Onward

Onward

God looks at our heart, not at our outward appearance. The Lord regards the motives that are behind our actions, and the spirit in which they are performed. He does not see as we see. We have the tendency to pay attention to what is seen, but God knows and moves in and on the unseen.

Externally, we may sing the same worship song, say the same prayer or perform the same acts of kindness, but internally some are genuine while others are not. In God’s eyes, it’s the inward that is real, not the outward. It could also be the opposite: someone may appear not to be singing, praying or appearing in some other negative way–yet be truthful in their heart. An offense may be taken because of the posture, sound or look of another through mistaken appearances. Remember to walk by faith, and not by sight.

In our lives and the lives of others, we pray and trust the Spirit of God to reveal and heal the hidden parts. We humbly surrender and rest in the Lord. We are His workmanship and He knows exactly how to transform us into His image. The inward is being healed so that He can take us onward. Regardless of the outward, we trust Christ in us, the hope of glory, from glory to glory.

I Samuel 16:7 “But the LORD said to Samuel, ‘Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.’ ”

 

Tuning In to the Tone

Tuning In to the Tone

It is a blessing to communicate with others through e-mail, texting or letters; but it should not take the place of speaking to one another face-to-face when possible. This is especially important when something needs to be clarified and understood properly.

The words we express through our voices unveil the intent of our heart and eliminate misinterpretation. The tone we use when we speak enhances the discernment of the hearer. When we meet face-to-face, what is not said often speaks louder than what is said. We can look into one another’s eyes and have insight into the soul. We can hold each other’s hands and through the touch become aware of deep hidden emotions. What is heard is best heard live. When the face-to-face is not feasible, and we read what someone has written, we should picture them saying it with the understanding of who they are. It’s also wisdom to share with people what we heard them say to bring clarity and follow up with a written memo.

When it’s related to the Lord, the more we know Him, the more we can apply a hearing test to what we hear. We picture the Lord by our side and ponder, “Would Jesus say that? Is it filled with divine wisdom? Is it mixed with something from the world or the flesh?” Our hearing aid, the Holy Spirit, bears witness in our spirit to what is of God. When what we hear is truth, we can speak life from glory to glory!

Romans 10:17 “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

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