OUTWARD APPEARANCE AND INWARD PERSONALITY
By DIGC27 April 2020
Whatever is in the heart reflects on the outside. It is what you are inside that shows on the outside.
SCRIPTURE: Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Matthew 7:17-18
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: It is what you are inside that shows on the outside.
Some time ago, my wife and I went for a meeting at Sheraton Hotels, Abuja, Nigeria. We met a girl who also came to the hotel area for a different purpose, a prostitutious assignment, she was a prostitute. My wife and I decided to preach to her. She was so indecently dressed that her dressing was showing her contours and cleavages. When we called her to preach to her, her sight was so terrible that my wife had to use something to block her widely open chest first before we continued preaching. She gave her life to Christ and we invited her to church on Sunday. But then she said something that touched me deeply, she said: “I don’t have church clothes; I can’t wear the kind of clothes I am wearing now to church.” Now, this is someone who was a prostitute but knew the ideal dress code for church services. She knew that there are clothes a person should not wear and appear before God. Meanwhile, some Christians who claim to be in church for donkey years feel that they can wear any type of suggestive clothes to church claiming that a person’s outward appearance doesn’t matter to God. That is a lie from the pit of hell. They claim that God looks at the heart and the outward appearance does not matter. The truth is, whatever is in the heart reflects on the outside. For instance, when you look at a ripened mango; how do you know that it is really ripe when you have not tasted it? You know it is ripe because you saw the external appearance of the mango which is a product of the condition of the mango inside. In the same way, how do you know that someone has the spirit of seduction in her? It is the way she appears on the outside. It is what you are inside that shows on the outside.
Beloved, the people of the world know what belongs to the world; but the people of God are claiming not to know. Remember, God cannot be mocked.
Remember this: It is what you are inside that shows on the outside.
- Make up your mind to be a genuine Christian.
- Let your appearance glorify God.
PRAYER: Lord, I ask for the grace to be an authentic Christian. Let everything I do glorify You, Lord, in Jesus’ Name.
FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE: ENEMIES OF DISTINCTION (PART 6).
QUOTE: Today, many members of the Body of Christ are competing with the world in seductive dressing, wrongly appropriating office funds and foul languages. Now people cannot tell who is who. But God is saying to us, “If you want me to stand by you in this generation; if you want me to advertise you to your generation, then you must answer the question: “Who are you?”” Culled from “WHO ARE YOU?” by Dr Paul Enenche.
AMAZING FACT: Jews and Christians have a higher education than any other religious group in the world. On average, the number of years of formal education for Jews and Christians is 13.4 and 9.3 years respectively.
DAILY READING: Job 7-9
PROPHETIC WORD: Receive the grace for authenticity in Jesus Name.
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