To be Like Him

One of the most exciting  mysteries of the story of creation is that when all creatures were created they each were according to their own/same kind YET on the sixth day God said – now let us make man according to our likeness.
“Then the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person.” Genesis 2:7 NLT
Accordingly, humanity is unique among all God’s creations, having both a material body and an immaterial Spirit. Our Spirit resembles that of God, as He breathed Himself into us. Thus we are Like Him in Spirit, God is Spirit (John 4:20).
This Spirit sets us apart from all that was created, it enables us to commune with God in fellowship and with the rest of creation through dominion.
“For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.” John 4:24 NLT
What does this mean then? It means this likeness is reflected at three levels Mentally (think/mind), Socially (relate) and Morally (live).
We resemble God mentally because we can reason and choose. This is a reflection of God’s intellect and freedom.
“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh ; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” Galatians 5:13 NIV
We are created for fellowship. This reflects God’s triune nature and His love. In Eden, humanity’s primary relationship was with God.
“So you must remain faithful to what you have been taught from the beginning. If you do, you will remain in fellowship with the Son and with the Father. And in this fellowship we enjoy the eternal life he promised us.”
1 John 2:24‭-‬25 
Our conscience or “moral compass”, is an indication that we are created in righteousness and perfect innocence, a reflection of God’s holiness. His Spirit in us guides us and is our moral compass.
“Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, “This is the way you should go,” whether to the right or to the left.” Isaiah 30:21 NLT
God is revealed in these areas of our lives as we walk in His Likeness and he guides us in all truth. He enables us to be the reflection of His likeness in how we think, relate and live.
This is how the world needs to see His likeness in us – how we need to see ourselves – so we can all experience God in His very nature through us – His children.

His Image – My Image

My Lady,

“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Genesis 1: 27
This is one of the hardest Scriptures for us to process, especially as young women. This is because the world has socialised us to be so self-conscious, in fact we almost border on obsession on how we look. Whether it is the face, body, hair, somehow, we find that media sets a standard that we all strive to meet yet so difficult to attain. What this ignores is that we are in fact, in our very essence, made inthe image of God.
When we think of image, we think a reflection of something, or its representation or impression. It is what is physically perceived of another. The most interesting part is that, after God committed to creating man in His (triune) own image, he then gathers the dust to form men. He uses what is and creates something that isHis image,then breathes life into it.
This illustrates that our form, just as our spirit is inthe image of God– our bodies are the image of God – as it was in the coming of our Lord Jesus, the Word became flesh (John 1:1).

WE ARE THE IMAGE OF GOD.

“For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in bodily form.” Colossians 2: 9
We therefore need to understand that the reason the enemy uses how we see ourselves as a tool is because, this is the image that represents Him through the ministry of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
Some of us have been victims of words that have been spoken over our images whether it is the appearance, size or shape and can attest to the depth of these words and how they influenced what we do or not do. This even goes as far as things that are unrelated to our image like grades at school or participation in certain sports.  This is because when you have a negative self-image, it is difficult to build your confidence and therefore almost impossible to allow God to minister through us.
We tend not only to look down on ourselves but also on God’s capacity to use vessels such as us.  We therefore must obsess now about accepting the IMAGE we were created with despite all the influences we get outside ourselves. 
What you see in your reflection has everything God needs to lead you to your destiny. Your shape doesn’t confuse Him – He knows why He created you and that has not changed. Allow Him to define you and allow yourself to be a reflection of His image. Though Imperfect according to social standards, but perfect in His eyes – You are wonderfully and fearfully made (Psalm 139: 14-15)
Look out for the our conversation when we will be expanding on His Likeness, you don’t want to miss it…

Yonela

Contentment is the ability to accept and embrace all seasons of life.

It is the ability to move beyond the dreams and face reality as it presents itself. It is the ability to accept expectations of others without embracing them as a yardstick of your position.

So when we are content, we look forward at the bigger picture while diligently working towards it and yet not allow lack of progress, discouragement, being misunderstood, being undermined and failure; to make you think less of yourself and even more so your God.

To be a peace with yourself and your God within and without.

#YONELA

Zoluleke

In a world of instant gratification, self discipline has become the hardest.

This is because there is always an option of things to do (we are quite busy hey) and an easier (not necessarily better or right) way to do things. This is why we struggle with spiritual virtues such as patience, resilience and perseverance – we drop out of so many things that are meant to grow us.

If we could learn to master ourselves and commit to what we seek to become we would achieve so much. Yes, to dream is important, but much more is to do.

GET OUT – ACT – FOLLOW THROUGH

#Zoluleke

Zimisele

The technological evolution sometimes makes us forget the basic things that have sustained human existence and growth.

Back in the day, when robots were still a thought, honing a skill took strength and time requiring consistent application of knowledge. With the robotic evolution taking place, it seems, what would normally take days now takes minutes and as such this generation has become identical with impatience.

The truth that is hidden behind these is that, there is nothing instant, each action on a computer/robot, is a result of a series of prompts and executions that have been mastered to produce a certain result. In essence, what is done with seeming ease, is always because someone committed to mastering something.

So what ever you do, #ZIMISELE – the perfection of a simple action can yield exponential innovation

Zeyise

Season’s greetings,

Indulgence is probably one of the most advocated for activities in our generation – whether through advertising (even Christmas is about indulging) or through the prominence placed on activities that encourage indulgence. It is so bad that even in churches we want to indulge on God’s miracles so much we forget to worship.

With everything so freely available effortlessly, self control has become a virtue of the few and less and less advocated for like purity. Perhaps it is its association with purity that has crippled it as chastity has become a joke even in the church. We allow anyone and everyone to influence what we do. We want to make everyone happy even at the expense of God. Somehow, we are worried more about what people think than we are of God.

May we be mindful that Christian virtues – including self-control – are not disciplines for God but for ourselves. The lack of self-control opens you up to exploitation, abuse and violation. So His advise is to centre us, shield us and bring us fully into the place of His will.

#Zeyise

To Be Woke…

To be woke implies a state of being awake to what is happening around you to the extent that little takes you by surprise.

Spiritual alertness relates to an awareness that transcends the obvious and opens up what may not be seen with the naked eye. It means being conscious of what you do and what is done around you. It means being alert to the work of the enemy that may distract you or derail you. It means being alert to who you are and where you are going.

There are no coincides but opportunities to do or not to do. Be awake to what you are exposed to and consciously choose how it affects you and your influence.

#Phaphama -Be woke

Mthande

One of the most foundational statements in the Bible is “God is Love”- it is foundational because it is the very reason for God’s redemption (John 3:16).

If God is love that means that love starts with Him and knowing Him leads to knowing love. So when He says we must love our neighbours as we love ourselves, He must know that when we love others sincerely we will come to ourselves.

Love God – Love others as yourself!

#Mthande

Zihloniphe

We all have been created by God – intricately and purposefully. We are His special creation – made in His image and likeness with delegated authority over all of the earth. This alone makes us royalty.

When we respect ourselves, it is not esteeming ourselves greater or better but it shows an appreciation of who we are in Christ. Our self-respect will not make us respect others less, because we understand that not respecting others will take away from us our own self-respect.

We respect ourselves by the choices we make, we respect ourselves by what we expose ourselves to, we respect ourselves by understanding that our every action can build or destroy. We respect ourselves when we choose to build – first ourselves and first others.

#Zihloniphe