CREATED IN THE IMAGE OF GOD TO LIVE BY FAITH (PART ONE OF TWO)
Then God said, “Let us make man[a] in our image, after our likeness. 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:26a-27 ESV)
When God created us, he did so in His own image. He equipped us with all the tools necessary for us to survive here on this earth. The five main navigation tools he equipped us with were known as our five senses. They are the sense of smell, the sense of taste, the sense of hearing, the sense of touch and finally the sense of sight. With the five great navigation tools, we can do all things through God who strengthens us. The Bible teaches us that when we learn to use all five of the tools together successfully that nothing shall be impossible unto us. “WHY,” because we were “CREATED IN THE IMAGE OF GOD TO LIVE BY FAITH!”
Now, He didn’t just equip us with these tools and leave us on our own to go out and learn how to operate them. No, he gave us a brand new operational manual to learn from. Just like your new car, your new refrigerator, or microwave, your cell phone or computer. All these toys you purchase, the manufacture sends alone an operational manual. These manufactures learned their lessons from GOD’S OPERATIONAL MANUAL, (THE BIBLE), the greatest operational manual ever known to man.
In that great manual, there is a passage that commands us to study to show ourselves approved. In other words, study and learn from our creator, who he is, and how he can help us to use the tools He has provided for us in order that we may enjoy a healthy, loving, and joyful and prosper life.
Our greatest challenge then becomes for us to learn how to use our five senses in order that we may move into the spiritual realm of life where God Himself lives and operate His world from. You see, as long as we stay on the lower level of life, operating from the prospective of our sight, in other words been guided by what we see is what it is. If we can’t see it, touch it, smell it, or here it’s sound, it doesn’t exist. We are only using our cardinal minds and learned skills to exist.
The universe that we live in is expending more and more every day. However, with our limited sight, we cannot see this. We can only see what our eyes will allow us to see. We are incapable of looking beyond the scope of the great distance that has been build into our sight.
However, when we stop and think about it, we can really see a great distance. Our sight takes in at one view, not onlythe most unbounded prospects on earth, but also the moon, and the other planets, the sun, the fixed stars; though at such an immeasurable distance, that they appear no larger through our finest telescopes than they do to the naked eye.
Therefore, the things that are unseen to us, and we are told that they exist all around us, can become a frighten experience to us. For example; if we are told that other beings exists here on this earth, they live with us daily, they walk the earth just as we do. Without seeing this with our own cardinal eyes, we would have a tenancy to disbelieve this. However, this is truly what happens when we are walking by sight and not by faith.
But what is Faith? In the book of Hebrews it describes faith as, “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. ( Hebrews 11:1)”
In other words, It is a “divine” evidence and conviction of things not seen;” of things which are not seen now, whether they are visible or invisible in their own nature. Particularly, it is a divine evidence and conviction of God, and of the things of God.
Without faith, the things that exist beyond our limited imaginations are foreign to us. We are creatures of habit; we live and learn by the things that are always present before our cardinaleyes.
Therefore, we must learn to WALK BY FAITH, and not by SIGHT.” But before we can possibly “WALK BY FAITH,” we must learn to LIVE BY FAITH, and not by SIGHT. And to all real Christian our Lord said, “Because I live, you live also:” You live a life which the world, whether learned or unlearned, “know not of. “You that,” like the world, “were dead in trespasses and sins, hath he quickened,” and made alive; given you new senses, — spiritual senses, — “senses exercised to discern spiritual good and evil.”
“There is nothing in the understanding which was not first perceived by some of the senses.” All the KNOWLEDGE which we naturally have is originally derived from our senses. And therefore those who want any sense cannot have the least KNOWLEDGE or idea of the objects of that sense; as they that never had sight have not the least KNOWLEDGE or conception of LIGHT or colors. We must truly know, that from the very beginning, God planted in our minds the KNOWLEDGE to be able to live by faith, but it was not a given. We first had to except His only begotten son, Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior before we could experience this great walk in life. However, let us understand this one very important fact, and that is this, we were “CREATED IN THE IMAGE OF GOD TO LIVE BY FAITH!”
This concludes lesson one of a two part series. In lesson two we will teach on the subject title, “HOW DO WE DO IT!” (HOW TO LIVE BY FAITH)”
- Why I Chose Faith (faith1stministries.com)
- Through Jesus (thewearywriter.com)
- Grace Is Given According To The Measure Of The Gift by Nancy Sampson (davidicalhiphop.wordpress.com)
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- Faith Is…… (aviesplace.wordpress.com)
- Faith…Sight…Which one is real? (jtgn.wordpress.com)
- The Essential: Faith (challies.com)
- Knowing God’s Will (sharonforest.com)
- Staring Death in the Faith (ptl2010.com)