“If you listen to the Word and don’t live out the message you hear, you become like the person who looks in the mirror of the Word to discover the reflection of his face in the beginning. You perceive how God sees you in the mirror of the Word , but then you go out and forget your divine origin. But those who set their gaze deeply into the perfecting law of liberty are fascinated by and respond to the truth they hear and are strengthened by it—they experience God’s blessing in all that they do!”
James 1:23-25 (TPT)
Day 14. How can we be two weeks into the new year already? There are times when I just want to shout, stop the bus! Can we just take in the sights of this beautiful life for a minute?
On New Year’s eve I set out to daily find one truth about my identity in Christ, and write a blog about it. It has been amazing to see where the Lord has lead me each day.
Today, I over slept. Rushed the kids to school. Tried to catch up on some housework and projects… Trying to plan the day whilst you are in the actual day is not a practice I recommend.
With this mentorship about to start in a few hours and life throwing stuff at me, I started thinking, “how am I ever going to manage this blog?!” In that moment, I realised that I have shifted my focus to WHAT I was doing rather than WHY I was doing it.
God, who has been faithful in meeting me and showing me who I am, is still here. He is not going anywhere. I am the one who is busy and distracted. This blog is about sitting with him, allowing him to speak to my heart, it’s not a tick box on my to do list.
As I read James 1:23-25 I am gently reminded to…
Set my gaze deeply
There are days when I glance at the mirror of the Word, but I don’t REALLY look. Sometimes, we have to stay with it a little longer, until it becomes a reality in our lives. Until what we see in this Mirror manifests in the “real world.” There is a temptation to flit from one thought to the next, without it really taking root and producing the power and life it contains.
There are 13 POWERFUL truths that I have been blogging about so far. Here’s just a handful:
- We are new creations; God is doing something in us that is not only fresh, but also unique. Never been seen before!
- We are marvelously made. God is forming us, in the secret place, for a beautiful and functional purpose.
- We are powerful. As we receive the love of God into our hearts it is activating and energizing our faith.
- We are strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. We are equipped with armour against the strategies of the enemy.
- We are the righteousness of God in Christ. We are in perfect standing with our Father and he is pleased with us.
Honestly, it has taken me a while to just remember those few truths as I am sat here in my car, waiting for the school gates to open.
Maybe I need to set my gaze a little deeper?
The perfecting law of liberty
The pressure is not on me to behave in a way that is coherent with what I see in the Mirror. It is the Mirror that is perfecting me, but I need to stay and gaze long enough to really see.
Psalm 138:8 is a favourite scripture of mine. It says that God is perfecting everything that concerns us. Some versions say that the Lord, himself will fulfill his plans for you.
Does that mean that I just sit back and do nothing? Not exactly.
At first glance, the “law of liberty” may seem a bit of a contradictory concept. Rules of freedom? Doesn’t liberty and freedom imply no rules to follow or laws to obey? I am learning that as I apply the Word to my life it cultivates a freedom that is so much more liberating than doing whatever I please. It is creating the freedom of being who I am meant to be.
Applying the Word might appear or feel like religious obligation, and that is not what it is meant to be. I am not spending time on these disciplines to please the Father. He is already pleased with me. I am using these practices as tools to help me discover the heart of the Father, and who he says I am.
I need to take what I see in the Mirror and remember. I need to meditate on the truth, day and night. I need to listen, speak and hear it, until faith comes (Romans 10:17).
Don’t just be fascinated, but respond!
For many years I got stuck in fascination of the discovery. I love the Mirror! The Word became alive to me as I started digging around and found the treasure hidden in there. In recent times, I have realised that it is not enough to be fascinated. A response is required. Actions that come into agreement with the Truth.
It could be thanksgiving or worship. Thanking God for who he created you to be, even though you may not be seeing it yet. It could be declaring the truth about what he says about your situation, rather than entertaining worrying thoughts about it. It could be simple obedience, doing what he instructs you to do.
Nothing delights the heart of a parent than hearing their child respond to their voice. The Father delights in his conversations with you. It is not a “do as you’re told!” kind of relationship he is after. But a dialogue. A discussion where he is just as involved in your discovery of the treasure in his kingdom.
It kind of reminds me a little of Simba’s “awakening” in the Lion King. When Rafiki found him living carefree with his friends, but neglecting the kingdom he inherited. He created a life of comfort, but it was not the life he was created for. As Rafiki showed him his reflection, he realised that his father lived on in him. He remembered that he was more than what his corrupt uncle had lead him to believe. He was created to rule. He needed to go and take his land back. (If you want a little reminder, watch it here.)
James 1:25 says that if we will take a deeper look and remember who we are, we will be strengthened and we will experience the blessings of God, in all that we do. We can take our inheritance back, when we have a revelation of our authority as children of God.
Today, I pray that we will all be awakened to a deeper revelation of who we are in Christ. That we will gaze deeply into the Mirror of the Word and remember what we see. May we be transformed by what we see, and respond in faith. In obedience, may we experience the blessing of the Father and take back all our stolen land.
Today, I hear the Father whisper: “Brave and Beautiful Child, my heart rejoices as you come to the Mirror of my Word and see yourself the way I see you: Strong, Overcoming, Soaring. Every time you come into agreement with my words, and respond in faith, you are being transformed into my very image. I am a proud father, who delights in every commonality we share. So keep growing! You are looking more and more like your Father. And you are so loved.” ❤