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God’s Original Intent

Genesis 1:26-31
(26) And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
(27) So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
(28) And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
(29) And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

In God’s Original Plan, one of things that I want to point out is that He wants us to have His image. Stop for a minute and let that sink in…..He wants us to look like Him! I looked up the word “image” in the Hebrew language and this is the definition:
tselem
tseh’-lem
image :
From an unused root meaning to shade; a phantom, that is, (figuratively) illusion, resemblance; hence a representative figure

God wants us to be a representative figure of Him. This started back when Adam was made. Not only did God want us to have a resemblance of Him, but also wants us to be His representative. It is like a father that makes his son to be the representative of their family business.
Can you see God’s heart in this decision? Can you see His love for us? Can you see God beaming with pride as His most precious creation is representing Him? He didn’t choose the strong and majestic horse to represent Him. He didn’t choose the powerful and ferocious lion to represent Him. He didn’t choose the beautiful peacock to represent His beauty. He didn’t choose the stately bull elephant to represent His power nor the delicate and unique humming bird.  God in His love and wisdom chose lowly man to be the illusion, the resemblance of Him!  In my opinion, God has created many wonderful, strong, and even some very intelligent animals that could have represented many of His attributes better than what a common human can; but He didn’t choose them.  God chose His last creation; His best creation to be His representative! I am pointing all of this out not because I want to inflate someone’s ego, but rather because to show the importance of God’s Original Intent in regards to man. This reminds me of a political position that was created in our country called an “Ambassador”.  The Ambassador is a person designated and set apart with the sole purpose to represent the President of the USA to a given country. That Ambassador would be the “go-between” between the political leaders in the country that he is appointed to and the President of the USA.
I have a few questions for us in regards to this understanding with God’s Original Intent. Would you or I conduct ourselves any different knowing what God’s Original Intent for us was? Would you look at Bible reading any different? Would you look at church attendance any different? Would you look at giving to the Lord any different? Would your prayer life change if you were the official spokesperson for the Lord? Would your conduct in this world change if you had the title of “Ambassador of the Lord”? I want to finish the devotional today with those thoughts and I encourage you to think on what you would do differently as we are God’s Ambassador to this world.
Proverbs 13:16-17
(16) Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open his folly.
(17) A wicked messenger falleth into mischief: but a faithful ambassador is health.

-Pastor Kennedy

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July 7, 2017 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Not God’s Original Plan

Genesis 3:24
So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

Today we have a story, a story that has a great beginning and a horrible end. The end, I will point out, was not God’s original plan. We are picking up here at the tail end of the story. The reason why Adam and Eve are here is because of one word….SIN.  Adam and Eve are called the mother and father of all living. They had the perfect beginning.  Here in the next few devotionals, I will go through a few things that the Lord is pointing out to me in regards to His Original Plan. I hope this will be a blessing to you as I strive to paint a picture of God’s favor and God’s heart toward His favorite creation…man-kind.

The start of this story is found here:
Genesis 2:7-9
(7) And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
(8) And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
(9) And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
We have in this story, the start of human life. God, being infinite as He is, was already around. He created time. He was before all things and by Him all things consist. See the verses below:
Colossians 1:16-17
(16) For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
(17) And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
I can’t but help stopping here and brag on the Almighty! He was not created and He was not imagined up. No one carved Him out of wood, fashioned Him out of clay, formed Him from the dust of the ground, nor was He created from an explosion from billions of years ago that no one was around for, no one heard an explosion, saw an explosion, felt an explosion, or smelled the after effects of the explosion. What is this explosion? It is the mythical and outrageous theory (educated guess) that everything came from….yeah; kind of dumb sounding isn’t it? I agree, but I need to get back on the topic…
When God made man, He intended for man to have a perfect and personal relationship with Him in a very special place that God created for him after He finished creating the world. That place is the Garden of Eden. It was a special garden made in the eastward in Eden for Adam to live and work in. A place so special, that God’s presence could literally and physically walk with Adam there. Imagine that! Being able to physically walk with God in the Garden! Wow! What a special and amazing thing that God did just for Adam! That must have been an amazing place!
In this beginning part of the story, I want to point out what God’s original plan for man was: it was to live in an amazingly special place for His most precious and prized creation….Mankind! This was a special and perfect garden for man to dress and keep. In this garden, God was looking forward to spending quality time with the one to whom He loved.
I want to finish today and remind everybody that reads this, that God’s original plan for you and me is filled with amazing and special things that we can enjoy while we build a wonderful and indescribable relationship together with Him.  All that God wants from us is to have a relationship with Him that literally is the thing that keeps drawing us to Him. Just as He made a perfect garden for the perfect man, God wants us to get to know the Perfect God that He is! Even though we live in a sinful world, He has created perfect things for us to enjoy!
Romans 12:2
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
John 14:2-3
(2) In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
(3) And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

These are just 2 examples of the perfect things that God has for us! I want to finish today by saying that God loves you and He wants you to enjoy His perfect gifts that He has for you.
James 1:17-18
(17) Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
(18) Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
Do not listen to the world or believe the lies of Satan. God LOVES YOU! God wants you to enjoy His perfects gifts! When you go through out your day today, know that you are loved by the only Wonderful and Almighty God! He is so good to us!

To be continued tomorrow…
-Pastor Kennedy

July 5, 2017 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , | Leave a comment