Weekly Devotional – March 27, 2021

The First Day of Creation

Genesis 1:1-5

“In the Beginning,” is a statement that the world cannot fathom. The people of the world are still seeking the answer to how the world came to be. Christians on the other hand already know the answer.

“Now it is such a bizarrely improbable coincidence that anything so mind-bogglingly useful could have evolved purely by chance that some thinkers have chosen to see it as the final and clinching proof of the non-existence of God.”  

Quote from Douglas Adams, “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

As Douglas Adams pointed out, this was a last-ditch effort to discount the existence of God. They contend that one stray atom grew into the world as we know it. They contend that all creation and how it works came from this atom and evolution. Well, this theory is ridicules to say the least. There may have been one atom involved but the creation from one atom could only have occurred if God was present and involved in the action. As for evolution, the theory is that smaller animals and plants evolved into larger ones. That these plants and animals changed to accommodate their surroundings. For these plants and animals to have changed, they had to have been created. Instead of the theory of evolution disproving God, it is the ultimate proof that God exists.

Compared to God’s Word, the bible, man’s writings are foolishness. The world, of itself, could never imagine the works of God. To know that God exists and have proof, you must first believe and then build a relationship with God.

We have a saying that when you finally understand how to do something or finally understand something, “a light bulb comes on.”

How ironic is it that the first thing God did after He formed the earth was to create light? When we finally believe and start to study the bible, God is quick to help us understand the bible and the “light bulb of our heart will come on.” God opens the bible for man to understand, when and if man is ready to know Him.

God used the light of the universe to produce the light of daytime and the absence of light to produce night. 1 John 1:5 tells us that God is Light. Our salvation is proof of this statement. All our lives we wonder in the darkness of sin and listen to all manner of heresy and foolishness from anyone who speaks. When we finally believe, a dim light appears and as we increase our relationship with God, the light gets brighter.

God is the light that lights our hearts and makes us Righteous and Holy. Without God we just wonder in a meaningless darkness and have no real purpose in life. We can be famous in the eyes of man, but we can be righteous only in the eyes of God.

The fame the world recognizes will fade away, but the righteousness God produces in our hearts is eternal and can only be produced by the God that is eternal.

And the evening and morning of the first day of creation was done just as the evening of the world’s knowledge and the morning of God’s Love are complete when we believe in Christ Jesus. AMEN!!

Christian Word Definition: Religion

The definition of Religion is as follows:

 the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods. Oxford Dictionaries

a cultural system of behaviors and practices, world views, sacred texts, holy places, ethics, and societal organization that relate humanity to what an anthropologist has called “an order of existence”.  Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

They knew me from the first, if they were willing to testify, that according to the strictest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee.

Acts 26:5 (NKJV)

Meanwhile Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any who belonged to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.

Acts 9:1-2 (NRSV)

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

John 14:6 (NIV2011)

This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But you have not so learned Christ, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.

Ephesians 4:17-24 (NKJV)

As you can readily see, Christianity (the Way) is not a religion. Christianity is a way of life that is to be lived day by day. Through the study of God’s word (the Bible) and prayer through the Holy Spirit, each one of us will reach the righteousness and holiness that will bring us back to the original state; in the image of God. Genesis 1:27

Walk Always in His Ways

And if you keep all these commandments and do them, which I command you today, to love the LORD your God and to walk always in His ways, then you shall add three more cities for yourself besides these three.

Deuteronomy 19:9 (NKJV)

I was 45 years old when I turned my life over to God. I had lived my life rather loosely and made bad choices all the time. There were a lot of small sins to be forgiven, but there were more “big” sins that were forgiven.

The biggest challenge wasn’t learning to be a Christian, I had to learn to live a Christian life. The hardest part of this was learning to live without sin in my life.

I didn’t have to stop everything I was doing, I just had to learn how to put everything in a position for it to serve God.

I still drive a car, I just don’t drive it to bars anymore, instead, I now use the car to go to work, to take my children to school, to go to church, etc.

I didn’t give up my computer that I was using to find bad things, I simply re-trained my computer to do good. During the pandemic, I use my computer to watch church programs, because I can’t go to a brick and mortar church. I use my computer to do good by writing these blogs that are seen worldwide and will help people of all ages.

God didn’t intend to make the Hebrew people into mini gods, He wanted them to use the commands He had given them to enjoy life with Him. God had not asked them to give unrealistic things to Him, He simply wanted to change their lives for the better.

The people of Israel thought they had to make a monetary statement, or a grand gesture, or a physical declaration. That was never God’s intent. God simply wanted them to act the way He acted. God wanted them to walk the same way he walked.

“If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever, the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.”

John 14:15-17 (NKJV)

Being a Christian does not mean you have to be a priest or a nun. It simply means you must walk as Christ walked. Once you become a believer, you will also become a disciple. You gain nothing by reading the bible 24/7. You gain nothing by memorizing the bible. You gain nothing by going around calling out sinners. That is not what God wants you to do.

God wants us to look like Him, walk through this world as He would walk and that means we need to study the bible with God. By studying the bible in a quiet place and listening to every verse of scripture, you will also hear (in your heart) what God wants you to know about that verse. Remember, satan recited scripture to Christ, what we must do is live the scripture.

If we live the scripture, we are doing something satan can’t do. If we live the scripture, we are showing the world through our actions what God has done in our lives. By living the scripture, we are not just giving a testimony, we are giving the world a glimpse of God (John 14:7-9).

Beware of people who think they must demonstrate their righteousness in public, people who give up living to show people they are righteous. People who use the bible to disgrace others in public. All these people are religious. That is not what God wants. God wants those who are humble at heart and thus look like God.

Christianity is not a religion, it’s a way of life. AMEN!!

Walk in All His Ways

Deuteronomy 10:12-13

“And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments of the LORD and His statutes which I command you today for your good?

Deuteronomy 10:12-13

How dedicated are you to God? Do you know what Christ was like? Do you walk in the same way as Christ? Are you Christ Like?

Dedication.” Devoting a person, place, or thing to Holy use. You can also look at dedication as a round robin situation. To be dedicated you must be totally devoted to God; to the point of being Holy. In 1Peter 1:15-16, Peter tells us that God called us to be Holy, as He is Holy. To be like Christ who was holy. If we are holy, then we must be totally dedicated to God. If you are a Christian, you are holy. If you are not holy, you are not a Christian.

To be dedicated and holy, you don’t have to wander around and preach all day and night. You don’t have to talk about God with every breath you take, but you must think about God before you say anything.

Dedication is studying the bible at least an hour every day and you must live the bible 24 hours a day.

And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

Galatians 5:24-25 (NKJV)

One of my “soap boxes” is sin after salvation. As Paul states in the verse above, we crucified our sinful flesh (nature) when we were saved. The moment we dedicated ourselves to Christ (God) we were free from the sinful nature of the flesh. In 2 Peter 1:4 it states that we are partakers of the Divine Nature. What does that even mean? It means that we have been baptized into the body of Christ (the holy church) and therefore have dedicated ourselves to Christ. We can then be baptized by the Holy Spirit and thereafter our heart is the host to the Holy Spirit. With the Holy Spirit guiding our every thought and move, how then can we sin?

The answer to the next question is easy. If you are a Christian, then you have studied the life of Christ. If you have the Holy Spirit living in your heart, then your studies have molded you into the likeness of Christ.

Once we are in the likeness of Christ, then we now have the mind of Christ (1Co. 2:16). With the mind of Christ to guide our every move, how can we go wrong? Christ lived a sinless life. If we have the mind of Christ and are living the life of Christ, then how can we sin?

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

Ephesians 2:10 (NKJV)

Salvation is given freely, but it is not free.

God freely gave His only son to die on the cross in our place. However, God has given us Commands over the years pertaining to how we should act and things we must do. If we want salvation and eternal life through the Love of God, then we must follow these commands without fail.

If we follow these commands God will use them to mold us into the likeness of Christ who did good works. These works are our gift from God. These are the works that give us a feeling of satisfaction, a feeling of accomplishment, a feeling of the goodness of God.

For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.

Colossians 1:9-10 (NKJV)

Here is the round robin I told you about. Paul says that since the day they heard of the dedication of the church at Colosse, they had prayed for them. What did they pray for? Not for the individuals, but for the church body. For them to grow in wisdom and knowledge to do good works, not in riches to impress their neighbors.

If you want to be a Christian, then you must experience the “round robin” for yourself. You will never regret the experience, because without this experience, you are nothing.