On Display For God

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We start Divine Design at the beginning. Who are we as God’s creation, as women? What was God’s purpose for us?  Well Genesis gives us all the information we need to truly know who we are as men and women of God

Genesis 1:26-27 tells us that God made man in his own image and that he also gave them dominion over the fish of the sea and the birds of the heavens…the lifestock and over all the earth. God gave man dominion over everything. God created man in his own image, in the image of God, he created him!

In the first Chapter of Genesis, God paused before his final and greatest creative act. There was no question in his mind about what he was about to do. He had settled on His plan long before the foundation of the world. It was already in motion.  God had made the galaxies and planets, the sun and the moon had all been formed and aligned. The earth had ripened with life, the ground had sprouted vegetation. The sky, sea and land now teemed with vegetation.

Everything was in place, everything was ready. It all led up to this moment. The moment! The significance of what God was about to do was deeper and more profound than even the angels could fathom. He was about to make man- and to make him male and female

Humans were the only creatures that God created in His Image and after his likeness. This included the ability to think and make moral choices. It means we share his nature. We have personalities, the capacity for creativity, truth, wisdom, love, holiness and justice. We display his image!

So in essence we are on display for God!. Its not about our ability to pretty ourselves up with makeup, be a size 8, dress beautifully or be what others want us to be. God wants us to put him on display, so that everyone who looks at us sees the beauty of HIS IMAGE. That is truly an honor and responsibility to bear the image of God!

So now that you know what God’s ultimate purpose was for us as women…

Do you feel that your womanhood displays God’s glory?

Stephanie,

Additional Reading: Psalm 8:4-6, Colossians 3:10, Ephesians 4:24

 

There’s an infection festering…

So I’m back on my “soapbox” of sorts…but if you really know me, YOU KNOW I never really get off the box, so here it is…1385812_544709578937958_1285207439_n

There seems to be a lot of “church hurt” going around and I am still trying to understand how and why it is often ignored. It amazes me how quick church members that deem themselves to be a family, become a cult when others do not support or agree with what is happening within the four walls of their home. You will find that many of these leaders and church members ostracize those who chose to voice a different opinion or those who may opt to leave.

Leaders and  church members must stop throwing band aids on “church hurt” not understanding there could possibly be an infection festering underneath! There is a reason for everything!  We must stop telling individuals to “pray on it” and think that a few scriptures of harboring bitterness will cause them to turn the other cheek and walk away with a cheerful heart!

It’s not that easy and people should not feel guilty because they can’t “get over it” as quickly as you can.  We have to remember we are not all on the same level spiritually and ignoring legitimate hurt  and providing a scripture is NOT going to make it better….neither is it “What Jesus would do!”  Even after our talks, things should change. We must do better in “fixing” issues that are causing grief within our churches. I understand that NO ONE is perfect! However, allowing leaders and church folks to run rampant, doing and saying what they want, because of their position or due to their “history” within the church or with the Pastor is wrong….and wrong is wrong…PERIOD!

It’s time we stop sitting in the pews coloring, sucking peppermints and ACTING like we don’t see blatant issues like racism,  misery and ugliness sprouting up within the sanctuary. Harboring the mentality of “I just come get the  word and go back home,”  ignoring the devils WITHIN the church walls.   Really?  Truly being a disciple, and  “going into the world preaching the Gospel” requires more than that!   I’m so glad that God or his Disciples  did not have that  “It aint my problem” mentality. Holiness is a lifestyle…its time we stop playing church on Sunday and BE the church all week!

We must do better…the church is becoming obsolete. Folks are running from temples and institutions because of distrust, falseness and “church hurt.” Leaders and members are not being held accountable for their wrongdoings and folks DO notice.. Outreach has become a very important tool in this day and age, because people ARE forsaking “the coming together.”   They are taking notes on how we, as saved folks, treat each other and our behavior… and some folks are failing miserably.  We are representing Christ and it’s time we take it seriously! I’m grateful that my own “run” steered me towards a church that embraces Christ first and genuinely, no filters….more of him and less of me and everybody else!  (yes, this is MY church plug, email me to get connected 🙂

For those of you who have been hurt, remember the “church” is in you! Your personal relationship with God is all that matters. Once you get that solidified and in your mind, you will not be dependent on man’s four walls of religion to make or break you spiritually. Your walk will become more faith filled, and “mans idiosyncrasies” will not phase you or limit your walk with God.

Your ability to see past the mess and press towards the mark will keep you in the race and WINNING will always be your testimony!

Unfortunately, your ability to sit down and color won’t become any easier… and hence the soapbox remains your platform.

Let the doors of the church open…

Peace, Love & Empowerment

“V”