Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” (Gen. 1:28).
Read: Genesis 1:26-28
To make success in life, you must know your identity. Going by John’s experience, every child of God is a voice. May you be heard in Jesus name. To have a clear definition of who you are, you must be able to know who you are not. An understanding of this helps to clear misconceptions and wrong notions you have held about yourself. The source of knowing who you are and who you are not is the Bible—the love book of the Almighty God and Father. First, you are not an animal. God created you in His own image. Genesis 1:27 says, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them”. Science hardly sees any major difference between human beings and animals. In the theory of evolution, it is supposed that man evolved from lower species of animals and then graduated into apes and then man. In other words, human beings are only a step away from animals.
You are not an animal! You exist only in the realm that is peculiar to a human being but unexplored by animals. Some parents and teachers call their children and students by the names of animals, this is wrong! There is no human being that can be so stupid to the point of becoming an animal. In the same way, there is no animal so wise and brilliant that is accepted as a fellow human being. There is no crossing of kinds. As foolish as the most foolish human being can be, it is rather too late; he could never be an animal. As a human being, you are created in the image of God. This was never said of animals. This means that one way of fulfilling the purpose of your creation is having a godly nature. God never compares animals with Himself, but men are compared with God because they were created to be like Him. Although Moses told Pharaoh that the Israelites were leaving with their cattle in order to serve God in the wilderness, the animals were only meant as objects of sacrifice, and not co-worshippers. You are no animal! You are created in the image of God.
Although we are no animals, many people still operate like animals. Pray that God should uproot every animalistic instinct in you.
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