God created man in His own image and in His likeness. “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” (Genesis 1:26 KJV) The fall of man in the Garden of Eden, when Satan used deception to tempt man into disobeying His Creator, caused man to fall from the grace of God to the helpless grass. The first family were kicked out of the Garden of Eden. Meanwhile, the dominion authority of earth changed hands from man to the Devil, the archenemy of mankind who deceptively robbed man of this precious gift of dominion authority. Whoever has dominion authority in the realm of the spirit, technically owns the entire creations on earth. Satan is the ruler of the universe as confirmed by Jesus Christ in John 12:31 (NIV) “The time for judging this world has come, when Satan, the ruler of this world, will be cast out.” Unfortunately there are people who are still wallowing in their sins, and are yet to pitch their tent under the canopy of love of Jesus Christ, whilst unwittingly bearing the last name of Satan because this evil creature owns the world.
That was why Jesus told Nicodemus, the leader of the Jews, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, ‘Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” He went further in the same chapter saying, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” (John 3:16-17)
Do you know that since the fall of man, no one has power to change his or her last name in the realm of the spirit? Jesus revealed this powerful spiritual information in John 1:12-13 saying, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” The power has been given to mankind to become sons and daughters of God instead of bearing the last name of the archenemy of man—Satan.
It is time to live in the revelation of the truth and take a decisive stand. We were created in the glorious image and the likeness of God Almighty since the beginning. At the beginning, humanity possessed perfect characteristics of righteousness and holiness like his Creator. At the cool of the day, the holy Heavenly God would come to fellowship with man in the Garden. Until the uninvited intruder, in the person of Satan made his sneaky and destructive entrance into the Garden of Eden. He tempted man to sin against God and deceptively imposed his fake and wicked identity upon mankind. That was how the pain of sins entered the lives of humanity.
The mercy of God had located you this day and His loving hands are beckoning unto you to return to your Creator and possess your rightful possession. “He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.” (1 John3:8) For this reason Jesus Christ, the Son of God came to this world to extend the grace of salvation to you. The blood that He shed for you on the Cross is available to cleanse you from every form of sinfulness.
The book of Revelation reveals the plans of God concerning the way He will execute His judgment at last, saying: “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. (Revelations 20:12, 15 KJV) There are two books before the Heavenly Judge, the book with no name, and the book of life. The book of life contains the names of the redeemed people through the blood of Jesus Christ. The last name of everyone in the book of life is ‘Jesus Christ’ because He purchased their redemption by His blood. This is why Christ emphatically says, “You must be born again—shedding off the identity of Satan and becoming clad in the glorious name of Jesus Christ.
Prayer: O Lord, enlighten the eyes of my understanding this day as your word has visited me. Grant me the grace to severe myself from the sinful identity and endow me with courage to take up a holy and righteous identity which is the name of Jesus Christ my Savior, Amen.