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January 16, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Explore God--Does Life have a Purpose? 3


Does Life have a Purpose?

Wednesday

 

Genesis 3:2-6 (excerpts)

[The serpent] said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” . . . “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6 So when the woman saw . . . the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate.

 

Thought for Today

If God created mankind perfectly in His image and had a perfect relationship with us, what in the world happened? How did we fall so far away from God? The answer is a bit more complicated than most people think. The truth is that we got swept up in a cosmic war that was not our own making. Satan, having lost the war for God’s throne was cast out of heaven and forced into our physical universe. Realizing that he was defeated but not destroyed, Satan began searching for a way to strike one last blow on God’s heart and inflict as much pain as possible. He noted the uniqueness of mankind in creation and the special attention God gave them. So Satan set his mind to the problem of how to steal from God the thing He loved the most, His man and woman. This was the reason for his foul intrusion into the perfect sanctuary of the Garden. This is why he singles out Eve when she is alone to ask her to clarify commands give before she was created. She was assaulted by the craftiest being in creation and did not have the strength to withstand his questions. As she gives in to Satan’s logic and eats the forbidden fruit the barrier of sin is slammed in place between God and His special children. Our perfect relationship is broken and there is nothing we can do to restore it. But God quickly realizes what has happened and makes a bold promise, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall crush your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” God will not let this travesty stand. This is the end and the beginning of our relationship with God.

 

Prayer

Holy Lord, I thank You that when we were powerless to stand against the wiles of the devil, You vowed to stand in our place and sent Your Son, Jesus, to set things right. Help me to turn to Jesus when the devils words begin to overwhelm my reason. Amen

 

Devotional Quote

God is a God who has not given up on His people. If He wanted to give up, He would have given up back in the Garden of Eden.— Kirk Cameron

 

Quote of the Day

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love.— Francis of Assisi

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January 15, 2019, 7:25 AM

Daily Inspiration: Explore God--Does Life have a Purpose? 2


Does Life have a Purpose?

Tuesday

Genesis 1:26-27

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

27 So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.

 

Genesis 2:18

Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”

 

Thought for Today

Our lives are infused with both universal purpose, which means we all have the same purpose, and unique purposes. The most important universal purpose is that we were made for relationship. God tells us that we are made in His image. Unique amidst all that He made, human beings were created in God’s image. We are created to be triune like God. He gave us authority over the rest of creation. When He realized that man was alone He declared that this was wrong and created a companion fit for him. In all of this, God shows us that His desire was for a relationship with someone who could, in some small way, understand and relation to Him. He wanted people who knew the power of responsibility for others. He wanted people who understood that dominion was about love, care and service. God created you to know Him, relate to Him and love Him. God’s first purpose for your life is a loving relationship with Him. How amazing is that! Almighty God wants to know and be known by you. Take some time today and set it aside to build your relationship with God.

 

Prayer

Father in heaven, I praise You that I a fearfully and wonderfully made in Your image. Help me to know You more nearly and love You more dearly today. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

I would rather be what God chose to make me than the most glorious creature that I could think of; for to have been thought about, born in God's thought, and then made by God, is the dearest, grandest and most precious thing in all thinking. ― George MacDonald

 

Quote of the Day

“A blank piece of paper is God's way of telling us how hard it is to be God. ― Sidney Sheldon

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January 14, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Explore God--Does Life have a Purpose? 1


Explore God Chicago

Does Life have a Purpose?

Monday

 

Ecclesiastics 1:13-14

And I [King Solomon] applied my heart to seek and to search out by wisdom all that is done under heaven. It is an unhappy business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind.

 

Thought for Today

Many people are highly dissatisfied with their lives today. Only 45% of American workers are satisfied with their jobs according to www.careervision.org. Marriage satisfaction rates continue to drop. Depression is on the rise. Why is this happening? I believe it is because people are searching for meaning and purpose in their lives. They look to their career for a compelling purpose for their existence, only to discover that, while their job provides for their family, it is not often significant work in the grand scheme of things. They look to their spouse but discover their mate is imperfect and their own affections wax and wane. These discoveries leave them dissatisfied with life itself. This is the same experience that King Solomon of Israel had when he tried to discover the meaning of life. He looked to hard work, pleasure, and the desires of the flesh, but found it all to be ultimately meaningless, like trying to catch the wind. What this really teaches us is that the source of meaning and purpose are not found within us nor in the things we do. True meaning is found wholly apart from us. It is found in the One who created life. God is the one who infuses life with meaning and each individual life with purpose. If you want to discover your purpose, stop looking in or around you and begin looking above you. Look to God.

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, I believe that You created me to love me, and from that love You give my life meaning and purpose. Help me to look to You and listen to Your voice, that I may discover my meaning in You. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

The two most important days of your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.—Mark Twain

 

Quote of the Day

The only thing Christianity cannot be is moderately important.—C.S. Lewis

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