The seven days of creation in Genesis represent the stages of manifesting an idea, desire, or heavenly pattern onto the physical world. Each day of creation contains a key phrase which signifies the rung in the process of creation, going from immaterial to material, or from heaven to earth. The material world is not in a state of firm existence, but is continuously being generated like the image on a screen from the “code” behind it. Rather than being so caught up in the physical world, it can be helpful to change the “code” behind the scenes which controls what is manifested.
Day 1, SPARK/THOUGHT/DESIRE
Everything begins with an idea. This could by something God put in your spirit, something you came up with on your own, or negatively a “tare” or “Ishmael” sown by Satan. First be careful that the idea is really a good one and was not generated from an evil source. We have to be very careful to watch which thoughts we allow in. Many times we go onto “autopilot” and just allow whatever thoughts to run wild. In his book, Job stated “the thing I greatly feared has come upon me, and what I dreaded has happened to me.” (Job 3:25). By cycling thoughts of worry and fear over possible losses, Job was actually initiating the process of creating those very events he feared! We need to be careful to guard our thoughts and ensure we are not just circulating fear, worry, anger, despair. Otherwise we initiate the creation process in the negative form.
Being relatively open-minded helps with receiving new ideas. Some people are so stubborn and convinced they know everything, their brain automatically blocks out any fresh ideas and revelation God and his angels would try to give them. Their mind is like a satellite dish which is pointed downwards to the earth, only conscious of tradition and what is already established and accepted as “fact” by society. They have no ability to branch out and seek anything new. Thus “carnally minded.” It is important to be open and receptive to change. The word “repentance” literally means “change of mind” and this is the beginning of every good thing.
Really ‘wanting’ right things is also necessary to match up our heart with our mind. The Bible states desire as one of the elements our receiving from God is based off of. Psalms 37:4, “Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.” Desire also helps us maintain persistence which is another crucial part of the process that will be discussed. Having no desire means we reject the idea that came. Having low desire means we only pursue it for a short time, then get distracted and forget about it. Having firm desire helps us stay the full course and not give up early.
Day 2, STRUCTURE
This stage has to do with being specific as to the idea. Turning it from a general concept into a detailed working. Some people like to “visualize” the concept to structure it, but the most powerful is to write it down. This forces you to turn the dream into a specific plan. This is also a basic form of manifesting because you are transferring the immaterial (thoughts) into material form (written word). Write out all of the aspects. For instance, if you feel God calling you as a missionary that is the “spark” stage. The next step is to seek him for extra details and structure. For instance, which nation, people group, city, timings, logistics, mode of preparations, obstacles. The more detailed the better. Keep narrowing it down as much as possible until you reach your limit. This turns the light of God from a flashlight into a laser beam. A flashlight gives general illumination but has no real power. When the light is focused and aligned, it become more like a laser which has the power to actually transform things.
Day 3, UNIFICATION/RECONCILIATION
Unify the “spark” idea by removing all “double-mindedness.” For instance if you want a lot of money, you may not have considered all of the moral and practical burdens associated with it. So what is the original reason you wanted the money? To make your life easier? In this case, it may actually make life more burdensome because you will have much higher level of responsibility. Keep in mind that many lotto winners end up committing suicide a few years after their win. The pressures of family, charities, and coworkers beseiging the person for handouts becomes too much, assuming the win is not wasted in the first year which is often the case. Another example is wanting a large house, but not considering the obligation of maintaining it and that God may expect you to host and board people as guests as part of your duty for having a large house. Or wanting spiritual gifts such as the gift of healings, but not considering all of the work, sacrifices, and burden involved in the evangelistic ministry which comes with the healing gift. For any of this situations, although you may not have consciously considered these obligations, they are still present in the subconscious mind which wars against the word to cancel the promise before it has a chance to manifest. This is like the dragon in Revelation which tries to devour the promised child as it is being birthed. Remove all doubt by considering both the good and the evil, the pleasant and burdensome elements of your desire. This is the “counting the cost” stage where you take a totally honest and realistic look at the true outcome of the idea manifested. Another hinderance is feelings of guilt or being unworthy. Distinguishing whether the guilt is from the Holy Spirit or is an accusatory attack of satan can be discovered by one simple question. Have you repented? If you have repented sincerely, then there should be no guilt remaining from the sin in question and the discouraging feelings can be flagged as an attack of satan and rebuked. On the other hand, perhaps you only half-heartedly made changes in an area of your life and those feelings are the Holy Spirit bringing conviction to make the right changes. Retaining feelings of guilt and unworthiness allows satan “the accuser” to block your blessing in the courtroom of heaven. Even if the guilt is from an illegitimate cause, as long as you cling to it he is able to use this guilt consciousness to obtain legal right to block your manifestation. You have to believe you deserve and are worthy to receive the things you speak and believe for. We can now move on to the next stage….
Day 4, FAITH/FAITHFULLNESS/REPETITION
The Bible, especially the New Testament, mentions the concept of faith more than almost anything else. We even call our religion “our faith.” Now there are too many verses to mention, but here are a few:
Mark 9:23, Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”
Mark 11:23, “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.”
The mountain is an obstacle which seems insurmountable to our natural eyes and the moving of it unbelievable to our fleshly brain (carnal mind) and yet Jesus did not write this scripture as a joke. Truly anything we need to have happen can be made to happen if we can hold it firmly with faith. This of course is the difficult part. How to actually believe and not consider it ridiculous. Personally, I believe this is why God put stories in the Bible such as Jonah in the whale, Noah and the ark, and Moses splitting the red sea. Because these stories seem ridiculous and offend our natural mind, but believing they are God’s Word strengthens our spirit and provides us with that level of faith which is able to transcend and dominate the natural world.
Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Faith forms the “substance” of the things hoped for in the spiritual world, before they can be manifested concretely in the material realm. Sort of like the fetus is the “substance” of the unseen child which is hidden inside the womb, but we have faith will be soon manifested (birthed out where we can see the child with our physical eyes). Now, just like it takes a process of nine months for a child to form before its manifestation, it is critical to hold fast to the promise in faith and not quit. Faith works hand-in-hand with persistence. To give up early is like an abortion which deletes the promise before we can ever see it.
It is easy to have faith for a short period of enthusiasm and then give up or get tired of believing, feeling foolish. The original Greek word for faith, pistis also had a dual meaning of “faithfulness” which implies a persistence and loyalty to the purpose. That means not just giving up and calling er quits when the manifestation doesn’t come in a few weeks. Sometimes it can be a longer battle. Remember the story of the persistent widow. Luke 18:1-8 “1 Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, 2 saying: “There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man. 3 Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, ‘Get justice for me from my adversary.’ 4 And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, ‘Though I do not fear God nor regard man, 5 yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.’” 6 Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge said. 7 And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? 8 I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?”
Again, true faith is not something that exists for a few weeks then gives up when the manifestation does not happen. True faith keep pressing in with prayer, thanking God for providing it, and speaking positive creative words. We need to be like the persistent widow. Praying at night can also be useful when seeking breakthrough
Day 5, WORD (RHEMA)
Genesis 1:20 ….let birds fly [SPOKEN WORD] above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens
Revelation 19:15 Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword [SPOKEN WORD], that with it He should strike the nations.
Rhema refers to the “spoken word.” This is the “sword which proceeds from the mouth.” The word SWORD is prophetically interpreted SPIRIT-WORD and also SPOKEN-WORD. In the original Greek of the New Testament, the word Spirit, Breath, and Wind are all translated from the original “pneuma.” Thus, when you speak the word out loud, you mingle the breath (spirit) with the word. The breath is the feminine “container” for the masculine word (seed). This unity of these masculine and feminine characteristic is what brings the reproduction of power and manifestation.
Scientists have discovered that light actually does not come in a continuous stream, but rather in packets of light called “photons.” This corresponds to how the spoken words are each “packets” of light.
Remember the seed version of the elements:
- Light: WORD (the most important, as light is on a higher level than the other four)
- Fire: SPARK
- Water: RAINDROP
- Air: BREATH
- Earth: COIN (this is why financial giving is so important)
Each of these are “seeds” which represent an aspect of the four basic elements of creation. The most important however, is Word because given its correspondence to the higher aspect light, it is on a completely different level than the other four and possesses the mastery over them. This is why it is so critical to watch what you speak. Light represents authority. Light always comes from above even in the natural the lighting fixtures are above at the ceiling, the sun and moon and stars are above, light always comes from above, this represents the dominance of light over the other four. This light is unique in that it comes directly from God himself it is not an offshoot like the four base aspects are, so for us to be filled with this light it all comes from knowing God himself, obeying him, learning his Word, gaining wisdom, and being transformed into his image. When Adam was first on earth he had a covering of light from God. It was this light that gave Adam his power, dominance, and authority over all the earth.
That why John makes the connection between the Word and light: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the LIGHT of men.” (John 1:1-4)
After the initial prayer it is important to view God’s provision you are believing for as PAST TENSE, having already been given. This is because the perspective of the Throne exists outside of the human timeline and “sees the end from the beginning” as if everything is already completed. This also allows you to transition from “hoping” something will happen, to the much more powerful THANKING God for what he has already given; pre-emptive praise and thanksgiving! Even if we don’t see it on our earth layer, we show God our faith that he has ALREADY RELEASED IT on his higher level and the manifestation is simply trickling down like a waterfall and is bound to manifest on our level, even if we do not currently see it with our physical eyes.
Make sure to also find as many Bible passages which relate to the thing you are wishing to bring about, and quote these each time you pray over the issue, building layers of repetition over time. Speaking positive words is good and carries some power, but speaking God's Word from the Bible releases ultimate power. Even if it seems a verse only loosely relates to your situation, quote it anyways by faith. Speak it out loud believing for the manifestation.
Further reading: “Manifesting faith with the spoken word”
Day 6, WORKS (small beginnings)
Genesis 1:28, Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
Exodus 24:21 Six days you shall work, but on the seventh day you shall rest; in plowing time [6 creative days] and in harvest [7th, manifestation]
Modern Christianity often greatly underappreciates the important of works (aka “action”). Many even teach the false doctrine that you only need to believe in Jesus to be saved and that changing your life is optional “because you love him.” Although this is the lowest level, it is actually the most important, as obedience is the foundation which allows people to walk with God. The feminine ‘faith’ and masculine ‘works’ are also meant to be married to reproduce power, just as we earlier discussed the marriage of Word and Spirit to create the SWORD. Works represents the “foundation.” It is the “earthly” level of manifesting. Again, just because it is lowest does not make it unimportant. Actually, it is among the most important. Look at a building. The foundation of the building is the most critical. If a higher level needs repair it can be done easily, but if the foundation is off the whole building must be demolished and rebuilt.
Putting the vision into action is absolutely crucial. This is where the “small beginnings” concept comes into play. Even if 90% of the steps to your goal seems out of reach, start working on the 10% that you can control. Many times I felt led to write a certain article but could only think of a couple paragraphs to write on the topic. Yet anytime I would sit down and write those two or three paragraphs, the flood of revelation and insight would come to help finish the article. But this only ever happens once I take the action of physically sitting down and writing out those initial paragraphs. Our faith really needs action to truly give it life.
Lets say your trying to have faith for a material provision such as a new job, house, or car. You need to take the little action available to you now. For a job, learn as much about the specific job as possible and study as much information ahead of time that will prepare you to be a skilled and knowledgeable worker in that area. Although 90% may be learned “on the job,” study the 10% that is accessible to learn on your own. This expresses your faith that God has given you the job. For a house or car, make a thorough plan for how you will maintain it. Learn as much about preventative and routine maintenance for the property/vehicle and commit ahead of time to following through on it. There is one African missionary who needed a Land Rover and would take a sponge and physically wave it though the air as if washing a vehicle. The village people laughed and thought he was crazy, but after being consistent with this daily prophetic act, he was provided a vehicle. The missionary was showing God how he planned to take excellent care of the vehicle and by his daily prophetic act of cleaning his vehicle that had not yet come, he put his faith into action which cleared the path to full manifestation.
In the parable of the talents (gold coins), the stern businessman gave his three servants one, two, and five talents respectively. The person who received only one talent did not bother to put it to work through trading and investing like the others, but instead did nothing with it. Given that it was only one coin, he was so focused on how small it was and belittled its importance. Often when God wants us to put faith to work he begins with the small things. With Moses he asked “what is in your hand?” All Moses had was a rod, but by putting it to use with God’s instructions he was able to do great things. We also see the story of the feeding of the five-thousand. The disciples only had five loaves and two fish which had been donated by a child. How could they feed the multitude with this ridiculously small portion? Yet by stepping out and putting faith into action, faith and works were united to reproduce great power and the multitude was fed with much left over.
Zechariah 4:10, “who has despised the day of small things?”
We see this principle in David having to serve Saul. Although being the king’s servant was a great elevation over shepherding, it nonetheless was still a far cry from David’s true destiny to be king. Yet David had to prove himself in this “small beginning,” showing that he could be a faithful and wise servant. If David had given up and shirked his duties with a bad attitude, he never would have passed the test to allow him to become the king. This level can also be called “Potiphar’s house.” Where you receive an increase, but one that is partial and very limited compared to the fullness that is possible. The purpose of this stage is to prove yourself. Take it seriously and with the gravity of a king, even when you are only the house servant. If we truly love God, we will do his work with our whole heart even when there is no greatness or fame involved. He is testing us and sees this, and by staying faithful in small things this leads to the next and final stage…..
Day 7, MANIFESTATION/FIRSTFRUITS/THANKSGIVING
Genesis 2:2 And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.
The 7th and final stage sees the “small beginnings” grown into its true and finished form. Here we see the actual promise fulfilled: Isaac is born, Joseph is promoted over the land, David becomes king, the kingdoms of this world become the kingdom of God. Now what is important not to forget at this stage is the act of thanksgiving or first fruits.
There were once ten lepers which Christ healed. After the initial healing, nine of them went their way, but only one returned to give him thanks:
Luke 17:17-19 17 So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? 18 Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” 19 And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.”
Interestingly, this is the only one to whom Christ spoke “your faith has made you well.” It is common for people to come up to the altar during a healing service and receive an instant healing from the evangelist, but in the weeks following they lose their healing and their body goes right back into its former sick state. Most likely this is what happened to the other nine lepers. They received a temporal healing, but did not have enough faith of their own to maintain it. Likewise, this final step is not simply to enjoy the fruits of the manifestation, but rather return it to its origin. Thankfulness is what helps to maintain what we have been graciously given by God. If we just quit at this point, we could be like the 9 lepers who failed to maintain their blessing. We see the full manifestation, but only temporarily and it is soon taken away. An attitude of thankfulness and appreciation is critical as well as taking time in our prayers to mention our thanks to God for his blessing.
Proverbs 3:9, Honor the LORD with your possessions, And with the firstfruits of all your increase;
When God has given us an increase, it can be tempting to be so caught up in the enthusiasm that we want to run off like the 9 unthankful lepers and just enjoy the blessing. It is important to complete the cycle and offer God a first fruits of our blessing. The Hebrews were instructed to offer to God the first fruits of their crops at each harvest time before enjoying the rest of the harvest for themselves. Most of us are not farmers and today this is instead a financial offering you make to God in thankfulness following a blessing or increase he has poured onto your life. An example of firstfruits is Abraham. After winning the major battle against his enemies, Abraham gave God a tenth of all his possessions in gratitude. Another example is the story of Jericho. After leading the children of Israel across the Jordan, God required them to give all of the spoils from their FIRST conqured city (Jericho) to the Lord and keep nothing. Also the Hebrews were required to redeem (“buy back”) their firstborn child, because the firstborn was considered to automatically belong to God.
“First” fruits means it should be the first thing we do in timing, that is giving God his portion first, before spending/enjoying any of our own. “First” also means the best and highest quality, not our leftovers. Notice in the story of Cain and Able, Able took one of the best of his flock to offer God whereas Cain just grabbed a random bunch of his vegetables without picking out the best of them for God; thus his offering was rejected. Genesis 4:3-5, And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the Lord. Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the Lord respected Abel and his offering, but He did not respect Cain and his offering.
For a business owner, once your business goes from losses to profits it will be tempting to spend these first profits on yourself in celebration, buying a vacation or toy. These are your first fruits and need to be returned to God instead. If you get an unexpected financial lump-sum or large raise, a portion of the increase need to go to God right away after receiving it. This completes the cycle of blessing, returning God’s provision back to him so he can use it to plant another seed to bless you with in the next cycle.