“I declare that God is amazing, wonderful, glorious and all powerful! He is exalted above absolutely everything. May His glory shine over all the earth Because His unfailing love is greater than anything. His faithfulness is far reaching. I choose to thank You, Lord, for all You have done. I will sing your praises among the nations.” (Psalms 108:3-5)
“I declare that the Lord Jesus Christ, He is the King! He is is robed in majesty and armed with strength. His throne has stood the test of time and His reign is holy forever and ever.” (Psalms 93:1-5)
Genesis 1:2 says, “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.”
The word ‘hovering’ is used in the New King James Version, but the Hebrew word used here means ‘brooding’. When a bird is brooding it is sitting on its eggs waiting for them to hatch. The purpose behind the Holy Spirit’s ‘brooding’ is the creation. Furthermore, when you look at the particular Hebrew word used here, we see something very interesting. The way a word is used tells us whether it is descriptive, a name, an action, a future tense, past tense and so on. The word here when describing brooding implies not only action, but intention. The Holy Spirit was working; He was brooding with intention; He had a plan.
The Holy Spirit was present at the day of creation and there was purpose and intention in what he was doing. He wasn’t just ‘hanging around’ there with nothing to do, and He does not ‘hang around’ today. He wants to partner with us for something bigger.
In Matt 16:18, Jesus said, “I will build my church”. That is a phrase of intention, and the Holy Spirit is partnering with Jesus and the Father to bring that to pass. He is still intentionally brooding with the purpose of bringing life and building the church that Jesus said He would build.
Acts 1:8 says, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” The Holy Spirit empowers us so that we can be the hands, feet and mouthpiece of Jesus.
We have that power on us even today. Our commission is to go into all the world and make disciples. We are part of Jesus vision and strategy to build His church, and the Holy Spirit is there intentionally helping us to our part in the great commission. Let’s partner with Jesus, and join the Holy Spirit to work with intention, and grow the church Jesus wants to grow.
Have an amazing week, Adrian Nyhuis
Easter is an amazing time of the year. It’s not just a day where we get chocolates eggs. That’s one of the traditions of Easter in the same way that giving presents is at Christmas. But the more I thought about the things this Easter regarding everything that Jesus went through, the more I realise something very subtle. Satan doesn’t want us talking about Easter from the perspective of Salvation and Redemption. He is more than happy for us to be distracted with all the festivities of Easter. He’s more than happy for you to plan a big day with family, and have Easter egg hunts with the kids, and even going away camping. But the one thing he doesn’t want you talking about is the cross, and the fact that Jesus died, conquered sin and death, rose again from the dead and ascended to heaven as the victorious Christ. He doesn’t want us talking about that because he knows that if you can really latch onto that, he loses. He wants us to have a whitewashed view of a powerful God because he knows that if we don’t believe we have a powerful God, we will never live as a powerful people.
We need to grab hold of the fact that Jesus Christ isn’t just someone that lived on earth many years ago and died a wimpy death on the cross. Too often today we see a G-Rated Jesus but He was much more that that - He IS much more than that. We need to understand that the Romans were barbaric in their torture. Is 52:14 says he was marred more than any man - that’s pretty severe. The brutal beating that Jesus alone took on our behalf is something I never want to have to go through, and I don’t have to, because Jesus did that for me. He paid the price for my sins. His love for us is incredible. I cannot get over the fact that Jesus went through everything He did for our Salvation before we chose Him. He even did it knowing that we may not accept His love, but either way, His love is unconditional, it is amazing, it is bigger than we can ever imagine.
This Easter, make sure that you acknowledge how great, powerful and loving our God is, because He went to incredible lengths to redeem you. Think about it; He died for you and I because He sees something valuable in us. We were made to be in relationship with Him.
Have a God inspired Easter, Adrian Nyhuis
Have you ever considered how powerful your mouth is? You should. Gen 1:26 says, “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.”
Think about that. You are created in God’s image and according to His likeness. So what is God like? We understand that He is loving, kind and compassionate, but He is also creative. When He spoke, worlds were formed. When He spoke, demons had to flee; when He spoke, people were healed. Now think again on Gen 1:26 - you were created in God’s image and likeness. You have an incredible power in your ability to speak so use it wisely.
Dr Caroline Leaf is a Neuroscientist and states, “Researchers have shown that hurt feelings from words affect the same area in the brain – the cingulate gyrus – as a broken bone or physical injury.”
Your words have the ability to destroy people, but God didn’t create you to tear down. He created you to be like Him. Did you realise that Satan was not created in God’s likeness? He has no creative power at all. That’s why he tries to deceive you and get you to say you’re sick, or you need a holiday or say things about other people and so on. He needs you to create with your words because he has no ability or power to do that. Your words can tear down, and your words can build up because you were made in the likeness of God.
This is the very reason we need to get the Word of God into us. Read it daily. Digest it. Chew it over and over. That way when things come up and you want to open your mouth, you will do it with words that are inspired by the Holy Spirit and that are filled with love, wisdom, Godly direction and the authority of God - the authority that you were created with.
Have a faith filled and God directed verbally impacting week.