Sunday, November 15, 2015

NO SHODDY WORKMANSHIP

     No one likes to be "had". Sometimes we need to take a closer look. I have a sweater (known by different names in other cultures - You may call it a jumper?) that looks good on the outside. Inside it's something else. Lengths of yarn that have not been interwoven catch and snag. The manufacturer has taken shortcuts.

     I want top quality inside and out, but if I have to choose I will go for the inside. A house that looks great on the outside may catch a buyer's eye. If the builder has cut corners in construction and materials, it won't stand up over the years no matter how attractive the exterior is.

     When the prophet, Samuel, was sent to anoint the man who was to succeed Saul as King, Jesse's eldest son looked like the prime candidate. Eliab was not the one and God told  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." (ISamuel 16:7)

     Our loving Father sees us from the inside out. When we receive the Lord Jesus as our Saviour, God recreates the spirit within us. Our spirit is brand new and just like His. God looks at us and sees us forgiven and righteous, filled with His authority and power, made whole in every respect. Every attribute of His Holy Spirit is deposited in His child. The love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control of the Holy Spirit is ours.

     Our souls - our minds, wills, and emotions - are affected by what we encounter in the natural world. If those influences don't line up with what God has said in His Word, we are able to refuse them and choose to live in our spiritual inheritance. Our bodies experience the benefits of the good things He has provided if the Spirit is allowed first place. If we tune into the world and the enemy's message our physical man suffers.

     Father God is in the business of transforming believers' minds, wills and emotions. Paul encourages us to "be transformed by the renewing of your mind." (Romans 12:2 NKJV) The Holy Spirit can enable us to live in victory as we allow the Word of God to do a work within us. Our God does not produce anything of inferior quality. In Philippians 1:6 Paul says we can be confident, "that He who has begin a good work in you will complete it." (NKJV) 

     As we co-operate with His Spirit within us, God will strengthen us to become all He has destined us to be. We won't look one way on the outside, but entirely different within. We can have the ability to live in this world according to  what we believe in our hearts. I want to be the real deal in this life, not ashamed when others catch a glimpse of what's inside of me.

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