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Our Mirrors and the Word of God

    Posted by Beth Issler on May 4, 2009

The Word of God is the primary place where we receive our mirrors for what God is like, what His plans are as He brings forth His kingdom, what we are like in truth deep inside and what God would like as far as our transformation into the likeness of His Son.  Nothing is unknown to God (therefore He can reveal where we need healing) and He is the one to whom we answer for how we spent our lives – a sobering thought.

So we ask ourselves the question –

In what ways am I allowing the mirror of the Word of God to confront me?  Our tendency is to glance briefly at the Word of God and not to linger in its penetrating gaze.

James 1:22-25 says “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves.  Do what it says.  Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.  But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it – he will be blessed in what he does.”

So this mirror is useful and effective only if we act on what we see in the mirror.  More light is given when we act on what we already know from the Word.  If we only glance at this mirror, the Spirit cannot change our deeply held beliefs, our broken internal structures or our outward actions.  What is needed is continual time spent deeply gazing into this mirror by reading, studying, memorizing & meditating. 

“Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it.  Then you will be prosperous and successful.”  Joshua 1:8

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