Three years elapsed as we journeyed together from the beginning to the end of the Bible. In the first post after that, It Only Happens In God’s Time, I said that our journey would now shift from what the Bible said, to one of how to apply it in our lives. Preceding this ‘how,’ we first explored the urgency in starting that application, (because we only have a limited time frame in which we can connect with God), and then followed with a three-part series of posts, Why Would You Want God In Your Life?, to show you the supernatural advantages of having God steer your path in life so that deciding to make those applications made sense…
Now we are going to begin learning how to walk with God. We are going to start by building a strong ‘home base’ for our faith-based journey, so that we can have a powerful foundation behind our walk. We begin by looking at the immeasurable lengths that God went to, to establish your presence:
Your galactic home:
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. Gen. 1:3 ESV
BAM! That is the beginning of everything we know. God spoke and an entire universe came into being! Don’t let anyone tear down your faith. We have a God, the Prime Mover, who with a word, created everything we know from nothing. He is the Big Bang:
By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. Heb. 11:3 ESV
God used spiritual building blocks of His own making.
Don’t be put off by atheistic scientists either. The Bible does not conflict with the scientific evidence for the sequential formation of the universe and of our world in it.
God tells us that He took six days to create everything. However, God was being metaphorical. (1 Pet. 3:8) Each day consisted of eons. Oh, we have some hardcore fundamentalists who claim the ‘six days’ only refer to a literal six thousand years, but there is a plethora of evidence refuting that. The very rate of the expansion of the universe since the Big Bang, tells us that it is approximately sixteen billion years old. The Bible does not deny that.
Your earthly home:
God describes the formation of your earthly home too. He formed dry land masses > plants > marine life and birds > land mammals, and finally > Man. (Gen. 1:1 – 26.)
God wrote this through Moses approximately four thousand years ago, yet it is describing the exact sequence of creative events that science would formulate and believe in only about one hundred years ago. If God knew it, He did it, and you can throw the evolutionary approach of happenstance out the window. Statistically impossible. Faithless fiction.
God created this entire universe, and especially this galaxy and our earthly home in it, for you – to sustain you, to bless you, and for your enjoyment. Then He gave it all to you for safekeeping:
God said, Let Us [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit] make mankind in Our image, after Our likeness, and let them have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the [tame] beasts, and over all of the earth, and over everything that creeps upon the earth. Gen. 1:26 AMP
Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. Gen. 2:15 NKJV
Yet, as wondrous as our home is, it is only a temporary one:
…just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself… Eph. 1:4, 5. NASB
Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God… Eph. 2:19 NKJ
These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth…they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He has prepared a city for them. Heb. 11:16 NASB
God has a final heavenly home for you after this earth passes away, a place called New Jerusalem; and that has been His plan since before He created this universe. Even those faithful to God, yet born too early to have experienced the coming of His Christ, knew innately of God’s plan, and were assured by God that they were included. You are blessed by having direct access to Christ through the Holy Spirit, and your inclusion is first hand.
Your incarnate home:
Let us go back to the scripture above (Gen. 1:26) where God tells us that He made us in His likeness. We are made in His image, as well as in the image of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. What is the commonality between Them? Well, by virtue of His name, the Holy Spirit is a Spirit. Jesus tells us that God is a Spirit (John 4:24) and that a spirit has no flesh. (Luke 24:39) Jesus too was a Spirit prior to His incarnate manifestation on the Earth. (John 1:14)
Thus, the part of us that is made in Their image is our spirit. Our body is only a temporary house until we are refitted with our immortal, incorruptible heavenly body. (Phil. 3:20, 21; 1 Cor. 15:42 – 53.)
What does all this have to do with applying the word of God?
It’s all about training your thoughts in faith (For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. Pr. 23:7 NKJV) It’s about strengthening your Christian attitude as a result – knowing that you can move those mountains in your paths because the Creator of the Universe is working through you and for you.
It’s about being secure in your God foundation with a security that will color everything that you do in this life. God created a universe for you. You were appointed its caretaker. He gave you the most special rank in it; i.e. to live as the image of Him. You were given the charge to advance His kingdom by bringing His promise of salvation to others, and He has fully equipped you to do it.
Finally, this wonderful life God has placed in you will yet be eclipsed by an eternal existence on the heavenly plane. You can live out your earthly life from beginning to end as a win-win if you invite God in your life through Christ.
“…with God all things are possible.” Matt. 19:26 NKJV
Strike a godly attitude. Be bold for the kingdom. Know that you and everyone else are special to God. Walk like a son or daughter of God. Be faithful to living out His word. You’ve got what it takes…
Goodnight and God bless.