The Ultimate Beauty Tip

October 22, 2016

Psalm 45:13 The king’s daughter is all glorious within: her clothing is of wrought gold.
Proverbs 11:22 As a jewel of gold in a swine’s snout, so is a fair woman which is without discretion.
1 Peter 3
3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;
4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
My dear Sisters in Christ, there is so much pressure on you to attain the world’s conception of beauty that deals only with the outward appearance. You need to be this tall and that weight with this hair style and this makeup with this designer’s clothes and wear this perfume to be beautiful.
You have been sold a bill of goods because they need to sell all that nonsense. It is the beauty that is inside that matters. The outward is an accessory to the inward beauty.
I read many years ago about a lady who by the world’s standard had homely features. She would never appear on the cover of Cosmo or Cover Girl. Yet, there was an aura about her that commanded attention when she walked into the room and all eyes would be on her. She had learned the true and greatest beauty secret. Her was her inward beauty radiating do strongly that it nearly blinded people to her physical attributes.
I have known many women that would be considered but they lacked discretion or good judgment and even intelligence. They had a haughty or mean spirit. They were high maintenance. Indeed, some were not someone you wanted to be around. They were easy on the eyes as they say but hard on your ears and soul. They truly had a jewel of physical beauty, but they were a swine inside. Swine might be a kind comparison for some of them.
Note that the King’s daughter is all glorious withing and the golden garment is an accessory. A gold garment cannot beautify you internally, yet the woman who is glorious within can be beautiful in a tattered potato sack dress. Strive to look wonderful in that tater sack and don’t fill your closet with costly apparel.
True beauty has never changed. Indeed, Eve had no makeup, no clothes and no perfume, but I promise you she was the most beautiful woman that ever lived. I wonder if we had a picture of her if she would even meet the beauty standards that fallen man has conceived. Yet, I know she was beautiful because she was glorious within until the Fall. Indeed the first thing they both thought of after sin was their outward appearance when it was the inside that was the problem.
Your are the King’s daughter. Seek what He says is beautiful in 1 Peter 3. Because you are sealed with the Holy Spirit and redeemed you have great glory within, but too often you resist it coming forth by your attire. It may not be inappropriate attire, but you passion for it and need for it is what is inappropriate. Clothing keeps you warm in the winter and out of jail in the summer. It does not make the man or woman. The inner adorning is what makes the man or woman.
Save your money and dress simply sans a thousand accessories and accouterments. Let your face be the one God gave you not one created by some corporate artist. Like the man who sold everything to obtain the pearl of great price so also should you rid yourself of all the baggage that makes you feel like you are not beautiful without it. Sell it to achieve that inner beauty that to God is of great price.
Physical beauty fades quickly and all the stuff sold trying to slow it down often hastens the decay rather than prevent it. Inner beauty only gets more beautiful over time and will last for eternity. It is by far, the better investment. It is much better for God to say you are beautiful in His sight then for any man or woman to say it about expensive fabrication that is temporal.
You are the King’s daughter! Seek to please Him by beautifying that which He values. Maranatha!

Alone in Battle?

October 20, 2016

1Kings 19
9 And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah?
10 And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.
11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake:
12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.
13 And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?
14 And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.

18 Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.
When you read the paper you may feel like you are all alone standing for God. At work or school, you indeed may be the only Christian or at least the only open one. Even in your family, you may seem like the only one who really cares about Christ. Your church congregation is dwindling or you sense a shift from substance to emotionalism. You feel like Elijah. It is you and God against the world, the flesh and the devil.
Yet, as we see, God has not lost any of His power and contrary to Elijah’s perceptions and feelings he was not the only one left that worshipped the one true God. Too often we want God to bring down fire on His enemies like “James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James; and he surnamed them Boanerges, which is, The sons of thunder:” (Mark 3:17)
Yet, notice that God was not in the wind, the fire or the earthquake. He was in the quiet when Elijah heard the still, small voice. Still as in calm. It is in the intimacy with Him and hearing His voice that He is working in us. Indeed, when the world is full of literal or symbolic strong destroying winds, fires and earthquakes we can face them if we will listen for that still, small voice. God is in control.
Sometimes it is our ego that makes us feel like the only one standing up for God. Other times, it is our perceptions, our feelings that beat us down and we feel like a martyr or Lone Ranger. Yet, even the Lone Ranger had Tonto so he was not truly alone. Neither are you. You may not always see them. They may be hidden in a cave like those Obadiah care for awaiting the day they will come forth when God brings the victory.
They may be in their third year of training in their Arabia, like Paul, getting intense one on one discipleship before their ministry starts. Who knows, but God? Yet, like Elijah’s day, God has those who have not bowed the knee to our modern Baals.
Thus, like Elijah, be about the ministry God has called you to do. Be faithful in your witness. Seek holiness and intimacy with God. In due time, God may bring you an Elisha or you may find you are someone’s Elisha. You know not all the thoughts He has for you and others or what missions you will be called about to serve in or lead.
The omnipresent God who loves you beyond comprehension will always be by your side. Did He not say that He would never leave you or forsake you? Then put on the armor, take up sword and shield and prepare to do valiant things whether you are sent in alone or you see hoards descending the hills with you into the battle. There may only be 300 and look what God did with that small a number because Gideon trusted in Him.
Fight on, Brothers and Sisters! The battle is hot, but Hell is hotter and we called to take prisoners from the legions of evil making them brethren and fellow soldiers. Maranatha!!

“A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.” – Unknown

Something to be remembered when evangelizing. Just because they say a prayer on the doorstep does not mean they are saved. They may be just trying to get you off their doorstep or saying the prayer to hedge their bets while still maintaining their core beliefs. I am positive that many souls that have been reported as won will be in Hell unless they were truly won later than the time they were reported.

Matt 23:15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves

If there is no lasting fruit, albeit small, you have inoculated the person thinking they are saved and made them sealed to Hell, nor Heaven or at best made the next soul winner’s work harder as they have to lead them out of a false conversion into a true one.

I saw much of this in the soul winning while an IFB. Folks would come back from an door-to-door evangelism time saying how many were saved yet the people never came to church, were never baptized and often would not even open the door on a follow up visit or if they did, they made excuses and shut the door as quickly as possible.

I have had many people say the prayer in my ministry, especially in jail, but I cannot say with any certainty that any of them were truly saved. On God knows how many He won through me and how many I sealed to Hell by inoculation. My only hope is where I erred, He sent someone else to clean up my mess and truly win them.

So be careful and be sure you are going in the Spirit and He gives you discern on how to deal with each person and discern when to press on to the prayer or wait until another day. Maranatha!