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WHEN YOU LOOK INTO THE MIRROR; “WHAT DO YOU SEE?”

19 Apr

                                 “The Mirror of the Soul”

TEXT: James 1:22-23
INTRODUCTION:
 
A. DIFFERENT FIGURES USED TO DESCRIBE THE WORD
 
SWORD, LIGHT, MIRROR, etc.
 
B. MIRRORS USED TO EXAMINE SELF – BIBLE REVEALS SELF TO US.
 
C. WHAT IS MAN? WHAT AM I LIKE? PROPER USE OF MIRROR REVEALS.
I. THE WORD REVEALS OUR ORIGIN.
 
A. BOTH HUMBLE AND SUBLIME ( Gen. 2:7; 1:26 ).
 
B. THIS TELLS US SOMETHING OF OUR NATURE ( Acts 17:28-29 ).
 
C. WE UNDERSTAND THAT OUR CREATOR CARES ( Acts 17:25; Jas. 1:17-18 ).
 
D. IT SAYS SOMETHING OF OUR OBLIGATIONS ( Isa. 44:21; Rom. 1:20; 2:4 ).
II. THE WORD TELLS US OUR VALUE.
 
A. WHAT ELSE HAVE WE GOT BESIDES OURSELVES ( Matt. 16:26 ).
 
B. ONLY ONE SOUL – ONCE CHANCE ( Luke 16:26 ).
 
C. OUR SOUL WILL NEVER DIE!
 
1. Not even in HELL ( Mark 9:48 ).
 
2. Man can’t kill it ( Matt. 10:28 ).
 
3. It doesn’t cease with the body ( Ecc. 12:7 ).
 
D. IT’S VALUE IS SEEN IN GOD’S ATTITUDE TOWARD IT.
 
1. Aware of each individual ( Matt. 10:29-31 ).
 
2. He wants all to be saved ( 1 Tim. 2:3-4 ).
 
3. His love provides for us ( John 3:16; Rom. 5:8 ).
 
4. Man must choose ( Rev. 22:17; Matt. 7:13-14 ).
III. THE WORD REVEALS OUR PURPOSE.
 
A. MAN IS SPECIAL( Psa. 8:4-6 ).
 
B. MAN IS FRAIL ( Psa. 144:3-4; 39:4-5 ).
 
C. MAN SHOULD SEEK HIS PURPOSE ( Psa. 90:10-12 ).
 
D. GOD REVEALS IT – NOTHING ELSE IS OF CONSEQUENCE ( Ecc.12:13-14 ).
IV. THE WORD REVEALS OUR CONDITION.
 
A. AT FIRST, CLEAN, LIKE GOD ( Gen. 1:26 ).
 
1. Mankind not created sinful or to sin, neither does he inherit guilt ( Ez. 18:20 ).
 
2. What about 1 Cor. 15:22; Rom. 5;12?
 
B. AT PRESENT, SINNERS DISFIGURED ( Rom. 3:9, 23; 5:12 ).
 
C. FUTURE: SAVED, RENEWED ( Col. 3:9-10; 2 Cor. 5:17 ).
 
LOST, HARDENED ( 2 Cor. 6:1; Phil. 3:18-19 ).
 
D. THE FUTURE IS IN OUR HANDS ( Rev. 22:17; Ez. 33:10-11 ).
 
E. THE CONSEQUENCES ARE FAR REACHING ( Matt. 25:46 ).
V. HOW SHOULD THE MIRROR BE USED?
 
A. CONSTANTLY( Psa. 1:1-2 ).
 
B. STUDIOUSLY( 1 Pet. 2:1-2; 2 Pet. 3:18; 2 Tim. 2:15 ).
 
C. HONESTLY ( Rom. 12:3; 1 Cor. 10:12 ).
 
D. INTROSPECTIVELY ( 2 Cor. 13:5; 1 Cor. 11:28; 1 Tim. 4:16 ).
 
E. UNSELFISHLY ( 2 Tim. 4:2 ).
CONCLUSION:
 
A. ARE YOU CLEAN?
 
B. WHAT IS THE VALUE OF THE MIRROR IF WE REACT IMPROPERLY TO
 
WHAT WE SEE? ( James 1:22-25 ).
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Posted by on April 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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One response to “WHEN YOU LOOK INTO THE MIRROR; “WHAT DO YOU SEE?”

  1. evanlaar1922

    April 19, 2012 at 1:54 am

    very powerful!

     

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