Vision 10/07/2017: I felt like I was standing in front of a wall looking right at a mirror. The Lord was standing right beside me and He adjusted the mirror as one would adjust the side mirror of a car. Instead of a reflection of myself and the Lord, I saw Mount Everest. Yet I truly felt this was an accurate reflection. “A sharper image of us,” the Lord said.
Over the summer, I’ve had multiple visions concerning walls, the writing or Word of God on the wall, and the eye of God drawn on the wall. All of them have had to do with God looking at me or speaking to me, and trying to make sense of what He is saying through His rhema words to me. It all has had to do with perception. How do we see ourselves and how do we see Him?
Because we cannot look directly at ourselves, we cannot truly see ourselves; we either need a mirror or another person who can look at us has to “reflect” our image back. This also applies to our inner man, our character. On both counts, we must use words to describe a person’s characteristics and what we see in them. However, those who walk according to the flesh will only ever be able to speak of the physical. It is only by the Spirit of God that we are able to see into the Spirit and see one another as God sees us.
2 Corinthians 3:18 (NKJV) 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 by the Spirit of the Lord.
In a world where the love of man is growing cold and where most people do not walk according to the Spirit, the likelihood that we can find our true value is small. Yet not all hope is lost. Personally, I can attest to having had my value and self-esteemed stripped from me in life. By the time I reached my 30s, I was a shell of a human being. I found myself with an unconscious belief that my mind, will, emotions, and body all belonged in service to others or God. I had been given a warped view of what servanthood was. And with sin being so prevalent in the world and even in the church, there was much cleansing that God has had to bring me through in order for me to receive the new beginning He has been offering.
Through trials and tribulations I have come to see that God Himself acts as a mirror for us. Genesis 1:26 tells us that man was made in the image and likeness of God. As His children, we were formed to be His representatives and have dominion over the earth. However, that image of God upon our being became distorted as humanity walked away from God’s design for us, that which is evident through His instructions or commandments.
Christ came that we might once again “see” what it means to truly be human. The Word of God made flesh demonstrated a process for us to walk through—how to return to glory and oneness with God through humility. And now the Spirit of God is here to continue that work in each of us. The Spirit leads us through the wilderness in order to get the bondage mindset out of us and get us prepared for reigning as kings and priests in the Kingdom. Testing and trials are painful because the Sword of the Spirit is as sharp as a scalpel when it comes to reshaping His image and character in us.
I have consistently been shocked in the middle of trials. This is the place where God actually speaks to me with the most uplifting words! It is the place where I am both losing and winning. Every last fig leave that I’m hiding behind is ripped off. And I say “ripped” because those mindsets have been deeply ingrained; I have accepted them as who I am. However, in the stripping process, God clothes me with the only covering He has approved for humanity—Himself.
As I pondered this vision about Mount Everest, there were two words that kept coming to me—majesty and strength. Truly, it can be so easy to see Christ as majestic and strong. It takes just as much majesty and strength to reign over all of creation as it does to die for your creation. There is power and sovereignty in how matter conforms to His every command. There is power and sovereignty in causing blind men to see, the crippled to walk, and the dead to come to life. There is power and sovereignty in laying down your will and life for the sake of others. As Rebbetzin Chaya Nebel puts it, “Humility is not saying I’m nothing. Humility is knowing who you are and knowing where it comes from.” No matter what Christ’s life looked like from moment to moment, He always remained the same. He was, is, and always will be the Son of God—as enduring as a mountain.
Yet that is who Christ calls us to be too. He died that we might become sons and daughters of God. Yet when you are in the muck and mire of a world bathed in sin, sometimes you need to hit rock bottom before you can see yourself the way He sees you. He has to stand next to us in the mirror and say, “Hey, that’s us! That’s who we are called to be!”
Saints of God, we are ever being called higher and higher in our spiritual development. We are being called to the summit of the mount of God, to the fullness of the stature of Christ. We may be jars of clay but we have been appointed to hold treasure within us, the very image and power of God. We have been given the honor to reflect Him in this earth. As we do, we can become a mirror for others to look at as well. As a living sacrifice called to bear Christ’s face, we bring the highest glory to God.
Psalm 48:1-3 (NKJV) A Song. A Psalm of the sons of Korah. Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised In the city of our God, In His holy mountain. Beautiful in elevation, The joy of the whole earth, Is Mount Zion on the sides of the north, The city of the great King. God is in her palaces; He is known as her refuge.
Psalm 125:1-2 (NKJV) A Song of Ascents. Those who trust in the LORD Are like Mount Zion, Which cannot be moved, but abides forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, So the LORD surrounds His people From this time forth and forever.