What Do We Look At?

What Do We Look At?

“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.’” – Sam. 16:7

God looks at the heart while man has a tendency to look at the outward appearance. Because the Lord Jesus is in our hearts, we can increasingly see ourselves and others through His eyes. Looking at the intent of the hearts in relationships helps us walk free from offense and be gracious and merciful.

God sees our hearts. He knows when we love and worship Him with our whole heart. When things of this world are pressing on our hearts, we quickly remember by faith that He is on the throne of our hearts. It is there that we can see everything we care about at the feet of our Savior. When God has first place in our hearts, we have peace with everything else. While others may not hear our praises, see our worship, or witness our time spent in the Word of God, God sees and hears our expressions of love.

While some people might only look at our outward appearance, we trust that those who know and are growing in the Lord will see our hearts. As we walk in the Spirit, the Lord reveals the unseen to us. Let’s seek the Lord in the hearts of others and walk by faith, not by sight, from glory to glory!

Above All Put on Love

But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. – Col. 3:14

As the salt of the earth and the light of the world, we should, above all, put on love. We glorify the Lord when we represent His love and grace. An illustration often used to identify interaction with others is depicted as three utensils: a fork, a knife, and a spoon.

A fork picks at others constantly and is critical negatively. None of the wonderful traits in others are ever mentioned. There is love and care, but it’s inconsistent and not dependable. One day it’s one way, the next it’s another. The relationship is highly unpredictable.

A knife cuts people off, is destructive, sharp, and has no mercy. There is no forgiveness, understanding, or grace. Often because of having been abandoned by a caregiver, that person hides behind a thick wall, cannot commit, and lives in constant fear. 

As Christ’s ambassadors, we are to be like spoons. A spoon gently scoops up others with love and kindness and holds them in high esteem. We love one another through our actions, not just words. The way we speak to one another, walk in love and truth is proof to others that we walk in the Spirit. Let’s pray for the Holy Spirit to enable us to be spoons,  from glory to glory

Remember

Remember

Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the Lord our God. Ps. 20:7

After helping her friend many times financially, there came a time when Brenda couldn’t. When that happened, her friend became angry and said, why don’t you ever help me? These crushing words pierced Brenda’s heart. How could one “no” remove all the “yeses” of the past? She forgave her friend, remembering her loving and giving is to be unconditional, like God’s.

People might forget what we have done for them, take it for granted, or even return our gestures of love with contempt. What we do, we do as unto the Lord regardless of the reactions of people. We take our hurt to the Lord and receive His comfort and healing. Most importantly, we watch our own heart and appreciate who others are in our lives and what they do for us.

Above all, we never forget all the Lord has done for us! Remembering how the Lord has brought us out of difficult situations strengthens us to trust Him to do so, again and again. While we know some of what the Lord has done, much we don’t know until after the fact, if at all. Recalling the goodness and faithfulness of God helps us to praise Him, from glory to glory!

Power from on High!

Power from on High!

Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high. – Luke 24:49 

The disciples waited until they received this promise, not really knowing what this power from on high would look like. In obedience, they waited, worshipping and trusting His promise would come to pass. When it did, on Pentecost, its reality was undeniable and its results phenomenal. This baptism of the Holy Spirit exceeded their expectations and does the same in our lives.

Unlike the disciples, we do not have to wait for it; we wait on it, as we appropriate it by faith. The Holy Spirit works with us to become a christian, comes to dwell in us upon conversion, and then comes upon us to empower us for service. It’s a gift available to whosoever believes. 

Like the disciples, we are not sure what the power of God looks like in our lives, but it shouldn’t matter. We should desire whatever comes from Him. No questions asked, pre-conceived ideas, or unbelief. If you haven’t yet, pray, believe and receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit. If you have, pray for His continual infilling and outflowing in your life, from glory to glory!

New Wine!

New Wine!

And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine will burst the wineskins and be spilled, and the wineskins will be ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins, and both are preserved. – Luke 5:37-38

The Lord trains us to let go of the old so we can partake of the new wine He has for us. Because of our familiarity with the old, we do not seek the new. When a parent weans a child from drinking the bottle, the child is unaware of the solid food, or the teeth, he will gain in its place. We do not seek the unknown. 

We may think the old is better because we are used to it. It takes courage to partake of the new. We have become accustomed to many elements in our lives, so we reach forth and desire them because of their familiarity. We might be too quick to say no to the unknown. By God’s grace, we learn to look forward to the unexpected in God.

In Christ, we have new wineskins; the old no longer fit. No matter what the new is, we can trust it is better than the old. We cannot change the steps we took yesterday, nor know our tomorrows, but we can walk step by step into the now by the Spirit of God. We will desire the new as we step into it, from glory to glory!