The Message
I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life # to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple. Psalm 27:4
Exalt the LORD Our God and Worship!
Food for the Soul
Feeding Our Soul with God's Word
Rejoice with Dance! David, danced before the LORD with all his might... 2 Samuel 6:14
We Will Serve the Lord.
Giving Praise to Our Father for He's Worthy To Be Praised
Praises His Name with Songs! Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth, Psalm 98:4
Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it. –– Proverbs 22.6
Be shepherds of God's flock that is under your care, serving as overseers ––– not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be... –– 1 Peter 5:2
Our Spiritual Mirror

"But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
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: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was."-James 1:22-24 (KJV)

The mirror on the wall is perhaps our most respected "adviser" of our physical appearance. Most Americans have at least one mirror in each bathroom and in each bedroom. We "consult" the mirror daily for input on how we look. We never dispute its "advice"; sometimes we choose to ignore it, but most of the time we simply take the input and make or work at making the necessary physical improvements.

One of the reasons we spend so much time before a mirror is because we value how we look to others. When the mirror on the wall tells us that everything is in order we can go public with confidence. If, on the other hand, the mirror tells us something is out of place and we fail to address the matter, we become self-conscious in the company of others.

The Bible says we are both a physical being and a spiritual being. Our physical being is referred to as our outer man, and our spiritual being, our inner man. Most people spend lots of time tending to their external appearance but little time on the inner person. Just as we have a physical mirror to assess our physical appearance, we also have a spiritual mirror for tending to our spiritual appearance. The Bible is that spiritual mirror.

Our spiritual mirror uses Christ as its standard. That is, whenever we hear biblical preaching, or whenever we study the Bible, the Scriptures allow us to and challenge us to evaluate our inner person relative to the character modeled by our Lord Jesus. Some of the areas we are challenged to perfect are those of love, joy, inner peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. When we look at ourselves in these areas--in terms of the Scriptures--we must not only hear what God is saying about our current state, but also we must take action to correct the appearance of our spiritual being. This we will do if we value our appearance before the Lord, who looks on the inner man.

Dear Lord, Help me to be a doer of Your Word. As Your Word shows me the flaws in my spiritual being I want to be responsive, that I might become more like Christ on the inside. Amen.

Written By: Bishop Lloyd R. Ocampo Taken from IGF's "Renewed" Newsletter
Article Source: WRITERS

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