Resources on Genesis

Chapter 50

Recognizing the hand of God.
By | August 18, 2017

As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good…

—Genesis 50:20

 

Do you know why Joseph was able to forgive his brothers who sold him into slavery?

 

One primary reason was that he trusted that God was in control. And Joseph could see that God was using the adversity in his life to advance him and to be a blessing to others.  

 

You see, God often uses a major crisis or hurt to get us ready for the next big thing that he is doing in our lives. Those things that you and I might mistake for obstacles often reveal God’s very hand at work.

 

Are you in the midst of a trial or difficulty? Well, here’s what you need to know. As a believer in Jesus Christ, nothing is working against you. With Christ, everything is working for you!

 

Speak that into your own life: “As a believer in Jesus Christ, nothing is working against me. Everything is working for me!”

 

Regardless of how it looks or feels, God is at work in your life. And all those terrible hurts you suffered? God can use them for good if you will let him.

 

So ask him to help you see beyond your current pain. And believe that the hand of God is working for you!

 

AS A BELIEVER IN JESUS CHRIST, NOTHING IS WORKING AGAINST YOU. EVERYTHING IS WORKING FOR YOU!

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Chapter 45

The gift of forgiveness.
By | August 15, 2017

And he kissed all his brothers and wept upon them. After that his brothers talked with him.

—Genesis 45:15

The story of Joseph is one of most powerful stories of forgiveness and reconciliation in the entire Bible.  

Here was a man who was betrayed and sold into slavery by his brothers when he was 17, and then he was falsely accused, imprisoned, and forgotten in prison. Yet Joseph resisted bitterness and grew in godly character.

And when the day finally came when Joseph’s brothers came and stood before him in Egypt seeking grain, he didn’t punish them or retaliate against them. Joseph called them forward and loved them.

Most likely, you have experienced injustice and unfairness like Joseph did. Perhaps someone mistreated you. Maybe you’ve been lied to or betrayed… or perhaps someone even abused you.

Each of us suffers deep hurts over the course of our lives. But you and I can’t change the past. And it does us no good to try to figure out why things happened the way they did.

But here’s one thing you can do. Like Joseph, you can refuse to allow the past to pollute your present or your future. Like Joseph, you can give the precious gift of forgiveness to those who hurt you.

Are you willing to take these steps today?

REFUSE TO ALLOW THE PAST TO POLLUTE YOUR PRESENT OR YOUR FUTURE.

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Chapter 11

Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth. And from there the Lord dispersed them over the face of all the earth.

—Genesis 11:9

 

What a scene it must have been when the survivors of Noah’s Flood began to build the Tower of Babel.  They were determined to build a monument to their pride and as their way of trying to approach God on their own terms.

 

It’s hard to imagine the arrogance of that act, or the confusion that must have reigned in Babel as mighty and intelligent men began speaking different languages for the first time.

 

The Tower of Babel is a real historical event, but it is also an illustration of society even today. Men and women in our day are just like the proud people of Babel . . . believing they know everything there is to know and therefore can approach God on their own terms.

 

The Lord states many times in the Scripture that He detests arrogance and pride. “Haughty eyes” (Proverbs 6:17), or a proud look, is first on the list of things that God hates. People today are building towers to try and reach heaven; not physical structures, but towers of pride and self-sufficiency.

 

God honors a humble heart.  So don’t let the world fool you into thinking you need to be self-sufficient, rather reach up to God with with an open hand and heart to receive His grace each day.

 

 

God hates pride…but honors humility!

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Chapter 2

Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” 

—Genesis 2:23

 

Marriage is not some humanly devised idea that someone came up with one day. God Himself ordained man and woman to join together in complete union of body and spirit. The Bible teaches that man and woman were made for one another right from the start!

 

God’s ideal for marriage is one man and one woman together for a lifetime. Anything else is a perversion and an alteration to His original plan. But despite the clarity of Scripture on this issue, the world continually tries to change and amend the concept of marriage to accommodate it to the latest cultural trends and ideas.

 

We human beings have a strong need for companionship. God put that desire and need in us, and He created marriage for the fulfillment of that desire. Man and woman were designed to share their lives together.

 

Marriage at its best is a companionship on many levels. It is a spiritual companionship in which the partners grow and support one another. Marriage is also a psychological union in which each partner knows and loves the other. And marriage is also a physical companionship, for the pleasure and enjoyment of one another.

 

Isn’t it interesting that in Genesis God pronounced each day of His creation as “good”? The only part that was “not good” was the aloneness of the man. Marriage is God’s idea and God’s plan to fill that emptiness. Don’t let anyone else tell you what...

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The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.

—Genesis 2:15

 

The desire to work is built into everyone. Now I know what you’re thinking: If that’s true, then why are there so many lazy people out there? I certainly can’t account for every case of laziness, but I believe our need, desire, and capacity for work are God-given.

 

The creation account in Genesis says that God placed Adam in a perfect place called the Garden of Eden. Eden was a real, physical place, not just an imaginary garden. Other than being in the Mesopotamia region, we don’t really know where it was. But it was real, and Adam lived there and cared for it.

 

Please notice that God’s command for Adam to tend and care for the garden was given before sin entered the picture. In other words, Adam’s job came straight from God, and it was a part of His perfect creation.

 

Work is not, as some would like to believe, a part of the curse that came about from mankind’s sin. God means for us to find purpose and satisfaction in work, and He gives us the desire to succeed and be productive in that work.

 

That’s why the Bible says in Colossians 3:23 that whatever our job may be, we are to work hard at it and do it for the glory of God, as if we were working for Him and not just for the boss.

 

When we fulfill our purpose in life, then we are in a sense...

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Chapter 1

And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

—Genesis 1:28

I believe the human mind is one of the most incredible parts of God’s handiwork in creation. The animals have a certain level of mental capacity, but none can compare to human beings. The difference is clearly stated in the first chapter of Genesis.

 

God gave humans dominion and power over all the animals of the earth. There are some animals we call smart, but they can only be trained, they don’t necessarily learn. Being taught an idea or a concept is unique to human beings because God gave us a unique mind that gives us self-consciousness and God-consciousness.

 

God gave us the ability to think and be creative. We can play beautiful music, write a great story, paint a picture, and build a magnificent skyscraper. God does give animals many internal instincts, such as a beaver’s ability to build a dam, and a bird’s ability to build a nest. But animals don’t have the desire for growth and learning.

 

What’s even more amazing to me about the human mind is that we are told we only use about 10% of our brain capacity. Think of the potential God has given us to think and act and respond to Him. What a challenge to us to maximize the mind God has given us.

 

Your hopes, joys, and desires are all things God has given you the ability to develop...

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It's important to know where you came from
By Jack Graham | February 28, 2017

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.

—Genesis 1:27

I am often amused as I listen to scholars and scientists who talk about the evolutionary beginning of this world. They are debating a moot point, because they’re arguing about something God decided and finished centuries ago.

Our attitude toward the origin of the earth is essential to our attitude toward life. To a great degree, how we live our life is determined by what we believe about who we are and where we came from. In fact, our very understanding of God Himself is also at stake in this issue.

For instance, why would there need to be a God if we just evolved, are really just animals, and that everything happens purely by chance? If the entire universe is just a random set of events and a collection of beings with no purpose, then having a Creator is unnecessary.

But as Christians we believe that life is not random. We believe there is a personal God that is involved with His creation.

But here’s the real issue. Even though it’s important to know where we came from, it’s even more important to know where we are going! Our past is only a precursor to our future. We must know that we came from the hand of God, and that someday we will stand before Him!

Genesis 1 is a great week-long story of how God loves us and created us. Just make sure you not only know where you came from, but where you’re going. And share with others this week the good news that God loves them...

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Chapter 43

And Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is my father still alive?” But his brothers could not answer him, for they were dismayed at his presence. So Joseph said to his brothers, “Come near to me, please.” And they came near. And he said, “I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life. And he kissed all his brothers and wept upon them. After that his brothers talked with him.

—Genesis 45:3-5, 15

 

In today’s passage, we see a wonderful biblical picture about the power of forgiveness.

 

Imagine, if you will, that you were one of Joseph’s brothers…one of the brothers who had sold him into slavery. If it were me, I’d think I was done for!

 

Joseph was now in an incredibly high position of power in Egypt. He could have done anything to these guys! He could have put them in jail or executed them on the spot.

 

But look at what Joseph says to his brothers: “Do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life” (v. 5). And then, look at what happens in Verse 15: “And he kissed all his brothers and wept upon them. After that his brothers talked with him.”

 

What a reunion! What a restoration! Joseph embraces these brothers who betrayed him and welcomes them into his presence. He gives them the kiss of love and the kiss of life. Joseph’s example serves...

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Chapter 6

Noah…did all that God commanded him.

—Genesis 6:22

 

Noah certainly lived a life of faith in the Lord. The earth had never seen rain before, so the idea of water falling from the sky was a ridiculous and silly notion in those days. But that didn’t stop Noah from announcing the fact that God was going to send rain.

 

Noah believed God so much that he built an ark right in the middle in his own front yard. What would you or I do if God commanded us to do something like that?  Maybe we would just laugh and say, “Lord, You must be joking.” 

 

But as our society moves further and further away from God, we as Christians may find ourselves being called by God to do things that seem pointless to others. That’s when we need to remember that Christ has a bigger and better plan than we do.

 

In Luke 19:13, the Lord says to take care of His business until He comes back. God’s business is establishing His kingdom on earth, and it’s our responsibility to be salt and light in this dark world. These are desperate times of sin and unfaithfulness, and you and I have a message of hope that we are to be spreading like wildfire!

 

The only way to leave a lasting impression for Christ and ultimately change the world is to live a life of complete faith and obedience. That’s something you can do today.  And as you are faithful each day, God will use you to do something world-changing!

 

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Chapter 9

And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh. And the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh.”
 
—Genesis 9:12-15


 
Some days God seems so close to us that we practically feel Him right next to us. On other days, we don’t have that sense that He’s right next to us, and we ask, “Where are you, God?”


 
In reality, we know the answer even when we ask it. The answer is that God is always right there next to you, even when you don’t sense His presence. I’m sure that Noah had this same feeling after about two weeks on that ark with all those animals—but he knew God was ever-present. And God came and revealed Himself to him.


 
One of my favorite songs is entitled God of Wonders. The title to this song is absolutely true and should be the anthem of our lives. Our God is a God of wonders and of miracles, large and small. Just when you think that perhaps He has left you, He is there with exactly what you need!


 
If it is raining or even pouring in your life today, ask God to make His love and presence real...

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The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the LORD was sorry that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. So the LORD said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.  

—Genesis 6:5-8

 

God has such a gracious memory when it comes to His people. God determined to destroy the earth because of its evil, but He remembered His servant named Noah. And God’s gracious memory led Noah into the ark of safety!

 

God even remembers His people when they are unfaithful. I think of Sampson in Judges 13–16.  In this passage we are told how Sampson had disobeyed God and been led astray by evil, but he called out to God in a last gasp. God heard him, and gave him one last great feat of strength to win a victory for the Lord.

 

There are countless other stories in the Bible of God sparing people because He remembers that there are those who still serve Him. Even as He destroyed the evil cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, God remembered to spare Lot.

 

And who can forget the thief on the cross next to Jesus? This was a lawless and convicted sinner, but he repented and the Lord remembered him…and he was brought into the kingdom of heaven...

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Chapter 7

Then the Lord said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and all your household, for I have seen that you are righteous before me in this generation.

 —Genesis 7:1

 

Sometimes it’s tough to be a man or woman who walks with God. But imagine how hard it must have been for Noah. The Bible tells us that except for Noah and his family, the hearts and minds of everyone in his generation were so evil that sin is all they could think about.

 

Noah was a man who stood against the prevailing tide of society. He stood alone—and he stood out like a sore thumb as the evil people around him laughed and taunted him as he lived righteously and built the ark in his front yard.

 

Since our generation is much like Noah’s, the question of the day is, are you going to stand against the tide of society? I realize the powerful presence of evil in our society; I know that it’s very difficult some days to live godly in the midst of such a perverse generation. But we must wade into the water and stand strong against the heavy tide of society.

 

Noah proclaimed to the people around him that it would rain soon. Since rain had never touched the earth before this time, people thought this was ridiculous and laughed all the more. And just like Noah, we’re doing the same thing today:  proclaiming the wrath of God that is to come…and the hope that is found in Jesus Christ.

 

People may laugh or ignore us, but we know something that Noah also knew: God...

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Chapter 40

When Joseph came to them in the morning, he saw that they were troubled. So he asked Pharaoh’s officers who were with him in custody in his master’s house, “Why are your faces downcast today?”

—Genesis 40:6-7

Don’t you just love the buoyant optimism and biblical hope of Joseph?

In today’s passage, we see him showing concern about the cupbearer and the baker who shared a prison cell with him. They must have been thinking, “Joseph, have you forgotten, we’re in prison?!”

Rather than wallowing in self-pity and whining about his circumstances, Joseph looked out for others. He asked questions. He cared for others. Why? Because his trials had taught Joseph to look beyond himself to others…and to use his thorns and his tests as a ministry to others.

After all, how can we help broken people if we’ve never been broken? How can we help dry wet eyes if we’ve never shed a tear? How can we comfort those who are grieving if we’ve never experienced great grief?

That’s why God rarely if ever uses people until they have been broken…until they’ve come to a place in their lives where their own struggles and trials have made it possible for them to minister effectively.

In 2 Corinthians 1:3-5, Paul says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ's sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.”

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Only remember me, when it is well with you, and please do me the kindness to mention me to Pharaoh, and so get me out of this house. Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.

—Genesis 40:14, 23

In today’s verse, we read one of the saddest sentences in the entire Bible.

Joseph had asked the chief cupbearer to remember him when he was released from prison. But when the cupbearer was set free, he forgot about Joseph altogether!

Joseph had to languish in prison for two more years after this point. Yet through it all, Joseph trusted in God’s timing. And God used those two years to fashion Joseph into an incredible leader…right there in prison!

Have you ever faced adversity or pain or pressure…a “prison” of some kind that you couldn’t understand? Have you ever faced trials, tests, tribulations in your life?

Sure you have! And why? It’s called life.

As followers of Christ, you and I are never promised an easy road or an exemption from problems and stress. Despite what you may hear some preachers say!  What’s important to remember is that how we handle our problems and pressures and adversities make all the difference in the world.

Rarely can we change our circumstances…but we can always respond to our circumstances God’s way. Just like Joseph did there in that jail cell!

Because…just like Joseph…God can use adversity in your life to move you forward as long as you live in obedience to Him and trust in His perfect timing!

You will always have problems…it’s how you handle them that makes all the difference in the world.

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Chapter 3

I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid . . . and I hid myself.

—Genesis 3:10

Perhaps one of the most damaging effects of sin is that it separates us from God and others. In fact, Satan loves nothing more that to try and cut you off from God.

Now, one of the ways he tries to do that is to make you afraid to face God.  While you are certainly supposed to fear the Lord, that is not the kind of fear God intends.

The opening chapter of Proverbs says that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. And that kind of fear is best described as reverent awe.

But Satan tries to tell us we need to be afraid of God…and that we should run from Him, much like when Adam and Eve hid in the garden.

Putting the wrong kind of fear of God in your heart is part of Satan’s plan to trick you into separating yourself from God. But that’s a dangerous position to put yourself in, because you end up running from the protection and love of God and open yourself up to the devil’s attacks.

Have you ever thought about how impossible it is to hide from God?  In fact, if you think about it, there’s really no rational reason for running from God. He can see you no matter where you are.  And more importantly, He can see your heart.

So it’s not only damaging for you to try and hide from God, but it is also pointless.

Instead of running from God, let me encourage you to run to Him!  Don’t...

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The LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”

—Genesis 3:14-15

With the entrance of sin into the world, there also came the need for salvation.  Sin had created enmity, or hostility, between God and sinful humanity. Sin had separated the human race from God, and it created the need for a Savior.

And with the verse above, we get the first words of eternal hope written in the pages of Scripture.  In them, God Himself promises that His sacrifice for sin would one day crush Satan.  And this promise was fulfilled when Jesus’ body was bruised, when He was beaten beyond recognition, and His blood poured out for us.

While Satan thought He had fully crushed Jesus when Jesus died on the cross, Jesus did not stay crushed! He rose from the dead in triumph, and as we are told in Romans 16:20,Christ will ultimately crush Satan in the end.  When that happens, the devil will stay crushed for all eternity!

What a hope Christ gives us.  And our hope is sure because our salvation does not come through our own sinful hands or worthless payments, but through the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ, the very Son of God!

This is why the chorus rings throughout heaven, “Worthy is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” 

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The Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” 

—Genesis 3:9

In Genesis 3:9 we find a very fascinating verse…when God called out to Adam and Eve, “Where are you?”

Obviously, God wasn’t ignorant of where they were or what they were doing. Instead, I believe He wanted Adam and Eve to realize what they had done and come to grips with it

I also believe God is asking you the same question today:  “Where are you?” He is asking, “How are you doing spiritually?”…not for His own sake, but for yours.  He wants you to realize where you are and what you’re doing. And He is asking this question because He loves you too much to let you stay put in your faith and become either sinful or stagnant. 

Too many times we go through our day or week and don’t take a spiritual assessment. And when we do stop and assess where we are…and we’re honest with ourselves…we must answer, “I’m not where I’m supposed to be.”

Let me encourage you today to listen carefully to the voice of the Holy Spirit within you.  He is gently probing and asking you the important questions, to jar you back into reality.

So, “Where are you?”

God is asking, “Where are you?” What will your answer be today?

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Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.

—Genesis 3:7

One of the results of sin entering the world was shame. Before Adam and Eve sinned, they lived in the purity and innocence and there was no shame. But when they sinned they lost their innocence.

They felt shame when they all of sudden realized the state they were in.

We are all born with that sense of innocence.  But unfortunately, children today lose that innocence far too quickly. As a result, children grow up too fast these days, in part because inappropriate things are being thrust upon them every day.

And even though we may want to protect our children as long as possible, we can only do so much. The loss of that sense of innocence early in life seems to be inevitable in our fallen world

But there is still a lot you can do to help your children stay true to the Lord. One way is to be honest with them about the real results of sin. Help your children see that sin produces shame.  Teach them that sin will cost them more than they would ever want to pay, take them places they don’t want to go, and keep them there longer than they want to stay.

Sin brings guilt, shame, and grief. Sin promises pleasures, but produces pain. Sin promises life, but delivers death.

You may feel as if you’re fighting a losing battle at times as you fight for the protection of innocence. But that’s not true. Don’t give up!  Do what you can to protect your children...

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He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?”  

—Genesis 3:1

From the beginning of time we find Satan actively at work doing what he does best…deceive and destroy.  Make no mistake, Satan is real and he’s out to destroy you and your faith. In fact, Satan is the ultimate terrorist…the terrorist of your soul!

I find it fascinating that many people blame God when tragedies occur. They say, “Why would God allow this to happen to us,” or “Where was God when this happened? Doesn’t He care?” But these questions omit the fact that Satan and his evil work are real.  And that he is still active today deceiving and destroying.

Evil is real, and Satan is the author of every bit of it. That’s why he shows up when he sees an opportunity to trip you up. Have you ever noticed that many temptations seem to just come out of nowhere? Everything is going well, and suddenly you’re faced with an incredibly tough temptation to sin.

That’s because Satan is an opportunist. He knows your strengths and weaknesses, and knows exactly where to hit you…and the kind of evil suggestions that will tempt you most.

So be careful to not blame God for your struggles, because they come from our adversary, the devil. Instead of blaming God for the temptation, you need to turn to Him for the strength to resist the devil.

Our world wants to blame God for evil—but we know who is really to blame. Your calling as a believer is to stand in Christ strength against the devil’s temptations and to not allow him the victory...

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Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’”

 —Genesis 3:1-4

In order for us to understand what happened when sin entered the Garden of Eden, we must understand that there was someone else there besides Adam and Eve—Satan, the tempting serpent.

And today, Satan is alive and well…and has been tempting human beings ever since this moment described in Genesis 3.

A lot of people wonder where Satan came from. He was part of the angelic hosts that God created before He created humans. Originally, Satan was named Lucifer (Isaiah 14:12, King James Version), and he was a great and mighty angel. Unfortunately, he wanted the power and worship that belongs to God alone, and rebelled against God. God judged Satan’s pride by expelling him from heaven and dooming him to hell, which Jesus said was made for the devil and his angels.

We must understand that it was the pride of Lucifer that caused his fall. He rebelled and lost, and will one day lose for all of eternity. But in the meantime, he is active here on earth.

There are two common mistakes we make concerning the devil; we either overestimate, or underestimate his power.  Both of these extremes are dangerous, because the devil is...

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He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?”  

—Genesis 3:1

From the beginning of time we find Satan actively at work doing what he does best…deceive and destroy.  Make no mistake, Satan is real and he’s out to destroy you and your faith. In fact, Satan is the ultimate terrorist…the terrorist of your soul!

I find it fascinating that many people blame God when tragedies occur. They say, “Why would God allow this to happen to us,” or “Where was God when this happened? Doesn’t He care?” But these questions omit the fact that Satan and his evil work are real.  And that he is still active today deceiving and destroying.

Evil is real, and Satan is the author of every bit of it. That’s why he shows up when he sees an opportunity to trip you up. Have you ever noticed that many temptations seem to just come out of nowhere? Everything is going well, and suddenly you’re faced with an incredibly tough temptation to sin.

That’s because Satan is an opportunist. He knows your strengths and weaknesses, and knows exactly where to hit you…and the kind of evil suggestions that will tempt you most.

So be careful to not blame God for your struggles, because they come from our adversary, the devil. Instead of blaming God for the temptation, you need to turn to Him for the strength to resist the devil.

Our world wants to blame God for evil—but we know who is really to blame. Your calling as a believer is to stand in Christ strength against the devil’s temptations and to not allow him the victory...

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She took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.
 —Genesis 3:6

 
Our world is certainly not a perfect world. You don’t have to go very far or listen very long to be reminded of the evil and sin all around us. And it’s easy to wonder why there is so much fear, hatred, wickedness, and terror, and they’re looking for some answers.
 
The secular humanist has no real answer to the philosophical question of the existence of evil. Humanists believe falsely that humans are basically good in spite of all evidence to the contrary.
 
One chilling example is a study done by the late professor Allen Bloom, who asked his college students, “How do you identify an evil person?” His question was met with silence. Not one student could give him a determining factor of evil! Bloom said that our inability to identify and recognize evil is a sign of grave danger in our society.
 
Our society has become so perverse that we can’t even recognize evil or wrongdoing. Since 9/11 and the subsequent rise of ISIS you probably won’t find very many people who would say there is no such thing as evil. But you probably couldn’t find many who know what evil is or why it is so prevalent in our society.
 
The Bible has the answer to the problem of evil. It all goes back to Genesis 3 and our first parents, who yielded to temptation.  Sin came into our world at that point, and it’s something we all have to deal with since.
 
But, according to the Bible, we do...

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Chapter 39

Chapter 24

Chapter 5

Enoch
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Chapter 37

Joseph
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Chapter 32

Chapter 22

Chapter 41

Iron Man
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