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Genesis 5

Posted by New Westminster Chapel on January 5, 2012

 “Out of the ground that the LORD has cursed, this one shall bring us relief from our work and from the painful toil of our hands.”  (Genesis 5:29)

I often wonder what it was like that first day after the Fall. Guilt, shame, fear and alienation from God – I am sure those were just few of the emotions that surged in Adam and Eve’s hearts and minds.  They had lost God’s likeness in holiness and righteousness and were cut off from communing with Him.   But they had hope. God had promised them a Deliverer who would defeat the serpent that deceived them once and for all!

And so life went on and in keeping with God’s command to them, they “multiplied.” You see, though sin corrupted their ability to do good and please God in their spiritual walk, they were still able to fulfill His command to rule and subdue the physical world. And this is important to know because God will hold us accountable for what we do and what we don’t do in keeping with His purposes for us here on earth.

But things were not the same. Yes, their children looked like them but sin had distorted the image of God in them. Adam and Eve had been created in perfect holiness and righteousness, which they lost and their children followed suit! In other words, the children had the same rebellion and bent towards sin and like their parents, lost communion with God. Can you imagine the devastation that ripped their hearts knowing that if they had obeyed, Abel would not have been killed and Cain would not have been cast out by God? This is a solemn and sobering warning to parents. Remember that what goes on in your heart, mind and lives will have a bearing on your children – it may not be murder now, but eternal death in hell.

Living in such desolation and despondency, they had a hope. God had promised and they knew that unlike themselves, God would keep His Word and fulfill it. In His goodness, God began to reveal how He would save them from sin and Satan through the promise that He made to them in the garden (Genesis 3:15).  He also gave them another promise through the life and work of Noah which we will discuss later. Both of these promises were fulfilled in Jesus Christ – He alone is the “one who brings us relief from our work and from the painful toil of our hands.

You may be struggling with sin and the issues of life at the moment.  Be comforted!  Take courage and have hope in Christ. He is able to deliver you and give you the rest and peace you need for this life and the next. He says, ” Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29)

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Genesis 4

Posted by New Westminster Chapel on January 5, 2012

Cain and Abel, ivory panel from the cathedral ...

The LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your face fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it.” (Gen 4:6-7

The greatest war in the world is not yet to come or gone by. It remains and rages on. Indeed, the biggest fights are not between siblings or enemies or countries or ethnic groups – the biggest of them all is that within our hearts.

We wrestle every day with one desire or another, with the next need or want or craving. Our minds are restlessly making decisions or avoiding them. Honestly, many of us do not win half of our battles and things go awry and not our way.

In this chapter, sibling rivalry was quiet intense to the point of murder. But God had assessed the situation for Cain and told him exactly what was going on, how to overcome and avoid the terrible the result of his bitterness and jealousy. He did not listen. He killed his brother.

Maybe in wrestling within yourself – about your desires, ambitions and feelings – you haven’t yet resorted to killing a man. But what about your own soul? James says, “But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.”

Pause and think on this. Desires lead to sin and that brings death. How many of your desires are sinless? You may carry them out or keep them in your heart, but needless to say, your heart and mind are brewing and storing sinful desires that are accumulating into DEATH. This is not only physical death, but also spiritual death, eternal separation from God!

So when you think on this story, especially Gen 4:6-7, God speaks that word to each of us daily. Sin wants to overcome us unto death but we must master it! The only way we can do that is by God’s power and grace offered through faith in His Son Jesus. And then immerse yourself daily in His word to learn to discern and choose what is good (Heb 5:11-14). I urge you to take this devotional journey with me through the bible, one chapter at a time so that we may be equipped to resist and overcome sin.

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Genesis 3

Posted by New Westminster Chapel on January 4, 2012

But the LORD God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” Genesis 3:9 

I remember my first class in Chemistry 2o2 – I walked out of class feeling dumber than a lamb! Thermodynamics was the course and boy it bogged my mind those first few classes. Second class came and the Prof asked “who can tell me the 2nd law of thermodynamics?” Blank stares and silence! Nobody had quiet understood all the physics gibberish!

Turns out its as simple as this: everything tends to disorder! In other words, things keep going from good to bad to worse. And so was the case in perfect and pretty new earth. No sooner was all beautiful and lovely than corruption seeped in. All because man could not hold himself but indulge in the forbidden and thereby disobey God, lose everything and earn sin, misery and death. Now that is worst to the power infinity!

But what had happened? A simple command as eat and do everything but don’t eat one fruit couldn’t have been that hard to keep – right? Well, if it was, we all wouldn’t be living in this sin and death laden earth with all the havoc that comes with it. It’s as simple as this – it started with a lie, followed by disbelief, then came the denial and blame game. Who would want to acknowledge responsibility for all that went, goes and continues to go wrong in the world!

While they were hiding (and am sure fighting all along), God, who should have been angry with seething and fiery wrath, walks in like a breeze and calls out “Where are you?” If it was me, I would macheting that place down and screaming hell and fire on them for messing my beautiful earth. But not God.

What an amazing and awesome God we have!!! I tremble to think of his goodness to me and my waywardness towards him. Yet in love he sought out Adam and Eve and seeks us out today. In rebuking their sin, God promised salvation to Adam and Eve (Gen 3:15). That promise was fulfilled in Jesus!

Like a good shepherd, Jesus calls us to himself and the precious Holy Spirit gently coos conviction in our hearts to return and be reconciled to God. Won’t you come to Him today? Won’t you walk more deeply and more sweetly with Him? Its possible and available for you today. “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” (Acts 16:31)

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Introduction

Posted by New Westminster Chapel on January 4, 2012

Hello Everyone!!!

Welcome to NWC’s Women’s Corner. This Category will bring you all the news, events, studies and all-things-woman from our Women’s ministry.

Here you will find our bible study notes, testimonials, recommended books, magazines, conferences, music, inspirational materials and all sorts of tid-bits to minister to your feminine souls!

If you have any requests, suggestions or ideas, feel free to leave us a comment, email or note and we’ll speedily attend to it.

In the Master’s Service,

Women of NWC

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Genesis 2

Posted by New Westminster Chapel on January 3, 2012

And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation. (Genesis 2:2-3)

Having created the world God not only finished His work, he finished  it to uttermost perfection. And then guess what he did??? He rested! Six days of work and One special day to rest – just basking in His glories and marvelous work.

This does not mean that the All-powerful God was exhausted and needed to unwind or rest or take a nap. NO! This was God glorying in Himself! Here we find two important principles which as his image he requires us to follow: working with all our might and as best as we can in six days and resting on one day.

In Exodus, both in the miracle of the manna and the ten commandments, God clearly taught his people to work six days and rest on the seventh, which he called a Sabbath. Why?

Well, remember that in creating the world God had given man a mandate to rule, fill and subdue the earth and to work the ground. This was to be for his food and productivity. Its working as God did in six days. And as God rested and rejoiced in His work, he also commanded man to rest (literary) and to take time to reflect on God’s glory and goodness to him.

I find it quiet amazing that God expects us to live week in and week out as He did in the first week of Earth’s existence! He clearly portrayed to us how we are to be his image – by being creative, to subdue the earth with justice and goodness and to take time to worship him and glorifying His name!!!

We live in difficult times and many people are tempted to work 24/7 and 52/365  with little or no rest for their weary and deteriorating bodies. On top of that, in a godless culture, many of us never take time to pause and reflect on or rejoice in God’s goodness and grace to us by His giving us the jobs we have and ability to work.

As we are beginning 2012, purpose to work as hard and as best as you can those 6 God-given days then take that Sabbath rest to worship God, relax with friends and family and catch some much-needed rest and sleep for another week’s work.

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Genesis 1

Posted by New Westminster Chapel on January 2, 2012

So God created man in his own image,  in the image of God he created him;  male and female he created them. Gen 1:27  

Images. What are they and what are they for? An image is a representation or reproduction of a thing or object. They truly portray the form, nature or being of their object.

Have you ever wondered what kind of implications that has on man being created in God’s image? Especially when man will have to be accountable for that to God? The implications are incredible!

If it hasn’t occurred to you, being made in God’s image means that we are to represent who God is in all we do openly or secretly and pursuing what God pursues.

Representing God would mean showing his holiness, goodness and righteousness. Pursuing what God pursues is to make His Name great and glorifying Him – in EVERYTHING! To be honest, no one can do that – except Jesus who is perfect in every way, is the exact image of God and truly lived that life. How wonderful that in believing in Jesus, we become that!!!

As the year begins and resolutions are being made (and already being broken), consider God’s blueprint for your life – to be  his image – and resolve to not cease till by the grace of God and the working of His Spirit in you that begins and continues to be true of you.

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Psalm 39:4

Posted by New Westminster Chapel on January 2, 2012

“O LORD, make me know my end
and what is the measure of my days;
let me know how fleeting I am!

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Matthew 28:19-20

Posted by New Westminster Chapel on December 12, 2011

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.

And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

 

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