Thursday, September 17, 2015

Pressing Forward and Beauty on the Inside

Ex 16:1 And they journeyed from Elim, and all the congregation of the children of Israel came to the Wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they departed from the land of Egypt.
:2 Then the whole congregation of the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness.
:3 And the children of Israel said to them, "Oh, that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the pots of meat and when we ate bread to the full! For you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger."
:4 Then the Lord said to Moses, "Behold I will rain bread from heaven for you. And the people shall go out and gather a certain quota every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in My law or not.
:5 And it shall be on the sixth day that they shall prepare what they bring in, and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily.
:6 Then Moses and Aaron said to all the children of Israel, "At evening you shall know that the Lord has brought you out of the land of Egypt.
:7 And in the morning you shall see the glory of the Lord; for He hears your complaints against the Lord. But what are we, that you complain against us?"
:8 Also Moses said, "This shall be seen when the Lord gives you meat to eat in the evening and in the morning bread to the full; for the Lord hears your complaints against Him. And what are we? Your complaints are not against us but against the Lord."
:9 Then Moses said to Aaron, "Say to all the congregation of the children of Israel, 'Come near before the Lord, for He heard your complaints.'
:10 Now it came to pass, as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the children of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness and behold the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud.
:11 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,
:12 "I have heard the complaints of the children of Israel. Speak to them, saying, "At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall be filled with bread. And you shall know that I am the Lord your God.

Just like the children of Egypt, sometimes we want to go back to what was. There should not be a reverse in our lives. If we are not careful, we will go back to the old sin we have overcome with the help of the Lord.

We must keep going forward, without the possibility of going in reverse.

In our walk with Jesus we must refuse to go backwards.

Phil 3:14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Despite the many miracles God had performed for the children of Israel, they wanted to go back into slavery in Eqypt. They failed to trust God that He could and would guide them forward to a better life. We are like that also sometimes. Don't go back, press forward.

Pr 31:30 Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.

Sometimes we worry so much about how we look on the outside, we forget that it is our inner beauty that matters the most.

Just as we must take care of our outer needs, brush hair, etc, we must work on the inner beauty daily as well.

Here are a few things to help with the inner beauty.

1. Cleanser

We have to cleanse ourselves of all unwanted impurities. We do that through confessing our sins and receiving God's forgiveness.

1 Jn 1:9 If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

2. Moisturizer

Having compassion can be a good moisturizer. When we start seeing others and their needs instead of our own it can really soften us up.

Jude :21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
:22 And on some have compassion, making a distinction.

3. Wrinkle cream.

A meek and quiet spirit will smooth out those wrinkles.

1 Pet 3:4 rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.

4. Foundation

The Word of God is our foundation. If we have that in our hearts, the rest can easily be applied.

Ps 119:11 Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against you.

5. Eye makeup.

We need to protect our eyes from seeing ungodly things.

1 Cor 6:19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?

6. Lipstick

Apply lipstick in the shade of pleasantness daily.

Pr 16:24 Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.

7. Blush

We should radiate God's love through us as our blush.

Rom 5:5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

8. Hand lotion.

Apply generosity and good deeds to keep our hands from becoming dry and brittle.

Pr 31:31 Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her own words praise her in the gates.

9. Foot therapy.

Take your feet only to the places Christ would approve. Otherwise they can get rough and calloused.

1 Thess 5:22 Abstain from every appearance of evil.

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