Rabbi Schneider - How You Can Create with God
Wow, what an awesome time to be with you beloved ones, preaching from Israel. I'm on the mountain range of Gilboa. Behind me you can see the Jordan Valley and then beyond there is Jordan itself. What an awesome thing to bring forth the Word of the Lord from Israel to you today. We're in a ground breaking series, as we're looking at the apostle's prayers. I've covered many of the apostle's prayers over the years. I'm gonna be focusing today in the book of Colossians. We began my study in the book of Colossians several times back. This is now the third episode on this particular prayer from the book of Colossians, chapter number 1, verses number 9-12.
Now very quickly I'm just gonna review the few verses that I covered to put it in context for those of you that weren't with us in the previous episodes. Hear the word of God. Paul writes this, he's actually writing with Timothy. Paul actually began this literally, he said, "The apostle Paul along with Timothy," that was his beloved son in the Lord. So let's begin reading now in the ninth verse as the prayer begins. "For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we," once again when he says we, he's speaking about himself and Timothy writing the letter to the saints at Colosse. By the way, there are different pronunciations for the saints that were at the city that made up God's Kingdom. We call the book of Colossians, but it was actually called the city of Colosse, as the King James pronounces it. Sometimes it's pronounced Colossae, sometimes Colossae. I'm just pronouncing it Colosse.
So let's listen again. "For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you, and ask that you might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding". I just want to pray right now once again. I prayed on the previous episodes, but:
Father God in Yeshua's name, we come humbly before the throne of grace. We ask You Father God to give us knowledge of Your will, that You'd give us understanding and wisdom concerning the knowledge of Your will. That we would not be wandering around in darkness, Father that we wouldn't be spiritually insensitive, but Father God that we would abide in the anointing by having wisdom concerning Your will. And right now Father I release over those that are listening, over those Father God that are hearing the sound of my voice, I release over them and into them the operation of Your Spirit, to give them spiritual understanding, knowledge and wisdom concerning Your will. That we might walk in a way Abba Father, that pleases You.
Actually Paul says that very thing that I just stated, in the next verse. Why does he pray that God's people would have knowledge, wisdom and understanding concerning the will of God? Listen what Paul's aim is. This is why he wants us to have this. He said, "So that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord". Isn't that interesting that Paul's desire was that God's people would walk in spiritual discernment, so that they could walk in a manner worthy of the Lord. I'm gonna ask you again, I asked it on the previous broadcast, but let me ask you this again; Are your prayers primarily directed so that you could walk in a way that's worthy of your calling, or are our prayers mostly about us getting what we want in life, fulfilling our own ambitions, looking for the Lord to fulfill our fleshly needs?
You see when you look at the prayers of the apostles, they're prayers were short, to the point and they were focused on God's people knowing Him and that they would live in a manner that's worthy of their calling. We need to take this Kingdom mindset into our lives. We have to remember beloved, listen please, it's not first about us. It's about Him. And this is how we need to reprogram our mind. Paul prays that our mind would be transformed by the will of God, that we wouldn't be conformed to this world, but that we would be transformed by the renewing of our mind.
Now let me ask you an honest question, most of the sermons that you hear, most of the Christian books that are being sold, are they mostly about us receiving what we need from God so that we can honor Him and please Him? Or is most teaching and most books that are being written about, how you can have all these things in God, a better life, a bigger house, more money, a better job, the rights for you to be happy? See there's a big difference. Jesus said we're gonna become happy when we become obedient. So I just want us to get this mindset. When we wake up in the morning we have to recognize we don't belong to ourselves, we don't belong to ourselves. The Word tells us we should live for the one that lived and died on our behalf, that we don't belong to ourselves anymore.
I remember when I was in Bible College back in the 1980's and the president of the Bible college, he stated to the students that every morning when he woke up he would go through his body and he would dedicate each part of his body to the Lord. He would say, "Lord as I wake up today, as I plant my feet on the ground, as I put my feet on Your earth, I want to begin today Father God by dedicating myself to you, because I want to live in a manner that's worthy of You and pleasing to You". Then he would go through each part of his body, piece by piece and he would dedicate it to the Lord. He'd say, "Lord I give You my mind today. I sacrifice and dedicate my mind to You". Go all the way through his body. "I give my ears to You today. I dedicate my eyes to You today. I give You my feet and my legs and my arms today. Father God I want to walk in a manner that's worthy of You and I walk in a way that's pleasing You".
So this is exactly what Paul and Timothy were praying. He says, "I'm praying that God would give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him, with all spiritual wisdom and understanding," verse 9. And then in verse 10, "So that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord". Listen now, I love this next phrase, "To please him in all respects". Isn't it a beautiful thought to recognize that you can please God. I mean think about it. It's not just about raw obedience with no emotion, but Paul has this revelation that we can live in such a way that we, listen, please God. If you think about somebody pleasing someone, doesn't that accompany emotion? In other words, if somebody does something that pleases you, isn't there a connection with that act a pleasure that you take, that you're feeling in your heart? There's a joy.
And so it's just a beautiful thing to recognize that our relationship with God actually brings Him pleasure. Paul says, "I'm praying that you'll have this gift of discernment, so you can walk in a way," listen, "That pleases God". When you and I realize that we can actually move God, that we can move God's heart, that we can either add to His happiness or we can grieve Him. The scripture says that we can grieve the Holy Spirit. We read in the book of Genesis that God grieved the earth that He created, because men's hearts were always filled with wickedness and violence. So think about it, every act that we take, every thought that we have, everything that we're saying is either pleasing God, meaning it's bringing Him joy and happiness or we can grieve Him, which actually is like an arrow in His heart. It wounds Him. So we want to develop this supernatural consciousness that we're actually either bringing God pleasure, or we're wounding Him and grieving Him.
You see this is why the scripture tells us in Revelation 19 that the aim to which our relationship is bringing us to, listen now, is the marriage supper of the Lamb. Revelation 19, "Rejoice and be glad for the marriage supper of the Lamb has come". So when you think about our relationship with Father God and King Jesus culminating in a marriage supper and when you think what a marriage supper represents, or what a marriage ceremony represents, a marriage party. It represents extreme joy and absolute unity, communion and intimacy. This is what our relationship with God is flowing in to, a deeper and deeper abiding relationship with Him. Listen, where we're giving God pleasure and adding to His happiness and He is fulfilling us, He's fulfilling you and I beloved ones, with His own Spirit. And He's touching us as we enter into a deeper and deeper relationship with Him, even emotionally.
I want you to think about this. Paul says, "I want you to walk in a way," listen, "that will please him in all respects". I've been touching on this and I'm saying that when we please somebody it's emotionally satisfying to them. In other words, if my daughters do something that pleases me, with that mindset is the fact that they've done something that emotionally satisfies me. See I want to move us into this experience of recognizing that God has emotions and the way you can know God has emotions is twofold. Number one, because His Word tells us. Right? Jesus was full of joy. He rejoiced exceedingly. The scripture that we just read, we pleased Him. I spoke about the converse reality of that, reading the Holy Spirit. Number one, we know that God has emotions, because the scriptures speak about this reality, this phenomenon. But the second reason you and I can be sure that the God that we're in relationship with has emotions and He has feelings for you, the reason you know He has emotions, because listen, you've been created in His own image and you have emotions.
So the reason you have emotions, is because you were created in God's own image and He has emotions. So I want us to just kind of come out of this mindset of just, we're gonna trudge through it, we're gonna be obedient, we're just gonna...No it's more than that. There's a pleasure that takes place as we choose to love God and obey Him. So we continue on and Paul and Timothy pray. "I'm praying that you will have the spiritual gift of discernment, so you will walk in a manner," listen, "worthy of the Lord. To please him in all respects". He continues, "Bearing fruit in every good work". I want to just focus on that phrase. "Bearing fruit in every good work".
I want you to hear, Jesus spoke about giving talents to His Kingdom, to His people in His Kingdom. He said, "Some people got five talents. Some people got ten talents. Some people got one talent". But the point of the parable of the talents that Yeshua told was, that we need to be taking the talents that He's given us, listen now, and working with them and using them to do good works to extend His Kingdom. So that when we face Him, if He gave us one talent now we've got five talents, or ten talents, or at least we've doubled it by having two talents. In each one of the examples that Yeshua gave, He was expecting the one that had given him talents to do something with the talents that they had been given and to multiply them, listen now, through doing good works.
So listen to what Paul and Timothy are praying for His people, once again. "You will bear fruit in every good work". We should be conscientiously, listen, doing good works. The scripture actually tells us that God has prepared beforehand good works for you and I to walk in. In other words, every day we're to be looking for those doors and creating opportunities to do good works, to love somebody in Jesus name. Jesus said once again, not a glass of cold water given in His name, praying for people in Yeshua's name.
I see that they're moving the camera here a little bit. Just bear with me while the winds blowing pretty heavily here. So you just kind of feel it in Israel here as you see the camera moving around a little bit. Just imagine you're in Israel with me and the winds blowing on ya and you're just feeling a little of that wind happening to ya. Okay? So I want to just stress to you beloved ones, that we need to come out of this mentality of just seeking our own pleasure, to develop a warrior mentality that every day when our feet hit the ground in the morning we're looking at how can we serve You today? Father How can we walk in a manner that's worthy of the calling? How can we please You today? Father I know that You're going before me, creating good works. And so when I say creating good works, I should probably specify that for a moment.
Sometimes God opens the door and it's just right there. All we have to do is walk through it and do something in Jesus name, either just loving somebody, doing something good for somebody, praying for somebody. God opens the door, it's so easy, we're right there. Those are the good works that Paul is speaking, that we'll increase in good works. But sometimes beloved ones, listen, because you've been born of the Spirit of God you've been given the ability to create, to create something out of nothing. You can create good works. In other words, you're in a conversation with a group of people and everything they're talking about is worldly, everything is secular.
But listen, you can interject into that conversation, speak the Kingdom, speak life into that conversation. If they're gossiping about somebody, you could change that by speaking words of cradled life and saying, "You know what this person," and name a good quality about this person, or do something that would lift the conversation from the realm of darkness and negativity into the realm of light. There by dispelling the darkness. You and I have been born of the Spirit of God. We have a supernatural ability, listen beloved ones, to even be used to create good works.
I notice sometimes when I'm traveling the world and I go into areas where the Kingdom of God has not fully spread, often times the economic level of the people that are living there is at a low standard. The reason for that is, is that when we're born again we have the ability to create and so we create a good economy, we create jobs, we create inventions that bring forth prosperity. You and I have the ability wherever we go, listen, to use the spirit of creativity and I right now I just want to speak over you in Yeshua's name. I just want to just speak over you in the Spirit.
Father God I thank You for Your children Daddy, that You love so much today. And I thank You Father that we're born of Your Spirit and that Your Spirit is a creative spirit. Even as Jesus told the withered, the man with the withered arm to stretch forth his hand and as he did that arm grew, so too Father Your Spirit lives in us. And as we're yielded to You, You're gonna create good things around us. So as I speak Father over Your people, I declare over them today that as they're open to You the spirit of eternal life that resides within them is gonna come forth through them to create life, even where there's darkness, wherever they go.
I want you to hear me beloved, you are supernatural. You're supernatural. You carry creative life. The eternal spirit of God Himself lives in you and as you walk in boldness and walk in obedience, walk in a manner that's worthy of your calling, make your heart's ambition to please the Lord, you're gonna create light in the darkness wherever you go. People are gonna see Jesus in you. People are gonna put their faith in Him because of you.
Listen, you're a pioneer. You're a winner. You're a conqueror. The boldness of Father is on you. Jesus lives in you. You have domain wherever you go and I want to charge you today and challenge you in the love of God, live in such a way that you're manifesting the Kingdom wherever you go. You can and you will as you fully give your heart to King Jesus. I love you today. This is Rabbi Schneider saying God bless you and shalom.