Organized Chaos … Pt. 1: Days 1 & 2

And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one” (1 John 5:8). As we have read in previous post, everything is made by, for and through Jesus Christ. It was His innocent blood that bears witness as the ultimate sacrifice for mankind’s sin on earth via His crucifixion. In Genesis 1:2, the Spirit of God bears witness with a formless earth made entirely of water. Darkness was the order of a timeless past. But then God said … and all of creation was spoken into existence in six days.

God is light and in Him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5). God is the source of all life, with Jesus being the decisively indicative test. Jesus said in John 8:12, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” God Himself was the source of light for the first three days of creation. That light ushered in Day and Night, evening and morning, and time began – the first day. God then separated the waters by a firmament on the second day. Above the firmament the water vaporized and became what is called the first and second Heaven, the first being the atmosphere and the second being outer space. The third heaven is the home of God’s throne (2 Corinthians 12:2). Now the earth has a definable round form, a skyline with clouds, and water solely contained below the firmament, comparable to the judgment flood in the days of Noah.

It is worth mentioning here two major points as creation is spoken into existence. One, creation was designed with no curse, which would later come because of sin. And second, everything was made in a ready-to-use aged state so all of creation could thrive and coexist: water, air, land, grass and herbs, trees bearing fruit, sun, moon, stars and all living organisms (animals and mankind). Science overlooks the fact that the earth was already aged in the creation process, just as Adam was made in the image of God as a full-grown man. Creation was designed to last forever, with man living forever in communion with God. With that said you can better understand the wisdom, knowledge and power of God in the creation process. Hebrews 1:10 declares “You, LORD, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands.

Distillation is the process of separating components from a liquid mixture by selective evaporation and condensation. That process took place in Genesis 1:6-7 and the result was carbon dioxide being obtained from the air. Because carbon dioxide is also soluble in water, it occurs naturally in groundwater, rivers, lakes, ice caps, glaciers and seawater. Would God pollute his own creation with a harmful substance that can ultimately destroy it? Of course not! God saw that it was good.

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NOTE: The preceding excerpt was taken from the book, “God on Climate Change: Worshipping creation instead of the Creator” by Jim Wear (the author of this blog)… available in paperback at Amazon.

Chinese Bamboo Tree Parable

Plant takes five (5) years to start growing…

The Chinese Bamboo Tree teaches us success lessons on patience, faith, perseverance, growth & development and most surprising of all… human potential! Like any plant, the growth of the Chinese Bamboo Tree requires nurturing – water, fertile soil, sunshine. In its first year, we see no visible signs of activity. In the second year, again, no growth above the soil. The third, the fourth, still nothing.

Our patience is tested and we begin to wonder if our efforts (caring, water, etc.) will ever be rewarded. And finally in the fifth year – behold, a miracle! We experience growth. And what growth it is! The Chinese Bamboo Tree grows 80 feet in just six weeks!

The Chinese Bamboo Tree is a great reminder of what a great Personal Brand (marketing yourself or what you represent) is like. Initially you may not see results… depending on each person, it may take longer for some…

As long as you keep building momentum you will succeed. You just need to respect the process, be patient, and find mentors who have done it already.

This Also Is Vanity

This post will be short and bittersweet.

The Book of Ecclesiastes, as written by King Solomon in his old age, tugs at my heart this weekend. In it, the word “vanity” is used 33 times in reference to all the wealth, accolades, achievements, etc. attained in his lifetime. Conclusion in each worldly achievement is, “This also is vanity.”

My wife died last October 4, 2018 from an 18-month agonizing ordeal with triple-negative breast cancer that spread to her organs, bones and brain… along with chemo and radiation. She was able to muster one more stint of Chaplaincy work at the hospital for a few weeks before the disease shut her down for good.

Now 10 months removed from her graduation to God’s bosom, I went through methodically and burned items she attained in her life… diplomas, plaques, awards, certificates, taxes, insurance forms, etc. It took over 5 hours to burn everything. She chose to be cremated and her cremains lay in the backyard flower garden. Her body, too, was burned. This world, one day, will be burned (2 Peter 3:10-13) instead of flooded again (as promised by the rainbow).

My point? All is vanity. Get right with God through His Son Jesus Christ… because one day all that you have left is what you have given to God. And if you belong to Him, He will share His wealth with you as equal heirs (Romans 8:17). Your personal wealth will be left behind for someone else to consume… if the fire does not get it first.

To learn more about my wife’s calling and help continue her ministry, visit her foundation to help Hospice House, cancer patients and Chaplaincy spiritual department in hospital.

Creation … Pt. 3: Mathematical Perfection

Genesis 1:1 in God’s language (Hebrew)… read right to left… creation made perfect.

Now that we know why creation exists in previous post, let’s return to Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Creation is no accident and the first verse is full of mathematical perfection. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16).

Let’s break down the math. Scripture was first penned in the Hebrew language. In the English language, verse one contains ten words. But in Hebrew, there are seven (7) words. “Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made” (Genesis 2:3). Used 603 times (59 times in the book of Revelation alone), the number 7 is the foundation of God’s word. Seven is the number of completeness and perfection (both physical and spiritual).

To break down verse one even further, there are twenty-eight (28) Hebrew characters that make up the first verse. Revelation 7:1 reveals “the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth.” Throughout the Bible, the number 4 is associated with the earth and the number 7 with completion. So in summary Genesis 1:1 has seven words and twenty-eight characters. Seven times four is twenty-eight (28), God’s creative power of the heavens and earth completed in wisdom, knowledge and perfection. “The Lord by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding He established the heavens” (Proverbs 3:19). “The earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord” (Isaiah 11:9).

Verse one is a declarative supernatural theological bombshell. From there God explains in detail how it came about. Note that man had nothing to do with the creation process, but instead is part of creation itself. “I have made the earth, and created man on it. I—My hands—stretched out the heavens, and all their host I have commanded” (Isaiah 45:12). But for mankind to survive on earth, the creation process had a certain order. Without it, life as we know it could not exist. “This is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens, before any plant of the field was in the earth and before any herb of the field had grown” (Genesis 2:4-5).

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NOTE: The preceding excerpt was taken from the book, “God on Climate Change: Worshipping creation instead of the Creator” by Jim Wear (the author of this blog)… available in paperback at Amazon.

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Kill Those ANTs… Automatic Negative Thoughts

Romans 12:2, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” The world will NEVER be a friend of God and if you follow Him, through Jesus Christ, the world will also be at enmity (opposed or hostile) with you. People will try and tear you down every chance they get. Stop trying to please everyone… instead please God.

Here’s a revelation for you from the Word. Luke 6:26, “Woe to you when all men speak well of you…” Wear it as a badge of honor! Knowing this, guard your thoughts and ignore those who put you down for loving Jesus Christ. We can all learn from ducks when the rain deflects and trickles right off their feathers. Flick those negative thoughts away. Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

Creation … Pt. 2: God’s Eternal Power

You may be asking yourself, “Well, I just don’t believe in all this God stuff and Jesus.” It takes faith. “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). After reading this you no longer have an excuse. “What is faith?” you may be asking. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). God will give you the faith needed upon believing in His Son, whom you have never seen. Jesus said in John 20:29, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God” (1 John 5:13). The first thing you must do is believe in the name of Jesus, that He died for your sins. God then gives you a measure of faith (Romans 12:3). Then you must continue to believe to the end of your life if Jesus does not return before that appointed time.

But there is more to creation than what we can visibly see. “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse” (Romans 1:20). What are these invisible attributes? The Creator’s eternal power and divine nature. In other words, the created universe reveals there is a Creator and a sense of right and wrong. But the Word, Jesus, strengthens that sense through faith. “By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible” (Hebrews 11:3).

You might then ask yourself, “Well I just don’t understand all this?” That’s OK. You don’t have to understand it all. That is what faith is all about, the evidence of things not seen. “Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable” (Isaiah 40:28). We know that a Man by the name of Jesus Christ existed on this earth, who claimed to be God, rose from the grave on the third day. His body was never brought forth to prove otherwise by His disciples, who turned from being cowards to dying for Him because they saw the resurrected Lord. They were true witnesses as attested in the Bible we read. “A true witness delivers souls, but a deceitful witness speaks lies” (Proverbs 14:25). The Romans crucified Him, placed Him in a borrowed tomb (Matthew 27:57-60) and then guarded it so no one could steal the body (Matthew 27:64-66). All that had to happen to stop this thing called “Christianity” from spreading to this day was to produce the dead body of Jesus and the greatest fraud in the history of the world would be over! That could not happen because he arose (Luke 24:1-7), the firstborn from the dead (Revelation 1:5). “For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen” (Romans 11:36).

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NOTE: The preceding excerpt was taken from the book, “God on Climate Change: Worshipping creation instead of the Creator” by Jim Wear (the author of this blog)… available in paperback at Amazon.

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Creation … Pt. 1: God’s Will & Purpose

He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him” (John 1:10). That would be Jesus, conceived by the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:20), born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14), 100% man and 100% God, whom the world rejected (even His own people) and crucified. His shed sinless blood on the cross and subsequent death paid a debt He did not owe (1 Corinthians 6:20) so that we, mankind, can be restored to a right relationship with God, the Father. The Man who knew no sin (2 Corinthians 5:21) bore all our sins (1 Peter 2:24) because the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23).

The resurrection of Jesus from the grave was the final nail (pun intended since nails were used to crucify Jesus) in the coffin for Satan. It is finished (John 19:30)! The future home of Satan, the devil, is the lake of fire (Revelation 20:10). Unfortunately that is also the future home of many who choose not to believe in the name of Jesus Christ (Revelation 19:20; 20:15) and accept His sacrifice for their sins (Hebrews 10:12). They will pay the death penalty on their own in this life and the next (the second death). The above is vital to your understanding of creation’s purpose.

It is by God’s will that creation exists. “You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created” (Revelation 4:11). Therefore, one can logically conclude that it is also God’s will if He wanted creation to no longer exist. But that brings us to His purpose. Jesus said in Matthew 28:18, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” Furthermore, God the Father stated in Hebrews 1:2, “by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds.” Again, creation is no accident! Creation has a purpose. It will one day be inherited by King Jesus and His saints, those who believed in His name as their Savior (1 Thessalonians 3:13; Jude 1:14). That is not possible if mankind has the power to completely destroy the earth.

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NOTE: The preceding excerpt was taken from the book, “God on Climate Change: Worshipping creation instead of the Creator” by Jim Wear (the author of this blog)… available in paperback at Amazon.

Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are 'affiliate links.' This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission.

Who is God? … Pt. 2: The Firstborn

Colossians 1:18, “And He… is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead…”

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence” (Colossians 1:15-18). Double wow! Jesus is the firstborn over all creation (the only begotten of the Father), meaning He is before all things and the reason why creation exists and coexists.

He is also the firstborn from the dead after being crucified on the cross. The significance of that event cannot be overstated because His death and resurrection is the basis for mankind’s salvation. Thus Jesus is the beginning of all creation, in its perfect state, and the beginning of salvation to make “all things” perfect again. The dots are now connected, but let’s drive the point home so you get the totality of why all creation exists.

For us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live” (1 Corinthians 8:6). Creation is the clay and He is the potter. All things exist because of the Father, our Creator, but through His Son, Jesus Christ.

It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them out like a tent to dwell in” (Isaiah 40:22). God dwells in heaven, above the earth and we are like insects hopping around His creation. Can you picture a large wheat field full of grasshoppers? That is God’s view from above concerning mankind.

He has made the earth by His power, He has established the world by His wisdom, and has stretched out the heavens at His discretion” (Jeremiah 10:12). By power and wisdom the earth was made and everything in it. Creation is no accident or some cosmic coincidence! King David put musical notes to this absolute truth: “The Lord, Who made heaven and earth” (Psalm 115:15; 121:2; 124:8 & 134:3).

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NOTE: The preceding excerpt was taken from the book, “God on Climate Change: Worshipping creation instead of the Creator” by Jim Wear (the author of this blog)… available in paperback at Amazon.

Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are 'affiliate links.' This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission.