22 But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. 23 For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. 24 You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. 25 But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.
What would you say if you were able to look into a mirror and see who you are in Christ, how He views you? We can only be what He created us to be, if and only if we follow His ways!
This passage is two fold:
1. Listen to His Word.
2. Do what you it says.
(Pretty straight forward - : )
We are generally pretty good on listening to the Word of God – (as long as it doesn’t offend our thinking, knowledge or ideas on what we “want the word” to be in our walk). It is not enough to hear the Word, but we must take the next step and walk in it. We need to take the wisdom and knowledge and put it into action – then we are able to be the trail blazers we are called to be – we are to shine His light into darkness – expose darkness to bring freedom.
This passage is like a two sided coin – “Heads” we must listen – this could be a teaching released from a Pastor, Teacher or Elder – to listening to what you read on your own - through your studies. “Tails” – we are called to walk in what we are taught, put into practice the wisdom that was released over us!
So you wake up in the morning and go look into the mirror – what do you see?
Let’s talk about the one that only fulfills part 1– Listens to the Word. (We are talking about someone that has given their heart to the Lord)
1. They can only see what the world portrays them to be.
2. There is no glow around them.
3. There vision in life is blurry – not complete.
4. They lack in Joy.
5. There is a lack of motivation in their walk.
6. They struggle to feel His Love for them.
7. They are not able to keep their head high above the circumstance.
8. Their words lack in power.
9. They are easily discouraged.
10. At times they question their purpose.
this is not to make you feel bad, but to open your eyes to see that there is a way out of this place and into a place of joy and rest!
Now let’s look at someone that is fulfilling both parts – Listens and obeys.
1. They are able to seethe potential the Lord has for them – does not listen to worldly opinions.
2. They shine – The Light of Jesus glows around them exposing darkness.
3. They have vision – they begin to gain clarity on they destiny.
4. They have fun in the joy of their salvation.
5. They are motivated to be used by God – They look for opportunities.
6. They sense the presence of God and feel Loved and they understand that the are loved by the Father.
7. They are level headed in time of circumstance – they seek wisdom from above.
8. When they speak or pray– they have authority and the power of the Holy Spirit is present.
9. They are able to fight off discouragement and see the bigger picture they have in Christ.
10. They have an idea of what the Lord has for them – or they are seeking it out!
Now I do want to say this – each believer will be at a different level of understanding, maturity and position within these ten points – my point is this; those that are fulfilling both – are leaving a positive image in the minds of others as they cross paths.
My goal is to bring people to a place to see the reflection in the mirror that the Lord paints and not this world. When we get a glimpse of how our Father sees us – we will gain a passion to run after the things found in Jesus.
My desire it to motivate the body into seeing themselves as God created them to be – In Song of Solomon – it says – yet I am dark, but lovely. Meaning, yes –we may have sin in our walk – but the Lord sees us lovely. (This is not talking about an active lifestyle of sin)
We should not let this world determine what we see in the mirror – but the Word and our actions should paint this beautiful portrait of who you are before Christ. If you do not like what you see in the mirror – through His grace, you are able to change it today!
Dear Les. God bless you for being diligent with what God has given you!
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Id' like to share that, my first 40 years of life have been quite a struggle even as a Christian. I have latley taken my self much closer to the word of truth and the Love of Jesus through my daily walk. God has delivered several of my family members and some close friends cause of that Love....Im so amazed at what He does daily!
My son is in jail and has been struggling with the lifestyle that he had. Yet this is where God wants to speak to him(Jail). He's 24 and is ready to face some judgement soon. The courts have already shown mercy and I've seen much of God's handiwork in it! My son is begining to see the light. It's coming to him via reading the word and knowing that his mom is praying and bringing support stronger around him. Calvary Chapel is our home church, the men are supporting him as well. I would like to send him your book. He might enjoy that one. Im sure of it. I've seen Pastors touch his life and said he had a victorous life upon him. Im praying and speaking to that mountain to be moved. Amen! Please keep my son in your prayers, God is about to bless him for his obediance in his heart. Vinny needs that heart change, this is what needs prayer!
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Thanks again. I look forward in reading that book, I want a copy of it. thanks for sharing part of it with us on T2O.