Praise God for the Year of the Local Church!
And praise God for our year of divine healing, divine health, divine prosperity and divine recovery. We are taking back everything the devil has stolen from us.
Pastor Terri and I love you, and we are so thankful that you have chosen to be part of EMIC. We pray for you every day, asking God to keep you safe and protected, and that He continues to bless you and fulfill your every need, according to His plan and purpose for your life. In this year of divine healing, divine health, divine prosperity and divine recovery, we believe for you to receive all that God has for you—in abundance!
I would like to share something in this letter that is very important to me.
My greatest quest, my heart’s greatest passion, is to be exactly like Jesus in every way. I want to look like Him, sound like Him, talk like Him, think like Him, act like Him, heal the sick like Him, give like Him, walk in faith like Him, be holy and pure like Him—and especially, love like Him.
My greatest quest is to become a direct reflection of Jesus to such a degree that when people see me, they see Jesus. I want to follow His example of how to conduct my life and relationships. I want to emulate, replicate, imitate, pattern my life after, personify, embody and fully demonstrate Him in the same way He did His Father.
John 14:9, New King James Version, is a precious scripture to me. It says, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father.” What a statement. I would like to have others say that about me: “He who has seen Pastor George has seen the Father.”
Is that doable? Yes!
Is it attainable? Absolutely!
Scripture is very clear about this. We are to be conformed to His image (Romans 8:29). We are to be partakers of His divine nature (2 Peter 1:4). We are to be changed into His image from glory to glory (2 Corinthians 3:18).
Jesus left us an example that we should follow His steps (1 Peter 2:21). And, as He is, so are we in this world (1 John 4:17).
Acts 11:26 tells us that those who were following Jesus, learning from Him and patterning their lives after Him, were called “Christians.” This took place in Antioch. The word Christian simply means “Christ’s adherents. Those who belong to Him.”
As Christians, we are to live our lives as Jesus did, doing all we can to be a direct reflection of Him in all we do.
I really believe Ephesians 5:1-2 is exactly what we must pursue. “Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; and walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.” The Amplified Bible, Classic Edition says, “Be imitators of God [copy Him and follow His example], as well-beloved children [imitate their father]. And walk in love, [esteeming and delighting in one another] as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a slain offering and sacrifice to God [for you, so that it became] a sweet fragrance.”
The Greek word for follower means “to imitate or mimic.” We are to imitate Jesus. We are to impersonate Him in all we do and in all we are—especially in the love we should have for one another.
Let’s pray this together.
“Heavenly Father, it is my heart’s desire to be just like Jesus. I want to reflect Him to others. I want my conduct to be patterned after Him. I want those around me to see You in me. Let me exemplify Jesus in thought, word and deed. Change me, LORD. Soften my heart to Your WORD and to Your grace and let it spill over into the lives of others.”
First John 3:1-2 says, “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.”
Hungry to be more like Him,
Pastor George Pearsons