LaTrece Davis::Mirror Mirror

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By Minister LaTrece Davis

When you look in the mirror at yourself what is it that you see? Is the first thing you see flaws? Are you seeing yourself how you really are or is it how you think you are? Now think about the bible. When you open it what is it that you see? When you read it, do you see how flawed you are? Are you reading it how it really is (by being led by the Holy Spirit) or are you reading based on your carnal thinking and belief? When you look at Jesus, is He a reminder of how imperfect you are? Or is He a reminder of how righteous you are in Him.

 2 Corinthians 3:18 says “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.”  And the New Living Translation says “So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord-who is the Spirit- makes us more and more like Him as we are changed into His glorious image.” I see this a lot and I have at one time believed that even though we are followers of Christ, we are so far from being like Him. But the truth is, when we look at Him we should see ourselves. Why? Because the word of God says in 1 John 4: 17 that as He is so are we in this world. Our righteousness and our holiness is not based on the works of the Law. The Law was to show us how sinful we are. We are made right with God by putting our faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus is the fulfillment of the Law. So when we look to Jesus it’s not about seeing how flawed we are, but to show us how righteous we are because of Him. We are not just followers of Christ but we are in Him. We died with Him, we were raised with Him, and we are seated with Christ in heavenly places. We are not seated separately from Him. We are seated, with Him as the head and we as His body. So wherever the head is so is the body. We have become heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ Jesus. The same way that The Father loves Jesus, He also loves us.

Religion teaches and enforces self-righteousness, but having a true relationship with Jesus, our Savior, reveals to us the righteousness we have from having faith in Him and what He has done for us. Consider the rich young ruler (Matthew 19) who came to Jesus with the question “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus answered him “If you want to receive eternal life, keep the commandments.” He asked Jesus “which commandments?“ As Jesus listed the commandments to this young man, he cut Jesus off and told him that he’s kept them and then asked what else must he do. Jesus responded “If you want to be perfect, go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow Me.” (New Living Translation.) At that, the young man went away sad, for he had many possessions.  Drop down to verse 25, the disciples were astounded and asked “Then who in the world can be saved?” Jesus answers “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.” I used to ask the Lord about verse 26, what exactly did He mean by “with man it is impossible. But with God all things are possible.” He revealed to me how it is written that if a person transgressed one Law, he transgressed all the Laws. The rich young ruler asked Jesus what “he” must do to inherit eternal life. Because he missed that one final command, it voided out everything else that he said he did. And so with man, it is IMPOSSIBLE to enter eternal life. But thanks be to God, Who came in the flesh of man and made it POSSIBLE for us to enter into eternal life, in fact He is eternal life.

So as Jesus is (not was) so are we here in this earth. As Jesus is the Son of God, we are the sons of God here in this earth. As Jesus is healthy, so are we in this world. As Jesus is blessed, so are we in this world. As Jesus is righteous, so are we in this world. As Jesus is holy, so are we in this world. And now, because of Jesus, there is no condemnation to us who are in Him. Now when we walk after the flesh we can see everything wrong with us, that we believe makes us unrighteous. The flesh is sense and reason without the Holy Spirit. So the questions come when we walk after the flesh, such as “how can God forgive me after  what I just did?“ or How can God heal me after I committed that sin?“ My life is so messed up, how could God ever love me?“ That’s why we are not called to walk after the flesh but after the Spirit. When we walk after  the Spirit, we see Jesus! And in that we are able to come BOLDLY before the throne of grace to receive mercy and find grace. 

Minister LaTrece Davis was born and raised in New Jersey but now resides in the state of Georgia. She was ordained a minister of the gospel March 2012 by her spiritual parents, Pastors Emilio and Vahlia Drakes of Christian Ambassadors Worship Center International (Turnersville, NJ). She is founder of SALT Ministries and is currently in the process of writing and publishing her first book

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