TODAY'S WORD FOR Tuesday, November 13, 2018:
The act of bringing something into existence; an original product; original handiwork.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
II Corinthians 5:17
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
It is important that we consider several things when we read the first verse in the Bible. First, the Bible is not only a book about God but it is the book from God. Secondly, in the beginning refers to the beginning of creation. Remember that God was unformed, unmade, uncreated and had no beginning. He always was, always is, and always shall be. And finally, God created the heavens and the earth, in other words, the entire universe.
There are various theories on the origin of the universe but only the Bible declares that there is one supreme God who created the world out of nothing. Out of His divine love God created man and gave him a special place in the world He created.
God is also our creator since the Word says he created man. Along with being our creator He is our sustainer, our judge and our hope in this world and for eternity. What an awesome God, our creator is. It is beyond our human comprehension. The six days of creation, as outlined in the book of Genesis, clearly tells us that we are here and what we have here is all because of God and His love for us. God loves us so much that He not only created the world for us, but He created us in His image. God saw all that He had made, and it was very good.
Adam and Eve however did not remain good. They rebelled against God and their sin separated them from God. In His mercy God provided a way of salvation to cleanse them and all mankind of their sin and enable all mankind to be reconciled to Himself.
When we are reconciled to God through His Son we become a new creation --- II Corinthians 5:17. Believers become new people on the inside. The Holy Spirit indwells them and changes them. He doesn’t just reform them he recreates them.
When we accept Jesus as our Savior we are not merely turning over a new leaf, we are beginning a whole new life. Old things are passed away. These are the things that controlled our life before our salvation. He then tells us that all things become new. As a new creation of our Lord the things that dominated our lives before we found Jesus are now history and no longer important. We have a whole new purpose, to serve Jesus and Him alone.
Yes, God is our creator. We can be assured that the God who had power to create us has the power to redeem us and recreate us. He created the world we live in and then created us and then He created us for our new life when we found Jesus as our Savior. What an awesome God he is!
Our memory verse for this week is found in I Chronicles 28:20.
And David said to his son Solomon, be strong and of good courage, and do it; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the Lord God, my God, will be with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you, until you have finished all the work for the service of the house of the Lord.
What a privilege we have knowing that You are our creator. Thank You for the salvation you provided for all those you created and for the assurance we, as believers, now have of spending an eternity in heaven with You, our creator, our redeemer and our Lord.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution and Ministry Director for World Bible Society, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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