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  • Henry Omotayo

Do A New Thing

Deuteronomy 28:12, Psalm 90:17

Message No. 0694 | Twitter @GodandUs |

Many times, for example, at the start of a new year, we all pray that God would do a new thing in our lives. The principle is new beginnings, new things. While this is a good principle, perhaps we should also ask, how about we do a new thing by ourselves? Why do we feel or believe that God has not already planted in us the wisdom to initiate something new and something great? Should we perhaps take stock and check what happened last year, and the year before, and so on, when we prayed the same prayer? Are we suggesting that God does not answer prayers or that God is taking time to answer this particular prayer?

From my experience, I feel that many of us do not understand how God works. We know how to pray but we have always relegated our own responsibilities to God, and we have refused to understand that God is expecting us to do some of the things we ask Him to do for us. Assume a 12-year-old child whose mom loves so much and took the initiative to cook a nice meal and put it on the table, but the child is refusing to eat on his own but rather asking the mom to feed him. From where I grew up, the mom would tell the child you’re not serious; when you are really hungry you will pick the food and eat it on your own.

I heard the story of a Jewish man in the U.S. who was about to embark on a significant venture. Then, one Christian brother asked him: have you prayed about this? His Jewish friend replied, “as a Jew, we do not believe that we can start a business and not succeed, because the Bible already assures us that we will succeed in whatever we lay our hands on.” The lesson from this story is not that we do not need to pray, but that a lot of the time, we are asking God to help us to do something that He already empowered us to do.

Having observed our practices as Christians, I am sorry to say, but I believe that one of our main problems is faking. Many people fake that they heard from God, but they only heard from themselves. Many say they are praying about something and waiting for God to speak to them, but they have no idea how God speaks, they are only giving an excuse for doing nothing or for covering up their unbelief. Why then, don’t we start by operating based on what we already know? For example, the Bible says (in clearly written form) that if we do the right thing, God will open his treasure and make the heavens to give rain to our land in its season and bless the work of our hands (Deuteronomy 28:12, Psalm 90:17). The question is, where is our land that the heavens will rain on? Where is the work of our hands that the Lord will bless?

So, as we pray this year, why not let us do something new also, to invoke the blessings of God. What we initiate does not have to be big, we could invest as little as possible, so if it does not go too well, we do not lose too much. Even if you consider it a hubby, do something that will bring you some income. For example, Alibaba sells things in bulk, for very cheap prices. Some of those items sell on Amazon for five or ten times the Alibaba price. You could identify what sells very well on Amazon and see if it’s something you could order from Alibaba and resell.

Depending on your location, you could also invent something. It could be a drink or some food item with some unique content or recipes. This was how Coca Cola started, with some unique content that no one could copy till today. Your invention could be much simpler, and your target customers could even be friends and family members. When you see some traction, then it’s time to launch out and expand your reach. These things have to be done with wisdom and by doing some research but try something while praying so that your prayers and your actions can work together.

As I have mentioned in the past, God stopped dropping manna from heaven when Israel was about to enter the Promised Land, so don’t expect God to use drones to deliver some to your house. As we begin a new year, please think something, and do something. At the end of December, you can look back to evaluate how it went and if you would like to expand what you started or if you have thought of something different. I pray that you experience the power of Deuteronomy 28:12 this year and beyond, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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