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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 Ė 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 Ė ONCE CHANCE ( Luke 16:26 ).

C.††††† OUR SOUL WILL NEVER DIE!

††††††††† 1.†††††† Not even in HELL ( Mark 9:1 ).

††††††††† 2.†††††† Man canít kill it ( Matt. 10:28 ).

††††††††† 3.†††††† It doesnít cease with the body ( Ecc. 12:7 ).

D.††††† ITíS VALUE IS SEEN IN GODíS 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 Ė 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 ).