July 26, 2010

Back On Track

As I am thinking about today’s devotion, I am also thinking about how quickly the summer break with our children and grandchildren is coming to a close. With this in mind I am making sure to keep our daily devotions simplistic. Hopefully they will still challenge you to engage to the fullest in seeking Him with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.

My prayers for us all is to cherish our children and those around us we are leading, mentoring to speak deliberately in all things, to desire to Be the image God created us to be and speak with the truth in love to all around us ….all the time.

Now that would Be a beautiful creation indeed, wouldn’t it?
My love to each of you, in Christ,

27 So God created humans in his image. In the image of God he created them. He created them male and female. 28 God blessed them and said, "Be fertile, increase in number, fill the earth, and be its master. Rule the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that crawl on the earth."

We know from all our previous studies thus far that God had an image in His mind AS He was creating each element of existence: heavens, earth, gravity, air, water, plants, animals and us. We also know that He gave His approval to each entity as being what He imagined it would be.

So far in our studies we see that out of all creation so far only the animals and mankind were blessed; which reminded me of the scripture in Ephesians 1:3. So, Today I am leaving off with these final scriptures from Paul.

Think of these things today, because they are holy…lovely AND pure.
Be Holy because He is Holy and you were made to Be.

3 Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! Through Christ, God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing that heaven has to offer. 4 Before the creation of the world, he chose us through Christ to be holy and perfect in his presence. 5 Because of his love he had already decided to adopt us through Jesus Christ. He freely chose to do this 6 so that the kindness F3 he had given us in his dear Son would be praised and given glory. 7 Through the blood of his Son, we are set free from our sins. God forgives our failures because of his overflowing kindness. 8 He poured out his kindness by giving us every kind of wisdom and insight 9 when he revealed the mystery of his plan to us. He had decided to do this through Christ. 10 He planned to bring all of history to its goal in Christ. Then Christ would be the head of everything in heaven and on earth. 11 God also decided ahead of time to choose us through Christ according to his plan, which makes everything work the way he intends. 12 He planned all of this so that we who had already focused our hope on Christ would praise him and give him glory. 13 You heard and believed the message of truth, the Good News that he has saved you. In him you were sealed with the Holy Spirit whom he promised. 14 This Holy Spirit is the guarantee that we will receive our inheritance. We have this guarantee until we are set free to belong to him. God receives praise and glory for this.