Mirror Mirror on the Wall

Updated: Jan 24

Good morning. It is Tuesday, June 22, 2021

The other day I was hanging out with a friend. This friend is a Christian but does not always act like one. Some days she is in line with God’s word, and some days life’s struggles get the best of her. As our eyes met, I really wanted to say something about it but decided to let the Lord speak to her heart, knowing nothing I could say would have the same impact as her Father’s Words. So, I prayed with her. And after some time passed, I winked at her and walked away from the mirror.

Isn’t that good?! I read that on-line this morning.

I think it would be safe to say we all have struggles. In fact, from my own personal experience, the closer I get to God, the harder life can be at times.

I was talking to a friend over the weekend, and he mentioned that the closer he gets to God, the more unworthy he feels. I can relate. I think part of that is our own realization that we are sinners, and we need Jesus in order to be saved. I think part of that is Satan whispering in our ear “you are not good enough!” “You will never be good enough!” “Who do you think you are?!”

And you know what? He is right.

Isaiah 64:6 says “…all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags.”

No matter how good we are; no matter what good we do, it is still not good enough. Our good is not good enough.

No matter how ‘righteous’ we are, it is disgusting in God’s eyes; it is filthy.

Ephesians 2:1 tells us we are dead in our transgressions and sins.

Is there any hope? YES!

God sent His Son to die for us. Jesus is our only hope for salvation. And salvation really is quite easy.

“…if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9 ESV

Verse 10: “For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.”

We are told the devil is like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour: 1 Peter 5:8.

Let that imagery play in your mind for a moment. Lions are predators. They are called the ‘king of the beasts’ and are considered one of the deadliest hunters of the cat family. Lions are stealthy hunters and attack their prey in a very strategic ways. They tend to attack the weak and young, and lions have extreme patience.

The devil is like a lion; a predator; the deadliest hunter and very strategic in the way he comes after us. He tends to have the most success on the weakest, and he has extreme patience.

Some attacks are not so blatant. I read a quote recently “Our greatest battles are those with our own mind.”

Don’t let Satan control your thoughts.

Have you read The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis? The letters show an older demon giving advice to a younger demon on how to tempt humans.

“My Dear Wormwood,

I have wasted no time in responding to your request for advice regarding your assignment. As a matter of fact, I have quite a few suggestions that have proved invaluable in times past. I feel from your letter that you are worried about your Christian young woman’s progress. I must say, I understand your concern; she is fast becoming a model of Proverbs 31. We must prevent what Christians call “growth” at all costs.

First, I have a few suggestions about her home. It disgusts me to write this, but when the Enemy is allowed to have full sway in a home, nothing but peace, joy, and love abound. Surrounded by this sickly atmosphere, even our most disheartened patients reject our blighting influences and begin to exhibit a spirit of cheerfulness that drives one mad.

Therefore, the more strife you can stir up the better. Do your best to create friction between each member of the household. Let your patient feel that her household duties are irksome and menial. Be sure that she feels unappreciated and undervalued…”

The more influence the devil has in our lives, the more unappreciated and undervalued we will feel. Just remember, Jesus is the lion hunter! He is our Safari leader. He knows the dangers and He will protect us from those dangers.

However, we have to fill our mind with scripture. We must claim the promises from the Bible. And when we make mistakes, we must remember that God is a God of second chances.

Next time you look in the mirror and realize that you messed up, again, remember also that God loves you! God showed his love for us that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8.

John 3:17 “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.”

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