Welcome to 2020! We begin again at the beginning, Genesis 1 -2. We are thrilled you have chosen to read along with us. Let’s get started: Please take your Bible and read the first two chapters of Genesis 1 & 2.
Stop and ask: What stands out to you? What is God saying as He speaks through the Holy Spirit? What lessons does He want us to learn?
Know this; the purpose of Bible reading is to guide us into all truth so we can be mature discerning truth from error. [Heb 5:14 paraphase] As a base premise for this year memorize 2Tim 3:16 “Every scripture is inspired by God and useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the person dedicated to God may be capable and equipped for every good work.”
Genesis 1-2: The earth was without shape and empty, and darkness was over the surface of the watery deep BUT the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the water. Isn’t that just like the heart of the unbeliever? They are without spiritual shape and their heart is empty, void of the Holy Spirit and without the Light of God. It takes the movement of the Holy Spirit to bring light into the soul. The light was good in the beginning and it is good for the unbeliever because it illumines deficiencies and illumines understanding when we yield. “If then your whole body is full of light, with no part in the dark, it will be as full of light as when the light of a lamp shines on you.” [Luke 11] When that happens you no longer are in darkness but now you are light in the Lord. Therefore, live like children of light” [Eph 5 author paraphrase]
This leaves us with a challenge for 2020 and a question: Where are we spiritually and are we living as children of light?