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God Won’t Bless a Mess

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Sermon shared by Darin Stambaugh

March 2011
Summary: God brought order to the chaos that was the earth. God can bring order to chaos in every area of our lives, but there is a process that must be followed.
Denomination: Foursquare
Audience: General adults
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Text Gen. 1:1-2:4
Theme: God brought order to the chaos that was the earth. God can bring order to chaos in every area of our lives, but there is a process that must be followed.

In creation, God shows us His way of doing things
-not our way, His way

In Gen 1 & 2
In the beginning God created!
-we must get that right first
-created is bara’ (bah-rah) to form or fashion, to created. The word carries the idea of cutting out or carving and the idea of creating from nothing

The earth was without form and void
“Earth was a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness.” The Message
-It had no structure and was empty

God brings order to the chaos of earth, but notice what He does 1st.
The earth was without form, God brings a form to the chaos or the insanity of the earth

Day one- God said, “Let there be light”
Day two- God said, “Let there be sky” or firmament…how many of you knew what firmament was? How many of you are saying really that what that is, I always wondered!
Day three- God said, “Separate” and the waters receded and made dry land
And the land grew vegetation
Day four- God said, “Let there be light in the sky”

Now Day five- God said “let there be fish and birds”
Day six- God said “let the life on earth” and God created all the land animals and humans and God made man
Day seven- God rested

Then in Gen 2.22 God took a rib from Adam and made woman
Notice something very scriptural a very deep theological truth
God made man, then He rested
God made woman, and nobody has rested since!

Now remember I said in this account of creation God shows us His way of doing things
God created
God saw the earth was without form and void-void means empty
God took the 1st 4 days and formed the earth
God took the next 2 days and filled it

God cannot fill what has not been formed

He created it
Then He formed it
Then He filled it

This is God’s way of doing things and God never changes
James 1:17 (New Living Translation)
“Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow”

God never changes
God can’t change because He is already perfect!
God can’t get gooder because He is already the goodest!
God can’t learn because He already knows everything

Has it ever occurred to you that nothing has ever occurred to God?
He has never said, “huh, I never thought of that, I’m glad you brought that to my attention”

Anyway, God never changes and if this is how He worked then and He never changes, how does He work now? ---------the same way!

He fills what is formed.

Have you ever seen a concrete foundation being poured?
Yes sir, I sure have, they take about 10 concrete trucks into a field and just dump the concrete on the ground and runs out all over the place and then they build a house on it----------right?

No 1st you dig the footers and then you build what? FORMS and pour the concrete into the forms or you will waste the concrete!

Ok great Pastor Darin I got it
God Created it, God Formed it, God Filled it, Got it
What does that have to me?

Well we expect God to either change His mind or waste His blessings because we don’t stop to give God a form to fill and then we wonder why God isn’t pouring out His blessings in our lives

What do I mean?
Well how many of you
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