So earlier this week we discussed how to guard against the first pitfall of the Mirror, Mirror Syndrome – Misplaced Identity (read it here). The best way to guard against misplaced identity is to focus on building in our lives the things that are eternal and unshakable. and today we continue the discussion on what are things that are eternal and unshakable that you can build in your life.
To get the full picture, you can get links to all the articles in the Mirror, Mirror series here.
Love never fails (1 Corinthians 13:8).
Bible Character Study: Jesus
When Jesus was on earth, He was constantly moved with compassion for people. He always walked in love. It was for love that He came to earth, and it was love that kept Him to the cross. Our God is distinct from all other gods because of this one quality: Love.
How to cultivate love in your hearts? Start by applying 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7 practically! Be patient, be kind, root out envy, etc – take one quality each week and make a personal challenge to live out that quality for the week (:
4. INTIMACY WITH GOD
Zechariah 13:9 says that when our intimacy to God has been tested, it will emerge like gold. This means that it will remain; it is eternal.
Bible Character Study: Enoch
Enoch walked so close to God that he didn’t have to face death! (Genesis 5:24)
I believe this means that he was walking so intimately with God that he was already living in heaven while here on earth – therefore he didn’t require a transition through death into life. Because he was already walking as one who was dead to himself and fully alive to God ((Romans 6:11).
Is it difficult to have intimacy with God? Yes and no. Yes because God is full of mystery! The more you know Him, the more you will find that there is so much more to discover. No because God says that as we draw near to Him, He will draw near to us (James 4:8) – you won’t be doing it alone; you have the God Almighty pulling you to Himself with all His might.
5. THE HOUSE OF GOD
“This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. I will shake all nations, and what is desired by all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the Lord Almighty. ‘The silver is mine and the gold is mine,’ declares the Lord Almighty. ‘The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,’ says the Lord Almighty. ‘And in this place I will grant peace,’ declares the Lord Almighty.” Haggai 2: 6-9
The house of the Lord will stand forever and ever, amen!
Bible Character Study: Haggai and Zechariah
Read from the lives and teachings of these men.
God has given every one of us gifts for the purpose of building up the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12). Find out what your unique strengths are, and use them to serve your local Church/community.
6. THE WORD OF GOD
The Word of God endures forever. Build your life on the Word of God and you will never fail.
“All people are like grass, and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field. The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the Lord blows on them. Surely the people are grass. The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.” Isaiah 40: 6-8
Eat the Word, drink the Word, let it so fill you that it becomes a part of you. But above all else, remember that Jesus is the Living Word (John 1:1) – cultivate a relationship with Him for He will never fail you (:
So we are done with the first pitfall! Next, we will continue the discussion on guarding against the other pitfalls of the Mirror, Mirror Syndrome.
In the meantime, what are some practical ways that you can apply the guards in your life?