Made in His Image| By Gabby Jones

“Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” Genesis 2:7 NIV

When God speaks, stars burn bright, trees grow up, and animals begin to form; but when God uses His hands, something special is about to happen.

With all the wonder we have in our minds about this world and how someone so small could move just a spec of what God created, we have to remember that He created us too. 

He did not just speak about your existence, He formed you in His own hands and breathed His breath into you. 

We have all studied science and know many facts about the world, universe, and the body, and a majority of the time, we feel small compared to what is out there. We start questioning who we are and the impact we could have in this world, and it can be a bit overwhelming. Even as young women, some of us still don’t know who we are and what we could possibly do in this world. 

Why were we made and how could we possibly have any effect on anyone or anything in this vast space?

When following the beginning of Genesis, you start to notice that God spoke when creating the skies, animals, and seas. He spoke everything into existence with each little detail we see today, but when we get to how God formed man, He decided to get down and dirty. You see, when God created you and me, He didn’t just say a name and move on, He rolled up His sleeves and decided to use His hands to form His greatest creation. He does not just know your name, He knows your heart because it first beat in His hands. 

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. Psalms 139:13 NIV

For a long time, I didn’t feel worthy enough to be compared to the beauties of this world. It was hard enough to compete with people, how could I stand to be this small person within something so big. But God. He reminded me that out of the things he created, I was His favorite. He carved out my left dimple, twirled my curly hair, and perfected my wheezy laugh. He smiles when I find the beauty in myself because he personally made me. He smiles when you see the beauty in yourself because He personally made you and you are His favorite. 

You were not just created to be a void in this world, you were created to show the world who God made you to be.

You may not know that right now, but as you continue to press into God, He will show you why He took the time to carve you into who you are. You have so many qualities that overwhelm and impact THIS WORLD. You aren’t just another name or word, you are His CREATION. 

To be more encouraged about who you are, read Psalm 139. You are His.

Shutting the Mouth of the Enemy| Bethany Anding

“Rejected.”

“Worthless.” 

“Will never equal to anything.” 

These are some of the thoughts I dealt with in the past. As a child, I was bullied in school. I was told that I would never measure up to anything because I was “fat” and that I “would never get married” because I was so ugly. These words scarred me. I would get in the car every day after school and just cry to my mom.

I would say things like “am I really that ugly?”

“Why are they so mean?”

I would take these words and meditate on them. I would think to myself, “Maybe they’re right. I may never get married. If I do, I’ll probably marry an abusive man and have a daughter who resents me.”

And I would get carried away with all these lies. Due to my choice to believe the lies, I dealt with severe depression. I was very insecure about the way I looked. I hated who I was. I wanted to die.

And as far as getting married, I would think that since a man probably would not love me, maybe a woman would. This led to me questioning my sexuality. 

All of this was tied together by one thing; I did not know who I was in Christ. I did not recognize that this was the voice of the enemy. I thought all of this was me.

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 (NKJV).

This scripture basically says that Jesus loves us, no matter what we do. He loved us before we even knew how to love Him back. There is a song that I love, that many are familiar with, called “Reckless Love”. 

In the bridge of this song, the artist sings the following: “There’s no wall You won’t kick down, lie you won’t tear down, coming after me!”

I love how he says that there is no lie God won’t tear down to get to us. This means that if the enemy puts a lie in someone’s head, God will tear it to bits. All we have to do is believe what God says about us, instead of believing a silly lie Satan puts in our head. Sometimes, it may be difficult. The lie may seem rational. It may be logical and line up with our circumstances, but God’s word is true, no matter what may surface. 

There was another song I was listening to not too long ago. The artist went into a little spontaneous worship, and she sang these words: “Just a whisper, and You shut the mouth of the liar!” 

Let’s say I am going to get in my car, and someone on the street, who I don’t know, and have never seen before comes up to me and says, “Your mom said I could buy your car, give me the keys.” 

He is obviously lying, but he takes circumstances and tries to twist them to make me believe him. I would have two options: believe this guy and hand over the keys to my car. Or, I could just choose not to believe him, take my keys, and drive away. 

It’s the same way with the devil. It seems so easy to just believe what he is saying because he has “evidence”, but it is just things he is perverting to make it look like he is right.

Just like in the Garden of Eden where the serpent (who is really the devil) tells Eve that God does not want her to eat the forbidden fruit because it will make her more powerful than God, when that is far from true. The truth is that it would give her knowledge of evil and separate her from God. 

So, the enemy takes what is factual, not necessarily truth, and twists it to make it look the way he wants. For example, someone could go to a doctor, and the doctor could say they have a mass, but only one in a million of these are cancerous.

The devil will take it way out of proportion and say “You are the one in a million! You have cancer! You are going to die,” when the truth is that Jesus is the God of miracles, and He is stronger than any mass, malignant or benign.

“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10 (NKJV) 

This means believing the lies of the enemy will not get anyone anywhere. It will result in death and destruction whereas pursuing Jesus and believing His word will result in an eternity in heaven. 

In the end, everyone has a choice. Believe the lies of the enemy or walk in freedom and truth. Personally, I am done believing the lies of the enemy. Satan has taken a big enough toll from me, and I am going to take back my authority and say “SHUT UP DEVIL! You are a liar!” Because Jesus is the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, and I have chosen Him.