Then God said…

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters.
And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. 

Then God said, ‘Let there be light.’” Genesis 1:3

The voice of God thundered into the formless, empty, darkness and brought forth light and life!

God’s words spoke all creation into existence and He proclaimed it, “Good!”

“By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.” Hebrews 11:3

God’s words contain creative power!

God spoke and His very breath formed substance from nothing; He spoke and all things were born!

“The Lord merely spoke, and the heavens were created. He breathed the word, and all the stars were born. He assigned the sea its boundaries and locked the oceans in vast reservoirs. Let the whole world fear the Lord, and let everyone stand in awe of him.

For when he spoke, the world began! It appeared at his command.” Psalm 33:6-9

The world was formed; the sun, moon, and stars were hung in the sky, the earth was filled with fishes swimming in the oceans, animals roaming upon the ground, and birds souring in the sky.

But God wasn’t finished.

The earth wasn’t yet complete.

There was one more creation, unique and completely different then all He had created so far.

“Let Us make human beings in our image, to be like Us.” Genesis 1:26

I can only imagine when God spoke those words He drew the attention of all creation and a holy hush fell over all the heavens and over all the earth as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, created human beings in their image, to be like them!

All creation looked on in wonder as God reached His hands down into the dust of the earth and formed the shape of a man. Then He bent His head down low, and breathed His very breath into the nostrils of man, and God’s creation became a living being.

Adam, you, and me, were all formed by God, made in the image of God, created to be loved by God, and intended to be one with God!

“So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27

“Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good!” Genesis 1:31

 

Perhaps you find there are some formless, empty, dark places you are facing in life…

Situations that seem to have no purpose and you don’t understand how to get past them.

Relationship issues or financial difficulties that leave you feeling empty and unfulfilled or worried and unable to get ahead.

Dark corners in your heart that you know need to be cleaned out, but seem too overwhelming to deal with.

I’m here to remind you that these are God’s specialties!

God’s words contain creative power!

God’s words create purpose when your life seems formless.

God’s words create fullness when your life seems empty.

God’s words bring light when you find yourself in the dark.

May you choose to listen to God’s words and find the truth that will bring you light and life!

New Year, New Journey!

As you welcome in this New Year do you have a complaint against God? Is there something you desperately need an answer for? Have you tried everything you know to do, done everything others have advised, and still have no break through? I just want to tell you that is actually a very good place to be!

The end of self can be the beginning of new life!

The realization that self doesn’t have the answers, and that others don’t have good advice leaves you with the only voice that speaks truth into every complaint! There are only two voices, the voice of truth and the voice of the liar. When you rise above the reasoning of others, guard your heart and mind against your own fleshly thoughts, and let go of any lies you believed, you will see what the Lord has to say to you! And when you hear His voice of truth you must write it down because His answer isn’t just for you, but for those around you as well!

“I will climb up to my watchtower and stand at my guard post. 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.” Habakkuk 2:1-2

I hope this verse inspires you as it does me for the coming year. While the enemy means harm from the complaints you have against God, God intends that His answers will provide a story that you will write to strengthen yourself and to inspire others.

Four years ago I began to write my story. I spent two years writing about my journey through seasons of life and the lessons I learned along the way. When I began to write I thought that perhaps I would have it printed with the hope that my story would encourage others along their journey through life. When I “finished” it, (when are you ever sure a story is finished?) I went to a writer’s conference where I hoped to have someone else read some of it to receive input and constructive criticism. My story never came out of the folder, but I did hear a lot about blogging. Mark had mentioned it to me several times before so when I came home from the conference I decided that was what I was to do, and from then on I have been writing and posting my blog weekly. I really enjoy blogging; beginning with asking God to show me something new from the Bible or to teach me something from life experiences so I can share with others, then the process of putting what God shows me into words as I write and re-write the text, and then finding or taking pictures to illustrate the lessons. I have found it very fulfilling and I also have found that it keeps me accountable. Many times I write things God has spoken to me from the Bible or lessons I have learned from life situations and I have found that those lessons will be tested. That’s when I need to remind myself of the words I wrote and choose whether I will take my own advice or give in to my feelings and emotions. And so, though I really enjoy blogging, I believe God is calling me back to writing my story. I see this season of blogging as preparation and the theme; “What the enemy means for harm, God intends for good!” is also the theme of my story. My story includes many experiences when I didn’t recognize the truth of this theme. Many times I responded to situations by listening to the wrong voice and experienced the harm meant for me by the enemy of my soul. That harm was meant to steal, kill, and destroy me, but it was those very strategies against me that brought me to the end of self. The end of self can be the beginning of new life! It was in that dark night that God’s light flooded my soul. His unconditional love and grace washed over my wandering heart with these four words, “God is for you!” As I traveled through life I have come to realize that believing this truth, never doubting that, “God is for you!” has been my anchor, has been my stronghold, has been what has enabled me to face the troubles that came my way, and to trust that God will work all things together for my good, and for the salvation of many. And so, as I use my time to write my story I will continue to blog excerpts from it along the way. A New Year and a New Journey begins!