“Empowering the abused woman to recover with God's truth"
We are the spitting image of our Father; we were created in His image. In Genesis 1:26 – 27 God said: "26… Let us make human beings (man) in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground. 27 So God created human beings (man) in His own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them" (Bible Gateway.com – NLT).
We are created in the likeness of God; we were created to have dominion over the things on earth, not for them to have dominion over us. Although we lost the fellowship with God after Adam sinned, when we accept Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior we are restored back to God; we are re-created into new creatures. Our spirits came alive with the new birth; we must renew our minds with the Word of God. Since we have been separated from God so long, we must retrain ourselves (our mind – soul) to respond in a different way – the correct way. Now that we are a new creation in Christ, old (former) things have been done away with, all things are new, we have the mind of Christ – we now live in the image of God we were made in. Take a few minutes to pause and think about that; you are made in the image (likeness) of the Almighty God so you have the mind of Christ. Wow! We are made in the image (likeness) of God – He is our Daddy – and we have the mind of Christ – not the old man’s mind; we don’t think like we used to, so we don’t behave like we used to. On top of that, God has put His Spirit inside of us, the Holy Spirit to help us with our infirmities (help us when we get weak to and from temptations), and much, much more! The Trinity (God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit lives inside of us – we are made in Their image. Again, in Genesis 1:26, God said “Let us make man in our image…”!
Let us stop here a moment to make this declaration to encourage ourselves (declared this daily):
“I am made in the image of God and I have dominion over all the creatures of the earth; all things are under my feet!”
Important point: We must know who God is because that is what builds our self-image!
When we become born again, new creatures in Christ, it’s the beginning of a new life in Him; it’s not just saying a “saying a sinner’s prayer” and go about with your “business as usual” – no, you have embarked on a journey of a lifetime with God – a journey of learning how to live your new life daily. The Holy Spirit is there to fill you, to give you the power to endure temptations and the trials and tribulations that we must go through to make us mature in God (James 1:2 – 18).
Just as in the natural when you go into the military they put you through rigorous training to see if you “make the cut,” to instill character and integrity in you so you can become mature, so it is spiritually. Your faith in God, the One you pledged your life to – the One you said, “For God I live, for God I die” to – the One you said, “I will trust you until I die” to; all of these statements will be tried – let’s see just how much you REALLY trust God; let’s see just how much your faith REALLY is in God. When we are going through, we say anything to God – promise Him anything – but in the end, after He brings us out, we don’t keep our promise all the time. I know, I have done it over and over and over again but I thank God for Jesus dying on the cross and ushering in the dispensation of Grace – otherwise, I would have been dead long time ago.
I want to let you in on a little secret – God knew you and I would not keep our word when we promised Him that we would; God knows everything. Remember, He looks at our hearts, not at what comes out of our mouth. Because your mouth can say one thing but your heart says another. So, let’s get real with God, confess to Him our shortcomings (these things that are holding us in bondage in our hearts) and allow Him to deliver us, so we can stop living beneath our privileges. God already knows our shortcomings but He wants us to give them to Him and allow Him to take control and deliver us. Once we stop living beneath our privileges, we can really exercise the authority Jesus gave us in Luke 10:19 where He said He gave us the authority (power) to tread on serpents and scorpions and over all the powers of the enemy and nothing shall by any means harm us. We are greater than anything that can ever come against us because the Greater One is living on the inside of us (1 John 4:4)
We are not defeated but more than conquerors through Christ (Romans 8:37); we have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:14-16). We must get rid of the old mindset for God to fully have reign in our lives; we cannot allow the old man to have dominion over us! We get rid of the old mindset by renewing our minds with the word of God – becoming transformed by the Word of God! Although the old mindset is there, the Word of God will drive the old mindset out – we will be led by the Spirit of God.
When we try to operate out of two mindsets (two ways of thinking – old man and new man), we become double minded which makes us unstable in all our ways (James 1:8). Again, when we become born again, new creatures, we are to allow the mind of Christ to operate in us, not the old mind. In other words, you must dethrone your soul and put God on the throne; you must allow the Holy Spirit to lead you not your old nature (soul)! Remember, your soul (old nature – mind, will, and emotions) has been in control a long time therefore you must seek the things above, seek out God’s way of doing things and allow Him to deliver your soul. Your soul is not born again when you accept Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior; only your spirit. It is up to you to allow God to take full control of your life; to allow the Holy Spirit to do His perfect work inside of you – your spirit and soul.
Let us began today to really seek after God for all that He has for us – every spiritual blessing. The more we seek after God, the closer He will come to us and the clearer the image of who we really are in Him will become. What we go through distorts that image – we cannot see clearly who we are and these distortions make us forget who we are. God doesn't put stuff on us (James 1:13-18), let me make this clear, but no matter what happens God uses those things for our good because we love Him and are called according to His purpose. In other words, God takes the bad that life dishes out and turns it around for our good – it is worked into His purpose that He has for us NOTHING takes God by surprise!!!
In closing, please remember these things:
Love you all in Christ! Be encouraged – everything is alright because God is in total control of your life!
Dr. Dorothy E. Hooks
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