Sunday, January 27, 2013

Preaching: True Beauty! (Part 2)

Our guest writer has returned.  Please enjoy Part 2 of Keysi's devotion on True Beauty.

Today’s Devotion

Topic: True beauty! (Part 2)

Scriptures:Proverbs 31:30, Proverbs 14:12, Philippians 1:20, John 3:30, Matthew 6:33,Matthew 7:6, etc.

Good evening brothers and sisters!

Today we are on the second part of this preaching, may our Lord Jesus Christ pour out His understanding and guidance upon you, so that you’ll know what to do with all the gifts and talents He has given you, using your time wisely, encouraging and teaching others about these verses and doing everything in reverence, building up a good testimony not only before men but most importantly before God, since the days are evil.

Let me ask you a question my friend, what’s true beauty for you? True beauty for me is:_____________________________________________

As you fill in the blanks, I’ll give you this passage :

Proverbs 14:12 “There is a way that seems right to a person, but its end is the way to death.”

Ok now, can you compare what you wrote down with this verse? Are those things right before you but they’re actually notfrom the Lord? Do they sound pretty normal/good to you but are they kind of worldly? Or are they  based on what you’ve read in the Bible and what God has taught you throughout the years?

We are seeing all sorts of wickedness when it comes to beauty nowadays my beloved brethren, all the way from unnecessary surgeries to not eating, and all of this is done just to look“good” 

Speaking of that let me show you something:

For no one ever hates his own body, buthe nourishes and tenderly cares for it, just as Christ does for the church. Ephesians 5:29

So if you love your body you must eat, not in excess because that’s a sin, that’s a whole other Bible study but if you want to read about if go for it my beloved brethren, it’s found in Proverbs23:20-21 And also you must take care of your body because it is not yours but God’s, you are His Holy temple!

With that in mind let’s jump to the following verse:

Philippians 1:20

“It is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be put to shame in any way, but that by my speaking with all boldness, Christ will be exalted now as always in my body, whether by life or by death.”

How is Christ exalted in our bodies? Ok we're getting to the point of True Beauty here, pay attention my friends!

“Therefore, do not let sin exercise dominion in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions. No longer present your members to sin as instruments of wickedness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and present your members to God as instruments of righteousness. For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.” Romans 6:12-14

How can God be exalted in your body if you are for example in fornication? Or doing things that you shouldn’t be doing you name it, or taking in substances like someone who doesn’t know Christ? If you want to Grace is not a pass to sin, so if you’re a Christian who thinks that just because God is so graceful with you & you can do whatever you want, then you truly need to repent!

How can you pursue outwardly “beauty” if your inside is messed up? Don’t be a Pharisee!

‘Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees,hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup, so that the outside also may become clean. Matthew 23:25-26

Cleaning your heart & thoughts with the precious anointing of the Holy Spirit, this is an invitation to the real deal, HEAVEN!! Not to a religion or a church! it’s better to be judged, warned and rebuked by the Lord TODAY than later on when you’re standing before Him by the white throne, because that’s going to open your eyes and make you turn to Him. You might be saying, “man but if God is love then how is he going to judge me? That’s why!!! He is your Father! He wants a relationship with you, but you need to submit and let excuses out! Sin is death, and if you aren’t pursuing the ETERNAL BEAUTY then what are you waiting for? God wants your name to be written in the book of Life my beloved brethren, let Him cleanse whatever needs to be cleansed! You can go and take a shower in holy waters if you want, but that’s not going to remove your sin! Only Jesus with His precious blood!

Isaiah 1:18

“Come now, let us argue it out,
says the Lord:
though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be like snow;
though they are red like crimson,
they shall become like wool.”

That’s True beauty my beloved brethren,no man can do this! Once everything’s fixed inside, no doubt it’s going to overflow and shine your face!

Speaking of that, don’t you remember whenMoses was praying and after he finished, everyone who saw him was astonished because Moses’ face was so bright and radiant!

The same happens in your life, give it toJesus and the outside beauty won’t be as important as your inward beauty! Matthew 6:33 says “Seek first the kingdom of God and all these things will be added on to you.”

God won’t give you something that will separate you from Him, or make you forget about His Love, so think about it andpursue greater things than appearance or what not, it applies to relationships as well.

Lord Jesus please guard every heart that is reading this, fix their eyes on You, show them the beauty you did on that cross, by Your bruises we are healed!

K. Cordero

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