Man in the Mirror
22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it,and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.
The New King James Version. (1982). (Jas 1:22–25). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
The Man (person) in the Mirror is the one that derails you from living out your destiny.
The main way that we are derailed from our destiny is through negative words that come in to our mind, when we look in the mirror. Those words of doubt cause insecurity…
Let’s define insecurity like this. Insecurity is being distracted from God, by being preoccupied with ourselves. Insecurity gets in the way of doing what God has called us to do. We have been called to love God with all of our heart, mind, soul and to love others. When asked very few people would say that they are insecure. Let me ask you how many times have you backed off of what God has asked you to do because your outfit just isn’t right, your pants are a little clingy, you’re having a bad hair day? So the reality is that you didn’t do what God wanted or wants you to do because you are self-conscious! You are more self-conscious that you are God-Conscious.
You could say that Insecurity is often a dissatisfaction with God’s provision. You are not satisfied with what god has provided to you or for you. Insecurity is often nothing more than grumbling for better manna just as the children of Israel did.
We like them get tired of adequate nourishment; we want extraordinary flavor. We don’t like what God has given—money, position, appearance, personality and then we grumble for something better.
We believe that the something better will cause us to like ourselves or our life more. We believe that better things creates confidence. This pursuit of confidence in the flesh is ruining our view of God, it causes dissatisfaction with God and His provision in our lives. In our pursuit of “stuff” we are actually displaying discontentment. Such discontentment is a snare of “many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction” 1 Timothy 6:6-10.Our dissatisfaction with ourself and the “stuff” of our life is often nothing more than our dissatisfaction with God.
Insecurity often reveals that our confidence is found in the approval of others. We want other people to like us, love us, and judge us worthy, at the expense of what God, and how God views us. God doesn’t care, what you drive, what you wear, what you have, or what you don’t have. We all know this and we understand that, we will even will amen that. However, we still care! We care because theystill care. We care more about the things that make us worthy of a like, versus what will make us worthy to Stand before Him.
Insecurity shows that we are still in some way believing that our justification is based upon our own attributes and accomplishments, versus what Jesus did for us. We lack confidence and trust because we are trusting in ourselves versus trusting in God.
And those who know Your name will put their trust in You;
For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.
The New King James Version. (1982). (Ps 9:10). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
The closer you get to God the more secure you will become.