The very FIRST thing God said in The Bible about His creation of mankind is that WE are just like Him:
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” Genesis 1:27
THIS concept requires deep and immediate thought, because “All God Is, WE Are.” But if I can make you believe you’re NOT like God; that you’re not ONE with God, that you are not a unique manifestation of God in the earth like every other human being He breathed the breath of life into, and that God is a totally separate entity from you…then I TOTALLY OWN YOU!
God IS indeed big enough to replicate 7 billion+ unique versions of Himself through every human being He creates on planet earth! BUT…who’s view of YOU will you believe, receive and thus create…the devil’s version of who and what you are, or God’s version?
Please consider what the devil has done to US: If I can make you believe you’re not GOD-LIKE, then I can make you believe anything and everything else that’s negative and backwards about you too!
I can make you believe you are completely worthless, no good, and POWERLESS to change your negative circumstances. I can make you believe darkness has power over light! I can make you believe the devil’s evil is stronger than God’s Goodness!
I can make you believe that disease is incurable and that you must die because there’s no hope for you! I can make you disbelieve what God said in His Word about your sicknesses and disease:
“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5
“Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.” I Peter 2:24
I can make you run from God and believe God is against you when He’s actually FOR you, wants nothing but Good for you, wants to heal you, and wants to love you with His whole heart!
I can make you fearful of other people, hate other people, and try to dominate other people and compete with other people, all because of a false sense of an inferiority complex that’s playing out in your head based on your unbelief…that you and others are not ONE in God!
I can make you shrink back and RUN from God and God’s People who are trying to bless your socks off, and have you scratching and clawing at them like a wounded animal responds to rescuers, or like a drowning victim fights a lifeguard!
If I can make you believe you’re not like God, then I can make you believe God is far, far, far away from you when in fact, He dwells IN YOU:
“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” I Corinthians 3:16
I can make you try to self-medicate yourself with drugs, alcohol, pornography, and have you fully engage in all kinds of self-destructive and addictive behaviors wilfully, trying to make you feel good about yourself, and debasing yourself in the effort of being validated by others ….reaching outside of yourself for the peace, love, perfection and wholeness that’s already IN YOU:
“…behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” Luke 17:21
I can make you do all kinds of things SEARCHING to become something that you already are…ALL because you’re in a state of total deception.
I can make you reject your purpose for living, have you believing in a false life-assignment, play you like a puppet on a string at will, and I can even reverse the gender role you play as a human being on earth ALL because you don’t know the first things first about YOURSELF (who and what You are), or because you rejected the very first thing our Original Manufacturer said about US.
This is deep but simple at the same time! If you’re a student of God’s Word, think about it….
How did the devil first convince sinless human beings to turn against God and separate themselves from Their Creator? By making them believe they weren’t GOD-LIKE when in fact, they already were:
“For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3:5
REMEMBER, God told Adam not to eat of The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, and told him in the day he ate of it, he would surely die:
“And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” Genesis 2:16-17
Think about a TREE being the original source of a thing…When Adam and Eve ate of this poisonous tree (good words mixed with evil and internalized) notice that they didn’t drop dead physically right there on the spot. What happened? The spiritual God-Like Essence of WHO God originally created them to be indeed DIED instantly!
We typically think of SIN being something that’s done against God, but because of the fact He made us to be just like Him…SIN is actually something that’s done against our True Selves! Please, never forget this.
The very moment when Adam and Eve believed they were UNLIKE GOD according to the devil’s well-laid strategy, in an act of disobedience to God and their True Selves, they actually tried to DO something (eat of the tree) to become something that they already were…all because they received the false belief that they weren’t like God already.
And because they believed they weren’t like God (which is a misuse of The Law of Faith), they did something to become something they already were (which is the epitome of total deception), and in doing so they BECAME Unlike-God: guilty, ashamed, condemnation-minded, unintelligent, disoriented, fear-minded, etc.
They lost their God-given dominion over the devil, and became dominated by the devil…all because they fell from Grace; they fell into that certain false-belief from the devil that they were not GOD-LIKE!
Will the same be true for US? This same scenario is played out daily in the human timeline!
This masterful trick played on the first two sinless human beings was SO successful that the devil repeatedly offers this lying notion to generation after generation; to all who will believe this lie. It’s like the devil says: “all I have to do is convince them they’re not like God” but what does God say in His Word?
“I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.” Psalm 82:6
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God” Philippians 2:5-6
If we REFUSE to see ourselves as being the earthly versions of God in the flesh the way God repeatedly describes us to be in The Bible, and if we as God’s perfect, original and sinless creation receive the devil’s lie about us not being like God, and being separate and apart from God (rather than being ONE with Him)…we are truly lost, deceived, and not only worthless to God, but we’ll find ourselves in opposition to God just like the devil is. Point Blank. But there is a way of escape!
Yes it’s true…“all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” but Jesus Christ restored mankind by paying for the sins of the world with His own sinless blood, and said “whosoever believeth on Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.”
The Second Adam known as JESUS restored the God-Likeness mankind lost by the actions of the first Adam:
“For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.” Romans 5:17-19
Salvation and The Believer’s Right Standing in Christ is a done deal for those who BELIEVE in The One who did for us what we could not do for ourselves…and the devil can not stop us from choosing once again to be GOD-LIKE!
When we recognize ourselves individually and collectively as being unique earthly versions of GOD Himself dwelling in these bodies of flesh because of the way God originally made us to be, and the finished work of Jesus which restored us to be, and when we set our minds to doing the greater things Jesus Himself said we could do in the way of creating unstoppable, life-changing miracles that are FULL of God’s Goodness and Love in the earth…all backed by the Power of God Himself according to our FAITH, everything else in our lives will begin to take care of themselves!
Being GOD-LIKE can’t be done without God showing us how! This is why salvation alone is not enough; why The Believer’s life consists of a daily renewal of our minds in The Word of God, and why being led by the indwelling Holy Ghost are vital components to a victorious and practically lived life!
Grace Supplies. Love Gives. Faith Receives! Are you a Receiver? ♥