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God's Mighty Warrior Devotional Bible
By Sheila Walsh
Thomas NelsonCopyright © 2012 Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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Have you ever and teaches them to build nests?
The answer is easy. All of nature is God's creation. He is the one who keeps it all going.
He keeps us going, too. He also has given us a special job in his creation. Before sin entered the world, it was God's perfect plan for Adam to help rule over the earth. He wanted his people to take care of the world he had made. Our job hasn't changed. God wants us to take care of his creation and show love in everything we do.
Seed the Need
Want to join God in his work with creation? Now's your chance to help feed the pinecone in your backyard or nearby. Tie a string or piece of yarn to the top of the cone, leaving enough to tie the cone to a branch of a tree. Before you hang it, spread peanut butter birds that live near your house. Find a large ail over the cone. Next, sprinkle birdseed over the top of the cone, and press the seeds into the peanut butter. When you're done, find a tree branch near your house where you can hang your pinecone bird feeder. Each day watch to see which birds like your treat.
A mist often rose from the earth and watered all the ground.
Then the Lord God took dust from the ground and formed man from it. The Lord breathed the breath of life into the man's nose. And the man became a living person. Then the Lord God planted a garden in the East, in a place called Eden. He put the man he had formed in that garden.
... The Lord God put the man in the garden of Eden to care for it and work it.
... Then the Lord God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is right for him." From the ground God formed every wild animal and every bird in the sky. He brought them to the man so the man could name them. Whatever the man called each living thing, that became its name. The man gave names to all the tame animals, to the birds in the sky and to all the wild animals. But Adam did not find a helper that was right for him. So the Lord God caused the man to sleep very deeply. While the man was asleep, God took one of the ribs from the man's body. Then God closed the man's skin at the place where he took the rib. The Lord God used the rib from the man to make a woman. Then the Lord brought the woman to the man.
GENESIS 2:6-8, 15, 18-22
First Forgiveness: Adam
It's easy to remember Adam for his failures. After all, how could he make such a silly mistake as believing a snake? No doubt, Adam really messed up.
But Adam is a hero. He named all the animals. He was given Eve, a beautiful wife. And he walked with God. Being the first man who ever lived is a big deal. It's never easy to be the first anything.
Adam also stands as the first to receive forgiveness. Sin in the world was his fault. But he also looked to God for help.
He admitted his weaknesses. And he humbly received the consequences for his actions. Adam is a mighty warrior because he believed God could get him out of the mess he had created. And he was right. God could and did save Adam. God will also save all people who look to Jesus for hope and forgiveness.
Whenever you sin, remember Adam. Turn to God for help. Admit your sin, and feel the goodness of God's forgiveness.
Now the snake was the most clever of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day the snake spoke to the woman. He said, "Did God really say that you must not eat fruit from any tree in the garden?"
The woman answered the snake, "We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden. But God told us, 'You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden. You must not even touch it, or you will die."
But the snake said to the woman, "You will not die. God knows that if you eat the fruit from that tree, you will learn about good and evil. Then you will be like God!"
The woman saw that the tree was beautiful. She saw that its fruit was good to eat and that it would make her wise. So she took some of its fruit and ate it. She also gave some of the fruit to her husband who was with her, and he ate it.
Winning wars would be easy if there were no enemies. You'd just simply march across to the land you want and take it. Unfortunately, life doesn't work that way. Soldiers fight real enemies. If they are not careful, they can be hurt or killed.
We are called God's soldiers for a reason. We are in a great big spiritual battle. We have a very real enemy. Satan has been on earth since God created it. He was in the garden with Adam and Eve. He has been fighting hard against God's people ever since.
Satan is sneaky, but he is not more powerful than God. We can win daily battles against him by standing strong in God's truth. We must watch out for his lies. Ask God to help you know what is true so you can live it and share it with others. God's kingdom grows stronger when his people fight together to believe and live his truth.
The Lord saw that the human beings on the earth were very wicked. He also saw that their thoughts were only about evil all the time. The Lord was sorry that he had made human beings on the earth. His heart was filled with pain. So the Lord said, "I will destroy all human beings that I made on the earth. And I will destroy every animal and everything that crawls on the earth. I will also destroy the birds of the air. This is because I am sorry that I have made them." But Noah pleased the Lord.
In the Long Run: Wearing the Belt of Faithfulness
Faithfulness is a really long word. But that's okay. It can help you remember what it means. To be faithful means to keep doing what is right for as long as you live.
Noah was a faithful man. He lived in a place where all the people around him were making bad choices. Everyone else forgot God. But Noah remembered.
He kept his eyes on what God said to do, not on the people around him. Noah's faithfulness pleased God, and God saved the earth through him.
Do you want to be faithful like Noah? Do you want to obey God your whole life? Then tell God what's in your heart. Ask him for help to be faithful. God will be faithful to help you!
Take a moment to sing this famous song of praise to God who stays faithful to the enc
Great is Thy faithfulness,
great is Thy faithfulness,
Morning by morning
new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand
Great is Thy faithfulness,
Lord unto me.
The Lord said to Noah, "I have seen that you are the best man among the people of this time. So you and your family go into the boat. Take with you seven pairs, each male with its female, of every kind of clean animal. And take one pair, each male with its female, of every kind of unclean animal. Take seven pairs of all the birds of the sky, each male with its female. This will allow all these animals to continue living on the earth after the flood. Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth. It will rain 40 days and 40 nights. I will destroy from the earth every living thing that I made."
Noah did everything that the Lord commanded him.
What It's All A-boat
Imagine being a young recruit in the army. One day your commanding officer gives you an order that seems quite strange. He is sending you into enemy territory. He wants you to cover your skin with mud. He tells you to tie branches to your back. Pretty soon, you look rather silly.
Would you obey, or would you be afraid of what your friends think? If you're a smart soldier, you'll do as you're told.
Soldiers can hide better from the enemy when they blend in with their surroundings. It might look strange on a normal day. But when you're trying to sneak through woods and marshes, the covering can save your life. It's a good thing Noah obeyed God. his Commanding Officer. It looked very funny to even else for him to be building a boat far from water. However, no one was laughing when the flood came. It's always better to pay more attention to what God says if we want to stay safe.
A Boatload of Fun
Today, you are going to be Noah! God has called you to build a boat and fill it with animals. Using chairs, the bed and the dresser handles, work with your mom or dad to tie blankets into a cave-like boat. Think carefully through what you may need to bring on board. Pack food for you and the animals. Bring a canteen of water. When everything is inside, have a parent turn off the lights. Pretend that your flashlight is a lantern. Can you imagine living there with the animals for the whole day? A week? How about over 150 days!
The Lord said to Abram, "Leave your country, your relatives and your father's family. Go to the land I will show you.
I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you.
I will make you famous, And you will be a blessing to others.
I will bless those who bless you.
I will place a curse on those who harm you.
And all the people on earth will be blessed through you."
So Abram left Haran as the Lord had told him. And Lot went with him. At this time Abram was 75 years old. ... The Lord appeared to Abram. The Lord said, "I will give this land to your descendants." So Abram built an altar there to the Lord, who had appeared to him. Then Abram traveled from Shechem to the mountain east of Bethel. And he set up his tent there. Bethel was to the west, and Ai was to the east. There Abram built another altar to the Lord and worshiped him. After this, he traveled on toward southern Canaan.
GENESIS 12:1-4, 7-9
Have you ever gotten lost? It's scary when you don't know where you are or where you're going.
Abraham probably felt a little scared, too. God told him to get up from the land he called home. He told him to leave and travel to a place he had never been. Abraham immediately packed up his belongings. He took his family with him and followed the Lord's orders. When he finally arrived at God's special spot, God appeared to Abraham and promised to bless him for his obedience.
Sometimes it's hard to obey, especially if we don't like it or understand why. God tells us to follow his orders whether we understand his plan or not. Take the faith walk challenge to sharpen your listening skills to hear God's orders.
Have a parent or sibling set up an obstacle course in the backyard. Feel free to use chairs, hoops, blankets and what ever you can to make the journey an unusual one. Have them tie a bandana around your eyes. Then let them lead you by the hand through the obstacle course. At times, let go of their hand and have them simply speak the direction you should go. When you arrive at the end, treat yourself to a piece of candy.
When Abram was 99 years old, the Lord appeared to him. The Lord said, "I am God All-Powerful. Obey me and do what is right. I will make an agreement between us. I will make you the ancestor of many people."
Then Abram bowed facedown on the ground. God said to him, "I am making my agreement with you: I will make you the father of many nations. I am changing your name from Abram to Abraham. This is because I am making you a father of many nations."
Obedient One: Abraham
Do you have a great grandmother or a relative who is really old? Can you imagine how funny it would look for her to have a baby in her old age?
God told Abraham that his 90-year-old wife Sarah was going to have a son. Abraham thought the idea was impossible at first. Then God asked him, "Is anything too hard for me?" Abraham admitted that God can do anything.
Later that year, Sarah had a baby boy. God made millions of descendants come through Abraham's family line, just like he promised.
Abraham was a hero because he believed and obeyed God. When God told him to move to a new country, he did. When he told him to sacrifice his own son, he trusted God to do what was right. Again and again God called Abraham to do amazing things.
Abraham believed God would work through him, so he obeyed.
What has God asked you to do as his child? Will you believe that God's way is best like Abraham did? Nothing is impossible with God. Ask him to work in your heart and through your life to please him.
Moses said to Joshua, "Choose some men and go and fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill. I will hold the stick God gave me to carry."
Joshua obeyed Moses and went to fight the Amalekites. At the same time Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. As long as Moses held his hands up, the Israelites would win the fight. But when Moses put his hands down, the Amalekites would win. Later, Moses' arms became tired. So the men put a large rock under Moses, and he sat on it. Then Aaron and Hur held up Moses' hands.
Aaron was on one side of Moses, and Hur was on the other side. They held his hands up like this until the sun went down. So Joshua defeated the Amalekites in this battle.
Then the Lord said to Moses, "Write about this battle in a book so people will remember. And be sure to tell Joshua. Tell him because I will completely destroy the Amalekites from the earth."
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