6 And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the Lord‘s anointed is before him.
7 But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.
Many time we are judged by our appearance, socioeconomic, job status, community status, and even what church we attend. The Lord is saying to us today, I’m not looking at your past mistakes, failures, mishaps, or disappointments. I’m looking at your heart. What is your heart saying??? You can’t get wrapped up in how people judge your outward appearance. You make sure you know whats going on in your heart. At such time like this, we do not want the Lord to refuse us. Live a life that is pleasing unto the Lord.
2 Test me, Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind;
5 My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. 6 He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved. 7 In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. 8 Trust in him at all times ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah Psalms 62:5-8
Patience is definitely a virtue to possess when you are waiting on God to move in situations that seem to come upon you relentlessly. David writes in this Psalms that he waits silently in hope upon God for he knows that he is his rock and his deliverer. Is that were the description of being the “strong and silent” type comes from?
Being able to wait is saying that we have the hope and confidence that the situation will be worked out in God’s time. While we are waiting, let us pour out our heart before him so we don’t take matters into our own hands, but we allow God the space to work it out. Wait…
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Matthew 6:21
What possessions in this life do we hold close to our heart? Is it our house or maybe our car? Or maybe its some jewelry or even money? The worldly things of this life will not last forever because it will rust, mold or stolen from us. These tangible things that we treasure, we cannot take with us when we die. There was a story told that a man died and when he got to heaven’s gate, the angel questioned him as to why he was carrying a bag with him. The man pull out of his bag a gold bar thinking he would impress the angel. But the angel shook his head asking why would he bring pavement with him. That is why we have set our affections on things that are above, and not on things of this earth. (Colossians 3:5) The treasures that we should hold close to our heart is a life in Christ. We store up our treasures by living a godly life, by applying the Word of God to our lives and having intimate communication with God with our prayers. Then our treasures will last for eternity.
I have a guest writer today. G. Elizabeth Moore gave this Inspirational Word at our service Sunday morning which was a blessing to our congregation.hearers.I know this word will be a blessing to you too!
"For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your Heavenly Father will also forgive
you:" MATTHEW 6:14
To the point and simple, right? Well to the point yes, simple, not so much!
Forgiveness is HARD! It is not easy to give up our right to be hurt, to be
angry, have to need to get back at or hate the other for what they have done to
you. You may have had terrible things done to you by someone you loved and
trusted. You may have even lost a great deal because of someone's action. I
know for myself I've lived the forgiveness fight.
The Bible tells us the story of Joseph in the book of Genesis. Joseph was sold
into slavery by his brothers. Joseph went from slavery to prison, and then to a
place in Pharaoh's court, and finally to being in charge of all Egypt, second
only to Pharaoh himself. When the famine drove his brothers to Egypt, Joseph
then had his brothers, his enemies in the palm of his hand.
Just before he revealed himself to forgive them, we are told he went to a place
of solitude and wept so loudly that the whole palace heard it! By their
standards at that time, he had the right and the power to kill them, but
instead, he embraced them, but is was not easy, it was hard for him. Joseph
says to his brothers: "But as for you, ye thought evil against me: but God meant
it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save as much people alive"
We are able to forgive because God is in charge. We are also able to forgive
because God takes even the things that were meant to hurt us, and He uses them
for good, if we let him. IF WE LET HIM!
We must forgive from the inside (the heart) and bring forth love in obedience to
We must forgive those who have hurt us: because our own forgiveness hinges on it.
If we can not forgive, then we do not have love in our heart. When we refuse to
forgive the bitterness grows like a cancer within us and eats away at us,
causing stress and illness and a great lack of joy. Whether we like it or not,
the only therapy for this cancer is the surgery of forgiveness!
When we refuse to forgive, we allow the sin that was committed against us to
hurt us twice; once when we were first sinned against and again by keeping us
from receiving God's forgiveness.
Jesus lets us know that if we refuse to forgive, then we really haven't grasped
our need for forgiveness, or how much God has forgiven us, and thus in our
pride, we have not truly repented, and God will not forgive us.
BUT WHEN WE HAVE OUR EYES ON THE CROSS, AND THE PAIN AND SUFFERING THAT JESUS
WENT THROUGH IN ORDER TO FORGIVE US AND CLEANSE US FROM OUR SIN, IT BECOMES
PRETTY MINOR TO FORGIVE THOSE WHO HARM US TODAY,
Storms will come in our lives, but Jesus has left us with a gift. The Comforter which is the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of God will lead us and guide us in all ways of truth if we allow Him to. Surrender to God’s peace and allow Him to rule our hearts.
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Colossians 3:15
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Isaiah 26:3
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds…– 2 Corinthians 10:4
We are in a war, a confrontation with good and evil. The enemy that we are fighting does not fight fair. He will use every piece of artillery that he has in his arsenal to destroy us. The Bible calls him a roaring lion because he walking about seeking to destroy (1 Peter 5:8) and he is also known as a thief because he comes to steal, to kill, and to destroy. He wants to steal our peace. He wants to kill our faith. He wants to destroy us physically, mentally, and spiritually. We are no match for this enemy by fighting with our hands or with guns because this is not a fleshly fight. But the weapons that God has equipped us with is so powerful and mighty that it blows up every strong hold, every imagination, and every thought in our mind and hearts that tries to take us over and go against God. You have these weapons in your possession and you must put them on every day. Never leave home without it, for it is the armor of God (Ephesians 6:13-18):
Your loins girt about with truth — this girdle held the armor in place and it gave freedom for movement. Keep our minds free from any falsehoods or deceit.
The breastplate of righteousness — the breastplate covers the front and back of the body from the neck to the thigh which was to guard against any spears, arrows and swords entering the heart and lungs. We hold onto righteousness, integrity, purity, and love.
Your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace — Shoes cover the feet and helped with balance when engaging the enemy. We should walk in peace and our conversation be of peace.
The shield of faith –– The shield was held on the arm and was movable in protecting the head and various parts of the body. We use the shield of faith to block and put out any fiery darts that might be fired against us. These fiery darts try to strip us of our confidence and belief in God.
The helmet of salvation — The helmet protected the head. We have the assurance of our salvation and know that we are pardoned of our sins.
The sword of the Spirit, the word of God — The sword was a very important piece of armor and that its two-edges where sharp on both sides. We are to continually read and stand upon God’s word.
Prayer and supplication in the Spirit –– We are to pray all the time for ourselves and for others. Praying in the Spirit.
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