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Week of April 11, 2016

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

Monday


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

All beginnings and every beginning begins with God. Our beginning gives us order and purpose. The essential point made in Genesis is that we are all the result of divine intent, grace, and mercy. The reverse is also true – without God we do not have order, purpose, or hope. We are like a ship with no rudder, or a large vehicle without a steering wheel. This Monday as you begin a new week, are you grounding your life, plans, and schedule upon the Lord and His will for your life? What a beautiful thought to know that in the beginning, God. May our mornings, weeks, and years begin with spending time with the one who has no beginning.

“A life without a purpose is a languid, drifting thing. Every day we ought to renew our purpose, saying to ourselves: This day let us make a sound beginning, for what we have hitherto done is nought.”

      --Thomas Kempis

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Begin your day and week with the Savior. Take time to set your beginnings on the Rock of Jesus Christ.   



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Tuesday


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

What we understand from the opening lines of God’s Word is that God had no beginning. He is gloriously above all creation, He is before all creation, and He alone exercises supreme power over creation. What a great assurance we have in God. He isn’t simply Creator, He is the Sovereign Sustainer.

 

“And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” Colossians 1:17

 

God’s Word calls us to acknowledge our beginnings. Our beginnings are that of order and purpose, because in the beginning, God. Any day or week that does not begin with God will not end well. Spend time today with the Creator and Sustainer.

Prayer Connect

Take time to rest in the One who is above, before and powerful over all.



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Wednesday


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Gen 1:2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

            Large, grand structures are built upon strong foundations. Foundations are the beginning, the starting point of the structure. Without a good strong foundation, the structure will eventually fail.  If your starting point, your foundation, is not God, your life will be wasted, unproductive, and uninhabited. “He who runs from God in the morning will scarcely find Him the rest of the day” (John Bunyan). When we disconnect from Him and try to live independent lives, when our foundation doesn’t start with God, all kinds of chaos comes. Maybe your foundation is disordered. Maybe your life is consumed and shrouded in the darkness. Maybe you're feeling empty inside. Where is God among the darkness? He's there, and He's hovering. He created us to live in a loving, dependent relationship with him.

Prayer Connect

Take a moment to lift your eyes from your circumstance and behold God.



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Thursday


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Gen. 1:3   Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.

How wonderful a thought: It is good when God puts light in the midst of darkness. The creation account in Genesis reminds us that it is the Lord God alone who gives light. Jesus repeated this truth in John 8:12   Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” Not only do we find our light in the Lord Jesus Christ, knowing the source of light causes those who call Him Lord to be lights in darkness. Matt. 5:14   “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. May you be drawn to the light today, and may you shine the light of Christ.

"Let us not ask of the Lord deceitful riches, nor the good things of this world, nor transitory honors; but let us ask for light."—Gregory Nazianzen

 

Prayer Connect

Lord, may there be light in my soul that shines forth from the only source of eternal light: Jesus Christ. Father, give me strength to be a light in the midst of a dark world that people may see and hear the Gospel.



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Friday


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Gen. 1:3   Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness.

God’s word shatters the primal cosmic silence and signals the birth of a new cosmic order. “Divine fiat is the first of several modalities of creativity employed in this account” (Nahum Sarna). Everything changed in that moment when God spoke. When the Lord spoke, He shattered the silence and darkness in the universe and brought forth light. Further, every day of the creation account found in Genesis begins with God saying something. This is the power of the Lord’s voice and His word. Still today our Savior is in the speaking business. Yahweh spoke His creation into existence and He continues to speak to His creation. God speaks today through His Word (the Bible) and through the prayers of His children. Have you taken time today and this week to listen? When God speaks, the universe obeys. May we be a people who long for, and listen to the voice of our sovereign Father.

“Acquire the habit of speaking to God as if you were alone with Him, familiarly and with confidence and love, as to the dearest and most loving of friends.”

– Alphonsus Liguori

Prayer Connect

 Psalm 34:4    I sought the LORD, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.



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