God’s View of Climate Change — Saving the Planet (Luke 17:6)

Will You Exert Your Authority Over Earth?

“My father has given you dominion over the earth. Therefore if you say to a mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ it will obey you.” (Luke 17:6)

According to a new poll among 13- to 29-year-olds, a majority of young people in the United States are optimistic that it’s still possible to prevent the worst long-term effects of climate change, even as many of them point to the multiple ways they believe climate change will affect their personal lives. – PBS News Hour

Global warming, climate change, rising sea levels… for many of today’s youth saving the planet remains an important issue. It’s also an important issue to God. And for good reason. When natural disasters strike we tend to blame God.

Traditionally, homeowner’s insurance policies have contained an exclusion clause for damages caused by “acts of God”, a catch-all term that covers any sort of act of nature that cannot be controlled, like earthquakes or hurricanes. But it can be used in a different settings under the law. For example, think of an extraordinary natural event (such as a typhoon or earthquake) that cannot be reasonably foreseen or prevented. – LawInfo

Is it fair to blame God when we have dominion over the earth?

The earth is given to mankind. (Psalm 115:16)

You made mankind rulers over the works of your hands. You put everything under their feet. (Psalm 8:6)

God put all things under the feet of mankind. God left nothing that is not subject to them. (Hebrews 2:8)

Jesus declares that with a word, we have the power to uproot trees and plant them into the sea. Jesus said with a word we could cast mountains into the sea (Mark 11:22–23). Was Jesus speaking hyperbole? Or did he really expect us to exercise our dominion over the earth?

Notice what Jesus does not say. He does not command us to form a movement—demand nations, governments, and businesses to change. He does not command us to rally crowds, give speeches, levy fines, or raise taxes to save the earth. Instead he commands us to speak a word. “Be uprooted. Be planted.”

Creating safeguards for the planet are beneficial. Acting as good stewards of the environment is part of our charge to exercise dominion over the earth. But if we’re serious about caring for the planet we need to start with:

  • Faith
  • Prayer
  • Words spoken to that which is subject to us

Men and women are not subject to our words. Wildlife is. The earth is. But people are subject to no one but themselves. God does not rule over us. He gave us free will—and God does not take back what he freely gives. Satan rules over us but only as far as we allow.

  • With a word Jesus silenced the wind. (Luke 8:22-25)
  • With a word Jesus calmed the seas. (Luke 8:22-25)
  • With a word Jesus cursed a tree and caused its roots to die. (Mark 11:12-25)

Change the climate of your heart and you'll change the climate around you.If we are in Jesus and Jesus is in us, then we have the same power he exercised when he walked on earth.

Concerned about climate change? Get into Jesus. Get Jesus into you. Gather in prayer and command the seas to roll back, trees to grow, the sky to be healed.

A healthy planet is God’s will. God always honors prayers made in his will. Pray in faith. Believe.

Change the climate of your heart and you’ll change the climate around you.

Blessing I Will Bless You

Book Marketing Jesus' Way (Genesis 22:17)

“Blessing I will bless you.” (Genesis 22:17)

Lord I pray back your word to you. While you are blessing us, you will bless us. You said that through Abraham all the families of the earth would be blessed (Genesis 12:3).  Through your Holy Spirit the apostle Paul testifies that if we belong to you, the Christ, then we are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise (Galatians 3:29).

Your promises are pictures of what you desire us to become. Your promises are a picture of who you are. Multiplying you will multiply (Genesis 22:17). No matter how many promises you made, they are “Yes” in Christ. Therefore, through Christ the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of you, our father in heaven (2 Corinthians 1:20).

For this reason in the mighty name of Jesus I declare that while you are blessing Dead Man’s Hand, you will bless Skull Creek Stakeout. While you are blessing Dead Low Tide you will bless Rumor of a Werewolf. While you are blessing Phantom Gunslinger, you will bless Medium Well Done.

While you are blessing Curse of the Black Avenger, you will bless Dead Calm, Bone Dry. While you are blessing The End of Calico Jack, you will bless No Good Stede Goes Unpunished. While you are blessing Down to Davy Jones, you will bless The Day The World Sneezed.

While you are blessing Summers’ Love, you will bless My Father’s Business.

What Doors Do You Need Opened Today?

Book Marketing Jesus' Way (Luke 11:5-10, 13)

What Doors Do You Need Opened Today?Your pantry is empty. You have nothing left to set before your guests, your family. Spent, exhausted, frustrated, all you can do is borrow from friends.

Late at night you go next door and ask your neighbor for a little something to eat so you can feed your guest, but your neighbor replies:

  • “Don’t bother me.”
  • “I’m in bed.”
  • “Go away.”

Jesus warns that when we ask our friends for help—even when what we seek is for others—many will reply, “Don’t bother me. I’m your friend, yes, but…”

It’s as if Jesus is saying, “Do not be surprised by this. The nature of man is to withdraw, withhold, allow others to go without.” Instead Jesus encourages us to:

  • “Ask your Father in heaven for what you need.”
  • “Seek from your Father in heaven your provision.”
  • “Knock on heaven’s door for the help you need.”

Grab these promises of Jesus. Hold onto them with both hands.

  • “I promise you will receive from my Father.”
  • “I promise you will find all you need in my Father’s house.”
  • “I promise my Father will open doors for you.”

These promises from Jesus are not simply for those who are “good,” righteous in their own eyes—for those who can quote chapter and verse. These promises from Jesus are for all who come to the Father in humility, repentance, and faith.

What doors do you need opened today?
What supplies do you lack?
What have you conceived but not yet received?

Jesus says,

  • “EVERYONE who asks, receives.”
  • “EVERYONE who seeks, finds.”
  • “EVERYONE who knocks, a door is opened.”

How is that possible? Jesus replies, “Your father in heaven will give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

  • God’s Holy Spirit reminds us of the character, works, and words of Jesus and the father. (John 14:26) God is good. God is loving. God is generous. God is compassionate. God is faithful. God gives all the grace we need for every task.
  • God’s Holy Spirit convicts us of sin. (John 16:7-8) When sin interferes with our relationship with the father, his Holy Spirit brings our offenses to mind. Through his mercy and our repentance, our relationship and communication is restored.
  • God’s Holy Spirit searches the deep things of God and the deep needs of our soul. (1 Corinthians 2:10) We think we know what we want, but the Holy Spirit digs deep into our soul and supplies us with wisdom, revelation, and vision from the father.
  • God’s Holy Spirit guides us in all truth, making our steps firm. (John 16:13-15) Our wants, goals, and needs may seem right, but God’s Holy Spirit reveals all truth, all that is noble, all that is good.
  • God’s Holy Spirit gives us good gifts for the common good: wisdom, knowledge, faith, gifts of healing, miraculous powers, prophecy, distinguishing between spirits, speaking in different kinds of tongues, interpretation of tongues. (1 Corinthians 12:7-11) Our daily needs are not for us alone but for others. The works of our hands are not for our enjoyment alone, but for the benefit of others.
  • God’s Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness, searches our hearts, intercedes for us according to God’s will. (Romans 8:26-27) When we are frail, tired, and beaten down, God’s Holy Spirit continues to ask the father on our behalf.
  • With patience and self-control God’s Holy Spirit enables us to live in love, joy, faith, and peace while offering kindness, goodness, and gentleness to others. (Galatians 5:22-25) With God’s Holy Spirit within us, love, joy, faith, and peace replace anger, worry, fear, and stress.

With God’s Holy Spirit we have all we need to provide for others and ourselves. And should we lack anything, we only need to ask.

Jesus tells us we will, “Do the works I do and even greater works than these. (John 14:12)

Are we doing great works?
Are we writing great words?
Are we spending our efforts on others?

If you believe your words, your books, your vocation as a writer serves God’s kingdom in small and great ways, then invite others to join you in this prayer.

“‘My Father, your name is holy. Your name is greatly to be revered and honored. Your kingdom is here with me, within me, for you are in me and I am in you.

Each day you give me all that I need. You know my needs, even the needs I cannot fathom. Provide today as much as I need.

Forgive me of my sins. I confess them before you now. I repent of my sins. Have mercy on me.

I forgive all who offend me, hurt me, ignore me, past judgement upon me, and seek to harm me.

Lead me not into temptation. Instead lead me to open doors where I can display your love, joy, faith, peace and patience to others. Lead me to open doors where I, in the mighty name of Jesus, can show your kindness, goodness, and gentleness towards others. May it be so, father. Amen.