Sunday, June 25, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: SELF IMPROVEMENT


GENESIS 1:26 
Then 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.”



We are spirit beings covered by flesh. We know we are created in God’s image yet it is incomprehensible. Many of us focus on our to much on our flaws and disregard the gifts.

PSALM 139:14
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.
God created each person to be unique individuals not carbon copies of someones’ idea of the perfect human. We were not created to fit the image of some fashion designers idea of beauty. Nor are we required to submit to  political partisan ideology. Our lives should not conform to fit a sorority or fraternity, a mason or eastern start group mold.  We are “fearfully and wonderfully made” in the image of God.

When people talk about self improvement it is usually based on worldly ideas of how a person should be.

PSALM 22:9-10
But You are He who took Me out of the womb; You made Me trust while on My mother’s breasts.  I was cast upon You from birth. From My mother’s womb You have been My God.

God did not say “oops!” when you were born.

PSALM 71:5-6
For You are my hope, O Lord GOD; You are my trust from my youth. By You I have been upheld from birth; You are He who took me out of my mother’s womb. My praise shall be continually of You.

As believers we have to appreciate the idea that we are created in the image of our Creator. We are not “God” however we are spirit beings.

GALATIANS 5:16
I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

As believers when we think about self-improvement our goal should be to live a life based on the Kingdom of God and not the attitudes of this world.

1 JOHN 2:15-17
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.

The world’s idea of self-improvement incorporates: physical changes. God’s idea of self-improvement requires denying the body and being led by the Spirit of God.

PHILIPPIANS 2:3-7
Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.
    — written by Marsha L F Randolph

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