Genesis 1:26 – “Then God said, “Let us make mankind in OUR IMAGE, OUR LIKENESS, to be LIKE US. To have DOMINION…”
We understand that God’s original intention in creation was to have relationship with us His creation. That through relationship we would be the exact expression of Himself on earth. But because of Adam’s treason, his sin fell on us all (Romans 5:12). Then began the tarnishing of the image of humanity. One generation begat another generation of tarnished image-bearers. And with every generation the sin became more engraved and more extreme. But because of God’s dream to have image-bearers on earth, He sent His son Jesus to be His exact expression and our redeemer (Hebrews 1:3). Literally, Jesus exchanged places with us to restore us back to God’s original idea of being His IMAGE BEARERS. God’s dream is that we live like Him on earth and have DOMINION over all the power of the enemy. Romans 5:17 explains it – “By the trespass of one man (Adam), death reigned through that one man. But even greater is God’s grace and His gift of righteousness, for ALL who receive it (the gift of righteousness) will reign (have dominion) over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ.” Through Christ, God did what it took to revive His dream of having IMAGE BEARERS on earth.
God’s dream is that we live like Him on the Earth.
So that now, (you and I) His IMAGE BEARERS’ main objective is to be transformed from the life that we possessed before Christ to the life that we now have in Christ. This transformation only occurs as we change the way that we think. We must become people who allow God and His Word to eradicate every thought that would keep us from fully expressing who He is. Jesus makes an incredible statement in John 17:22 “I have given them (us) the GLORY that you gave me.” We are the exact image (glory) of Jesus, so that anything that doesn’t look like God in our lives, bear His image, we must oppose and take authority over. I love what Bill Johnson says about this, “We will know our mind is renewed when the impossible looks logical.” Jesus never questioned the willingness or the ability of His Father. In John chapter 11, when Jesus was facing an impossible situation in the natural, He ordered the stone to be removed from Lazarus’ burial tomb. Now, most people would say, “Well, it must have been his (Lazarus’) time.” But watch Jesus being an IMAGE BEARER, while all eyes were on Him, He gives the instruction that changes everything. John 11:40, “Didn’t I tell you that If you believe, you will see the glory of God.”
If you believe? Here lies the answer to transformation. What do you believe about your Father? Because what you know about your Father will change the image you have of yourself. This is the importance of relationship. Having a religious experience and having an intimate relationship are two totally different places that we can live from. Relationship changes us. Relationship transforms us into being intimate sons and daughters. Because of relationship with the Father Jesus tells us in John 11:41,42 -“Father, I thank you that you have heard me, I know that you always hear me.” Because of His confidence in their relationship Jesus then exclaims “Lazarus, come forth.” It is out of the place of knowing the Father that we have confidence that He hears us and that His ability to answer and provide never comes into question.
Relationship transforms us into intimate sons and daughters.
When you know God as the Good Father (Psalms 136:1) you’ll know that it is His will to always exceed our hopes and dreams (Psalms 37:4). Because as His IMAGE BEARERS God desires that our lives are the expression of who He is. The GLORY of God that we possess compels us to something greater in our lives that we have yet to experience. REIGNING, RULING, having DOMINION in righteousness is who God is in us as His IMAGE BEARERS. He is always able and willing to do exceedingly, abundantly more than we ask (Ephesians 3:20). But when we don’t really know who God is, we don’t ask – because we don’t know Him. Our Father has no limitation concerning anything that pertains to our lives.
There is an abundant supply of peace for those who ask. There is an abundance of financial breakthrough for those who ask. There is an abundance of healing power for those who will believe and ask. Always pray and ask in expectation. Never allow your past or someone else’s past experience to limit your faith. Because He is able to do exceedingly, abundantly more than we ask.
My prayer for you today is that you will be TRANSFORMED by seeing yourself the way that your Father sees you, as His IMAGE BEARER, reigning and ruling over all the power of the enemy.
Pointing People to Jesus,
“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”