am continuing our new series of messages entitled Once Upon
All Time: Creation. Last week we started at the beginning,
In the beginning......
we continue with the first day. I would like you to read
the following words from Genesis, Chapter one:
"And God said
let there be light and there was light. God saw that the
light was good and he separated the light from the darkness.
And God called the light day and the darkness he called
night. And there was evening and there was morning, the
first day." (Genesis 1:3-5)
The first day God did four things.
Bible says, "He said let there be light and there was
light." He spoke. There is tremendous power in the
spoken word. As I mentioned last week, we see Jesus Christ
throughout creation. In John's gospel, it specifically says,
"In the beginning was the Word." (The Word is
Jesus Christ.) The gospel continues, "The Word was
with God and the Word was God. And nothing was made that
has been made without him."
The Bible says that God spoke. When
He speaks, something happens. He said, "let there be
light," and there was light and that is a message for
every single one of us. When we speak, there is a miraculous
spiritual power that takes place to create a reality. We
need to be careful about the way we speak. Most importantly,
we need to learn to say positive, affirming things about
ourselves, about our futures and where we want to go. Therefore,
I want us to begin practicing positive speech.
Positive speech says: I
am a child of God.
Positive speech says: I
am blessed in every way.
Positive speech says: God
is blessing me.
you believe those statements, would you repeat them with
I am a child of God.
I am blessed in every way.
God is blessing me.
These positive affirming words are prophetic. When you say the opposite,
negative things, I have bad news for you. They are prophetic
as well. When you say, "I'm having a bad day,"
guess what? You are right. You are having a bad day
and you are creating a worse day. When you are having a
bad day, or you feel like you are having a bad day, you
need to make a change. Use your spoken word to make a difference.
Speak a positive result into that day and turn that day
from a bad day to a good day. Speak it out loud saying,
"the rest of my day is going to be the best I have
ever experienced." Then open your eyes and you will
see things start to turn around. You might think negative
thoughts but do not allow the words to come out of your
mouth. There is something about the spoken word that we
do not understand. It is a spiritual reality that
when you speak, it makes a difference.
learned this from several different mentors that I've had.
One of them is one you probably wouldn't expect, Tommy Lasorda,
former manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. He used to say
that in a clutch play, many fielders will think to themselves,
"don't hit the ball to me, don't hit the ball to me,"
because they don't want to be the one who just fumbles the
ball for a second and the run scores. He would tell his
players, "You have to say to yourself, hit the ball
to me. Give me a chance. I am going to make the out. Hit
the ball to me. When you do, you are affirming these positive
affirmations of your ability and your strength to be able
to create an aura around you of success because you know
that when that ball is hit to you, you are going to make
second thing that Scripture says is: God
saw. God saw everything. God knows everything. There are no secrets
with him. My father has a wonderful prayer that I heard
him start praying about fifteen years ago. The prayer is
this. "Lord, bless me where I need the blessing the
most." Isn't that a great prayer? It's a realization
that God knows far more than what I could ever know. God
sees what I can't see. God knows what I need, more than
I know what I need. I think I know what I need. But do I
that first day, God saw the light was good and he separated
the light from the darkness.
third thing Scripture says is: God
have an artistic piece by Salvador Dali, it's actually a
wood carving and I am not absolutely sure how the artist
did this, but don't get too impressed! I paid two
hundred dollars for it twenty years ago. I bought it because
of the message that it gives to me. This painting is called
The Judgment. It is part of a trilogy that Salvador Dali
did to express how God judges people. God is judging this
individual who is knelt before Him. As he is receiving the
crutch of life, he also has color and light. All color is
light, correct? Darkness is no color. You can change any
color on planet earth with the right lights. In the picture
there is a gentleman who has received judgment and it doesn't
look like it went in his favor. He has no color. The beautiful
thing about this picture is that it is an interesting religious
symbol. About fifteen years ago an architect friend of mine
came to my home where the picture was hanging and he recognized
it as piece by Salvador Dali. My friend told me something
about Salvador Dali that I did not know. He said,
"Dali always has pictures within pictures." We
wondered if there was a hidden picture in The Judgment.
The two of us studied it for a few minutes and we found
the hidden picture. Ever since then, it has become my favorite
picture. You see, overshadowing the entire judgment of God
is the face of Jesus Christ. You can see his eye. You can
see his nose. You can see his mouth and his cheekbone. This
is the face of Jesus Christ. Overshadowing the judgment
of God is the grace of Jesus Christ!
the beginning was the Word. When God separated the lightness
from the darkness, and He separated evil from good, overshadowing
the whole thing is the incredible grace of Jesus Christ,
that whoever will call upon Him, will receive the light.
They will have color back in their life again. They don't
have to turn away and walk away from their creator and from
their Lord, and from Jesus. God spoke. God saw. God separated.
Then the most amazing thing, He named. God
called. The scripture says, "God called
the light day and the darkness he called night and there
was evening and there was morning, the first day."
(Genesis 1:5) What is the big thing about God calling these
things, or naming them? In the ancient days, when a dramatic
thing took place in a person's life, they would change their
name. Look at Abram. When he accepted the call of God he
became Abraham. Simon Bar Jona became Peter. Saul became
Paul. It happens today in modern times also. We know
that Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali. Paul Yonggi Cho,
a great pastor from South Korea became David Cho.
Why do people change their names? What is the significance
of having a name? When one is named, and when God names
something, He is taking dominion and ownership over this
took dominion over the day and the night. God has dominion
over the darkest of the dark. God has dominion over everything
negative within your life. God has taken ownership of the
cancer and other illnesses which have infected bodies, over
the destroyed marriages, over the families. God has taken
dominion over the negative. He has named the darkness as
night and when you call upon the name of Jesus Christ, you
call upon His grace in your life. When His grace enters
your life you will see color brought back into your life.
That is light. A light is color and with light in your life
you will see joy and goodness.
1. God spoke
2. God saw
3. God separated
4. God called
called and there was evening and there was morning, the
first day. (Genesis 1:5b)
Heavenly Father, we thank you that you are the God of creation
and that your hand and your power is at work in this world
and You have taken dominion over the night, over the darkness,
over the evil. At this very moment You are in process of
removing the negativity that is in our lives and our families,
You are restoring hope and joy and so we are affirming and
calling out by name, the success of eliminating illness
and sickness and distress. Oh God, this is a new day, the
first day, thank you Lord, Amen.