Devotional – Simple Arithmetic

As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.  Genesis 50:20 ESV

 
Recently my son asked me to help him with his math homework.  He was having difficulty correctly calculating the total cost of purchasing several hypothetical items.  Looking over the problem it quickly became clear what was wrong: he forgot to include sales tax in his calculation.  The lesson was clear: failure to include all of the factors in an equation will result in a wrong answer.

When considering the evil acts his brothers perpetrated against him Joseph found purpose and meaning. How? He remembered to include God in his calculation!  “But God meant it for good.”

Failure to include all of the factors in a mathematical equation always leads to a wrong answer. Failure to include God in your search for meaning and purpose in life will always result in disappointment and grief.

As you go through your day today remember God has a plan and a purpose for good.

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Editorial note: Originally published October 21, 2015 at assemblyHUB.com

 

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Devotional – Five Simple Words

In the beginning, God created Genesis 1:1 ESV

Five very simple words– yet indescribably profound.  Five very simple words that clearly answers today’s most hotly debated questions:  Is there a God? Where did the universe come from? Where did I come from?  Five very simple words that sets the foundation for all truth.  If you can believe these five simple words you can believe all of the other words in the Bible that follow.  If you believe these five simple words it will radically change your life, for it is these five simple words that introduces you to the all powerful creator God.

Really?  Believing something so simple as these five words can radically change a person’s life?  Yes! Jesus Christ said: “if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move.”

Yes! Faith as tiny as a mustard seed moves mountains… faith as tiny as a mustard seed will even move the mountain of your life.  Faith in these five simple words introduces you to the all powerful, eternal creator God.  The only God– the creator and sustainer of all things– who profoundly loves you and desires a personal relationship with you. Do you believe these five simple words? If not, believe them today and meet the God of the universe!

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Editorial note: Originally published October 9, 2015 at assemblyHUB.com

 

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Devotional – The God of All Power

Is anything too hard for the LORD? Genesis 18:14 ESV

Ah, Lord GOD… Nothing is too hard for you. Jeremiah 32:17 ESV

In the Greek language omni means “all” and potent means “power.” This is where our English word omnipotence originates. So, when we speak of God’s attribute of omnipotence we are actually saying He possess “all power.”

In Genesis 18 the LORD gives Abraham the amazing news that his aged wife Sarah will give birth a child in about a year’s time. Overhearing this Sarah was incredulous – how could a woman well beyond her childbearing years possibly have a child?
Knowing her thoughts, God asked the rhetorical question “Is anything too hard for the LORD?” Many years later the prophet Jeremiah decisively declared, “Nothing is too hard for [God].”

Do you believe this? Do you really believe God possesses all power? Do you really believe nothing is too hard for God? Even in your life?

If you truly believe this… if you have truly placed your full, unconditional trust in Him, you have no reason to fear any challenge you may face. No matter how impossible it may seem. You can rest in the full confidence of knowing that nothing is too hard for God!

Father, You are omnipotent. There is nothing too hard for You, for You possess all power. Please help me to fully rest in you, while placing no confidence in the flesh.

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Editorial note: Originally published January 23, 2015 at assemblyHUB.com

 

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Devotional – Getting a Closer Look

And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of man had built. Genesis 11:5 ESV

The people desired to make a name for themselves (Genesis 11:4) so they devised an audacious plan on the grandest scale. “Come,” they said, “let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens.”

And, so, they began their great project constructing a tower that would be so large, and so tall it would reach into the heavens. Impressive. Yet, in one of the more humorous Bible verses we are told the Lord “came down to see the city and the tower!” LOL. From God’s viewpoint their tower wasn’t so impressive.

Their building project was so puny! It was so infinitesimally small God implies He couldn’t even see it from Heaven! God ‘had to’ come down to ‘see it.’

What about you? Are you working on ‘great’ projects attempting to make a name for yourself? Or, are you busy making His name known?

Lord, today, would you help me to glorify your name?  And help me to make your name known and glorified on the Earth? Amen.

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Editorial note: Originally published January 11, 2015 at assemblyHUB.com

 

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Devotional – Recognizing God’s Unconditional Blessings

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May God give you the dew of heaven Genesis 27:28a ESV

Early this morning as I left the house I was careful to avoid stepping on the grass as I walked to my car. The grass was wet with the morning dew. Walking on wet grass would destroy my shoes and possibly stain the cuffs of my pants.

In biblical times the morning dew was a blessing– not a minor inconvenience. Every morning the dew would bring a refreshing break from the harsh conditions of an arid environment.

While it took much work to retrieve water from a well, the dew would arrive each morning without any effort. It was a blessing of God. An unconditional blessing that fell on the just and the unjust.

So each morning when you see the dew sparkling in the light of the rising sun remember the unconditional blessings of God you have received from Him.

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Editorial note: Originally published August 28, 2015 at assemblyHUB.com

 

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Jottings – Planning Vs. Praying

 

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Commenting on Genesis 32:1-12 NKJV “Jacob got it backwards. Jacob planned and then prayed. We should pray and then plan.”

 

Joe Mikhael, The Appearances of Christ Before His Birth and After His Resurrection: The Theophanies and Christophanies. Series of Addresses at Greenwood Hills First Family Conference, June 28 – July 5, 2014.

 

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Flashback: This Week Last Year [2012 Week #34]

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During the 34th week of 2012 Digital Sojourner posted a number of interesting articles….

  • Brother Mike Stoudt contuned his series on New Testament truth with his post The Importance of Corporate Prayer.
  • Despite the sheer volume of clear Biblical evidence that Jesus Christ is God there are many who still deny His deity. Are you looking for Biblical evidence of His deity? If so check out 10 Reasons Why I believe Jesus Christ is God.
  • In Entry Level Theological Truth [36] brother Keith Keyser explores the very interesting verse Genesis 3:15 “And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.”

Enjoy this flashback to 2012 week #34 on Digital Sojourner! What was your favorite post?

 

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Flashback: This Week Last Year [2012 Week #27]

flashback-sliderDuring the 27th week of 2012 Digital Sojourner posted a number of interesting articles….

Enjoy this flashback to 2012 week #27 on Digital Sojourner! What was your favorite post?

 

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Flashback: This Week Last Year [2012 Week #12]

Toulouse Montauban Shootings March 2012This week last year the nation of France was rocked by a series of merciless gun attacks on Jewish citizens and members of the French military.

The hate fueled series of events began with deadly attacks on members of the French military on March 11 & 15. On the 19th the gunman struck again opening fire on a group of young Jewish school children who were waiting outside their school.

The horrific chain of events culminated with a thirty hour police standoff and one last gun battle that left the perpetrator dead. In all, seven died and five were injured. [Sources: 1 2].

Clearly, this world is brutally violent. Thankfully for the believer in the Lord Jesus Christ this world is not our home! For He has defeated death and Hell (Revelation 1:18) and we as believers look forward to that day “when the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: ‘Death is swallowed up in victory.’ ‘O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?’ The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, a who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:54-57 ESV.

During the 12th week of 2012 Digital Sojourner posted a number of interesting articles including:

 

Enjoy this flashback to 2012 week #12 on Digital Sojourner!

 

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Entry Level Theological Truth [42]

“Then He who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new.’ And He said to me, ‘Write, for these words are true and faithful.’” Revelation 21:5

In our studies of the first three chapters of Genesis we have learned much about the person and works of the One True God.

This book of beginnings shows Him to be an all-powerful, all-wise, omnipresent Creator who works all things after the counsel of His own will. In contrast to modern thinking, Genesis also reveals the tremendous value of human beings who were purposefully created in the image and likeness of God for His good pleasure. They were invested with tremendous dignity and authority and put over other works of God’s hand.

Accordingly, their fall brought tragic and devastating consequences upon planet Earth. The momentous purposes of God that begin in these early chapters of the Bible run throughout the pages of holy writ. Therefore, it is not surprising that when we come to the last book of the Bible, Revelation, we meet old familiar things and issues.

 


Paradise Lost, And Found



 

Genesis 3 ends with the sad tale of Adam and Eve’s banishment from Eden. Their loss is most poignantly seen in the fact that the tree of life is now closed to them. The cherubim and flaming sword bar their way to the enjoyment of eternal life.

Yet the chapter itself also contains assurance of the saving goodness of God to be manifested in a future day through the “seed of the woman” (Gen 3:15). Happily, Revelation promises fresh access to the tree of life (Rev. 2:7).

This access is brought about through a saving relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ who died on a cursed tree to open the way to this blessed tree.

 


Glorious Dominion Over The Earth



 

The first Adam failed miserably in having dominion over the earth for the glory of God. All of the earth’s potential lay dormant and unfulfilled. What is more, man’s sin ushered in a new epoch of groaning for planet earth (Rom. 8:21-22). In the wisdom and power of God, the last Adam – as the New Testament calls the Lord Jesus (1 Cor. 15:45) – will accomplish what the first could not. As King of kings and Lord of lords, He will reign until every enemy is vanquished beneath His feet (1 Cor. 15:24-28). After ruling over the earth for 1,000 years of blissful prosperity, He will crush the last vestiges of wicked rebellion and usher in new heavens and new earth “in which righteousness dwells” (2 Pet. 3:13).

Indeed it is no exaggeration to say, as many have before, that the last Adam gains far more than the first ever lost. That is because the redeemed and glorified church along with the tribes of Israel will share in the glories of this eternal kingdom. All the purposes and plans of God will find their culmination in His unparalleled work.

 

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Editorial Note: This post concludes brother Keith Keyser’s Entry Level series. I would like to express my personal gratitude for Keith’s faithfulness in writing this helpful series on the first three chapters of Genesis. Thank you brother Keith. ~~Scott

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