Creation: God Fills
On the first three days of creation, God created the sky, the waters and the land. Now he filled them.
On the fourth day of creation, God filled the sky. He put stars in the sky, including the sun and moon which would divide the day from the night. These heavenly bodies also had a purpose of telling humans of the passing of days ,seasons and years. This proved to be very important during Biblical history because humans needed to know which day was the Sabbath, or day of rest. Plus they needed to know when a new month began and when to celebrate the different annual events listed in Leviticus 23. Clocks would not be invented for a long time. Therefore, they needed to rely on the stars for guidance for passing of time.
While these signs were created to guide humans, they were not made to be worshipped. People all around us admire God's creation. I do this during my drive to work. I drive along a dark, almost deserted highway at night. I can clearly see the different stars as I am driving. I admire this because when I am in the city, the stars are almost invisible because of the lights of the city. Even during Biblical times, people admired this creation. However, sometimes this admiration turned to worship when people used the stars to look for signs. People do this today by using the stars to predict their futures.
On the fifth say of creation, god filled the sky and the waters with birds and aquatic animals. He blessed the animals and gave them the freedom to enjoy his creation and to reproduce so that the world would be filled with them. This is the first known blessing God gave. It was the first of many.
Genesis 1:28 "And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth" (KJV)
Genesis 2:3 "And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made" (KJV).
Genesis 5:2 "Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created" (KJV).
Genesis 9:1 "And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth" (KJV)
Genesis 12:1-3 Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed” (KJV).
On the first five days of creation we have seen creating light the sky and universe. He formed the earth into dry land and water. He filled the sky with stars and other heavenly bodies and filled the sky with birds and waters with aquatic animals. Now on the sixth day of creation, God created wildlife and filled the land with them. Then he created man as When God formed man out of the dust and breathed life into him, this goes to show that creation and evolution do not go hand-in-hand. If you belief in one, you cannot believe in another. Therefore, since I believe in creation, the theory of evolution is a hoax. I am not a creature created by the "Big Bang" or am I not on the top of the rung of the evolutionary ladder. God, the Great Potter, took his own skilled hands and made man.
There are many facts that we must remember about the origin on humans. These include that we were created by God and in his image that we were created to have dominion over the earth and that he deserves our worship, praise and obedience. Finally we must be good stewards of creation. Just because somebody else looks differently than me whether he or she is not good looking, is overweight or has some disability, this person was still created in God's image. Rather than making comments to myself and judging them for his looks, I must appreciate God's creative art.
Do you ever look in the mirror and become critical of your appearance? You may think your face is too round or that you hair is too curly or that your nose is too big? The next time you look in the mirror, think of yourself as a work of art. Since God designed and created you, you are perfect.
Now that I understand about God's magnificent creation, I must appreciate the gift that God provided and accept the gift. It is a treasure that should not be wasted or ruined. By showing my appreciation, I can do this by thanking God for everything he has given me, singing songs of praise and worship.
When God speaks, Something Happens
When you think about the most powerful person in the world, who comes to your mind? It is the President of the United States? While many would think that would be the right answer, the answer actually is "no." There have been many times when he orders something and it is not done. He may give orders for something to be done and have these orders officially sign. However, it may take years for what he wants done to be carried out. God on the other hand just say the words and it is done.
Psalm 33:9 "For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast" (KJV).
Look around you and what do you see? You see the stars, the mountains, flowers, wildlife, people, and so much more. All this God created when he spoke the words. This creative act shows a powerful God full of wisdom and authority.
Knowing this, how does this affect your relationship with God? For me, I am awed at his awesomeness. He indeed is an awesome God. There are times when I allow myself to drift from God's presence. I tend to want to do things my way. However, when I stop and see the beauty around me, there is only one thing I can do. That is to return to God's presence.
With my walk with God, I have been getting into a deeper relationship with him. I do tend to stray at times. However, that is getting less and less often. On the times I do stray, I find myself returning back to him quicker.
What powerful words spoke when he created the universe and this world! He spoke to many people during the Biblical times. Some of them such as Noah and Abraham listened to him and obeyed his words and promises. However, many, even though they heard his words, did not listen or obey. The ones who listened and obeyed found favor in God's eyes. God speaks to us everyday. However, how many listen, stop what they are doing and obey? Many of us go on their own self-directed path. I must confess that I am one of those people as well. Some may argue that they cannot hear God's voice and, therefore, cannot listen and do what he wants. While you may not hear an audible voice, you may have a stirring in your soul to do something.
Here is an example of one way God talked to me. In my first semester, I flunked out of my college. I decided not to give up but to go to a local community college. After improving my study habits, I did a lot better in the second college. Actually, my grades were good was accepted into a four year university. During my first semester at that college, I saw a flier for joining the Army. I never even gave the military a thought before seeing that flier. Now all of a sudden, I wanted to join. That was God telling me to join, which I did. A few years down the road, I met my future husband. If I did not give that flier a second glance, I never would have met him.
God talks to people to reach out to other people. Ever since I was about fifteen years old, I wanted to be a writer. Through the years, I dabbled in different types of writing, including fiction. God instilled in my heart to continue with what I was doing, even though it felt that I was getting nowhere with it. Eventually, I realized he was telling me to be a writer for the purpose of reaching out to others. I am normally an introvert and am not good with speaking to other people, especially when it comes to beliefs. However, my written word is more effective than speaking. With the Internet, I can reach out to a countless number of people.
These are just a few examples of how God has spoken to me. Has he spoken to you lately?
God's words are powerful. While something will not happen right away when we say the words, out words can be powerful as well. When used in the wrong way, our words can hurt. Never mind the rhyme:
"Sticks and Stones
Can Break my Bones,
But words will
Never hurt me."
That is a lie! Words can still hurt even years after they are spoken. So the next time you start to get involved with the grapvine or the rumor mill, words do hurt.
On the other hand, your words can be powerful enough to bless and give people comfort. Before I became a Christian, I was not sure which direction I was heading. It was either up or down and I was leaning more for down. Then I met a Christian who explained what it meant to be saved. He spoke gently to me and his gentleness helped me decide to live a life for Christ. If he came at me shouting and condemning me because I was not a Christian, I may have been turned in the other direction.
Words have meaning as well. Just open up a dictionary and you will find a definition for many words. The Bible is full of words. This book is a dictionary of God's words and his true meanings. When you open up this book and read it you will be exposed to God's many truths. However, there are some people who will try to make something different out of what they have read. They are basically twisting around the words of God. Be careful if you encounter these people. They will tell you what they want to tell you. If these words are not in the Bible, then they are lies.
Isaiah 5:20 "Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter" (KJV)!
God spoke everything into existence.
Ephesians 3:9 “And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ” (KJV).
Colossians 1:16 “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him (KJV).
Revelations 4:11 “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created” (KJV).
Why did God decide to create this world? After all, before he spoke the words, this was just a chaotic blog. It was dark, had no form and was empty. The scripture does not really reveal the reasons why he did this for us. However, with the holy spirit brooding over the waters, God brought order, beauty and fullness out of the chaos, darkness and fullness. Even today, if you yield to him, he can do that for you. The best way to do it is to evaluate you life. Do you find out that you have something missing? Do you feel that you are going through each day as a robot, completing routine tasks? I have been there.
Before I turned to God, I did what I needed to do each day such as waking up, cleaning house, taking care of my personal needs, going to work, cooking dinner and going to bed. Basically it is like wash, rinse and repeat. With God in my life, I feel that I have purpose. I look forward to each new day. sometimes it may be the same routine. However, I do not feel empty as I go around and complete each task.
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