How much time do you spend looking into a mirror? The amount of time we spend in front of the mirror will determine what we see.
If we are in a hurry, we may quickly glance at ourselves in the mirror, just before heading out the door, not seeing flaws and need for improvement. But, when we have more time, we may spend a little longer looking into the mirror, noticing every flaw and therefore make those much-needed improvements.
The mirror never lies! It always tells the truth!
The Word of God is like a mirror.
James 1:23-25 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like, But whoever looks intently into the perfect law (God’s Word) that gives freedom, and continues in it-not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it-they will be blessed in what they do.
Sometimes we glance into the mirror of God’s Word by reading a quick scripture or two or a short devotional, on our way out the door or before our day becomes hectic, never recognizing that God is speaking directly to us about us or our circumstances. We basically check it off of our “things to do” list.
But then there are times when we look intently into the mirror of God’s Word by making time to study it and meditate on it, hearing God speak directly to us about us, therefore, noticing our sins and need for improvement.
For the past 8 months, I have studied the lives of Joshua, Ruth, Hannah, Samuel, Saul, David, and Solomon with my Bible study group. While intently looking into the mirror of God’s Word, these 8 months, I have found flaws in myself and sins in my heart; such as pride, greed, timidity, and selfishness. Just to name a few.
The mirror of God’s word never lies! It always tells the truth! And the truth is usually hard to face and very painful.
The good news about the truth of God’s word is it sets us free.
John 8:32 “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
The word of God changes us from the inside out. The more we study it, meditate on it, and practice it, the more we are transformed into the image of Christ to live victorious lives.
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
James 1:22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
Do you look intently into the word of God and practice it daily or do you merely glance at it every now and then, if you have time? Sure, what you find, by intently looking into God’s word, may be hard and painful to face, but it is necessary in order to be set free.
Being a doer of God’s word is impossible without the power of the Holy Spirit.
Galatians 5:16-17 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so you are not to do whatever you want.
Let’s make time to study God’s word. Let’s ask the Holy Spirit to help us to be hearers and doers of God’s word. Let’s allow the word of God to set us free. Let’s allow God to transform us from the inside out; making those much-needed improvements resulting in resembling Christ and living a life of victory.
1 Corinthians 15:57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Lord, give us a greater desire to spend more time with You and to study Your word. Help us to face the truth we see in Your word so that we will be set free from sin and it’s destruction. Help us to hear and do Your word through the power of Your Spirit. Transform us from the inside out so that we will resemble Christ more and more each day. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen!
Dear God, I know I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that You raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do Your will. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.