Friday, August 18, 2017

Wonderfully Made

(Part 1 of Man/Woman)

We’ve going to start with a little exercise, don’t worry it won’t take long. 

Take your hands and interlock them as if you were praying.  Go ahead, I’ll wait. 

Squeeze them together making sure your thumbs are pushing down on your hands until you can feel a pulse. 

Still squeezing your hands, take a deep breath through the nose.  Hold it two seconds and release slowly through the mouth. Repeat this. 

Now once more, but this time as you breathe out slowly release your hands and relax.  Do you know what you are experiencing?  Life! 

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Let’s Get Together 

Do you know how hard it is to actually collaborate anything with a spouse? If you do, I can relate.  Every time I wanted to “discuss” our topic either my husband wasn’t available or I was on another assignment.   

Our conversations would begin around 2 a.m. when we were both ready to call it a night, but one or the other would fall asleep.  Finally when we did get together we’d talk for hours and get so deep into the conversation it would take us off topic.   

Then we decided to focus on one verse (like that would keep us off the rabbit trails).  This is where hubby would accuse me of holding up the rapture saying God isn’t ready to face me with all my questions. 

I got to thinking, what day in past eternity did God decide, “Hey, I know what we should do today.  Let’s get together and make a man.”?  

Why now?  Why was this the time to change the rest of eternity? 

Did Jesus have to clear His schedule, “Father, I’ll be out of the universe that day. Let’s make it next Friday for creating mankind.” 

Was the Holy Spirit running behind because all of the other things He just brought to life?  No of course not, but it doesn’t stop us wondering, “What happened the day man came to life?” 

So God created man in His own image;
He created him in the image of God;
He created them male and female.
 

First Relationships 

When we look back to the very first chapter of the Bible we can see the origin of earthly relationships and how they developed over time.  In this series (although there are many more) we’re going to discuss particular relationships that began in the first week of creation.  We’ll begin with the connection between God and man. 

 “And Jehovah Elohim (plural Deity) formed Man, dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and Man became a living soul.” (Genesis 2:7 DARBY) 

“Then Yahweh Elohim formed the man from the dust of the earth and blew the breath of life into his nostrils. The man became a living being.” (Genesis 2:7 NOG) 

Is It Just Me? 

I don’t know if it’s the creative part of me or just strangeness, but when I think about how God created the human race all kinds of things float into my imagination.  It’s not that I’m taking it lightly or being flippant, but “I gotta know.” 
 
How many lumps of clay did He use?  For some reason I picture bread dough being formed where you add a little water in the center to work it into the right consistency as it’s being rolled, thumped and pounded into the desired form. 


Was God standing or kneeling on the ground forming the image after His own kind? 

When His part was finished did the Holy Spirit breathe life into man like in giving CPR or just a quick puff in the nostrils? 

Why did God stop at five fingers?  Did six cause God to say, “Nah that doesn’t look right”?   

How much did Adam already know when he awoke?  Was it the Frosty the Snowman wake up, “Happy Birthday”?   

How much did Adam know when he first stood on the ground from which he was formed?  Was his mind like the fake Santa in the second Santa Clause film where Curtis the elf says, “I programmed him.”? 

Is it just me or have you ever wondered any of these things as well?  Please say yes … 

Then God Said  

We can let our imagination go wild with all sorts of scenarios of how we “believe” man was actually formed, but the reality of it all is that God spoke all things into existence. Every day of creation began with this phrase: Then God said.  It was the same with mankind. 
 

“Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness. They will rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the livestock, all the earth, (sky and land) and the creatures that crawl (scurry) on the earth. 

So God created man in His own image, He created him in the image of God He created them male and female." (Genesis 1:26-27 HCSB) 

When God said, “Let Us make man in Our Own image,” He was talking to His Son Jesus and the Holy Spirit Who were present when Adam was being formed.   

In His statement referring to making man in Our Own image, God didn’t mean physical appearance as in the twin likeness one sees in a mirror, but resemblance as in spirit, soul and body image like He is.   

Jesus had a body however it wasn’t “flesh” as we know it, but He had form.  (Job 10:10-12 Message Bible). We don’t understand this, but Jesus said that one day we will be like His resurrected body that never dies. (1 John 3:2) His flesh body wouldn’t come until 4,000 years later when He was born through the Virgin Mary. (Luke 2)  

When the race of man was created he had a flawless spirit, soul and body that was supposed to live forever like his creator.  Man was perfect in every way … the image of God, but not the totality of God. 

When Man Met God 

The “image” was formed, a complete living being breathing on his own – he would be called Adam, “reddish” in skin tone. His organs, bone structure, nervous and digestive system, heartbeat and every cell was up and running. 

“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being." (Genesis 2L7 NKJV) 
 
I used to wonder why God created Adam as a full grown man, and joked that it was because He wanted to by-pass the terrible two’s and the troublesome teens. 

No diaper changes or “the talks” with His kids, nope … straight to adulthood.  Since God already knew man would sin you would have thought He might have passed that stage as well, right? 

God’s creation of race began in adulthood around the age of 30-33 as most scholars agree, which is in line with the age of when Jesus would be die on the cross to save the wonderfully made Creation of God. 

Man was a wonder to behold, a “hunk” in every aspect (not a dough-boy) and he didn’t have to work out to get his lean cut body.  The first Adam’s body was constructed with everything it would need to live eternally. 

God formed man as a Divine act.  He was designed or fashioned, framed as an original creation that was pre-ordained and pre-determined at the conception conversation and throughout the entire work until completion. 

The Holy Spirit breathed, blew oxygen, literally inflated Adam and he came to life! 

It is easy to repeat the words of the psalmist in confidence when we think on the creation of man and say: 

 “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
 Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well." (Psalm 139:14 NKJV) 

What do you picture happened when Adam first opened his baby blues?  He met GOD! 

As man rose from the dust of the earth His creator was there to guide, direct and protect him.  Man’s first relationship ever was with God Himself.  It would be a metaphor of Jesus who would later rise from the dead (ground) and ascend into Heaven resuming His position in the Godhead.  

What was the first thing that entered Adam’s brain?  Do you think he realized how highly favored he was by God to be the first child of the living God?  There will never be another … he was it! How wonderful was that?

Isn’t He Wonderful? 

When we look back on the “wonder” of creation, what moves our heart?  Is God wonderful to us like we are to Him?  In church we sing the old time hymn, “Isn’t He Wonderful”, but do we mean it? 

Lying on the ground Adam opened his eyes for the first time and saw “Wonderful.”  That’s right, he saw God … whose name is Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)  

Did the later prophets, kings and worshippers of God mirror the first words of our earthly fore-father Adam: 

 “You asked, ‘Who is this who hides counsel without knowledge?’ Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.”
(Job 43:3 NKJV) 

 “Many, O Lord my God, are Your wonderful works Which You have done; And Your thoughts toward us cannot be recounted to You in order; If I would declare and speak of them, They are more than can be numbered.” (Psalm 40:5 NKJV)
 
         ... and 

 “Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men.” (Psalm 107:8 NKJV)

Could Adam comprehend or understand how wonderfully made he was?  As he saw the kaleidoscope of beauty in awe and amazement were the first words Adam spoke: 

“Father, make me understand the way of Your precepts so shall I meditate on Your wonderful works. Such knowledge is too much for me; it is high above my thinking abilities, I cannot attain it. 

I will praise You, for I recognize that I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, and my soul knows very well.”  (Psalm 119:27; 139:6, 14 NKJV emphasis mine) 

Wonderful You 

Throughout the Bible we learn of how special we are to our Creator God.  He knows every intricate thing about us including our thoughts, the number of hairs on our head and our days that will be lived here on Earth. 

When God made Adam the LORD thought of him as an individual not just as the man who would keep things rolling.  He saw Adam as someone wonderful and fearfully made to be part of His life forever. 

When God looks at you He sees you, not anyone else. Freckles and all, you are His one of a kind, wonderfully created work and here by design not chance.   

It doesn’t matter if you were or weren’t planned by your parents.  God planned for you, and wanted to breathe life into your form as He did that very first living soul. 

You were wonderfully made in His Own image and He smiles knowing that you were created as “very good” to behold.  From the beginning God planned you to be part of His forever and wants to be there for every part of it – from now into eternity.   

“… and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.” (Matthew 28:20b NKJV) 

Think on This Challenge:
When Adam Met God

A few weeks ago when we began this series with Before There Was You, I asked you to recall the first person you remember having a conversation with after you were born. 

The reason for that assignment was to help you with this week’s challenge. 

What do you think Adam’s first words were to his Father, which happened to be GOD?  Talk out the conversation with someone; it will be more interesting than you can imagine. 

You have always been a part of God’s plan in relationships; Adam was the “seed” to get you here.  God loves you and there is nothing He ever made that moves His heart like wonderfully made you! 

 

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“Hello My child, this is God.”
Jesus Christ
 

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Project Manager

“We have a problem Houston.”  

Okay, maybe it's not that large of a scale but it was bigger than expected.


The house is in sort of an upheaval at the moment, as we’re in the middle of a fix-it from water damage.  The problem was because of a leak from the shower inside the wall, which we took care of a few months ago.  (I think I told you about that.)

The phrase "bathroom break" took on a whole new meaning last week when we noticed something happening to the royal throne.  You could feel the floor giving way and the hopper was sinking!  This caused several large holes in the floor so repairs really couldn’t wait. 

The wood had to be replaced and the project has turned into something more than expected.  It’s been three days without a bathroom (literally) in the house and I’m being a helpmate to get it done asap.  Thankfully only the water in there is off and the kitchen is still up and running.
 
Hubby's making great headway and our newspaper template for the replacement flooring worked great!  Now we just have to get everything in place, nailed, tacked or glued down and back in order. 
 
Even though I haven't been able to do my regular post, I wanted to share this with you that gives testimony of what we've been studying about relationships.

 
Before we knew that we needed a new floor, God knew and set things in order for blessings on this project before we were ever born.  He is ready to supply all our needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus if we only seek Him. (Philippians 4:19)
 
From the start of the bathroom episode(s) we have asked the Lord to be the project manager by seeking His guidance, wisdom and knowledge in making sure everything goes well.  He has heard our prayers and was faithful in giving us favor with the purchases including the vinyl being on a manager's special sale.
 
Think on This Challenge:
 
Are you the type of person that just jumps in on a project without consulting anyone or taking the time to "think it through" before tackling it?
 
When was the last time you asked God to show you how to do something?  Can you recall ever including Him on a How-To or DIY project?  You can be sure He has a few tricks of the trade or "secrets" that are on the tip of His tongue waiting to be shared if only someone would ask!
 
Our think on this challenge is to do a check on what we've let God be a part of when it comes to "projects."
 
Let God be the project manager over everything that is going on, even the things that don't think are important by asking for the Holy Spirit's help. He’s waiting to show us great and mighty things we did not know!
 
“Call to Me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things, fenced in and hidden, which you do not know (do not distinguish and recognize, have knowledge of and understand).”  
(Jeremiah 33:2 AMPC)
 
No matter how big or small the problem, God wants to be a part of it.  When you are in a relationship with someone they care about everything that happens in your life.  That's how God feels about you.  If you let Him, God will reveal things you didn't know and direct you to places where you will receive favor. 
 

As for the kitties, don’t worry we're in "ca-paw-ble" hands and have a great supervisor over the project! 
 
 
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Friday, August 4, 2017

Before There Was You

It was after midnight and the last thing on hubby’s mind was talking.  Say a prayer, kiss-kiss, turn out the light and nighty-night was all he wanted to do. 

I realized that my timing wasn’t exactly what I’d call convenient, but I wanted his thoughts on something that I had been thinking about for several days. Right now I can envision the married men reading this bobbing their heads up and down, agreeing that their wives ask thought provoking questions when they’re about to shut off the light for the night. 

He sat on the edge of the bed trying to be attentive to what I had to say.  After repeating myself and rewording what I was trying to convey, my husband began to talk … and talk and talk he did.   

By now we could see daylight peeking through the top of the curtains.  Our hearts were amazed with the wonder of it all.  What was on God’s mind before there was you? 

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Before You Were Born 

There’s a line in the Christian movie “Facing the Giants” that always makes me weepy eyed whenever I hear it.  The couple is disheartened because nothing seems to be going their way, especially when it came to conceiving a child. 

With tears in her eyes Shannen Fields who plays the coach’s wife Brooke Taylor, responds to her husband when they were discussing the subject of children. She looks up at Grant and in a soft spoken voice says, 

“I’m still clinging to a hope that one day we’ll have children.
I imagine them running in this house.
I hear them playing in the backyard … or …
Running to our bed in a thunderstorm.
I think about reading them stories and teaching them songs.
And I just keep thinking …
How can I miss someone so much that I have never met?”  

Every time I hear those words it reminds me of the wonder of mankind and what in the eternal past made God decide the timing of creation.  The lines from the story in the film depict the heart of God wherein before we were born He already loved us.  In His world, a relationship with the race of man (male and female) was already formed, it just hadn’t been “made”.
When we see the anticipation of parents in waiting, it’s easy to imagine how they love their child before it has come into existence.  If we can picture that kind of love, why is it so hard for us to conceive that this emotion came from the Creator Himself?
 
Marvelous You
In my time here on earth I’ve been called some “creative things” including, “you’re something else” or “you’re a piece of work” and they weren’t referring to my good qualities.  No one has ever declared that I am marvelous or wonderful (except Maggs maybe), yet the psalmist understood how special we are in the very creation of our being.
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.

 My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.

 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.”
(Psalm 139:14-16 NKJV) 

King David in scriptures praised God because he was fearfully and wonderfully made with distinction to be set apart to have fellowship with Jehovah the Creator.  He was “made” on purpose, with a purpose and for a purpose.  
If you interpreted this incorrectly it could sound like the author was bragging, because he was referring to himself as a marvelous work.  That was the farthest thing from his mind, when in fact he was in awe of how marvelous the creation of man really is. 

David was a creation to stand in awe of and be astonished in reverence of the Divine One for what He had done.  God in His extraordinary power beyond our comprehension, had chosen to make man “marvelous” distinguishing mankind to be different than anything that ever was or will be. 

He recognized that his frame literally meant “substance” or “very substance” referring to “matter” as in living cells. God by design skillfully took the dust or parts of the earth and saw what He wanted to create before the process ever took place. 

My husband has said that I see something in its completed state before I ever start a project. I already know what I want to design, gather the contents needed for it and then set my hands in action until it is finished.  We have that ability because we inherited that skill from our Creator. 

Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.”
(Psalm 139:16 NKJV) 

In Psalm 139:16 the word substance is translated from the Hebrew word embryo, “my substance yet unformed”.  Before one marvelous embryotic cell of yours was formed, God already knew your name, what you would become, how many days were carved out for you, and which path would lead to favor in your future.
Do You Understand? God Already Loves You 

Before Adam or any person was born God already loved them and planned to show His favor to each person’s individual needs and desires.  Everything God does is driven by His unending love for us.  His love is unique and individualized loving us fully as we need to be loved. 
“Your hands have made me and fashioned me;
Give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments.”
(Psalm 119:73 NKJV) 

Do you understand that “man” was created by God, for God so that we could have a relationship with Him? 

For by Him all things were created that are in Heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.”  (Colossians 1:16 NKJV) 

Man came into existence through God’s son Jesus Christ for Jesus.  He is the One who blessed us with favor saying, His creation was not only good as He called everything else He made, but that we are “very good.”
“Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.” (Genesis 1:31 NKJV) 

We are “good” not because of anything we did or could do, but because God said we were.  He liked and was pleased with His work.   

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
 (Ephesians 2:10 NKJV) 

In Jeremiah 1:5 the Bible tells us that before we were born God formed us, knew us, sanctified and ordained us to carry out His plan.   

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.
Before you were born I sanctified you;
I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5 NKJV)
 

His favor allows us to “carry out” what we were ordained to do, which is good works.  From the beginning we were created good to do good; and God has never altered His plans for His creation. 

For Jeremiah it was that he was to be a prophet to the nation of Israel, but for some it may be a president, caregiver, teacher, bus driver or whatever.  
 
 

Love Has a Plan 

What we know is that God’s plans are grand, good and full of hope because He loves us.  If Jesus planned things for our future doesn’t that mean that He intended to stay in the relationship?  I know that if I had an elaborate plan I certainly would want to make sure it succeeded, so I’d stick around for all the details until the end. 

“I say this because I know what I have planned for you,” says the Lord.  “I have good plans for you. I don’t plan to hurt you.
 I plan to give you hope and a good future.” (Jeremiah 29:11 ICB) 

God has plans for us as He did Adam before he was born.  He loves watching us move toward our calling as our relationship with Him develops.
I have to admit that sometimes I am confused about God’s love based on my own distant relationship with my father.  God’s love is not like the emotional love we feel or don’t feel.  His love for us isn’t influenced by our behavior, deeds, looks or personality.
Paul explained God’s love to Timothy when he said,
“God is the One who has saved us and called us with a Holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace (favor) which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began or we were made/formed.” (2 Timothy 1:9 emphasis mine)
God loves us because it brings Him pleasure and that’s it. It pleases Him to love and show favor without us doing anything to deserve it.
 
Before There Was You, He Knew You
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.
Before you were born I sanctified you;
I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5 NKJV)
 

Before “man” was physically formed God knew his identity which means God knew everything about you that was ever to be known.  He knew everything about you before your parents ever thought about having you. 
He protected and monitored your mother’s womb to make sure you arrived on this planet to fulfill your destiny.  You were born to be His child forever.
Before there was you, God knew, wanted and ordained you before you were an embryo. Here are nine reasons why you were born. This is what He says:
ü You had to be born and aren’t a mistake. 
ü You were set apart and I put My mark on you for Myself. 

ü You were meant to be different for My purpose, so it doesn’t matter what anyone else says. 

ü You were created to be you and not the “image” of anyone else but Me. 

ü Your fingerprints are unique because that’s the way I distinctly made you, and no one else has your prints but you by My design. 

ü Your hairs are more than counted they are numbered like the stars in the sky and the sand on the shore. I know when number 7,531 has fallen off your head because I put it there. 

ü You were not created to die, but live eternally with Me. 

ü You had My blessing from the beginning of creation to succeed and prosper.

ü You are so important to Me that before you were created I made provision to get you back into My life by coming to Earth to save you. 

Planned Parenthood
There was a time that I questioned why I was ever born, because I never felt I fit in anywhere.  The Holy Spirit whispered that my mother was a vessel to get me here and it’s the same for all of us.
The devil doesn’t want us to know how special and favored we are by God. He will set traps to derail us from reaching our assigned agenda from the Lord.  If God’s children never realize that His favor was ours from creation, we will never receive the full blessing He spoke on us from before we were born.
Don’t forget, God is your creator who loves and adores you. He wasn’t clinging to hope that one day He’d have children, like that couple in the movie.  God planned for each of His relationships.
It isn’t by chance you are here. He planned and designed you from the beginning to bring Him pleasure long before you were ever born. Nothing moves His heart more than YOU! 

Think on This Challenge: 

Did you wonder what prompted my husband into our all night talk?  I’ll ask you the same thing I asked him and see if it doesn’t challenge your thinking. 

I asked my husband to think back on his earliest memories that didn’t involve smells (because they trigger most of our past thoughts).  I already knew that he had one from before the age of two having to do with his bottle. 

Our think on this challenge is to try and recall the first person we had a relationship with as a child.  That is, the first person you remember having a conversation with in life. 

I know that for some of you this will be tough as it was for me because they may not be pleasant, but how we form relationships is based on those we had from our past.  

How did your understanding of relationships develop and who played a part in them?  My first recollection of conversations was with adults.  I was the age of four years old; one was good and the other very bad.  Both have affected the way I form relationships. 

It wasn’t until I accepted that God favored me that I changed the way I saw myself.  Before I was born He really wanted and loved me.  
 
Upon birth when I was in an incubator without my parents to love and hold me, He was there with His shield surrounding me with His favor.  (Psalm 5:12)

As an adult He meets me in the prayer closet, shows up when I need Him and always welcomes my fellowship.  He never tires of me no matter what I bring to Him, because He loved me before there was a “me” to be loved. 

He feels the same about you. Before there was “you” in the flesh, God chose to bless and favor you. You were planned from the start.  

His provision was that goodness and mercy (unmerited favor) would follow you all the days of your life, and that you would dwell in His Garden of Favor house forever. (Psalm 23:6)   




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“From creation I blessed you with favor.”
Jesus Christ 

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Note: Emphasis is given in some scriptures to show clarity or understanding and is not to take away from the inspirited Word of God. 

When used, the words satan or devil are not capitalized deliberately, because we give him no place in our lives.

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