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DO YOU LIKE WHAT YOU SEE IN THE MIRROR JAMES 1:21-25. INTRODUCTION. Self examination 2Co 13:5 Must be Honest Humble Heed God’s word is the best tool to use to examine yourself Heb 4:12-13 A mirror does not discriminate!

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  • Self examination

    • 2Co 13:5

  • Must be

    • Honest

    • Humble

    • Heed

  • God’s word is the best tool to use to examine yourself

    • Heb 4:12-13

    • A mirror does not discriminate!

    • No matter who you are, what you own a mirror will tell the truth about your looks

    • God’s word is like that mirror

    • The Bible will show you exactly who you are with out any discriminationCol 3:25; I Pet 1:17

  • 4 points

    • Duty v21, Demonstration v22, Delusion v23-24, Decision v25

Duty v 21
DUTY v 21

  • Remove the world:Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness

    • To lay apart means to renounce or to put away

    • Rom 13:12; Col 3:8; Heb12:1; Eph 4:22

    • Filthiness---Moral filth, evil talk, obscenity, lasciviousness

    • Superfluity---overflowing or a more than ordinary amount

    • Naughtiness---Having an evil mind or evil thoughts, a way of thinking

    • I John 2:15-17

  • Receive the word: and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.

    • Receive with meekness---to embrace, to follow, to deliberately accept

    • Engrafted---means implanted from another souce

    • Luke 8:11

    • Acts 20:32

Demonstration v 22

  • Doing:But be ye doers of the word,

    • It is easy to say, but it is hard to do!

    • To do means to perform Read Rev 22:14

    • We must do what God expects

      • Think how we ought to think, Say what we ought to say, Live how we ought to live

      • I John 3:18

  • Deceiving: and not hearers only deceiving your own selves.

    • We are deceiving ourselves if we think we do not have to do exactly what the Bible says II Cor 2:11

    • Satan wants you to believe that the little things do not matter

      • One church is just as good as another,

      • Baptism is not necessary,

      • Believe what you want just as long as you believe in Christ,

Delusion v 23 24
DELUSION v 23-24

  • Jas 1:23 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:

  • Jas 1:24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.

  • Forgetting is Foolish

    • Imagine looking in the mirror and noticing that your hair is not right

    • Then walking away and forgetting what you look like

    • Natural----means the kind, or existence

    • Seeing yourself for who you really are and not doing anything is foolish!

  • Not Doing is Dangerous

    • When we do not do what God commands we are in danger of eternal damnation

    • John 8:21-24; Luke 13:3

    • We must also do according to the Scriptures

    • We must do the right thing the right way for the right reason!

      • Rom 12:20

Decision v 25

  • Looking in the Law of Liberty:But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty

    • To look into the law of liberty is to bow, and seek diligently, to look closely, to bend down beside

    • God’s law is the N.T. (Gal 6:2)

    • God’s law is perfect (no mistakes, and it is all sufficient)

    • God has one law for all people (Acts 17:30-31)

    • It is a law of liberty because it liberates us from sin

  • Living in the Law of Liberty: and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

    • To continue means to stay close!

    • Doing brings blessings

    • James 1:12




Goes his wayReceives


Forgetful hearerBlessed

Matt 7:24-27


Doeth notDoeth

Build on the sandBuilds on a rock

House fallsHouse does not fall

Matt 25:1-13


Unprepared Prepared

Were not allowed in Were welcomed in

Men that displayed this concept

  • Rich young ruler Matt 19:16-24

    • Love of possessions

  • Judas Matt 27:1-10

    • Betrayal (i.e. loyalty)

  • David II Sam 12:1-13

    • Infidelity

  • Peter Matt 26:69-75

    • Denial

  • Paul I Tim 1:12-16

    • Sinfulness