Ginrich's Devotional Blog

April 12, 2018

In God’s Image

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:11 pm

Genesis 3:8 8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. (NIV)

As I’ve written before, God breathed His Spirit, His very image, into man so man would be full of God’s love and peace.  Man was accustomed to God coming down on earth in the evenings and fellowshipping together. But, then we read in Genesis 3:6  “When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.” (NIV)  For the fist time since God made man, man looked at the desire of being a god and being in total control.  When man (and by the word man I mean the generic form including both genders) disobeyed God and substituted his desire to be in control, God’s Spirit left and no longer dwelled in man.  Man was no longer in the image of God.  For the first time, as you continue reading this passage man experienced fear, lust and the desire to put blame on others rather than take responsibility for his own actions.  In spite of all this, God loved man so much that He was willing to part with His Word, His Son, Jesus, and send Him to earth in the form of man to bear the cost of man’s desire to be his own god and reunite man with the Holy Spirit so man could once again be in the image of God.  We must ask ourselves how much we allow the Holy Spirit to be in us and how much of the image of God we reflect as we walk this earth.  Lust, envy, blame pointing, the desire for power and on and on are clouds that block the image of God from shining through us.  Let us be open to the Holy Spirit in showing us our clouds and allowing God’s light to shine forth in this world.

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