The Scriptures are filled with prophetic messianic messages about Jesus. The Lord even expressed Himself to be the Messiah to the hardened Pharisees in John 5:39 saying, “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me.” It not only testifies about Him being the Messiah, but also being the second personality in the Godhead. In the book of Isaiah God proclaimed, “I am the LORD, that is My name; I will not give my glory to another, nor My praise to graven images” (42:8). Jehovah was very serious when He made such a proclamation: not one created being or materialistic idol will be glorified and praised as gods or as God Himself.
For a lot of women, the outer appearance means everything. So much time, effort and money goes into clothing and makeup that we don’t stop to think about what’s on the inside in our hearts. Sometimes we place our focus on only our apparel to please others or feel as if the outer appearance will determine our beauty. However, in the eyes of God, He cares nothing about our appearances, but what’s within us. 1 Samuel 16:7 says, “God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” Whatever is going on inside of us ultimately determines who we TRULY are–good or bad.
The apostle Peter wrote to the women of God struggling with this issue of trying to be beautiful; which is why he wrote in 1 Peter 3:3,4: “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment such as braided hair or gold jewelry or fine clothes, but from the inner person of your heart, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in God’s sight.” Continue reading
Sometimes we truly do not understand what Christ did on the cross at Calvary; what He went through when He manifested Himself in the flesh. We are so intent on the things we have done in the past, feeling ashamed and guilty. We feel as though we won’t ever be forgiven, not even by God Himself. The truth of the matter is that when we begin to feel this way, we make void the sacrifice of Christ and minimize what His sufferings and death meant. The apostle Paul wrote that Christ’s shed blood was a free gift given by God in order for us to be set free from the guilt and shame of sin (Romans 3:24-26). When Christ said He came into this world to save us and forgive us of our sins, He absolutely meant it. He did not lie; it’s impossible for Him to do so (Hebrews 6:18).