While I was work the other day, I had a conversation with someone about the creation of man. This person said that the Bible tells that Adam was not the first man. He was using the fact that God said let us make man in Genesis 1 that this meant other people were created before Adam. However, when you look in Genesis 2 the creation events apply specifically to the Garden of Eden that was created. Was Adam the first man? According to 1 Corinthians 15:45, Adam is named as the first man, was created a living soul. I think it is a safe assumption that Paul, personally called by Jesus, is accurate in his description of Adam being the first man.
Eventually, our conversation led to taking the Bible literally and figuratively. I was told that there was no literal serpent that spoke to Eve. This concerned me because the Bible states that the devil took the form of a serpent. 2 Corinthians 11 talks about Satan being transformed into an Angel of Light. Would it really be difficult to take the form of a serpent? I would think it wouldn’t be a far stretch by any means. I believe if God wanted an animal to speak to me, I better shut and listen. Numbers 22 gives the story of the donkey speaking to Balaam.
My suggestion to this person and anyone reading this post: study the Word for yourself, don’t assume that something that someone else tells you is accurate. God bless!
You know, there are times when I am presented with situations that can serve as a test and I fail them. This is because I am a flawed man that can never live good enough to make it to Heaven on my own. Some things, such as being faithful to my wife, seem like a no-brainer that I never feel tempted about. I know I love her deeply and she is a part of me. Its other things like listening and partaking in gossip, neglecting praying, neglecting studying my Bible, and allowing harsh feelings to remain in my mind. These are the types of flaws that I must work on daily and rely on the strength of God to deliver me from them. Through God’s grace and mercy, I remain a forgiven man even with my flaws. We all do who have faith in God.
There will be times when situations are presented that are designed to show us that our faith is more powerful than we may realize. It reminds me of the poem, “Footprints in the Sand”, it is during our most difficult times in our lives that we are carried by God. We just need to accept His grace and believe that He will do what is best for us.
It’s been a while since I posted anything, it’s be a hectic start to the new year. Recently, I started my second job and been trying to find the balance needed to finish my last month of class and two jobs. My wife had been working double shifts at her job due to call-offs and this has thrown our schedules for a bit of a loop. Hopefully, things have already started on an upswing for us. If not, it is the will of God and we will accept this faithfully. I know that sometimes we tend to push this to the back of our minds, but God isn’t going any where. All it takes if for us to turn our problems over to Him and He will carry us through it.
1 Peter 5:6-11 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: 7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. 10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. 11 To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
1 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; 2 Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: 3 And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. 4 And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; 5 Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. 6 And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. 7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? 8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
This is pretty straight forward parable that Jesus is sharing with the people about the importance of relying on God to deal with those that do wrong to His people. The part that I find interesting is that Jesus asks when he returns to earth will he find faith. This is interesting to me because he is wanting the people to consider the condition of the world when he is going to return. As it stand now, in the United States we have a freedom of worship that people in other countries can only dream of. What do we do with this freedom? Many Christian churches are trying to pacify people that get offended by the Word of God. Do they not have enough faith to know that it is better to offend the world than offend God? All we can do is pray for them and try to counsel to them.
I believe that it is important to praise God in the bad times as well as the good times. This is something that I have to remind myself to do when I allow myself to get caught up in some moments. When bills are overdue, the money is running low, or sleep alludes me, God is still an awesome God. This is something that I need to work on until God calls me home, because He knows what is better for me than I will ever know myself. I believe James 1:2-5 serves as a good reminder to this. “2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. 5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”
God is still God when we are having it easy or hard. The key is understanding that God helps us more than we may sometimes realize. Each day we need to rely on God for the guidance to make it through the day. When we try to made every decision on our own this is when we get into trouble. This may not happen every time, but it can happen at anytime. So, my request is this, whenever you pray and it come in your heart, lift my name up in prayer. God can help me in ways I will never understand.
I am sitting in my favorite chair and thinking about what to write for a post today. I have been trying to combine God’s word with personal experience because I believe that it make exposure to the Scripture more presentable in a manner others can relate to. I believe this is one of the reason that Jesus taught to the people in parables, because he knew they needed it presented in a way they could relate to. So I came across 1 John 4 and I thought it had lots of good words for people to know.
The chapter begins with John explaining that all things do not come from God and we must be able to discern this for ourselves. God is love is a very powerful statement for us to know. Our human ideas of love can not come close to the type of love that God is and haves for us His creation. We must be willing to submit ourselves to God and He will send the Holy Spirit to give us this feeling of love we need. Though, the full power of God’s love would probably destroy our human bodies from His glory. So the loving God gives it to is in doses that we can handle.
Our next step is to take this love and share it with other humans. It can be in the form of something as simple as being good to our enemy. Just because someone doesn’t treat us good doesn’t give us the right to treat them bad. I am always telling others to turn it over to God and He will deal with things in His time not ours. We just need to turn it over to Him.
My last two college classes are beginning on Tuesday. Just after the first of the year I will have my Associate’s degree. By the grace of God, I will have accomplished this by the age of 40. When you compare this to thing that God did in the Bible, it’s really small by comparison. However, it serves as an example of how important each and every one of us all are to God. While I may never slay a giant, part a sea, or walk on water (though I believe I could if it served to further the glory of God) hopefully my decisions will inspire someone else. Just maybe my faith can be an example to what faith can do for others.
This is where I pray to get into the swing of things, not because I want God to help me handle my schedule, but because I want God to hep me handle it in a Godly manner. Sometimes, it’s not what do, but how we do it. We must be willing to let God take control of things. His understanding is far beyond our scope of understanding (probably the reason we screw things up so badly). We have to be set apart from so many different things of the world. Otherwise, we run the risk of allowing worldly things to take too much of our attention.
Paul wrote about this in Romans Chapter 12, we should not let ourselves conform to the world. We have to live in this world, but we don’t have to accept immoral things that others do. It all falls back to Jesus telling the people to be a light and a city on the hill. We need to be a Godly example and not just go with the flow. That’s why I believe that we need to get into the swing of things first by asking God to guide our choices daily. He won’t force us to seek Him out, but He won’t leave us hanging when we do.