Beauty that Can’t be Bought

 

Worldly Beauty FadesWomen of today have been sold a bill of goods that tells them that they must work on their outer beauty if they want to be accepted or liked or admired. This is a lie. True beauty radiates from a woman who boldly and confidently knows who she is in Christ. Philippians 3:8 “Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Jesus. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, that I may gain Christ.”

Think about it! A woman who has truly denied herself, taken up her cross and becomes entirely consumed with Jesus, isn’t going to be an insecure woman. She is not going to be obsessed with making her outward appearance “Her Light”. A heart with such significant beauty – a God-given beauty – will overflow with compassion and love on to all who her life touches. It will not even be something that she will be conscious of doing. It will just happen out of an overflow of God through her.

True God-given beauty, and the passionate nature for life and for others that result from God’s indwelling Spirit, inflames the heart and satisfies the soul of anyone who is willing to surrender to the power of God’s love through the person of Jesus Christ. The resulting beauty – or rather the character behind the beauty – does not compare itself with a pretty face or a gorgeous body.

quote-RFTO-Freedom-Beautiful-in-GodWhile those things may entice onlookers for a brief moment in life, there is no comparison of such fleeting beauty to the true beauty of a woman’s God-ignited, passionately devoted, continually overflowing inner beauty that lasts an eternity. This beauty is yours if you want it, and He will deposit it in such abundance in the most sacred places of your heart if you want it more than any other beauty you have.

“Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last, but a woman who fears The Lord will be greatly praised.” – Proverbs 31:30

You cannot buy it. You cannot bargain for it. You cannot fake it until you make it. You can’t pretend to have it. When you have it, unlike earthly fleshly beauty, it will not wash off at the end of the day or need to be thrown in the laundry to be cleaned. It will not grow old, wrinkled, or unattractive. It is internally eternally yours. Only fully surrendering to Jesus can bring such life giving, refreshing, overflowing, and life blessing inner beauty. “Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last, but a woman who fears The Lord will be greatly praised.” – Proverbs 31:30

Dangerous Hearts, Dangerous Words

 

We have all been around it. We have heard and seen it happening, and when we do, something in us rises up and we just want to slap the snot out of the one who is doing it. NOT because we are mad or angry at them, but that they would be so foolish as to think anything good can come out of it. I am speaking about the condition of a person’s heart that would allow them to go as far as to do those things that God hates when it comes to relationship with others.

In Proverbs 6:16-19, among other places, we read of things that God hates.

“These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, a false witness that speaketh lies, and he that sows discord among brethren.”

quote-Prov16_16-19-controversyHow is it that someone cannot recognize these things as being not only destructive to people around them but also destructive to their own life? When someone is living at such a place in their lives where they go out of their way to live with such things as a part of their lives, the reality of where their heart is and how self-deceived they are really shines through. It is the kind of self-deception that causes them to believe that they have a right – even an obligation – to be the way they are. Tragically, they are not aware enough of the spiritual battle going on in their lives to recognize when they have become a puppet of the prince of darkness.

As a professing Christian, I’m not one to speak of anything but the love of God for the world. The God of Israel is the only God out of the millions of manmade gods who abounds in love, offers merciful redemption, and amazing grace. ┬áThis is the message that I love to share more than anything else. It is the message where I see God work the most – when I share of His love, mercy, forgiveness, and grace. Yet, there is a side of God that is not spoken about often. It is His hatred for certain things. How can a God of love, hate? In Proverbs 6:16-19, among other places, we read of things that God hates.

“These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, a false witness that speaketh lies, and he that sows discord among brethren.”

If you have ever met someone that operates in any if these things, you have probably felt the same way that most people do who have a personal relationship with God. No one with any character wants to hang around people like this unless they are like this as well. Maybe this is why is is not a surprise that most people in tend to hate these very things that God hates.

Herein lie the greatest reasons for the conflicts in our world – willfully doing those things that God hates. May we all learn to love what God loves, but also to hate what God hates. This will be a world changer if everyone begins to hate the things that God hates.