Proverbs 3:5-7 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.”
What do you see when you look in the mirror, Is it the reflection of someone you approve of? Someone you like? Someone who’s important? The deciding factor is – through whose eyes are you looking?
Often, I have found myself thinking more highly of myself than I ought.
Romans 12:3 “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.”
According to the Word of God, I must look at this life I have been given with eyes that see the way God sees.
We tend to sugar coat the bad parts, cover the uncomely and inflate the good to obtain a sense of being better and feeling better than we really are. We often say:
“I’m just a sinner, saved by grace”
when I think it is much more biblical to see ourselves as:
‘A saint who sometimes sins.’
Do you see the difference?
Every sin that I have ever committed and will ever commit is now under the cleansing blood of the Lord Jesus Christ! It is all a matter of perspective. The devil loves to twist words. He gets us to a place of doubt and fear so quickly, it makes my head spin.
The armor of Ephesians 6 tells us that the greatest of all the weapons we have been given, the shield of faith is the most needed, the most coveted piece.
Ephesians 6:16 “Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.”
So, when I look at myself and there come voices of anger, criticism, degradation and abuse, I must battle them with what I know myself to be as a child of God.
I am loved
Jeremiah 31:3 “The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.”
I am protected.
Psalm 91:4 “He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.”
I am secure
John 10:28-29 “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.”
By lifting the shield of faith and believing what God says about me is true, I can see that He looks beyond my faults and truly sees my need and in love has already met that need before the beginning of time. It was a promise that He had written before the foundation of the world.
The personal aspect of meditating on this love God shows us takes time; it takes knowing a bit more from the Word of God who God is and who we are as His child.
You might feel foolish doing this, but next time you lookin the mirror, tell yourself,
‘You are a child of God. You are loved with an everlasting love. You are safe and secure under the shadow of His wings and forever in the hand of God where no one can remove you! You need not fear anything that comes because your Heavenly Father has already gone before to pave the way. He has given me promises in abundance and is as loving and accepting as the prodigal’s father was when I utterly fail.’
The inner confidence we carry is revealed in the fire of our trials. It is only by God’s Word we can stand in the confidence of who we are in Christ. My perspective alone will cause me to fail.
Trust in the Lord with all of your heart – Don’t lean on what you know to be true, allow God to show you from His word what is true and you may see yourself in a whole new light!