The Power of You: Created in the Image of God

When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained, What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him? For you have made him a little lower than the angels, and You have crowned him with glory and honor. ~ Psalms 8:3-5

Who are you? I’m not asking about your family or career – what you do or who you’re related to. I’m asking if you recognize the power of YOU, the awesome importance God places on and in you. He wants you well, whole and able to be a light in the darkness. You can’t do that from a position of sickness or lack. You can’t do that if you believe the lie that “I’m not really anybody special.” God put you here in this time and place because you are VERY special to Him. He needs you to be healthy and able to be a ‘living epistle’, an example of His love, mercy and grace on the earth.

Your physical health is one-third of your power. It is essential to living the full life God has planned for you. Your mental health is equally important. If you don’t believe me, ask someone dealing with depression or mental stress how they ‘feel’. Most important, however, is your spiritual health. Many of us have been on ‘spiritual diets’ to the point of emaciation. Sunday lunch (church) isn’t enough to feed your spirit all week.

You are special, unique. Like a snowflake, there is no one quite like you! No one on earth has the same exact physical, mental or emotional ‘appearance’ that you do. God created you that way.

It was God’s grand idea to give His planet to His children – people who were like Him. He planned an inheritance for us – an overflow of bounty and blessing, health and prosperity. Just like an expectant father, He designed this world especially for us. And He placed us here to ‘have dominion’ (Gen. 1:26).

You are here for a reason.

Have you ever put together a jigsaw puzzle … and discovered at the end that there were a few pieces missing? It’s a bummer, isn’t it? Well, YOU are one of the essential pieces of Life’s puzzle. God designed us all to fit together, to complement each other in service to mankind.

If you die early or suffer from mental or physical ailments that prevent you from fulfilling your calling, a piece of our human ‘puzzle’ is missing. You may seem insignificant to yourself, but it’s not true. The world needs each of us – all of us.

The three parts of you are designed to work together for your good – and the good of those around you. That means your spirit is as much a part of your health plan as diet or exercise. Actually, it is the most important part because it is connected to the wisdom and power of God.

He knows how you are put together, why you are the way you are, and what your ‘hot buttons’ are that trigger overeating, lethargy, depression, and a myriad of other physical challenges. He also knows how to overcome those issues – if you are willing to open your spirit and mind to change.

You have power and great favor!

God put you – and me – here in this time and place for a reason. You are here to show the world (and share with the people around you) His Love, His Blessing and His Power. We are to imitate the Father – and His Divine Son, Jesus – by demonstrating faith and love, patience and self-control. We are to prove God’s power through our dominion – overcoming Life’s challenges, including health issues, weight control or bad habits of any kind. You are His example for the world.

The decisions you make, the choices you pick, the words you speak should reflect – as much as possible – the divine power within you. You are supposed to imitate Jesus, be like the Father and show the world God’s Love and the dominion He gave you.

Over-eating (or any other excess) is a symptom – a compensation for some lack you feel or sense. Excess wrongly tries to fill a spiritual void with physical or emotional things. But God has already provided everything for you that you need. As you develop a deeper relationship with Him, you will discover the power He placed within you to meet every challenge and overcome the tendencies that plague your physical existence.

Lay claim to your divine place in God’s family. You are His favorite child. After all, He gave up Jesus to get you! Of course, in His grand plan, He got Jesus back as well, but He wanted you so badly that He was willing to send Jesus from Heaven – to make sure you could find your way to Him. Jesus is your big brother. His eternal job is to help you, support all that you do to extend Heaven’s reach, and to be your advocate and defender. He’s given you all of His power, might and dominion – and told you to go do what He did.

Created in His Image

God created you in His own image and blessed you with the power to be fruitful, multiply, replenish and have dominion. You can’t do that if your physical, mental or spiritual health is weak or lacking. I challenge you to take a look at your life and lifestyle. Are you becoming all that God wants you to be? He never expects perfection, but He does want you to work toward maturity – the ability and desire to make better choices for your life.

Meditate (dwell on, think about) how awesome it is that God loves you. That He has a good plan for you and it includes divine health and blessing. Lay claim to it in your mind until it settles in your spirit as Truth. Until you really believe that God is not only willing, but eager, to help you, you will not experience His power and dominion in your life. Faith believes. And without faith it is impossible to please Him. (Heb. 11:6) No matter what challenge you are facing, take a stand of faith that you can overcome it with His grace to help in a time of need (Heb. 4:16)

Who are you? You are the eternal child of God’s own heart, chosen by Him to be right where you are, empowered to fulfill His plan for your life. You are special! (adapted from Your Spirit-Body Connection)

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