Jan 07 2015

Verse for the Day: Proverbs 27:19 As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart. (NIV) 

The first mirrors used by people were most likely pools of dark, still water, or water collected in a primitive vessel of some sort. Mirrors have been recorded as far back as 6000 BC with the earliest manufactured mirrors being made of pieces of polished stone such as obsidian, a naturally occurring volcanic glass. While these early and primitive mirrors provide a reflection it wasn't until around the sixteenth century before mirrors were made with glass and started providing a clearer reflection but they were quite costly. By the seventeenth century mirrors became more affordable to the general public, but one of the problems associated with them was the fact that many of them were made with mercury.

Well if you are like most people you probably use a mirror of some kind every day. Whether it's in the bathroom trying to get ready for the day or changing lanes in busy traffic, a quick glance at a make-up mirror for a touch up or maybe while just walking past something with glass in it and you happened to see your reflection. At some point during the day almost everyone sees their reflection in some kind of a mirrored image.

And we have probably all seen pictures or personally experienced a mirrored image of mountains, trees, ourselves or some kind of reflection on water that is clam and clear. Then there are the mirrors that are made to distort the image that is reflected back to us. Like the mirrors at circuses that make you look shorter, fatter, taller, skinner or like you can see yourself forever, like there is no end in sight. While these reflections are cool and fun to look at they don’t reflect the true image of the person standing before them. And even though a reflection while looking across water might be clear, it’s always upside down or as soon as a breeze or something cause a ripple in the water the reflection becomes distorted or unrecognizable.  

Mirrors are an amazing gift and tool when used for the right purpose like changing lanes in busy traffic, getting ready for the day, i.e. shaving, fixing your hair, putting on makeup and other personal hygiene needs. But mirrors can also be very dangerous and destructive to someone’s mental and spiritual health, especially to someone who is a perfectionist. A mirror can be very unkind and almost seem to be evil at times. Like circus mirrors or reflections on water can give you a distorted image or reflection of ourselves and who God created us to be. Satan can use an ordinary mirror or an imaginary mirror in our minds to distort our image of our self and how we think God, loved ones, friends, co-workers and the world in general might see us.

There is nothing that satan likes doing better than changing or distorting our perspective of who God created us to be. Whether it's looking into an actual mirror or an imaginary mirror in our mind, and we start to see ourselves in a distorted image of being too fat, too ugly, too short, too dumb, not good enough, a loser, ___________, you fill in the blank. We set ourselves up to be something much different than what God had planned for our life. We must realize those thoughts are not from God but satan himself. God gives us this warning in Ezekiel 21:23 …, but he will remind them of their guilt and take them captive. When we allow satan to be our mirror instead of Christ, we become a captive to satan’s thoughts. Colossians 2:8 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.

So let me ask you a question: What kind of mirror are you using to look at yourself? If you have allowed satan to distort your true identity in Christ you need to break that mirror and put your trust in The Lord and take every thought captive. 1 Corinthians 10:5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

There is only one way to be truly free from satan’s dissipative mirror of guilt, shame, lies, and distorted images and that's by putting our trust in the One who came to open the eyes of the blind and set the captives free. Isaiah 42:6-7 “I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles, to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness. (NIV)

The next time you look into a mirror or get a sense that leaves you feeling less than God created you to be remind yourself it's not from God but satan himself trying to distort who you really are in Christ.