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Laying hold of purpose!

Scripture reading for January 3rd: Genesis 1-2, Psalm 19, Mark 1

Mark 1:16-20 “Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” And immediately they left their nets and followed Him. And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and John His brother, who were in their boat mending the nets. And immediately He called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed Him.”

A big factor in life-satisfaction is having a clear purpose and pursuing it. God has a plan for each person’s life and a purpose for which He formed them. Before Christ, we may set out on our own to find purpose in many pursuits, some lawful and others dubious, but when we hear from God, that changes everything! These fishermen were going about their business of mending nets and pursuing purpose in an honorable way of life and business. Jesus purposely passed by their place of business. He was walking as the Father God directed Him to choose those who would become His followers and enter into God’s kingdom purposes. He offered an invitation to these ordinary working men to follow Him and to become fishers of men! Their response was “Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.” Immediate obedience and faith came at the sound of Jesus’ voice to these called by God! Are you listening to Jesus as you read His Word today? Jesus is calling!

Genesis 2:7, 15 “. . . then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.” . . .”The Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.”

Prayer: Father God, thank You for the breath of Life you placed in me through the gift of the Holy Spirit and for the call to follow Jesus and learn and obey His Word. Thank You for the purpose and vision that You give to each person who responds to Your voice. Forgive me for not being ‘immediate’ in my responses. Thank You for Your patience and mercy. Let Your purposes be my purposes and teach me to fish for men as You did with those first followers.

Psalm 19:1-4 “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard. Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.”

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God’s revelation to all men!

Scripture reading for June 14th:  Romans 1

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Romans 1:18-20  “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.  For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–His eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”  

Paul’s letter to the Romans is a revelation of the gospel message of righteousness that comes by faith in Jesus Christ. In these verses Paul clearly states that all men have had the opportunity to see and understand God’s eternal power and divine nature through God’s revelation though creation.  Even though men have this revelation from God, Himself, they suppress this truth in unrighteousness.  They purposely block out what God clearly has revealed.  This willful suppression brings an ongoing revelation of God’s wrath upon them because sin brings death!  This wrath is seen in God giving men over to their sinful desires.  This willful exchange of truth for a lie leads to immorality with ever-increasing depravity.

Observations for over-comers:  Over-comers realize that God has revealed Himself to all mankind through creation.  They call people to account with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, revealing the only way to righteousness–through faith!  “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.  Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.  There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.  Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.”  (Psalm 19:1-4)

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The Awesome God of Creation!

Scripture reading for May 27th:  Acts 17

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Acts 17:24-28  “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands.  And He is not served by human hands, as if He needed anything, because He Himself gives all men life and breath and everything else.  From one man He made every nation of men that they should inhabit the whole earth; and He determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live.  God did this so that men would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.”  

Paul ministered to the intellectuals of Athens by telling them about the God who created the heavens and the earth. He told them about the omnipotence and omniscience of this Creator God, who was very near to each one of us.  He also told them that this God had placed each person in the geographical location He desired  and given the time allotted for them.   Paul said that God did this so that men would seek Him and reach out to Him!  These truths are often veiled from unbelievers but can serve to open their hearts to the God who alone is worthy of worship!

Observations for over-comers:  Sharing with intellectuals about the One True God will help to open their hearts.  Remember that God has already revealed Himself to each person through nature and conscience.  “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.  Day after day they pour forth speech;  night after night they display knowledge.  There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.  Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.”  (Psalm 19:1-4)

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