In the Beginning, God

Putting God in the beginning of all we do!

In the Beginning, God

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”

Genesis 1:1

God was in the beginning of everything, now we want to put God in the beginning of everything we are and do, even our day.


Welcome to the daily Bible reading devotional for the Christians who meet on Livingston Avenue in Lutz, Florida for our annual 2016-2017 theme.

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Our first day of reading and devo will be September 5, 2016.

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Put Not Your Trust in Presidents

Today’s reading is Psalms 146-150.

“Put not your trust in princes,
in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.
When his breath departs, he returns to the earth;
on that very day his plans perish.”

Dare we say it? Put not your trust in presidents. Whether you think the past one, the present one, or the future one represents hope, don’t. Salvation for God’s people, deliverance for us, will not come from presidents. They will come from God and God and alone. Put your hope in Him and Him alone. Jesus died to save us from our sins, no president can do that for us, and nothing he can do for us even compares. Remember that.

Tomorrow’s reading is Revelation 1-2.

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What Have You Done for Me Historically?

Today’s reading is Psalms 141-145.

What do people ask God in the midst of trouble and turmoil? What have you done for me lately? The psalmists seem to ask a different question. InĀ Psalm 143:5-6, in the midst of trouble and turmoil, David claims he is going to meditate on the days of old and God’s wondrous works then. Let us not be myopic only seeing the moment. Let’s remember all of God’s works. Not the least of which is Jesus on the cross. When your way is hard don’t ask what God has done lately, remember what He has done for you historically. Think about His mighty works and trust Him to work again when the time is right.

Tomorrow’s reading is Psalms 146-150.

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You Know Me

Today’s reading is Psalms 137-140.

If Psalm 139 teaches me anything, it is that God knows me. He knows everything about me. He’s known everything about me since before I was even born. He knows every mistake, every flaw, every doubt, every lust, every lie, every outburst of wrath, every arrogance, every sin. Yet, what did He do anyway? He sent Jesus to die for me. How can I do anything but put Him in the beginning? How about you?

Tomorrow’s reading is Psalms 141-145.

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We Become What We Worship Again

Today’s reading is Psalms 134-136.

We learned this a week and a half ago, and here it is again. Why do we want to stay away from idols? Because we become what we worship. God included that twice in the psalms. The psalmist says it almost the exact same way in both psalms (the other was Psalm 115). Have you thought more about this since then? What does it mean that we become like these useless idols? Think about it. Have you ever seen a person with eyes that don’t see, ears that don’t hear, hands that don’t feel, feet that don’t move, a mouth that doesn’t speak? I have; in a coffin. Stay away from idols because it will kill you. Hang on to God first, foremost, and above all.

Today’s reading is Psalms 137-140.

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Unity: God’s Place of Blessing

Today’s reading is Psalms 128-133.

“Behold, how good and pleasant it is
when brothers dwell in unity!”
Psalm 133:1

When we put God in the beginning, His people come next. We cannot claim to have God first if we are divided off and isolated from His faithful children. Where there is unity around God and His Word there is great blessing, comfort, help, and strength. Be committed to unity because that is where God’s blessing dwells.

Monday’s reading is Psalms 134-136.

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I Was Glad

Today’s reading is Psalms 120-127.

“I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord!'”
Psalm 122:1

When God is in the beginning, we are glad to hang out in His presence. We are glad to go where He is worshiped. We are glad to get to worship Him. We are glad to be in and among His people. And when others speak of our God and long for His presence, we are right there with them. That is why Christians love their congregation so much. Keep loving it.

Tomorrow’s reading is Psalms 128-133.

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A Light to My Path

Today’s reading is Psalm 119:89-176.

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”

Think about what that means. God’s Word shines a light for where we need to walk. In other words, if God’s Word doesn’t shine the light in a certain direction, then going that direction is walking in darkness. Putting God in the beginning means making sure we only walk where His Word lights up the path. Every other path is the ditch where the blind the lead the blind.

Tomorrow’s reading is Psalms 120-127.

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Don’t Let Me Wander

Today’s reading is Psalm 119:1-88.

“With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments!”

That is an odd prayer request. Aren’t we just supposed to not wander from God’s commandments all on our own? Yet, here it is. Of course, this doesn’t mean we should wander away until the Lord miraculously pulls us back. But it does mean we rely on God, His strength, and His grace in order to keep God’s Word. Perhaps this would be a good prayer for you today.

Tomorrows’s reading is Psalm 119:89-176.

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In God We Trust

Today’s reading is Psalms 117-118.

“It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes.”

Dare I say it is better to trust in the Lord than to trust in Presidents. Every four years, major political parties act like their candidate is the Messiah and the other candidate is the devil. Please understand there is only one Savior and He doesn’t run for President. He’s already King. Certainly, if you have patriotic concern, vote for President. But never mix up national politics with true kingdom work. And never think everything is going to be destroyed because your candidate lost or be okay because your candidate one. God is still God in heaven and He is the one who takes care of us. Put your trust in Him above all others.

Tomorrows’s reading is Psalm 119:1-88.

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