Topic: The End Of Man, The Beginning Of God
To experience a new beginning with God, you must come to the end of yourself. God only begins where man ends.
SCRIPTURE: And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. Genesis 2:21-22.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: God only begins where man ends.
The Scriptures make it clear that we serve the God of new beginnings (Isa. 43:18-19). In Scriptures, examples abound in many situations and in the lives of different people where God proved Himself as the God of new beginnings (Gen. 1:1-3, Judg. 16:22, Ezekiel 37:1-10, Luke 5:1-6, John 2:1-11, Job 42:10-12). He has not changed and He will not change (Mal.3:6). What He did before, He is ready to do again. And in this season, He will give you a new beginning regardless of any agenda of the enemy against your life.
Now, it is important to note that every scriptural provision attracts scriptural conditions. There are keys to experiencing a new beginning with God. Today, we shall be looking at one key to experiencing a new beginning with God:
One of the keys is coming to the end of yourself.
To experience a new beginning with God, you must come to the end of yourself. God only begins where man ends. God is not at work where man’s energy is doing what God is meant to do. The end with man is the beginning with God.
For instance, before God could make Eve for Adam, He (God) had to put Adam to sleep (Gen. 2:21-22). It was when Adam slept that God worked. It was when Adam came to the end of himself that he experienced a new beginning with God. It was when Adam submitted himself to God that he saw God’s activity. Beloved, if you want His activity, you must submit your own activity. You must come to the end of your connections, education, potentials, etc. before you can experience a new beginning with God.
Furthermore, it was when the earth was shapeless and empty that the Spirit of God began to move upon the face of the waters (Genesis 1:2). God was not contesting with anybody or anything on the earth, so He could work freely and create the earth.
In the same manner, you must come to the point where you surrender yourself, your effort, energy, anointing, talents and gifting to God, and then you are at the end of yourself. You must submit anything you can boast of before God. Your boast must only be in the Lord (Psalm 34:2). This is because God can never work in the atmosphere of arrogance, ostentation, and haughtiness. So, drop your shoulders, and come to the end of yourself. This is a key to experiencing a new beginning with God.
Remember this: God only begins where man ends.
Determine to come to the end of yourself.
Drop your shoulders and stop every manifestation of pride that will hinder God’s work in your life.
Surrender your effort, energy and talent before God so He can work in your life.
PRAYER: Father, I receive the grace to come to the end of myself so I can experience a new beginning with You, Lord in Jesus’ Name.
QUOTE: And God is saying, ‘As long as that pride is there; as long as that arrogance is there; as long as that raising of the shoulders is there, I cannot use you.” culled from “THOU ART MY BATTLE AXE” by Dr Paul Enenche.
DAILY BIBLE READING: Proverbs 16-18.
AMAZING FACT: Being a Christian, as well as being involved in church-related activities improves your health. A number of studies support the fact that Christianity has a positive effect on the mental health of its practitioners. For example, researchers from the Erasmus Medical Centre and the London School of Economics and Political Science found that older Europeans are mentally better off attending church than participating in sports, charity work and political and community activities.
PROPHETIC WORD/DECLARATION: As you surrender everything you can boast about to God, I see a new beginning in your life in Jesus’ Name.