Stop Listening to the Lies of the Evil Step-Sisters

Don't listen the lies that you're not enough. Believe the truth of the Prince

I love the story of Cinderella.

I mean–what girl doesn’t? Behind-the-scenes girl gets invitation to swanky ball plus a stunning gown and to-die-for shoes!

However, there is one thing I never really understood about the fairy tale.

When Cinderella’s step-sisters tell her that she is ugly, worthless, and unlovable–she believes them! I mean–doesn’t she see how lovely she is?

It makes you want to yell into the screen: Don’t believe them! You’re beautiful!

I think this is sometimes how God feels about us.

We go through our day doing our work, dreaming our dreams. All the while we hear the voices of our evil-step-sisters (a.k.a Satan) telling us, “You’re worthless.” “You’re a failure.” “You will never amount to anything.” The voices call us names like ugly, stupid, fat.

And we listen.

All the while, God is calling out to us: Don’t believe it for a minute!

John 8:44 says:

 He (Satan) was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.

Satan is a liar who wants us to doubt who we are in Christ. If he can’t get me to doubt God, then he will make it his mission to get me to doubt I’m God’s beloved child. If he is unsuccessful in keeping me from believing the saving work of the cross, he will work overtime to get me to doubt that I have worth and purpose because of Jesus’ spectacular love for me. Satan will make it his mission to get me to believe his lies.

Just like Cinderella needed to stop listening to the lies of her evil step-sisters and see her true beauty, we need to shut out the lies of Satan and see our beauty in Christ.

God tells us that we are beautiful, precious, and honored. He calls us His bride and His beloved child. He lavishes us with love and grace. In His eyes we are perfect because of Christ. God even tells us that to Him we are a reason to sing!

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Don’t listen to the lies of the evil step-sisters (a.k.a. Satan). 

Believe God’s truth about who you are in Christ! 

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The One Mirror Where You Will Always Look Beautiful

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“Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?” Do you remember those words spoken by the evil queen in the Snow White fairy tale? Every time the queen approached the mirror, she fully expected the mirror to reply, “You, O queen, are the fairest of them all.” And watch out if this wasn’t the answer she received! If the mirror mentioned anyone else, the poor girl was quickly done away with so the next day the queen could receive the reply she wanted from her mirror.

Who wouldn’t want a mirror that gave a daily dose of compliments? We all long to be attractive and sought after. We all want to be told that we’re beautiful.

The bathroom mirror might not always give us the answer we want when we ask ourselves the question, “Am I beautiful?” After all, bad hair days, bad skin days, bad everything days happen now and then.

But there is a mirror that will always tell us we are beautiful—in Christ. Because of Jesus’ sacrifice for us, we always look lovely in God’s looking glass. Our heavenly Father sees us not as we are with our mammoth mistakes, our messy sins, our major bedhead. He sees us as we will be—perfect.

The Bible tells us:

“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

In God’s eyes we’re already beautiful because He sees us dressed in the robes of Christ’s purity. He watches your makeover progress, but at the same time sees you in your final photo shoot. God can already envision the reveal.

When we have trouble seeing past the flawed image in our bathroom mirror, we need to look at God’s mirror—His Word. In it God tells us over and over how much He loves us. When media, self-doubt, or even my friends leave me feeling unloved and unlovely, I can look in God’s miraculous mirror to see who I am in His eyes.

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God’s Mirror: He Bends Down to Listen

Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath!
Psalm 116:2
Picture yourself at a party. The room is crowded. People are struggling to carry on conversations over the sound of the music.
You notice a man and women across the room. She is trying to tell her companion something, but he can’t hear her. She repeats her words. He shakes his head, he still can’t understand what she is saying. He bends down and puts his ear next to her mouth. Once more she speaks and now his whole face lights up in a smile. He throws his head back and they share a laugh.
A picture of intimacy.
Sometimes this whole world seems like one big, crowded, noisy room. No one can hear what we say. No one even cares if they do.
In the mirror of the world, it looks like our words don’t matter.
But…God tells me that He bends down to listen. He wants to hear my voice. He puts His ear next to my mouth so He can hear every syllable.
Jesus is saying to you:
This world is a noisy place. It’s easy to feel ignored. But I care. I want to hear every word you speak. Although it may seem no one hears your voice, my ears are open to your joys, your pains. I want to hear what made you laugh today, what made you cry. I am bending down to listen. 

Hold this in your heart today:

God is saying: “I am bending down to listen to you.” 
Can you picture God bending down to listen to you? What feelings does that picture evoke?

God’s Mirror: You Are Mine

“I have called you by name, you are mine.”
Isaiah 43:1b

When I was a kid, I hated gym class and recess time. I know, most kids can’t wait to get out from behind their desks. But me? I would rather stay in the classroom.

Gym class meant team games. Team games meant choosing sides. Choosing sides meant team captains calling out the names of the people they wanted to play with. 

And my name was never called.

I would stand at the wall and wait until everyone else’s name was spoken. Then the teacher would point me to the team that needed one more player. No one wanted me.

Thank goodness for friends who don’t care if I can’t hit or kick a ball! But even now it’s easy to feel unwanted when I look in the mirror of the world. In the world of publishing, I get many more rejection letters than acceptances. My name is not called.

You may feel the same way. Someone else gets the promotion. Or the job. Or the invitation to the party.

It’s easy to feel unwanted. It’s natural to feel you don’t belong.

But when I look in the mirror of God’s Word, I see that is not true.

God says to me:

“I have called you by name. You are mine.”
Isaiah 43:12

He reassures me:

I have chosen you. I have hand-picked you to be with me. I am calling your name. Listen. Hear my voice above all the others. I want you to join me. 

You belong. To Me.

Hold this in your heart today:

Jesus is saying: “You are Mine.” 
Have you been feeling like you don’t belong lately? How can Jesus’ words change that for you?

God’s Mirror: You Have Captured My Heart

Captured your Heart

“You have captured my heart, my treasure, my bride.”
Song of Songs 4: 9a
Remember when you first fell in love? 

Feelings of elation and joy were a part of every waking moment.

Especially when you found out he felt the same way.

Maybe he didn’t even say the words out loud at first, but you could tell. He called you at odd little moments of the day, just to talk. He brought you little gifts, saying, “I saw this and I thought of you.” You could tell that he thought about you almost as often as you thought of him.

You had captured his heart.

The book of Song of Songs can be read as Jesus’ love poem to you and me–His bride, the church. And in this love letter, God tells you,

“You have captured my heart.” 

 

It’s easy to forget this. When I look in my mirror I often feel forgotten, ignored, unnoticed. In the eyes of the world I am ordinary–nothing special. 

But then I hear my Savior’s voice:

You are treasured in my eyes. You have totally captured my affections. I can’t stop thinking about you–even for a minute. You are on my mind and in my heart night and day. You are loved.

In God’s mirror I am special. 
Hold this in your heart today:
Jesus says: “You have captured my heart.”

 

When you hear Jesus’ words, “You have captured my heart” how does that change your view of yourself? 

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God’s Mirror: You are Beautiful in Every Way

“You are altogether beautiful my darling, beautiful in every way.”
Song of Songs 4:7

How would you describe your relationship with your mirror?

I have a love/hate relationship with mine. The shiny surface comes in handy to check if I have lipstick on my teeth or bits of powdered sugar doughnut clinging to my lips, but I don’t always like what I see in the mirror.

I look in my makeup mirror and see a new wrinkle. I glance in the vanity mirror and see hair that refuses to arrange itself the way I would like. I gaze in the department store dressing room mirror and see my figure flaws from three different angles.

I do not feel altogether beautiful.

But God tells me something different. His Word is a true mirror of our nature because in it God tells us how He sees us. Compared to God’s mirror, all the other reflections we see are like the images we see in the carnival fun house mirrors–distorted.

Looking into God’s mirror we can see who we really are, what we really look like from heaven’s perspective.

In the book Song of Songs God tells me, 

“You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way.”

The beautiful book of Song of Songs is a love story that can be read at several different levels: as a beautiful love story between a man and a woman, as a manual for a husband-wife relationship, and as Christ’s love poem to us as His bride, the church.

God knows we are insecure. We women often obsess about our looks. Even when we are at our best, we can quickly identify our flaws. So God wants to reassure us. He says to me, He says to you:

You are beautiful in every way. You may not feel that way today. You may be painfully aware of where your beauty falls short of the world’s ideal. But in my eyes you are altogether lovely. Turn away from the mirrors of fashion magazines and retouched photos. See yourself in the reflection of my eyes.

Hold onto those words today. Hear Jesus say to you:
You are beautiful in every way.
Do you feel beautiful in God’s sight? What Scriptures do you go to when you need to see yourself through His eyes?