In His Image
Genesis 1:26-27, God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…”
Consider this truth: You and I have been made (created) in the image of God. How can we deny this fact? From the very beginning, God’s plan has been to make you and I like Him. This is a great privilege, and it gives us dignity. It gives us worth and value, because without Christ we are nothing and can do nothing.
Adam and Eve were uniquely created in the image of God, unlike the animals and the rest of the physical creation. That is why we are set apart and above all other creation. Being created in God’s image is an awesome gift, as well as a sacred responsibility. Our purpose for God creating us was for fellowship with Him. The Bible also tells us that God would come and walk with Adam and Eve in the cool of the day. WOW! Can you imagine that? What an incredible joy and privilege that must have been to walk and talk with God about the things we did throughout the day. When you realize how much God loves you and what He has done for you, you will begin to live in true freedom. You will begin to experience God like you have never experienced Him before.
Today no matter how your day has started, remind yourself that you are perfect in Christ Jesus! You are fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God, and He has perfected you with a purpose. You have been recreated to be just like Jesus. So, dust yourself off, straighten your crown, and walk like the woman of God you were created to be!
Moving our mountains
Isaiah 45:2 “I will go before you and will level the mountains…”
In our marriage, we built our own mountains, my husband and me. We built mountains of pride, resentment, control, bitterness, hurt, and power. Instead of walking over our mountains God wants to remove them from our marriage and our lives. God is in the mountain-moving business! He knows exactly what to do to remove any and every mountain that comes our way.
My husband and I had to make a choice, to either keep piling mountains on top of mountains and become even more distant and cold then we were already, or we could give our marriage to God and allow Him to remove those mountains from our marriage. But it was our choice. I couldn’t make that choice for my husband, and he couldn’t make it for me, it had to be an agreement that we made together. Remember in marriages we give up the “I’s” for an “Us”! And the only way for our mountain to move is to have a little faith and give God room to move in our hearts and in our marriage.
Are you facing a mountain in your life today? Maybe in your marriage? In your finances? In your job? Whatever that mountain maybe, don’t doubt for a minute that our God cannot remove that mountain. He can! Keep praying and declaring that no weapon formed against you will prosper and that what God has for you is for you and no mountain can stop it from manifesting in your life. Have faith in God and ask the Lord to remove any mountain or give you the strength to move it. And He will, because He God and He is a mountain-moving God!
Philippians 3:13 - Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
Hurts from the past can hold you hostage and keep you from moving forward in the calling that God has planned for your life. I know this, because I was a hostage of my past for over Twenty years. I just couldn’t forgive myself for being sexually abused at the age of 15 by a boy I had a crush on. I blamed myself for his selfish lusts and that brought hurt, shame, anger, bitterness, and unforgiveness to my life. For years I just couldn’t bring myself to admit that it was not my fault. I became so rebellious to God and acted out in so many ways. But knew that I needed to get a grip of my life or I was going to destroy it.
You see we all have a past. Some good and others not so good, but it’s still our past and the only way to have an amazing future is by letting our past go. When you’re ready to get out of that holding cell that the enemy has you trapped in, that holding cell of past hurt, and when you are ready to move pass where you used to be, you will.
STOP FOCUSING ON THE WICKED
Psalms 37:1 “Do not fret because of evildoers, nor be envious of the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, And wither as the green herb.”
A common mistake that many Christians make is to become trapped in their own self-pity. “Lord, why can’t you bless me like them? Why are they prospering but I’m suffering?” Have you ever asked those questions before? I know I have. There was a time in my life where a “friend” was prospering in every area of her life, and she was not even a Christian. I mean she had it all, and never even mentioned the name of Jesus. I was so jealous and mad and tried to cover it up with condensing prayers for her to God. Until one day, God set me straight. He showed me how they were His children and not mines and I didn’t have to worry about them, only myself. And if I would stop focusing on them, I could manage to do so much more in my life. He assured me that their time was coming and that if I wanted to prosper in my own life, I needed to be patient and content with what I had. That day I changed my thinking.
You see, God does not want us to focus on how the wicked are prospering and what they are doing, but rather focus on Him and what He is doing in and through us. If we are truly seeking God with all our heart and being faithful and obedient, then we already know that our time is coming, and the wicked will soon be judged. God wants to be able to trust us with what we have so He can bless us with more. But not for us, but to bless others. Just be confident of this one thing woman of God: God will take care of His children! And you are His beloved daughter!
NO MORE CONDEMNATION
Romans 8:1 "Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,"
If you’re like me, at some point in your life you’ve felt condemned for the things you’ve done in your past. But you know what, condemnation is a huge hindrance to our walk with God. Shame, guilt, and self-worth are associated with condemnation, and they will stop us from experiencing all that God has for us. Many Christians are plagued by feelings of condemnation. They either think that they can never measure up to God’s expectations, or they are overwhelmed in guilt by their past sins.
Knowing who you are in Christ is extremely important in our walk with Jesus. We must train ourselves and renew our minds daily in His word, and see ourselves free from condemnation. When you gave your heart to Jesus, He took away your old nature and gave you a new one. So, you are no longer the same person as you were before, the old has passed and now your brand new in Him. It doesn't matter what your past looked like, if you asked Go to forgive you than that's all that matters. With true repentance, there is now NO CONDEMNATION in Christ Jesus. And although we deserve condemnation, Jesus bore our condemnation, removed our guilt, traded His righteousness for our sins and we now stand clean and just in Him. Jesus received condemnation when He deserved none that is how much He loves us.
Sin is deceitful and it will try to trap you in your past, but I’m here to tell you that God is not angry with you. No matter what you have done, you are forgiven, and you do not have to live in condemnation any longer. You can be free today, and God wants you free!