On the positive side, the Bible tells us that we have the mind of Christ, we are the righteousness of God, we are kings, prophets, and priests. All this has been engrafted in us. The Bible doesn't show us who we are in the physical world. It shows us who we are in the spiritual world, what God has given to us in Christ. It reveals our inward spiritual truth. On the negative side, it shows us our hearts. As has been said, "As you read the Bible, the Bible reads you." When you read the Bible you realize you are being weighed in the balances and are being found wanting.
2 Corinthians 3:17-18 (King James Version)
17Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
18But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
1 Corinthians 13:11-13 (King James Version)
11When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
12For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
13And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
James 1:23-25 (King James Version)
23For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
24For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
25But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
A mirror only helps us when we act on what we see. We cannot build on sand -- which means we cannot pay lip service to a truth. We have to receive the engrafted truth with humility and act on it and allow it to act on us.
The holy spirit operates when we in faith look at the word of God. Not when we look at philosophy. It makes us into the likeness of what we have seen in the mirror of the word. But we must continue looking in the mirror and -- as Jesus warned us-- be careful what we hear. We live in a world that does not mirror God's truth. If one watches way too many medical shows where folks die of cancer, etc, that is the world's mirror and it affects one's faith. One can hardly believe God's mirror...no matter how much one believes. The mind is too full of seeing the world's mirror. Same thing can be said of stupid comments we've inherited from the family: "If it weren't for bad luck, he'd have no luck at all." Does no good to put this kind of word into a kid's soul. And it definitely does no good to speak it.
When the mirror of God shows us our inner condition and the glories which have been placed in earthen vessels. First, receive the revelation. Second, we believe God's promises which always comes with his revelations. Thirdly, we appropriate God's provisions. The mirror shows us who we are in Christ.
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new Creature. We must see ourselves with the righteousness of God, through faith in God...this has been imputed to us.
Lord, help me to see the strength you've given me and the holiness and the peace. And let me walk in the theological truth of my healing and my son's healing... and not be weighed down by the pathological. Amen.