Summary: Teachs how we make choices.

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“Making the Best Decisions”

December 2, 2012

Genesis 1:28

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”

Joshua 24:14-15

“Now fear the LORD and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your forefathers worshiped beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”

As we enter into the Advent Season our thoughts turn to how God put on the form of human flesh and showed us what He was like. You hear the word ‘incarnate’ a lot around Christmas time. It simply means that God left the splendor of heaven, put on human form and was born as baby Jesus in that manger in Bethlehem. That was an awesome event. It is right and good that we should celebrate it. But another awesome event that we don’t celebrate is the reverse of the incarnation of God. It is when God created man to be like God. God created us to be in His image. Our natural state is to be like God. Unfortunately, when we fell; when we rebelled against God’s will; when mankind sinned – we lost that godlikeness estate and degenerated into the fallen creatures we are today- inclined to sin continually (Gen 6:5).

Jesus came to enable us to, once again, become like God. When we accept Him as our Savior and Lord, a process begins that will transform us into His image once again. The Scripture says,

“And we ...are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory...” 2 Corinthians 3:18

“For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son...”

Romans 8:29

The Holy Spirit’s job is to empower us for Christlikeness. When He is allowed, He will transform us and produce God-like fruit in our lives. Pastor Bob talked a little bit about that last week. But what I want to talk about this morning is the way we have been created in God’s image. Some people think God must look like us – because we were created in His image. But I don’t think we were created ‘physically’ in His image. I think we were created ‘spiritually’ and ‘creatively’ in His image. We were created from an eternal perspective and with eternity in mind, but we were also given choice making power that no other creature has. We can choose our own destiny. We can make our own choices of who we are and what we are. That is tremendous power. When God created man He gave him ‘dominion’ or power over the whole earth. As a sign of His gift, God brought the animals to Adam and allowed him to name them (Genesis 2:19-20). He put him in charge of the Garden and gave him permission to eat anything in it except for one thing. Choice! God gave man a choice.

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