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WAKING THE DEAD (SESSION2)

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GAINING PERSPECTIVE

PORTION FROM THE BOOK
Earlier in the Story, back in the beginning of our time on earth, a great glory was bestowed upon us. We all—men and women—were created in the image of God. Fearfully and wonderfully made, fashioned as living icons of the bravest, wisest, most stunning Person who ever lived. Those who have ever seen him fell to their knees without even thinking about it, as you find yourself breathless before the Grand Canyon or the Alps or the sea at dawn. That glory was shared with us; we were, in Chesterton’s phrase, “statues of God walking about in a Garden,” endowed with a strength and beauty all our own. All that we ever wished we could be we were—and more. We were fully alive.
() So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
NLT When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers— the moon and the stars you set in place— what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them? Yet you made them only a little lower than God and crowned them with glory and honor.

The reason you doubt there could be a glory to your life is because that glory has been the object of a long and brutal war.

Psalm 8:3–5 NLT
When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers— the moon and the stars you set in place— what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them? Yet you made them only a little lower than God and crowned them with glory and honor.

GOING DEEPER

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Psalm 8:3–5 NIV
When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor.
“Unable to overthrow the Mighty One, he turned his sights on those who bore his image. He lied to us about where true life was to be found, and we believed him. We fell, and “our glory faded,” as Milton said, “faded so soon.” Or as David lamented, “You turn my glory into shame” (). (p. 14) I’ll bet you’ve blamed all your failings on yourself. You’ve probably just assumed that the sole reason you aren’t the glorious creation of God today is because of your sin. But we were seduced, tricked, betrayed. Yes, we chose to disobey, but Scripture makes clear that an Enemy staged our downfall. Does this help you to realize that there is a battle against you?”

A CALL TO ARMS

 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
ESVBut you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Acts 1:8 ESV
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Luke 10:19 ESV
Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you.
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