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GRACEVINE DEVOTIONAL

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017


Genesis 1:2-3 KJV
“And the earth was without FORM, and VOID; and DARKNESS was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. [3] And God said, LET THERE BE LIGHT: and there was light”

The text above is a description of a state that can only be described by one word - CHAOS.

Before God “said”, there was total disorder in the beginning. Things were out of sync with the order required to establish positive result.

Chaos is a state of confusion & total disorder where behavior and events are not controlled or regulated by anything. If there have been seemingly uncontrollable events that have been happening and causing you sorrow in life, be comforted for God has “said”. You only need to echo what was said.

There are 4 elements that make up our physical universe. They are:
WATER
EARTH
AIR
FIRE

* * Water causes the Earth to become yielding and thus fruitful.

** The Earth enables water to take on tangibility,  shape and to have a place on earth.

** Water needs Air in order for creatures that live in water to survive.

** Air needs water particles in order for it to blow as cool breeze or wind for living things.

** Fire introduces heat for earthly warmth and light for visual clarity on the earth.

** Yet without Air, fire will go out. It cannot burn without Air.

These 4 elements must be complete, be interdependent and harmonize for there to be real order and life on Earth.

In the beginning, there was only Earth and Water. Air was missing, so the water had no life or any living creatures in them. Since the water had no life, it couldn’t permeate the earth or give it fertility ability.  The absence of fire (light) denied the earth evaporation and water consequently overran the earth. At the center of all these was a sinister force called Darkness. It was an intrusion that was a detraction from order. It occupied a position not allotted it by God and consequently created Chaos. The absence of the elements Air (Wind) and Fire (Light) gave room for darkness to dominate the other 2 elements Water and Earth. So darkness had water “oppressing” Earth by occupation, then darkness nicely occupied the face of the water that already occupied the earth. Nothing can live, work or grow in such a state!!!

Darkness is an intangible “substance” that does not receive, reflect, transmit or radiate light. Because Darkness can dominate just like Light, it is also recognized as Power even by the Bible - as in “Power of Darkness”. (Luke 22:53, Col. 1:13)

However Darkness is in reality, Power in the negative. It is not a natural part of the 4 elements that compose our physical Universe. God knew that to create order, the missing elements of Air and Fire must be introduced, so He sent the Holy Spirit as the element Air into that chaotic situation first. Genesis records.

Genesis 1:2 KJV
“.......And the Spirit of God moved (AS AIR OR WIND) upon the face of the waters”

Do not forget that Darkness was already upon the face of the deep or the waters, but God was out to dislodge the darkness. So the Spirit or Wind of God began to blow upon the Darkness, unsettling it. Now, the 3rd Element called Air has been introduced.

The last Element that would complete the physical universe was Fire. Fire is simply Light that carries Heat in itself. Light is always associated with Sound. On the day of Pentecost, sound came in the form of a rushing mighty wind, the next thing was Fire everywhere and more sound even as tongues rose up in the disciples.

So the first time ever that the Voice of God was heard in eternity past was when God “said”. What did He say exactly? “Light, Be!!!!”

I’ll continue tomorrow.

Please bear with me on the length, the flow was stronger than my hold.

Shalom.
Pastor Ken Okotcha

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