The Story Devotional: Discover Your Role in God's Story

The Story Devotional: Discover Your Role in God's Story

by Zondervan

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ISBN-13: 9780310341895
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 09/30/2014
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 808,806
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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The Story Devotional


By Zondervan Publishing

ZONDERVAN

Copyright © 2014 Zondervan
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ISBN: 978-0-310-34189-5


CHAPTER 1

THE OLD TESTAMENT


DAY 1

OUT OF NOTHING, SOMETHING

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep. And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light.

GENESIS 1:1-3


We all know the power of words. You may remember what the bully said to you on the kindergarten playground, or what one of your parents said to you in a moment of utter frustration.

On the other hand, maybe you remember as if it were yesterday what the coach said to let you know he believed in you. Or when your sixth-grade teacher helped you recognize in yourself an area of giftedness.

Human words are powerful—powerful to tear down and powerful to build up. And God's words are infinitely more powerful. "God said"—and things happened! Where nothing had been, there was now something!

Consider what words God has spoken over you: you are his chosen (Colossians 3:12), loved (Ephesians 5:25), provided for (Matthew 6:32-33), protected (Psalm 18:2), child (1 John 3:1). What God speaks, happens; so live in the reality of what he says about you!

LET THE CREATIVE POWER OF GOD'S WORDS RE-CREATE YOU IN CHRIST'S IMAGE.


DAY 2

"LET ..."

God said, "Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds." And it was so.

GENESIS 1:11-13


The simple statement "Let the land produce vegetation" belies the almost unimaginable complexity needed for the task.

Plants need water and the God-designed water cycle—evaporation, condensation, precipitation. Plants need sunlight, and God had placed the earth the perfect distance from the sun so that this planet could sustain life. God created different plants for warm and wet and cool and dry climates. Plants need a constant source of carbon monoxide—and the animals God was planning needed a constant source of oxygen. The perfect symbiotic relationship—per God's design.

God also saw that each plant had the right nutrients, the ideal temperature, and the necessary protection from the elements. "Let the land produce vegetation"—those simple words hardly suggest the intricacy, the complexity, of God's creation, and they don't begin to explain the mystery of the spark of life existing in every seed.

WHAT KIND OF POWER ARE YOU SPEAKING INTO PEOPLE'S LIVES WITH YOUR WORDS—CREATIVE POWER OR DESTRUCTIVE?


(Continues...)

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