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The Substance of Faith and God's Appointed Moments

11.08.2018, Daniel Glimm

God's Indescribable Greatness

The greatness of God is overwhelming as it is the God of Israel, who is the only God who cannot be compared with anyone or anything. We can't even describe any measure for Him because He is so big! To say it in short, God is the “expanse and width”! In the way that the sky or the universe expands every second, that is our God! We cannot grasp or comprehend Him (see Psalm 86:8 i.c.w. Jeremiah 10:6-7)!

Psalm 86:8:
8 Among the gods there is none like you, Lord; no deeds can compare with yours.

Jeremiah 10:6-7:
6 No one is like you, Lord; you are great, and your name is mighty in power.
7 Who should not fear you, King of the nations? This is your due. Among all the wise leaders of the nations and in all their kingdoms, there is no one like you.

Understanding God's Mysteries in the Spirit

Whenever God unveils His mysteries, we can understand them only through the Spirit (see 1 Corinthians 2:12-13).

1 Corinthians 2:12-13:
12 What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us.
13 This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words.

Only through the Spirit of God are we able to distinguish correctly. Even a theological education doesn't enable people to recognize or discern the things of the Spirit, because the wisdom and mysteries of God always move out of the realm of faith and never out of the realm of religion or science (note: an approach to intellectual knowing of or about God).

Faith, A Firm Confidence

Hebrews 11:1 tells us that faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.
This means that true faith is divine knowing. Faith is like a substance that can be seen and touched in the spiritual realm, even if it is not visible in the natural realm.
This is also the reason why Jesus Christ appeared to His disciple Thomas after His resurrection and allowed him to touch His wounds, emphasizing that those who do not see and yet believe are blessed (see John 20:27-29).

John 20:27-29:
27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”
28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

True faith is linked with a touch of our spiritual being with that of God's being. Faith as an invisible substance like I mentioned before provides born again believers in Jesus Christ a firm framework for the spirit, similar as the present time, which one cannot feel but still lives in it.
This means that the time of our life is already determined and written by God. Through birth we enter into life and the time set by God, whether we believe in it or not (see Psalm 139:16).

Psalm 139:16:
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

The Grace of God, Faith and The Example Based on Prophesying

Only by the grace of God and our faith we are blessed, not by our works. We are God's handiwork created in Christ Jesus to do good works that He prepared in advance for us to do (see Ephesians 2:8-10).

Ephesians 2:8-10:
8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.
10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

It is our decision to connect with God's plan and to live within the time frame which He has created.

Let me give an example with the release of a prophetic word. Prophesying by faith doesn't imply trying something because you believe that it is the truth, but rather it is an inner state of knowing about what you have seen from God in the invisible world in order to release it into the visible. That's what Jesus did, as He did only what He saw the Father doing (see John 5:19).

John 5:19:
19 Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.

In my words, whenever one can see what the Heavenly Father is doing in the supernatural realm, there is a form of conviction that He will also do it in the visible realm.

For example, to prophesy about a person means knowing what God's plan is for that person because one has received permission from God to read in particular parts or chapter in the book of life of the respective person (see Luke 10:20 i.c.w. Philippians 4:3; Revelation 20:12).

This means that prophecies are supposed to be an inner knowing about what God has already written down and predestined to be (note: future). This is the reason why there are prophetic officials in the body of Christ appearing completely confident in their decreed prophecies.
It is the spirit of the prophet who places an inner witness in the spirit of the prophet. Ultimately, the prophet decides whether or not to prophesy the words that he receives through the prophet spirit that is assigned to the prophet by God (see 1 Corinthians 14:32 i.c.w. Revelation 22:6).
1 Corinthians 14:32:
32 The spirits of prophets are subject to the control of prophets.

Revelation 22:6:
6 The angel said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. The Lord, the God who inspires the prophets, sent his angel to show his servants the things that must soon take place.”

The Higher, Spiritual, Prophetic Realm

There is a higher, spiritual, prophetic realm related to a supernatural knowledge.

I have met people who entered with their lives unconsciously in God's appointed times and did the right things not knowing that they have been living in His appointed times and seasons.

Saints, who understand the times of God and are able to recognize them prophetically in the manner like the people of the tribe of Issachar could (see 1 Chronicles 12:33), know that their addressees are in the center of God's will.

Those, who move under the anointing of the tribe of Issachar, are able to tell their addressees why they experience this or that in their lives in particular. When they release revelation, it causes those concerned to be often astonished or even overwhelmed by the knowledge and the advice following the prophetic revelatory words.

The Synchronization of Joshua with God's Plan

For example, when Joshua commanded the sun and the moon to stop while the people of Israel were fighting against the Amorites, he entered into synchronization with God (see Joshua 10:12-13).

Joshua 10:12-13:
12 On the day the Lord gave the Amorites over to Israel, Joshua said to the Lord in the presence of Israel: “Sun, stand still over Gibeon, and you, moon, over the Valley of Aijalon.”
13 So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the nation avenged itself on its enemies, as it is written in the Book of Jashar. The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day.

The Change in the Temporary Timing

Joshua's command brought a change in the temporary course of time on earth, but not because of Joshua own desire. It was God's appointed plan for this time and situation. This means that at this time Joshua was in complete synchronization with God's plan, since the planets are subject to God's command (see Psalm 74:16 i.c.w. Judges 5:20).

Psalm 74:16:
16 The day is yours, and yours also the night; you established the sun and moon.

Judges 5:20:
20 From the heavens the stars fought, from their courses they fought against Sisera.

The Higher Time Domain of the Planets

The sun, the moon and the stars in the sky are not primarily subject to our temporary time, since they were arranged by God in a higher level of timely domain to show us the temporary time on earth, as, for example, the moon shows the duration of the month and the position of the sun shows the hour of the day (see Genesis 1:14-19).

Genesis 1:14-19:
14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so.
16 God made two great lights – the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars.
17 God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, 18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good.
19 And there was evening, and there was morning – the fourth day.

When Joshua spoke to the sun and the moon during the time of the battle against the Amorites, God already knew everything related to it before Joshua was born, because He had written the life of Joshua in His book of life.

This reveals to us that God spoke to the planets before and commanded them at the time of the war of Joshua to position in accordance with the cycle of the earth. While Joshua spoke to the sun and the moon in the temporary time, he was completely in sync or in harmony with God’s voice in eternity. That's why a supernatural time-shift on earth had happened.

When we are in the center of God's will, as Epaphras prayed for the Colossians (see Colossians 4:12), God will respond in a great way so that people around us will be amazed by what happens through our words because we speak God's plan in sync with Him.

It is our task to engage with God's will so that His greatness becomes visible and recognized on earth. His word be our word! Let us desire His words to be our words! His sentences should be our sentences!
If this is the case, the power of prophecy will cause the manifestation of God in the visible realm!
We can only bear witness to what we have seen, lived or experienced!
The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy (see Revelation 19:10e)!
Revelation 19:10e:
The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
Amen and Amen.
In His Wisdom,
Daniel Glimm