Our Actions Have Consequences, His Actions Bring Conversion: Devotional for January 4, 2022

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Today’s Bible Reading: Genesis 3-5, Mark 2

Have you noticed that the moment an authority tells you that you need to do this or that, something happens? If we disagree, something arises in our hearts to say, “No, I will do what I want!” If we agree, then we comply. We are seeing this play out in our society right now as we argue over vaccines and masks and such. But this is nothing new.

In Genesis 2:16-17, God gave Adam and Eve one law: “See this fruit on this tree? Do not eat it.” This was the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. In Genesis 3, the Tempter comes along and plants another “law,” another “Word” in their hearts and minds. That “law” the Tempter laid down seemed good but it also made the ultimate Lawgiver look bad, as if He was keeping something good from them.

Our actions have consequences. Those actions start with the seeds planted in our hearts. The first question asked in Scripture is, “Did God really say…?” The foundation of sin starts in our hearts with this–a questioning of God’s Word and God’s goodness. Genesis 4 and 5 show the consequences. The murderous act of Cain in Genesis 4, killing his brother, followed my the steady drumbeat found in Genesis 5: “… and he died… and he died… and he died.”

In the midst of this, God gives a promise of a Seed who would crush the Tempter’s head (see Genesis 3:15). God’s actions have always been meant to provide and protect us. His saving work in Christ, that Seed to Come, would provide rescue from brokenness and protect us from the work of Satan and that Babylon system so many hold to (see Revelation 17).

Our actions bring consequences. God’s actions through His Son by the Spirit bring conversion.

The Bible reading plan comes from the excellent Five-Day Bible Reading Plan.

Implications of Our Dire Situation: Good Morning Devotional for 11.29.2021

Good morning! If we have been in church world for most of our lives, we often hear or speak of “getting saved.” As is prone to happen, those phrases lose their luster over the years due to an assumption that everyone understands the implications.

To help us out, Paul uses the Word “rescue.” Outside of Christ, we exist in a dominion of darkness–so dark that we have no hope of finding our way out to escape. Thus, our need for the Father to bring us into the His Kingly Son who is the Light of the World (John 8:12).

“Rescue” implies that we are in a dire situation. Do you believe that outside of Christ is a dire situation? If not, you should. Those outside His kingdom need rescuing. That is what we should think of when we hear of salvation in all its varying phraseology. Praise God He provides that rescue through His Son, Jesus Christ.

Good Morning Devo for 9.28.2021: Working Out What God Worked In

Good morning! We are able to work out in obedience what God has work in us in diligence. We could not work out something of this nature that God could work in.  Again, only God can work in our salvation.   The pit was too deep and too dark for us to escape.  The waves were about to wash us under.  Our sin was as an avalanche ready to bury us, with no way for us to tunnel our way out.

But God has worked in us.  We can only obey him well because of His work in us.  We can only love each other, as Paul called the Philippian church his ‘beloved,’ because of the love God first worked in us (1 John 4:19).  And look at that little prepositional phrase.  Paul did not simply God would work in the world, or that God would work in the church (although in other places he has indicated this work in other places), but the Word says, “it is God who works in you.”  

What has God worked in you? Praise Him for what He’s done and tell others! That’s another incredible way to work out what God has worked in!