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Family Devotion Week May 23, 2016

Gen. 9:11 I confirm My covenant with you that never again will every creature be wiped out by the waters of a flood; there will never again be a flood to destroy the earth.”
Monday

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Gen. 8:20   Then Noah built an altar to the LORD. He took some of every kind of clean animal and every kind of clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar.

Worship – it’s the first thing Noah did when he got off the ark. The burnt offerings on the alter were a way of showing gratitude for God’s gracious provision. What a great example we see in Noah. His FIRST response was to give the BEST of what he had in worship to God. God’s grace leads us to worship. Take time to reflect upon how God has shown you grace (unmerited favor). What is your response to God’s grace?

“But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

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God, we thank You for the grace You have and continue to show us.  



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Tuesday

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3 Gen. 8:21 When the LORD smelled the pleasing aroma, He said to Himself, “I will never again curse the ground because of man, even though man’s inclination is evil from his youth. And I will never again strike down every living thing as I have done.

What a wonderful truth we find in Genesis when the Lord responds to the worship and sacrifice of Noah. Noah was a man who was blameless and righteous; dedicated to the Lord. If we worship with a broken and contrite heart (Psalm 51:6) we can have assurance that our worship and sacrifice is pleasing to the Lord and will be accepted. If we are simply content to go through the motions the opposite is true; God will reject our worship and will not delight in our sacrifice. So, how is your worship this week? Are you worshipping in Spirit and in truth? Is your worship acceptable before the Lord? Take a moment to thank God for the assurance we have that He accepts our worship through the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus Christ. 

“When God’s people begin to praise and worship Him using the Biblical methods He gives, the Power of His presence comes among His people in an even greater measure.” --Graham Truscott

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Father, may my worship be pleasing to you today. 



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Wednesday

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Gen 9:11 I confirm My covenant with you that never again will every creature be wiped out by the waters of a flood; there will never again be a flood to destroy the earth.”

God is saying in his covenant with us, I give you protection from the animals, I give you protection from man, and, in my own covenant promise, I give you protection from the wrath of judgment. I will uphold rather than destroy the natural world processes on which you depend for life. As long as the world lasts, I will withhold universal judgment like this and preserve the order of creation. Only the creator of the universe can initiate that kind of covenant. We can worship the creator of the universe freely and without fear. Have you embraced the promises of God in your life? 

“God does not give us everything we want, but He does fulfill His promises...leading us along the best and straightest paths to Himself.” - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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Lord, thank You for the promises and protection You have provided to me today.



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Thursday

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Gen. 9:12   And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between Me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all future generations:

When Noah exited the Ark, God graciously offered him a sign of peace and future faithfulness. God does not ask us to blindly follow. Rather, faith is the reality of what is hoped for and proof of what is not seen (Hebrews 11:1). Think about those words. Faith is reality and proof of God’s grace and mercy. God constantly and consistently gives us tangible evidence of His grace in our lives. Sometimes that sign is a rainbow, and at other times the sign might be subtler than a large object in the sky. Here is the important point: God’s signs always point us back to His unfailing love. Are you looking, waiting, and watching for the Lord’s work in your life? Our Savior is working all things in our lives to point us upward; are you paying attention? 

“Stretched between heaven and earth, it is a bond of peace between both, and , spanning the horizon, it points to the all-embracing universality of Divine mercy”   -Delitzsch 

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Lord, thank You for Your signs of peace in my life. Help me open my eyes to Your glory today.   



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Friday

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Gen. 9:12   And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between Me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all future generations:

This is what the Cross does. It is as much of a sign to God as it is to us. When God sees the cross, He remembers the sacrifice and the grace offered to you if you receive it. The cross – what was often a symbol of hostility and war is now transformed into an image of reconciliation and grace. As Hebrews 9:26 says, “Christ appeared once for all at the end of the age to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.” God still hates sin. We are still sinful. But God will never yield his purpose to fill the earth with His glory. The final remedy is found in Jesus Christ. 

“There is no mystery in heaven or earth so great as this; a suffering Deity, an almighty Saviour nailed to a Cross.” - Samuel M. Zwemer

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Lord, thank You for the redeeming work of the cross.



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