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Summary: We may have different types of mirrors and multiple mirrors, but basically they all have the same common purpose. Tonight as we discuss some spiritual truths we first need to establish “the mirror”, which is God’s Word. God’s word acts like a mirror for

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Mirror, mirror…

INTRODUCTION

How many mirrors do you have in your house? (Make a game out of it.) I think I only have two, but I bet my wife can correct me.

How many different types of mirrors do you have?

- compact mirror for your purse

- handle mirror

- cosmetic magnifying mirror

- decorative mirror

- full length mirror

We may have different types of mirrors and multiple mirrors, but basically they all have the same common purpose. Tonight as we discuss some spiritual truths we first need to establish “the mirror”, which is God’s Word. God’s word acts like a mirror for our souls.

James 1:22-25

“DO not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. DO what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not DO what it says is like a man who looks at his face in the mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to DO this, not forgetting what he has heard, but DOING it – he will be blessed in what he does.”

The Mirror of God’s Word

Examination is the main purpose for having a mirror. Think about it. You check yourself out… make sure that there is nothing stuck in your teeth…pop that zit…

a. The Casual Glance –

Maybe it’s just a guy thing, or maybe it’s because I’ve already bagged a wife, but I really don’t spend a whole lot of time in front of the mirror. Some of you may be thinking I should spend a bit more time there, and I thank you for your vote of confidence. But to be honest, I look in the mirror to do my hair in the morning, and I don’t look back. I’m a casual mirror looker. Some people need to spend a ton of time, repeatedly even, in front of a mirror to get everything just right, but that’s just not me.

Sometimes we treat God’s Word with the “casual glance” and it drastically affects our “spiritual look”.

A casual look into God’s Word is like using that little compact mirror. You use it to see if your mascara is smeared or if there’s a booger hanging out you nose, but it doesn’t give you a big detailed picture of the rest.

When we casually read God’s Word so that we can get that “check” on our to do list, we accomplish very little.

Reading God’s Word should never become a religious exercise that we perform to appease our conscience.

Instead of taking just a casual glance in the mirror of God’s Word, we need to take a…

b. A Closer Look –

A closer look involves study and meditation. It’s kind of like using that cosmetic magnifying mirror. We need to use God’s Word to show us who we truly are – the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Taking a closer look will help us:

- Discover how He uniquely created us, loves us, and has a perfect plan for our lives.

- See the principles of life that He has laid out for us to live the ultimate life.

- Show us the flaws, the sin that gets in the way of us growing and becoming the beautiful people that He desires us to be.

King David knew how to take a closer look. Let’s read what he penned in Psalm 119:9-16.


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