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Text: Genesis 1:26 -31 

Memory verse: Genesis 3:9

"Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, "Where are you? " 

We are created in the image of God! We are created not in the image of cattle, dog or the devil, man was created in the image of the living God. You are created in the image of God!

 Man was created for a purpose!  You are created for a purpose! The purpose in the mind of God for creating man is to make man in His image. Why did the Lord create man in His image?  What is the reason behind the Lord creating man in His image?  It is so that man can relate to Him. It is so that man can have a relationship with Him his Maker. When a man looks into the mirror the Lord wants man to see, think, remember the Lord in whose image he is made. The Lord does not want man to think about goat,cattle, lion or the devil when he sees himself in the mirror, that is why he didn't create man in the image of any of these! The Lord created man for the primary purpose of relationship and fellowship!  Every other benefits or purpose stems from this singular purpose of creating man, relationship and fellowship!

 "Out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. " Genesis 2:19 

This verse depicts what was going on between Adam the man in the image of God and the Lord His Maker. The Lord was creating things and taking them to Adam to name!  Not to Angels!  Imagine all the beautiful things the Lord created because of the relationship between Him and Adam, He could trust Adam His image to name all the beautiful things He was creating. Can the Lord trust you? When you work on your relationship with the Lord through Christ Jesus, the Lord can trust you at an individual personal level. When you make the purpose of your Creator your top priority, you will live a glorious life, otherwise, you will eat grass! 

" And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. " Genesis 3:8

What a glorious thing to have the Lord visiting you?  What a glorious thing to have His presence with you?  What a life to have the Lord? To hear Him directly not through a medium or third party? This was the life Adam and Eve were enjoying until their priorities changed. Until their pursuit in life changed. Their focus changed, so also their purpose. Priorities, focus and your purpose on daily basis are factors that affect your relationship with the Lord DIRECTLY! What are your daily priorities?  There affect your relationship with the Lord! When sin and disobedience took the driver's seat of Adam and Eve's heart, every thing changed. They could not withstand God's glory and presence. They had to start hiding behind trees away from His presence because priorities have changed. May you not be hiding behind trees away from His presence because of sin.

 Sin has no longterm benefit if you sit and reflect on it. Man was not created for sin. Man's allegiance is not to the devil, longterm, allegiance to the devil does not pay because he is not man's creator. As a matter of fact you have something he wants. Something himself has lost. 

Prayer: Father restore me to your purpose for my creation, consistent functional relationship with You my Lord and Maker. 

Mike Odeh Feb 1 '16 · Comments: 1 · Tags: relationship, fellowship
Some time we wish we have more than 24 hours in a day. The very moment we wake up till we hit the bed again in the night, it's just one activity to the other. Job to go to, an event to attend, a bill to pay, a deadline to meet, someone to visit, groceries to buy, calls to make, emails to read, meal to cook the list is inexhaustible. 

But the truth is, if the Lord decides to give us 30 hours in a day instead of 24 hours, it might not change a thing, our schedule will still be packed full. 

"And Jesus answered and said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her. " Luke 10:41-42

It's great to be preoccupied and busy. But we have to be mindful of the one thing the Lord Jesus said is NEEDED! 

Martha is a reflection of our lives, very busy but not mindful of the ONE THING THAT IS NEEDED! 

We have Jesus in our lives, we have the desire to honor the Lord in all we do but we are not mindful of the ONE THING THE LORD SAID IS NEEDED!

We have a desire like Martha to please the Lord and so we take it upon ourselves to do many things to please Him. But while we are preoccupied with things we want to do to impress the Lord, we forget to understand that the Lord sees just ONE THING as NEEDED!  And hopes that like Mary we will choose to do that ONE THING rather than pursue MANY THINGS THAT ARE NOT NEEDED in our efforts to honor and glorify God in our lives. 

When Jesus walked into Martha's house, she welcomed Him into her house but that was it. She got distracted with MANY THINGS. Jesus was in her house but that was it, she had other things to attend to and then probably when she is done taking care of all the many things, she will now settle down and have a quality CHAT with Jesus. But how wrong she was! How awkward to invite the King of kings into your life and then you ignore Him and make other things your priorities!

While Martha was busy with many things, Mary saw an opportunity, how can Jesus be in my house and I will want to be somewhere else or be doing something else without first spending quality time with Him? So Mary "...SAT AT JESUS FEET AND HEARD HIS WORD. " Alleluia! 

She could have heard Jesus standing behind the counter BUT NO, SHE CHOSE TO SIT RIGHT AT HIS FEET! 

She could have gone about other things, and ask someone else to tell her what Jesus said but No Sir, She SAT RIGHT THERE AT HIS FEET TO HEAR JESUS FOR HERSELF!  SAT IN GOD'S PRESENCE TO SPEND QUALITY TIME IN FELLOWSHIP! 

Beloved, take a look at your plans , ONE THING IS NEEDED. Is that one thing in your plans? 

Take a look at the list of what you want to do today, is the one thing that is NEEDED in your list? 



Mike Odeh Jan 23 '16 · Comments: 1 · Tags: fellowship, prayers