[CF Devotionals] 2014-01-17 - The Beginning

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January is a month of beginning over - "Out with the old and in with the new" and all that jazz. I even have to begin training myself to write the correct year which usually only takes me until about May. So today I'd like us to climb into a time machine and look at the very first beginning. Since I am not H.G. Wells I will have to rely on some other method so let us simply look at the account as given recorded by Moses.

Genesis 1:1-3 (NASB)

1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. 3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.

God was already there in the beginning. Now that is a deep bit of theology right there, but that’s not what I want us to look at. To sum up the creation story, we can make verse 3 into a "fill in the blank" one.

The God said “Let there be ______” and there was ______. That's right; every thing you see in nature is there because God said it should be! If you see it on Earth, God spoke it into existence by his words. God's words hold a lot of power.

The account written by Moses is pretty good, but about fourteen hundred years later, a young disciple of Jesus seems to have decided the beginning needed a fresh new perspective, so John wrote his own version.

John 1:1-3 (NASB)

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.

John takes the creation story a bit further – not only were God’s words used, but specifically Jesus whom he calls the Word of God. God's words were powerful. God's Word was all-powerful. So in the beginning, words were powerful. We were created in the image of God and reflect that power so not much has changed today; words remain powerful.

You are stupid! See - those words hold the power to destroy a person.

You are a brilliant and attractive person! And see those words also hold power – the power to build a person's confidence and self-worth.

Solomon with his great wisdom wrote, "Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits." (Proverbs 18:21 ESV) David, with the heart of God in him, wrote, "Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer." (Psalm 19:14 ESV) So this year, let us begin with powerful words that build up God and each other.

The name of our group PYRO is an acronym partially describing our purpose: Powerful Youth Reaching Out. As we reach out to God and others, we should strive to build up God and others as we go about our lives. Within our group, I had everyone write their name down and pass it around to everyone else. As everyone got it, they wrote something nice about that person. We did it more or less anonymously. With several thousand readers who don't really know each other that well, I don't think this would be very practical, but certainly you should be able to think of a dozen people that you can encourage with a little compliment. It may just be a few simple words, such as "I enjoy your company" or "Your smile lights up the room". Or you may decide, as I did on some of the papers handed to me, that you need to write a few sentences or more.

Please stop reading now, and send out a dozen e-mails, texts, Instagram messages, Facebook messages or if you're really going to go old-school, send a letter or postcard. Just write it to encourage some people. Don't call them; put it into a format that they can hold onto, and use to pick themselves up when they need a little boost.

I hope this little exercise will help encourage each of you to encourage others in the months to come. I hope it will help you begin speaking powerful words into the lives of others created in God's image, that need to know they are treasured by you and by God.


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All scripture references from KJV unless otherwise noted

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