Before the creation, there is the Creator.
He is the chief focus of attention in the Bible’s first chapter.
Wherever we look in Genesis 1, we see the word, God. This is about Him.
Genesis 1 speaks about us. It tells us where we have come from. We have
come from God. He is our Creator. Take away God, and our life has no
meaning, no purpose, no direction.
* Move on from the Bible’s
first chapter. Read the rest of Genesis, the rest of the Old
Testament,the rest of the Bible. What do you find? The Bible is a Book
about God. It’s not only a Book about God. It’s a Book that has been
given to us by God. It’s His Word.
* What about our faith and our
life? Our faith comes to us from God. Our life has been given to us by
God. We are to put our faith in God. We are to live our life for God.
“God said, Let there be light, and there was light” (Genesis 1:3). The
light of God’s love and holiness. “He created us in His own image”
(Genesis 1:27). Created by God - lov…
“The Lord’s glory rose from the angels” (Ezekiel 10:4); “The Spirit
lifted me” (Ezekiel 11:1 - These prophecies of Ezekiel bring us into the
presence of God. “the sound of the Almighty God when He speaks” (Ezekiel
10:5); “The Lord’s Spirit came to me and told me to say” (Ezekiel 11:5)
- When we are in the Lord’s presence, He speaks His Word to us. He
speaks to us, so that we might speak for Him. “The Spirit lifted me up”
(Ezekiel 11:24); “The Lord spoke His Word to me” (Ezekiel 12:1) - The
Word and the Spirit belong together. The Spirit inspires the Word. The
Word expresses the mind of the Spirit. “This is the divine revelation”
(Ezekiel 12:10); “This is what the Almighty Lord says, Everything that I
say will no longer be delayed. Whatever I say will happen, declares the
Almighty Lord” (Ezekiel 12:28). Through His Word and His Spirit, the
Almighty Lord is leading us on to His future. He is lifting us up to
glory - His heavenly and eternal glory.
“Listen to the Word of th…
"As He spoke to me, the Spirit entered me, stood me on my feet, and I heard Him speaking to me" (Ezekiel 2:2). If
we are to stand in Christ, we need both the Spirit and the Word - not
the Spirit without the Word, not the Word without the Spirit.
“ankle-deep, knee-deep, up to the waist, deep enough to swim in, a river than could not be crossed on foot” (Ezekiel 47:3-5). Jerusalem
- ankle-deep, all Judaea - knee deep, Samaria - up to the waist, the
ends of the earth - deep enough to swim in (Acts 1:8) Before there can be witness, there needs to be worship: from a trickle to a river - John 7:37-39. The
rivers of living water must flow into us before they can flow out from
us. “There will be life everywhere the river goes” (Ezekiel 47:9).
"David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the Name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel.47 All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord's, and He will give all of you into our hands”" (1 Samuel 17:45-47). What great words of faith David spoke to the Philistine. He was a facing a giant. Goliath, the giant, was convinced that he would defeat David. The possibility of defeat had never even crossed his mind. David, however, was not afraid. He knew that the Lord was with him. He knew that the Lord would give him the victory,
"Then the Philistine said, “This day I defy the armies of Israel! Give me a man and let us fight each other.”11 On hearing the Philistine’s words, Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified" (1 Samuel 17:10-11). The Philistine needed to know that he was facing more than the armies of Israel, more than the man they would choose to represent them. He was battling against the Lord! Saul and the Israelitess needed to know that they were not alone in this battle. God was with them!
"Be sure to fear the Lord and serve Him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things He has done for you" (1 Samuel 12:24).
we do for God cannot even begin to compare with what He has done for
us. Anything that we do - fearing the Lord and serving Him faithfully -
can never repay the Lord for what He has done for us. He has done more
for us than we could ever do for Him.