CREATED IN HIS IMAGE
Genesis 1:26-27 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
The creation of humans as male and female, forms the high point of the chapter. Unlike the rest of creation man and woman were created in Gods image, able to reason, to create and to commune with their creator. God’s desire is always to rescue that which he values most highly, the human race.
We are made in the image of the triune God, which is the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, not only us but they too are relational beings. Likeness indicates physical similarity, not just a spiritual resemblance. Both male and female at creation was made in Gods image. Proving that neither gender is superior to the other. They each equally reflect his character and are Gods masterpiece.
Genesis 3:16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
This change came about after Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the garden of Eden. It is what God said to Eve. It was a consequence of disobedience. Praise God, that through Jesus we can lift this curse.
Genesis 3:17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
God said this to Adam. Adam bore the weight of the curse of the ground, not humans. No curse was put on Adam and Eve, only the serpent and the ground. When Christ returns after the seven-year tribulation to rule and reign on this earth during the millennium, life will resume as it was before the curse. Full resolution will be the eternal state.
Being created in the image of God is like when you take a photo of another person, the photo you have taken is only an image of the person, not the person itself. God desires we as humans to seek Him as our heavenly Father, not just as an image. He walked and talked with Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden before the fall. He just wants to love us and for us to love Him and put Him first in our lives.
Your image of who you are is your identity and we must guard our identity and shift it to reflect God in our everyday lives. The way to do that is to believe in God’s word. It will produce faith. Faith grows out of us reading and believing in the word of God, not by praying for more faith.
Prayer does not cause faith to work, faith causes prayer to work. Our faith should never be allowed to stand still, we must expect the word of God to come to pass and believe it will manifest what we pray. Faith is released by your words, supported with action. Once you understand how faith works you will understand how to bring things from the unseen realm of God to the seen realm of planet earth.
Romans 8:37-39 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
In Gods eyes we are more than conquers, we are in Christ, and Christ is in us. It is called the great exchange. Not only was man created in the image of God but was created in God’s class to be the associate and companion of Deity.
Mark 9:23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
All things are possible to God, and we are born of God: which makes all things possible to the new creation, which are the believers. He that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.
2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
The person who realizes he is actually been born again in Gods image will no longer be lorded over by Satan through fear and sin.
Isaiah 54:14-15 In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee. 15 Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake.
We have been trouble minded, poverty minded, sickness minded, weakness minded, and death minded. We have therefore been busy attending to all of these things. When we are established in God’s righteousness our mind is focused on Him and we are protected by him. Fear not brothers and sisters.
Proverbs 4:20-23 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. 22 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. 23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
We must look to Gods word as the final authority in our lives bringing our spirit into the ascendance by meditation on the word of God. You can’t be a doer of the word and talk in unbelief. God is a spirit, those that worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. The soul praises God the spirit worships God. Worship is man’s reaction to Gods holiness and his word. It means to bow down before Him. Putting His word absolutely as number one in our lives.
1 Corinthians 1:30-31 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: 31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
There are four major forces of the recreated human spirit. Faith, righteousness, wisdom, and love. Faith is not the product of reason, it is born of the human spirit at the time of conversion. The reborn person is a faith being and is to live in the likeness of His heavenly Father. To live as one with God, is a far higher and more divine life than to simply live our life in submission to God.
We must seek to become righteous minded and lean hard on God given righteousness and believe that He can do all things. Don’t be inferior minded. Be bold in your praise and worship, seek Him as a loving Father. He is waiting for us to reach out to him in loving worship.
Stay in the word.