Gen 1:1-3 NLT “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. {2} The earth was empty, a formless mass cloaked in darkness. And the Spirit of God was hovering over its surface. {3} Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.”

Our  church builder for Rejoice Church, Rusty Kirk, declares that God is a Baseball fan because the Bible begins with “In the Big Inning.” And to be sure, the Creation of the heavens and the earth was the biggest inning ever.

As the Master Architect of the Universe, God set a precedent with beginnings. Everything has a beginning, and very often the way a thing begins is also how it continues…or ends.

The “seed” that is planted at the first has tremendous influence over what follows. Every beginning releases a “genetic code” of sorts that silently and invisibly shapes and guides the events that follow. A natural plant seed is self explanatory, as is the conception of a child. But the impact of beginnings, and new beginnings, affects so many other things.

The habits we learn at an early age, both good ones and bad ones, have long term affects on how we conduct our lives. Something as simple as the way we start our day often affects how the rest of the day goes. Sports teams always want to score first in the game to propel them to confidence and victory. Beginnings are very important. God designed this into the universe, and our psyche.

The first chapter of Genesis chronicles a new beginning for the earth, a recreation from former devastation. In so doing, God carefully crafted the elements or “seed” of this new beginning, already knowing what would follow. In like manner God crafts the elements in our new life in Christ. The proper beginning of a new Christian’s life is vital to survival. This is why the Bible says God puts the solitary in families. (Ps. 68:6)

Babies need the care and nurture of a family, both naturally and spiritually. A baby learns its’ identity from it’s parents and siblings. A lack of proper “family” influence in the beginning can contribute to a life of emptiness, formlessness, and darkness. Without proper guidance and direction we may never find and fulfill our purpose.

This is one of the many reasons the local church is so vital. The church is a family where new Christians can learn their identity in Christ. Jesus said His sheep know His voice. But He didn’t say His lambs did. So how do the lambs learn the Master’s voice? By following the sheep, who are the mature Christians who have already been formed by family and parental relationships.

If you have not yet found your spiritual home, it’s time to stop floating and start finding. Jesus said ask you and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened. You need a local church family that can be your “ohana”. Ohana is the Hawaiian word for “family.” And as Lilo famously stated in Lilo & Stitch, “Family” means no one gets left behind.”

Family and formation take place through divine connections. Divine connections remove the darkness and confusion of formlessness. Only within the context of true family can we learn our true calling and purpose.

But let me take it a step further. Local churches and ministries need to be in families too. Pastor Brian Moore stated at the Rejoice International Summit in May of 2014, “Not every network is the right network. You have to be in the right network for the net to work.” Profound yet simple.

Each of us that are networking together with other churches bring something needed to the table that makes us all better. Our individual contributions strengthen and encourage. But this is only possible because there is a “table” from which to share. It is this common table that unites us in communion, and from which we all draw our inspiration and vision to do God’s work.

“Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.”

All for Jesus, George W Black


Destined To Win

“A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” Eph 6:10-12 NLT

I am seriously mad at the Devil. The Devil doesn’t play fair. We have to stop being surprised at the difficulties we face when we are serving the Lord. The Devil is good at being the Devil.

But God is good at being God! And you are destined to win with God is you don’t give up!!!

You will have to fight the good fight of faith. I tell my grands “whiners never win” when they are tempted to complain about their sibling getting the upper hand. They love that and giggle, and get back in the tussle. You need to as well.

The Devil knows you are called to be dangerous, so he throws hand-grenades and plants land-mines to blast and cripple you into submission. He we use whatever it takes to stop you, if he can. There is nothing too low for him to use, because he has no honor and no gentleman’s code of conduct. There is no Geneva Convention Rules. His only objective is your defeat.

Dear child of God, you must not give in or give up. You must not settle for where you are and what you are experiencing. Don’t let your present condition become your permanent condition. Defeat is not God’s plan for your life, it is not what Jesus died for, it is not God’s will and it is not God’s best.

It’s time to get up and fight back in the name of Jesus. You are not destined to be defeated, you are destined to win. Be a soldier of the Cross and accept your call to be a bright and shining light in a dark and dying world. The world did not understand Jesus, and it will not understand you. But you must not accept compromise to be accepted. You must not betray the One who died to set you free.

Jesus died to make you powerful, not comfortable. The Devil never takes a vacation, so stop going AWOL (absent without leave) every time he attacks you or hurts your feelings. Our warfare is not with flesh and blood. Jesus told Peter “get behind me Satan” and so must you. It is time to rise up in the authority of the name of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit, and go on the offensive. The gates of Hell cannot withstand the attack of the lowliest saint when empowered by Christ Himself.

It is a given that the Devil will use every weapon at his disposal to discourage you from your mission in life.

If your enemies do not work, he will use your friends.

If poverty does not work, he will use prosperity.

If unemployment does not work he will use promotion.

If hardship will not work, he will use comfort.

Never underestimate Satan’s high schemes to bring you down. He dreams of neutralizing you, sidelining you, destroying God’s plan for your life because he knows you are destiny. The Devil knows your destiny because he knows what Jesus Christ paid for you on Calvary. You are the Blood washed, born again, Spirit filled child of the Most High God. Your destiny is to rule and reign with Jesus Christ both in this life and in the life to come.

“Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.” Eph 6:13 NLT

You can win if you will not give up. You can win if you will quit making excuses. Quit excusing yourself form the hard work of dedication and devotion. You can rise up in prayer with a renewed focus on your true purpose. Don’t get discouraged. Don’t throw in the towel. This makes the Devil glad. But it’s time to make him sad. It’s time to let him know the deceptions and lies have not worked. It’s time to push back on your negative circumstances and declare you cannot be bought, you cannot be pacified, and you will not be satisfied with a lukewarm Christian life.

I can feel Satan quaking in his boots as you read this. I know he knows you are through with weak willed living, and he is already scrambling for fresh ammunition. Don’t let him do it. Call him out right now. Declare yourself clearly and confidently. When the Devil tempted Jesus, our Lord’s only reply was to quote the Word of His Father. You must do likewise. Open your Bible, the incorruptible Word of God, and begin reading it out loud. Read Ephesians chapter six on spiritual warfare. Read Psalm 23 on the Lord being your Shepherd. Read your favorite verses. But by all means launch the Word of God with your words. Salvation and deliverance comes from believing in your heart and confessing with your mouth.

It’s time to get off the fence. Stop being double minded. God has said He will be with them that are with Him. Are you on the Lord’s side? Shout AMEN!!! Then pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and throw yourself back into the fight. Read the back of THE BOOK – you win. YOU WIN IN THE END!


“And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint.” Gal 6:9 AMP

All for Jesus, George W Black

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