“Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’ So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:26,27 NIV
You’ve heard time and time again that God has great plans for you. The Scripture above reminds us of how God originally made us, empowering us to carry out all that He’d planned for us. You know you are a child of the Most High God and it’s time to step into a more fulfilled and purposeful life… but wait… it’s still not readily perceived where it can be touched planned and lived out. Looking around things still seem the same; you’re still doing things that don’t shine with joy brightly in your heart. Things seem to be stuck on repeat as if you’re reliving each day again and again. Excitement sought in some things are proving to be empty, even depleting at times. There’s a longing in your spirit to know what it’s like to consistently wake up each morning and be excited about the day ahead. And, an even deeper yearning to be so incredibly comfortable with who you are, you can build empires with bricks thrown at you instead of being buried under them. Though you know you are a beloved child of God, you may still have questions about who you are, why you’re here, and what else is in store for you. At this crossroad of your life, it can be tempting to settle, but DON’T! Reconciling with your true inner self isn’t a lost cause, but is simply being missed due to a veil of mist hiding your reflection; a fog that can be wiped away!
This veil is one that’s been placed over your eyes by blinding circumstances and old ways of settling them to survive. It’s an outdated covering that when Christ shed His love for you, He rendered its old practices that only hid the truth, ineffective and unnecessary. Now that you’re under the wings of The Lord, you no longer need to simply survive, living out a daily grind, but can fly to new heights and thrive! It just takes a little focus.
“But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:16-18 NIV
The Message Bible version of 2 Corinthians 3:16-18 reads:
“Whenever, though, they turn to face God as Moses did, God removes the veil and there they are—face-to-face! They suddenly recognize that God is a living, personal presence, not a piece of chiseled stone. And when God is personally present, a living Spirit, that old, constricting legislation is recognized as obsolete. We’re free of it! All of us! Nothing between us and God, our faces shining with the brightness of his face. And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him.”
God desires for you to be a participant in the plan He’s laid out for you, but you don’t have to do all the work alone. He’ll remove all that blocks your eyes from recognizing the beautiful Truth of who you are in Him! He only asks that you seek to get to know Him deeper than just knowing Him as God. He is accessible through prayer, His Word, and His Spirit through which there’s a love so high, deep, and wide on all sides that it engulfs you for a full 360 degrees and He wants to share it with you. Spending time with The Father, learning more about Him reveals not only more of Him, but more of you. Psalms 139:1-4 NIV says; “You have searched me, Lord, and You know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; You perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; You are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue You, Lord, know it completely.” No one knows you better than The Lord! So, who better to search out, than your Heavenly Father!
The word contemplate, in 2 Corinthians 3:18 NIV, means to ponder thoughtfully. In setting aside worries at hand and pressing personal desires, to gaze upon the greatness of the Lord in inquiry about Him for a few minutes throughout your day, God’s revelation of Himself will cause you to grow as He begins to refresh and restore you to His image and likeness as He originally intended you to be. It’s also seed sown that reaps peace into your soul by occupying your mind with His infinite and vast goodness and wisdom.
As you turn your face to face God, you’ll begin to see that, just as a young child finds himself or herself in its parent as he/she observes and thinks over what’s seen, you’ll find yourself in your Heavenly Father. Our Magnificent and Loving Father’s plan has been to restore all of us and our world to His original design. The word Eden, from The Garden of Eden, has an original Hebrew root meaning of “delight”, “pleasant”. Though this process of getting you to a delightful and pleasant life is not instantaneous, you are free, brother/sister in Christ, to live out your full Sovereign inheritance! In God, you are not helpless, and can now decide not to forfeit the Power within you. You are one of a kind! A special and rare edition to this world! You are a unique expression of God’s creativity! By the Power of the Lord Jesus, recognize it, touch it, be it, live it as the image that reflects back at you, in the mirror of the Word of God, reveals the full true you in Christ!
Prayer to See Your Face in The Father’s Face
Most Gracious and Loving God, I come to You to learn and understand according to Your supreme wisdom more about You, Lord, so that my love, for You first and foremost, others and myself, may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight. Please remove anything blocking the eyes of my heart and make known to me the path of my life, and fill me with joy in Your presence.
In Jesus’ Name. Amen!