Your daily goal:
Philippians 3:14 “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
(Monday-Friday, from my morning quiet time, I will write a short thought for that day which I pray God will use to motivate you to ‘GO’ for that day. Your objective is simple…to GO…to GO OUT and share the love of Christ with someone in that day….to GO and bear fruit …to be light to the world.)
Today’s Daily Light
The Search For Significance, by Robert McGee
The Origin of the Search – Chapter 2
In order to fully understand the provisions that God has made for our self-worth, we must look back to man’s beginning, the first man and woman, and their search for significance.
Has God always had the solutions for man’s emotional struggles, or did He have to wait for Freud and his insights?
If God does not have the answers for our emotional needs, how can He deliver on His promise to bring joy and peace into our lives if we follow Him?
The Old Testament depicts the original incident of sin and the fall of man:
When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of the were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings. Gen 3:6-7.
To properly understand the devastating effects of this event, we need to examine the nature of man before sin caused him to lose his security and significance.
The first created man lived in unclouded, intimate fellowship with God. He was secure and free. In all of God’s creation, no creature compared to him. Indeed, Adam was a magnificent creation, complete and perfect in the image of God, designed to reign over all the earth (Gen 1:26-28). Adam’s purpose was to reflect the glory of God. Through man, God wanted to demonstrate His holiness (Psalm 99:3-5); love and patience (1 Cor 13:4); forbearance (1 Cor 13.7); wisdom (James 3:13-17); comfort (2 Cor 1:3-4); forgiveness (Heb 10:17); faithfulness (Psalm 89:1-2, 5, 8,); and grace )Psalm 111:4). Through his intellect, free will, and emotions, man was to be the showcase for God’s glorious character.
Adam was therefore a very important creation to God. To meet his needs for companionship and understanding, God created a woman for Adam and gave her to him as his wife. In keeping with their perfect character, God placed them in a perfect environment – a lush, beautiful garden where the creator Himself provided for their physical needs. Adam and Eve had the challenge and responsibility of supervising this paradise of vegetation and animal life. And to satisfy their spiritual needs, God visited them and talked with them personally. Adam and Eve were perfect in body, mind, and spirit.
Like Adam and Eve, Satan also was created in perfection. At the time of his creation, his name was Lucifer, which means ‘morning star.’ He was an angel of the highest rank, created to glorify God. He was clothed in beauty and power, and was allowed to serve in the presence of God. Sadly, Lucifer’s pride caused him to rebel against God, and he was cast from heaven with a third of the angels (Isaiah 14:12-15). He appeared to Adam and Even in the garden in the form of a serpent, more crafty than any beast of the field that the Lord God had made (Genesis 3:1).
Adam had been given authority over the earth, but if, like Lucifer, he rebelled against God, he would lose both his authority and his perfection. He would become a slave to Satan and to sin (Romans 6:17) and a child of God’s wrath (Ephesians 2:3). Therefore, destroying man was Satan’s way to reign on earth and, he thought, to thwart God’s glorious plan for man.
(continued all this week…😊)
Father…we begin a new week. Help us all, this week, to think about you, to give you thanks and praise, and to be ‘light’ in the darkness, to love others well, to be that helping hand or word in time of need….all…’so that’ we are faithful to glorify You. Amen
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