The Lord observed the extent of human wickedness on the Earth, and he saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil. So the Lord was sorry He had ever made them and put them on the Earth. It broke His heart. And the Lord said, “I will wipe this human race I have created from the face of the Earth. Yes, and I will destroy every living thing-all the people, the large animals, the small animals that scurry along the ground, and even the birds of the sky, I am sorry I ever made them.” But Noah found favor with the Lord.
This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, the only blameless person living on Earth at the time, and he walked in close fellowship with God. Noah was the father of Shem, Ham, and Japeth. Now God saw that the Earth had become corrupt and was filled with violence. God observed all this corruption in the world, for everyone on Earth was corrupt. So God said to Noah, “I have decided to destroy all living creatures, for they have filled the Earth with violence. Yes, I will wipe them all out along with the Earth! Build a large boat from cypress wood and waterproof it with tar, inside and out. Then construct decks and stalls throughout it’s interior. Make the boat 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high. Leave an 18 inch opening below the roof all the way around the boat. Put the door on the side, and build three decks inside the boat-lower, middle, and upper. Look, I am about to cover the Earth with a good that will destroy every living thing that breathes. Everything on Earth will die. But I will confirm my covenant with you. So enter the boat-you and your wife and your sons and their wives. Bring a pair of every kind of animal-a male and a female-into the boat with you to keep them alive during the flood. Pairs of every kind of animal, and every kind of small animal that scurries along the ground, will come to you to be kept alive. And be sure to take on board enough food for your family and for all the animals. So Noah did everything exactly as God had commanded him.
Hebrews 11:7 It was by faith that Noah built a large boat to save his family from the flood. He obeyed God, who earned him about things that had never happened before. By his faith Noah condemned the rest of the world, and he received the righteousness that comes by faith.
Do your thoughts gladden or sadden God’s heart?
What was God’s one redeeming hope during the corruption and violence of Noah’s time? What about during our time?
The three driving forces in man that matter to God are.
This week’s homework: Pray for and study the meaning of faith.
1 Corinthians 12:4-11 There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but is it the same God who does the work in ALL of us. A spiritual gift is given to EACH of us so we can help each other.* To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge. The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing. He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. It is the one and only Spirit who distributes ALL these gifts. HE alone decides which gift each person should have.
Spiritual gifts are not given for the individual recipients’ _______________ but to help each other.
1 Peter 4:10-11 God has given each of you a gift from His great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to Him forever and ever!
Ephesians 4:11-12 Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church; the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to EQUIP God’s people to do His work and build up the body of Christ.
Romans 12:4-11 Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body (the church). We are many parts of ONE body, and we ALL belong to each other. In His grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things WELL. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them WELL. If you are a teacher, teach WELL. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have the gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly. Don’t just pretend to love others! Really love them! Hate what is wrong! Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.
Although gifts are given, they are performed out of ___________.
Study and Pray Over 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 This Week.