The History of Creation

The History of Creation

The history of creation

1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
 
3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.
 
6 Then God said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” 7 Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so. 8 And God called the firmament Heaven. So the evening and the morning were the second day.
 
9 Then God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so. 10 And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters He called Seas. And God saw that it was good.
 
11 Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so. 12 And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 13 So the evening and the morning were the third day.
 
14 Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; 15 and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. 16 Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. 17 God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18 and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 So the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
 
20 Then God said, “Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens.” 21 So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” 23 So the evening and the morning were the fifth day.
 
24 Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind”; and it was so. 25 And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
 
26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all[b] the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 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.”
 
29 And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. 30 Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so. 31 Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
 
Genesis 2
 
1 Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. 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. 3 Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.
 
4 This is the history[a] of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, 5 before any plant of the field was in the earth and before any herb of the field had grown. For the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the earth, and there was no man to till the ground; 6 but a mist went up from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground.
 
7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being.
 
New King James Version (NKJV)
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How To Make Your Sayings Sure (2)

How To Make Your Sayings Sure (2)

Today we will conclude our devotional on how to make your sayings and utterances sure, backed with the seal of heaven.

Then Elijah said to Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of abundance of rain.” So Ahab went up to eat and drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; then he bowed down on the ground, and put his face between his knees.
– 1 Kings 18:41-42

The second way to make your decree effective is to immediately and continually back such utterance with fervent prayer. In fact, this is the major reason prophecies are not fulfilled, as God actually wishes us well and desires that good fortune happens to us. So, oftentimes, the first reason may not be the cause of unfulfilled prophecies. The difference between an effective decree and a lame word is the prayer life of the person talking.

In the passage above, we are presented with a model of effective prophecy. Elijah had earlier decreed that there would be drought in the land for a length of time, which lasted for three and half years, and the situation will only be reversed until he decreed otherwise. And it was so.

And when he finally had a leading to end the drought and call rain upon the land, he announced to the king. But, what he did immediately afterward was the secret to making your prophecy sure, and the focus of our meditation today, he took a praying posture!

Once the word was out of his mouth, he immediately entered a praying mode and did not get up from that position, despite initial discouragements, until he got a physical evidence that his decree would come to pass. He told the king to go eat and drink, and that was exactly what Ahab went to do, but he (Elijah) could not afford that luxury yet; he proceeded to the top of the mountain in earnest prayer until his decree had come to pass.

Perhaps, we can learn from the example of Elijah; it is not just enough to say sweet things to ourselves and others. We must also back our professions with fervent prayer for them to come to pass. We must do more than talking. Your prayer life is the difference between an empty talk and an effective utterance.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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How to Make Your Sayings Sure (1)

How to Make Your Sayings Sure (1)

We shall devote the next two devotionals to exploring a topic on how to make your sayings and utterances sure, backed with the seal of heaven.

Then Elijah said to Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of abundance of rain.” So Ahab went up to eat and drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; then he bowed down on the ground, and put his face between his knees.
1 Kings 18:41-42

The test of a prophecy is its accomplishment. Talk is cheap; anyone can say “thus sayeth the Lord” or mouth any such sweet-to-hear words to his or her listeners and receive a chorus of “Amen!” without anything to show for it afterwards. When prophecies are released without commensurable performance, the prophet’s credibility is called to question and with each unfulfilled prophecy goes his/her popularity and, possibly, following.

Meanwhile, every individual, particularly someone in Christ, has the power to decree what he/she wants to be into his/her own life or that of another and expect a performance. After all, the tongue has the power of life and death, as well as the power to create and to destroy.

There are two ways to ensure that your professions and decrees are not just empty words that fall into thin air with no effect, but are words of substance which accomplish the objective for which they are sent forth. The first way to make your profession effective is to ensure that such affirmations are in line with the will or counsel of God concerning you or the person you are saying them to. Nothing makes one a liar faster than mouthing things that are contrary to the will of God. In the same vein, your words are as watery to the extent that they express your whims and not the counsel of God. If God doesn’t will it, it won’t come to pass. And if it is not His counsel, it will have no effect.

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How to Become Influential

How to Become Influential

Our meditation today shall centre on how to become influential, such that you control things and events.

Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.
– James 5:17-18

There is one secret to possessing the power to influence people, circumstances and events; it is the power of prayer. Prayer is a communication from human to God. It is the greatest source of power available to man when backed by the name of Jesus.

Prayer offers us the leverage to control the attitude and disposition of fellow humans as well as dictate the direction of events and circumstances. With prayer, we can court the favour of God and man, we can institute what we want to be or nullify what don’t want. Prayer is the inroad to the supernatural. It gives you access to divine help and abilities.

A vibrant prayer life sets one apart from those who only pray occasionally or do not pray at all. Oftentimes, those who can pray soar while those who do not pray struggle; those who pray win while those who don’t pray are known to whine; prayer makes one prevail over all situations, while prayerlessness makes one a ready prey.

The passage above talks about Elijah, who decreed that there would be no rain in the land of Israel for a number of years, except he decreed otherwise, and it was so. And when he was ready to release rain upon the land, he also prayed fervently and rain fell after a period of drought. That is a testimony to the power of prayer. It makes you a dictator of a sort.

There are innumerable examples in the Bible and contemporary times of people who have prevailed over unfavourable circumstances by praying. Majority of the frustrations and failures we see around can be traced to prayerlessness. A popular maxim says, ‘Those who kneel before God can stand up to anything.’

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Achieving Greatness (2)

Achieving Greatness (2)

Today we will conclude the meditation we started yesterday on achieving greatness.

Cush begot Nimrod; he began to be a mighty man on the earth.
1 Chronicles 1:10

Nimrod had even more excuses to blend with the crowd because in his days there was nothing like electricity, no vehicular transportation, all movements were done on barefoot, all the tools they had then were crude and probably made from stone. But Nimrod ignored all these restricting environmental factors and began to do what he set his mind to do. He did not settle for less. He began to do, and when the people around him saw that he was doing, they joined him and this afforded him the leverage to do more.

Many people are waiting for encouragement from others before they could start something, it may never come. When you encourage yourself to start, then others may team up with you or support you one way or another. But you have to first start.

Another reason people never start is due to procrastination; they are waiting for a perfect time. A wise man once said, “instead of waiting for a perfect time, make the time perfect;” there is no better time to do what you desire to do than now (2 Corinthians 6:2). Nimrod defied all the odds against him to start and he became great in his time. The same way most of the great people in our times had to discipline themselves to start what we celebrate them for today. If they hadn’t started, there won’t have been anything to anchor their renown on.

If you too must make a name for yourself, you have to exercise the discipline of making the right choices and then starting what you have set to do without delay. And when you start, don’t stop or look back.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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Achieving Greatness (1)

Achieving Greatness (1)

Our meditation today shall be on what to do to achieve greatness in life.

Cush begot Nimrod; he began to be a mighty man on the earth.
1 Chronicles 1:10

Before this passage, all the preceding verses are mere genealogy, stating who gave birth to who and in what order. But, in verse 10, there is a break from the routine of “A” gave birth to “B”; in this verse, we read about Nimrod, who was not just given birth to, but went ahead to do what most of his forbears did not do; he began to exert and work on himself until he became a mighty man and left his footprints on the sands of time. This is how to achieve greatness.

From Nimrod’s story, we can deduce two disciplines that set one on the path of greatness: choices and self-application. He definitely did some things differently from the other people whom we read about in verses 1-9 and 11-54. Apart from the fact that he must have made certain painful choices and decisions; how he managed his time, what he would do and not do, when he would sleep and wake, what and when he would eat, where he would go and not go, and so forth – his decisions and choices must have been very unpopular as those things that make for greatness are rarely done by most people.

And having made a choice about what he wanted to do or be, the Bible records that “he began” to do it. That is the second discipline to greatness – beginning. Many people have brilliant ideas of what they want to do. But most of those ideas never see the light of day, as the conceivers never get to execute them for various reasons, including procrastination, over-analysing the idea, or trumping up excuses as to why they cannot start. Nimrod had, even more, excuses to blend with the crowd, because in his days there was nothing like electricity, no vehicular transportation, all movements were done on barefoot, all the tools they had then were crude and probably made from stone.

To continue tomorrow…

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