Saturday, December 31, 2016

THE GOOD SEED

Genesis 1:
9-10 God spoke: “Separate!
        Water-beneath-Heaven, gather into one place;
    Land, appear!”
        And there it was.
    God named the land Earth.
        He named the pooled water Ocean.
    God saw that it was good.
11-13 God spoke: “Earth, green up! Grow all varieties
        of seed-bearing plants,
    Every sort of fruit-bearing tree.”
        And there it was.
    Earth produced green seed-bearing plants,
        all varieties,
    And fruit-bearing trees of all sorts.
        God saw that it was good.
    It was evening, it was morning—
    Day Three.

There is no land mass or vegetable life that does not carry the code of its Creator’s genius. All the earth is filled with life and form that inspires our spirit to consider the One who supplies every good thing.

In the land, water, vegetable harmony we see the power of the seed. A little thing with a germ of life that multiplies and spreads it form in every viable space.

God’s seed is planted in a woman named Mary and brings blessing to a thousand generations—the fruit of one seed—God’s beautiful way of filling the earth with goodness.



Wednesday, December 28, 2016

CREATING AN ATMOSPHERE FOR LIFE

Genesis 1:
6-8 God spoke: “Sky! In the middle of the waters;
        separate water from water!”
    God made sky.
    He separated the water under sky
        from the water above sky.
    And there it was:
        he named sky the Heavens;
    It was evening, it was morning—
    Day Two.

And thus the atmosphere to support earth’s life is born. The building blocks of water above and water below create an eco-system that refreshes and replenishes the blue planet.

Mary’s water would break as Heaven’s child appeared. A child enters the atmosphere He long ago created. The Creator would fill this planetary atmosphere with His omnipresence.

And when Christ fulfilled his earthly life mission, he returned to Heaven with a promise to send the Holy Spirit who would continue to be God’s creative, communicating presence in the hearts of all who listen. The same Spirit that would bring Jesus back from the dead comes to bring us to life. The Spirit changes the atmosphere around us by brooding over us, just as the Spirit had done above the chaotic abyss bringing order and structure.



Sunday, December 25, 2016

THE CREATOR BECOMES THE CREATED

In the beginning…

Genesis chapter one and John chapter one tell us what happened before the world as we know it existed.


At the start, God created the heavens and the earth. At the start, Jesus was in the Godhead and active in the Creation.

The story of Christ’s birth is a beautiful, divine anomaly when the Creator becomes the Created. The ‘always existing’ Christ of the Godhead becomes wrapped in human form and is born into the Creation that he started. God becomes fully human while remaining fully God.

Six days of Genesis—God’s creative genius being spoken and formed. Six days of the Creator fashioning a Universe with intimate ties to Himself. It starts with a special planet placed in an immeasurable universe.

Genesis 1:
1-2 First this: God created the Heavens and Earth—all you see, all you don’t see. Earth was a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness. God’s Spirit brooded like a bird above the watery abyss.
3-5 God spoke: “Light!”
        And light appeared.
    God saw that light was good
        and separated light from dark.
    God named the light Day,
        he named the dark Night.
    It was evening, it was morning—
    Day One.




Thursday, December 15, 2016

WHEN CHANGE IS QUESTIONABLE


When blind men suddenly see, questions get raised. ‘Where is our neighbour and what have you done with him?’




John 9:
His neighbours and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, “Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg?” Some claimed that he was.
Others said, “No, he only looks like him.”
But he himself insisted, “I am the man.”


When God touches a life deeply there is a transforming effect that may puzzle some. We may expect people to be the way they always were. If they change, we might grow suspicious and doubt their authenticity.

As people debated over the identity of this man, he had to chime in and insist that it really was him.


John 9:
10 “How then were your eyes opened?” they asked.
11 He replied, “The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see.”
12 “Where is this man?” they asked him.
“I don’t know,” he said.


New creation does not always give us the answer to every question. He had only met Jesus once and now had experienced a miracle. When pressed with further questions, the man did not know where to find Jesus. There is no demand for immediate discipleship in the generosity of the Master’s touch.

All he knew was that Jesus was the initiator. He was not asked to become a disciple at this point, but was left with an indelible impression-- a bewildered, first-time seer.

John Newton wrote the hymn ‘Amazing Grace’. When he wrote that line ‘saved a wretch like me’, was he using poetic license or was he really a wretch? Though raised in a Christian home, John became a sailor and lived a very, sinful life. During one particular ocean voyage on a slave ship, a storm arose.

Under great conviction, He converted during the storm, though he admitted later, "I cannot consider myself to have been a believer, in the full sense of the word."

Newton then served as a mate and then as captain of a number of slave ships, hoping as a Christian to restrain the worst excesses of the slave trade, "and promoting the life of God in the soul" of both his crew and his African cargo.

After leaving the sea for an office job in 1755, Newton held Bible studies in his Liverpool home. Influenced by both the Wesleys and George Whitefield, he adopted mild Calvinist views and became increasingly disgusted with the slave trade and his role in it. He quit, was ordained into the Anglican ministry, and in 1764 took a parish in Olney in Buckinghamshire.

In 1787 Newton wrote Thoughts Upon the African Slave Trade to help William Wilberforce's campaign to end the practice—"a business at which my heart now shudders," he wrote. Recollection of that chapter in his life never left him, and in his old age, when it was suggested that the increasingly feeble Newton retire, he replied, "I cannot stop. What? Shall the old African blasphemer stop while he can speak?"[1]

You may not know much about Jesus when you first begin, but you sure know when He has touched you. You know what happened, but may have no clue on how or why it has happened. If it happens to you, hold on to your experience.

Do not let people talk you out it. There are some that would insist that you must still be blind. There is no way that you can see.

No one knows better than you what you have experienced at the hands of God. Hold on to the truth of what has happened to you.



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