This week we continue our series "Image is Everything". Part Three has us look at the blurred image.
In the beginning of the service this weekend Pastor Miles encouraged us to really take advantage of the opportunity we have to worship God every Sunday through singing.
He encouraged us to lift our hands, or do whatever we were led to really experience God in that time. When we come to church each Sunday we ought to come with an attitude of expectation, asking God what it is He has for us to experience or learn.
As we learned in this weekend's sermon, sin blurs our image of God. If we can see God for who He truly is, our worship would be different!
An Example of How Sin Blinds Us
In the movie Tombstone we see the story of Wyatt Earp depicted. In that movie, Wyatt Earp has a good friend named Doc Holliday. Doc Holliday is an alcoholic and a gambler, but it was the woman in his life that was his biggest trouble.
As Pastor Miles would say, Doc Holiday's woman was a she-devil. She only served to feed all of Holliday's worst habits that only hurt him.
The Fall of Man
This weekend we looked at Genesis 3, best known as the story of the Fall. Up until this point there was no sin. But in Genesis 3, we see the devil lie to Eve and deceive her and she in turn brings Adam as well to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Genesis 3:1-13 states, Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God really say, 'You must not eat from any tree in the garden'?" "The woman said to the serpent, "We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, 'You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.' " "You will not surely die," the serpent said to the woman. "For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. But the LORD God called to the man, "Where are you?" He answered, "I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid." And he said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?" The man said, "The woman you put here with me-she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it." Then the LORD God said to the woman, "What is this you have done?" The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate."
As we learn from the story of Adam and Eve, we see that a blurred image doesn't allow us to see God as He is and a blurred image places ourselves in charge of ourselves. When we have a clear view, we know that God is never changing. He is who He says He is, based on what is revealed to us in Scripture.
In Exodus 3:13-14, God and Moses talk. Moses said to God, "Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, 'The God of your fathers has sent me to you,' and they ask me, 'What is his name?' Then what shall I tell them?" God said to Moses, "I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: 'I AM has sent me to you.'"
Proverbs 14:12 states, There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.
When we try to control our own lives, our perception will be clouded by sin. On our own we cannot take ourselves in the right direction. We will falter without God.
In Genesis 3, the devil deceives Eve, in order to destroy man's relationship with God. In Isaiah 14 we see the fall of Satan himself.
Be Careful to Be a Humble Steward
Isaiah 14:12-15 states, How you have fallen from heaven, O morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations! You said in your heart, "I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne; above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High." But you are brought down to the grave, to the depths of the pit.
It is clear that a blurred image leads to a diminished level of authority. Satan fell from heaven. When we recognize who we are, made in the Image of God, we see that God has given us an authority to rule. It is when our image is blurred that we fall short of who God created us to be.
The Devil seeks to destroy our relationship with God. God created us to be His friend. Christ died for our sin, so that we could be God's eternal friends. The devil will deceive and destroy in order to separate us from God. If we don't see the truth of God's eternality and His love for us, our image is blurred.
Pastor Miles encouraged us to look at changing one attitude in our lives that has led to a blurred image and make that change. God loves us and wants to bless us. But we cannot do things on our own terms. We must do it on His terms!