Image is said to be the exact representation of a thing or a person. When the image of a thing is faulty, its representation becomes erroneous, its functions go out of order, and relating with it becomes chaotic. Picture is another word for image, and means, amongst other things, ‘An impression of something formed from a description.’ Now, what determines the impression is the description. Once the description is inaccurate or faulty, the impression becomes marred, and a marred impression will always lead to a wrong conclusion.
“But ever since we quit burning incense to the Queen of Heaven and stopped worshiping her with liquid offerings, we have been in great trouble and have been dying from war and famine.” Jer. 44:18
The above scripture referred to the people of God, who could no longer trace their predicament back to the fact that they had forsaken their Source, the Almighty God, and that was because of a wrong conclusion reached that was based on a faulty impression passed down by their ancestors. (vs17)
I define the word ‘impression’ as, ‘A strong idea or opinion formed on the bases of available facts that agree with reasoning, thereby forming a mental picture.’ An idea impressed on the mind creates a mental picture that affects behavior. That’s why your mental picture of a thing dictates how you relate with it.
It is important you know that an impression is not necessarily an established fact. It is usually based on available and immediate evidence or occurrence one is exposed to and accepts as valid.
Until there is a vivid and accurate mental picture of a thing, relating with it correctly becomes impossible. You can’t interact with people outside of the image (accurate or inaccurate impression) you have about them. Therefore, relating with God perfectly and accurately demand a balanced picture of God.
Let’s take it back to the garden of Eden. Before the fall, man possessed accurate and perfect picture of God, and could relate with Him accordingly, but the devil came and marketed a counter impression (picture) of God to man, and they bought it at a very high cost – their true essence. That singular act reframed and affected man’s perspective of God. The God they used to relate with fearlessly with a sense of abandonment suddenly became a dreadful God in their eyes, whose presence brought fear.
“And he said, I heard your voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. “ (Gen 3:10)
Ever since then man lost the perfect picture of God, hence, the loss of our true identity in God. That is why mankind has been in search of true identity. And I submit to you that, not knowing it is the cause of everything short of glory.
Here is the truth, God-discovery precedes self-discovery, a man who thinks he has discovered himself but doesn’t know God accurately and intimately is living in self delusion. Those who have captured the right picture of God live in absolute victory and on the glory-filled side of life. But those who are yet to capture it are usually the victims of circumstances.
All through the Bible, God aimed to help mankind recapture the perfect image of Himself, He was always introducing Himself as occasions demanded, so that people could capture His image as He was in that particular situation. And that explains every “I Am” of God.
Before the fall, man only saw God through a lens that was God-focused, but the fall of man readjusted the lens and turned it upside-down and the downside up, thereby changing the order. Man became self-focused. The lens that was once fixed became adjustable, man could now zoom in and out on God. And if desired, he could change the lens.
“The Lord says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is based on merely human rules they have been taught.” Is. 29:13
This led man into a destructive adventure called, “Self-seeking.”
“Whatever promises you something based on personal power emphasizes self-sufficiency above God-sufficiency, and it is Self-seeking!” A.T. Peculiar.
There are many features in God, but the picture you have captured about Him determines the features in Him that you will enjoy.
The lens through which you view God determines the features (attributes) of God you can capture, and the features (attributes) of God you capture determine your immediate possibilities and eventual realities. Cain and Abel looked at Him through different lenses, hence their outcomes. Enoch zoomed in on God and captured the friendship feature of God and placed demand on the same, then God took him for a deeper walk beyond the earth.
At a time, the entire world was dominated by self seeking people, everyone had shifted their lenses off God, and toward self, and it is a law, “Whatever a man focuses on will naturally magnify.” Gratifying the desires of the flesh (self) gained ascendancy and darkness took over the entire race, except one man – Noah. (Gen. 6:5-8)
Noah had captured the righteousness feature of God, and followed accordingly, thereby enjoying favour from God and was singled out to further enjoy the features he had captured about God and lived by. All those who had the wrong image of God died in the flood, but God preserved the lives of Noah and his family.
Then from Abraham, God began the process of reforming the right and accurate images of Himself for man to recapture and relate with. He told Abraham,
“I Am your Shield and your Exceedingly Great Reward. “ Gen. 15:1.
“I Am the LORD.” Gen. 15:7
“I Am Almighty God.” Gen. 17:
Isaac also captured his personal picture of God, and the same dictated his quality of life and standard of living during his time on earth.
Then, after God had formed permanent and regular images of Himself through the lives of Abraham, He began to introduce Himself in the light of those pictures. He related with Isaac based on the images He established with his father (Gen. 26:1-5). He told Jacob, I’m the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac, he was using that to clear Jacob’s lens and strengthen his focus. Gen. 28:13.
Time and space will not permit me to go on and mention others, who through clear, accurate, and perfect pictures of God subdued nations, alter the order of nature, commanded the moon and the sun, controlled the appetite of lions, parted the sea, took a walk inside blazing fire with the Elohim, and some even forced their ways into the agenda of God.
Friend, the oppressor can only oppress you to the degree of your image of yourself in God, which is determined by your picture of God. “For as He is, so are we!”
Your picture of God is a principal factor that determines your outcomes in life? What if I told you that your view of God is also responsible for the quality of your existence and the richness of your experiences in life? Here is how I know,
“Those who do know their God shall be strong and do great exploits.” Dan. 11:32
Capturing an accurate picture of God is not easy, but it is simple. If it was easy, everybody would have it. It is not easy because, the quality of an image is determined by the strength of the lens used. Hear me closely, God is a Spirit, only spiritual lenses can capture Him accurately. Therefore, you must engage only spiritual lenses to capture His actual features. And only 2 of these lenses exist.
- The Holy Bible –
“The entrance of Your Word gives light…” Ps. 119:130. “Oh, how I love your law! It is my meditation all day. Ps. 119: 97. “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Ps. 119:105
The entrance of the Word brings illumination, which is light; and the light meditated upon forms an impression upon the mind which becomes a guide for action steps, because a strong impression upon the mind usually stimulates action.
- The Holy Spirit –
“However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth….” John:16:13
“No one can know a person’s thought except the person’s spirit, and no one can know God’s thought except God’s own Spirit.” 1Cor. 2:11
Simply put, you can’t capture an HD image with analogue lenses, same way you can only capture the TRUTH about God concerning any situation through the lens of the Word and the Spirit.
Beloved, engage the 2 lenses, capture the accurate picture of God, and enforce the same on any situation it applies to. You can’t present a picture of God you have captured through the scriptures to Him, and He won’t respond accordingly. Why?
Because He cannot deny Himself!
Here is the beautiful thing about this, whatever features of God you have captured through the Scriptures and truly desire, the same is available for you to enjoy.
Zoom-in on God through the spiritual lenses, improve your picture of God and dare to place demands on the image you have capture through the scripture, I bet you will experience tremendous results. God cannot deny His accurate picture you capture through the Scripture. Engage the lenses! Get a clear and precise picture of God, and apply it correctly.
Go HD on God!