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“MAN IN THE MIRROR”
MEN OF INTEGRITY CONFERENCE
- Google Man In the Mirror
- The purpose of Goggling the man in the mirror is to show you what is important in a Christians man’s life, is not as important in the world we live in.
III. This conference is to help us as men engage in the scripture on a deeper level, first from a learning perspective and then how to apply three key points to make these scriptures relative to our daily lives.
- Scripture breakdown
23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: 24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
If any be a hearer of the word ONLY,
The word “be” means become. “Become what you are not now – doers of the Word – rather than talk about the Word.” The Greek tense conveys the idea of keep on doing, “Keep on becoming doers of the Word.” Being always precedes doing.
And not a doer –If we do not comply with the word of God and do not consider and believe it enough to take it to heart and be influenced by its doctrines, obey its precepts and embrace and rely on its promises then we fail to truly do what a hearers should.
He knows what God expects him to do. Any failure to respond cannot be blamed on lack of doing. Doing should result in completion, finishing. If we install a post, it begins to decay; if we plant a tree, it will grow. It is not enough to be; we must become.
he is like a man beholding- From custom or by accident
his natural face in a glass — Without any intention to discover or to wash off the spots that may be on it.
- to perceive, remark, observe, understand
- to consider attentively, fix one’s eye or mind upon
The word katanoeo does not describe a hasty glance. Instead, it refers to a careful observation. It is “attentive scrutiny” of an object. A man who thoroughly studies his face becomes familiar with its features. The illustrative act is paralleled by the man who listens to the Word, apparently not momentarily but attentively, and at length so that he understands what he hears.
For he beholdeth himself — Without taking particular notice of what renders his vision disagreeable; and goeth his way — To other business;
and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was —Here the word of God is represented as a mirror. If a man will look with attention and care, he will see the face of his soul, discover what state he is, and what character he bears in the sight of God. It will manifest to him those principles and practices, those thoughts and imaginations, those affections, intentions, dispositions, words, and actions, which are contrary to truth and grace, to wisdom
Piety (reverence for God or devout fulfillment of religious obligations:), and virtue. But frequently those who discover all this through the word heard or read, go away, and so occupy themselves in secular affairs, as immediately to forget what manner of persons they were, and continue the same in their temper and conduct as before.
BROTHERS, is this our case?
The urgency of his message must be faced. He is warning us not to be self-deceived about our very salvation. James has emphasized that sin leads to death (1:15). We cannot claim a salvation from death while we carelessly persist in sin which kills. If sin is seen as our choice to run our own lives instead of submitting to God’s rule, we cannot ask Christ to save us from sin and then go right on running our own lives; it is self-contradictory. To think we can so live is to practice self-deception. The core of accepting salvation is accepting Christ as Savior and Lord. If I am saved, I will give myself to the doing of my Lord’s word. It is not that I will attempt to save myself by obeying commands; rather, because I am saved, I will set my heart on doing the will of God who is our Savior
- To hear the word without doing leads to self-deception
22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
James mentions this twice, in 1:22 and again in his practical illustration in 1:26. There is an inherent danger in attending a church where God’s word is proclaimed week to week: If you hear the word often, but do not put it into practice, you delude yourself. The solution is not to avoid hearing the word, but rather to apply it tothe problems in your life that the word uncovers.
Obedience should always be the bottom line of Bible study or biblical preaching. Correct application must always be built on correct interpretation. But to study the word just to fill your head with knowledge, without applying the word, short-circuits God’s purpose in giving it.
- IMPORTANCE OF DOING
- James says this will involve persevering. It is a continual choice we make to trust in God. It is a truly ongoing relationship. James has already spoken of persevering when he spoke of steadfast faith(v.4) and endurance(v.12). Clearly then James sees this as key to getting through the trials we face. We need to keep on choosing to know the truth about God and to trust in His character and work in our lives. James reminds them of who God is, not because they haven’t heard it before, but because part of acting on what we hear is to hear it again and again. We so easily forget the truth about ourselves and our lives. We need to keep going back to the Mirror of God’s Word.
16Then the LORD said unto me, Proclaim all these words in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem, saying, Hear ye the words of this covenant, and do them.
47Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like:
13(For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.
14What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
11Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.
MAN IN THE WILL GOD-PIE CHART
- Three key points that I want to share that will help us in becoming better doers, Perception, Reevaluation and Action.
Perception- the ability to see, hear, or become aware of something through the senses
A way of regarding, understanding, or interpreting something; a mental impression.
- Changing our perception of God’s word
12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
- God’s word is a mirror that reveals the true thoughts and intentions of our hearts (Heb. 4:12). It shows us our ugly, self-centered attitudes. It exposes our pride. It confronts our contempt for others and our lack of compassion. It hits our sinful anger and our rotten speech. It uncovers our deception, greed, and lust. But, if we just take a quick glance at the word once in a rare while and rush out the door, without doing anything to address the problems that it reveals, it won’t do us any good.
- Hearing the word without doing means we lack proper nutrition for our fallen hearts. Like Adam and Eve when God confronted them, we’re quick to blame others and dodge our own responsibility for our sins. To be doers of the word, we’ve got to give it more than a passing attention. It requires deliberate focus and hard work to apply it personally.
- First we must see that the mirror is clear, if there is a flaw, it is in us, not in the mirror
Reevaluation -to judge or determine the significance, worth, or quality or; assess
- Standard’s and Criteria- God’s Word
- Not an external change- meaning self image
but internal change- meaning changing our souls and spiritual man
- Repentance- is one of the first principles of the gospel and is essential to our temporal and eternal happiness.
- It is much more than just acknowledging our wrong doings. It is a change of mind and heart that gives us a fresh view about God.
Action– actions, habitual or usual acts; conduct
- The purpose of listening to truth is to act upon it
How can we be doers if we never start doing? Furthermore , there is the man who forgets what he has heard and in doing so misses his blessing.
- “TO DO “is an action- to do is to change all of our ungodly behaviors
- “Doing should not be based upon emotions, circumstances or people.- Doing should be based on our convictions from God’s word to do what is pleasing to in the will of God. If the word says it, we must do it.
25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therin, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
Our prayers are that we as men engage in the scripture on a deeper level, first from a learning perspective and then how to apply three key points to make these scriptures relative to our daily lives. We can achieve this by applying a clearer perception, reevaluation of our souls, and action in applying the word to change.
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