August 5 The Project Start-Up In the book of Genesis

The Project Start-Up In the book of Genesis, which means “origin” or “source,” we read about the start-up of God’s project called “earth.” Those of you who are involved in project management know that start-up is a significant step in the process of building. When you reach the start-up phase, it means that you have all the plans drawn, all the physical resources in place, and all the management resources in order. Before you start a project, all these things must be in place. Only then can you begin.

When do you start building a house? Is it when you dig the foundation? Essentially, you begin building whenever the idea for the house is conceived. Digging the foundation is simply the beginning of bringing your purpose to pass. Therefore, after you dig the foundation, and somebody asks you, “What are you doing?” your answer is very definite. You point to the architect’s rendering of the house and say, “I am building this.”

God wouldn’t have allowed you to start your life and your purpose unless they were already completed in eternity. You must realize, however, that your end doesn’t look anything like your beginning—or like any other point in the process, for that matter. God redeems you because of the vision you are

carrying, and now you must live out that vision. The Bible says, “We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10, emphasis added).

Prayer: Father, may I be reminded daily that the good

works I walk in were prepared by You since the beginning of time. May I do those good works with joy at being a part of Your plan for the earth. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Thought: You were born to manifest something that is already finished.

Reading: Psalm 68–69; Romans 8:1–21

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