|God’s Word is like a mirror
James 1:23-25 compares the Word of God with looking at our natural face in a mirror:
23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.
James reminds us that it is easy to forget what we look like. The key, as James points out, is to continue in it. Begin to see yourself as God sees you, through His Word. This happens over time as we renew our minds (Romans 12:2).
Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Philemon 1:6 tells us to “acknowledge the good things which are in us in Christ Jesus.” The word “acknowledge” in the Greek (epignosis) means, “to recognize, to have knowledge of.” The only way that we can acknowledge, recognize and have knowledge of these good things that are within us is to spend quality time in the Word of God having our minds transformed.
Too often we have to contend with negative self-talk always putting us down – the internal monologue to runs like a recorder playing back every bad thing that anyone ever said about us. In some cases, we are contending with what we thought that other people thought. It becomes a vicious cycle. Especially when it was people who we looked up to who were saying negative things about us. Only the Word of God can change the way you see yourself. Believe it or not, we project to others how we feel about ourselves whether intentional or not.
God created each one of us uniquely with talents and abilities that no one else has. Satan tries to press down those God-given abilities, or to gain control of them for his purposes. Music is a great example of that. How many great singers and musicians are out there who are working for the kingdom of darkness?
Begin seeing yourself as God sees you; this can only be done through His Word. He has much to say to you about your life and relationships.