13 Feb 2015 by Kim Yung CM-
“Genesis actually means origins, which is the coming into being of something. The book of Genesis talks about our origins and our coming into being and it’s not just about the creation of the earth, the stars, the garden, or the creation of man and woman; it is also about the coming into being of our relationship with God,” shared Pastor Clarance Shashi who preached at C3 Subang Jaya on the 25th of January 2015. It is beneficial for us to understand the beginning, so that we may know how we ended up at where we are today.
In Genesis, God’s spoken word is authority; and God’s mouth coming through your mouth is still God’s Word. “We are called to speak God’s Word into our valley of dry wounds, into our circumstances, and into our problems. We are not called to describe our problems but instead to declare into our problems; we have not been asked by Jesus to talk about our mountains but instead to our mountains!” shared Clarance.
Then the LORD said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over my word to perform it.” (Jeremiah 1:12)
Now, this reality extends beyond from just you speaking God’s word over your circumstances. When God created everything in this world, He simply spoke the Word and it came into being. Interestingly, when God created man, He created man in His image (Genesis 1:27). This means that when God created you, He placed certain qualities and attributes inside of you that are reflective of God and who He is when He created both you and I.
“I said, ‘You are “gods”; you are all sons of the Most High.’ (Psalm 8:26)
Mankind is the most creative creature on earth and is the only being on earth who has authority over everything inclusive of every living creature. God’s authority is released through our spoken words. “Man has this ability because God made you in His likeness; because you were made in His image, your words have got governmental and creative ability and power. Your words have the ability to create and tear down something,” stressed Clarance.
You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet: (Psalm 8:6)
Now the LORD God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. (Genesis 2:19)
Now to people these days, a name may just be a name. But in the Old Testament, the meaning of a ‘name’ meant and contained the purpose, identity, and destiny of the one being named. Simply observe the stories in the Bible where Jabez’s name meant “pain” and that became his identity and his personality. “He became the name that his mother named him,” shared Clarance.
Jabez called on Israel’s God: “If only you would greatly bless me and increase my territory. May your power go with me to keep me from trouble, so as not to cause me pain.” And God granted his request. (1 Chronicles 4:10)
To continue on further, the name Jacob in the Bible meant deceiver and so, that became his destiny. “Jacob spent most of his adult life trying to deceive people and he became what he was called. That is why in most occasions when God wanted to work through someone or achieve something through them, He changed their name just like he changed Abram to Abraham (which meant the father of many) and Jacob to Israel (which meant to prevail). With the names, God was giving them a new identity and a new purpose. He was also changing what they called themselves and what people called them because their words have power,” said Clarance.
What we name of other things or other people have more significance and consequences than one could ever imagine as it brings forth its reality of being. “Are you looking at your financial situation and what you’re going through right now and calling it poverty, death or bankruptcy? Are you looking at your body and sickness and calling it death, impossible or your demise? Whenever I want to know, where people’s life are heading, I just listen to them because listening to the way people talk, you are able to tell where they are going to be in a couple of years,” shared Clarance.
One might believe that they are just describing a situation when they talk. However, they are in reality declaring and bringing forth things that are not there. “Don’t use words like ‘never’ or ‘fail.’ Now that you know that your tongue has power and authority you need to be very careful with your words,” said Clarance.
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