February 9

Lord God Almighty…I stand in awe of You.  I stand in awe of the Most Holy, Most High Triune God, Almighty Creator, Sovereign All-Ruler. [Dan 4:17; Jer 27:5; 2 Chron 20:6; Rev 4:11; 10:6]

12th THE ASSURANCE OF FAITH: POSSESSION OF THE BETTER PROMISES.  These heroes of faith received the promises, having seen them from afar off and having embraced them…the great promise of Christ Jesus and His redemption and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit…but died not having received the fulfillment of these promises.  Wherefore holy brethren, partakers of a Heavenly calling, consider Jesus.  If you have been living outside the veil, do believe that God has provided some better thing for you also…a life within the veil, continually abiding before the face of our Father and enjoying His delight in you as His child!  Living my life continually and unceasingly in the Holy of Holies is my birthright as a child of the Most High God! Wherefore, brethren, having now boldness to enter into the Holiest by the Blood of Jesus, by the way which He dedicated for us, a new and living way to God, through the veil, that is to say, through the veil of His flesh; and having a great Priest over the House of God; let us then draw nigh…here let us continually abide. [Heb 10:19-20, 22]

WHY DO I EXIST?

Because there is an Eternal God Who exists.  In the beginning God created the heavens and the Earth.  The Heavens continually declare the magnificent majesty and Glory of God; their measureless expanse continually displays the awesome wisdom and power of His handiwork.  Day after day their silent speech is heard unceasingly throughout the farthest reaches of the Earth; night after night they unveil the fathomless knowledge of the Almighty.  Ever since God created the world, His invisible qualities…both His Eternal Power and His Divine Nature…have been clearly seen.  They are perceived and understood in the majesty and Glory of God’s breathtaking Creation handiwork!  So those people who do not believe there is a God have no excuse at all for their blind ignorance.

Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, God decided, “I am going to make the Earth and everything that is on it.  And I am going to make the heavens and everything that is in it.”  Now in the very beginning, before God began His work, the Earth was not like the way we see it now.  Not at all.  It was empty, without anything on it.  Deep oceans covered the Earth, and everything was very, very dark…pitch black.  Then the Spirit of God began sweeping over the stormy seas.  And God said, “Let there be light!”  At once daylight appeared, just as He commanded, and chased away the darkness!  God looked at the light, and He was pleased with what He had done.  He then separated the light from the darkness.  God called the light “Daytime,” and He called the darkness “Nighttime.”  The light of daytime was soon over, and then came the darkness of nighttime.  Soon nighttime was over and the morning light appeared.  That was the end of the very first day, and the beginning of a new day…the second day.

Now after God had made the light on the first day, and then separated the light from the darkness, the Earth was still not like the way we see it now.  Not at all.  Deep oceans still covered all the Earth.  From one end of the Earth to the other, there was nothing but water. Above the surface of the water there was nothing but very thick clouds and very dense fog. They were so thick and so dense you could not see anything at all!  There was no land yet, and there was no sky either…just water and thick clouds and dense fog.  So on the second day God spoke again.  He said, “Let there be a wide and very high open space placed between the waters of the ocean and the dense fog.  Let the wide and very high open space separate the oceans of the Earth from the thick clouds and dense fog.”  At once a wide and very high open space appeared, just as He commanded!  God made this wide and very high open space to separate the oceans of the Earth from the thick clouds and dense fog He wanted to stay high up in the heavens above.  God called the wide and very high open space “Sky.”  The light of daytime was soon over, and then came the darkness of nighttime.  Soon nighttime was over and the morning light appeared.  That was the end of the second day, and the beginning of a new day…the third day.

Now on the first day God made the light, and then separated the light from the darkness. On the second day, He made the wide and very high open space called “Sky.”  But the Earth was still not like the way we see it now.  Not at all.  The deep oceans still covered all the Earth.  From one end to the other, there was nothing but water.  So on the third day God spoke again.  He said, “Let the water of the oceans be gathered together in their own places. Let dry ground appear in their own places.”  At once all of the dry ground and the mountains appeared, just as He commanded!  God called the dry ground “Land.”  The waters He had gathered together in their own places He called “Seas.”  God looked at the land and the seas, and He was pleased with all He had done!  Then God spoke again.  He said, “Let the Earth grow all kinds of plants…flowers, trees, and every green thing that has leaves and grows.  And let each one of them also grow seeds, so that their seeds can sprout and make more of their own kind of plant.”  At once all kinds of plants appeared…flowers, trees, and every green thing that has leaves and grows, just as He commanded!  From that time on, the Earth grew every kind of plant…many, many different kinds of flowers and trees, and green things that have leaves and grow!  Each one of them also grew seeds, and their seeds sprouted and grew more of its own kind of plant.  God looked at all the wonderful vegetation He had commanded the Earth to grow.  He was pleased with all He had done!  The light of daytime was soon over, and then came the darkness of nighttime. Soon nighttime was over and the morning light appeared.  That was the end of the third day, and the beginning of a new day…the fourth day.   

Now you know that on the first day God made the light, and separated it from the darkness. On the second day God made the wide and very high open space He called “Sky.”  On the third day God made the dry ground and the mountains appear in their own places.  He gathered the water of the oceans together to stay in their own places.  God called the dry ground “Land.”  The waters He had gathered together in their own places He called “Seas.” God also commanded the Earth to grow all kinds of beautiful plants…many, many different kinds of flowers, trees, and green things that have leaves and grow.  Still, the Earth was not like the way we see it now.  Above the surface of the Earth was the wide and very high open space of the sky…but the sky had nothing in it!  Nothing at all!  So on the fourth day God spoke again.  He said, “Let there be lights in the sky to separate daytime from nighttime. There will be one bright light to shine during the day.  There will be many other not as bright lights to shine during the night.  These lights will show the time for seasons.  They will also be used like a calendar to mark off days, years, and all the special holidays of the year that everyone celebrates together.”  They will be lights in the sky to shine and give light on all the Earth.  At once all the lights in the sky appeared, to shine and give light on all the Earth, just as He commanded!  So it was that God made the two large lights… the sun and the moon.  He made the sun, which is the much brighter light, to shine during the day.  And He made the moon, which is not nearly as bright, to shine during the night.  He also made all the stars…so many that no one could count them all!  God put the sun, the moon, and all the stars in the sky to shine and give light on all the Earth.  The sun was to rule over the day, and the moon was to rule over the night.  God wanted them to separate the light of daytime from the darkness of nighttime.  God looked at the sun, moon, and stars He had placed in the sky, and He was pleased with all He had done!  The light of daytime was soon over, and then came the darkness of nighttime.  Soon nighttime was over and the morning light appeared.  That was the end of the fourth day, and the beginning of a new day…the fifth day.  

Now the Earth was beginning to look a little bit like the way we see it now.  There was daytime and nighttime.  There was the sky, with the sun, moon, and stars that God had placed there to give light to all the Earth.  There were land and mountains.  There were oceans and seas.  There were beautiful plants growing on the Earth…all kinds of flowers, trees, and green things that have leaves and grow.  But something was missing.  The Earth still seemed so empty.  There were no animals, or birds, or fish!  So on the fifth day God spoke again.  He said, “Let the oceans and seas be filled with all kinds of fish and sea animals that swim in the water.  Let the sky be filled with all kinds of birds with wings that can fly in the wide and very high space above the Earth.”  So God created the large sea animals and all kinds of fish, and every other living creature that swims in the sea.  The oceans and seas were filled with these many different kinds of sea creatures.  For every kind of living creature that swims in the sea, God blessed them by creating some of them male, and some of them female.  He did that so a male and a female of the same kind of sea creature could get together and have children just like themselves.  God also made every kind of bird that can fly.  For every kind of bird, God blessed them by creating some of them male, and some of them female.  He did that so a male and a female of the same kind of bird could get together and have children just like themselves.  Yes…God blessed all the sea creatures and the birds.  He said to them, “Have many young ones so that there may be great numbers of you in the oceans and seas.  Let the birds also grow in number in the sky above the Earth.”  God looked at all the wonderful fish in the oceans and seas and all the birds in the sky He had created.  He was pleased with all He had done!  The light of daytime was soon over, and then came the darkness of nighttime.  Soon nighttime was over and the morning light appeared.  That was the end of the fifth day, and the beginning of a new day…the sixth day. 

Finally, the Earth was beginning to look a lot like the way we see it now.  There was daytime and nighttime.  There was the sky, with the sun, moon, and stars that God had placed there.  There were land and mountains.  There were oceans and seas.  There were beautiful plants growing on the Earth…all kinds of flowers, trees, and green things that have leaves and grow.  And there were fish in the oceans and seas, and birds flying in the sky.  But there were still no animals living on the land, and there were no people either!  No animals and no people at all!  So on the sixth day God spoke again.  He said, “Let the Earth be filled with all kinds of living creatures that walk and crawl on the land.  Let there be tame animals, and wild animals, and all kinds of reptiles, small animals, and insects.”  At once every kind of animal, reptile, and insect that walks or crawls on the land appeared, just as He commanded!  God blessed each and every kind of tame animal and wild animal, and each and every kind of reptile, small animal, and insect.  He blessed them by creating some of them male, and some of them female.  He did that so a male and a female of the same kind could get together and have children just like themselves.  God looked at all the wonderful living creatures He had created that walk and crawl on the land.  He was pleased with all He had done!  Then God spoke again.  He said, “We have now finished making every kind of living being.  There are fish and all kinds of creatures that swim in the oceans and seas.  There are all kinds of birds flying in the sky.  There are animals and all kinds of living creatures that walk and crawl on the land.  We have blessed every kind of living being by creating some of them male, and some of them female.  We did this so a male and a female of the same kind could get together and have children just like themselves.”  Let Us now make a living being who will be Our children.  They will be just like Ourselves.  We will call them “Human Beings.”  They will be known on all the Earth as the children of God.  I will be their Father and their God, and they will be My sons and daughters.  We will put them in charge of everything We have made.  We will let them rule over the fish that swim in the sea.  They will rule over the birds in the sky.  They will rule over the tame animals and all the small animals, reptiles, and insects that walk or crawl on the land.  We will let them rule over all the Earth.  So God created human beings just like Himself.  They are His children.  He created some of them male and some of them female. He did this so that a male and a female could be joined together in marriage and then have a family with children just like themselves.  God blessed Human Beings and He said, “Have families with children, and grow in number.  Fill the Earth with people!  You will be the master whom I have put in charge over all the Earth.  Rule over the fish in the sea and over the birds in the sky.  Rule over every living thing that moves on the land.”  Then God said to His children, “Look at all the wonderful vegetation I have commanded the Earth to grow!  I now give to you all the plants that grow grain for you to eat, and all kinds of trees that grow delicious fruit.  Their grains and their fruits will be all yours for food.”  Then God said to all of His other living creatures, “I give every green plant that has leaves and grows, and all the green grass, as food for every wild animal and every bird in the sky.  It will be food for every small animal and living creature that moves on the land.”  And so all the wonderful vegetation God had commanded the Earth to grow became food, some for human beings and some for all other living beings, just as He commanded!  God looked at everything He had made.  Daytime and nighttime.  The sky, with the sun, moon, and stars. Land and mountains.  Oceans and seas.  Beautiful plants, flowers, trees, and green things that have leaves and grow.  Fish swimming in the oceans and seas.  Birds flying in the sky. Animals walking and crawling on the land.  And best of all, His Own children, just like Himself!  Yes, God created human beings to be sons and daughters in His Own Family!  God was VERY pleased with all He had done!  The light of daytime was soon over, and then came the darkness of nighttime.  Soon nighttime was over and the morning light appeared. That was the end of the sixth day, and the beginning of a new day…the seventh day. 

By the seventh day God’s work of making the Earth and everything that is on it was finished.  He had finished making the heavens and everything that is in it.  God blessed the seventh day and made it a holy day, because on that day He rested from all the work He had done in creating the World. [Genesis 1:1-2:3] 

Friends, brothers and sisters…

There is one absolutely necessary preparation for every living soul on the face of this Earth, for the soon coming and imminent return of Jesus Christ…the one preparation that will irrevocably determine in which neighborhood you will spend all eternity, whether in Heaven or in Hell.  You must be a born-again child of God.  I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot be in God’s Kingdom.  I tell you the truth, no one can ever enter the Kingdom of God unless you are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.  You should not be surprised at My saying you must be born again. [Jesus…John 3:3-7]

If you have never been born again,
or you are not sure whether you have been born again,
or you have been living your life as a lukewarm Christian and would now like to recommit your life and enter into a deep and intimate relationship with Christ Jesus in preparation for the soon coming marriage supper of the Lamb…
then I counsel you to get alone with God, read the solemn marriage vows you must make to become the bride of Christ and thereby be born-again, [https://preservechristianfamily.org/2019/01/21/bride-of-christ/], and with sincerity of heart from within the depths of your being, acknowledge before God, “I DO.”

Lord Prepare Me to be a Sanctuary:

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