January 4–In the Image of God…Originally and With Ever-increasing Glory!

 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him;

male and female he created them.

Genesis 1:27

 Amazing God. Amazing God of all creation. Amazing God of beauty and purity, unity and freedom.

Amazing plan of God that we, His people—His men and His women, were created in the image of God. We each have been born with God’s eternal, loving imprint on our souls—even now…even though…that imprint is scarred by sin and must be redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ.

Amazing grace of God that plans to conform and transform each one of us more and more into His image…into the likeness of His Holy Son Jesus—no matter what our background, no matter what our past sins have been.

As we receive our God’s salvation and redemption for our lives, our Loving God conforms and transforms us in such a way that His image—imprinted on us originally at our creation—will no longer be twisted and blemished by the effects of sin. Jesus Christ has conquered! And Our Loving God plans that the image and likeness of Jesus will be continuously more clearly revealed in our lives.

And God will do this through His Spirit and His Word as we turn to our God to receive His love, His grace and truth and His hope for our eternal lives.

[God plans]…to conform us into the likeness of his Son…

Romans 8:29 

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And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so shall we bear the likeness of the man from heaven.

1 Corinthians 15:49

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Whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory…

2 Corinthians 3:16-18

May we each choose to allow the sacrifice of Jesus and His victory over sin and death to truly change us…make a real difference in us…so that we will reflect God’s image of love and life, healing and hope to all those around us “with ever-increasing glory!” 

In love, peace and purposeful passion,                                                               Sylane

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