Noah’s Response

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The rains finally stopped and the water started to recede from the highest mountain tops until the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. As explained in Genesis 8, Noah sent out a dove but it had no place to set its feet so it would come back to the ark (v. 9). After waiting seven more days, Noah sent out the dove again and this time it returned with a freshly plucked olive leaf in its beak (v.11) so he knew the water had begun to recede.

Imagine Noah’s thoughts about what had happened. No living person or creature that moves on the surface of the earth was left except those within the ark. Noah had followed God’s direction and had been spared from the catastrophe. The first activity Noah did was to build an altar to the Lord. Instead of gloating over surviving and having a feeling of superiority because God had delivered him and rejected everyone else, he did just the opposite. He gave all the glory to God for his deliverance.

Is there anything God has given you to do recently that you were able to carry out? Please explain some of the main reasons you were able to carry it out by sharing in the comment box.

God thinks you are AWESOME! You can use the skills you have, be happy with who you are, and God will work out the rest. He knows what each person is good at and what each is capable of doing for His glory but it is up to each of us to use His resources, to be patient, and to follow His plan.

Lord, we can do amazing things for You when we pray, listen for direction, and work patiently to carry out the plan. When it is accomplished, we ask that we respond in the right way by giving You all the credit. Let us praise You for the resources provided and for the path You have set as we step ahead.

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About Mark Shields

Mark volunteers as a member of the media ministry team at his church. A few years ago, he started an on-line Bible study guide called “This Day with God Devotional”. He uses this as a tool in his journey through the Bible. We live in a very busy world with busy schedules so this tool has helped him continue with daily Bible reading and study. Each of the studies are designed to help apply our faith in the work place, at school, or at home. Join him on this journey or check in every so often to read his thoughts.
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4 Responses to Noah’s Response

  1. Paul H. Lemmen says:

    Reblogged this on A Conservative Christian Man.

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    Reblogged this on † JEWEL-IN-DA-PALACE †.

  3. “RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE” BY STEVE FINNELL

    The message of Jesus was one of love, but He never taught religious tolerance, that is a fabrication of man. Jesus, speaking to the scribes and Pharisees said “You hypocrites, rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you……’But in vain do they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.’ ” (Mathew 15:7-9) Does that ring of placability? Jesus, conversing, again with the Pharisees said,”…If God were your Father, you would love Me…..You are of your father the the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father…(John 8:42-47) Does the reveal an indulgent Jesus?

    If Jesus did not teach religious tolerance, then where do Christians get their directive for mingling with teachers of false doctrine in assorted union fellowships? Can you imagine the apostle Paul participating in a Good Friday communion service with the Judaizers, Sadducees, scribes and Pharisees? No, he said the exact opposite. “Now I urge you brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them. For such men are slaves not of the Lord Christ but of their own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting.” (Romans 16:17-18) Does that sound like a resolution to endure erroneous religious instructors?

    The absence of a Biblical directive authorizing interreligious activities in which Christians may participate seems of little consequence to the contemporary church. For example men join in interdenominational and interreligious worship. It may take the form of a Good Friday communion, a musical concert, a teaching seminar, or other ways in which we show our tolerance, if not our obvious acceptance of the those who pervert the doctrines of God! Why would you want to give credence to those who deny the bodily resurrection of Jesus, teach polytheism, pray to the Virgin Mary and other dead saints, deny the essentially of immersion in water for the forgiveness of sins, claim that sprinkling is a valid form of baptism, advocate once saved always saved, teach that men are saved by faith only or deny that Jesus Christ is the only Son of the living God?

    How important is doctrinal purity? Can we deny the central principles of the Gospel and still be saved? Many of the religious groups who have joint activities deny the following Scriptures.

    SOME DENY THE BODILY RESURRECTION: Romans 10:9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead you will be saved;

    A FEW TEACH POLYTHEISM: Mark 12:29-32 Jesus answered, “The foremost is, ‘HEAR, O ISRAEL! THE LORD OUR GOD IS ONE LORD……32 The scribe said to Him, “Right, Teacher; You have truly stated HE IS ONE , AND THERE IS NO ONE ELSE BESIDES HIM;

    THERE ARE THOSE WHO WORSHIP THE VIRGIN MARY AND OTHER DEAD SAINTS BY OFFERING UP PRAYERS TO THEM: Matthew 4:10 Then Jesus said to him, “Go, Satan! For it is written, ‘YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD, AND SERVE HIM ONLY.’ ”

    MANY DENY THAT WATER BAPTISM IS FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS: Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, “Repent and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

    SOME DENY THAT JESUS IS THE ONLY MEDIATOR BETWEEN MAN AND GOD: 1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Jesus Christ.

    SOME SAY THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO THE FATHER: John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way , and the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father but through Me.

    THERE ARE THOSE WHO PREACH, ONCE SAVED ALWAYS SAVED: Luke 8:13 Those on the rocky soil are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no firm root; they believe for a while, and in time of temptation fall away.

    The Scriptures teach that there will be false apostles who will masquerade as apostles of Christ. (2Corinthians 11:4-15)

    Galatians 1:8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven , should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed!

    The apostle Paul had a, LOW TOLERANCE, for RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE.

    Considering what the Bible clearly teaches about religious tolerance, we can only conclude that Jesus taught us to love those in error, to pray for them, study God’s word with them, but He never suggested we accept them in their present state as joint heirs, heaven bound.

    There are those who would excuse the honestly ignorant; but will self imposed ignorance be excused come judgement day? Ignorance is not the problem with most, after having read the Scriptures, they simply reject what dose not suit their particular tradition or their personal concept of TRUTH!

    Religious Tolerance may help us cultivate friendships, but will
    it save anyone?

    (All Scripture quotes from: NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE)

    YOU ARE INVITED TO FOLLOW MY BLOG. http://steve-finnell.blogspot.com

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