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In God's Image

January 6, 2010
Pastor Jason Henrichson
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In God’s Image

January 1, 2010

 

            Genesis 1:1...In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth…

          GOD: In the original Hebrew language this word is plural. It does not mean more than one God but rather one God made up of three. God is the Jesus, God is the Father and God is the Holy Spirit, otherwise known as the Trinity. Each of the three has His own function and purpose within the Trinity. To most of us this is a hard concept to grasp. However, we humans are the same way. We have the body, the soul (which is the mind) and the spirit. As long as we are alive and walking the face of this earth we operate with these three entities within us. The body operates in concert with the soul and the spirit. The soul operates in concert with the body and the spirit. The spirit operates in concert with the soul and the body. Each of the three has its own function and purpose within the person.

            Genesis 1:26 says, “Then God said. ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air and over the cattle; over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth’.” Notice that God said, ‘Let “Us” make man in “Our” image’. He did not say, “I” will make man in “My” image. Jesus, the Father and the Holy Spirit made man in Their image. God was NOT speaking to angels when He said ‘Let Us make Man in Our image’ because angels have no creative power. Jesus, the Father and the Holy Spirit have creative power and since we were made in God’s image we also have creative power. 

            In our culture we consider the word image to mean fingers, toes, hair, eyes and facial features. It actually goes much deeper than physical makeup. To be created in God's image is an awesome thing! Our physical form may be the least exciting of all of the qualities that God gave us. Just imagine it; we have been created in God’s likeness! No other creature or created thing can make this statement. No other creature or created thing has the abilities that we have as human beings. A giraffe lives today just as giraffes did 500 years ago. But in that same time period mankind has continued to learn, advance, excel and push the limits of possibilities!

     Let us now elaborate on creative power. When God created the heavens, the earth and everything else in them He did it by speaking. He didn't sweat, toil, stress or strain...He just spoke it into existence. He didn't think it into existence. He spoke it into existence. He didn't whisper it into existence. He spoke it into existence. He didn't simply have good intentions of creating everything. He spoke it into existence. This same God who spoke worlds into existence made us in His creative image! We have this very same creative power. We actually use this power often in our everyday lives but don't even notice it most of the time. Many people say "I gain ten pounds just by looking at the menu" and then wonder why they aren't losing weight despite all of their physical efforts. People say things like "scared me to death" and other such phrases and eventually die of a heart attack. The phrase “drives me crazy” can be heard in conversations everyday and yet these same people are living out their lives with dangerously high levels of stress. It’s not a stretch of the imagination to consider that Alzheimer’s may be an effect of such flippant statements. If we spend any amount of time at all reading scripture then none of this should come as a surprise to us. All throughout the bible we are reminded of this creative power that we have: Proverbs 10:11 says, “The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked.” Proverbs 12:18 says, “Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” Proverbs 13:3 says, “He who guards his lips guards his life, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin.” These are just three of many, many scriptures and historical examples of this creative power that we have.

     Now there is a BIG difference between speaking positive things and speaking the word of God! Pop psychology teaches us to speak positive and then positive things will happen. If we instruct an individual who won’t control their spending habits to say 'I am rich" it is positive thinking and positive confession but it is NOT true biblically. Scripture says that a fool needs wisdom first (Proverbs 17:16) otherwise he will continue to be unwise with his money.

     Many Christian teachers and pastors say that we must believe what we are saying first or it won't come to pass. This is a true statement and there is plenty of scripture proving it. But Romans 10:17 says. “Consequently, faith comes by hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.” This is probably one of the most important scriptures in the bible and a good one to memorize. We only get more faith through God's word. That's the ONLY way…the ONLY way…the ONLY way! If we find something biblical that we want in for our lives, we should say it out loud…today, tomorrow, the next day and the day after that. We may not believe it the first week or two but because faith does come by hearing the word of God we will eventually believe that what we are saying out loud is true. This is how we are transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2). This time period is also a learning process in which we will gain more wisdom and understanding regarding the subject as the Holy Spirit teaches us. We should find ourselves changing our ways and our habits because of our new understanding. The changes that we make is evidence that we finally believe what the Word says. This is showing our faith by what we do (James 2:18). 

     God does not magically interject faith into us but He did provide His word so that we could get faith (Romans 10:17). To get this faith requires work on our part. A lot of work. God does not magically change us but He has taught us how to change (Romans 12:1, 2). To change requires work on our part. A lot of work. God does not stop us from sin but He has broken its power over us (Romans 8:1, 2 and 2 Corinthians 5:17-20). This also requires work on our part (Ephesians 6:10-13). A lot of work. God will not exercise our authority in Christ for us but He provided it to us (Luke 10:19 and Acts 1:8). This too requires work on our part. A lot of work. Are you ready?

 

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