The first time Rapunzel looks in the mirror, what she sees is influenced by the voice of her captor. Gothel sings a familiar song of powerlessness, helplessness, inadequacy and fear of the unknown. “This is who you are, Rapunzel, you will never be more than a little girl who is trapped in a tower.”
The second time she looks in the mirror, she is holding a piece of her inheritance. The crown, stolen by the pretend vagabond Flynn Rider, who is now unconscious and locked in a cupboard. She doesn’t quite know what she is holding in her hands. How does it work? Where does it go? Do you wear it around your wrist? Or on your head? Pascal, the chameleon, isn’t particularly helpful either.
After an incredible adventure, following the lanterns and experiencing such joy in the kingdom as they celebrate the lost princess, Rapunzel finds herself back in the tower. Heartbroken, after a disappointing turn of events, she thinks about her adventures in the kingdom. Little, by little, the details come together. Pictures. Stories. The experiences she had along the way, all start to connect. She looks in the mirror again. Now, with the revelation of who she is.
The revelation that gave her the authority and power to take a stand against the enemy, came from consistently looking in the mirror. We too, have a mirror. A supernatural mirror. It is called the Word of God. As we look in this mirror, we might be plagued with the voice of an enemy who is dead set on keeping us from the revelation of who we are.
Maybe, we are starting to see the inheritance we have in Christ, as we pour over the scriptures, but we’re not exactly sure what to do with it. Maybe, we are experiencing glimpses of freedom, joy and peace as we’re reading, but it’s not connecting yet. But I want to encourage you, dear child of the Living God, keep looking in the mirror!
There are two passages that I want to draw from today. Both of these passages have incredible, life changing properties, that will empower us to live from the revelation of who we truly are. Our true identity.
“And all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold [in the Word of God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; [for this comes] from the Lord [Who is] the Spirit.”
2 Corinthians 3:18 AMPC
“Don’t just listen to the Word of Truth and not respond to it, for that is the essence of self-deception. So always let his Word become like poetry written and fulfilled by your life! 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 1:22-25 TPT
You are changed as you look in the mirror of the Word.
We are not limited by what we see in our bedroom mirror. There is so much more to us. We have a supernatural mirror, with the ability to transform us. Think about that for a minute. Every time you open the Word of God, something supernatural is taking place and you are being changed.
As the light of God’s word enter into your eyes, darkness are being driven out. The things you are struggling to overcome starts to lose their grip as you become strengthened and empowered by the truth of who you are. The change might not be immediately visible, but it is happening. And if you don’t give up, but continue to look in your supernatural mirror, you will start to see yourself line up with what you are reading in the Word.
For many years, I struggled to read the Bible, because I felt that I didn’t measure up to the standards that it upholds. Every verse felt like an accusation. If you are struggling with this, I want to encourage you to persevere. The mirror is not there to condemn you, but to transform you. (Romans 8:1-2).
You need to look regularly.
The enemy will do everything he can to discourage you to take a look in your mirror. He will make you either feel to condemned or ashamed. Or he will keep you too busy to look. But looking in your supernatural mirror, is even more important than looking in the one in your bedroom.
You wouldn’t leave the house without checking yourself in the mirror, would you? Well done, if you’re that free! But if you’re like most people I know, you are going to check that you are neat and tidy at the very least. So why do we think we can go about our day, without looking in our spiritual mirror?
I would like to argue that if we don’t make the time to look in the mirror of the Word, we are making ourselves and easy target for an enemy who thrives off of our ignorance. The worst thing for him is when we remember who we are. But we can’t remember, if we stop looking.
You need to take a deeper look.
There is another trap that we can fall into, and that is when we look without really seeing. When looking in the mirror becomes so routine that we’re not receiving the picture that God is painting for us. We have to set our gaze deeply, the passage in James says.
Setting your gaze deeply, means that you are really receiving the truth. You are meditating on it, until it becomes a reality in your heart. You are looking so intently, that you start to see yourself reflecting back in your supernatural mirror. It starts to change the way you think about yourself. The way you speak about yourself.
When you close the covers of your mirror, you don’t doubt who you are. You know your birth right. You rejoice in the inheritance you have received. You understand the authority that you walk in, because you have seen yourself, as the Creator sees you.
Look. Believe. Repeat. Remember who you are!
Remembering who you really are, requires consistency. It takes repetition. It takes time. As you start your discovery, you might have to look more frequently in the beginning. Just like learning a new subject. When we start studying, we need frequent looks at the text, but as we start to get familiar with the content of one chapter, we can start to slow down a little and maybe look a a new chapter.
We don’t need to know all of the scriptures in a day or a week or even a year. We just need one Word from our Father, then we start to chew on it. We study it, we let it grow some roots in our hearts. We declare it. We put it in front of us as much as possible, until we can start to see it manifest in our reality.
There was a year when I only had this one verse in Romans 6:14. I woke up every morning, declaring that sin would not be my master, that I no longer live under the curse, but I am living under Grace. It was the beginning of my journey into the freedom that already belonged to me. I started to understand that I had the power to silence the voice of the enemy over my life. I started to transform.
Knowing is not enough.
When we moved house a couple of years ago, I started to pack the enormous amount of books we had; on the bookshelves, in our cupboards and in the loft. We love reading, and we have so many books we could run our own library. But there is one theme that overshadowed all the categories of books we own: Weight loss. We have probably every book ever written on the this topic.
If owning a book on weight loss was enough, I would be super skinny. But I am not. Because the knowledge isn’t helpful, unless I actually put it into practice! Owning a supernatural mirror is not enough. Looking in the mirror, is not enough. You have to put into practice what you read.
James 1:22 says that if you read the Word, but you don’t respond to it, you are deceiving yourself. Just like expecting results from a weight loss book that is sitting on the shelf. You can own all the diet books, and still be the fattest pudding on the planet.
This might sound elementary to you, but it was life changing revelation for me. Having grown up in church, you would have thought that I would be the expert on living free, but I was so bound by the lies of the enemy. I had no idea who I was in Christ and the tools that were available to me. Then I started learning about it. But learning was not enough either, it was doing what the Word said, that gave me the tools and authority to silence the voice of the enemy and step out of my stronghold.
Today, I pray that we will have the courage to keep looking in our supernatural mirrors. I am thankful for the transforming power that is released in me, every time I open my Bible. May we set our gaze so deeply that we can see ourselves reflecting back in those words of Life. May supernatural revelation empower us to take a stand against the enemy and pull down every stronghold.
You are who the Father says you are!
Today, I hear the Father say: “Beautiful Child! How I long to reveal to you the beauty and power that you carry. Cares and worries may settle like dust in the chambers of your heart, but as you lift it up to me, I will blow upon it with my Spirit. New Life. Abundant Life. Radiant Life. Revealing both the beauty and the power of the heart that I designed. Your heart, like mine. Holy. Tender. Courageous. Altogether, beautiful. Free.” ❤