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GOD who SPEAKS
To appreciate the goodness of God as seen in His revelation to us and then to spread the news that He has spoken by aligning our lives with His will and telling others of His grace.
1In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
2Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness covered the surface of the watery depths, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. 3Then God said, "Let there be light," and there was light.
Notice who takes the initiative in this narrative.
2Then the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire within a bush. As Moses looked, he saw that the bush was on fire but was not consumed. 3So Moses thought: I must go over and look at this remarkable sight. Why isn't the bush burning up?
4When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called out to him from the bush, "Moses, Moses!“ "Here I am," he answered.
5"Do not come closer," He said. "Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy ground." 6Then He continued, "I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob." Moses hid his face because he was afraid to look at God.
Note what God does and says.
27So God created man in His own image; He created him in the image of God; He created them male and female.
28God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it. Rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, and every creature that crawls on the earth." 29God also said, "Look, I have given you every seed-bearing plant on the surface of the entire earth, and every tree whose fruit contains seed. This food will be for you, 30for all the wildlife of the earth, for every bird of the sky, and for every creature that crawls on the earth—everything having the breath of life in it. I have given every green plant for food." And it was so.
The blessing of the gospel – the gift of undeserved grace – should motivate and drive our obedience.
“Religion operates on the principle of ‘I obey – therefore I am accepted by God.’ The basic operating principle of the gospel is ‘I am accepted by God through the work of Jesus Christ – therefore I obey.’”
“Lord Jesus Christ, Fill me with your Spirit, that I may be full of His presence. I am blind – send Him to make me see; dark – let Him say, “let there be light!” May His comforts cheer me in my sorrows, His strength sustain me in my trials, His blessings revive me in my weariness, His presence render me a fruitful tree of holiness, His might establish me in peace and joy, His incitements make me ceaseless in prayer, His animation kindle in me undying devotion.”