Genesis 2:1-3 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2 And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. 3 So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.
When were angels created? Genesis 2:1 informs us that angels were created in the first six days of creation. The word "host" refers to an organized body of angels. The New Testament also validates the creation of angels: Colossians 1:15-16 "He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities- all things were created through him and for him."
From the beginning of creation we have had a seven day week. God established the seven day week. He built into creation a day of rest from work. Read what God has said of the rest day: Deuteronomy 5:14 "but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your ox, your donkey or any of your animals, nor the alien within your gates, so that your manservant and maidservant may rest, as you do." God created us with a need to rest one day out of seven. We will be more productive if we do so.
God also gave us a day of rest so we could worship Him and remember Him as our Creator and Provider.
Leviticus 23:3 "'There are six days when you may work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of rest, day of sacred assembly. You are not to do any work; wherever you live, it is a Sabbath to the LORD."
The seventh day is a day of rest from work and day to worship the Lord. What we are to do on our day off: We are to rest and reflect on the Lord. It is to be a day when we can spend time in the Word, in fellowship with the Lord. Are you resting your body on your day off? Are resting your soul by listening to Jesus and learning from Him? If you aren't, then you need to change your life to fit the rhythm of life God created us to need. The abundant life is lived as we live life as God created us to live.
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form and
void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. 3 And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. 4 And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day. 6 And God said, "Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters." 7 And God made the expanse and separated the waters that were under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse. And it was so. 8 And God called the expanse Heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day. 9 And God said, "Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear." And it was so. 10 God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good. 11 And God said, "Let the
earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth." And it was so. 12 The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening and there was morning, the third day. 14 And God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth." And it was so. 16 And God made the two great lights- the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night- and the stars. 17 And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18 to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening and there
was morning, the fourth day. 20 And God said, "Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens." 21 So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 And God blessed them, saying, "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth." 23 And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day. 24 And God said, "Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds- livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds." And it was so. 25 And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the livestock according to their kinds, and everything that creeps on the ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 26 Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth." 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. 28 And God blessed
them. And God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and havdominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth." 29 And God said, "Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. 30 And to every beast of the
earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food." And it was so. 31 And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
Please note that the Bible has all the heavens and earth and everything in them created in six days out of nothing. Genesis 1:1-2 is included in the six days of creation. It did not exist before God began creating the light on day one of creation. Moses tells us this in Exodus 20:11 "For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day...." The heavens and earth and all that is created was done in six literal twenty-four hour days a little over six thousand years ago, not billions of years ago as taught by Godless evolution. Please note also that fish, birds, mammals, and man were all created in a forty-eight hour time period. Jesus validates this by quoting from Genesis 1:27 in Matthew 19:4.
Please note the clarity of Genesis 1:5,8,13,19,23,31. The text says "And there was evening and there was morning, the ___ day". Moses wrote in Exodus 20:11 that all was created in six twenty-four hour days and that we are to rest the seventh twenty-four hour day. Evolution differs from Creationism. You may say, "Science teaches all came about by evolution over billions of years. How can I believe the Biblical account?" Science is changing all the time. God is changeless. As we learn more in science we find it agrees more readily with the Lord's account of how all the heavens and earth came into being than with what evolution teaches. Go to the answersingenesis.org web-site and find materials that explain how the facts of science better fit a six day creation six thousand years ago rather than billions of years evolution promotes.
What we are to do with the Biblical creation account. We are to believe it because Jesus, who raised from the dead on the third day just as He said He would, tells us it is true. We are to trust in our Creator, the Lord Jesus Christ. He has the knowledge and power to help us live an abundant life by obeying all He commanded expecting Him to fulfill our attempt to obey with His power.
Genesis 1:1-2 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
How did earth begin? This question is a life changer. Why? If what the Bible says is true (and it is) then we are confronted with a powerful and knowledgeable God who made us and everything we see and know about now and everything we don't see and know about, but one day will. We know life has purpose because God created all things.
Most of the population in the USA has been taught in state schools that evolution (not talking about natural selection as evolution and natural selection are different) is how the heavens and earth began. Evolution is a teaching that states everything that exists evolved from random combinations of elements that somehow became rocks, trees, animals, humans and whatever else that exists in the universe. It is taught in evolution that non-living elements developed into living organisms and then, through death, disease, mutation, and time, developed into the very complex organisms and ecosystems we have today - and all without a designer. This teaching is very dangerous because it removes people's accountability to God, their Creator, and the proper stewardship of His creation.
We know that God created the heavens and the earth out of nothing because Jesus Christ said so. We know what Jesus says is true because He raised from the dead in three days just as He said He would. This is recorded in John 2:18-22 "Then the Jews demanded of Him, 'What miraculous sign can You show us to prove Your authority to do all this?' Jesus answered them, 'Destroy this temple and I will raise it again in three days.' The Jews replied, 'It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and You are going to raise it in three days?' But the temple He had spoken of was His body. After He was raised from the dead, His disciples recalled what He had said. Then they believed the Scripture and the words Jesus had spoken." Jesus validated the creation account by His resurrection from the dead.
What does this mean to us? It means that God created the heavens and the earth. We have purpose. We have the Creator's book on how His creation is to work and through Jesus Christ we have the power to live according to the way we are created to live. Thus, we have also have direction on how to live an abundant life and eternal life.
What are we to do? We are to acknowledge our Creator, the Lord Jesus Christ, and live according to His word, the Bible using the power He gives to all who believe the gospel (Christ died for our sins on the cross, rose from the dead on the third day and is Lord of all). To live according to His word we need to learn His Word. We are to be reading systematically through the Bible each day. The time spent in the
Word of God will become your greatest delight.
Philippians 4:21-23 Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brothers who are with me greet you. 22 All the saints greet you, especially those of Caesar's household. 23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.
"Greet" means to spend time in warm exchange. It would be like me telling my son to "greet" my dad, mom and sisters when you go to the Twin Cities. Paul commanded the Philippian Christians to greet all the believers for him, "Greet every saint in Christ Jesus". Please note what Paul called those who are in Christ Jesus. He called them "saints". Every believer is a "saint". Saint means a person set apart for special service, a person made holy. Each person who believes that Jesus died for his sins, rose from the dead on the third day and is Lord is in Christ Jesus, set apart to serve Jesus and holy in God's sight. Every believer is also brother or sister with one another; is family.
Note that Paul served with many brothers. He had men come along with him as he carried out his assignment from God. Time with others is necessary to teach and demonstrate how to serve Jesus Christ. The family is an ideal disciple making unit. One key to a profitable disciple making unit is spending time together in work, play, eating, formal instruction, and rest. The other key to profitable disciple making unit (the family) is for Dad and Mom to spend time with the Lord to learn from so they can pass godly instruction on to the children. The Bible teaches us that both Dad and Mom are responsible for raising godly children, but that Dad is to take the lead as the God appointed spiritual leader.
Note also that Paul reached the people around him with the gospel of Christ. As he was under house arrest in Rome, he reached those in Caesar's household. We need to follow his example and reach those who have to be around us daily with the gospel of Jesus Christ. We do that effectively by speaking Jesus's words and living His life. We can do by His grace. What is grace? Grace is unmerited favor given us by God to forgive our sins and fully equip us for learning and living His life. Grace is everything we need to learn and live in accordance with God's word the Bible.
Do you see yourself as family with all believers and thus treat them as family? Do you take seriously discipling your family by spending time with the Lord and with your family daily or as often as you can? Do you know and use all the resources God has freely given you in Christ? If you can't answer yes to all the above questions, then ask God to help you and receive the help he points you to or sends to you. Ask a godly person who is living God's way to help you. The Holy Spirit will guide you into all truth.
Philippians 4:14 Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble. 15 And you Philippians yourselves know
that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only. 16 Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again. 17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit. 18 I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. 19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 20 To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.
The Philippian Church was committed to getting the good news of Jesus Christ to the world beyond their physical boundaries. Jesus came to take His message to the world. The local church has the responsibility of reaching all within its local geographical area, but also to areas beyond. The local church needs to support missionaries to unreached people groups just like the Philippian Church helped the Apostle Paul reach out to yet unreached people. Paul did not seek the gift, but gladly received it noting Philippians were building their heavenly account. Epaphroditus carried the gift to Paul as a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. Hebrews 13:16 tells us that sharing what we have is a pleasing sacrifice to our Lord. Please note What Paul said to the Philippians in verse 19: "My God will supply your every need according to His riches of glory in Christ Jesus." We can't out give God. He will keep providing for us to be generous in supporting His work (2 Corinthians 9:8)
What is the impact of this scripture on our daily living? We need to make sure our local church is generously supporting those taking the gospel to regions of unreached people that are beyond our own geographical reach. We need to be assured that our practice of generous giving will always be supplied and sustained by our generous Lord.
Philippians 4:8-13 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me- practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. 10 I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. 11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
The post today will be devotions for 22-24 July 2013.
The main verb in Philippians 4:8 is "think". The grammar tells us we are to think and keep thinking. We are to make thinking about what is good about people a lifestyle. The Greek word translated "think" could also be translated "keep a record of" as it is in 1 Corinthians 13:5 ... it keeps no record of wrongs.
Think what a difference it would make in times of conflict if we looked at the record of good things we kept on people and couldn't find any record of wrongs concerning people we love. What are we to apply to our lives from Philippians 4:8. Start keeping a record of good things about people and keep no record of wrongs. Keeping no record of wrongs doesn't mean we don't correct wrongs, it means after the wrong is corrected we don't keep a record of it. We let people off the hook.
Philippians 4:9 The verb in this verse is "practice". Paul instructs the Philippians to practice continually what they have heard and learned from his teaching of the word of God and what they have seen in him. We are to do the same. We can read what Paul taught under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. We can observe how Paul lived his life. We are to practice daily what have been taught by Paul and what Paul has modeled to us as he lived the truth. Jesus said in Luke 11:28 "Blessed ... are those who hear God's word and obey it." We are to teach and live in our families in such a way that we can say to our children, "Practice what you learned and seen in me."
Philippians 4:10-13 These verses of Scripture teach us an invaluable lesson of how to be content in any situation. Being content is a great lesson to be learned that enables us to live an abundant life in any circumstance. We can learn to be content being rich and being poor, having more than we need and being in need. What did Paul learn that allowed him to be content at all times in every circumstance?
He learned that in Christ he could do whatever his God-given assignment was. We can learn that very lesson. We can do all things - raising a family, working a job, live paycheck to paycheck, etc. - through Jesus Christ who gives us strength.
Philippians 4:6-7 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Many things cause us to worry. Worry does not show how much we care. Worry prevents us from giving our full attention to people we love or situations that impact our life. Worry is sin. Sin is doing what God says not to do or not doing what God says to do. Our text today contains two commands of the Lord that overcome worry in our lives and guard us with a peace that surpasses all understanding.
Do not be anxious or worry. The Greek grammar tells us we are not to continually be worried. We are not to be habitual worriers. This command when broken alerts us to take action. We are to repent of our worry and confess our anxiety to God. Worry comes because we are not trusting God. Worry reveals we think God doesn't want to help, can't help, or intends to harm us. All those views are wrong. Romans 8:32 tells us why. He gave us His best gift to us first to solve our greatest problem, how will He not provide the help we need for all our lesser problems.
The second command we are to continuously obey by faith when worry comes upon us is to make known our requests to God with thanksgiving. How do we exercise faith? We attempt to obey expecting the Lord to fulfill our act of faith with His power. Whatever is worrying us we take to God asking for His help. He will give us His peace that passes all understanding to guard our hearts and minds. We will be able to give our full attention to gaining and implementing God's wisdom concerning what caused us to worry. We are blessed when we hear and obey the word of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Philippians 4:5 Let your forbearing spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near.
The dictionary definition of the Greek word translated "forbearing" : yielding, gentle, kind, courteous, tolerant
If we always insisted on our way or the highway, there would be no peace in the family, workplace, local church, or social gatherings. There are many times when a particular assignment, job, or activity can be done right using different ways or strategies. Ever notice a little child insisting only on his/her own way? Pretty soon the other children don't want to play with him/her or there is conflict. It happens in the family, local church, workplace; and social setting.
Paul called the Christians at the Church of Rome to forebear one another in their practice of their faith. Romans 14:1 "Now accept the one who is weak in faith, but not for the purpose of passing judgment on his opinions." Some of the Christians wanted to worship designating the observance of special days and some didn't. Paul said it was right either way and called the Christians to live in peace by not insisting on their own way when both ways were okay. We do need to insist on God's way alone if His way is the only way. John 14:6 "Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me"
How are you in this area? Can you allow someone to accomplish a task if they do it different from how you would? Are you always insisting on your way? I like to read and pray first thing in the morning. Should I insist everyone read and pray only in the morning? Perhaps someone else who is more alert in the evening will get more out of his/her devotional time then. In areas where there is more than one way of doing something we need to forbear to maintain peace. If God says there is only one way, then we need to insist upon it. There is only one type of marriage - one between a man and a woman for a lifetime. No two types of marriage were given by God. There is, however, no two marriages that are lived out exactly alike. We need to know God's word and have His wisdom in order to be forbearing in all our relationships.
Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.
The command to rejoice is given to people who are undergoing persecution as believers in Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ first gives us the power to obey and then gives us a command to obey. Every Christian has the power to obey every command Jesus gives. It is important that we remember God's commands are not burdensome, but are blessings for us and for all around us. We obey Jesus' commands by faith. We attempt to obey expecting Jesus to fulfill our attempt with His power.
The command to rejoice is given twice to emphasize how important it is. The command is written using grammar that tells us to obey the command continuously as a lifestyle. We are always to be rejoicing in the Lord. Nehemiah 8:10 reveals the benefit of rejoicing in the Lord, "...for the joy of the Lord is your strength." We are strengthened when we rejoice in the Lord.
How do we rejoice in the Lord? We rehearse all the benefits of having the Lord as our Shepherd, our King, and our Savior. Thank You, Lord for providing all I need, for loving me, protecting me and for saving me from sin's penalty, sin's power and from the power of Satan. Thank You, Lord, for always being with me and helping live life abundantly in any circumstance. Thank You, Lord, that You are all powerful and rule over all.
Are you continually rejoicing in the Lord? If you aren't you need to begin. Rejoicing in the Lord will strengthen you and remind you of how loved and secure you are in Him, even if great insecurity and hate surround you.
ESV Philippians 4:2 I entreat Euodia and I entreat Syntyche to agree in the Lord. 3 Yes, I ask you also, true companion, help these women, who have labored side by side with me in the gospel together with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.
What is the situation described in these two verses? Two devoted Christian women are at odds with one another, in conflict with one another. These women worked with the Apostle Paul helping take the message of Jesus Christ to lost people and to help Paul build up the church. Now these women are in conflict. Fighting within keeps us from being effective in accomplishing God's purposes of saving lost people and restoring the saved to abundant life. "In fighting" ruins the effectiveness of the family and the local church. What is the solution?
The solution is for the two women to work on thinking the same. That is really hard to do when two strong willed people hold different opinions. Paul urges the women to agree in the Lord and asks a mature believer to help them do so. The word translated "agree" means "to think". Paul strongly encourages the women to renew their thinking in the truth, God's word. However, both may think they have the truth. The mature believer has impact in promoting harmony by bringing the truth to each of the women. Paul did this with those who disagreed with him in the Philippian Church. Read the following statement and scriptural counsel from the Apostle Paul.
Philippians 3:15 Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. 16 Only let us hold true to what we have attained.
The mature believer teaches the truth and depends on the Lord to reveal it to the Christian who thinks differently. He also encourages the disagreeing believers to live up to what they know and agree on (i.e. how to love one another). Paul also gave them an example to follow. When people disagreed with him in the Philippian Church, he taught the truth and depended on the Lord to reveal it to those who disagreed, while at the same time continuing to work with them to accomplish God's purposes.
How about you? What do you do when you find yourself in conflict with a fellow believer? Do you seek to confirm the truth by going to a mature believer? Do you continue to live in harmony with the person you disagree with depending on the Lord to reveal truth to the other person? Do you get stubborn and mean? Do you avoid the person you disagree with? Do you continue to live according to the truth you know serving the Lord Jesus Christ? We don't need to work against one another or have a strained relationship when we disagree with a fellow believer. We do need to seek the truth together and live according to the truth we know depending on the Lord to reveal His truth.