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When you are praying about something that is important to you and you need answers. And the Bible App scriptures of the day come in this succession, I think God is reminding me to trust, pray, wait, keep my hope in him, and give him praise while he works it all out.
 
troubled heart

John 14:1
– Let not your heart be troubled

Promise

2 Peter 3:9
– The Lord is not slack concerning his promise

dream big

Ephesians 3:20 – [pray] unto him that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above

 
still

Psalms 46:10 – Be still and KNOW that I am God

thanks

Psalms 105:1
– Give thanks unto the Lord.

While it may be a coincidence that the scriptures have come in this order at this time, but God can speak to the heart in many ways. Thankful for peace in an unknowing time.
alone with God
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Genesis 4-7

My thoughts:

Genesis 4

  • God requires our First and Best fruit, not just any fruit of our labors
  • If we don’t give our best, we shouldn’t expect to receive the best. We can only get as much return as we are willing to give.
  • We cannot deceive God, he sees and hears everything
  • Once sin started in the world it grew exponentially.
  • Adam and Eve’s grandchildren began to seek a relationship with God; they called upon the name of the Lord in prayer. (4:26)

Genesis 5

  • Adam and Eve were created in God’s image; their children were created in Adam’s image. Adam and Eve were created Holy until they chose to sin at which time they became carnal. This carnal image is what was passed down to their children.
  • In reading through the lineage of Adam, the one that stands out is Enoch. Besides those scriptures pertaining to him, each generation is recorded in a similar manner. Enoch walked with God. In our busy lives, with the world around us, in our lineage, do people testify that we walked with God? (5:24)
  • Noah was a promise that offered hope to his family. (5:29)
  • Trivia – there were 1056 years between creation of Adam and the birth of Noah. (if you add all the years of the father before the son was born)

Genesis 6

  • God shorten the life span to 120 years.
  • Sin was very vile and of every kind even in Noah’s day. We often think that it can’t get any worse, and that may be true, sin has been here almost since the beginning. Sin is sin, no matter how atrocious the deed, it was vile in Noah’s time and still vile now.
  • Because of the expanse of sin in the heart and minds, God was sorry for creating man.
  • Noah is the second man that was mentioned to walk with God.
  • God again had an organized plan to cleanse the world: an ark and a flood.
  • God was very specific in his directions in building the boat as he was in the Garden of Eden with his commandment to not eat of the tree.
  • God made a promise to Noah.
  • The earth is still around because of Noah’s faithfulness.
  • When someone writes our story can they say: “Thus did [YOUR NAME]; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.”? (6:22) Even when we don’t comprehend the rain that is coming, can we still obey and build the boat.

Genesis 7

  • The account of the flood is so fantastic. First Noah receives the instruction to build an ark. What is that? For rain? There was no comprehension for either thing. Then with specific guidelines the ark is built. With out question from Noah. He just followed God’s directions. Then the gathering of the animals. These are wild animals, not from a zoo. They came from all over in pairs to the boat. Imagine the traveling that Noah and his family did to gather the animals and bring them to the ark. They couldn’t take the ark to the animals and load them up. Then the food. It wasn’t just the 40 days and nights, but also the 150 days that they remained in the boat until they could exit on dry land. The many mouths that needed food. The space and means to hold it fresh for that length of time. And where does the food go after it is eaten? Imagine the sanitation issues for all those people and animals for 200 days. Only God could have directed the whole thing, calling the animals, and providing for the food, sanitation and housing of all the beings. It is heard to wrap my brain around. Our God is an AWESOME God.

This world is full of religion. You can find a religion that will fit your needs and make you feel good. But what exactly are they offering you? Do they teach the Word of God? Is a change of heart a requirement for the promise of salvation? Is every level of hierarchy with in those religions built on honesty and truth?

From what I have seen of religion today offers nothing but a false hope, a half truth and hypocrisy. This practice in man made religion has been going on for years. In fact, Jesus preached about it. At that time it was the Scribes and Pharisees that were doing a disservice to those that wanted to seek God. In Matthew 23 Christ brings judgment to those that require acts from the people and not themselves. To those that are more concerned with the “law” than a heart change. To those that are busy about works that make them appear to be righteous but are not sincere in their hearts. He concludes this message with verse 23; “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.” The scribes and Pharisees in Bible times were more concerned with acting like a follower of Christ than being one from the heart, as many religious leaders are today. God requires us to pay more attention to the “weightier matters of the law” those that are most important, judgment, mercy and faith.

In my observation of religion I have seen that many have two of the three. Some have mercy and faith. They preach that God is love and will forgive anything as long as you believe. That you can’t live with out sin, but God is merciful just say “I Believe”. Others are full of judgment, have strict creeds that, and are stingy with mercy. There is any combination that can be made. But if you don’t have all three, you don’t have the complete truth that God has for you. The three principles, judgment, mercy and faith all work together and the result is beautiful.

In order to receive mercy through faith, one has to experience judgment. How can you ask for forgiveness if you have done nothing wrong? Romans 3:23 reads “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” Each and every one of us has committed sin. What is sin? Sin is a transgression against God’s law, something that we know is wrong but do it anyways (1 John 3:4) or something that we know we need to do, but we don’t do it. (James 4:17) The Bible tells us that we are all sinners and that God is not pleased with this. Romans 6:1 asks “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?” the answer in verse 2 is “God forbid.” His plan for us is that we live in communion with him. We cannot do this if sin remains in our life. So judgment comes through the acknowledgement of sin and the need to seek forgiveness or mercy for them. If we fail to do this and continue living in sin, we have a reward, and that is hell. (Psalms 9:16-17) But let’s not forget God’s perfect plan. He does offer mercy to those that seek his forgiveness for their sins. God sent his son, the ultimate sacrifice so that we could live with out sin. In Matthew 1:21 the Bible states that Jesus came to save his people FROM their sins, not to save them while they continue IN their sins. All we have to do to receive this mercy is to confess our sins. (1 John 1:9) It is hard to say that we are wrong and to say sorry, but God loves a humble heart and will draw them close. Once we have been forgiven it is up to us to choose to live sin free every day. Sin is a choice as we discussed earlier and it is with God’s mercy and grace that we are able to choose to follow him in righteousness. We have a responsibility to keep a tight hold on our salvation, 1 John 5:18 “We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.” We are born into God’s family when we have sought forgiveness and received it; we then need to keep ourselves so that the enemy of our souls will have no power over us. Now where is faith in all of this? Ephesians 2:8-9 reads “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” We do need to have faith to believe that God can and will save us. That he will keep his promises. Through the power of salvation in us and his presence through the Holy Spirit, we can live each day in a manner pleasing to him. We will not make it to heaven just by doing good things, we cannot save ourselves. We need to accept the blood of Jesus as a payment for our sins and though God’s mercy continue our life with out sin. Our salvation is a work that only God can perform in our lives. It is only when we have acknowledged the judgment of sin and sought mercy through faith that we are able to live as God would have us to, holy, sin free, and in communion with him.

Through all of this we can see that we must have all three, judgment, mercy and faith to live according to God’s plan for his people. Be honest with your self and with God. Don’t be content with just a religious belief, search for a true relationship with God. Seek the truth where ever you go and God will be faithful to bring you to it. It is his desire that you find the truth.

There is peace in the midst of my storm tossed life,
But there’s an anchor, there’s a rock to cast my faith upon.
Jesus rides in my vessel so I’ll fear no alarm.
He gives me peace in the midst of my storm.

Oh the storms keep on raging in my life
And sometimes it’s hard to tell the night from the day
Still that hope that lies with in is reassured
And I keep mine eyes upon that distant shore
I know he’ll lead me safely thru that blessed place he has prepared

But if the storms don’t cease
And if the winds keep on blowing
My soul has been anchored the lord

Oh the storms keep on raging in my life
And sometimes it’s hard to tell the night from the day
Still that hope that lies with in is reassured
And I keep mine eyes upon that distant shore
I know he’ll lead me safely thru that blessed place he has prepared

But if the storms don’t cease
And if the winds keep on blowing
My soul has been anchored the lord

But if the storms don’t cease
And if the winds keep on blowing
Praise God, My soul has been anchored the lord

A refuge is a place of protection from an enemy.

Psalms 71
In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion.

Deliver me in thy righteousness, and cause me to escape: incline thine ear unto me, and save me.

Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: thou hast given commandment to save me; for thou art my rock and my fortress.

Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man.

For thou art my hope, O Lord GOD: thou art my trust from my youth.

By thee have I been holden up from the womb: thou art he that took me out of my mother’s bowels: my praise shall be continually of thee.

I am as a wonder unto many; but thou art my strong refuge.

Let my mouth be filled with thy praise and with thy honour all the day.

Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth.

For mine enemies speak against me; and they that lay wait for my soul take counsel together,

Saying, God hath forsaken him: persecute and take him; for there is none to deliver him.

O God, be not far from me: O my God, make haste for my help.

Let them be confounded and consumed that are adversaries to my soul; let them be covered with reproach and dishonour that seek my hurt.

But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more.

My mouth shall shew forth thy righteousness and thy salvation all the day; for I know not the numbers thereof.

I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD: I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only.

O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works.

Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come.

Thy righteousness also, O God, is very high, who hast done great things: O God, who is like unto thee!

Thou, which hast shewed me great and sore troubles, shalt quicken me again, and shalt bring me up again from the depths of the earth.

Thou shalt increase my greatness, and comfort me on every side.

I will also praise thee with the psaltery, even thy truth, O my God: unto thee will I sing with the harp, O thou Holy One of Israel.

My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto thee; and my soul, which thou hast redeemed.

My tongue also shall talk of thy righteousness all the day long: for they are confounded, for they are brought unto shame, that seek my hurt.

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