Genesis 4

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Are you the Green Eye Monster?

 

Wanting or desiring what someone else has is jealousy or discontent.  What are you jealous of?  Other marriages, other connected families, etc.  Be careful not to allow jealousy into your heart. Anger by way of jealousy can lead to murder or the division of family.  You should focus on being content where the Lord has you and rejoice with others.

 

Sin affected the lives of the first family. In Genesis chapter four, Adam and Eve had two sons named Cain and Abel.  Cain and Abel made offerings for the Lord. God did not respect or accept Cain’s offering. Cain became angry and killed Abel. Cain received consequences from God for his sin. Lamech, in Cain’s family line, becomes a murderer too.

 

Sin affects your life and the lives of those around you.  Sin demands consequences.

Jealously, like Cain, breeds sin.  Genesis chapter four reveals how sin destroyed the lives of men even from the beginning. This chapter in the Bible reveals the effects of sin.

 

The grace of God is absolutely amazing.  God is sovereign, just, and merciful.   He protected Cain from being killed even though Cain sinned against Him.  Because God is holy, He has to give consequences for sin.   Man cannot comprehend a grace so encompassing.  God is merciful. He still blesses in the midst of sin.  God is good!  Wow, just think about the grace of God!

 

But know God is good!  Nothing or no one can compare to God!  In the midst of sin, God sent His only son, Jesus, to die on the cross in order to bear the punishment for the sin of men.  When faced with the temptation to sin (be jealous), ask yourself, “How can I turn these negative feelings into good?”  The answer is to:  Focus on the Lord.  Genesis 4: 26  At that time men began to call on the name of the Lord.

 

Prayer:

 

Father,


Lord help me not to sin for its effects those around me.  Help me not to be jealous of others and what they have.  AMEN!


Genesis 3

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God Grace?

 

What do you think of when you hear the word SIN?  Does that word bring fear or encouragement?  Sin can be defined as any action in word, thought, or deed that goes against the Word of God.  Sin is doing what God has said not to do and it is not doing what God has said to do.

 

Genesis chapter three reveals how sin entered the world.  The serpent talked with Eve and convinced her to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Eve also gave the fruit to her husband and encouraged him to sin against God.  From this point, sin entered the world.

 

So here’s the bad news . . . The serpent was arrogant in his boast against God.  After being encouraged by the serpent, man and woman made a choice opposite of God.   Adam and Eve were sent out of the garden of Eden. God is holy, just, and He gives consequences for sin.  God gave consequences to all:  the serpent, man, and woman.  He gave consequences to the serpent because he encouraged God’s creation to disobey Him.  The woman was given consequences because she followed the leading of the serpent in being disobedient to God.  The man was given consequences because he disobeyed God in following his wife’s leading in eating the fruit from the tree.  What are the consequences for your sin?

 

Man followed the serpent even though they knew it was against God.  You do not want to be encourage by others to sin against God.  God expects his commands to be followed and there are consequences for not following.  Follow the Lord not someone / something leading upon elsewhere (away from God).  When have you listened to the influence of others and sinned?  When have you caused others to sin?

 

But here’s the good news . . . God still cares for us in the midst of our sin.  God cared for Adam and Eve because He made clothes for them even after they sinned.  Genesis 3:21  “For Adam also and for his wife the Lord God made long coats (tunics) of skin and clothed them.”    God could have but He did not kill Adam and Eve right after they sinned!  The grace of God is amazing!  He has the power to utterly destroy any who go against what He has said but His grace abounds.  You can be truly thankful for the grace of God.

 

Prayer:

 

Father,

I have given into temptation and sinned against You. I have allowed others to lead me into tempting and sinful situations. I have been disobedient to your word. I have not been careful to obey the Lord’s commands.  Lord help me to resist temptation and obey.  I am thankful for the grace of God.  Your grace carries me when I need your strength.  AMEN!


Genesis 2

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Life is God

 

Have you ever heard the phrase ‘Life is God”?  What does this phrase mean to you?  Does it mean life originates from God?  Does it mean the very substance of life comes from God?  Would life exist if there were no God?  How could life exist if there were no God?  These are some serious questions to ponder.

 

Life is God!  Life comes from God and God alone.  In Genesis chapter two, God finished creation.  God revealed the history of creation.  This chapter summarizes the events included in creation.  God formed man and breathed into him the breath of life.   Just think about the ‘breath of life.’  Breath is life and it came from God in the beginning of time.  God is the source of life, help, and strength.  Help from God is the source of ultimate strength.  Are you trying to live apart from God’s help and wisdom?  You cannot live without the Lord God.

 

On the seventh day God ceased or stopped all His creation.  God blessed the seventh (Sabbath) day and made it holy. The creation of plants, rivers, livestock/animals and man completed His work.  Man was told to tend and keep the garden.  Man was given the privilege by God to name animals.  God gave man one command which was not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil.  God gave His command and expected obedience.  Obedience was expected from the beginning.  Are you obeying the commands of God?  Are you keeping the Sabbath day holy? Are you resting in the Lord?

 

God said it was not good for man to be alone.  The foundation for marriage was established in the beginning,  ‘man shall leave mother and father and cleave to wife – become one flesh.  “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.”  Genesis 2:24

God created everything and made the earth pleasant for man (suitable for living).   God provided man’s every need.  He provided man with a helpmate because it was not good for man to be alone (woman helpmate).  He gave all food/trees for food except for one.

 

God gave man all he needed:   food from the garden, water source, and a helpmate.  They were right where God wanted them to be and felt no shame.

 

Prayer:

Father,


You are all powerful and you demonstrated your power by creating everything that exists.  You are all knowing in that you brought life into existence from nothing.  You are the creator!  Thank the Lord for providing what we needed in creation.    


Genesis 1 Commentary

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The Power of God

Where have I not given God the glory for His creation?  In the beginning was God and He created the heavens and the earth.  In six days, God brought all things into existence.  Can you imagine a time when there was nothing but God?

 

It is hard to imagine a time of nothingness, but God created everything out of nothing.  The human mind cannot conceive the notion of making something from nothing because we are not God.  Only God could have the power to bring everything into existence.  Just think about the power of God!

 

The power of God is absolutely amazing!  God created everything by Himself.  He created the heavens and the earth and all else in six days.  The days of creation are as follows: 1. day and light 2.  heavens and sky 3.  trees, plants, fruits, land, seas 4. moon, sun, stars 5. birds, fish, sea creatures 6.  beast, livestock, and man in six days.  God saw that His creation was good and He approved it.

 

God is the Creator of all and He is in total control. The beginning of time started by Him. He did it! God was there even before the world was formed and fashioned. No one created God. God alone created all things.

 

Have I doubted the power of God?  Genesis explains how the beginning of time began.  Genesis chapter one was written to tell us about the beginning and how the world was created.  This is an awesome display of the power of Almighty God.  God is the Creator.  He is all powerful, in total control, and almighty.  We need to recognize God for who He is, in all His power & majesty.

 

Man was the crown of God’s creation.  He saved the best for last!   He created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him: male and female He created them.

 

What does Genesis chapter one mean for your life?  God commanded man to be fruitful, multiply, fill and subdue the earth.  God also told man to have dominion over the animals. So ask yourself, Am I being fruitful, multiplying or filling the earth?  Am I subduing the earth?  How am I demonstrating dominion over the animals?

 

Prayer response for Genesis 1:

 

Father,

I thank you for revealing to me how the world was created before I came to be. Thank you for being Creator of all things. Thank you for being God almighty.  I do not have to worry or fret because you have all power in your hands.  Father, I thank you because all power in your hands.  Amen!


Questions about God’s Commandments

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  1. How      many commandments did God give on Mount Sinai?  (Exodus 20:1-17)
  2. What      do the first four commandments teach?       (Exodus 20:1-11; Matthew 22:37-38)
  3. Is God      pleased with those who love and obey Him? (Proverbs 8:17)
  4. Is God      displeased with those who do not love and obey Him? (Psalm 7:11)
  5. What      is the first commandment? (Exodus 20:3)
  6. What      does the first commandment teach us?       (Matthew 4:10)
  7. What      is the second commandment? (Exodus 20:4-6)
  8. What      does the second commandment teach us?       (Exodus 20:23, Deuteronomy 6:13-18)
  9. What      is the third commandment?  (Exodus      20:7)
  10. What      does the third commandment teach us?       (Psalms 29:2, Psalms 107:21-22, 138:2)
  11. What      is the fourth commandment? (Exodus 20:8-11)
  12. What      does the fourth commandment teach us? (Leviticus 19:30, Deuteronomy 5:12)
  13. What      do the last six commandments teach? (Exodus 20:12-17; Matthew 22:39)
  14. What      is the fifth commandment? (Exodus 20:12)
  15. What      does the fifth commandment teach us? (Romans 13:1, Ephesians 6:1-3)
  16. What      is the sixth commandment? (Exodus 20:13)
  17. What      does the sixth commandment teach us?       (Genesis 9:6; 1 John 3:15)
  18. What      is the seventh commandment?  (Exodus      20:14)
  19. What      does the seventh commandment teach us?       (1 Corinthians 7:2; Ephesians 4:29, 5:3-4)
  20. What      is the eighth commandment? (Exodus 20:15)
  21. What      does the eighth commandment teach us? (Romans 12:11, 17, Ephesians 4:28, 2      Thessalonians 3:10-12)
  22. What      is the ninth commandment? (Exodus 20:16)
  23. What      does the ninth commandment teach us? (Proverbs 14:5, Zechariah 8:16;

1 Peter 3:16)

  1. What      is the tenth commandment? (Exodus 20:17)
  2. What      does the tenth commandment teach us?       (Galatians 5:26; Philippians 4:11)
  3. Of      what use are the Ten Commandments to us?       (Joshua 1:7-8, Galatians 5:26, Philippians 4:11)
  4. What      commandments does God command us to obey first of all?  (Matthew 22:37-40)
  5. What      is the first great commandment? (Matthew 22:37)
  6. What      is the second great commandment? (Matthew 22:39)
  7. Who is      your neighbor? (Luke 10:25-37; Galatians 6:10)

Prayer for Young Women

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Introduction:  Focus on God (Who He is), Confession, and Thanksgiving

 

  • Who He Is:   Shepherd, Portion, Healer, Help, Fortress, Stronghold, Creator, Provider, Peace, Joy, Bread of Life, Living Water, Father, Light, Savior, Lord, Stay, Righteousness, God Who Sees, Rescuer, Compassion, Mercy, Grace, Holiness, Life, Keeper, Master, Love, Truth, One & Only, Praise, Watcher, Deliverer, Comforter, Blesser, Strength, Way Maker, Redeemer, Rock and Much, Much, More!!!!

 

  • Confession:  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

  • Thanksgiving:  Thank Him for what He has done, what He is doing and for what He is going to do!!

 

I.      Life’s Journey & the Response:  Holiness

 

  • Lord, you are our Shepherd and we shall not want for anything.  Thank you for leading us to green pastures and beside still waters:  providing what’s good for us.
  • Thank you for restoring our souls and leading us in the path of righteousness for your name sake.  Help us to live and walk by the Spirit.
  • As we walk through the valley of the shadow of death and life gets hard, we do not have to fear because You are with us and You comfort us.
  • Thank you for preparing a table for us before our enemies and protecting us from the plans and evil desires of others.
  • We thank you for goodness and mercy all the days of our lives.  We rejoice in the promise to dwell in Your house forever!

Psalm 23                                                       Gala. 5: 22 – 26

II.    Life’s Relationships & the Response:  Emotions

  • Ø Stamp temptation out of our minds before it ever reaches our hearts or personal experiences.
  • Ø Lord, keep us sexually pure in mind & body in our relationships, and close the door to anything lustful or illicit that seeks to encroach upon us.
  • Ø Make us strong where we are weak.  Help us to rise above anything that erects itself as a stronghold in our lives.
  • Ø Teach us how to keep our emotions in line with Your Word.  Shield us from the lies of the enemy.
  • Ø Help us to see ourselves the way You see us.  Lord, we refuse to be tormented by impure, evil, negative, or sinful thoughts, but be transformed by the renewing of our minds, that we may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
  • Ø Lord, teach us to trust you in everything and be anxious for nothing!

Scriptures for Life’s Relationships & the Response

 

1 Thess. 4:3-5                                               Rom. 12:2

1 Cor 6: 18-20                                               Phil. 4:6, 7

III.  Life’s Purpose & the Response:  Obedience

  • Ø Lord, fill us with the knowledge of Your will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that we may have a walk worthy of You; fully pleasing You, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of You.
  • Ø Help us to mature and grow in You daily, submitting to You all our dreams and desires.
  • Ø Give us God ordained goals and show us how to conduct ourselves in a way that always invests in our future.
  • Ø Lord, we pray that we will clearly hear the call You have on our lives.  Help us to realize who we are in Christ and give us certainty that we were created for a high purpose.  May the eyes of our understanding be enlightened so that we will know what is the hope of Your calling.
  • Ø Enable us to walk worthy of our calling and become the women of God You have made for us to be.  Continue to remind us of what You’ve called us to and don’t let us get sidetracked with things that are unessential to Your purpose.
  • Ø Strike down discouragement so that it will not defeat us.  Give us patience to wait for Your perfect timing.
  • Ø We pray that the desires of our hearts will not be in conflict with the desires of Yours.  May we seek You for direction, and hear when You speak to our souls.  (Adapted from The Power of a Praying Wife)

 

1 Thess. 1:11                 Col. 1:9, 10                   2 Tim. 1:9