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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

"Surviving the Days of Noah"

Fully Available"Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men: but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences" II Corinthians 5:11.



Jesus said, "And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man" Luke 17:26.  He is referring to the days of His revelation, or return, being similar to the days in which Noah lived before the flood destroyed the world.  Jesus gives a clear picture of what society was like in those days.  There was an overabundance of eating, and drunkenness; there was an overabundance of marriage and divorce; and there was violence and demonic control.  This condition had continued for many centuries in the world and was the "normal" way of life when Noah was born.  Yet, Noah navigated a totally corrupt world and had a family upon whom God could shower favor.  Do you want this kind of family?

There is no doubt that we are currently living in the "last days."  I believe we are in the last minutes of the last hour of the last days.  Therefore, we are in the days similar to the days of Noah.  Eating and drinking are in an overabundance these days, as well as marriage, divorce and remarriage.  Violence and demonic control are the headlines on every front page, every day.  So what are Christians to do?  How do we, like Noah, survive our society?  How can our families have God's favor showered on them?  What did Noah do?

? Noah had faith in God's Word"Noah was a just man" Gen. 6:9. Just means "righteous, vindicated by God; right in conduct."  To be a just man Noah had to have faith in God.  "The just shall live by his faith" Hab. 2:4.  Faith in God gave Noah access to God's grace.  Noah was justified by faith, and he lived according to his faith.  This means he lived a just life, a righteous life, because he was saved.
? Noah had unblemished integrity.  "And perfect in his generations" Gen. 6:9. Perfect means "whole, complete, and unblemished."  He married a wife that was not of the wicked society, and their children were raised differently than the rest of the world.  His "generations" were unblemished by the corruption in the world.  They were separated by conduct from the rest of society.  Noah didn't get divorced.  His boys didn't marry ungodly girls that drew their hearts toward the world.  Noah's family stood out from the corrupt world.
Noah walked with God. Gen. 6:9.  Noah was going God's direction!  He was in fellowship, unity and agreement with God, and God with him.  "Can two walk together, except they be agreed?" Amos 3:3.  Noah's family life was in agreement with God!  He was not walking "according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience" Eph. 2:2.  Perhaps God had given Noah a lesson on Eph. 5: 1-10 while they were on a walk. Noah listened to God's Word and walked in obedience to it.
Noah got the whole family working for the Lord.  "By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house" Heb. 11:7.  "While the ark was a preparing" I Peter 3:20.  Noah got his family involved in preparing a vessel of salvation from the flood.  They were busy building God's work according to His instructions.  Noah also preached to that corrupt world while they were busy building the ark.  "And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly" II Peter 2:5.  Noah led his family into working and witnessing!

Here is the instruction manual for "Surviving the Days of Noe."  Check up on your life, and see if there is any adjustment that needs to be made.  We don't have much time to get ourselves in line before Jesus comes again!  "Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men: but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences" II Corinthians 5:11.

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Previous devotions

"Fully Available" - April 17, 2013
"Church Training Kids" - April 10, 2013

"Alive unto God" - April 3, 2013
"Anticipating Easter" - March 27, 2013
"Saved to Obey" - March 20, 2013
"Sowing the Gospel" - March 13, 2013
"I Surrender All" - March 6, 2013
"Teach Us To Pray" - February 27, 2013
"A Bright Hope in Dead Darkness" - February 20, 2013
"Truths from a Tornado" - February 13, 2013
"Hopeful" - February 6, 2013

"If We Faint Not" - January 23, 2013

"Seventeen Years of Marriage and a Football Game" - January 16, 2013
"How To Avoid a Wasted Year - Part 2" - January 9, 2013
"How To Avoid a Wasted Year - Part 1" - January 2, 2013
"The Gift of a Life" - December 26, 2012
"Is Yours a Heisman Christmas?" - December 12, 2012

"Rest Unto Your Souls" - December 5, 2012
"Enthusiastic" - November 28, 2012
"Consider the Poor" - November 21, 2012
"A Presidential Prayer" - November 14, 2012
"Hope" - November 7, 2012
"Fear Not" - October 31, 2012
"A Great Awakening" - October 24, 2012
"The Fabulous Fabulist" - October 17, 2012
"Rest" - October 10, 2012

"Time Out" - October 3, 2012
"The Right Call" - September 26, 2012

"The Ability Which God Giveth" - September 19, 2012
"The Presence of God" - September 12, 2012
"Why God Delays" - September 5, 2012
"As the Whirlwind Passeth" - August 29, 2012
"In HIS Time" - August 22, 2012
"Happy Are Ye" - August 15, 2012
"By the Word of God" - August 8, 2012
"Well Done" - August 1, 2012
"Bearing His Death" - July 25, 2012
"Down By The Riverside" - July 11, 2012

"Thank You, Jesus!" - July 4, 2012
"Modern Day Sodom" - June 27, 2012
"Keeping What Has Been Committed" - June 13, 2012
"The Pause That Refreshes" - June 6, 2012

"The Sin of Idleness" - May 30, 2012
"Remembered" - May 23, 2012

"Graduating Diamonds" - May 16, 2012
"Mom-Others" - May 9, 2012
True Motherhood - May 2, 2012

What Missions Means to Me - April 25, 2012
The King and the Witch - April 18, 2012

Rules for Rearing Children (Part 4) - April 11, 2012
Rules for Rearing Children (Part 3) - April 4, 2012
Rules for Rearing Children (Part 2) - March 28, 2012
Rules for Rearing Children (Part 1) - March 21, 2012

Gullible Christians - March 14, 2012
Tenacity - March 7, 2012
Above the Storm - February 29, 2012
The Principal Thing - February 22, 2012
The Greatest Valentine - February 15, 2012
He First Loved Us - February 8, 2012
Real Love - February 1, 2012
Pardon Your Enemies - January 25, 2012
Applause - January 18, 2012
Finish! - January 11, 2012
Meeting New Goals - January 4, 2012
Meeting New Goals - December 28, 2011
The Word Made Flesh - December 21, 2011
Sonship - December 14, 2011
Fruit in Old Age - December 7, 2011

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