Posts Tagged ‘creation’

God Delivers and Forgives

January 20, 2014

We do not believe in a second-rate god.  Our God is an awesome God who is able to do even more than we ask or think.

I.  God Created:  Psalms 33:6-9

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.
He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap;
He lays up the deep in storehouses.

Let all the earth fear the Lord;
Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.
For He spoke, and it was done;
He commanded, and it stood fast.

There are many people who say that they feel close to God when they are in nature.  Romans tells us that the attributes of God can be seen in the things that He created. (c.f. Romans 1:20)

The Bible begins with the words ” In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”  (Genesis 1:1)  For generations, this fact was questioned by very few.  The existence of the natural world was used as a primary argument for the existence of God. The evolutionary theory was the first serious threat to this belief.  Since it was introduced, it has gone from a scandalous, ludicrous idea, to a theory that is widely accepted by the scientific and academic community.  Actually, tremendous pressure is brought upon people to conform to this belief.  However, there is  a return to faith  among many within the scientific community.  Lee Strobel’s book “The Case for a Creator” does a wonderful job of provided current scientific support for belief in a creator.

We can believe what the Bible says.  Our God is able to create the world out of nothing, by a simple spoken phrase.  He is an awesome God.

II.  God Delivers:  Psalms 37:3-8

Trust in the Lord, and do good;
Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
Delight yourself also in the Lord,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him,
And He shall bring it to pass.
He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light,
And your justice as the noonday.

Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him;
Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,
Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.
Cease from anger, and forsake wrath;
Do not fret—it only causes harm.

I am glad that our money still contains the phrase “In God We Trust”.  We regularly need to be reminded that we should not place our trust in our own strength and abilities, or in some organization, or government.  Our trust is well-placed when we trust in God.

We should do what is good, what is right in the sight of God.  It is never right to do wrong, nor wrong to do right.

We should delight ourselves in God.  I love to gather together with other believers and join together in worship of the King of Kings.  The world does not offer anything that compares with entering into the presence of God in worship.

When God is our first love, God gives us the desires of our heart.  First, of course is a sense of His presence in our lives, but God also blesses us in a whole variety of ways with the good gifts of this world.

Commit our ways to God, and He will bring it to pass.  We should not give up on our dreams!  If the dream is given by God, then God will bring it to pass.  God will give us the wisdom and strength to do what He calls us to do.

Rest and wait.  When we have done what we are called to do, we should rest and wait for God to do what only God can do.  If we become impatient and try to speed up the timing of God, we may create problems for ourselves.

Cease from anger.  “The anger of man does not work the righteousness of God.”  This is a lifelong challenge for many of us.

Do not fret.  You cannot worry and trust God at the same time.

Trust in God.  He is able to deliver what He has promised.

III.  God Forgives:  Psalms 51:10-13

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me away from Your presence,
And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.

12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation,
And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.
13 Then I will teach transgressors Your ways,
And sinners shall be converted to You.

This psalm was written by David after he had committed adultery and murder.  God is willing to forgive us our sins when we turn to Him in repentance and faith.  He will restore our joy and help us to turn from our sins, to be the people He has called us to be.

The change in our lives can then inspire others to turn to God.  As others are drawn to God, we can teach them about His goodness.

Our God is an awesome God who delivers and forgives.

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Is It Art?

September 14, 2010

The other day in my philosophy class we discussed art.  We had basically agreed that art was an attempt to communicate through the creation of something using visual, audio or other sensory experiences.

Then it was suggested that nature itself was art.  At first I thought that nature is often the inspiration for art, or the subject of art, but in itself, it is not art.  However, the more I thought of it I realized that maybe I was wrong.  Maybe it is art.  I found this to be an interesting concept, because normally we think of art as something created by humans.  Obviously, humans did not create the world.

God did.

So is the natural world a work of the Master Artist?  Does God seek to communicate something to us through the created world?

Yes, I think that I can accept that.  So yes,  nature is art.

The Image of God

January 7, 2010

Last night in Bible Study we discussed Genesis 1:28 “Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” NKJ

As we were discussing the various possible meanings of “the image of God” a brand new thought came to me.  Perhaps it should be connected with the phrase “have dominion over”?

We recognize that God is Lord over all, and that he is a benevolent lord.  He watches over, takes care of, and is concerned with, everything in this world.

Perhaps being made in the image of God means that we are to watch over, take care of and be concerned with,  all things within our scope of influence?

We should care about other people,animals, and all creation;  not simply try to get ahead for ourselves.  Maybe when we care for other people and other things, we are mirroring the image of God.

Just a thought…

In The Beginning

November 12, 2009

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  Genesis 1:1

How important is it that Christians believe in creation?  I believe that, although it is not necessary for salvation, that it profoundly impacts the way that we perceive scripture, and can eventually destroy our faith in Jesus as the Christ.  

If we believe that the creation story is a myth, rather than a historical event, then we are more prone to discard other Biblical stories that contain supernatural occurences.  For example: the flood in Noah’s  day, was only local, it was only perceived as world-wide; the burning bush was some bright reflection within the bush; the plagues of Egypt were exaggerated and coincidental; and so forth.  Soon the virgin birth, miracles of Jesus, and the resurrection are removed, or interpreted as myth, or legend as well.  You end up with Jesus the carpenter, who was an extraordinary man, prophet and teacher: not the only begotten Son of God.  The Bible becomes the word of men, rather than the Word of God. We simply accept the parts with which we agree, and discard those portions that we do not want to believe.

Beginnings are very important.  Our direction in the beginning  can determine our final destination.


June 29, 2008

While flipping through channels I recently came across the movie “Flubber” starring Robin Williams.  I remember the original movie coming out in my childhood and when the remake came out we rented it to watch with our children.  There was one enormous difference in the new version.  Flubber was a life form. 

This is important because it portrays life as an accident that can be recreated in a test tube.  I believe that God is the creator of all life, and it was no accident.  Scientists have tried very hard to create life, but have failed.  “Flubber” presents it as a possibility to all of the young minds enjoying the show.  Of course, this fits right in with evolutionary theory, which suggests that life began, and continues to develop by accident, rather than by the intentional act of a Creator.  This teaching removes the need for a creator God, and undermines a belief in both God, and the Bible, which states “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”  (Genesis 1:1)