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Genesis

The first page of Genesis

This is the most important book in the Bible, it tells us where we came from, who we are, where we are going, why we need a Savior and who is going to save us. It is the foundation to all the other books of the Bible and the foundation to our faith in Jesus.

This first book of the Bible tells us that we were created in the image of God, we were created and gifted with the ability to choose. We can choose to listen to and follow Him or we can choose to follow our own desires. Adam, the first man, chose to follow his desires and we also continually choose to follow our own desires. We choose things that make us happy and stray from what our Father, our Creator, has for us. Our sin is disobeying Him, the One who gave us life and to be brought back into His family, to be on speaking terms with our Father, we have to repay our debt, the grief and sadness that we have given Him. But that debt, that punishment, is so huge that we would never be able to repay it. God in all His grace and mercy and love, has given us a way to repay it, He has sent His Son to die for us, to wipe clean all of our transgressions. All we have to do is accept this gift, to accept Jesus as our Savior.

Genesis is traditionally thought to be written by Moses during the 40 days he was on Mount Sinai, that God spoke to him and told him the accounts as he wrote. I believe that Moses actually had these accounts already in writing, passed down through the generations and he compiled them into one book. There are nine separators of records found in Genesis and Exodus 1:1, these are marked with the words, “the generations of…” If these are subscripts or signatures of the accounts before it, written by the first hand eyewitness of those events, it gives the historicity of those records more weight. This leads to the conclusion that Genesis 1:1-2:4, ending with “the generations of the heavens and the earth,” is written by God Himself. He wrote it or perhaps spoke it to Adam, who did the actual writing, either way, the creation of time, space, earth, and everything on it was relayed to man by the One who was there, it is and will always be, the most accurate account of the origin of man. Take a look at this excerpt from Henry M. Morris’s the Genesis Record for more in-depth study of this idea.

One of the greatest resource that helped me understand the Bible from a scientific and logical standpoint is Answers in Genesis. It is through scouring their website and reading as much of their articles as I can that I have come to believe the Bible, God’s Word, and how I have come to know Jesus Christ.

Jesus is the Beginning

Philippian 4:14-23

14 Nevertheless you have done well that you shared in my distress. 15 Now you Philippians know also that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church shared with me concerning giving and receiving but you only. 16 For even in Thessalonica you sent aid once and again for my necessities. 17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account. 18 Indeed I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God. 19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 20 Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.

Giving is not about the giver or the receiver, it is all about God and the glory of Jesus Christ. It maybe be the needy that we give our time and money to, but it should be in joy that we give and in the name of Jesus, because the things we are able to give was a gift itself from God. Giving to help the children of God and to further His kingdom is pleasing to God and it will be blessed. We will also be bless more to be able to give more, but more importantly, He will bless us abundantly in eternity where we will be in His presence.

21 Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren who are with me greet you. 22 All the saints greet you, but especially those who are of Caesar’s household.

23 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

God is Gracious

Philippians 4:8-13

8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy-meditate on these things. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

Meditating in a quiet place.

If you are constantly thinking on and thinking about good things then it will come out in whatever you do. If you thoughts are always on pure things, always on love and praiseworthy things, then it will show in what you do and how you act. Meditate and pray on these things and God will bless us in these things and help us in this endeavor. Hint: These things are in the Bible.

Thinking and doing good all the time is hard, so find a Christian brother or sister that is doing this. You can learn from them and use them as an example just like Paul was to the Philippians. Do the things that are true, noble and just, pure and lovely and you will feel the peace that only God can give.

10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last your care for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity.

That is what the Philippians were doing, they were showing love and care to Paul.

11 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: 12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Paul is again another example we can learn from; to be content is whatever situation we are in, rich or poor, full or hungry. This doesn’t mean that if we are poor we have to stay poor or if we are hungry we have to stay hungry. Just as Paul knows how to abound, we can abound in these things, we just shouldn’t be worrying about it. God loves us and wants to bless us and as we are ready, He will bless us with all the wonderful things that he has created for us. God will give us everything we need when we need it and we can be assured that He is watching out for us. We can relax and be worry free in whatever situation or stress we are going through in life. Give it up to God and He can do all things through us.

God is Good