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Prayer: The Invisible-Visible Connection

Prayer: The Invisible-Visible Connection

The Invisible-Visible Connection

Colossians 1:16(KJV) - For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

Genesis 1 is not the complete picture of creation. While it gives an account of God's creation of the visible world it does not detail his invisible creation process. Currently, in existence there are visible and invisible thrones, visible and invisible dominions, visible and invisible principalities, visible and invisible powers. Fortunately or unfortunately for some of us, they all affect our lives. Whether or not we can see what's going on makes absolutely no difference. Thus the importance of today's blog.

This is the third installment in our study of  The Four Pillars of The Cracked Door Foundation. Today, we'll focus on Pillar #2 - Knowing God Through Prayer.

Psalm 27:8(NLT) - My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.”

Before we get into anything deep let's deal with the basics. At the most fundamental level, prayer is our answer to God's invitation for personal communication. He wants to converse with us and has created prayer as an avenue for us to do so. If you want to develop a relationship or get to know God on a deeper level you must spend time with Him in prayer.

Prayer - The Invisible-Visible Connection

Matthew 16:19(KJV) - And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Now here's another side of prayer. It's our connection between the invisible and visible realms. When Jesus presented the keys of the kingdom of heaven He really gave us the authority to pray in His name from visible earth and change things that are taking place in invisible heaven. His name gives us the authority we need to subdue rogue elements of His creation.

Ephesians 6:12,17-18(KJV) - For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places....And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Our true enemy is invisible and he leads an invisible army which is constantly on the offensive. Even though he uses visible agents, the power behind them comes from the invisible realm. Our war is not with wicked people on earth but with wicked spirits in the heavens that control them. Fight in the spirit where you have unlimited power. Prayer is your weapon. The Word of God is your ammunition. So pray The Word of God and win.

Note: Don't keep this to yourself. SHARE IT WITH YOUR FRIENDS! Look down!

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Can you describe God?

Knowing God Through His Word

Isaiah 50:4(NLT) - The Sovereign Lord has given me his words of wisdom, so that I know how to comfort the weary. Morning by morning he wakens me and opens my understanding to his will.

If someone asked you to describe God what would you say? If you're a Christian you might say something like He's invisible, all powerful, loving, merciful, all knowing, eternal, spiritual, omnipresent, etc. That might be true but how could you be so sure? Can you prove God's characteristics using logic or scientific evidence? Maybe some, but definitely not all. You know God through His Word. Tangible evidence only backs it up.

This is the second installment in our study of  The Four Pillars of The Cracked Door Foundation. Today, we'll focus on Pillar #1 - Knowing God Through His Word. Many people have their own ideas about God. However, He is not whatever or whoever people think He is. The God of The Bible is unique. He differs from every god presented by other religions in their holy books.

Knowing God Through His Word

2 Timothy 3:16-17(KJV) - All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

If you want to know about our God, you have to read The Bible. I recently engaged an atheist in a debate on my blog at Faith Science Online. In the end I realized that one of the major differences between us was our understanding of God. By his own admission, he captured the vastness of who God should be but he did not understand how God communicates. Hence, since God would not speak to him the way he expected God to, he refused to accept God's existence.

Well, that's just too bad. The God of The Bible is a specific person who demonstrates His character throughout scripture. If you don't want to accept who He is as outlined in scripture you probably won't accept Him. As a Christian for many years I have grown close to The God of The Bible and even though our relationship is quite personal He really is just like what I read in The Bible. Obviously, there is much more to Him but if you're looking for somewhere reliable to start, He's an "open book."

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Developing A Clear Vision

Developing A Clear Vision

 

Habakkuk 2:1-3(NLT) - I will climb up to my watchtower and stand at my guardpost. There I will wait to see what the Lord says and how he will answer my complaint. Then the Lord said to me, “Write my answer plainly on tablets, so that a runner can carry the correct message to others. This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.
 

To kick-start the new daily devotional let's focus on establishing a firm foundation this week. We'll first erect The Four Pillars of The Cracked Door Foundation and then start building upon them as time progresses. Our mission is what we do. Our vision is who we are. The Four Pillars are a hybrid of both at this point.

We've been doing this since 2006 and after almost 6 years we've grown into who we are today. We dropped the old vision and mission somewhere along the way. In 2006, we thought we knew exactly what we were supposed to do and who we were supposed to be but we had no idea of the details. It's now becoming clearer.

Every organization has an identity. Sometimes it's completely captured by the vision statement but many times it develops over time. It's easy to claim what your organization is all about before you do one thing but your true identity tends to unfold as you work the mission. It's like you bounce around when you first start but you eventually settle down into the place where you fit.

Nonetheless, it's still important to write the vision as you know it. The Bible has specific directions in Habakkuk 2:1-3.

1) Write The Vision - If you don't know where you're going, anywhere you end up would seem just fine. If you don't write a vision, one will be written for you. Others will determine what you should be doing. Circumstances will push you in different directions. You and the people on your team will lack discipline. You may not know exactly what the future holds but your vision does offer priceless guidance along the way.

2) Why Is The Written Vision So Important? - It's good for you to know your identity but it's more important for others on your team. If people don't know who you are they will make things up for themselves. People tend to have their own ideas and if you don't provide any restraint, they will impose it on your organization. No vision means nothing to stop them from doing whatever they feel like.

3) The Vision Is Future-Oriented - Your vision is not a snapshot of where you are but a glimpse of who you should be. Hence, it should not be limited by your current circumstances. It should stretch you to be more than you are at the time. It's like a carrot on a stick that stays in front of your eyes as you run hard after it.

4) The Vision Takes Time - Only weeds grow up overnight. Unfortunately, they also shrivel up and die suddenly. The strength of a tree to withstand the storms is in it's root system. Root growth is done underground. Nobody sees it. The vision of your organization usually covers what's seen in public. To grow tall, you have to grow deep. The vision will take time to unfold. That's alright. Wait for it!

Proverbs 29:18(KJV) - Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
 

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Welcome To The Cracked Door

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The Cracked Door is Back!

The Cracked Door is back!   Where in the world have we been? We know it's been a long time. We've been busy over at FaithScienceOnline.Com bridging the gap between faith and science. However, it's about time that we return home to where it all began. Please let us know your thoughts about the new website. We have also started a new mailing list and have kept the names of all the subscribers from our previous Cracked Door Newsletter. If you were not on that original list, please sign up for email alerts before we start sending out our daily messages.
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The Four Pillars of The Cracked Door

Habakkuk 2:1-3(NLT) - I will climb up to my watchtower and stand at my guardpost. There I will wait to see what the Lord says and how he will answer my complaint. Then the Lord said to me, “Write my answer plainly on tablets, so that a runner can carry the correct message to others. This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.

Thank you for entering the Cracked Door. The concept of the Cracked Door came from a message that God gave to the founder of this movement, Donnell Duncan on the 29th of December, 2003 on a radio program called, “It's Your Date with Destiny”. Appropriately titled “If the Door is Cracked, the Door is Open” Donnell illustrated that there is a direct connection between keeping God's Word (The Bible) and opening doors.

If a person wants opportunities in life, he should keep God's Word and allow God to open the necessary doors based on the promises contained within His Word. In addition, how a person perceives the door determines his access to opportunities. Every human being views a certain level of resistance as a closed door, and in the same way, we all view the size of an opening differently.

The Cracked Door Foundation Inc was officially launched in 2006. It has grown into an international organization with a myriad of initiatives which help people develop both naturally and spiritually using Biblical principles. This ministry is built on the following pillars.

 
1 Knowing God through His Word.

Isaiah 50:4(NLT) - The Sovereign Lord has given me his words of wisdom, so that I know how to comfort the weary. Morning by morning he wakens me and opens my understanding to his will.

2 Knowing God through prayer.

Psalm 27:8(NLT) - My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.”

3 Obeying God's directions.

Job 23:11-12(NLT) - For I have stayed on God’s paths; I have followed his ways and not turned aside. I have not departed from his commands, but have treasured his words more than daily food.

4 Serving God's people.

Matthew 23:11-12(NLT) - The greatest among you must be a servant. But those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.
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