Our Model Prayer

Orate = Our Model Prayer

Orate = Pray in Latin (Pray without ceasing)

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PART TWO OF SIX

We asked, “Lord, teach us to pray.” And He answered, “When you pray, say:

Our Father in heaven,

Hallowed be your name.

Your kingdom come.

Your will be done.

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our sins,

For we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us.

And lead us not into temptation,

But deliver us from evil” (Luke 11:2-4).

This is no magic formula for prayer, but as Jesus taught us the model way to pray, we must take serious note. We must pay attention to the content of the Lord’s Prayer, the special “ingredients,” and align our hearts with it. We can look at the address and the six petitions that follow for guidance.

THE ADDRESS: We are to pray to our Father in heaven as Jesus did. Note that we are also instructed to pray in the name of Jesus (John 14:13-14) and to lean on the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:26, 27). We are to address our prayers to the omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient, all-loving, One True God.

PETITION #1: “Hallowed be your name.” This begins the prayer with adoration, recognizing that the name of God is holy. This ties in with having a healthy fear of God, and we should acknowledge it verbally. If we look back at my favorite definition of fear of the Lord, “a reverential awe for His power and glory and proper respect for His wrath and anger,” (https://wordpress.com/block-editor/post/cotidie.blog/174) it fits in with the word hallowed, which means holy, or greatly revered.

PETITION #2: “Your kingdom come.” Jesus announced that the Kingdom of God was at hand, and we should long for and eagerly await His Kingdom. As I wrote previously, The Kingdom of God can also be thought of as the “reign of God.” The reign of God began to take place in the life and ministry of Jesus, but was not fully manifested then and will not until Jesus returns (https://wordpress.com/block-editor/post/cotidie.blog/237). We see an “already-not yet” tension here, as theologian R.T. France calls it. The coming of the Kingdom began when Jesus was here on earth, and will be fulfilled when He returns. We must keep a Kingdom mindset at all times, fighting the worldly thoughts and deeds that come natural to us.

PETITION #3: “Your will be done. On earth as it is in heaven.” David Guzik says, “Jesus wanted us to pray with the desire that the will of God would be done on earth as it is in heaven. In heaven there is no disobedience and there are no obstacles to God’s will; on earth there is disobedience and there are at least apparent obstacles to His will. The citizens of Jesus’ kingdom will want to see His will done as freely on earth as it is in heaven.” Charles Spurgeon said, “He that taught us this prayer used it himself in the most unrestricted sense. When the bloody sweat stood on his face, and all the fear and trembling of a man in anguish were upon him, he did not dispute the decree of the Father, but bowed his head and cried. ‘Nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt.’” Jesus will show us what the full extent of this portion of the model prayer means as He prepares to face the cross.

PETITION #4: “Give us this day our daily bread.” He is the supplier of everything we need and we are not to worry for His provision for our daily necessities. Not our wants, but our needs, according to His will and His purpose for us. This also reminds us the power of focusing on today, cotidie, not looking back or looking ahead.

PETITION #5: “And forgive us our sins, For we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us.” As we have been forgiven by the blood of Christ, we are to quickly forgive as well. This is a reminder that we are all equals in this regard.

PETITION #6: “And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil.” We must remember our weakness in the flesh, but also remember when we are weak, then we are strong. We must ever require the grace and strength of Jesus to make it through each day.

Father, I adore you. Help me to keep a Kingdom mindset as I await your return. Not my will be done, but your will. Give me what I need for today. Help me to forgive and see everyone as equals; sinners who need Jesus. I need your help today and every day.

I constructed my own prayer, based on the model prayer above, to show that the model prayer is that, a model. God does not want repetition of the same prayer over and over. He wants relationship. He wants our heart to be aligned with this prayer. He wants our adoration. He wants us to be not of this world. He wants us to seek His perfect will. He wants us to rely on His provision. He wants us to easily forgive. And He wants us to require the strength only He can give, each and every day.

Just for today, meditate on the model prayer and sincerely pray it when you are ready.

Tune in tomorrow for Part Three…

France, R.T. The Gospel of Matthew. Eerdmans, 2007.

Guzik, David. enduringword.com

Teach Us To Pray

Orate = Teach Us to Pray

Orate = Pray in Latin (Pray without ceasing)

ōrāte

PART ONE OF SIX

“Lord, teach us to pray.” These sincere words were spoken by an unnamed disciple in Luke 11:1. Many days, some of us might feel the same way.

One thing we have to understand is that in the Old Testament world, the rabbis were looked to for prayer. Many people relied on the prayers of the rabbis and repeated them. The people did not pray as freely as they do now; most did not know how. However, John the Baptist had taught his disciples how to pray, and here in Luke we see the disciples asking Jesus to teach them how as well.

So this week, we will be asking humbly to the Lord, “Lord teach us to pray.” Several topics will be examined: the model prayer, praying through the Psalms, praying with Paul, and the power of prayer.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, “We can pray only in Jesus Christ, with whom we shall also be heard. Therefore we must learn to pray. The child learns to speak because the parent speaks to the child. The child learns the language of the parent. So we learn to speak to God because God has spoken and speaks to us.”

Oswald Chambers said, “As long as you are self-sufficient, you do not need to ask God for anything.”

Let us this week admit that we are not self-sufficient. We need God desperately and the channel He has given us to reach Him is prayer. Let us meekly approach the King of Kings as a child and ask the same question the original disciples asked, “Lord, teach us to pray.” I believe it is time for us to go back to the basics individually, as a nation, as the world; and this has to begin with prayer. We must say, “Lord teach me to pray. Teach us to pray.”

Just for today, ask the Lord, “Teach me to pray.”

Tune in tomorrow for Part Two..

Bonhoeffer, Dietrich, and Clifford J. Green. The Bonhoeffer Reader. Fortress Press, 2014.

Chambers, Oswald. My Utmost for His Highest. Barbour, 1963.

Song of Sunday 6/21/2020

Poems about Jesus.

Each Sunday, I plan on taking a break from devotional-type writing to share an original poem.

Happy Father’s Day to my Dad, “The Original” Phil Jones. He has written poetry for years so I guess that is where I got it from. I am sure glad you are my Dad; hope you have a super day!

RAINDROPS

I am building a shelter for a rainy day

For when the showers come

I will not whine

It’s my faith that will give me cover

I am building a shelter for a rainy day

And when the deluge makes me numb

I will not complain

Because my hope will act as a shield

I am building a shelter for a rainy day

For when the torrent pours

I will not make excuses

Since my confidence and dependence will protect

I am building a shelter for a rainy day

And when the precipitation chills me to the core

I will welcome the adversity

On the grounds that the raindrops strengthen me.

The Power of Imago Dei……

This week I am going back to where it all started, Imago Dei. If you have seen the Latin titles and do not really understood what they mean, let me explain it to you. I preached a sermon on Imago Dei a couple of years ago and it had a great impact on me. I found myself using it practically in my life on a regular basis. If someone cut me off driving or I got cussed out at church (believe it or not, it happens often at Under Over Fellowship), I found myself saying, “Imago Dei.” This was a reminder to myself that this person, in spite of their behavior, was made in the Image of God and I needed to treat them as such. This was so powerful in my life, I found myself asking, “What other principles can I put into action to put legs on my faith and discipleship?” And not only that, “Can I develop it in such a way that I can teach it to others?” So that is where I am. I have four weeks to go on my current writing project, but I thought it might be good to go back to the beginning so readers would have a better understanding where I am coming from. I will be posting all six days of Imago Dei this week, and then plan to return with new material next week.

PART SIX OF SIX

If we truly understand Imago Dei, it changes the way we see ourselves, the way we see people, the way we speak to people, and the way we love people.

Now here is the hard part…I have to walk away from this keyboard and “practice what I have preached.” You have to leave your seat and do so as well. There are going to be days that we fail, but that does not mean we stop striving to be Christlike. Do you know what we as believers should all be working towards? For someone to meet us and feel like they just met Jesus.

We must be different. When Jesus came, He was not the king they were expecting. They were expecting a lion, a warrior (He is still to come, Faithful and True!). He came as the Lamb that would lay his life down for us. The people expected the Kingdom of God to be much different. They were expecting justice by force. Our King rules by love. Yet Jesus welcomed confrontation, he did not avoid it. He just handled it much differently that what is our natural proclivity. He handled confrontation with a sword all right, the Sword of the Spirit-the Holy Word of God. His arsenal was love and ours must be the same, for we are all created in the image of God.

I challenge you today to meditate on Genesis 1:26-27 and what it means to you. Look at yourself in the mirror and believe you were made in the image of God. In your home, and when you go out, see others, speak to others, and love others as if they were made in the image of God. Because they are.

There is power in Imago Dei.

Just for today, meditate on this truth.

Tune in tomorrow for the Song of Sunday.

The Power of Imago Dei…..

This week I am going back to where it all started, Imago Dei. If you have seen the Latin titles and do not really understood what they mean, let me explain it to you. I preached a sermon on Imago Dei a couple of years ago and it had a great impact on me. I found myself using it practically in my life on a regular basis. If someone cut me off driving or I got cussed out at church (believe it or not, it happens often at Under Over Fellowship), I found myself saying, “Imago Dei.” This was a reminder to myself that this person, in spite of their behavior, was made in the Image of God and I needed to treat them as such. This was so powerful in my life, I found myself asking, “What other principles can I put into action to put legs on my faith and discipleship?” And not only that, “Can I develop it in such a way that I can teach it to others?” So that is where I am. I have four weeks to go on my current writing project, but I thought it might be good to go back to the beginning so readers would have a better understanding where I am coming from. I will be posting all six days of Imago Dei this week, and then plan to return with new material next week.

PART FIVE OF SIX

There is power in Imago Dei in the way we love people.

In Bob Goff’s best selling book, Everybody Always, he wrote this, “In high school, someone asked me if I had ‘met Jesus.’ I thought he was kidding. ‘Of course not,” I answered literally. I still haven’t. I don’t have any friends who have either. From what I’ve read, very few people on this side of heaven have actually met God. Adam and Eve did. Joseph and Mary did. Moses did on top of a mountain. Some shepherds and a few wise men make the list. A boatful of fishermen, a couple of thieves on a hill. There were plenty of others, but not as many as you think. By contrast, there were a lot of people who watched Jesus from a distance. He walked their streets and went to their parties. He stood before leaders, and a few even saw Him raised up on a cross. I suppose they could say they met him, but at best, they probably just got a glimpse of Him. For a long time, I saw Jesus from a distance and thought we’d met. It still happens to me every time I avoid people God made in His own image just because I don’t understand them. My fear of them leaves me only with glimpses of Jesus. What I’ve come to realize is if I really want to “meet Jesus,” then I have to get a lot closer to the people He created. All of them, not just some of them. I think His plan all along has been for us to meet the people He made and feel like we just met Him.”

We are to love His people, the one’s made in His image. What is the definition of love? God. God is. So to love the others that He loves so much we must be Christlike in the way we see others, speak to others, and love others. I might define someone as a difficult person and have the tendency to avoid them. God defines them as a son or a daughter made in His image. Or, like my good friend Brannon once said speaking of someone’s behavior, “If they don’t know Jesus, what do you expect?”

In Luke 6, Jesus tells us, “If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.” He goes on to command us to love our enemies. Yes, we are commanded to do so. Who is talking about? Is it the former Soviet Union or Communist China? The Taliban? Is it Thanos (for you Avengers fans)? That’s what we tend to think of.

He meant we should love those we don’t understand. Those we don’t see eye to eye with. Those who might just be unkind and unloving to us. You know, normally the people we try to avoid. And we can’t just say, “Yes, I agree with you Jesus., we should love our enemy.” We actually have to be doers of the word, which honestly can be not fun sometimes. But Jesus did not fun things, didn’t he? Like dying on the cross for our sake.

So okay-we are to love everyone, including our enemies. God said so. What does this mean? How do we do this? Again, God is love. We are to be Jesus to them right where they are, offering kindness, encouragement, grace, and forgiveness. And don’t get me wrong, sometimes love is tough. It is biblical to rebuke a brother in love and hold them accountable. But remember, the key is, in love.

Jesus Himself said we would identify ourselves simply by how we loved people. And what better way to love someone than to be the gospel to them (this includes kindness, encouragement, grace, and forgiveness); to speak the gospel to them. For someone to meet us and feel like they just met Jesus.

There is power in Imago Dei in the way we love people.

Just for today, meditate on this truth.

Tune in tomorrow for Part Six……

The Power of Imago Dei….

This week I am going back to where it all started, Imago Dei. If you have seen the Latin titles and do not really understood what they mean, let me explain it to you. I preached a sermon on Imago Dei a couple of years ago and it had a great impact on me. I found myself using it practically in my life on a regular basis. If someone cut me off driving or I got cussed out at church (believe it or not, it happens often at Under Over Fellowship), I found myself saying, “Imago Dei.” This was a reminder to myself that this person, in spite of their behavior, was made in the Image of God and I needed to treat them as such. This was so powerful in my life, I found myself asking, “What other principles can I put into action to put legs on my faith and discipleship?” And not only that, “Can I develop it in such a way that I can teach it to others?” So that is where I am. I have four weeks to go on my current writing project, but I thought it might be good to go back to the beginning so readers would have a better understanding where I am coming from. I will be posting all six days of Imago Dei this week, and then plan to return with new material next week.

PART FOUR OF SIX

There is power in Imago Dei in the way we talk to people.

I have a short story I want to share about the influence of what we say to people and the power of our words:

“A group of frogs were hopping contentedly through the woods, going about their froggy business, when two of them fell into a deep pit. All of the other frogs gathered around the pit to see what could be done to help their companions. When they saw how deep the pit was, the rest of the dismayed group agreed that it was hopeless and told the two frogs in the pit that they should prepare themselves for their fate, because they were as good as dead. Unwilling to accept this terrible fate, the two frogs began to jump with all of their might. Some of the frogs shouted into the pit that it was hopeless, and that the two frogs wouldn’t be in that situation if they had been more careful, more obedient to the froggy rules, and more responsible. The other frogs continued sorrowfully shouting that they should save their energy and give up, since they were already as good as dead. The two frogs continued jumping as hard as they could, and after several hours of desperate effort were quite weary. Finally, one of the frogs took heed to the calls of his fellows. Spent and disheartened, he quietly resolved himself to his fate, lay down at the bottom of the pit, and died as the others looked on in helpless grief. The other frog continued to jump with every ounce of energy he had, although his body was wracked with pain and he was completely exhausted. His companions began anew, yelling for him to accept his fate, stop the pain and just die. The weary frog jumped harder and harder and — wonder of wonders! Finally leapt so high that he sprang from the pit. Amazed, the other frogs celebrated his miraculous freedom and then gathering around him asked, “Why did you continue jumping when we told you it was impossible?” Reading their lips, the astonished frog explained to them that he was deaf, and that when he saw their gestures and shouting, he thought they were cheering him on. What he had perceived as encouragement inspired him to try harder and to succeed against all odds. This simple story contains a powerful lesson. There is life and death in the power of the tongue. Your encouraging words can lift someone up and help them make it through the day. Your destructive words can cause deep wounds; they may be the weapons that destroy someone’s desire to continue trying. Speak life to (and about) those who cross your path. There is enormous power in words. If you have words of kindness, praise or encouragement — speak them now to, and about, others. Listen to your heart and respond. Someone, somewhere, is waiting for your words (cybersalt.org/illustrations/the-power-of-your-words).”

We need to be encouragers and watch what we say as our words have much power. For years now, I try to read the Proverbs on a daily basis. There are 31 Proverbs, so whatever date it is, I try to read that Proverb during my quiet time. For instance, today is April 16, so I read Proverbs 16 this morning. A recurring theme and one of the greatest traits of wisdom is to know how to bridle our tongue. What we learned as children, we should practice as adults, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”

If we see the people we meet and talk to as made in the Image of God, it changes the way we speak to people. Or at least allows us to keep our lip buttoned sometimes! The next time you lash out at your spouse or children, or even a stranger on the street, I want you to ask yourself, “If he or she were Jesus, would I have said that?”

We have to remember that there is power in Imago Dei in the way we speak to people.

Just for today, meditate on this truth.

Tune in tomorrow for Part Five…..

The Power of Imago Dei…

This week I am going back to where it all started, Imago Dei. If you have seen the Latin titles and do not really understood what they mean, let me explain it to you. I preached a sermon on Imago Dei a couple of years ago and it had a great impact on me. I found myself using it practically in my life on a regular basis. If someone cut me off driving or I got cussed out at church (believe it or not, it happens often at Under Over Fellowship), I found myself saying, “Imago Dei.” This was a reminder to myself that this person, in spite of their behavior, was made in the Image of God and I needed to treat them as such. This was so powerful in my life, I found myself asking, “What other principles can I put into action to put legs on my faith and discipleship?” And not only that, “Can I develop it in such a way that I can teach it to others?” So that is where I am. I have four weeks to go on my current writing project, but I thought it might be good to go back to the beginning so readers would have a better understanding where I am coming from. I will be posting all six days of Imago Dei this week, and then plan to return with new material next week.

PART THREE OF SIX

There is power in Imago Dei in the way we see other people.

My bride Sarah and I did a bit of traveling last summer. We took one of our girls Kloe to nursing camp at Auburn University and stayed a night in Montgomery, Alabama, on the way. While we were there we went and saw the church Martin Luther King, Jr. was pastor of from 1954-1960, Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, as well as the parsonage he lived in down the street. A week later, we saw a friend in Memphis on the way back. While in Memphis, we stopped at the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel, which is where Dr. King was assassinated.

It is heartbreaking to go through the Civil Rights Museum and see how we treat each other; how people were abused and killed because they were perceived as different. I was reading about the parsonage where Dr. King and his family lived in Montgomery. In 1956, while he was across town speaking, his house was bombed. Upon hearing the news, he rushed home, along with many of his supporters. Thankfully, his family was uninjured. His supporters were fired up and ready to exact revenge on the perpetrators. This is what Dr. King said to them:

“Take your weapons home. He who lives by the sword dies by the sword. Remember that is what Jesus said. We are not advocating violence. We want to love our enemies. Be good to them. That is what we must live by. We must meet hate with love.” I believe Dr. King understood better than most the meaning of Imago Dei.

One of the very first things we learn in Sunday School as a child is the song Jesus Loves the Little Children. “Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight.” Every person you meet on the street-guess what? Imago Dei. They are made in the Image of God. The guy who cusses me out? Imago Dei. The Dallas Cowboys fan? Imago Dei (this is for my good friends Melvin and Rodney). The guy who cuts me off in traffic? Imago Dei (and this one is a reminder for myself!). God loves them just as much as He loves me.

The crazy thing to me is that some of the most hateful people can be proclaiming followers of Christ. We cannot see others through the eyes of Christ and hate. We must love our enemy and those that may be difficult or different than us.

As believers, we need to train ourselves to see everyone we encounter as made in the Image of God because it is biblical truth. God does not discriminate and neither should we. I know that if we live our lives this way it will change everything.

Because there is power in Imago Dei in the way we see other people.

Just for today, meditate on this truth.

Tune in tomorrow for Part Four….

The Power of Imago Dei..

This week I am going back to where it all started, Imago Dei. If you have seen the Latin titles and do not really understood what they mean, let me explain it to you. I preached a sermon on Imago Dei a couple of years ago and it had a great impact on me. I found myself using it practically in my life on a regular basis. If someone cut me off driving or I got cussed out at church (believe it or not, it happens often at Under Over Fellowship), I found myself saying, “Imago Dei.” This was a reminder to myself that this person, in spite of their behavior, was made in the Image of God and I needed to treat them as such. This was so powerful in my life, I found myself asking, “What other principles can I put into action to put legs on my faith and discipleship?” And not only that, “Can I develop it in such a way that I can teach it to others?” So that is where I am. I have four weeks to go on my current writing project, but I thought it might be good to go back to the beginning so readers would have a better understanding where I am coming from. I will be posting all six days of Imago Dei this week, and then plan to return with new material next week.

PART TWO OF SIX

There is power in Imago Dei in the way God sees us.

I have been blessed with three children; two of them biological. They have my DNA and genetics as part of their makeup. As far as that goes, you could say they were made in my image. They look like me and certain inherited traits and characteristics are passed down from generation to generation. The Jones blue eye gene is strong. We all have blue eyes. There is a certain pride we take in our children. Although they disappoint us sometimes, our love is unconditional for them. They are part of us. It would make me proud to hear if someone said, “Little Phil is a chip off the old block.” Our children are a part of us and a big part of our lives.

In a much greater way than we can even imagine, this is how God feels about us. And although I know we disappoint God, His love is unconditional. Read the story of the prodigal son in Luke 15 and you will know this. Many of us have been prodigals at one time or another. You might even be one right now, I do not know. But there is nothing you can do that will cause God not to forgive you if you come to Him. In fact, He will run to meet you with an embrace. Indeed, do you know the very hairs of your head are numbered?

God knows each and every detail of your life. He wants a relationship with you and wants to fellowship with us. Above all, He loves you so much that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.

I love many people in my life and would even give my life for some of them. But would I give up my son? No, I would not. He is precious and I would protect him with my life. That is how much God loves you.

Now, what if my son did not want anything to do with me? How would that make me feel? What if he grew up, moved away-yet he never called, never emailed or texted, never came to visit? This would bring great sadness and pain to my life.

Yet this how we treat God all the time. God is proud of you, you are the apple of His eye. He has unconditional love for you, has a plan for your life, and wants the best for you. You are made in His image.

If we walk in this each day, it changes who we are. Our identity should be in Christ, first and foremost. For those who have placed their faith and trust in Jesus Christ, we need to see ourselves, as God does, as co-heirs with Christ.

For there is power in Imago Dei in the way God sees us.

Just for today, meditate on this truth.

Tune in tomorrow for Part Three…

The Power of Imago Dei

This week I am going back to where it all started, Imago Dei. If you have seen the Latin titles and do not really understood what they mean, let me explain it to you. I preached a sermon on Imago Dei a couple of years ago and it had a great impact on me. I found myself using it practically in my life on a regular basis. If someone cut me off driving or I got cussed out at church (believe it or not, it happens often at Under Over Fellowship), I found myself saying, “Imago Dei.” This was a reminder to myself that this person, in spite of their behavior, was made in the Image of God and I needed to treat them as such. This was so powerful in my life, I found myself asking, “What other principles can I put into action to put legs on my faith and discipleship?” And not only that, “Can I develop it in such a way that I can teach it to others?” So that is where I am. I have four weeks to go on my current writing project, but I thought it might be good to go back to the beginning so readers would have a better understanding where I am coming from. I will be posting all six days of Imago Dei this week, and then plan to return with new material next week.

PART ONE OF SIX

Imago Dei: What does this mean? I will first say this about Imago Dei; these are two Latin words that can change our lives if we will just let them, or more importantly, let God. I am going to tell you how, but first I want to set a foundation.

Genesis 1 is very rich in theology. The chapter starts by saying, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth,” and goes on to describe God’s six workdays. God created everything in the universe, Ex Nihilo, which is Latin for “out of nothing.” He created day and night the first day, the sky and the sea the second day, land and vegetation on day three, the stars, the sun, and the moon on day four, and sea creatures and birds on day five.

Then we come to day six; first God created animals. God then said, “Let us make man in our own image, after our likeness.” Imago Dei is first mentioned and in the Latin means having the image or likeness of God. I also want to point out that this is the first hint of the trinity in the Bible, when God says, “Let us make man.” Us? Who did He mean? I believe He is referring to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

In the simplest terms, Imago Dei means we were made to resemble God. God gave us dominion over the animals, which sets humans apart from the animal world. We are in the image of God in our intellectual, moral, and spiritual natures. We have the ability to reason or choose. Our moral compass, or conscience, points to Imago Dei.

This is a simple definition and the Bible does not have a lot to say about Imago Dei. In fact, it is only mentioned six times in the Bible and two of them are here in Genesis 1. However, this has been a hotly debated topic for hundreds of years. There are many different theories and interpretations regarding Imago Dei. In seminary, we dealt a lot with systematic theology. This is, basically, where you take all the theories and formulate an organized theological truth on a subject.

Theologian Millard Erickson did just this concerning Imago Dei. He made several conclusions I want to share with you: 1. The Image of God is universal within the human race. Hence it applies to you and me, not just Adam. 2. The Image of God has not been lost as a result of sin or specifically the fall. 3. There is no indication that the Image of God is present in one person to a greater degree than another. 4. The Image of God is something in the very nature of humans, in the way in which we were made. 5. It refers to something a human is rather than something a human has or does. And lastly, Imago Dei involves the powers of personality that make humans, like God, capable of interaction with other persons, of thinking and reflecting, and of free will.

Having said all this and pouring a foundation for Imago Dei, I want to lay out four ways Imago Dei can greatly impact our lives and our walk with the Lord……starting tomorrow!

But just for today, meditate on this…., God said, “Let us make (insert your name) in our own image, after our likeness.”

Tune in tomorrow for Part Two..

Song of Sunday 6/14/2020

Poems about Jesus.

Each Sunday, I plan on taking a break from devotional-type writing to share an original poem.

WHO IS THIS MAN?

Who is this man?

By such mighty works are done by His hand

Is not He a carpenter

From the Nazareth land?

His teachings astonish

Where did He get such wisdom?

Where did He get these things,

Saying at hand is the kingdom?

There is His mother Mary

And His brothers Simon, Judas, Joses, and James

He has no honor in His hometown

But through the region He has much fame

Is it Elijah?

Is it John the Baptist raised from the dead?

Although many are not certain,

This is what He said,

“Before Abraham was, I am

I am the Bread of Life, the vine

The Good Shepherd, the Light of the World

One who can turn water into wine

Only I can forgive sins

And give my life as ransom for many.”

One like Him there has never been

Then He turned to me

As if all this did not suffice

“But who do you say I am?”

I replied, “There’s no doubt you are the Christ.”