Genesis – Day 5

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“Then God said, “Let the waters swarm with fish and other life. Let the skies be filled with birds of every kind.”  So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that scurries and swarms in the water, and every sort of bird—each producing offspring of the same kind. And God saw that it was good. Then God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply. Let the fish fill the seas, and let the birds multiply on the earth.” And evening passed and morning came, marking the fifth day.” Genesis 1:20-23 God created all the creatures of the sea and the birds that fly in the sky. These were not created in an evolution process; they were created whole– fully grown. They did not evolve from lifeless matter. This is impossible. To have life all the parts have to work together. There can be no life unless all the parts are put together at one time. “Creating the universe in parts would not be like creating a liver and waiting a few days before creating a brain, then several more weeks before creating a femur bone – until the body was eventually complete. No other method appears to exist to produce life other than creating instantaneously a fully functioning complete organism. This does not preclude that changes may have occurred since that time, only that a certain level of complexity must have existed for both an organism and a universe to exist.” (George Wald) Our God is an orderly God; everything is in order. The universe is extra organized; our earth is organized into a solar system, which is part of a highly organized group of stars called a galaxy that is part of a highly organized family of galaxies called clusters which, in turn, are organized into an […]

Genesis – Day 4

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“Then God said, “Let lights appear in the sky to separate the day from the night. Let them be signs to mark the seasons, days, and years. Let these lights in the sky shine down on the earth.” And that is what happened. God made two great lights—the larger one to govern the day, and the smaller one to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set these lights in the sky to light the earth, to govern the day and night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. And evening passed and morning came, marking the fourth day.” Genesis 1:14-19 God set the sun and the moon in our sky. We see God setting up the earth so that it will be habitable for humans. God is providing everything that we need here on earth. Just as He does for us today if we trust Him. He will provide all of our needs. We know that the rotation of the earth is what determines the length of the day. The speed of the earth as it rotates on its axis determines the 24-hour-day we have. Yet that speed is regulated by the moon which acts as a brake upon the earth, raising and lowering the tides. It restricts the speed of the rotation of the earth so that we have the 24-hour-day, which is the best length of time for humans. Is that not remarkable? Other planets have entirely different length of days. On some planets a day would occupy months and even years of our time. The orbit of the earth around the sun determines the length of the year, which again is just right for human needs, providing a harvest once every 365 days, the right length […]

Genesis – Day 3

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“Then God said, “Let the waters beneath the sky flow together into one place, so dry ground may appear.” And that is what happened. God called the dry ground “land” and the waters “seas.” And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let the land sprout with vegetation—every sort of seed-bearing plant, and trees that grow seed-bearing fruit. These seeds will then produce the kinds of plants and trees from which they came.” And that is what happened. The land produced vegetation—all sorts of seed-bearing plants, and trees with seed-bearing fruit. Their seeds produced plants and trees of the same kind. And God saw that it was good.” Genesis 1:9-12 On day three God created dry land and the plants. If God did not create the sun until the fourth day, how did the plants survive when you have to have sun for plants to live?  Because the light of God was created before the sun and moon.  Those who propose these days of creation were not literal days, but evolutionary development, has a problem here. It is hard to explain how plants and all vegetation could grow and thrive for millions of years before the sun and moon. No evolutionist would argue plant life is older than the sun and moon, but this is what the Genesis record tells us. To me it takes more faith to believe in evolution than to believe in the creation story that is in the Bible. This is the beginning of life on planet earth, directly created by God, not slowly over millions of years. The plants were not created as seeds, but as full-grown mature plants each bearing seeds. God was preparing the earth for habitation for humans and animals, and the plants would help provide their food. God has […]

Genesis – Day 2

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“Then God said, “Let there be a space between the waters, to separate the waters of the heavens from the waters of the earth.” And that is what happened. God made this space to separate the waters of the earth from the waters of the heavens. God called the space “sky.” And evening passed and morning came, marking the second day.” Genesis 1:6-8 God separated the water in the heaven from the waters on the earth. I don’t quite understand this passage. After my studying and reading, I don’t believe that others people smarter than me understand this passage. I do know that God doesn’t give us scripture that we cannot apply to our life and how we live in this world. The Bible is our operations manual. The Bible tells us about how we should live and about our world and how it was formed. God provided us the space between the earth and the heaven so that this world would be more liveable for us. He designed everything in the world so that it would work perfectly. God’s world is perfect. We humans have messed up God’s world. We cut down all the trees so that we can build a shopping center and a parking lot. When God made the trees, He had His plan worked out perfectly. It is amazing that God provided the trees so that we could have oxygen to breath. I stand in wonder at God’s perfect world and how much He provided for us because He loves us so much. Today’s Bible Reading: Psalm 139:14-16, Isaiah 45:18

Genesis – God is Light

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“Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. Then he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day” and the darkness “night.” And evening passed and morning came, marking the first day.” Genesis 1:3-5 God commanded the light shine and then separated the light from the darkness. How was there light when God did not set the moon and the sun until the fourth day? The light came from God, because God is light. “The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.” (John 1:4-5) We are told that the eternal city will enjoy endless light without the help of the sun. Life as we know it could not exist without the light of the sun. Our life in God could not exit if it was not for Jesus Christ. God said that the light was good. Light is associated with God and all things good. The darkness is associated with Satan and all things evil. It says that God separated the light from the darkness. He did this because the two have nothing in common. God’s people are to walk in the light. “This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all.” (1 John 1:5) This was the first step God made in bringing order from chaos. This is the first step in our lives also. First God brings His light into our lives and then we can start to rebuild our lives. Today’s Bible Reading: Revelation 22:3-5, 2 Corinthians 4:3-7, 1 John 1:5-10

Genesis – Empty

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“The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.” Genesis 1:2 The last few devotions we have looked at God and who He is. I know that I could write forever on our great, loving and wonderful God. We will return to our study in Genesis and see the unfolding of God’s plan for us. God has now revealed to us his mysterious will regarding Christ—which is to fulfill his own good plan.” (Ephesians 1:9) The earth was without form and empty. It was dark and water covered the earth. There are many theories on how old the earth is and how the earth was formed. Some say that the earth was formed in literally six days and that the earth is only about 6000 years old. Others say that the earth is billions of years old. I don’t know for sure and nobody else does; it is only a theory. What really matters is that God formed the earth as it is stated in Genesis and He formed us in His image so that we can have fellowship with Him. The Holy Spirit was brooding over the water and the Spirit would bring order out of chaos and beauty out of emptiness. The Holy Spirit does the same today with the lives of all who will yield to Him. The Holy Spirit begins every work of creation and re-creation. It is the Holy Spirit that creates the new life in us. It is the Holy Spirit that leads and guides us into the life of freedom and peace. “The first divine act in fitting up this planet for the habitation of man was for the Spirit of God to move upon the face […]

Genesis – God cares for us

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“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God’s messengers! How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn’t let me.” Matthew 23:37 I believe that our problem today is that we don’t know God. We know about God but we don’t know the true God of the Bible. We don’t know the God that wants to be our friend. The One that wants to take care of us and love us. This scripture in Matthew is such a loving picture. It is a picture of a God that cares. “And so it happened just as the Scriptures say: “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.” He was even called the friend of God.” (James 2:23) God is our friend. A friend is someone you can always count on when times are tough. A good friend is there when you are struggling. A friend is one that is there to listen to what is on your heart. A friend is one that is there no matter what is going on. A friend is one who no matter if you have not talked to in some time is there when you call. A friend is the one that shows up even if you have not called to tell him the trouble you are facing. A friend just knows how much you need the support. Not only is a friend with us during our dark times, a friend is with us during our joyful times. At times we as humans are not good at being the friend that we should be. God never fails at being a good friend.  He is always there no matter what. Today’s Bible Reading: Romans […]

Genesis – God is Just

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“He is the Rock; his deeds are perfect. Everything he does is just and fair. He is a faithful God who does no wrong; how just and upright he is!” Deuteronomy 32:4 What does it means that God is just? It means more than He is fair. It means He always does what is right and good toward all men. Likewise, although this is hard for many to accept, His sentencing evil, unrepentant sinners to hell is also right and good. Some say that a loving God would send no one to hell and this is true. God does not send sinners to hell. As a sinner you have a choice; you can either believe in Jesus Christ as your Savior and repent of your sins, or you can choose to reject God and continue in your sin. “In light of God’s other attributes of goodness, mercy, love and grace, there are some who might in error, say that God is too kind to punish the ungodly. But to believe this, we dull the reality of His infinite, unchanging justice. God will have justice for sin, either from Christ’s atoning death or for those who will not accept it, eternal wrath in hell.” (A. W. Tozer) “Let assume that all men are quilty of sin in the sight of God. From the mass of humanity, God sovereignly decides to give mercy to some of them. What do the rest get? They get justice. The saved get mercy and the unsaved get justice. Nobody gets injustice.” (R.C Sproul) Today we want an easy gospel. We want a gospel that does not require anything of us. This is not true. The true Gospel requires that we repent, change our lives and follow Jesus. “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow […]

Genesis – God is Omniscient

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“Remember the things I have done in the past. For I alone am God! I am God, and there is none like me. Only I can tell you the future before it even happens. Everything I plan will come to pass, for I do whatever I wish. “Isaiah 46:9-10 God is Omniscient. He is all knowing. He knows our beginning and our end. “The Lord gave me this message: “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:4-5) God knows all about us before we were even born. God knows our future and He prepares us for that future when we don’t even realize that He is working. This was so true in my life. I was called to the ministry in 1981 at the age of 30. When I went and told my Daddy that I was called to the ministry, his comment was “I knew that the day you were born.” After much prayer, we made the decision to attend Bible College in Colorado. Our thinking was that when we sell our house we should move. God had other plans. He gave me the date that we were to leave and He gave that date to my wife. We moved on that date. When we arrived there was a job waiting on me. There were very few job-openings at the hospital I went to work for. If I had been too early or too late, I would not have had the job. God knew ahead of time when I needed to be in Colorado. He knew what I needed before I needed it. This is just one of the stories that I could tell about how God […]

Genesis – God is Omnipotent

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“The Lord merely spoke, and the heavens were created. He breathed the word, and all the stars were born.” Psalm 33:6 God is omnipotent which means that God is all powerful. He can do anything that He wants. God is able to do all that He desires to do. When He plans something, it will come to be. If He purposes something, it will happen. Nothing can prevent His plans. When His hand is stretched out to do something, no one can turn it back. Omnipotence comes from two Latin words; Omni means all and potent means powerful. God’s decisions are always in line with His character, and He has all the power to do whatever He describes to do. “Can you solve the mysteries of God? Can you discover everything about the Almighty? Such knowledge is higher than the heavens— and who are we? It is deeper than the underworld — what do we know? It is broader than the earth and wider than the sea. If God comes and puts a person in prison or calls the court to order, who can stop him? For he knows those who are false, and he takes note of all their sins.” (Job 11:7-11) Good question, can you solve the mysteries of God? I can’t, but I praise His name that He is all powerful and in control of everything.  “Although such power might be frightful, remember that God is good. He can do anything according to His infinite ability, but will do only those things that are consistent with Himself. That is why He can’t lie, tolerate sin, or save impenitent sinners.” (John MacArthur) Today’s Bible Reading: Psalm 24:8, Luke 1:37