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January 17, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Explore God--Does Life have a Purpose? 4


Does Life have a Purpose?

Thursday

 

Romans 5:8

God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

 

Thought for Today

God knew from the very moment He found Adam and Eve cowering in the bushes that your future had been changed. Sin now stood between you and the holy God who dreamed of one day knowing you. Your life was supposed to have meaning, purpose and value because it was intimately connected to His life. At this point God could have wiped out creation and sent another week of eternity making something new. God could have told you to come see Him when you got your act together. He could have established some heroic quest to make you prove your love to Him. Instead, God determined to prove His love to you. He undertook a heroic quest to win you back. He will duel with Satan, conquer sickness and disease and finally lay down His life as a sacrifice for you. Unlike Greek mythology, He did not do this because you were the height of beauty. He did it when you were at your lowest, most undesirable. He did it even though you were unworthy of it. While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. To discovering this amazing truth is to begin to discover the meaning God offers your life. For He declares that you are worthy of all this and more! And, in quite the opposite way from what happened in the Garden, your future is forever changed.

 

Prayer

Beloved Savior, I praise You for loving me when I was most unworthy of love. Help me learn to love You in return. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Legalism says God will love us if we change. The gospel says God will change us because He loves us. ― Tullian Tchividjian

 

Quote of the Day

You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams. ― Dr. Seuss

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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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