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Hear at the Mirror

May 18

"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:"   James 1:23

"We must approach Scripture as a looking glass which demands a listening ear."






A talking mirror is somewhat of a novelty, but that analogy is an accurate depiction of how we are to view "the Word".  We must approach Scripture as a looking glass which demands a listening ear.  The Word of GOD could also be likened unto a reflecting pool, for it reveals our appearance as it truly is, from Heaven's vantage; and be mindful as you look, that the pebbles of pride will ripple the image if you choose to toss them in.  "But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the LORD, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the SPIRIT OF THE LORD."  For all who are patient enough to still themselves, the SON serves to solar us into Moses like creatures aglow with the glory of HIS presence. 

"... man looketh on the outward appearance"  It is no misnomer to suggest that our lives are the only Bible some folks will ever read.  We, at any given time, are projecting images of real Christianity, or rank hypocrisy.  To look into "the perfect Law of liberty" and then ignore it, sends us out un-kept before a watching world of willful sinners eager to cast aside the glass altogether.  "For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the HOLY GHOST, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake."   No less than the credibility of GOD and HIS gospel are on the line, based largely upon how we listen at the Glass each day. 

Behold, the days come, saith the LORD GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:  The great assemblies of GOD'S people, are intended to be a house of mirrors, revealing man's spiritual malnutrition.  There, the Bread of Life is passed, to the healing and health of HIS Church; and there, HE is both SERVER and STAPLE.

 "I am that bread of life."

For Love of Country
Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859)
(French Statesman)
"Upon my arrival in the United States the religious aspect of the country was the first thing that struck my attention; and the longer I stayed there, the more I perceived the great political consequences resulting from this new state of things.  In France I had almost always seen the spirit of religion and the spirit of freedom marching in opposite directions.  But in America I found they were intimately united and that they reigned in common over the same country."

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