Genesis 1: 1-2
One of the most profound things about God is His ability to turn things around; to do a new thing – and I pray that the God of new beginnings will do a new thing in your life in Jesus’ name. In Gen 1:1-2 we see total confusion; the Bible says the earth was formless. We see darkness, we see void; yet the Bible says God moved. The Spirit of God moved, He spoke and said let there be light. And out of the formlessness, out of that void, that emptiness, out of that dark situation, God created the beautiful world that we have today. I pray that that same God will bring beauty out of your ashes in Jesus’ name. Amen. I pray that if there be any mourning in your life at all, God will turn it into dancing, and He will turn every emptiness in your life into an overflow in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Now, we can pray that God will turn things around, but let us encourage ourselves by examining God’s track record of doing new things. Can God be relied upon to really turn mourning into dancing? Can God really be relied upon to turn the darkest night into the brightest light? I have seen people go through some really dark moments. I have been through some myself, and I know that it takes Grace that something good can come out of darkness.
So let us look at God’s track record even from our passage:
1. God has the Ability and a Record of Reordering Totally Scattered Situations.
God can take a situation that is completely messed up, completely irredeemable and bring order out of it. I’m sure you can remember in Ezekiel 37; ‘The Valley of Dry Bones’, that God turned dry bones into a mighty army. Your business may have become like that, your marriage may have become completely dry and empty, but the God who turned the valley of dry bones into a mighty company, that same God will turn things around for you in Jesus’ name. In Genesis 1:1-2, we saw God take a completely formless disorderly void and turn it into a world with amazing order. I pray that that architect and builder will redesign your life today, and He will rebuild your ruins in Jesus’ name. I don’t know what confusion the enemy has brought into your life. I don’t know whether it is in your finances, your marriage, or your Christianity, but today in that Name that is above every other name, order is coming back in Jesus’ name.
You know before I met Jesus Christ, though I was not living in a graveyard (like the mad man of Gadarenes in Mark 5:1-20), I wasn’t much better than this fellow. I mean do you know of someone who can smoke so much and will sleep off with the cigarette burning in his mouth, and when he wakes up the whole bed would have almost caught fire. My life was completely useless! But today, to the glory of the Most High God, whether it is in Church, or it is in the business world, individuals, companies, people believe that if Sola can speak to them for 1 hour, somehow things will take a turn for the best in their lives. I’m praying for someone here in the Mighty name of Jesus Christ, the One who is the Architect and the Builder, He will bring something mighty out of your life in the name of Jesus.
2. God can Bring a Totally New Light out of Utter darkness
In Genesis 1:2 there was deep darkness the Bible says, over the face of the earth. Yet God called light out of that darkness. Ladies and gentlemen, darkness means stagnation. Darkness means regression; no matter how fast your car is if you are surrounded with darkness and your head lights cannot see far, how fast do you think you will move? If you move at all, it will be very slow. Darkness means a lack of vision, a lack of light to see ahead; and I’m sure you know that the Bible says that “Without vision the people perish”.
And darkness of course means death, when people die they go into darkness. But all that is not a problem for this God. God is not afraid of darkness because His name is Light. He is the light of the world, and the Bible tells us that anybody that follows Him will never walk in darkness. Abraham was a 75 years old man, but his life was swathed in darkness. He lived at home at seventy-five under his father’s roof. No child, not much was happening for him materially. But then in Genesis 12:1-3, this God of New Beginnings came into Abraham’s life and released His word to him. By the time we get to Genesis 24 the Bible says God had blessed Abraham greatly and he had become very rich. The same light that God brought into Abraham’s life, He is bringing it into your life today in Jesus’ name.
Light brings beauty. Everything in Abraham began to radiate freshness, such that his near seventy year old wife even became attractive to kings, because light came. I don’t know which area of your life that darkness has brought stagnation, where darkness has brought regression, where your beauty had become ugly. All I know is that the moment Abraham began to bow at the feet of God, the moment he began to water God (Genesis 18 God visited Abraham and Abraham washed His feet and ministered to Him), the moment Abraham began to follow God rather than the idols of his father’s house, his story changed. Your story will change today in Jesus’ name.
Before I met Jesus, my life was total darkness. Even when I thought I was making money and making progress, I was actually going backwards. Here I was in Lagos thinking I was a Lagos big boy, not knowing that my life was at a standstill. All I lived for was for the next party, but my life kept moving backwards until it came to a complete standstill. But then I met Jesus Christ, and since I began to follow Jesus, I’m so completely overwhelmed about what Jesus has done in my life. And I’m here to say to someone, if you’ll truly give Jesus His place in your life, the Bible tells us that eyes have not seen, ears have not heard, it has not even entered into the hearts of men, what God has prepared for you. God will do a new thing in your life today in the Mighty name of Jesus.
3. God can Bring New Abundance out of your emptiness.
Out of the void of Genesis 1, God brought such abundance that filled the earth. The world we see today was once an empty void. The whole earth was nothing and once and empty void. The whole earth was nothing and then the Spirit of God moved, and the earth was filled (and is still filled) with the glory of God. Everything was empty, nothing was happening. It’s a long time there was a song in your life. It’s a long time there was a celebration. It’s a long time any new thing happened, but then the Spirit of God moved and where there had been nothing, something happened. I am so convinced in my being that God is set to bring fullness out of somebody’s emptiness today. I’m convinced in my being that God is set to bring fruitfulness out of someone’s void today. If you are that person can you say Amen!
Peter was a poor fisherman. He lived from hand to mouth. Not only did he live from hand to mouth, one day even the hand that was going to the mouth had nothing to put in the mouth. He said to Jesus Christ “I have fished all night and caught nothing”. As the Almighty God lives, the word of God says the end of a thing is better than its beginning. I am convinced in my spirit that God is set to make that word come to past in your life today in Jesus’ name.
So How do I Receive this New Beginning?
1. Get on the Lord’s side
That’s the first thing you’ve got to do!
God was able to command light and abundance into this work because there was no resistance. He said “let there be light”; nobody resisted Him. God commanded Abraham to leave his father and he obeyed. The Bible says as a result of that obedience, it was recorded to him for righteousness and became a friend of God. As recorded in Acts 3:19 and Isaiah 55:7, if you decide to reconcile your position with God today, He will abundantly pardon you. He will show you mercy and favour.
2. Once you are on His side- You need to Provoke God.
You see, many Christians have become so jaded, so stale in their walk with God that from year to year, nothing new happens in their lives. And sometimes when they don’t move quickly, after sometime they begin to backslide; they know that they are backsliding, though they appear to be doing well. Bible says the Spirit moved over the face of the waters. God never does anything new until we move Him. Yes, you add year upon year, but I’m sure that’s not the type of movement you are looking for. In fact, some people don’t want the day to break, because it’s another day of challenges. But I’m talking about quantum changes in circumstances. When you want to make a JUMP in your life and say ‘thus far and no more’, you have to move the hand of God. The Bible is very clear to us that God’s default position is that He sits on His throne. He sits on His throne; He is God. He is not a servant. He sends angels all over, but He sits. But when you want God to ARISE on your behalf, you’ve got to move Him.
How do you move God?
When you want God to move in your life, open your mouth and praise God. When Jehoshaphat needed God to move on his behalf, the Bible says in 2 Chronicles 20:20 that God told him to begin to praise Him, and to get other people to join him in his praise. And if you read the Bible very well, it says as they began to praise God, Who moved? The Bible says God set ambushes. This month, those who are trying to ambush you, God will ambush them. That’s why you need to always praise God like you have never praised Him before.
Move God with your Offering.
When was the last time you gave God an offering that made you afraid yourself? I had prepared my offering for today, and then I was going through my notes when God said to me “When are you going to give Me an offering that will make you afraid”? So I changed it! I will testify of that offering very soon. As you do the same, your own testimony will also speedily come in Jesus’ name. Amen!
If you truly desire a New Beginning with God, take a step of faith by starting afresh with Him….pray as follows:
“Lord Jesus, I want to know You personally. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life to You and ask You to come in as my Saviour and Lord. Take control of my life. Thank you for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Make me the kind of person you want me to be.”
If you’d like to know about what God can do in your life, please call Santos on 08098700096 or Bukola on 08122167403.
Pastor, RCCG NewSprings