2006-09-09 - Basic Beliefs
Part 4 ~ Based on The Apostle's Creed ~ Maker of Heaven and Earth
We continue with our series on searching out the Biblical basis for some of our basic Christian beliefs - as summarized in the Apostles' Creed.
(I believe in God the Father,) Maker of Heaven and Earth.
It's a "no-brainer" to see the basis for this belief. All you have to do is turn to the Creation Story in Genesis, the first book of the Bible. First let me tell you what this devotional will not be about. There are Christians who believe that science and the Bible are incompatible; there are equally devout ones who believe that they are. I won't debate anyone; we each must (as Paul reminded us) follow our God-guided consciences.
God created Heaven and Earth. But what does that mean to our everyday lives - our relationships with family and friends, our work problems, our illnesses, our hopes and dreams?
Whether He created it via a "Big Bang" or in some other way, if God created Heaven and Earth from nothing, it means that He is the original source of all matter - and that He is all-powerful. He made "something from nothing." That in turn demonstrates that He is more powerful than all our problems. It means that the word "impossible" is not in His vocabulary.
Does this mean we will get everything we want? Of course not; He won't violate His word or will. However if something is within His will, it is doable.
Luke 1:37 (NASB) For nothing will be impossible with God.
It also means that contrary to what some false teachers are preaching - we don't need to cower before satan - and we don't need any special potions or rituals to deal with him. We just need to remember that:
1 John 4:4b Greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.
If you ever doubt God's power, remember Romans 8:38-39:
38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Comments or Questions,
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All Scripture passages in this devotional are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB)