The Heavens, a Testimony of Creator God
The Heavens, a Testimony of Creator God
Pastor Adrian Rogers
“For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.” Romans 1:20
Can intellectuals believe in God? Absolutely! Many intellectuals believe in God. As a matter of fact, your intellect has very little to do with your belief in God.
Out of all of the secular professional groups, do you know what professional group has the highest number of believers in God? The astronomers do. Over 90% of the world’s great astronomers believe in God. Why? Because they have studied the heavens.
It’s not a sign of intelligence not to believe in God. If you’re intelligent, you have to say, “Somebody created all of this.”
Take a walk with your family under the canopy of the night sky. Praise God for His handiwork in the heavens.
CLOUD BY DAY, FIRE BY NIGHT
Over the past few weeks here in the United States we have had so many funnel clouds that I am reminded of the story of Moses and the Hebrew people :
And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night. (Exodus 13:21).
Below is a short video posted on May 15th. It's a cloud circle around the city of Murfreesboro, Tennessee:
Now, I don't know about you but I've never seen anything like that before!
1 Timothy 3:15 You will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household,
which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth.
James 4:10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up.
John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
John 16:13 “But when the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth.”
Here a link for a Scripture Poem for Cloud by Day, Fire by Night, written by Cheryl Winchester that you might enjoy reading.
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2, by Os Hillman
"For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me"(Matt 25:42-43).
Mother Theresa gave her life to a service to the needs of the poor in Calcutta, India. She reveals in the following what she believes every believer in Jesus is called to do:
"It is not enough for us to say: "I love God," but I also have to love my neighbor. St. John says that you are a liar if you say you love God and you don't love your neighbor. How can you love God whom you do not see, if you do not love your neighbor whom you see, whom you touch, with whom you live? And so it is very important for us to realize that love, to be true, has to hurt. I must be willing to give whatever it takes not to harm other people and, in fact, to do good to them. This requires that I be willing to give until it hurts. Otherwise, there is not true love in me and I bring injustice, not peace, to those around me."
It hurt Jesus to love us. We have been created in His image for greater things, to love and to be loved. We must "put on Christ" as Scripture tells us. And so, we have been created to love as He loves us. Jesus makes Himself the hungry one, the naked one, the homeless one, the unwanted one, and He says, "You did it to Me." On the last day He will say to those on His right, "whatever you did to the least of these, you did to Me, and He will also say to those on His left, whatever you neglected to do for the least of these, you neglected to do it for Me."
When He was dying on the Cross, Jesus said, "I thirst." Jesus is thirsting for our love, and this is the thirst of everyone, poor and rich alike. We all thirst for the love of others that they go out of their way to avoid harming us and to do good to us. This is the meaning of true love, to give until it hurts."
How might her words encourage you to do things differently?
Father, you who created mankind in your image, you sure made a colorful world of people! As I stop and watch and reflect on the people I see, I notice how everyone is unique. Sometimes I'm frustrated by others' personalities and actions; other times I am blessed; still other times I am amused. The fact is, though we were made in your image, you gave us each a will of our own and instilled different gifts, personalities, and potential within us. How boring it would be if we were all just alike! The "spice" of life is made up of all those different people, with different ideas, and various contributions. Thank you for caring enough that we are not your puppets, but are unique individuals, each called to fill special places in your great plan for our lives. I pray that you will keep my eyes open, my mind alert, and my will in tune so that I will use all you have given me--gifts, personality, skills, desires--to the best of my ability, for the edification of the saints, reaching the lost, and glorifying you. Please forgive my past failures and empower me today for all you want to do through me. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Today God Is First (TGIF) devotional message, Copyright by Os Hillman
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