Genesis 1: 3 “And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.”

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  • The story of creation is a reminder of how God created a world where He could dwell with His creatures and have fellowship with us.
  • On day 1, before anything else, God made sure that there was light.
  • John  1:9 tells us that the light of the world is Jesus. (“The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.”)
  • In order for us to shine this light, we must have Jesus in us:
    • We love because He first loved us. (1 John 4:19)
    • We are able to serve because Jesus says that we are to offer our lives for our brothers. (1 John 3:16)
    • We are able to do good because God has designed us for that very purpose. (Ephesians 2:10)
  • Jesus tells us, “14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16)
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All things work for good

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All things work for good Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” This is the source of our hope – because we know God is good and He is in control, we can trust that all things will work out for good in His time. God has a plan and this plan has been unfolding throughout all the ages. Though we may not understand what is happening, and though there is suffering and pain; though there are those who continue to hurt us and steal and kill, and though we hear of wars and disasters and plagues, we do not lose hope. We know God will reward each of us according to what we deserve; and for those who trust Him and do good, a heavenly home awaits. And for those who choose to do evil and reject God, they too will get what they deserve. We walk by faith. We live by faith. Because we know that God is in control. Romans 8:28 is a promise for those who LOVE GOD, not for those who reject Him.

  • How do we know we love God?In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands.” – 1 John 5:3
  • And what are these commandments? “Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” – Matthew 22:37-39.

Pretty cool, huh? It’s amazing how God allows us to understand His truths as we read His Word. Truly, our God is faithful. And because He is faithful, we can live by faith in the God who loves us. And we can declare with faith for all to hear; “GOD IS GOOD! ALL THE TIME!” Bible Lesson:

  1. The authority of God’s Word: The Bible in many parts is like a giant history book and tells us about how God is faithful even when man is not. It is an account of how God is faithful to do as He promised; how God fulfills His covenants and stays true to His Word no matter what. For most of us, we believe it because of the testimony of people whose lives have been changed when they heard the message about Christ and they put their trust in Jesus. Seeing how the Scripture changes lives, both of those whose lives where written in the bible and the fellowship of believers we have now, and more importantly, how it speaks to us personally and changes our lives as well – this is our reason for believing in the authority of the Bible.
  2. Trusting God through the “ages”:– In Hebrews 11:3, it is said, “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” (KJV) We know that the English version of the New Testament was primarily translated from Greek, and in many cases such as in this verse, a careful analysis of the Greek terms used will help us understand the meaning more fully. There are three words we have to take a look at.
  • worlds” – This is the Greek word “aion” which means “periods of time” or “ages”.
  • framed” – This comes from “katartizo” and means “to prepare” or “to arrange”
  • word” – This is the Greek word “rhema” and it refers to the “revealed word” or “spoken word,” as opposed to “logos” which is the “written Word of God.”

With this, we can therefore paraphrase Hebrews 11:3 as thus; “Through faith, we understand that that the ages were prepared by the spoken word of God.” This tells us that God is in control of all the different periods of times than man has lived in. From the time of the fall of Adam and Eve, the flood during the time of Noah, the exodus from Egypt during the time of Moses, including all the events leading down to the time of Jesus and the New Testament church, and even until now; God is in control. He has a plan. He has prepared or arranged all things to work out His plan. 3. God is in control: Daniel 2:21 says,“He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.” Faith is based on the truth about God. It is not based on our wishful thinking that somehow, somewhere, there is a divine hand who would probably or most likely make things work out for the best. No! Our faith is based on the one true God who is in control! “He changes times and seasons” – God is aware of all these extreme weather conditions and super storms and climate change. He is in control. He can calm the wind and waves anytime He wants to. “He deposes kings and raises up others” – no one who is any position of authority or leadership can claim they did it all on their own without God. That is simply not true. God allowed for them to be in charge, whether they are good or bad. God is in control. Job 12:10 says, “In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.” We may not understand why things are the way they are, but God does. And we put our trust not on what we see, hear, or feel, but on what God says. 3. Living by faith:When we see evil around us, when we are surrounded by pain and suffering, wars and greed, we wonder where is God in all of this? But the Word of God plainly tells us, “He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” – Colossians 1:17 In 2 Corinthians Chapter 5, the apostle Paul talks about how we know that our life here on earth is just temporary, and how we eagerly await our eternal dwelling in heaven – the promised eternal home for all who believed in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Believing this truth allows us to “walk” or “live” by faith, and not by sight, because although we have not seen heaven, we trust God’s Word that it is real. And more importantly, because we have faith that God is in control, it encourages us to make it our life’s goal to please God, because we will all have to appear before Christ one day when it is time to reap in heaven the fruits of whatever we have sown here on earth. God is just and will give us what we deserve. If we have planted much good, then we will harvest much good as well. We do not have faith because of what we see happening around us – we have faith because God’s Word says so. That is how we live by faith, and not by sight.