God's System & How It Works
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Delivered By
Bob Petersen
Delivered On
October 14, 2018

God's System & How It Works


God put mankind on this for a specific, divine purpose

Genesis 1:26-29 NAS 26 Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth." 27 God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 God blessed them; and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth." 

  • Image: tselem (Heb.) literally a shadow which is the outline or representation of the original
    • We look like God and are the same type of being that He is
  • Likeness: demuwth (Heb.) resemblance, model of, likeness of
    • We function like God with the same abilities
  • rule over: radah (Heb.) to tread down, subjugate, have dominion, reign

God gave mankind the task of watching over and ruling over what happens on this earth.

  • God would never have done this without giving man the abilities needed to rule on this earth.
  • He wanted us to rule it as a “shadow” of Him with His “abilities”.

God meant for us to rule on this earth without His intervention so He put a system in place here.

  • There is a natural system of reproduction of kind
  • There is a spiritual system governed by spiritual laws
    • We see the spiritual laws in action by Adam sinning and giving his authority to rule to Satan. 

God’s plan show in Matthew 6:10, “Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” has been His plan from the beginning.

God’s ‘automatic’ system still exists today.

We see the natural laws at work every day.

As God’s people we are to learn how His spiritual system works and work it!

This system contains two types of laws

  1. The boundary laws between the kingdom of darkness and us.
    1. These are the ‘shall nots’
    2. They allow Satan and his minions to gain access into our realm and to us
  2. The laws of faith
    1. Faith works in the same way the boundary laws work except they let God and all He has into our realm and into us.

Under this system we are to operate as a tselem – representation of and a demuwth – model of Him

So, if your boss puts you in charge of his business do you call him every time a decision needs made or do you run it as you think he would?

  • Especially if he gave you an operating manual for how the business is to be run.
    • Then why do we ‘ask’ God for everything instead of using what we are to do it?

Here are a couple of examples of people working the system properly:

  • Acts 3:6-7 NKJV Then Peter said, "Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk."
  • Luke 8:43-48 NKJV 43 Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any, 44 came from behind and touched the border of His garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped. 45 And Jesus said, "Who touched Me?" When all denied it, Peter and those with him said, "Master, the multitudes throng and press You, and You say, 'Who touched Me?'" 46 But Jesus said, "Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me."  47 Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before Him, she declared to Him in the presence of all the people the reason she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately. 48 And He said to her, "Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace."
  • Mark 11:23-24 NKJV 23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.
  • Luke 10:17-19 NAS 17 The seventy returned with joy, saying, "Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name." 18 And He said to them, "I was watching Satan fall from heaven like lightning.


Let’s start with simple things

Healing - Isaiah 53:5 by His stripes we are healed

  • Matthew 9:35 NAS Jesus was going through all the cities and villages, healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness

Get our of Debt - Deuteronomy 28:12 NAS "The Lord will open for you His good storehouse, the heavens, to give rain to your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hand; and you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.

Over the devil - Luke 10:19 NAS Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you.

Worry - Matthew 6:25, 32-34 NAS 25 "For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. 32 "For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.  33 "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. 34 "So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

2 Peter 1:1-11 NAS 1 Simon Peter, a bond-servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have received a faith of the same kind as ours, by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ: 2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; 3 seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. 4 For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. 5 Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, 6 and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, 7 and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love. 8 For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins. 10 Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble; 11 for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you.