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Week of May 9, 2016

Gen. 6:5   When the LORD saw that man’s wickedness was widespread on the earth and that every scheme his mind thought of was nothing but evil all the time,
Monday

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Gen. 6:5   When the LORD saw that man’s wickedness was widespread on the earth and that every scheme his mind thought of was nothing but evil all the time,

"We have learned to live with unholiness and have come to look upon it as the natural and expected thing." - A. W. Tozer

The Bible very clearly shows us the quick decent of sin. Wickedness is widespread and every scheme of Noah’s time was evil all the time. The Lord could not ignore this; there are always consequences to continued and purposeful disobedience. Similarly, the land in which we currently live is very broken. A land where wickedness is the norm and righteousness is radical. May we be like Noah and his family as they found comfort in the Lord. We too can turn to Him for strength and security. Where is your comfort? 

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Lord, give us broken hearts over our wickedness and lead us by your comforting hand.



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Tuesday

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Gen. 6:5   When the LORD saw that man’s wickedness was widespread on the earth and that every scheme his mind thought of was nothing but evil all the time,

The likeness to Noah’s day is very evident in our time and age. We have our own corruptors dedicated to the spread of pornography, homosexuality, and recklessness, deliberately trying to reshape society so that abnormality is accepted as normal. The influence of society during the days of Noah was wicked much like today. If not careful, society can have its influence on us as believers. You cannot be all God wants you to be and fit in with society and everybody else.

Take time today to talk about areas of life in which you and your family feel pressure to conform to society’s mold. Encourage one another to stay strong, conforming instead to the pattern of righteousness and obedience set by Noah, and ultimately by Jesus Christ.

Romans 12:2

2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

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Lord help us to stay focused on You and not the distractions of this world. 



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Wednesday

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Gen. 6:5   When the LORD saw that man’s wickedness was widespread on the earth and that every scheme his mind thought of was nothing but evil all the time, 6 the LORD regretted that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. 7 Then the LORD said, “I will wipe off from the face of the earth mankind, whom I created, together with the animals, creatures that crawl, and birds of the sky—for I regret that I made them.” 8 Noah, however, found favor in the sight of the LORD.

God’s holy Word vividly displays His reaction to our brokenness. Our God is not a King who sits upon His throne in a far off land (heaven) ignoring the difficulties of His people. Our Savior is active, loving, and intimately involved in every aspect of your life. Yet, when we fall, stumble, and sin we “grieve His heart.” Said another way, you wound the heart of God when you rebel in sin. Remember both God and man (that’s you) are pained by sin and yet His grace brings comfort. Reflect on this truth: God does not ignore or remain silent concerning your brokenness and your sin; instead, through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, He offers us redemption and comfort even when we “wound His heart.” What amazing grace is found at the foot of the cross!

Ephesians 4:30 And don’t grieve God’s Holy Spirit. You were sealed by Him for the day of redemption.

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Lord, thank You that you are not silent or inactive, but offer comfort in the midst of my pain and my rebellion. 



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Thursday

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Gen. 6:5   When the LORD saw that man’s wickedness was widespread on the earth and that every scheme his mind thought of was nothing but evil all the time, 6 the LORD regretted that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. 7 Then the LORD said, “I will wipe off from the face of the earth mankind, whom I created, together with the animals, creatures that crawl, and birds of the sky—for I regret that I made them.” 8 Noah, however, found favor in the sight of the LORD.

What a beautiful verse: Noah found favor in the sight of the Lord. Know that in your life it is possible to find grace and favor in the midst of chaos. Noah lived in an evil time, yet the Lord looked upon his life and found one man who was willing to live a life and stand firm in his faith. The word “favor” is also often translated “grace” in the Old Testament. Even in Genesis with the impending flood approaching, we see that God’s intention is to save. Peter echoes God’s faithfulness when he encouraged: The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). Have you found favor and grace in the sight of the Lord today?

When we walk with the Lord In the light of His Word

What a glory He sheds on our way

While we do His good will He abides with us still

And with all who will trust and obey

Prayer Connect

Lord, may Your face shine upon me and be gracious to me today. Like Noah, may I find favor and grace in Your sight.   



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Friday

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Gen. 6:9   These are the family records of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among his contemporaries; Noah walked with God. 10 And Noah fathered three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

All it takes is one righteous person. Though everything around Noah and his family was wicked, he was obedient and faithful to God, leading his family to do the same. Noah and his family stood out from the rest of the world; he rose above the wickedness surrounding him. We live in a world where righteousness is scarce. Are you committed to righteousness no matter how hard it may be to achieve? Are you walking the walk, or just talking the talk?

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Thank God today for His grace, and for His guidance and strength to stand, even when no one else is doing it. 



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