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Summary: The second of four messages on the threats to spiritual identity theft.

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Identity Theft

March 19, 2006

Mugged by the Mirror

Intro: We’re in a series entitled Identity Theft. I.D. theft is the fastest growing crime in the U.S. w/ some 27 million people getting ripped off at the tune of $9.9 billion in the past 5 years. Yet as big as a problem as this is, it doesn’t compare to the problem of spiritual I.D. theft that robs people not of their wallets, but of their souls.

Review: Last week interrogated the story of Samson as we witnessed a relationship theft w/ catastrophic results. B/c Samson was arrogant and apathetic he allowed Delilah to snatch him bald and rob him blind. On the flip side, we saw how we can guard our hearts if we’ll LOCK OUT the thief by establishing biblical standards, if we LET GO of their criticism, and if we LISTEN UP to the God who created and loves us.

Trans: This AM, we’re continue our study by investigating the crime of being MUGGED BY THE MIRROR – watch this! Clip: Citibank I.D. Theft

Trans: Now I’m not promoting Citibank, but I did find this humorous commercial frightfully sad. It is amazing to me how far we will go to make our selves look presentable – all b/c we’ve been Mugged by the Mirror.

Insert: Let me ask – what do you see when you look into the mirror? Do you see someone made in the image of God or someone made in the image of Madison Ave?

Insert: I believe we live in a plastic generation, engaged in plastic relationships in plastic bodies, bought and owed w/ plastic cards. All b/c we want people to see us for who we aren’t – b/c we fear that they might not accept us if the saw us for who we really are. So what do we do? We clean up the outside, yet deep w/in, it is like we’re dead. B/c we’ve convinced ourselves that only the outside matters.

Verse: Charm is deceptive, and beauty evaporates, but a woman who fears the Lord should be praised. Pr. 31:30

Verse: Looks aren’t everything. Don’t be impressed w/ his looks and stature. I’ve already eliminated him. God judge’s people differently than humans do. Men and women look at the face; God looks into the heart. 1 Sm. 16:7

Point: God is more concerned about your inner beauty than outer beauty. He’s more interested w/ what is happening on the inside than on the outside

Note: I’m not saying we should live like slobs and not care about our appearance. Women, by all means, use a little make up; you might even share it w/ your husbands – they may need a touch up! Kidding! But don’t make the priority of your life the exterior; make your priority the interior.

Note: I think there is a piece w/in all of us that desires to look good and struggles w/ insecurity about our looks. That’s why we work out, diet, etc.

Funny: Once I was lifting weights at the gym, I had 80, 100 – 30 lbs. on the bar thinking, “I’m ripped.” As I was pumping the iron w/ my pythons bulging, I was thinking, “Arnold, watch out!” When suddenly, a monster of a guy walked up beside me and began curling 200 lbs w/ one arm. I thought, “I’m not ripped, I’m ripped off!”

Note: In an instant, my ego went from beefcake to cupcake and I was mugged by the mirror – and I’m not the only one this has ever happened to. W/ shows like Extreme Makeover, Dr. 90210, I Want a Famous Face, and the Swan – millions of people are struggling w/ what is staring back at them when they look into a mirror.

Stat: We’re consumed w/ our outward appearance. Did you know Americans spent $20 billion last year on cosmetics and $2 billion on hair care products? They spent an additional $74 billion spent on dieting needs. It gets worse. This year some 7.4 million people will undergo cosmetic surgery; 5 out of 6 are women.

Note: We’ve bought the lie that looks means being fulfilled, being enough, being accepted, admired and respected. We have come to think being attractive means that I will be loved – somebody will want me and my friends will want to be w/ me and like me.

Insert: Did you know in the past 3 decades most Ms. America winners have had a body mass index w/in the range of malnutrition. The avg. American woman is 5’3” and weighs 152 lbs. The avg. model is 5’9” and weighs 109 lbs. Is the image even real? Professionals are paid big money to make stars and models look great?

Quote: There’s so much illusion in photography in movies. I know an actress who was looking at a photo in a magazine who said, ‘Why don’t I look like that?’ only to realize it was a picture of her self. Julianne Moore Ladies Home Journal

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