Emmanuel French SDA Church

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Genesis 1:1

Genesis 1:1Since the book of nature and the book of revelation bear the impress of the same master mind, they cannot but speak in harmony. By different methods, and in different languages, they witness to the same great truths. Science is ever discovering new wonders; but she brings from her research nothing that, rightly understood, conflicts with divine revelation. The book of nature and the written word shed light upon each other. They make us acquainted with God by teaching us something of the laws through which He works. Inferences erroneously drawn from facts observed in nature have, however, led to supposed conflict between science and revelation; and in the effort to restore harmony, interpretations of Scripture have been adopted that undermine and destroy the force of the word of God. Geology has been thought to contradict the literal interpretation of the Mosaic record of the creation. Millions of years, it is claimed, were required for the evolution of the earth from chaos; and in order to accommodate the Bible to this supposed revelation of science, the days of creation are assumed to have been vast, indefinite periods, covering thousands or even millions of years. Such a conclusion is wholly uncalled for. The Bible record is in harmony with itself and with the teaching of nature. Of the first day employed in the work of creation is given the record, “The evening and the morning were the first day.” Genesis 1:5. And the same in substance is said of each of the first six days of creation week. Each of these periods Inspiration declares to have been a day consisting of evening and morning, like every other day since that time. In regard to the work of creation itself the divine testimony is, “He spake, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast.” Psalm 33:9. With Him who could thus call into existence unnumbered worlds, how long a time would be required for the evolution of the earth from chaos? In order to account for His works, must we do violence to His word? It is true that remains found in the earth testify to the existence of men, animals, and plants much larger than any now known. These are regarded as proving the existence of vegetable and animal life prior to the time of the Mosaic record. But concerning these things Bible history furnishes ample explanation. Before the Flood the development of vegetable and animal life was immeasurably superior to that which has since been known. At the Flood the surface of the earth was broken up, marked changes took place, and in the re-formation of the earth's crust were preserved many evidences of the life previously existing. The vast forests buried in the earth at the time of the Flood, and since changed to coal, form the extensive coal fields, and yield the supplies of oil that minister to our comfort and convenience today. These things, as they are brought to light, are so many witnesses mutely testifying to the truth of the word of God.

 

Learning to Listen

Jesus spent three and a half years training His disciples, and much of what He taught them is still available to us through the Gospel accounts. "After I go back to heaven," Jesus told them, "My Father will send the Holy Spirit, who will remind you of the things I said when we were together."

Of course, in order for the Spirit to bring to mind the words of Christ, you first have to put them into your memory bank. Some modern Christians treat the Holy Spirit as a miraculous bypass for Bible study, but that is not how Jesus explained His role. You still have to spend time in God's Word, absorbing the information inspired by the Spirit.

For the believer, quiet time with God is not optional; it is essential. It is what we need to develop the all-important skill of paying attention to the voice of the Spirit.

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Truth Our Only Safeguard

There is absolutely no safeguard against evil but truth. No man can stand firm for right in whose heart the truth does not abide. There is only one power that can make and keep us steadfast--the power of God, imparted to us through the grace of Christ. . . .

The Lord calls upon all who believe His word to awake out of sleep. Precious light has come, appropriate for this time. It is Bible truth, showing the perils that are right upon us. This light should lead us to a diligent study of the Scriptures and a most critical examination of the positions which we hold. . . . Believers are not to rest in suppositions and ill-defined ideas of what constitutes truth. Their faith must be firmly founded upon the word of God so that when the testing time shall come and they are brought before councils to answer for their faith they may be able to give a reason for the hope that is in them, with meekness and fear. . . .

The truth stands firmly established on the eternal Rock--a foundation that storm and tempest can never move.

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It's Not Fair

Have you ever thought about how unfair it is that you were born deserving death because of one person's disobedience? The scales of justice seem to tip back with the good news that one person's righteous life can pay for all. If you find that this is mind-boggling, you are not alone. Think about it. Wrestle with it. Imagine it. Ultimately, you have to decide if you will accept the truth about who you are and what Jesus Christ has done to save you. 

There are two realities to keep in mind as you personally live with conviction in your "human nature". First, you daily embrace the distance God crossed to win you. Secondly, you daily embrace another voice that checks your mind. . . .

As you consider the voices that speak to you, from within and from without, may grace and wisdom keep you.

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Addictions

Addictions might include seemingly innocent activities such as surfing the Internet, spending hours on social media sites, or having to read every news story that comes across our computer screens. It could be how we spend our downtime. Addictions could even include something good that has taken over the focus of our lives.

     We often justify addictions because they appear to fill perceived needs in our lives. Thus, we allow them to crowd out our time with God and with those we love. Addictions are always something that we can't imagine giving up, but if God is to remain the King of our lives, He must be the Lord of our lives. He must be our addiction. Nothing else should come between us and Him!

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