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Summer Devotional and Sermon Series

Week 1/Heroes: Creation

If you were to tear something down, where would do you start? You go for the foundation. You can cut off the leaves and limbs of a tree but it is not gone until the roots are gone. You can treat the symptoms of a disease but you are not cured until the disease is gone. You can knock the top rocks off of a wall but it can still be rebuilt if the foundation is there. Have you seen the towers of cans or boxes at the grocery store? You make a big crash not by starting at the top but at the one key can on the bottom.

For reasons not entirely clear, Satan HATES God. Jesus said, “The thief (Satan) only comes to steal and kill and destroy.” (John 10:10) The quickest way to destroy God’s beloved creation is to separate us from him and from each other. He sowed doubt and division. So many of our problems stem from pride. People argue because we all think we know what is best. We all think we can be God. Like Adam and Eve, we find others to blame. Satan has divided men and women when it was supposed to be a symbiotic partnership. Do you realize that we wouldn’t have a single STD in the world, unwanted pregnancies, divorce if people honored marital vows instead of trying to find ways around it? We would have healthy relationships. We would have healthy kids. We would have healthy communities. We would have a healthy world.

Too often we think we can fix it ourselves. But then we put ourselves in God’s position again. We can’t sustain it. (See yesterday’s video “Big Story”) Thank God that he did not leave us alone. He immediately went to Adam and Eve and promised the Savior who would destroy the thief, the killer, the destroyer. Jesus. He would give us a place to start over.

But to start over requires humility before God. Humility to his world. He teaches us how to love Him and how to love others.

With the NBA playoffs going on right now, I found a great Facebook TV series by Stephen Curry called Stephen vs. The Game. I encourage you to watch it. It falls in line perfectly with this “Heros” series and today’s topic. The link is below.

“Faith to me is believing in the unseen, and having a conviction that there is a higher power that has given me a purpose to what I am doing on this earth.” – Stephen Curry

Sound familiar? “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.” Hebrews 11:1-2. You can watch it here: Stephen vs. The Game S2:E5 “Faith”

Scripture

Genesis 3

Prayer

Heavenly Father, we see the pain of the world around us and in my own life. Help me take ownership and humble me and change me. Thank you for not abandoning us when we left you and each other. Amen.