Isn’t it amazing how something as simple as a reflection has the power to impact every aspect of our lives, from the way we dress, our social circle, the decisions we make, and our emotions. But what is a reflection really? The copycat of the exterior of who you are and what you see with the opacity lowered. Through experiences in our childhood, adolescence, young adult, middle adult or even late adult years we continue to shape that reflection. For some, our reflection is more of what we feel on the inside instead of what people see on the outside. No matter what others see in us or through us, we continue to allow what we see in ourselves and how we see ourselves to consume us. We cannot allow strongholds to define us.
We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. 5 We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.
(2 Corinthians 10:4-5 NLT)
Recognize that God does not want us to continue to hold ourselves hostage in chains using sin, lies, family transgressions, past mistakes, or regrets to feel ashamed, unworthy, doubtful, and unloved. From the moment we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we are made brand new and we need to begin to see ourselves in His image. Forgive your father for not being around, for abusing you, for the broken promises. Forgive yourself for thinking that you had any control over your life and the things that happened, because you didn’t. Forgive your siblings for the taunting phrases, the continuous words that made you believe you were not good enough and you should not have been born. Forgive your mother for telling you that she wished she never had you, that you are a disgrace to the family, that you are a disappointment. God has a plan for your life, He knew you before you formed you in your mother’s womb. Let go of the depression, the shame, the loneliness and walk into the freedom knowing that everything is already taken care of.
The moment you start to live your life accepting your strengths, walking tall, feeling God’s agape love for you, you will start to see the chains being broken and those sins, lies, mistakes, and regrets will fade away and the blessings in your life will begin to be what you see when you see your reflection.
Just remember, “As a man thinketh, so is he”. So if you believe that you have worth, that you are valuable, then you will begin to conduct yourself as such. And when you do, you open the door for God’s blessings to flow rapidly into your life without any strongholds, or barriers, blocking you from seeing, believing, and receiving.
For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.