Own Image Of God

Own Image Of God

So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”–Genesis 1:27

Let me first point out that this is a general overview of the creation of man and woman. In Genesis 2, starting in verse 7, we get a more detailed look at the beginning of mankind. Some have theorized this initial verse speaks of someone other than Adam and Eve, but it does not. Adam is the first human created by God, and afterward, Eve.

As we look at this verse, one word really catches our eye; the word “own”. The Scripture is specific here, emphasizing the fact we were made in God’s image and His alone. He did not create us in the image of the angels, nor anything created before man. He made us in His image, and in His image alone. But, why? Why didn’t God give mankind a look of his own? God chose us to look the way we look because He intended for us to be special. Now, ask yourself, what could be a more special look than to be made in the image of your Creator?

Imagine you are a great artist or painter of portraits. Whether you are painting the image of kings or statesmen, entrepreneurs or thespians, you are doing so because of money. While you may feel pride at what you are doing, and each portrait might be special to you, you are getting paid to paint them. Now, imagine you have the opportunity to do a self portrait. You go to great lengths to make certain each brushstroke, each change of pigment, represents you at your best. It doesn’t matter if it hangs in a museum or on your bedroom wall; it is more special than your other paintings because it is your image.

By choosing Himself as the model of our appearance, God sees us as special as any self portrait. He put His breath in us to give us life, then allowed His own Son’s death to give us eternal life. You look the way you look because you are a reflection of God in appearance. Our prayer is that one day, we will be a reflection of God in action as well.

Inconstant, Irrelevant, Adulterous

Inconstant, Irrelevant, Adulterous

“The enemy of our salvation especially strives to draw our heart and mind away from God when we are about to serve Him, and endeavors to adulterously attach our heart to something irrelevant. Be always, every moment, with God, especially when you pray to Him. If you are inconstant, you will fall away from life, and will cast yourself into sorrow and straightness.”–John of Kronstadt

Ring The Bells By Nannie R. Glass

Ring The Bells By Nannie R. Glass

Ring out the bells of heaven!
Obey the great command,
That all may hear their melody
On mountain, sea, and land,
The chimes of glory sounding,
Ascending to the sky;
Jesus our Savior reigneth
Forever more on high.

Ring how he bore our trials
And sorrows here below;
Of his lamb-like, sinless nature,
Purer than falling snow;
How he gave his life to banish
The clouds of midnight gloom
That brooded o’er creation
And o’er the dreary tomb.

Ring of the well of Sichar
And the everlasting tide,
With which its sparkling waters
His imagery supplied.
Ring of his mighty power
To comfort and to heal,
His gentleness and sympathy
In either woe or weal.

Ring of his blood that speaketh
Than Abel’s, better things,
And to the guilty conscience
Sweet peace and pardon brings.
Ring how he burst death’s fetters
In rising from the grave,
And from its lasting bondage
Will all his people save.

Ring how he intercedeth
And ever lives above
For all who trust and serve him,
Rejoicing in his love;
Of the many mansions he’s prepared
Of everlasting rest,
Whose joys no tongue can utter
Nor tell how glad and blest.

Awake, then, to your duty,
O church of Christ, awake!
Behold the beauty of their feet
Who the glad tidings take!
Reach out and ring the bells of heaven;
Blest be the hands that give
The truth, that all who listen
May hope and joy and live!
Ah, ’tis a wondrous story!
Good news to all the world!
The gospel means glad tidings
Wherever ’tis unfurled.

Great God, impart thy Spirit
That all who love their Lord
May see in life a flitting hour
To obey and speak his word.

Fifth Day Of Earth’s Creation

Fifth Day Of Earth’s Creation

So the evening and the morning were the fifth day.”–Genesis 1:23

God spent four days preparing the planet for this glorious moment. The fifth day of Creation is complete and the planet now holds life. A blessing is upon the birds of the air and the creatures in the waters to be fruitful and multiply. Even though our look at Creation is not finished, we see the initial fulfillment of God’s intentions.

Our thoughts today go to the preparations and end results of God’s plans. Let us, for a moment, examine our lives up to this point. For most of us, the paths we have followed haven’t been completely smooth; we have all faced adversity of some sort. While we were never promised an easy path, God did promise never to leave us or forsake us. At times, however, doubt makes us forget this. While we are on our life’s path, it is hard to see past the obstacles we face. As a result, we find ourselves filled with a false sense of hopelessness. (I say “false sense” because—when facing these obstacles—we forget His promises).

Looking back at the first four days of Creation, a question comes to mind. Why didn’t Genesis begin with “God created the world and everything in it”? It was to show us the preparation is as important as the end result.

Everything we have gone through so far has been to prepare us for what is to come. More often than not, we cannot see past our troubles; they blind us to God’s end result for us. God has never put an obstacle in our path without making a way to overcome it. Overcoming our obstacles comes down to two simple words: trust God. Perhaps it is mankind’s conceit which prevents us from trusting Someone greater than ourselves. To do so requires us to admit our weaknesses, yet God promised in our weakness we would find strength. It might be because man sees trusting God as foolish: He uses the foolish to shame and confound the wise. He always makes a way.

Whatever we face, be it sickness, death, unemployment, or whatever else you can imagine, God is trying to make us stronger. When we go to our knees and ask for help, we aren’t showing weakness, we are showing wisdom. When we turn everything over to Him, we are admitting to ourselves and the world that He is greater than we are. This is all intended to get us to where we need to be, and that is closer to Him. The things we go through make us who we are. Are we going to trust in our own abilities and fail, or are we going to trust in God and be what we are supposed to be?

Evening Of Life By William Hayley

Evening Of Life By William Hayley

Since the Evening of Life will soon close,
While I live, may I justly incline
To diffuse peace of heart among those,
Whose lives may be guided by mine!

To Christ may I lead them to own
The charms of his tender controul,
And with gratitude gaze on His throne.
Whom to serve is the joy of the soul!

Roadside Inns Of Refreshing Strength

Roadside Inns Of Refreshing Strength

“Life is a journey, not a home; a road, not a city of habitation; and the enjoyments and blessings we have are but little inns on the roadside of life, where we may be refreshed for a moment, that we may with new strength press on to the end – to the rest that remaineth for the people of God.”–Horatius Bonar

Fourth Day Of Creation Has Passed

Fourth Day Of Creation Has Passed

So the evening and the morning were the fourth day.”–Genesis 1:19

We have come, again, to another of what I call “skip over verses”. When we read these, we tend to give them only the briefest notice because they seem to have no meaning or value. We often see this attitude whenever we read the Biblical genealogies; upon seeing the word “begat”, people tend to cringe. Yet all of these verses, no matter how insignificant they seem to us, are an important part of God’s Word. So, you might ask, what is the significance of this verse? This verse is important because it shows us both an ending and a beginning.

The obvious ending—and one of the reasons it’s value seems lessened—is it tells us the fourth day is completed. God completed three days of creation before this, so it is just following a pattern…right? Wrong. The end of this particular day means that God has finished preparing the world to support life. He has provided the food, light, guidance, and protection the living will need to survive. With all of these things set in place, it is the beginning of our world as God intended for it to be.

Every day God gives us is important, whether it is our first day of life, or our thirty-five thousand, two hundred and sixty-second day of life. (This is not a random number. It is the number of days my grandmother lived, and on that last day, she finally got to see her Savior face to face.) Each day is given to us by God, so no matter what it brings, we need to treasure it.

If you are lost, today is your fourth day. Everything has been prepared; even the price for your sins has been paid. All you need to do is confess your sins to God, ask for His forgiveness, and accept Jesus as your savior. Only then will you see the life that awaits you.

Grandmother And Her Faith

Grandmother And Her Faith

“…When I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois, and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also.”–2nd Timothy 1:5

I know we were expecting to continue our look at the Creation this morning, but God had other plans. Yesterday morning (Friday), at the age of 96, my grandmother passed away. It has been a day we have both dreaded and prayed for. No one wants to lose a loved one, but after 96 years, she was longing to be with the Lord. More than anything the past couple of years, she wanted to go Home. Yesterday, God finally answered her prayer. Are we sad? Yes, to an extent. Are we going to miss her? Only for a little while. She leaves behind three children, eight grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, and a few great-great-children. She also leaves brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.

More than that, however, she leaves behind the example of how we should live. She showed each of us what it means to live for, and trust in, God. At one time or another, each of us has been lifted up in her prayers. In sorrow, we still know we need to thank God for blessing us with such a wonderful woman.

Thursday, most of the family who lived near paid her a final visit, not because we knew it was going to be the final time, but because we knew it was getting close. We each got to sit at her bedside and hold her hand and talk to her a bit. As I held her hand, I tried to bring a smile to her face, but her suffering wouldn’t allow it. When I told her I loved her, she tried to respond—she didn’t have to, of course, we knew she did. I joked about being her favorite grandchild, and it is true, I am. I’m her favorite because I am me; just as my cousins are her favorites because they are her grandchildren as well.

When I got the news of her passing, I knew today’s post was going to be different since 2nd Timothy 1:5 was the first thing I thought of. In Paul’s 2nd letter to Timothy, he speaks of the young man’s faith. It was the same faith he saw in Timothy’s mother and grandmother. Everyone who knew my grandmother, knew of her faith; I hope they see that same faith in me. In truth, she is part of the reason this blog exists. Had it not been for the example of her and my own mother, I would not have the faith I do.

Friday morning, as we awaited the arrival of the coroner, I got to kiss her forehead and say goodbye. When they arrived, they asked the family to step out of the room while they prepared to carry her out. One of the coroners asked if we preferred her face to be covered or uncovered when they took her out. I told him it didn’t matter,since all they had was the shell; her soul had gone on and her love remained behind. Those are the important things.

If you have someone of great faith in your family, strive to emulate that faith. There are few compliments greater than having your faith compared to someone such as that.

Until we meet again in the Presence Of God, my sweet Granny.