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Family Devotion Week of June 6, 2016

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

Life Connect

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

Gen. 1:2   Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness covered the surface of the watery depths, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. 3 Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

Foundations matter. A foundation is an underlying basis or principle for something; the lowest load bearing part of a building (often below ground level). If your foundation is mal-formed or lacking, you are destined for failure.  As you begin a new week, test your foundation. Are you standing firm on your faith, or trusting in the empty strength and wisdom of the world, yourself, and shallow philosophies? In Genesis, from the very beginning, we see that every beginning commences with the Lord. Colossians 1:16 reminds us that all things were created by Jesus Christ and for Him. Because we were created, we are called to trust in the One who created us. Lean into Christ today. You can trust Him, the one who created you, the one who holds the operator’s manual to your life, soul, and eternity in His hands. 

“If you plan to build a tall house of virtues, you must first lay deep foundations of humility.” – Augustine 

Prayer Connect

Lord, help me build a solid foundation in my life today. May my week start with Christ, through Whom and by Whom all things are created.  



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Tuesday

Life Connect

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

Gen. 1:2   Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness covered the surface of the watery depths, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. 3 Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

Only God has the power to create. The Hebrew word create is used in the Bible exclusively for divine creation and formation. Thankfully, God did not just create your material existence. You are not a clock that God created, wound up (some for us are wound too tight anyway) and let you go, slowly ticking until you meet death. Rather, God created and completed you in His image. So remember today that God’s divine act of creating you resulted in giving you existence, life, breath, order, and purpose in your life. Like a ship securely tied to its moorings, we too must fasten to our Savior who gives us purpose, direction and fulfillment. Your beginning, all beginnings, begin with God. What an image and purpose the Lord has put within your heart, soul, and mind. 

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

Prayer Connect

Lord, You are all we need. Help me find my purpose in You and may all I purpose to do today glorify You.   



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Wednesday

Life Connect

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

Gen. 1:2   Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness covered the surface of the watery depths, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. 3 Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

The Hebrew wording for formless and empty is tohu wobohu (try saying that three times fast). Translated another way, Genesis 1:2 can be rendered: the earth was welter and waste… unproductive and uninhabited. What we see in Genesis is that if your starting point, if your foundation, is not God, your life will be waste, unproductive, and uninhabited. Without God speaking and giving light, the world was empty, futile, and inhospitable. Think about your life; what would it be like if the light of Christ did not shine upon you? Genesis gives us the answer! Our lives are inhospitable and futile without the glorious light of our Savior. Today will you be content to be tohu wobohu, or will you live today for Jesus Christ who speaks light and gives life?

 

Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that. – Martin Luther King Jr. 

Prayer Connect

Lord, help me stay far from temptation, idleness, and uninhabitable places today. 



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Thursday

Life Connect

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

Gen. 1:2   Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness covered the surface of the watery depths, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. 3 Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

In Genesis 1:3, the Lord’s word shatters the primal cosmic silence and signals the birth of a new cosmic order.  Still today, when God speaks He shatters our spiritual silence. But God does not simply speak from His mouth as you and I. In the Bible, when God speaks (God said) it means God thought or willed. It signifies that the creator is wholly independent of His creation. It implies effortlessness and absolute sovereignty over creation. 

Thankfully our Savior effortlessly spoke His creation into existence and continues to speak to His children. The Lord communicates to us through His Word (James 1:22) and prayer (Psalm 34:4); we simply need to listen.  How are your spiritual listening skills? Whenever God speaks we find goodness. 

 

“I would rather a thousand times be five minutes at the feet of Christ than listen a lifetime to all the wise men in the world.” –D.L. Moody 

Prayer Connect

Lord, help me listen well today to Your voice.  



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Friday

Life Connect

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

Gen. 1:2   Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness covered the surface of the watery depths, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. 3 Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

IIt is good when God puts light in the midst of darkness. This was not a one-time event at the dawning of time. Our Heavenly Father continues to be a source of light in our lives. The New Testament emphasizes the light of Jesus Christ. 

1. God gives us light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.”

 

2. God also causes us to be light 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.

How good it is when God puts light in the midst of the darkness. Have you personally put your trust in the Light of the world? If so, how are you being a light today that others may come to faith in Jesus Christ?

Prayer Connect

Lord, help me be a light that points others to saving faith in Jesus Christ today and this week.   



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