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Identity

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.

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.  ~~ Genesis 1:26-27  (KJV)

Do you really know who you are? The verse above says we were created in the image of God.  We are to have dominion, to be in charge of the earth. But we are not God.

We have limitations, limitations set by God. But we have an enemy who will continually try to get us to violate those limitations. He is always questioning us “Did God really say…?”  (Genesis 3:1)

That question is designed to make us dissatisfied with who we are. And the enemy is cunning. He will pose that question in whatever form he thinks will prod us to question God.

The enemy was successful in getting Adam and Eve to question God and to violate the stipulation God had set for them. That violation created a separation between man and God.

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23

Have you ever been homesick? Lonely for someone absent? Then you know what that hunger is. There is something missing – a part of you that is missing.

We are created with a God-shaped hole in our hearts. We run after things to fill that hole, but nothing satisfies exactly. Oh, we can rationalize “if I just had a little more money” – “if my family loved me more” –  “if I had just a little more success” – “if I could have one more drink” – “if I could win (fill in the blank)” – “if…  if…  if…”

None of those things will really satisfy. Only a restored relationship with God can ease that hunger. In His generosity, God has made a way for us to bridge that separation.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. ~~ John 3:16-17 (KJV)

We don’t need to let the enemy steal our identity. God has given us a path to friendship with Him again.

Father, God,

Help us to see the wiles of the enemy for what they are – the desperate ploys of a vanquished foe. Remind us of who we are and Whose we are. Grant that we may seek to fill our lives only with You, not with empty things.

In Jesus’ most precious name,

Amen.

 

 

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And You Are?

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.  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.   And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.   And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.   And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.

Genesis 1:26-30 (KJV)

I’ve spent Wednesday afternoon and all day yesterday at a writers conference in Dallas, Texas. At these functions there is a lot meeting new people, introducing yourself, and telling a little about yourself by describing what you write.

That’s fine, but it is just one facet of who you are.

Can you identify yourself? Who, exactly, are you? Not your name. Nor your job. Nor your relationship to any another person or persons. What is the essence of who you are?

These verses tell you. You are a being created in the image of God. You are not God. You will never be a god. But you are created to be like Him. And He commissioned you!

He delegated His life-creating powers to the union of male and female. And He commanded that you be fruitful and fill the earth.

And subdue it. Take authority over the earth, an authority that was delegated by God, the Creator of the universe. If you know anything about military or corporate structure, you know that your authority is limited by the person to whom you report. Your authority never exceeds that of the superior officer.

So, too, we need to be aware that while we have been given authority and dominion by God, we are still subordinate to Him. While we rule over the earth and all it’s fauna, we are not, ultimately, the One in charge.

You will note, also, that God gave us a vegetarian diet. And this vegetarian diet was not limited to man, but to the animals as well. Animals were not originally intended to eat meat – or become meat. That came later.

Hmmm… So who am I? I am a child of God, created in the image of my heavenly Father. I was designed to be creative and fruitful. I was given authority over the earth and the living creatures. And I was designed to eat seeds and fruit — not meat.

Father, God,

As I have questions about myself, my goals, and my endeavors, help me to seek the answers by seeking to know You better.

In Jesus’ most precious name.
Amen.
This is a republication of a devotion first published on this blog
1 January 2009.
Thank you for your indulgence.

Finite or Infinite

Focus verse: Ecclesiastes 11:5

As you do not know the path of the wind,
or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb,

so you cannot understand the work of God,
the Maker of all things.

As we study, we can succumb to the arrogance of the intellect. That is the spirit that says I’m as smart as anybody else. Anything anyone else knows, I can know, too. We are treading on thin ice here.

Lets go back the garden. The arrogance of the intellect was what got Eve into trouble in the first place. Look at the progression of the original sin. (Genesis 3:1-6)

The serpent was crafty. He started with a question: Did God really say…?
Eve answered him with God’s words, and then the serpent called God a liar. What gall!
And Eve, with the arrogance of learning something new, believed the father of lies.

Man, who had been given dominion over this world, ceded that dominion to the father of lies. And the world has never been the same.

We are in danger of believing that same lie. That God isn’t big enough; we can be in charge. When that happens, the enemy can tempt us to all kinds of wrong and foolish actions.

We need to remember that God is more than we can understand. There is no way we can wrap our finite little minds around all the wisdom and knowledge of an infinite God.

Father, God,

Keep us hungry for more of you and less of the world’s “wisdom.” Lead us to study to show ourselves approved in knowledge of Your ways and keep us from the “wisdom” of this world.

In Jesus’ most precious name.
Amen.

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