Genesis 1:1 ESV
In the beginning,
God created the heavens
and the earth.

God is God.
The fact that He is the God
of creation means that
He is Lord of all.

Understanding and
believing God as creator
offers great hope in
an uncertain world.

These days we can
awake to this life that we have
been given and can feel very
overwhelmed by it.

It may look as though
everything is out of control . . .
It may even appear as
though evil reigns
and darkness is overcoming
the light . . .
You may be asking yourself
like the people in the days of
the Old Testament,
“Where is any good?”

Psalm 4:6
There are many who say,
“Who will show us some good?
Lift up the light of your
face upon us, O LORD!”

God is God
and He is good.
He is in control
and worthy of ALL of our
worship and ALL of our praise.

Remember these things.
Cherish these truths in your heart.
Stand upon this rock:
He is God and
you are not
and neither is anyone
or anything else besides Him.
The world rests upon His
He holds the universe in
the palm of His hand.

Affirm the first few stanzas
of the Apostles’ Creed
in your heart and mind:
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

Taking the Gospel to Heart
and Bringing It to Life

During this time of year
when we have more to do
than usual,
when our expectations and
emotions are heightened,
and when our focus can
be easily lost,
we want to remember that
we have been saved for
a very specific and special

We have been set apart,
we have been sanctified
to glorify God and enjoy
Him forever no matter
what is happening in
the world around us.
The darkness can not
overcome the light.
Shine the light of this truth
in your heart, in your mind,
and in your life.
God who created us has also given us
the light of redemption in
Jesus Christ.

2 Cor. 4:6 ESV
For God, who said,
“Let light shine out of darkness,”
has shone in our hearts to
give the light of the knowledge
of the glory of God in the face.

We reflect what we believe.
Believe the truth.
Affirm the truth.
Hold fast to the truth.
God is God and we are not.
He is our creator.
We are His!
He is ours!

Close in prayer and worship
with the following Psalm.

Psalm 95:1-7
1 Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;
let us make a joyful noise
to the rock of our salvation!
2 Let us come into his
presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to
him with songs of praise!
3 For the Lord is a great God,
and a great King above all gods.
4 In his hand are the depths
of the earth;
the heights of the mountains
are his also.
5 The sea is his, for he made it,
and his hands formed the dry land.
6 Oh come, let us worship
and bow down;
let us kneel before the Lord,
our Maker!
7 For he is our God,
and we are the people
of his pasture,
and the sheep of his hand.

In Jesus’ Name,


Genesis 1:1
In the beginning,
God created the heavens
and the earth.

As we meditate on the gospel
we want to begin at the beginning,
at the origin of life itself.

God is God.
He is the creator of all things,
living and non-living things.
God created you.
He is the author and giver of life.
He is the one who sustains life
and the one who causes
all things to grow.

Where would
we be without Him?

We have been given the
amazing gift of life
and we often take it
and its giver for granted.

Other things cloud our
thinking and crowd out
the important.


Clear away all thoughts
in your mind.
Wipe the slate clean and
center in on this one thing:

God who is your creator
and the gift of life
He has given to you.

As you consider these things
pray through Psalm 63.

1 O God, you are my God;
earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you,
as in  a dry and weary land
where there is no water.
2 So I have looked upon you
in the sanctuary,
beholding your power and glory.
3 Because your  steadfast
love is better than life,
my lips will praise you.
4 So I will bless you as long as I live;
in your name I will lift up my hands.
5 My soul will be  satisfied
as with fat and rich food,
and my mouth will praise
you with joyful lips,
6 when I remember you upon
my bed, and meditate on you in
the watches of the night;
7 for you have been my help,
and in  the shadow of your
wings I will sing for joy.
8 My soul clings to you;
your right hand upholds me.

In Jesus’ Name,


Our salvation is of the Lord
and for His glory.
He has saved our souls
to change our lives.
Each Christian is a unique vessel
of God created in Christ Jesus
for good works.

No two are alike,
ALL are to be like Christ.

Therefore, as you received
Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him.
Col. 2:6 ESV

For we are his workmanship,
created in Christ Jesus for
good works, which God
prepared beforehand,
that we should walk in them.
Eph. 2:10 ESV

…so as to walk in a manner
worthy of the Lord,
fully pleasing to him,
bearing fruit in every good work
and increasing in
the knowledge of God.
Col. 1:10 ESV

Jesus…gave himself for us
to redeem us from
all lawlessness and to purify
for himself a people
for his own possession
who are zealous for good works.
Ti. 2:14 ESV

In Christ
we are not only
declared righteous
in God’s sight through
faith in Jesus Christ
(Rom. 3:24; Rom. 5:1)…
We are also
Set apart,
made holy,
a vessel for God’s glory.
An example from
Baker’s Dictionary
helpfully explains
sanctification like this:
“a person or thing set apart
for the use intended
by its designer.
A pen is ‘sanctified’
when used to write.
Eyeglasses are ‘sanctified’
when used to improve sight.
In the theological sense,
things are sanctified when
they are used for the
purpose God intends.
A human being is sanctified,
therefore, when he or she
lives according to God’s
design and purpose.”

We want to BE that which Christ
created us to be and that which we
already ARE.

We have been set apart for
His glory.
We want to fully engage with Him
humbly, submissively,
obediently, and
faithfully in that process.

When God
called and set Peter apart,
impetuous and impatient
Peter became indefatigable
and persevering.

When Jesus confronted
Paul on his way to Damascus,
vicious, religious, vigilante
became loving, vigilant,
and victorious Paul.

Who would you be
today if Jesus had not saved you?

Who would you be if you
were fully submissive to
Christ in you,
is your hope of glory…
now and in eternity!
HE will do it but
He is calling you
humbly submit
to His work in your heart.

Taking the Truth to Heart

Will you turn your thoughts
to consider who you are now
that you are IN Christ?
And what was God’s purpose
in choosing you and
redeeming you?

You have been saved to be a vessel
of God’s glory and
not your own glory.

Yet, the default setting of our flesh
is to find worth in achievement,
and attention.
The flesh
demands attention
and craves glory.
The sin within wants credit,
wants to be noticed,
wants to prove others wrong,
wants its own way,
wants to make a point,
wants to make a name for itself,
wants to be accepted by others,
wants to be popular,
wants recognition from those
that matter,
wants, wants, wants, wants…
In other words…
The sin within LUSTS
after the things of this world.
It “LOVES” the things of this world.
John in his tender, shepherding,
and passionate love for his sheep
warns and exhorts them with these
clear and convicting words:
“If anyone loves the world,
the love of the Father is not in him.
For all that is in the world-
the desires of the flesh and
the desires of the eyes and
pride of life –
is not from the Father but is
from the world.
And the world is passing
away along with its desires,
but whoever does the will
of God abides forever.”
1 Jn. 2:15-17 ESV

We have been saved for
Christ and His glory!
We have been saved to
exalt His name!
We have been saved to
lose ourselves in Christ!!!

Ask the Lord to help you
become a fully devoted
vessel for HIS GLORY

Close in Prayer:

O Lord, help me.
I have been saved to be a
vessel of your glory and not my own.
Yet, I feel my flesh demand attention
and crave glory!

Help me
turn my gaze toward
Help me turn away
from my self focused
and self-centered living
and instead to live for Christ
and Him alone.
Lord Jesus, particularly now,
during this time of year,
I beg of you
I cry out to you
to help me truly
believe the Gospel.

I want to believe
the Gospel in such
a way that it helps me lose myself
so that I can become
fully who I have been created to be in Christ!!!
I want to believe the Gospel
so that it impacts
how I live each and
every moment of every day and
how I feel toward others.

I want my life to be
Gospel driven.
Lord I want you to
do for me what you did
for Peter and for Paul.
I plead with you
to help me see myself and my sin
and to see Jesus and His sacrifice
so that I have
understanding of what you
have done for me.
I, even as a believer,
can barely comprehend
what you have done for me.
Abba Father,
have mercy upon me.
I want to live for Jesus
just as He did for me…
I want to be willing to die to myself
so that Christ would live in me.

In Jesus’ name I pray.