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Increase Your Image
Psalm 115-12-16 NKJV
The Lord has been mindful of us;
He will bless us;
He will bless the house of Israel;
He will bless the house of Aaron.
13 He will bless those who fear the Lord, Both small and great.
Proverbs 3:33 AMPC
The curse of the Lord is in and on the house of the wicked, but He declares blessed (joyful and favored with blessings) the home of the just and consistently righteous.
We are not the wicked. We are the righteousness of God.
Declare…”I am the righteousness of God, therefore My home is blessed. My home is joyful and my home is favoured with blessings”.
14 May the Lord give you increase more and more, You and your children.
15 May you be blessed by the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.
16 The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s;
But the earth He has given to the children of men.
We were made in God’s image and God’s likeness
Genesis 1:26-28 NKJV
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.”
God wants you to renew your mind to the original image (picture) of who you are and how you were made.
When you get that picture right, you will dominate, you will rule over life’s circumstances, instead of life’s circumstances ruling over you.
27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
We said last week that God wants us to increase in every area of our lives and not just in the area money.
We also said last week that we need to increase spiritually.
Today I want to encourage you to increase in the area of your soul.
You are a spirit (in fact you are a speaking spirit), you have a soul and you live in a body.
Your soul consists of your mind, your will and your emotions.
- Our minds must be renewed to God’s Word.
The greatest need for a sinner is to get saved and become the righteousness of God.
The greatest need for a Christian who is born again is to renew their mind to the Word of God.
Romans 12:2 NKJV
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Don’t be conformed to this world. So what must you be conformed to? The image of Jesus.
Romans 8:29 NKJV
For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.
The greatest need for a child of God is to renew their mind to the truth that they are the righteousness of God.
Righteousness simply means, “you have rights”.
You have a right to prosper.
You have a right to be healed.
You have a right to have your prayers answered.
You have a right to increase in every area of your life.
Righteousness means you can stand in the presence of God without any sense of fear, guilt, shame, sin or condemnation.
Righteousness is not what you do, righteousness is who you are.
I don’t go to church to become righteous, going to church is what righteous people do.
I don’t pray to become righteous, praying is what righteous people do.
I don’t tithe and give to become righteous, tithing and giving us what righteous people do.
2 Corinthians 5:21 NKJV
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
He was made sin so that we could be made righteous.
Jesus was made to be our sinfulness so that we could be made His righteousness.
Every child of God has the same standing before The Father. A righteous stand. There is therefore now no condemnation for us who are in Christ Jesus.
Stop seeing yourself as mistreated and pitiful. See yourself the way God sees you, as blessed, as prosperous, as an overcomer.
You might have failed but you are not a failure.
God hate’s divorce but He doesn’t hate divorced people.
God hates the sin of adultery but He doesn’t hate people who committed adultery.
John 8:1-11 NKJV
But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
2 Now early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them.
3 Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, 4 they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act.
5 Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say”
6 This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear.
“To accuse Him.” – Satan is the accuser of the brethren.
He was listening to His spirit on how to answer.
Don’t be too quick to say something when you under pressure. Take time to pray and listen to your spirit.
7 So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.”
8 And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground.
9 Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.
10 When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?”
11 She said, “No one, Lord.”
And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”
When we sin and mess up, Jesus does not condemn us. He corrects us because He loves us.
Sin destroys our godly image.
- Our wills must be conformed to God’s will.
He doesn’t break our wills. He wants our will to be in alignment with His Will.
In the garden of Gethsemane Jesus brought His Will in line with the Father’s Will.
The safest place on earth is in the will of God.
You can either be in the perfect will of God or the permissive will of God.
2. Our emotions must be controlled by God’s Spirit.
Watch your desires. Make sure it’s in line with God’s desires for your life.
Don’t allow your emotions to move you out of the Will of God. Practice self-control in your life.
Ecclesiastes 10:4 NLT
“If your boss is angry at you, don’t quit! A quiet spirit can overcome even great mistakes.”
Ecclesiastes 7:9 GW
“Don’t be quick to get angry, because anger is typical of fools.”
Like Gideon, we must get our image right.
We must get a revelation of our royalty.
We are in the God-class. The royal class. We have first class righteousness.
Pray this, “God, please give me a revelation of my royalty and who I am in You, I’m Jesus name.”
Gideon had to change the way he saw himself.
Judges 6:11-16 NKJV
11 Now the Angel of the Lord came and sat under the terebinth tree which was in Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, while his son Gideon threshed wheat in the winepress, in order to hide it from the Midianites.
Gideon is hiding from the enemy because he forgot who he was.
It’s time for you to come out of hiding and face your giants.
12 And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him, and said to him, “The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor!”
13 Gideon said to Him, “O my lord, if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all His miracles which our fathers told us about, saying, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the Lord has forsaken us and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.”
When you forget your identity and forget who you are and whose you are, then you start talking like that. Like God has forsaken you.
It’s not where are all His miracles?
It’s not where is the God of Elijah? Where are the Elijah’s of God.
14 Then the Lord turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours, and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites.
Have I not sent you?”
When God sends you, that is Him already authorising you to do it.
When you say, “Yes Sir, I’ll do it”, that is when He gives His ability to do it.
God first waits to see if you are willing before He will transfer more information about the plan and what He is asking you to do.
15 So he said to Him, “O my Lord, how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.”
In other words, I am the black sheep of my family. Nobody notices or sees me. I’m a nobody.
But God loves to use nobodies and turns them into somebodies.
Isn’t it amazing? Just like Gideon we always making excuses as to why God can’t use us.
I don’t know why you chose me God. Did you go pass my house, my family, my upbringing to check my terrible past life I had. Don’t you know where I come from?
But God is not looking at your faults.
He finds no fault in you.
God wasn’t expecting Him to save Israel. God was going to save Israel through him.
You might be weak and the least in the natural compared to others who are strong and great but we are not looking to the natural, we are looking to God. By faith, we are looking away from the natural to the supernatural.
That’s where our strength comes from.
Micah 5:2 NKJV
““But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting.”
16 And the Lord said to him, “Surely I will be with you, and you shall defeat the Midianites as one man.”
It doesn’t matter who you are in the natural, it matters Who is with you.
With God on your side, you are the majority.
1 Corinthians 1:24-29 AMPC
But to those who are called, whether Jew or Greek (Gentile), Christ [is] the Power of God and the Wisdom of God.
[This is] because the foolish thing [that has its source in] God is wiser than men, and the weak thing [that springs] from God is stronger than men.
V26 For [simply] consider your own call, brethren; not many [of you were considered to be] wise according to human estimates and standards, not many influential and powerful, not many of high and noble birth.
[No] for God selected (deliberately chose) what in the world is foolish to put the wise to shame, and what the world calls weak to put the strong to shame.
And God also selected (deliberately chose) what in the world is lowborn and insignificant and branded and treated with contempt, even the things that are nothing, that He might depose and bring to nothing the things that are, So that no mortal man should [have pretense for glorying and] boast in the presence of God.
Prophecy – Rhema Church – 8 December 2002
My children consider your calling. Not many of you are considered to be wise according to human estimates and standards, not many of you are influential and powerful, not many of you are of high and noble birth.
In fact many of you are considered to be foolish and despised but I deliberately chose you and selected you. Remember this, that it is Christ, the Anointed One and His Anointing that is the power of God and the wisdom of God.
So even though you are considered foolish, my anointing makes you wiser than them and
even though you are considered weak, my anointing makes you stronger than them. So it’s not by might nor by power but by my Spirit says the Lord.
If you feel like you are not intelligent enough, not smart enough, not good enough or not spiritual enough, then you are the exact person that God wants to use to baffle the know it all’s who do not trust in God.
1 Peter 2:9-10 NLT
But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for He called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.
Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God’s people. Once you received no mercy; now you have received God’s mercy.
Defeat! He lay there silently, a tear dropped from his eye.
“There’s no sense running anymore – three strikes, I’m out – why try?”
The will to rise had disappeared; all hope had fled away,
So far behind, so error prone, closer all the way.
“I’ve lost, so what’s the use,” he thought, “I’ll live with my disgrace.”
But then he thought about his dad who soon he’d have to face.
“Get up,” an echo sounded low, “Get up and take your place.
You were not meant for failure here, so get up and win the race.”
With borrowed will, “Get up”, it said, “You haven’t lost at all,
For winning is not more than this-to rise each time you fall.”
So up he rose to win once more, and with a new commit,
He resolved that win or lose, at least he wouldn’t quit.
So far behind the others now, the most he’d ever been,
Still he gave it all he had and ran as though to win.
Three times he’d fallen stumbling, three times he rose again,
Too far behind to hope to win, he still ran to the end.
They cheered the winning runner as he crossed, first place,
Head high and proud and happy; no falling, no disgrace.
But when the fallen youngster crossed the line, last place,
The crowd gave him the greater cheer for finishing the race.
And even though he came in last, with head bowed low, unproud;
You would have thought he won the race, to listen to the crowd.
And to his dad he sadly said, “I didn’t do so well.”
“To me, you won,” his father said. “You rose each time you fell.”
And now when things seem dark and hard and difficult to face,
The memory of that little boy helps me in my race.
For all of life is like that race, with ups and downs and all,
And all you have to do to win – is rise each time you fall.
“Quit! Give up, you beaten,” they still shout in my face.
But another voice within me says, “Get up and win that race.”
Ps. Lester Holland