Sunday, January 20, 2013

Preaching: True Beauty!

 ( Keysi is a guest writer and a wonderful friend/sister in Christ! I pray you will be blessed by her posts.)
Today’s Devotion

Topic: True beauty! (Part 1)

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

Good morning beloved brethren! May our Lord and Savior be with you today, giving you wisdom and showing you decisions and radical steps that you are going to take this New Year! Regardless of the outcome and the things that are happening in this world, we are still here, for God’s plan! He needs servants with hearts that are ready for the battle! And here we are, empty-handed, we just need to bow our knees and give Him our goals! He will transform them and give us back what we really need! A new list with things that will edify not only you but those who are in need for Jesus!

Today we will be discussing about True Beauty!

Beauty does not refer to women only; we find in the scriptures that even men were also recognized for their appearance such as David, the beloved husband in the Book of Songs of Solomon, Joseph, etc.

The concept of beauty has been twisted by the world, it is sad to see both men and women affected in a very negative way regardless of their ages. We see young girls pursuing a fake appearance, pride and recognition from other people in the wrong way. First of all because it is not God’s will that you become a “Praised person” because of your beauty, second because you will become a prideful being, no different than Lucifer when he rebelled against God! Remember that the devil was the most beautiful angel, and that was the very reason why he wanted to be worshiped among the other heavenly creatures.

Let’s see what God’s precious Word says about this:

Luke 14:11 “for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.’

Proverbs 6:17-19 “There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him:
haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
and hands that shed innocent blood,
a heart that devises wicked plans,
feet that hurry to run to evil,
a lying witness who testifies falsely,
and one who sows discord in a family.”

James 4:6 “God resists the proud,
but gives grace to the humble.”

Proverbs 31:30

“Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”

If you stop and think for a moment, there are so many people right now, some faces might start popping in your head as we speak. There are people who become so vain in their own physical appearance where it’s all about them, and what they have, and they forget God. The riches go together with this as well, once you’ve got “everything” you start forgetting the very fount of blessings!

Beloved brethren, do not be deceived!

Let’s take a look at this verse which is absolutely impacting:

For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love become slaves to one another. Galatians 5:13 Wow! By the way, becoming slaves to one another in this verse simply means serving! Being there for your friends, family, people!! Don’t get confused with 1 Corinthians 7:23, this other one is talking about the freedom that Christ has given us.

Going back to what we were saying my friends, don’t waste your time on the flesh! Don’t use that beautiful freedom Jesus bought for on things that aren’t worth it! This flesh will fade away, it’s just flesh! And the worse thing is that this flesh is against the Spirit! So there’s no way we should be more involved in temporary things, and again it goes beyond the physical, it’s a heart issue! It comes from our human nature, it all starts in the garden of Eden, but remember that Christ paid the price for that sin! Therefore we should turn away from it, we are no longer living in the flesh but in the Spirit! Yes we still have this body, but by the Holy Spirit of God our desires will change, let’s repent from our pride, and pray fervently! Satan cannot intervene when you are talking to your heavenly Father! Hallelujah!  It’s Daddy and son/daughter time! God will remove pride from your life my beloved brethren, but you need to present it before Him!

This will be a long study, but it is very important to understand where we are, we’ve all been through things like these, some of you are very hurt by the whole concept of beauty especially in this kind of society where you feel pressured to do things and to look like certain people, worldly fashions come to place, even at church, and it is a disaster! But the heart is what counts! And the change will take place from the inside out; our outside will reflect what the inside looks like!

We will continue with part 2 beloved brothers and sisters, let’s reread the Bible verses we listed so far and pray over them, let God show you His heart about what a true woman of God looks like, what a true Godly guy looks like, both in and out. We are to honor the Lord in everything we do remember? So let Him speak to your heart! He loves you with Eternal Love!

Yahweh M’Kaddesh
(The God who sanctifies)

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