Are You Becoming His Spitting Image
Have you ever noticed how children after a while begin to look like both parents? I am amazed at the resemblance of even children who never have the priviledge of seeing their father how much more to meet him, will suddenly become his spitting image.
Can I ask you this personal question, who do you look like between your parents?
Some might say dad or mum and some might even say none but their grandparent. Even if grandparent, the reason is probably one of your parents look like the grandparent.
I noticed that when a person disagrees about who he or she looks like, it often on the basis of bad relationship they have with such person in their life that warranted such response. Physical resemblance is one thing, behaviour and character is another area of resemblance. We know that there are certain characteristics that are peculiar to one family which is not in another. What is allowed in behaviour in one is not permitted in another. Not to look like your parents in shape or behaviour makes you a bastard to that family. This message is to help us address the same issue spiritually.
Who do you look like?
“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him” 1 John 3:1
“He who sins is of the devil for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil” 1John 3:8
“You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it” John 8:44
From the passage of scriptures above, it is clear that there are two fathers. God and the devil.
In the beginning, God said “let us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion, over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” Genesis 1:26-27.
God is our Father and through Redemptive work of the Cross of Calvary we are restored to the relationship lost through disobedient.
Therefore by one man’s disobedience, humanity fell but through another Man’s obedience we were saved to become children of God and the key to this salvation is accepting Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord. The word of God declares “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God” John 1:12-13.
We also know that sin did not enter the world through God but through the devil and we know the reason why Jesus the Son of God came was to save us from our sins (Matthew 1:21) which He did on the Cross at Calvary. Through His Blood, our sins were atoned for and we now have deliverance from the grip and power of sin!
As a result of this truth, those of us who have made Jesus Christ our Saviour and Lord have right to call God our Father and are also expected to be like Him in behaviour and develop His Character.
As Jesus is, so are we in this world. “Love has been perfected among us in this; that we may have boldness in the day of judgement; because as He is, so are we in this world” 1 John 4: 17.
In Him is no lies. In Him is no sin either. 1 John 4:5
Since you are of your Father in Heaven, what attributes of Him can be seen in you?
As a mother of four children, I see my children looking like my husband and I all the time both physically and in behaviour. (Sometime scary too) I am not surprised that anyone of them behaves the way they do because they are from us. I am only concerned when they behave in a way that is outside our Redemptive family upbringing. I am concerned when they behave out of the way they were raised with respect. At this point it means my husband and I have to address the issue to see that they are not taken advantage of by the devil.
Beloved at this point, when the angels see you, who do they say you look like? When your unbelieving family and friends sees you, can they tell that your confession hold water and that you are of your Father in Heaven or you have been with Jesus you are of His House? At least if you say that God is your Father, lying, cheating, sexual immorality, unforgiveness, hatred, envy, murmuring, grumbling, politicking the Church, seducing to sin, all the work of the flesh according to Galatians 5:19-21 should not be enjoyable or even be easily found around your neck like a gold chain.
Yes I know that your excuse is that you are a weak human being but beloved, our Father knows we cannot look like Him on earth in our flesh that is why He gave us the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead. The more of the Holy Spirit at work in us, the less of the flesh ruling.
The more of His word in you also the more of Him you become!
“Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God” 1 John 3:9.
But if you have not made Jesus your Saviour and Lord, God is not your Father! No matter how you try, His seed is not in you. You will eat sin like meat, drink sin like wine. Lying is normal to you because the devil is a liar and a father of lies. Murder is normal because that is what the devil is known for. You will steal, kill and destroy families, separate husband from wife, turn the heart of members against their Pastor because rebellion is the trait of the devil. You will call evil good and call good evil.
You will rob “Paul to pay Peter” as the devil never give anything that does not add pain to it. So when you rob Paul, you will leave pain in Peter. The world calls it backstabbing or scheming.
These are not the characters of someone born of God but the devil, hence Jesus Himself said “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it” John 8:44
Beloved ask yourself again genuinely. Who do I really look like? You can change now before it is too late. If your Father is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, it is time to look like Him!