it appeared that salvation was for sale. Rome enthusiastically supported the use of indulgences as a means to raise money for a massive church project, the construction of St. Peter’s basilica.

There was nothing secret about Luther’s challenges. He sent a copy to his bishop, who in turn forwarded the theses to Rome.

The details of the development and spread of what would become Lutheranism are outside the confines of U.S. history, but it is important to note that the movement quickly gained adherents in the German states, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, Scotland and portions of France. Support came from sincere religious reformers, while others manipulated the movement to gain control of valuable church property…

The term Protestant was not initially applied to the reformers, but later was used to describe all groups protesting Roman Catholic orthodoxy.

Lutheranism would have some impact on the development of American history, but far more important were the efforts of the reformers of the reform movement. Ideas set forth by John Calvin, a French theologian living in Geneva, were particularly influential. The Puritans, Huguenots and Presbyterians played prominently in the settlement of America and in the molding of colonial beliefs and values.” https://www.u-s-history.com/pages/h1136.html


LET US DO THE SAME IN OUR DAY!

“Across the globe today there is a growing cry to God for a fresh outpouring of revival power. There are very few live churches in the Western world that do not have this hope in their hearts and on their prayer agendas. They are saying that what they are currently experiencing is so weak and anaemic, so shallow and ineffective that they need a new season of refreshing from the presence of the Lord.

They have heard of times in the past when God visited His people and restored their fortunes. They are excited by the possibility of a fresh wind of God’s Spirit in the church. Many are developing a holy passion, even a desperation, for God to come down from heaven and establish His Kingdom amongst men. They are jealous for His name and His fame. Their appetites have been whetted and they are spoiled for anything less.  But what can they do? What steps can they take? What is an appropriate response to the need of this hour? What does God want us to do?”   - Quote from Tony Cauchi, March 2009, Revival Library website

FRAME YOUR WORLD With the Word of God.

What can we do to hasten awakening, revival, reformation in our day? We see a revival prayer principles in 2 Chronicles 7:14

  1. Humble ourselves…otherwise God will humble us. (Matthew 21:44)

  2. Pray for fuller revelation of God’s glory to His people.

  3. Seek His Face - His Presence! Give Holy Spirit space, let Him have His way in our gatherings!

  4. Turn from our wicked ways (same word as byways - ways of man and means to turn back to His ancient paths). The Church has preached this scripture as turning from sin (abortion, murder, hate, etc.) of course it includes those things BUT its true meaning is to TURN BACK TO GOD’S ANCIENT PATHS!

The Spirit says there are 3 more godly principles we must implore in these days.

  1. Faith…NOW FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses]. Heb. 11:1

  2. Frame our world with what God says…not what we see or hear! Jesus NEVER prayed the problem, He released the answer! 

  3. Travail…we need a fresh anointing to travail - bring to birth His awakening, revival, reformation.

I keep hearing in my spirit, its time for some good old fashion ‘tarrying’ in the Presence of the Lord. Since last August I’ve been hearing ‘call forth the wailing women once again’.

We see this principle / pattern in Luke and Acts: Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.” (Lk. 24:49)…And when they had entered, they went up into the upper room where they were staying…These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication (Acts 1:13-14). When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place, (Acts 2:1). They had been ‘tarrying’ - waiting in God’s Presence for 10 days.

Mighty Men and Women Framed Their World

Hebrews 11

1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 2 For by it the men of old gained approval. 3 By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.

By faith Abel offered to God a better sacrifice

By faith Enoch was taken up

By faith Noah, being warned by God about things not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark

By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out to a place 

By faith even Sarah herself received ability to conceive

By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac

By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau, even regarding things to come.

By faith Jacob, as he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshiped,

By faith Joseph, when dying, made mention of the exodus and gave orders concerning his bones.

By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents

By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter,

By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured, as seeing Him who is unseen

By faith he kept the Passover

By faith they passed through the Red Sea 

By faith the walls of Jericho fell down

By faith Rahab the harlot did not perish

32 And what more shall I say? For time will fail me if I tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets, 33 who by faith conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. 35 Women received back their dead by resurrection; and others were tortured, not accepting their release, so that they might obtain a better resurrection 36 and others experienced mockings and scourgings, yes, also chains and imprisonment. 37 They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were tempted, they were put to death with the sword; they went about in sheepskins, in goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, ill-treated. 38 (men of whom the world was not worthy), wandering in deserts and mountains and caves and holes in the ground.

39 And all these, having gained approval through their faith, did not receive what was promised, 40 because God had provided something better for us, so that apart from us they would not be made perfect. - Hebrews 11

ACTION 

  • Read: Hebrews 11-12:1-2

  • Pray for reformation…for the Church to walk in the fullness of New Testament Christianity

  • Cry Out for Revival for God’s Presence to invade your life, church, city and this nation!

  • Ask Holy Spirit for a fresh endowment of faith - the kind of that moves mountains.

  • Ask Holy Spirit for a fresh anointing to travail - bring to birth His awakening, revival, reformation.

  • Wait in His Presence, get under the spout of heaven! Write down what He speaks then

  • Frame your world with God’s Word

Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. - Hebrews 12:1-2