Oh how we all need mercy! Reflecting on how incredibly great our need is for mercy can only be understood in the light of our own sin and the state of a fallen world in which we live. If you are buried under the burden of guilt and shame or frazzled by the circumstances that surround you... meditate on this wonderful truth in light of God's mercy and the Gospel. Paul David Tripp explores this concept in a brief video that is worth a watch.
May it be a refreshing truth to increase your motivation for perseverance in your everyday walk.
Scripture: "For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous."
Reflection: The Apostle Paul goes back to the beginning to explain the present condition. He describes the origin of sin when Adam disobeyed God. As descendents of Adam and Eve, all of us are now living in a fallen state. To make a way for us to be forgiven, God Himself had to lay down His own life to get us back. Only through Jesus' Christ's perfect sacrifice can man be made "righteous" before God.
Application: When sharing the Gospel, providing a basis for the origin of sin. When you use the law to bring the knowledge of sin and provide the origin of it through the creation account, it offers listeners a basis for how mankind got into this present condition. Try to use the creation account to help people understand what was happening before the fall and after the fall as you share the Gospel with them.
The New King James Version. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982. Romans 5:19.
The creation account of the Bible is being designed using 3D computer animation. From the looks of the new trailer they have put out, it presents some beautiful imagery. The challenge of creating a place of perfection that we have never seen before is a daunting task. Lord willing, this movie will display the Biblical account of the creation in 3D explaining the way the earth came into being. It is not released just yet, but is being worked on.
Check out those endorsing the film and also check out the web site here for the way you can be involved too. Visit Genesis Movie 3D.
Scripture: "Now it happened in Iconium that they went together to the synagogue of the Jews, and so spoke that a great multitude both of the Jews and of the Greeks believed. 2 But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brethren. 3 Therefore they stayed there a long time, speaking boldly in the Lord, who was bearing witness to the word of His grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands."
Reflection: There were both Jews and Greeks that were responding to the Gospel that the disciples were preaching. In the midst of what was happening, Jews sought to "poison" those where were hearing the truth and causing them to turn "against" the disciples. But instead of leaving the situation behind, they "stayed there a long time" and didn't just quietly go about sharing the Gospel, they did so "boldly" and incredible authenticating signs were brought about through them.
Application: We should not be surprised when we face opposition. We should pray for abundant and plentiful results, but not be shocked when others step in to try to overturn what has been planted. Instead of giving up, let us press on and continue to share "boldly" as these early disciples did and continue to proclaim the life-changing message of the Gospel and it just may be that God will supernaturally bring about the growth that only He can produce.
The New King James Version. (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982), Acts 14:1-3.
An upcoming documentary entitled Evolution Vs. God sets out to evaluate evolutionary claims and asks questions at some prominent universities to try to obtain answers and proof for evolution. You will be able to view firsthand interviews with professors to find out what kind of evidence they offer and what evidence that scientists claim supports evolution. The video is set to release on July 9th and will be available for download and viewing at www.EvolutionVsGod.com. The DVD is set to release in August. In the meantime, the following trailer can give you a sense of what is set to release soon.