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"Mirror, Mirror On the Wall"

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Sermon shared by Paul Tuck

September 2001
Summary: Godís Word, the Bible, is the only reliable mirror that tells us truthfully what we are like before God. Other mirrors may flatter us, but Godís looking glass tells it like it is!
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: General teen
ďMIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL!Ē
James 1:22-25

Introduction: The title of this message is ďMirror, Mirror on the Wall!Ē Does anybody know where that saying comes
from? ( ANSWER: Snow White).
The wicked witch in that story sure liked it when the mirror told her that she was the fairest. But when it told her that
she wasnít ... then she got very angry and very jealous.
Thatís the thing about GOOD mirrors, they always tell us the truth, even if we donít like what we see!
But if a mirror is going to work properly, it must be a proper mirror. I.e. Have you ever been to a funhouse that had
distorted mirrors? They donít really show us how we are do they?
Wait a minute... I was supposed to show you something about mirrors today. Iíll be right back!
{Leave and put a big blotch on your face! Bring 4 different mirrors with you. ACT LIKE NOTHING IS WRONG!}

MIRROR #1 A PIECE OF ALUMINUM FOIL
This mirror is like the mirror of the world.
This world doesnít really have a clear view of right and wrong. Itís blurry.

MIRROR #2 A MIRROR COVERED UP WITH STICKERS
This mirror is the reflection you get from your friends.
Man, it looks good. Itís pretty. But it doesnít do much good.
Other people also have problems, and so when they tell you how good you are or how bad you are, it wonít be accurate!
They will reflect to you what their own standards are.

MIRROR #3 A MIRROR THAT IS BROKEN
This is the mirror of religion. Religion makes a lot of good claims, and does contain some bits and pieces of truth. HOWEVER,
it is cracked up and incapable of revealing the full truth.

MIRROR #4 A GOOD MIRROR, BUT SMALL.
{Put this one up on the wall}
This is a good mirror. This represents the Bible, Godís Word.
James tells us that it gives a perfect reflection and can show us our strengths and our weaknesses.
The only problem is, for the mirror to work, we have to get close to it!
(Try looking at yourself from a distance. Then move closer.
Notice the spot and then wipe it off!)
A forgetful hearer is someone who sees themselves in Godís Mirror, but then goes away and does nothing about it. Thatís silly
isnít it? If you see the problem, DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!

WHEN WE LOOK INTO THE MIRROR OF GODíS WORD, WHAT DO WE SEE?
1. We see our flaws. We see that we are sinners.
2. We also see that Jesus Christ died for our sins.
3. We see that by believing in Jesus Christ, we can be
changed forever.

THE BIBLE IS UNLIKE ANY OTHER MIRROR, because it can actually change us! II Corinthians 3:18
GODíS MIRROR CAN MAKE US BEAUTIFUL on the inside!
Comments and Shared Ideas
Elias Arnigo
May 31, 2013
this is a very good sermon, very challenging, with fantastic illustration
Elias Arnigo
May 31, 2013
this is a very good sermon, very challenging, with fantastic illustration
Roberto Flores of Spanish Church Of God
March 2, 2008
great ilustration with the miros tks. it's very clear and to the point! fantastic sermon

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