Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. Genesis 1:26
My parents were very involved in the local church and they had some very close relationships within the church and they were called the crazy 8. The crazy 8 were 4 couples and every Saturday night they would go out to eat and I joined them a lot of the time. One night we were heading home and I guess we were full and talking about calories and gaining weight and this scripture came up. The discussion was about being in God’s image and having glorified bodies and basically not having to worry about consuming food and gaining weight. However, I have come to believe that when God is referencing making man in his image, he is not speaking about us looking like him physically, but being a reflection of Him. We are endowed with his power and we possess all of his attributes such as love, grace, mercy, etc. One of my first teachings that God had me write was about the power of the spoken word. In Genesis 1, we see that God created everything by what He spoke. It is very calcuated on God’s part that the first day He said, ‘let there be light’. Why did light have to be created first? Because without light, nothing can live. As we are in the ‘image’ of God, we possess the same power. The bible references that the same power that resurrected Jesus is dwelling on the inside of us. We have the power to resurrect dead things in our life. So if we are in the image of God, then we have to bring light to our life and that is through our words. The second part of our foundational scripture speaks about authority. You were created in God’s image to rule over yourself and your circumstances. Life and death are in the power of the tongue and those who love it will eat its fruit. In other words, what you are speaking whether life or death, that is what you will receive.
I want to share with you an encounter with God in the book Ezekiel. This was the valley of dry bones. First of all valley is a reference to a low and/or dark place in our life. This was a grave of men who had perished in battle and all was left were bones, no evidence of life……
THE HAND of the Lord was upon me, and He brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. And He caused me to pass round about among them, and behold, there were very many [human bones] in the open valley or plain, and behold, they were very dry. And He said to me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord God, You know! Again He said to me, Prophesy to these bones and say to them, O you dry bones, hear the word of the Lord, Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath and spirit to enter you, and you shall live. So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a [thundering] noise and behold, a shaking and trembling and a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. And I looked and behold, there were sinews upon [the bones] and flesh came upon them and skin covered them over, but there was no breath or spirit in them. Then said He to me, Prophesy to the breath and spirit, son of man, and say to the breath and spirit, Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath and spirit, and breathe upon these slain that they may live. So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the breath and spirit came into [the bones], and they lived and stood up upon their feet, an exceedingly great army!!
Woo Hoo!! We see here a low and dead situation and God asked man, ‘can these bones live’? God puts the authority on man — speak life to these dead dry bones! So I have to ask you, what is dead in your life? What situation or circumstance seems impossible or needs a resurrection? You are endowed with God’s power and He has given your authority over every situation and circumstance in your life. Today is the day that you need to breathe life in that situation. Begin today to speak life into that sitation or what seems impossible. Remember, being endowed with God’s power, we have the ability to create light so that things have the ability to live. Be encouraged today that no matter what it looks like, your situation has a chance to live again!!!
Lastly, your circumstance was to increase your faith and trust in God and it is also for somoneone else who needs to be introduced to Christ or who needs to be encouraged…….Let his glory be revealed…..
And I shall put My Spirit in you and you shall live, and I shall place you in your own land. Then you shall know, understand, and realize that I the Lord have spoken it and performed it, says the Lord.
God loves you!!!