In the beginning God…Genesis 1.1

God is self-existent, he has always been and will always be. This is the foundational belief that we hold to be true and from this we understand our place and purpose. The only other option is to believe that matter has always been and somehow this matter came into being and had inherent power to change and create life. An impersonal substance somehow was able to create personal beings. If we hold this to be true there is no need for God and our lives can be lived by our own desires because we are free to act as we want. We are not accountable to anyone ,there is no moral code that we must submit to. Once we acknowledge that there is a God then we also must acknowledge that we are accountable to him. Our Creator is a kind and benevolent God who created human beings for his pleasure and to be the objects of his love. He is a good God and everything he does is based in his goodness. True life begins when we understand the first sentence of the Bible and place our lives under the rule of our Creator.

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Leading… Exodus 19:17

17Then Moses led the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain.

Moses was God’s appointed leader of the nation of Israel. He led the people to know and encounter God. This is the responsibility of every Christian leader to bring people into a personal relationship with God. God made himself known through several physical signs that terrified the people who witnessed them. This was in part his way of impressing upon the people his holiness and distinction from them. Yet his desire was for them to encounter him with reverence and awe of who he is so that they could understand the basis of the relationship and honor him as their God who delivered them and had great plans for them.

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Obedience and its reward… Exodus 16:26

26He said, “If you listen carefully to the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you.”

God set before the Israelites a challenge that would bring a reward of perfect health. The living conditions they would face during the journey to the promised land were stressful. With more than a million people living together the possibility of sickness and disease would be much more of risk than what they faced in Egypt. Any potential health issue would be avoided if they followed the Lord’s instructions. God’s protection of our physical health through our obedience to him is still in force today. He is our healer and his desire is that we enjoy a healthy and long life.

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Separation… Exodus 11:7

7But among the Israelites not a dog will bark at any person or animal.’ Then you will know that the LORD makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel.

The final judgment on Egypt would be the only one that would convince Pharoah to let the people go. It was an extremely impacting judgment on every family except the Israelites who followed the orders of Moses to place blood around the door frame of their home. It was the blood that separated them from the Egyptian people. It is the blood of Jesus that separates us from the world and the judgment of God that will one day be executed upon all of mankind. Christianity has the only means by which the world can be spared from the wrath of God caused by the sins of mankind. God has made a way through Jesus but we must apply the blood through the decision we make to accept God’s provision for our salvation.

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Arranged marriage… Genesis 24

The marriage arrangement between Isaac and Rebecca is very foreign to the culture of the USA and many countries. It is still a common practice in many families in India. Recently I met two brothers who had arranged marriages. The unique thing is that they both married women who were sisters. The elder brother had never met his wife until the marriage ceremony while the younger brother had the advantage of at least meeting his future wife through family gatherings. The marriages are strong as is their love for God and each other. Love is a decision of the will and those who choose to live for the best of others will experience true love.

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Great God… Psalms 95:4,5

For the LORD is a great God and a great King above all gods. 4 In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also. 5 The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.

The Hindus have millions of gods they serve with fear. They do not have a concept that there is only one God and all other gods are the creation of man inspired by demonic influence. The one true God is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He is the only wise God who created the world through the power of his spoken word. He is the God of love who sent his Son to save mankind from his sin. He is the God who cares for his people with gentleness, kindness, compassion, mercy and grace. There is no God that can compare and he alone is worthy of all praise.

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Identity… Psalms 79:13

13 But we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will give thanks to you forever; from generation to generation we will recount your praise.

Our identity is found in our relationship with God. We are his people, he has the right to do as he pleases and it his pleasure to care for us as a shepherd cares for his sheep. Because of his love and goodness expressed to us we are to continually give thanks to him. We have a responsibility to pass on to the next generation our experiences with God and inspire them to seek God and develop their relationship with him based on their identity found in him.

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God’s abundance… Psalms 65:11

11 You crown the year with your bounty; your wagon tracks overflow with abundance.

When God created the garden of Eden it reflected Beauty, order and abundance. David was observing the abundance of God when he noted that the tracks where the wagons carried the harvest had an abundance of the harvested crop that overflowed and spilled on the path. God’s creation was designed for multiplication to meet the needs of people and have extra. There is always enough when we walk in obedience to the will of God. God blesses us with abundance so we can be a blessing to others.

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