The man in the mirror has a story to tell. Every emotion, action, and thought wrapped up and presented: a mere reflection stares back waiting for a judgment and reaction. The hurt, the pain, and anxiety have been suppressed for years, but the veil has been removed and true colors will be revealed. What do you see? Do you see flaws and imperfections? Do you see a heart that longs for a new beginning? Plaguing thoughts and lies latch on to insecurities time after time, adapting to any defense mechanism formulated. Memories flood in faster, emotions arise stronger, and lies and deceit hold more weight than ever before. It is no longer an assurance and a knowing that Christ is alive, rather it’s an uncertainty in believing that people and lies define who we are.
What do you see? Go beyond the smallest of your own thinking to a place of innocence and bliss. Do you see the flickering glimpse of joy emanating from the child within? You bear an image of someone far greater than man can describe. No longer will oppression shield and dim a light meant to shine so bright. Fleeting thoughts knock at your doorstep, no longer welcome, no longer in control. Anxiety and fear creep in, but all cease at the whisper of truth. These lies that have become so familiar no longer have domain, they no longer define who you are. Listen more intently to His still voice as He, our creator and Lord, answers the question for you, “What do you see?”
My child, stop and remember! Remember the love and compassion revealed every step of my existence in heaven and on this earth. I never needed a reason, but it was my image bestowed upon you that compelled me. You are worthy my child; worthy to be loved, worthy to be set free. Everything that comes against you, the anguish, the oppression, the fear, I took it all and I nailed it to the cross. I was chained and shackled so that you no longer had to be. My love and my grace have set you free here and forever more! Do you believe it? Is it possible, that a love so scandalous, a love so incomprehensible, a love so vast, and a love so deep, would be all-inclusive? Beloved, when I see you, I see someone worthy of love. I see joy in abundance stemming from the creator Himself. I see authentic beauty from the inside out. My child, I was tempted, I was beaten, I crucified so that the whole world could see my love for you. My blood was shed for you. The tomb was empty for you. My Spirit I leave with you. I never stopped and I never will stop my onward pursuit of you.
These truths will forever reign, and my glory will continue to be poured out afresh. There is no earning involved, just faith and receiving the gift of life I present before you. As a child adopted into my family, you have access to all that I have as your Father. I have redeemed you, I have restored you, and I have given you access to life and life in abundance. Here is my word spoken for you.
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior” Isaiah 43: 1-3.
Lies and deceit will still be on the offense. Passing thoughts will try and infiltrate your mind and consume you. Your worth will be attacked. But rest easy my child and let my truths be sealed upon your heart. Let my sword protect and defend your inheritance. Let my love saturate your heart and let my joy be your strength. I will always be with you for I am your Heavenly Father, your Creator, and your Savior. Now tell me, do you see what I see?

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