Paul Manwaring gave an awesome teaching on the topic of “Divine Order.” It has had an impact on the way I see the Kingdom of Heaven and I would like to share a summary that I wrote if you are interested in learning more!
February 26, 2012
Bethel Church, Redding California
“Divine Order has been interpreted through the lenses of order on earth, yet we need to understand the difference: Divine order cannot be mistaken for the Gift of 1 Corinthians 12:28, Administration, where we risk reduce it to: “Everything we can do without God.” This is making a big mistake. Divine order relies and trusts in God to fulfill His plan. “As it is in heaven…”
Despite all the planning and organization the end result of our destiny does not ultimately rely on our organization or human order.
Sidenote: The Message translates I Corinthians 12:28
“You are Christ’s body—that’s who you are! You must never forget this. Only as you accept your part of that body does your “part” mean anything. You’re familiar with some of the parts that God has formed in his church, which is his “body”:
those who pray in tongues.
It’s not all Apostle, not all Prophet, not all Miracle Worker, not all Healer, not all Prayer in Tongues, not all Interpreter of Tongues. And yet some of you keep competing for so-called “important” parts. But now I want to lay out a far better way for you.”
People will always almost naturally divide over things. We have a natural inclination to polarize; it’s something in the human psyche. Yet that isn’t the way that God intends us to be. Reformation overcomes the differences/denominationalism [using the tension between them to produce an action, change].
Tension is created when a mandate looks different than what is seen, [when a promise exists but the reality of that promise is far off].
Tension is a natural part of life. It hits humanity on three levels:
You cannot sustain physical life without being in physical tension, ie, testing aircrafts puts tension on wings to see how strong they are
Right now you have access to competing emotions hitting your brain, ie, good news and bad news.
3) Spiritual tension is necessary for spiritual health.
Why do we have difficulty living in spiritual tension? If I were a violin player I would want to make sure that the strings on my violin are tense enough to release energy because if they’re not they won’t fire a note.
The more we understand how to live in the tension the more we can have energy for divine order which exists in that tension. It is not fixed. It is moving, animate, living, found between heaven and earth, existing tomorrow, behind us, before us, between yesterday and tomorrow.
Life is like a Dance between me and God, Divine order between me and life, me and circumstances, me and history, me and tests, me and prophesies. Sometimes I tread on His feet as we dance and get the rhythm wrong and he just keeps dancing.
Bill Johnson says: “God gives us permission to live in mystery. I will not sacrifice on the alter of human reasoning for something I do not understand. If you have no mystery in your life you have a God of your understanding.”
God’s emotions are his glory. He’s capable of many emotions at the same time. He is the legitimacy of living in tension.
We are made in His image. In all His complexity, all at the same time, He is able to engage in every emotion at once. God can feel a deep deep sadness and a deep deep joy at the same time as we too feel this in the deep bereavement of a loved one. To feel deep sadness and deep joy at the same time. We are not actually mentally ill at that moment! God is every emotion all at the same time. His ability to live in tension is somehow an aspect of His very nature.
God is able to be all of it. Divine order is found in that.
If you are sitting with a circumstance that is so radically different than the promises of your life, you should be rejoicing with that because it is within that the energy of heaven is released to bring about the divine order that is meant of your life.
God says, “Whatever you throw at me I’ll turn it around because I’m so good at turning junk into something beautiful.”
Jacob’s life is divine order. Through the revelations of God in his life he took his 12 sons, created by 4 mothers, together, and blessed them, and not just blessed them but blessed them so that when they live through 412 years of slavery they still know who they are when they come out the other end. This is God’s divine order because God had a vision for the people of Israel so he takes everything along the way and turns it around to fulfill His purpost. Romans 8:28… He also has a vision as these “other” things are happening in our lives.
Misraw, Hebrew word
Misraw/Governement is Related to Sarah
Sarah is related to Israel
Gov’t, Sarah, and Israel all three words related to eachother.
When you look at Israel, you see heavens purpose for gov’t, which is divine order, which is God taking every mess and bringing it to the ultimate vision.
He’ll take every mess you through at him and turn it around and has a vision for the rest of your life. Sarah means to “have power as a prince” which really means when we take Misraw, Israel has power to rule like a prince. True gov’t has the power to rule as a prince.
It is God’s ultimate expression through out history. Expressed in time and through geographic locations It doesn’t require all the answers. Walk in relationship and obedience with God. It requires faith , walk in that place of tension to protect our distincitves, to live without compromise but also at the same time to be prepared to live in tension.
Position yourself for divine order. God wants to take us through all the bumbling steps and sort it all out. As the presence is attracted to us the presence more and more guides us to where we are supposed to be going. I stepped into divine order because I said yes to my wife in marriage, stepped on a plane after 9/11 stepped into a place of tension by moving to Bethel and from there divine order started to kick in to our lives.
Divine order requires faith.
Divine order is animate.
Divine order brings life.
Divine order attracts the presence.
Divine order exists in heaven first.
Divine order creates life.
Divine order is driven by the zeal of God.
Divine order is waiting to happen.
Divine order requires faith.
We have been given the power to rule as princes.
Give yourself permission to live in tension, intentionally!
Any place in your life where you feel inclined to shut down tension, to lock into one opinion, on stuff that we do not need to divide over. Learn to live and give yourself permission to live in tension in ministry. To live in circumstances and the prophetic word. You need that tension that energy to live in the promises of God. We must keep connected to the impossible, the outrageous promises of God because without that we will reduce our dreams to what we can do without God and that is not what we need. Understand the times so you know what to do next.