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Learning From God’s Creation with examples

There are a variety of character qualities needed to pray; determination, boldness, dependability, flexibility and punctuality. These are only a few.  The point is this; Within God’s creation we can see these qualities more clearly. (Highlighted text added)

Job 12:7-10
"But now ask the beasts, and they will teach you;
And the birds of the air, and they will tell you;
Or speak to the earth, and it will teach you;
And the fish of the sea will explain to you.
Who among all these does not know
That the hand of the LORD has done this,
In whose hand is the life of every living thing,
And the breath of all mankind?" NKJV


Examples

 
#1 Ocean/Creativity

 Psalms 95:5
"The sea is His, for He made it" NKJV

Genesis 1:21
"So God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds" RSV

We are made in God’s image. “Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness" RSV (Genesis 1:26)

We are to imitate God.  “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.” RSV (Ephesians 5:1)

Since we are made in His image and since we are to imitate Him we can be creative with new ideas in our home, ministry, job, cooking, teaching our children, and teaching in a Bible group. We can also create godly activities, new interests, stories, and music for God.

Creativity removes boredom.  Therefore let us make a decision today to imitate God and honor Him.  Let us approach an idea or whatever we are involved with from a new perspective.

Be creative!!  Learn about decisiveness


#2 Ocean/God's Forgiveness

 



The sea reminds us of the depths of God and how much He loves us.  He loved us so much that He gave the best He had, Jesus Christ His Son. Jesus came (1) to us.

Jesus also forgave (2) us of our sins.

Not only did God forgive our sins but placed (3) them into the depths of the sea.

On top of that God chose not to remember our sins (4).

(Came-1)
Matthew 1:21
"And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins." NKJV

(Forgive-2)
1 John 1:9
"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." NKJV

(Placed-3)

Micah 7:19
"He will again have compassion upon us, he will tread our iniquities under foot.  Thou wilt cast all our sins into the depths of the sea." RSV

(Not remember-4)
Isaiah 43:25
"I, I am He who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins."


#3 Pelican/Relationship

 



The Characteristics of
THE PELICAN IN SCRIPTURE


The pelican provides ample illustrations of Christ’s relationship to the church and our work as a Christian.

Just as the male pelican selects the nesting site and then allows for a long courtship, so Christ is making preparations for the Church. “…I go to prepare a place for you”  (John 14:2).

The tender care the pelican gives its young is a picture not only of Christ’s care of the Church, but of the nurture which parents must give to their children.  (See Ephesians 6:4.)

Just as the pelican could not have successful hatches without regular fasting, so Christ emphasized the importance of fasting for the success of Christians.  “…When ye fast…thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward the openly” (Matthew 6:16, 18).

The unusual abilities of the pelican to catch fish attracts birds that rob him.  His response to them is an illustration of the patient kindness, which Christians should have toward those who wrong them.  “Not rendering evil for evil…but contrariwise blessing…”
(1 Peter 3:9).

The silent loneliness of the pelican in wilderness marshes was referred to by David in Psalm 102:6. “I am like a pelican of the wilderness…”

The bowing of pelican mates to each other at their nesting site is a picture of the honor that should exist between husband and wife. (See Ephesians 5:22-25.)
(Used by permission IBLP)


How did Jesus respond?  Click here


#4 Penguin/Dedication

 

 

The Characteristics of
THE PENGUIN IN SCRIPTURE


Several Scripture references relate to the environment in which the penguin lives.

Psalms 147:16-17
"He gives snow like wool; he scatters hoarfrost like ashes. He casts forth his ice like morsels; who can stand before his cold?" RSV

The ability of the penguin to survive the prolonged sub-zero and often violent weather of the Antarctic is only possible because of its heavy layers of fat, its thick downy plumage, and its practice of huddling together in large groups.  Their method of gaining warmth by standing close together illustrates the truth of Ecclesiastes 4:11.  If two be together “ then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone?”

But the most amazing characteristic of the penguin is the role of the male in incubating the eggs of its young on its feet.  The rigid discipline and self-sacrifice of the father is a beautiful illustration of the quality of dedication which God requires of a husband and father in Ephesians 5:25 and Proverbs 17:6.
(Used by permission IBLP)

Project:  Study any areas of God’s creation in the pictures provided.  See if you can learn and identify character qualities of Jesus and apply them to your life.

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#5 Polar Bear/Spiritual Atmosphere

 

We can learn many spiritual things from the polar bear.

(1) Develop and maintain a Godly spiritual atmosphere.

(2) Decreasing the spiritual climate or atmosphere in the believer’s life produces a very great danger.

(3) The spiritual climate or environment of a believer should include praise, prayer, study and application of God's word.

To develop a spiritual climate determination will be needed. Do you think David had any determination when he fought against Goliath? Click here for more


#6 Sea Gull/Resourcefulness

 

 

Biology and habits

Gulls—the larger species in particular—are resourceful, inquisitive and highly intelligent birds, demonstrating complex methods of communication and a highly developed social structure; (Source Wikipedia)

Read an excellent demonstration of resourcefulness in Matthew 15:32-39. (Have fun!)

Dictionary definition for the word “resourceful”: able to meet situations, capable of devising ways and means.

Applications for believers: Be resourceful, learn the word of God, communicate effectively and develop social skills.


 Develop social skills by understanding your gift. See video's 1-5 Click here


#7 Shark/Importance

 

 

Big Family:

There are about 368 different species of sharks, which are divided into 8 orders. These different families of sharks are very different in the way they look, live, and eat. They have different shapes, sizes, color, fins, teeth, habitat, diet, personality, method of reproduction, and other attributes.

Insights:
1. The body of Christ is a big family.  Although we are all different we are also very important to God and to each other.

2. We all have a purpose no matter where He placed us in the world. 

3. No one can say, “I have no need of you.” All believers are important.

Who are you? Click here


#8 White Rhino/Listening

 

 
White Rhinos

Rhinos have sharp hearing and a keen sense of smell.

1. What can we learn from the Rhino in spiritual terms?

James 1:19
"Understand [this], my beloved brethren. Let every man be quick to hear [a ready listener], slow to speak, slow to take offense and to get angry." AMP

2. We can see that we need to be quick to hear but also we need to learn how to hear or listen.

Luke 8:18
"Be careful therefore how you listen." AMP

3. How we listen to people is very important and can prevent strife.

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Mark 4:24
"Take heed what you hear; the measure you give will be the measure you get, and still more will be given you." RSV

4. Pray and ask the Father to help us hear and understand what people are really saying.

5. God created the Rhino with sharp hearing and I believe that we also were created with sharp hearing if we trust God for it.

6. Believe God today to help all of us hear what people are really saying so we can pray effectively for them and stay out of strife. Share with us Click here


#9 Sea Turtle/Armor of God

 

The Sea Turtle

Shell:
"The shell is considered the most highly developed protective armor of any vertebrate species. While most land turtles can retract their heads into their shells for added protection, sea turtles cannot and their heads remain out at all times."

Spiritual insights spinning off the knowledge of the sea turtle:

(1) For the body of Christ I believe that the armor of God is the most highly developed protective armor anywhere at any time for all situations.

(2) If God said put the whole armor on He said it for a reason.

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(3) The armor that the Bible speaks about is for the believer’s protection and should be utilized in advancing God's kingdom.


#10 Gemsbok Antelope/Developing Spiritual Molars

 

 

Gemsbok Antelope
(Developing Spiritual Molars)


Antelopes are ruminants, animals that regurgitate partially digested food, called cud, and chew it again. Like other ruminants, including cattle and sheep, antelopes have well-developed cheek teeth or molars, which grind cud into a pulp. They have no upper incisors, and in order to tear off grass stems or leaves, their lower incisors press against an upper hard gum pad when they bite.

Insight: Ruminants and molars relates to meditation on God’s word.

Dictionary definition for “ruminant”: given to or engaged in contemplation: meditative.

Psalms 119:97
“Oh, how I love thy law! It is my meditation all the day.” RSV

Joshua 1:8
"This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall have good success." RSV


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Insight: Molars come when a person is mature. Absolutely important link! Click here


#11 Meerkat/Working Together, by John Marino (Royal Prayer Guard)

 

 

The Meerkat

Meerkats work together in numbers. A few will typically serve as lookouts, watching the skies for birds of prey, such as hawks and eagles, that can snatch them from the ground. A sharp, shrill call is the signal for all to take cover. While a few individuals guard the group, the rest busy themselves foraging for the foods that make up their varied diet. Meerkats will eat insects, lizards, birds, and fruit.

Ecclesiastes 4:11-13
"Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?
Though one may be overpowered,  two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken."

Meerkat groups utilize several different burrows and move from one to another. Each burrow is an extensive tunnel-and-room system that remains cool even under the broiling African sun. Fathers and siblings help to raise meerkat young, teaching them to play and forage and alerting them to the ever-present danger from above.
 
Ephesians 6:4
"And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord."
 
Meerkats vision is outstanding. They have a dark band around their eyes, which reduces any glare from the sun. As a result, Meerkats have the ability to see a predatory bird as they look directly into the sun.
 
Proverbs 27:12
"The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it."

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Formulated by John Marino-Royal Prayer Guard (Royal Prayer Guard)


Insight: Maintaining a Jesus attitude when working with people would be great.  Learn more


#12 Coast/Two Perspectives, by Joe Palechek (Surefooted Student)

 

 

Stand on the coast of California, New England or Hawaii or anywhere and look out over the ocean, what do you see?  There may be rolling surf or calm tide pools.

But how much of what is there can we actually see?  We can’t see the thousands of different plants and animals that are living out there. At any given moment there are predators on the hunt and prey hiding from those predators. There are sudden changes to the environments in which these plants and animals live. Some of these changes may threaten the existence of those found in those environments.

As we look at the world we live in and all the evil that is happening around us we may question, how a God of love and justice can do such things. Or at best allow such thing to happen.

More from Joe  and Cheryl Palechek Click here


#13 God's timing, by Royal Prayer Guards, Clint Horst & Sherry Fowler

 

As you read allow the words to paint the picture in your mind.

The Foggy Forrest

By Clint Horst as told by Sherry Fowler

Solomon affirms in Ecclesiastes 3 that there is a time for everything… "a time to be silent" and "a time for peace." The peace-filled fog covering this forest seems to absorb all the wilderness sounds, leaving the trees and rocks restful and still, with only the therapeutic flow of river waters to comfort them. Its dewdrops drift down to moisten the dried earth and vulnerable saplings.

During this season the forest looses its leafy covering and is left open and bare. In the protective silence of the fog the Holy Spirit comes in and consumes every area of life as if to give direction to the seeds and hearts of the living that need to turn inward and hibernate through the coming winter months. This allows for change from the inside, deep within, where only the Holy Spirit can dwell and council.

Life in the forest need not fear as trees and leaves begin to fall on every side. As the Psalmist writes in Psalm 3:7, "A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you." God has only LIFE for his chosen, and desires that we let Him transform us. He provides the running water through the middle of our bare forest to give us life everlasting. If we stay close to His source of life, each season will only serve as unique times of transformation. John 15:5 "If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing."

We must be resolute and committed to the life God has for us to grow through. In the right season and with obedience, we will witness the leaves beginning to sprout, and our work will bear fruit to His glory. Ecclesiastes 3:11 "He has made everything beautiful in its time."

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