We Become What We Behold

Psalm 115:8 tells us that we become what we behold, “And those who make idols are just like them, as are those who trust in them.”

Behold means “to see or observe.”

Eyes are a gateway to the mind, heart and soul.

When we behold something, our hearts are influenced for good or for evil. “Beholding” somethingbehold or someone enables it to penetrate our souls where it can affect our heart and our character. Whatever we regularly expose ourselves to and focus on influences us because it tends to take up residence inside of us. When something lives inside of us, it fuses with the soul and manifests outwardly.

Visible or invisible, for good or for evil, whatever we internalize, we can absorb and eventually resemble. 

Idols damage, fragment and bind the soul (Ps. 106:36)

The LORD heals, repairs and frees the soul (Ps.23:1-3).

A personal example, the LORD has healed my soul in many areas from betraying myself to idols as a child. One area stemmed from many years of simultaneously being punished at home and bullied at school. During this time, subconsciously I grew to behold the enemy internalization that I was worthless. And as a result of that beholding of myself, I unknowingly allowed people to treat me poorly.

Our souls fracture when we turn against ourselves and believe something from an enemy source.

However, after years of seeking and internalizing truth, God has gradually set me free. Today I know and behold that I am infinitely valuable because of the unbelievable price Christ paid to rescue me. And as a result of that beholding of myself, I do not allow people to treat me disrespectfully anymore.



The more of our souls we submit to the LORD, the more areas over time experience healing and freedom. The smoke and mirrors dissipate as we learn to behold ourselves as He does, in His image.

Thankfully, He imposes no limitations on our submissiveness to Him, receiving from Him or intimacy with Him. We can come (Matt. 11:28) to Him as closely as we like and receive everything we need.

The LORD desires to fill us to the full (Eph. 3:19) with His wholeness and holiness.

~This is why the Scripture tells us to keep our eyes focused on the LORD (Heb. 12:1-2).

~This is how Peter walked on water (!) when His eyes focused on Christ (Matt. 14:29).

~This is how all who focused on the lifted serpent were saved from poisoning (Num. 21:8).

Our focus is everything! Not an occasional focus, but 24/7/365 focus.

Reflective Questions-

What or who are you resembling?

What is your focal point?

What do you want as your focal point?

What distracts you from your focal point?

Have you asked the LORD for wisdom with distractions?

What weakness of yours needs acknowledgment, protection and healing?

Let Him show you if distractions stem from an unmet need. Or lack of self-control. Or something else.

Let Him embrace you as you learn His graceful lesson, and a better way.

Let Him lead you triumphantly (2 Cor. 2:14) in honing your 24/7/365 focus.

We become what we behold (Ps. 115:8).

Psalm 115:8 And those who make idols are just like them, as are all who trust in them.

Psalm 106:36 And served their idols, Which became a [dreadful] snare to them.

2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

2 Corinthians 2:14 But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere.

Matthew 14:29Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.

Matthew 11:28 Come to Me, all who are weary and heavily burdened [by religious rituals that provide no peace], and I will give you rest [refreshing your souls with salvation].

Ephesians 3:19 and [that you may come] to know [practically, through personal experience] the love of Christ which far surpasses [mere] knowledge [without experience], that you may be filled up [throughout your being] to all the fullness of God [so that you may have the richest experience of God’s presence in your lives, completely filled and flooded with God Himself].

Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Numbers 21:8 The LORD said to Moses, “Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.”

Psalm 23:1-3

The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, to guide and to shield me],
I shall not want.

He lets me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still and quiet waters.

He refreshes and restores my soul (life);
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
for His name’s sake.

About ashleydwille

Author Ashley D. Wille was always searching for spiritual answers. “True and lasting satisfaction always proved just out of reach. Now, in midlife, I have come to find my soul satiated in God. Through sweet surprises, difficult climbs, and excruciating valleys, the Master’s hand has shaped me. All along the way, God has taught me many things. What He has taught me most is that many of my beliefs about Him were wrong.” Her book, My Journey Through the Cross, is a personal insight shared by an amazing woman. Through her profound experiences and inner struggles, Wille shows how she was able to break through false layers of thinking and move into a deeper relationship with God. Her beautiful journey is just waiting to be shared. If you are ready to live your life free of guilt and shame, you too can learn how to walk in spiritual freedom.
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