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Papa gave man the authority to reproduce and to rule.

Mankind has done an incredible job of reproducing. Approximately six and a half billion people currently live on planet Earth. It is estimated by the year 2020 this figure will be eight billion!

But the Lord did not command man to reproduce simply for the sake of populating the earth with more males and females. They were to increase the number of His image bearers on earth.

However, this command was given before sin made its entrance into the world. Before eternal bodies became mortal bodies. Before disobedience, fear, doubt and shame poisoned the lives of God’s children.

When these words were spoken. Adam and Eve were holy. Their relationship with the Lord was one of intimacy, love and authenticity.

The couple clearly heard the Lord’s voice and immediately obeyed His instructions. They were exemplary students. Gaining godly wisdom daily.

Adam and Eve were the image bearers of Almighty God.

As God’s image bearers— rulers here on earth, Adam and Eve were to nurture and guard the garden of Eden. This assignment was both enjoyable and satisfying. They lived and worked in the perfect environment— God’s holy creation.

Adam and Eve never had to worry about deadlines. They were eternal beings.

There were never shortages of any kind. The Lord provided abundantly for all their needs.

All creation submitted to their authority. Establishing both a beautiful and safe environment in which to live and work.

Although created in the image of God, Adam and Eve were not robots. The Creator endowed them with free will. They had the ability to make decisions independent of God.

Eve and Adam always had a choice. Obey God— the Father of righteousness and life OR satan— the father of sin and death.

Yes, all was well in the garden until that fateful day when they chose to believe the lie of the enemy— satan. Instead of choosing to trust their loving Papa who had always been faithful to His word. They made a choice that forever sealed yours, mine, satan’s and Jesus’s fate.

When Adam and Eve chose to disobey God. They set in motion a chain of events that necessitated both God’s discipline and saving grace.

On that historic day the Lord declared to Eve. “I will make your pains in childbearing very severe. With painful labor you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.”

To Adam He said. “Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you. ‘You must not eat from it.’

Cursed is the ground because of you. Through painful toil you will eat from it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field.

By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground. Since from it you were taken. For dust you are, and to dust you will return.” Genesis 3:16-19

Evil— death now ruled the earth.

For a fleeting moment, satan foolishly thought he had won. Soon he learned that Adam and Eve’s decision had also sealed his fate.

Setting in motion His plan of redemption. Papa sacrificed an animal so He could make garments of skin for Adam and Eve— a covering— an atonement for their sin.

Instead of death— permanent separation from Him, which Adam and Eve justly deserved because of their rebellion. The Lord through animal sacrifice reinstated fellowship— a relationship with His children.

This first shedding of blood for sin I believe was the blood of a lamb— a foreshadowing of the ultimate and final sacrifice— Jesus. The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! John 1:29

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From the moment we are born. We strive for independence— to exercise our free will. Sometimes this results in decisions that wreak havoc in our lives.

What tops your “Worst Decisions” list?

Why?

What decision should you have made?

 

(Excerpt from I AM Happily Ever After)

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Patient Flexibility

Time is a precious commodity in America. Resulting in a patience shortage. Which is unfortunate because patience is the antidote for worry.

Patience acknowledges Papa’s sovereignty. Teaching you to live in the moment, the present.

No longer perceiving interruptions as negative but as transformational opportunities. Patience is the perfect antidote for stress. As stress becomes a fading memory, judgmental conclusions and impulsive responses decrease.

Confidently you face the unknown future. Knowing if you keep your eyes focused on Papa, He will work out EVERYTHING according to His plan. Wisdom telling you when to delegate, delay or delete tasks. So you can pursue Papa and His Kingdom purposes.

Instead of drowning in a perpetual to do list you earnestly seek Papa’s guidance.

Gratefully receiving His grace.

Allowing Him to be the master of your daily schedule.

Leaving procrastination in the past.

No longer exhausted or overwhelmed. You confidently and methodically complete tasks. Learning to strike a balance between rest and work.

Do not magnify the temporary cares and adverse circumstances of life!

Do not raise the white flag and surrender before you reach the finish line!

Papa is running along side of you. Cheering you on to victory.

Hang in there! But if we hope for what is still unseen by us, we wait for it with patience and composure.                                                                                                                                  Romans 8:25 

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The Book of Job is believed to be the oldest book of the bible.

Why was it the one that began God’s story as told to man?

Could it be its wisdom is foundational if one desires a life of spiritual excellence— to trust God regardless of circumstances?

Job asked the questions all those of faith have asked.

Why do I suffer while the wicked enjoy life?

Why do those who despise and dishonor God receive blessings many of faith never experience?

Why would a holy and just God allow those who truly love Him to suffer?

Why?

For God’s glory!

While walking along the road Jesus saw a man who was blind since his birth.

Disciples: “Teacher, who sinned? Who is responsible for this man’s blindness? Did he commit sins that merited this punishment? If not his sins, is it the sins of his parents?”

Jesus: “Neither. His blindness cannot be explained or traced to any particular person’s sins. He is blind so the deeds of God may be put on display.”

Then He spit on the ground, made mud with the saliva and spread the mud over the blind man’s eyes.

He told him, “Go wash yourself in the pool of Siloam.” (Siloam means sent.)

So the man went and washed and came back seeing!

His neighbors and others who knew him as a blind beggar asked each other, “Isn’t this the man who used to sit and beg?”

Some said he was, and others said, “No, he just looks like him!”

But the beggar kept saying, “Yes, I am the same one!”

They asked,“Who healed you? What happened?”

He told them. “The man they call Jesus made mud and spread it over my eyes. And told me, ‘Go to the pool of Siloam and wash yourself.’

So I went and washed, and now I can see!” John 9:1-3 and 6-9 

God is sovereign! Who are we— His children to question either His motives or methods? Our sole responsibility is to love and obey Him always!

Always means always— the bad times as well as the good times.

It is during the bad times— darkness when Christ’s love and compassion shine the brightest. Showcasing God’s glory dwelling in those who call Him both Lord and Papa.

Individuals who are the hands and feet of Christ to a hurting world. Going where He sends them. Loving their neighbors as themselves.

Doing good to those who hate them. Blessing those who curse them. Praying for those who hurt them. Conquering evil with good.

As God’s chosen ones, holy and loved. Put on heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

Accepting one another and forgiving one another. If anyone has a complaint against another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you. So you must also forgive.

Above all, put on love— the perfect bond of unity. And let the peace of the Messiah, to which you were also called in one body, control your hearts. Be thankful.

Let the message about the Messiah dwell richly among you. Teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom. Singing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.

And whatever you do in word or in deed. Do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus.

Giving thanks to God the Father through Him. Colossians 3:12-17

Job eventually surrendered to God’s sovereignty and plan for his life. Praising God’s name no matter the circumstances because He alone knows the beginning from the end.

For My thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not My ways. For as heaven is higher than earth, so My ways are higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.

For just as rain and snow fall from heaven and do not return there. Without saturating the earth and making it germinate and sprout and providing seed to sow and food to eat.

So My word that comes from My mouth will not return to Me empty. It will accomplish what I please and will prosper in what I send it to do. Isaiah 55:8-11

GO DEEPER

Positive and negative circumstances weaved together create the tapestry we call life. Neither negative or positive circumstances will define you.

If…

You allow the Potter to use them to mold you into whom He envisioned when he created you.

Ultimately, it is you who determines whether your life is a tapestry of ugliness or beauty.

What unexpected negative circumstance did the Lord use to positively change you?

How did it change you?

What unexpected positive circumstance did the Lord use to positively change you?

How did it change you?

 

(Excerpt from I AM The Eternal Sage)

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