How many times have you heard yourself think these thoughts?
I don’t deserve love
I am unlovable
I am worthless
I am not good enough
I am broken
I don’t deserve good things
How many times have you heard others speak these words to you?
You don’t deserve love
You are unlovable
You are worthless
You are not good enough
You are broken
You don’t deserve good things
What mirror are you looking in? You can tell the mirror you are looking in by the words that describe your condition. The mirror of the world uses appearance, wealth, drive to succeed, among others. The attitude or feelings it provokes within a person can be as follows: undeserving of love, feeling unlovable and worthless, not good enough, broken, a belief that we don’t deserve the best in life. This mirror judges, it invites competition and leaves people believing that they can never accomplish or measure up to the expectations placed on them.
It is like what you would find in a carnival fun house at the local fair. When I was a child I remember going into the fun house and seeing myself in the mirrors, not one of them was a good image. Back then it was funny but when the reality of life hits you and all you are faced with is distorted images it’s not so funny anymore.
Before we come into a relationship with Jesus, our whole life is made up of distorted images of pain, joy, disappointment, hope, hate and love and those images can be overwhelming whether in a positive way or negative way. The mirror we look at shows a reflection of the life we have experienced up to this point.
As we come to Christ, it requires an adjustment to the way we think about our life, our circumstances, and even the way we see ourselves. This new mirror tells us a completely different story. It tells a story of love and acceptance and what do we do with that? We question, we doubt, we fight to believe, and can find ourselves frustrated as we waver back and forth between the two mirrors. We so desperately want to believe that things can be different but are afraid of being disappointed.
How do we allow ourselves to believe when our experience has consistently shown us a different outcome? We go to the word of God and it gives us the opportunity to take hold of this new life we received, when we accepted Christ into our lives. I can hear you thinking, “But how do I bridge the gap between where I am and where the word tells me I should be?”
The greatest obstacle that prevents us from living the life God has planned for us is a renewed mind. Romans 12:2 (The Voice) reads, “Do not allow this world to mold you in its own image. Instead, be transformed from the inside out by renewing your mind. As a result, you will be able to discern what God wills and whatever God finds good, pleasing and complete.”
The transformation is experienced as we focus on God. When we get to know Him through His word, in return we experience the transformation of how we see our lives and the circumstances around us. Proverbs 7:2-3 (The Voice), reads “Stay true to my directives and they will serve you well; make my teachings the lens through which you see life. Bind cords around your fingers to remind you of them, meditate on them, and you’ll engrave them upon your heart.”
Here are a few tips to help make the transition as we learn to look into the correct mirror.
- Identify the lies by spending time in God’s word. You won’t know the lie until it is confronted by truth. (John 17:17)
- When there is a discrepancy between God’s word and our beliefs, God’s word wins.
- Counter the lie with the truth of His word. (John 8:31-33)
- Meditate on the word until it begins to drop down into your heart. Head knowledge of a scripture and heart knowledge which leads to obedience, are two separate things. (Joshua 1:8)
- Remember the promises. One such promise is in 2 Corinthians 3:15-17 and it reads, “But to this day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their hearts; but whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”
- It is worth the effort to renew your mind to God’s way of doing things. The enemy comes against us with an agenda to steal, kill and destroy but Jesus came that we may have life and have it more abundantly. (John 10:10)
Father I pray for those reading this post. I pray for a hunger for Your presence and Your word. As they renew their mind to your word, I pray that You will transform their lives from the inside out.