Review: Genesis Chapter 1
I guess this is where it begins right? The point you make or made a decision about what you are going to do with the next chapters of this book we call the Bible. Believe or not believe? The beginning... In the beginning God made...
I guess, if this is your first time, either reading my blog, doing a Bible Study with me, or picking up the first chapter of the Bible...you are in for a real treat. Believe or not believe, the next chapters of the Bible, one right after another, will capture you, captivate you, make you question, answer questions, and more times then not, you will find questions that are so deep in your heart, the ones that not a soul would know...are answered, in neon lights, jumping off the page, as if someone had blasted your deepest secret on social media and it went viral. Guaranteed. Except you won't find a mile long set of responses of condemnation towards your raw bleeding heart, but instead will find, peace, freedom and a legion of angels cheering your name, as it's written in the Lambs book of Life.
Yes, your name.
Or... you could go back to your political debate of which political side is greater, and the 400 bashing comments after each post. I mean it's definitely a Maurey Povich type scene, and boy that stuff sells, but that distraction, although interesting, will never bring life. In fact, it brings death. But again, that's up to you.
So, let's begin... as God did, in the beginning....God created.
One of the major things I rely on, in any given day, is the Spirit, the Holy Spirit to be specific. As a believer, a new believer, a matured believer, or a wishy washy fence walker, one thing you can be assured of, as I have learned, is that without the Holy Spirit, the rest and I mean anything and everything is pointless. There's nothing worth doing in life on our own...I mean you can try, I try all the time, even in the knowledge that I can't do anything without the Spirit, I still try on a daily basis to take care of things on my own. I don't know why...my prideful stubborn, I'll show God, independence perhaps. But let's face it, I'll be face down in the mud shortly, with the critics cheering, reminding myself... how crucial the Spirit is. So anyways, I love to read that the Spirit is there at the beginning hovering over the formless, darkness, just waiting for the Word... to begin creating, light.
Light...it's a WORD that many times refer to Jesus, for so many reasons, but in the beginning it was the first thing that God created. Light, to separate the darkness. I don't know about you, but I love that. I love that in creation, the first thing He did, was guarantee that no matter whether we could physically walk with the Trinity (Jesus God the Holy Spirit) or not, we could be assured that creation would be represented by light and that the light would always overcome darkness. I mean, we could end there, because the rest of the chapters will reflect the outcome of the light overcoming darkness, but if we stopped here, you'd miss many heart changing opportunities, and if you know anything about me, you know I love journey and the potters wheel. (You'll find out what that is later also, if you aren't familiar with it already.)
Next thing I want to point out is how amazing it is that God speaks something out of nothing. Read that again...God makes something out of nothing. He's just that good, that's what He does. So when you can't see a way, when the possibilities in life are hopeless, be assured that when God speaks, He speaks something into nothing, and not just any old something, God's life, God's vision, God's resources. Oh, by the way, did you know that God of course, as the creator, owns all. Do you know that the Bible never, ever, not one time, questions the existence of God, I mean we do, it's like the biggest debate in history, but the Bible, doesn't even blink an eye at it. Truth just knows, as the rest of the chapters know, that God just IS. Don't worry, by the end of Revelation, you will be assured as well...I mean, as long as you've asked the Holy Spirit to lead you into Truth. If you haven't, do so. No magic spell, no specific words, just ask. In your own words in your own way. Let's not complicate it. If you want it, just ask God for it and He will give it to you as you are open and able to consume it.
I also can't help but notice that after God creates, He reminds us it is "good." I personally find this amusing, because we can certainly come up with every excuse in the world why we behave in the manners we do that are contrary to "good". The Truth of the matter is, the "you were born that way" version of you, really truly looks like the image of God. Truly. You were made with what some of us cleverly refer to as a "God hole". We hunger to have this God hole filled, and sometimes we fill it with every possible thing we can. Like getting one of those preschool boxes filled with shapes and until you find the right hole to match the shape, you can twist and turn that box anyway you want until you make a match. Well that match, of course is the Spirit, and when you fill that hole with the Spirit, you are made whole and it's a Holy Experience. I know, clever...or well, I thought so anyway. The point however cleverly, or not so cleverly pointed out, is still just and tried and true...don't believe me? Try. It. Fill your life with the Holy Spirit and get ready for the journey. Try. It.
So since we are on that topic, let me just go down this slight rabbit trail. It's not really a rabbit trail, it's in this chapter. God does not have an identity crises about you. He doesn't, and don't get offended. Seriously, don't. There's just no time to be "offended". I know because I've spent a very large part of my life doing so and it's got me "know" where. Yep, I intentionally mean "KNOW" WHERE. I mean, wait, you can be offended, absolutely, it's your choice, God says so, but it's not going to be good for you, or me, or the #KingdomGoals. So if you are offended, it might be necessary to stop reading here, or nothing more will grow.
Except the coldness. That will grow.
So make a choice and go with it. Like one of those books that you get to make a choice and then turn to page #WhateverYourChoiceIs for your outcome. It will be just like that in real life too. I bet you can tell what page you really want to turn to, can't you? ..... waiting.....Ok, so since you stayed on the #TakeNoOffensePage let's dig a little to explain. So God created human beings in His own image right? Male and Female He created them. What does this say to me?
1) It says that there is a physical distinction between male and female
2) It says that there is not a hierarchy between the two.
Now listen, let's go ahead and address the present elephant in the middle of the room. If you are having an identity crisis, that's not a God thing. And there is no power struggle in God's eyes between men and women. Listen, I'm not going to turn this into a God hates you because you are having an identity crisis. I had one too, sometimes I still have to ask God to remind me who I am, I think most of us do. In my case, my identity crisis wasn't because of my gender, or my struggle with equality, it was because of what I told myself who I was...but as I walked with God... when I let God start to speak, (we will get there soon) all the things I told myself I was, was taken to the potters wheel, (there it is again, don't worry, if you hang in there, you will get to the potters wheel eventually, and if you like rollercoasters, you might enjoy it, if not, you might need a Dramamine shortly.) Regardless, I'll back up off this rabbit trail to remind you, God knows exactly who you are, and has purpose specifically for you, even if you are confused about your identity. It's common, natural and is a process to walk through if you are willing. What I will assure you, is you were created to be a diverse, individual, with life lessons to share, to walk out, to explore and to learn. So let's stop worrying about dividing ourselves into colors, classes, races, cultures, and religions and instead embrace becoming more like Him, instead of more like each other. There's one to many each others in the world anyway, We were made for unity not competition. And when I say unity, I mean in God, not in man.
Well, that's it for tonight. That's a lot to think on, that's enough for one day. Or one week as this chapter in the Bible went though. All things created with purpose and perfect. Can you imagine if we could go back to the simplicity of this week. The perfectness of this week. Where everything was good, very good as God stated on the 6th day... and then on the 7th day (many times 7 seems to signify completion, throughout the Bible...just wait till you see it, it gets so exciting, like a hidden treasure exciting.... As for me, I'm going to rest as God did...my bedtime usually comes much earlier than this.
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PS> I don't have an editor, and since I shared with you it was past my bedtime, if you are gifted in the editing field...feel free to send me edit corrections, I don't mind.