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Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.” So God created human beings in his own image.In the image of God he created them…

…to be like us. They will reign… but then the unthinkable happened. The wonder and intimacy of Eden was shattered and Adam and Eve were cast out  and blocked from returning to the Garden.

All as a result of a nagging, distorted question that was not challenged well with the full truth of the nature and character of God. The serpent beguiled Eve, and Adam with her. Like a bothersome mosquito he badgered her and stirred the waters of her mind to make them murky, bringing up doubt as to God’s genuineness and love. I can just imagine the scene, like one of those crime dramas with the lawyer that just keeps coming at the witness with question after question with just slightly different wording each time. He seeks to trip the witness up, to create the illusion of a contradiction, to change the testimony just enough to then strike with deadly accuracy and bring doubt in the mind of the jury about the credibility of the testimony.

Buzzing. Badgering. Irritating. Twisting. Confusing. Nuisances.

Just like these crows in the pictures, badgering this eagle who could have taken them out with one bite, one lunge with his piercing talons.

How often do we face such nuisances in our lives? We are created to reign, created in the image of God, loved unconditionally and provided for faithfully, empowered to walk in His ways and His truth. And yet… when the crows come with their loud squawking and  annoying swoops do we stand our ground and proclaim God’s truth and go about our business with confidence and grace? When the accuser comes with his reminders of all our failures and shortcomings, do we cave and change our testimony of all the times we have witnessed God’s faithfulness over the years?

Do we reign as the sons and daughters of the Most High God or do we turn tail and run in fear and doubt?

We’ve been created for freedom! Even when we walk in our brokenness and fall for the lies of the enemy, we’ve been redeemed through God’s forgiveness and given the task of bringing this redemption to others through our forgiveness.

We are created for life, not for death. We are created for blessing, not for cursing. We are created to reflect the image and the glory of God, not the pain and harm of the enemy.

So, are you living like an eagle or a crow? Reigning in love and forgiveness or being a nuisance?

Reality check, right?