Friday Focus – Noah’s Ark

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So God started over, because He was deeply disappointed at the violence of men. In Chapter 6 of Genesis we see that humanity was always thinking of, and doing evil, so He was willing to try again – giving the earth a fresh start, with a small group of people. But they had to be different, they had to be people that knew and feared Him.

Noah was a man that loved God. I doubt if he went to church each week because places of worship had not been invented yet. And yet, we know that He loved God and followed the One who made us all.

We never hear much of the women, the wives of Noah’s sons. I wonder though if this could be where the different races of people came from. Perhaps one was black, another Asian and so on. One thing is for certain, and that is – we all come from the same roots, the same original people. That’s why people of faith should never have any racial prejudice. We are indeed wonderfully related.

And most people think the concept of food restrictions, the concept of “clean” and “unclean” came with Moses, and the “law”. Well no actually. God has always cared about what we eat.

Look at Chapter 7 of Genesis. God tells Noah what to bring into the Ark. Remember the two by two story? When it came to “clean” animals though, Noah was to take seven of each. Why? For food. So, seven goats, seven sheep etc. Other animals were two of each kind. We don’t eat vultures and cockroaches, do we?

And I love how God makes a promise to us as the waters receded from the mountains. He says He will not destroy all living creatures again:

“As long as the earth endures,

seedtime and harvest

cold and heat,

summer and winter,

day and night

will never cease.”

Genesis 8: 22

Amen.

Thank you, Lord God.

      

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When We Love You God

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“The Lord had said to Abram, ‘Go from you country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.

I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you….””

Genesis 12: 1, 2a

So why did God choose Abraham to do something new in the earth? Well I think He knew Abraham’s heart. For one thing we know Abraham could hear God speaking, so that means He was a man of faith.

He was a man that loved God. And he would even be willing to leave most of his family behind, and go to a place he had never seen before! Amazing.

I’m sure God knew all that ahead of time. God knew he was a man that could be trusted. Ain’t that so cool?

So what amazing plans does God have for you? We may not be going out to start a new nation, but He has wonderful things in store, some amazing places, some great plans for us!

Lord God, thank You that when we trust in You, when we love You God, You will do amazing things with us and through us! So we look forward to the future!

Amen and amen.

    

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God Meant it for Good

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“His brothers then came and threw themselves down……..But Joseph said to them, ‘Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good……’”

Genesis 50:18, 20, 21

So many horrible things take place in our world, things we will never understand. War, poverty, shootings in schools, and the list goes on endless. And then there are those things that happen to us, deep things, we are so unbelievably hurt by.

We should never tell others that they are suffering horrible pain because they have sinned. That’s called judging them. But can God use the tragedies of our own lives somehow for our own good?

In Joseph’s case he did nothing wrong, (well maybe he was a little too proud when he was young) and yet he was hated by his brothers, was nearly killed…. but was sold into slavery instead. He ran away from temptation, was falsely accused of attempted rape, and then imprisoned!

You would think he might seek revenge, but you know what? He could see the big picture, he had a view of life that helped him to see that somehow God was at work. God used Joseph in powerful ways to save many lives.

Heavenly Father, help us to see the big picture when we are hurt by others, or by circumstances. Please bring healing to us, and help us to turn bad circumstances around. May You turn all those terrible circumstances of our lives into something better – somehow for good. Amen.

      

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He Walked Faithfully

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“This is the account of Noah and his family.

Noah was a righteous man,

blameless among the people

of his time, and he walked faithfully

with God.”

Genesis 6: 9

The reason Noah was chosen to build the ark, was because he was righteous, and he walked faithfully with God!

Noah and the ark is one of my favorite accounts of Bible history.

Now the word blameless does not mean he was without sin. It does mean though, that his relationship with God was right on target!

I can see him getting angry with his sons, as they were making the ark, (No not there! It goes over here!) but in his relationship with God he did what was right.

And walking faithfully is what God expects of us. We may not be perfect, but our hearts should continue to focus on Him!!

Are we walking faithfully?

Heavenly Father, help us to have our minds focused, and faithful to You! We trust in You Lord God. Amen.

     

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The Breath of Life

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You were created, made, shaped, formed, and breathed into – with the breath of life. You were never a random chance.

You were always a great idea from God, and your lineage is ancient, going back to the first people, ever made.

And your lineage includes a line of faith walkers. Father Abraham blazed a trail for you to follow. Keep walking…….seeking His light.

 

Have a blessed, healthy and faith filled, 2018!

I wish you peace.

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Each of One of Our Lives

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“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

Genesis 1:1

It all began with God. Before there was ever a world, He was.

And we are not the summation of chance and matter, coming together randomly.

To be honest that takes more faith to believe, than simply God made each of us.

Did God know us before the world was ever made? I believe He did, and I am sure He rejoiced when he saw the beautiful mosaic of each one of our lives. Each one a masterpiece.

Lord God we thank You and praise You! Amen.

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I Am Your Shield

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“…Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.”

Genesis 15: 1

Abram was not perfect and yet he was a follower of God. He loved God and had great faith.

These verses are just before God promises him that his descendants will be as numerous as the stars!

Later his name is changed to Abraham, and he walks even more closely with the God of the universe. And further on, in the New Testament, we see that Abraham was so blessed, because of his faith.

In many ways Abraham is an example to us all, a father to us, because of his great love for Adonai (the Lord).

Help us to love you Lord God, to have a great faith in You, for the big things, and for the little things! Amen.

   

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In the Beginning

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“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” 

Genesis 1: 1

Yes, it was God from the very beginning. Even before there was a world, God was here on the scene.

And yes He made us all. The reason that’s important is, that if we don’t believe that He made us, then we can choose not to follow or accept Him.

Much of the world has this mindset now. They have chosen to say “no” to God being in charge.

But you know what? That’s where we come in. Have you been the light today?

Heavenly Father, please help us to be examples of who You are, and that You are the One in charge. Amen.

     

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The Day of Rest

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Genesis 2: 1-3

“Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.

By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.

And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating he had done.”

(We were always given at least one day a week to rest, simply as a gift)

       

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The Sixth Day – Creation Ending

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Genesis 1:30-31

“And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground – everything that has the breath of life in it – I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning – the sixth day.

     

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