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.
Then it says, “God blessed them,…” So, what does this mean we are made in the image of God, and why is God, plural, in this text? In our likeness, it says and implies we are certainly not just another animal but a unique being created in God’s image, given dominion over the earth. Later on, in Genesis there is another beautiful text, “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” So, now it points out that besides being created in God’s image we are also a, living soul.
In the book of 1 John, the apostle John is pointing out some characteristics of God which may shed some light on the plurality used in Genesis where it says,”Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…” . John writes this.
For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. 1 John 5:7
This scripture sheds light on the plurality used in Genesis, in our image, after our likeness. In this same book, John also states that, God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.” So, both of these combined explain many other scriptures which state that the Word has been put in your heart and in your mouth. Like this one:
But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it. Deuteronomy 30:14
My point is that God is not far from us but is us, and has a special relationship with us. We are made in the likeness of God and I do not think that means we look like God since God is in and through all things, which includes the universe. So, when we pray we have to realize that he is in us and through us, that he is the very love within. That we are in God, God in us. This is what Jesus prayed. That we would, be one, as he was with God and us, One. So, as soon as you pray to some far-off deity you immediately cut yourself off from the real God which is in You. God is like, I’m right here, who are you talking to, the sky? The stars? I’m right here, in you, I am you. I AM . I guess God is also in the sky and stars so if you want to, you can look that far but God is also You. He is in and through your very atoms, so God knows what your praying about before it is even spoken. Glory to God! God will give you the power to do, but you must do whatever it is.
This is not near as difficult with God’s Word in our mouth and in our heart, the heart being the center of our being where we believe and our mouth speaking the Word puts spiritual power into motion. Then it is done unto us as we believe.
That being said, there are things which occur that are outside of our realm of understanding. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9 But we are given these resources so we know we are not left defenseless.
There is a great deal of scripture about the heart and the mouth. One is here.
Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.
In Proverbs 20:27 it says, The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts of the belly. In this verse the Hebrew word for spirit is the same word used for breath in the scripture about God breathing the breath of life into man. The breath of life being, the spirit of man.
How fascinating and wondrous I find all of this. What a wondrous relationship we have with the Creator. This is why scripture tells us to, Fear not, neither be dismayed, for if we are walking with this amazing God as one, with an awareness, we only need to realize that we are truly vessels of the living God! Then whatever we take on is with God as our righteous right arm. The bible also speaks of people who are walking under their own, supposed, power as having a right arm of flesh, not realizing they are God’s creation, with God in them, walking according to their own whims and desires. That is walking carnally, with no knowledge of God. It seems a silly existence once you discover the power of God, in you! But everyone discovers at their own pace, so be patient with others, help when you can.
Remember, God sees you as perfect, a perfect creation, no matter what shape, size or color you are. To the Father you are perfect. The world may say you are too skinny, too fat, need make-up, too old, too young or too gray but realize they are just trying to usually get you to buy something or want to make their selves feel better. There will always be those who are ready to put someone else down to lift themselves up saying you are too religious or not religious enough, an ex-drug addict or a goodie-two-shoes. Even if you are a drug addict, a drunk or a criminal, you are still a child of the living God and these behavioral things can be changed the instant you decide to do so. As a man thinketh, so is he, or she. This is a biblical truth.
The only thing to realize is God is love so if you want to feel closer to God, love. This will spread the love to others. We all need love no matter how tough you think you are. People become tough to protect themselves from others who can be harsh. It damages people to live without love because it is not natural. We are vessels of God so we should treat one another accordingly, realizing they too are created in the very, image of God!
Until next time, be blessed and love one another!