APRIL 7 – 13, 2017
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV)
God’s perspective! How God sees and understands. How God processes information. What is God’s take on a situation or on a matter? After the Holy Spirit led me to choose the text, I had to wonder what it had to do with seeing and understanding as God does. I’ll explain as the Holy Spirit helped me see. Let’s dive right in.
In Genesis 1:26, God said “let us make man in our image and in our likeness.” I had searched for a long time, for a satisfactory difference between image and likeness. Most times I found them to mean the same, and even used interchangeably. However, I knew in my heart that there was a difference as God used them. In 2 Corinthians 3:18, Paul tells us to be transformed, changed into the “image” of Christ.
As my search continued, I realised from Ephesians 4:23, that being transformed into the image of Christ is to change our thoughts and attitudes to His thoughts and attitudes. Hmm… does being made in the image of God mean having the same intellectual abilities as God? Our minds reason, process information, is patterned as God’s is, we have His nature; love, and have the same character as Him (Galatians 2:20). And, made in His likeness is made in the same class and quality as God – we are tripartite beings, we have the ability to create as He does, we are light as He is light, we are made to rule over every created thing, except of course other humans.
If God’s focus is for us to be changed to the image of Christ in us; for our thoughts and attitudes to be changed to His, it means that what we lost in the Garden of Eden was the image of God!
In the Garden of Eden, we lost the power to walk in the ways of God. We began to walk in our own understanding. Therefore, our paths became crooked, because we no longer had the thought pattern and attitudes to keep our paths straight (I expand on this in next week’s Inspirational Truth – don’t miss it!). No matter what God says to you, even if it may look like it just worsened your situation, I tell you, if you would employ patience (a quality of God’s nature) and hang in there trusting Him, you will see your path straighten out.
The thing that led to man losing the image of God in the Garden is TRUST! God had told Adam that he could eat freely from every tree in the garden except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God told him that he would surely die if he ate of it. Then, the enemy came and attacked his trust for God by presenting to him a different perspective from God’s, causing him to question if God’s perspective was reliable. The devil disguised as the serpent, said to the woman, “… “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”… “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”” (Genesis 3:1, 5 NIV).
The devil’s focus has always been to cause us to distrust God. Whatever God says to us in His word or as a direct personal word to us, quickly comes under attack by the devil. It is our trust in God that will determine whether he will succeed in his attack or fail. If we are submitted to the ways of God, the devil’s attack will fail, because it means that we trust God, just as it failed with Jesus (Matthew 4:3-11). If we fail in his attack, it means that we do not completely trust God and so are not submitted to His ways.
Therefore, to see and understand as God does is to trust Him. To trust God, we must be completely submitted to His ways. To submit completely to His ways, we must have the same thoughts and attitudes as He does.
Dear Reader, God never created us to lean to our own understanding, even if He gave us the ability to – we are made in His likeness. Our perspective was designed to be His, otherwise, we die, which is what happened to Adam and Eve in the garden. Thankfully through Jesus Christ, we can have life again if we believe. We can begin to enjoy life again as we step back into the Garden of Eden, where we enjoy a full, rich and satisfying life that overflows to others (John 10:10). Hallelujah, God wants you to see and understand as He does, so that you can live and enjoy life abundantly.
I pray that the eyes of your understanding will be enlightened so that you will see and understand as God does. I pray that you will hear the voice of God, you will follow it, and experience victories. In the mighty name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Amen!! Enjoy a fruitful and productive week!!