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How Do I Look?

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Title: How do I Look? Text: James 1:22-25 22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do. Trans: The practice of Confession requires us to look intently into the Spiritual mirror of God’s Word to see our guilt/shame so that we can experience the freedom of confession. 1. Take a Good Look! A. Catching a Glimpse. -Have you ever looked in the mirror to quickly and latter wished you hadn’t been in such a hurry? -Have you ever looked in a mirror and wish you hadn’t? Just kidding! Ill: My wife has this mirror that magnifies your face… Ill: Our youngest decided to cut his hair… -Carl Jung wrote, “Hurry is not of the devil; hurry is the devil.” “Stop and smell the roses.” -We tend to be in such a hurry that there is little depth to our lives… -James is using the illustration of someone looking in a mirror quickly… B. An Intense Look -To look intently at something takes time and focus…Laser focus… Ill: Witnesses to an accident…it happens so fast…they tend to have different stories… -When you look intently at something you are able to remember what it looks like… -James is obviously referring to the Bible as a Spiritual mirror… -The perfect law that gives freedom is a mirror that shows us what we look like spiritually… -It is no wonder the devil works so hard to keep us from seeing our spiritual condition… 2. Look at You! A. Take a look at King Josiah. >Chronicles 34: >Verse 3 says he began to seek the God of David…Josiah was 16 years old… -When you seek something, you look intently for it… -In verses 4-8 he apparently saw something…Josiah is now 20 years old… In his twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem of high places, Asherah poles and idols. 4 Under his direction the altars of the Baals were torn down; he cut to pieces the incense altars that were above them and smashed the Asherah poles and the idols. These he broke to pieces and scattered over the graves of those who had sacrificed to them. 5 He burned the bones of the priests on their altars, and so he purged Judah and Jerusalem. 6 In the towns of Manasseh, Ephraim and Simeon, as far as Naphtali, and in the ruins around them, 7 he tore down the altars and the Asherah poles and crushed the idols to powder and cut to pieces all the incense altars throughout Israel. Then he went back to Jerusalem. -Then they found the book of the Law…while cleaning and repairing the temple… >Verse 14 says, 19 When the king heard the words of the Law, he tore his robes. 20 He gave these orders to Hilkiah, Ahikam son of Shaphan, Abdon son of Micah,[a] Shaphan the secretary and Asaiah the king’s attendant: 21 “Go and inquire of the Lord for me and for the remnant in Israel and Judah about what is written in this book that has been found. Great is the Lord’s anger that is poured out on us because those who have gone before us have not kept the word of the Lord; they have not acted in accordance with all that is written in this book.” >Verse 33 says, 33 Josiah removed all the detestable idols from all the territory belonging to the Israelites, and he had all who were present in Israel serve the Lord their God. As long as he lived, they did not fail to follow the Lord, the God of their ancestors. -You see sin differently when you look intently into the mirror of God’s Word… -The closer you are to God (relationship) the clearer you see things…Sin blinds us!!!! -They didn’t know they were sinning until they looked into the Word…they were just going on about life not knowing they were separated from God because of their sin and were about to receive His judgement… >Matt. 24:37-39 37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, 39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so, shall also the coming of the Son of man be. B. Look at Ezra the Priest >Nehemiah 8:8-9 says 8 They read from the Book of the Law of God, making it clear[a] and giving the meaning so that the people understood what was being read. 9 Then Nehemiah the governor, Ezra the priest and teacher of the Law, and the Levites who were instructing the people said to them all, “This day is holy to the Lord your God. Do not mourn or weep.” >Nehemiah 9:1-3 On the twenty-fourth day of the same month, the Israelites gathered together, fasting and wearing sackcloth and putting dust on their heads. 2 Those of Israelite descent had separated themselves from all foreigners. They stood in their places and confessed their sins and the sins of their ancestors. 3 They stood where they were and read from the Book of the Law of the Lord their God for a quarter of the day and spent another quarter in confession and in worshiping the Lord their God.  -Two illustrations in the O.T. +The Law/the Book was read…”The mirror”… +The people saw their sinfulness…”Their Spiritual Condition”… +They admitted their guilt…”Conviction” +They began to “Confess” as a result of being admitting guilty… 3. Looking Good! A. Confession brings Freedom! -Spiritual freedom… -When the Body of Christ is not experiencing the outpouring of the Holy Spirit it is usually because there is sin in the camp… -God wants to pour out His Spirit…Sin stops us from experiencing the Supernatural power of God in our presence… >2 Corinthians 3:17 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. -Freedom to experience the Presence of God… B. Confession needs to begin with us! -We don’t need a new revelation…we need conviction… -We don’t need to blame others…we need to confess our sin… -We don’t need a token devotional; we need to look intently in the Word of God to see our sin and confess…
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