He Is Able

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“To Him who is able to do far more abundantly” Eph 3:20

How much freedom do I give the Holy Spirit to guide and direct the ship of my life? Yes, I am a believer and know absolutely that I will dwell with my God for eternity. But—what about now? Is the Holy Spirit free to change the direction of my ship mid-stream? Or do I smile and say, “Praise the Lord” while holding firmly to my rudder, sometimes with both hands.

Ephesians 3:20-21   Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”

In Christ, our lives have no limits except those which are self-imposed. Before Christ, our lives were like a series of boxes stacked upon one another. Each box had restrictions and constraints. We believed in the boxes and their supposed value to our lives. But, thanks be to God, through our faith in Christ, those boxes have been demolished. And now we can see horizons without limits.

Phil 3:7-8  “But everything that was a gain to me, I have considered to be a loss because of Christ. More than that I consider everything to be a loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.”

Phil 3:13  “But one thing I do, forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead, I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus.”

The past and its sins belongs right there, in the past. Leave it alone and be refreshed daily as God’s new creation created in Christ Jesus.

Gal 6:14-15  But as for me, I will never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For both circumcision and uncircumcision mean nothing; what matters, instead is a new creation.”

2 Cor 2:10  “For we are His creation—created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them.”

2 Cor 5:17  “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come.”

You’ll notice that the Scripture doesn’t say, If anyone is in Christ he has been given a new, shiny box to live in! Quite the contrary, God tells us the elements, strategies, foundations and ideas of our old lives have PASSED AWAY! We are miraculously new creations with a fresh start. New hope. New power. Eternally forgiven. Let us leave our former burdens at the foot of His cross and walk away from them. They are no longer an option.

1 Peter 1:3-4  May the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ be blessed! On account of his vast mercy, he has given us new birth. You have been born anew into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. You have a pure and enduring inheritance that cannot perish—an inheritance that is presently kept safe in heaven for you.

 

6 Days!

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“In the beginning God created—” Genesis 1:1

 

“Did God create everything in six literal days?” This question has been asked millions of times since God spoke all creation into existence thousands of years ago. As a non-Bible reading person, the question seems logical. After all, the idea of the universe, man, animals, plants, earth, sky and water spoken into being over six days does seem incredible, even unbelievable. But is it impossible for God? According to the Bible, these are the things God created in six days:

Day 1 — light and time (Gen 1:3-5);

Day 2 — the sky and “separated” waters (Gen 1:6-8);

Day 3 — dry ground, bodies of water, and plants (Gen 1:9-13);

Day 4 — the sun, moon, stars, and planets (Gen 1:14-19);

Day 5 — fish and birds (Gen 1:20-23);

Day 6 — land animals and humans (Gen 1:24-30; 2:7,15-25).

On the seventh day God rested from his work (Genesis 2:2-3).  

God also reveals that the days of creation were six normal, 24-hour days.  As God said for each day, “And there was evening, and there was morning” (Genesis 1:5, 8, 13, 19, 23, 31), and as Moses stated, “For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them” (Exodus 20:11).

As the writer to the Hebrews says, “By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible” (Hebrews 11:3).  Therefore, in the beginning God created the world and everything we see in the universe out of what you couldn’t see, out of nothing.

It is our nature to understand how things are done, created, built, manufactured. We’re naturally curious, seeking a reasonable answer. But God is beyond our understanding isn’t He? Otherwise He wouldn’t be God and could be understood by all humans. However, He is God the creator. He is Jesus the Savior. He is the Holy Spirit, our guide and counselor.

When we ask God why, He may answer, “Because I love you and have a plan for you.” Jeremiah 29:11. God could have created everything in one second but He didn’t. Likewise, He doesn’t need hundreds of millions of years either.

If we decide the creation account in Genesis, chapter one does not mean literal days, we are saying the Bible is in error. If that is the case, how can any of the Bible be accurate? We have opened the door to our own interpretation for all of it. What about John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” We may decide the actual meaning does not apply to people today. This was written for those alive at that time. The Bible is God’s written word for all people of the earth, regardless of location, age or culture.

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16)