GOD OF THE OUTCOME - Image Restored
Pastor Quentin Beard & Stephen Williams
This week we concluded our God of the Outcome series by talking about be made in the image of God. We got to hear Pastor Quentin interview Sioux Falls First own Steve William and got to hear a powerful testimony of God restoring an image that was
broken. Genesis 1:26-27 talks about how we are made in the image of God. The word “image” is used 3 different times in these two verses. The Hebrew meaning is shadow of the outline or representation of the original (which is God). This means the Almighty, powerful, and eternal God filled humankind with a representation of himself, which is also expressed in the identity of our gender. This helps us understand WHY the enemy is so strategic about attacking our sexual identity, because it creates doubt in the fact that we are “image bearers” of God. Did God really say? Did God really create? Doubting whether or not we were created in God’s image, opens the door to
many other doubts. The ultimate purpose of God is for us to be conformed into the image of His Son, which is the image of the Father, and it is expressed in our uniqueness’ of male & female which is also fulfilled in the covenant of marriage between a man and woman, where we carry out the creation mandate which is to “be fruitful, multiply, and replenish the earth.” Sex is God’s idea and a beautiful thing within the boundaries of marriage… anything different than that brings heartache and pain. It is also a way that the enemy steals our identity and mars the image of God in us.
Several years ago, God spoke the name “IRON MAN” over Steve Williams. For those who might not be familiar with the story of Iron Man, not only did Tony Stark escape captivity, but he continued using his armor to fight evil and injustice. Outside of his armor, the human inventor Tony Stark is vulnerable, but inside his hi-tech Iron Man suit, he's virtually invincible! Because the image of God has been restored in Steve, Steve is wearing the armor of God, the enemy is not only powerless towards him, but his schemes are exposed in the lives of other people as well. Your freedom is a prophecy for others watching or listening today.
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and 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.
For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
What are some lies you have or do believe about yourself?
Are there any unhealthy sexual desires that you are struggling with?
Who does God say you are?