Author: Creflo Dollar
How do we imitate the Father? One of the ways we imitate Him is by speaking faith—filled words. An example of this is in Genesis 1:1—5. God saw the Earth dark and void, and instead of complaining about the situation He said, “Let there be light.” He spoke into existence what He wanted to see. He had faith in His words and things obeyed Him. God gave us His creative ability—to speak faith—filled words. The creation story clearly demonstrates how we are to imitate the Father. By doing so, we can change the negative circumstances in our lives.
Another way we imitate God is by patterning ourselves after Jesus, who always imitated the Father. For example, a violent storm came as He and the disciples sailed across a lake. While Jesus slept peacefully, water poured into the boat and the wind beat against it. The disciples panicked, and awoke Jesus. They asked Him, ‘”… do You not care that we are perishing?’” (Mark 4:38, AMP). Jesus got up and rebuked the wind and the rain, saying “…Peace, be still.” And suddenly there was a great calm. He spoke faith—filled words that changed the situation, just as God did in the beginning. Jesus asked the disciples, ‘”…Why are you so timid and fearful? How is it that you have no faith (no firmly relying trust?)”‘ (Mark 4:40, AMP).
When I was a child, I was influenced by society. Often I behaved like those I admired, some of whom were people who were not following God. I did not know that by following them I was imitating the world. I later learned that a worldly perspective fosters fear instead of faith.
For years, I lived without knowing the truth. I did not know my true identity in Christ because I did not know God’s Word. But someone introduced me to Jesus, and after making Him my Lord and Savior, I discovered I had been adopted into God’s family. That decision changed my destiny! I eventually learned how to view life from God’s perspective. As a son of God, I desire to be a reflection of Him (Ephesians 5:1).
My question for you is, who are you imitating? Are you following God or the world? If you have decided to follow God, act like Him. Speak like Him. Imitate His character, which is found in His Word.
The Bible is not a history book. It is the manual for life. When you study the Word of God, you develop a personal relationship with the Father. Then, you begin to gain understanding on how to mirror Him. When you imitate the Father, like Jesus, you will make a mark in the lives of others that can never be erased!