Thursday, January 23, 2014

What is "needed"

As a woman,  God has blessed us with many roles.  It may feel like we have a lot to do.  But it is not as it seems.  We need to allow those roles to flow naturally through the power of the Holy Spirit.  In the book of Genesis before Abraham became a father, God had already seen him as a father of many nations
Genesis 17:5
No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations. 

The process of faith is what makes manifest the plan of God for your life, not your striving.  The Holy Spirit does not produce striving but rather peace.  Remember Jesus refers to Himself as the "Prince of Peace. 
Isaiah 9:6
For unto us a child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder and His name will be called "Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Anything that comes from Jesus in your life should produce peaceful fruit. 

As I was beginning to clean and tidy up, with my 19 month old home and my 6 year old.  I heard in my spirit "Do things that make for peace"  As seasons of our life changes there are different things that become needful for us to do.  Well we can't do it all, so we should do the "needful" things on a daily basis.

Luke 10:41
And Jesus answered and said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things.  But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her

Mary was seated at Jesus's feet, but God has shown me something else about that scripture.  It's not just about sitting and reading God's word, it's about being able to pick and choose what is needful to do and what is not needful at different seasons in your life.  It's something to thing about. 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Struggling with faith??

Timothy 4:14 tells us the we should not neglect the gift that is in us.  I have not posted in awhile, but I know that God usually shares a word to somebody through me.  I did not want to neglect that gift.  I have been reading and posting about the book of Genesis.  I plan on writing about some things that have been standing out to me.  I pray that this strengthens your faith.  Genesis is a book about beginnings, so it's a great book to read if you are beginning anything new in your life.  I love that Genesis really takes us back to the beginning of "The Faith" that we hold in Jesus Christ. 

In Genesis we are introduced to a man named Abraham.  Honestly, Abraham doesn't really do anything major himself in the scriptures but God does amazing things through Him.  When you read about His life, you see him traveling but he also spends a lot of resting under a particular tree.  He has an issue with lying about Sarah being his sister, because of fear that he struggles with.  Abraham is very relatable.  He was God's chosen instrument to father us all according to Romans 4:16. God told him that he would be a father to many nations when he had no children and was very old.  But that is not the amazing part of this, the amazing part is that God told him this would begin with a seed that he would impregnate his wife with.  That was the amazing part, Sarah was in her 90s and past child bearing age.  That's where the faith came in. See men can father children for as long as they are alive.  The faith came in because it would happen through Sarah.  It wasn't necessarily faith that God would work a miracle through him as much as it was faith that God would work a miracle through his wife.  Wow, so this is how the "Christian faith" started.  It says because he believed in the Lord, it was accounted to him for righteousness.  Right here in the book of Genesis you see the first act of righteousness by faith.  You also see that the miracle was that Sarah would carry his seed.  Just as the miraculous birth of Christ, that Mary who had never been with a man would carry a seed and give birth to the Savior of the World.  2 women, 2 seeds, 2 miracles. 

Abraham is the father of  the "Christian Faith".  It was the 1st mention in the bible of "righteousness by faith".  "1st mentions" in the bible are very important.  There is no such thing as Old Testament or New Testament Christians.  The Christian Faith did not start in the New Testament, it started in the book of Genesis.  There are images of Christ throughout the whole bible.  The whole bible is about Jesus Christ.

Look at how Abraham and his "righteousness by faith" comes up again in the New Testament:
Philippians 3:9 - and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith (sounds like what Abraham had);

I think it's also important to know that "righteousness by faith" came before "the law".  The law was never able to save, not in the beginning and not in the end. 

If you are struggling in any area of your faith,  go to the book of Genesis and see where the Christian faith began.  Start Abraham

Sunday, January 5, 2014

"Genesis" patterned life

I have been exploring the book of Genesis this week and the history of "Creation".  I woke up this morning, feeling overwhelmed with what I needed to do for the week.  My "To-do" list was mounting on top of me.  Ever-so-often, I start to feel overwhelmed about the tasks in front of me.  Most of the time these are little things that I do on a daily basis.  For some reason, on some days I get overtaken and the tasks appear like a mountain before me. 

When I woke up this morning feeling that way, I asked God how did He not get overwhelmed when He was creating the heavens and the earth.  One of the things that came to mind is that God took everything 1 day at a time.  You notice when He says "the evening and the morning were the first day".  He makes that statement throughout the whole process of Him creating the heavens and the earth, before he "rested"
1 "The evening and the morning were the first day"
2.  "The evening and the morning were the second day"
3.  "The evening and the morning were the third day"

You get my drift................................God took everything day by day.  What a lesson and a great foundational example in which we can pattern our lives after.

Another thing that came to mind is that the first 2 days of creation were not filled with too much activity.  It was almost like building, There was like an increase in activity as the week went forth,  That third day, there seems to be an increase in activity.  It was a 7 day week that God established it seems.  Another great example to pattern our lives after.  Start your week slow, day by day, and build as you go. 

The last thing that I realized today, is that normally when my "to-do" list becomes a monster in my life, it's because I need a mental break.  I normally have to give my mind a break from thinking about the things I have to get done.  I also have to make sure I wait until I'm ready mentally to face my "to-do list"  It's different for everybody, but for me, I know I'm mentally ready when the thought of it does not stir up feelings of fear, and defeat.  When it no longer feels like a bigger burden than I can bear.  Normally when we are in need of a mental break, our mind starts to take "little" things and "magnify" them.  When we are in need of a mental break, our mind fails to experience things as they really are, there is an exaggeration that takes place in every area.  I'm normally "pretty good" at knowing when I need a mental break early on, but I forgot today.  I was reminded.................

God created us in His image, that means we reflect His creative qualities, however in order to see those "creative" qualities at work in our lives, we must fully appreciate the example God set in the 7 days that He created the heavens and the earth and we must let Him teach us how to pattern our lives after that. 

Friday, January 3, 2014

Enjoying God, "Creation's" History

Genesis 1:3-5
Then God said, "Let there be light; and there was light and God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and darkness He called Night  So the evening and the morning were the first day.

Wow, the first day of creation!!!  God called this the first day.  The first day of what.  Not the first day of the "week", not the first day of the "month", not the first day of the year, the first day of all creation.  God is allowing us to witness the first day of all creation and what happened on that first day.  The 1st couple verses of Genesis talks about how "darkness" was on the face of the deep.  Darkness is a loaded word, that implies a lot.  In the beginning there was already darkness.  God did not create darkness.  Because it says in the 1st couple verses of scripture that "darkness was on the face of the deep".  But God did create the light!  From the beginning we see how God responds to darkness.  It says that the earth "without form and void and darkness was on the face of the deep". 
But the "spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters".  What did the "spirit of God" do?  "Hovered", "said", "saw", "divided", and "called" and so it was.  I wonder what made "the spirit of God" decide that this was the day that He was going to create the heavens and the earth?  It seems He hadn't created anything before this.  But maybe He did, but I don't know because the bible calls the creation of the heaven and the earth, "the beginning".  The beginning of what?  The beginning of everything!1.  God calls it the beginning.  If He was here in the beginning, He has no beginning and no end.  What was He doing before "creation"?  I don't know but I will certainly ask Him when I get to heaven.  To fathom that before "our world".  There was this "spirit of God"............just here and that this is all truly His creation.  We are truly His!!  This is all His, "all the earth and the fullness thereof" Nobody can take credit for it or us.  You have to give God the glory, it is truly all His!!

My mind now wonders who was this "Spirit of God" what was He like?  He created such beauty!!  I think about the fact that He created light.  The fact that He said "let there be light" and there was light tells me the He is light!!  He couldn't of spoke it into existence if it didn't exist in Him.  When you look around at nature, flowers, beautiful creatures;  it says a lot about who this "Spirit of God" is and what He is like.  All good things come from Him!!!  Even from the beginning He was good!! and He produced good things. 

I can just imagine silence and or maybe the sound of raging waters.  Either way, the first voice every spoken.   Or maybe it was silence, and the first sound ever, was God's voice. 

It says in Genesis 1:3-5 that "God divided the light from the darkness.  Was it together?  What did that look like I wonder?  I mean when He created us, He had already divided it into day and night.  But it wasn't always that way.  But it says the God said "let there be light".  I doesn't appear as if God created the darkness.  It seems that the darkness existed because God had had not yet spoken.  Maybe that's why He separated the "light" from the "dark".  Because according to the text He did not say "let there be darkness"  He did not speak darkness, but He spoke light.  I would go as far as to say the reason we have "day" and "night is because darkness is not part of His creation.  Again, I say darkness as we know it does not contain the true meaning in the scriptures.  We connect darkness with "night".  The "night" is part of God's creation.  Because it is the division He created.  Darkness does not mean "night".  Before God even started to speak the heaven and earth into existence, He says "Darkness" was on the face of the deep.   It means something more.  Since He said "darkness" was on the face of the deep, imagine that true meaning of darkness is pretty deep.  I just wondered what it was like before He divide the light from the darkness?

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