APRIL 1 – 7, 2018
“And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” (Genesis 1:28 KJV)
Did you ever wonder where Joseph got the clothes he changed into, from? We learn from the Bible that after Pharaoh learnt Joseph could interpret His dreams, He quickly sent for Joseph. His guards hurriedly brought Joseph into the palace. However, on arriving at the palace, Joseph quickly went to shave His beard and change His clothes (Genesis 41:14). Where did He get the clothes from?
The guards were in a hurry to get Joseph before Pharaoh. There is no indication that they had planned for Joseph to shave his beard and change his clothes first. That seemed to be Joseph’s idea. So, where did he get the clothes from? I bet there is a story to it; a story of how the clothes were what someone else intended to wear but somehow didn’t get to wear them. One thing for sure is, they didn’t belong to Joseph, but they were at the palace before Joseph got there.
What about the ram Abraham used for sacrifice instead of Isaac his son (Genesis 22:13), where did it come from? When God stopped Abraham from sacrificing Isaac, Abraham looked up from Isaac and saw a ram caught by its horns in a bush. That ram seemed to have been caught in the bush at the right place and at the right time. There probably is a story as to how it got there. It probably had been there waiting for Abraham and Isaac. One thing for sure is that Abraham did not own it. Abraham did not climb up the mountain with it. It was there waiting for Abraham.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not trying to say every miracle or everyone of God’s provision has a story attached to how it came to be. Most of it cannot be explained. However, there are quite a few of them that can be explained. There are times we need a miracle and it happens at that exact time. Then, we find out that the provision had been cooking up for the past two or more years; the story behind it started way before we needed the miracle.
I wondered what Genesis 1:28 had to do with Grace when the Lord gave it to me. I struggled with it for a while before I understood. I understood that grace works with truth.
I found out that grace is much more than I had known it to be: unmerited favour, empowering us not to sin, the supernatural… Some people even know grace as that which covers their sin, and so they carry on with sin. Others have come to know grace as Jesus. What about Truth? Jesus said He is Truth. The Bible lets us know that the Holy Spirit will lead us into all truth (John 16:13). But what exactly is this truth? I found out that truth simply means original intention. Hmm… if Jesus is Truth, does that mean Jesus was God’s original intention? Well, let’s leave that alone for now.
So, what was God’s original intention for mankind as clearly communicated in Genesis? It was for man, made in His image and likeness, to have dominion, rule over the earth and everything in and on the earth… except another man, of course (Genesis 1:26-28). However, before mankind made in the image and likeness of God can dominate the whole earth, each man must dominate his sphere of influence by first becoming fruitful and multiplying and filling his sphere of influence and subduing his sphere of his influence. The plain truth is that, God’s focus never left His original intention. You have to know that His name is on the line here!
God never goes back on His word, neither does His word fail. When He blessed man in the text, He was saying what will definitely happen to man in the days to come. He will do anything, has done the unthinkable (sacrificing his son), and is doing anything necessary right now in your life to bring His word to pass. Everything God has done since Adam to Jesus and to us, is to fulfill His original intention. What does that make grace to be then? Grace is the supernatural helper of man to fulfill God’s original intention for man; it is the power of God at work in your life to fulfill His purpose.
Dear Reader, when you connect with God’s purpose for your life, grace will do whatever is required to be done to help you fulfill it: grace will part the Red Sea, grace will uproot leaders from nations, grace will provide the clothes you need before you get there, grace will provide the ram you require before you get there, grace will rain down food from nowhere… grace will go ahead of you to make every crooked path straight, grace will go into your past to set up that thing you will need in your future… and it will do all of this not necessarily because of you, but for His name’s sake. So, just connect and enjoy the grace of God! Connect and enjoy your life!
I pray that you will experience the grace upon your life and be who God intended for you to be before He created you. In the mighty name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Amen!! Enjoy a fruitful week!