The Image of God, Fruitfulness, and Dominion.

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."
So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 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." Genesis 1:26-28 NKJV.
Reading these words bring a freshness of hope and a greater sense of purpose to my Spirit.
First, the reminder that we are made in the image of God should arrest us in deep reflection and digestion. We are to reflect God in His attributes, character, and mindset. In essence, our thought patterns, behaviors and responses to situations should be stamped with the divine image. With God's image embedded in us, we should approach life asking: How would God handle this? How would I respond in a way that reflects God's image? Am I acting like God would expect? Am I reflecting the divine mindset?

The thought of the Divine Image becomes even weightier when we start reflecting over the fact that we live in Jesus, move in Him and have our being in Him. It is further enhanced by the fact that we are the temple of the living God. God's Holy Spirit dwells in us to empower us in all our undertakings. The Power of the Creator God resides in us.

Second: We are blessed and commanded by God to be fruitful, multiply and have dominion over the earth! So, with the image of God in us, divine authority upon our lives and the blessings and command to be fruitful, multiply and have dominion, we must see ourselves in a totally different light. We must never approach life with a defeatist attitude. We must always remember who we are and the authority we have in every situation we face on earth. Our realm of operation must be totally different because the authority of the Creator is fully behind us.  

Would you determine from this point on to put on a fresh mindset and attitude of one functioning in the very image of God? One blessed and commanded to be fruitful and multiply in all you do? One given the authority to have dominion over every situation you encounter on earth? I believe this will renew our fighting spirit and remove fear and mediocrity from our spirits!
Live out the image of God in you; be fruitful and multiply; have dominion and walk in your divinely ordained blessings! You have divine authority behind you! Don't succumb; take dominion!

Prayer: Father, I thank you for the reminder that I am made in your very image and that You have blessed me to be fruitful, multiply and exercise dominion. Please help me to internalize and act upon this life-changing truth so that I can bear much fruit for your glory. Amen.