Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Beautifying The Under Layer


What are God’s thoughts on modesty? What does God say about people who think only of themselves and how they look?

Let’s look to HIS Word for the answers Isaiah 3:16-24 says;

The Lord says, “Beautiful Zion is haughty:
   craning her elegant neck,
      flirting with her eyes,
   walking with dainty steps,
      tinkling her ankle bracelets.
 So the Lord will send scabs on her head;
      the Lord will make beautiful Zion bald.”
On that day of judgment
      the Lord will strip away everything that makes her beautiful:
   ornaments, headbands, crescent necklaces,
     earrings, bracelets, and veils;
  scarves, ankle bracelets, sashes,
      perfumes, and charms;
  rings, jewels,
     party clothes, gowns, capes, and purses;
  mirrors, fine linen garments,
      head ornaments, and shawls.
Instead of smelling of sweet perfume, she will stink.
      She will wear a rope for a sash,
      and her elegant hair will fall out.
   She will wear rough burlap instead of rich robes.
      Shame will replace her beauty.
{Isaiah 3:16-24} NLT

Wow those are some rough verses to hear! These verses truly keep me humbled. God desires that we seek to please HIM and not seek to please man or forget WHO is Providing all things for us. It is the LORD who clothes us and provides all we need.

 Now if we can take the time to search and implement these things:  a designer outfit, expensive perfume, spending hours fixing the hair (intricate hair styles), detailed makeup and a fabulous pair of shoes. How much more time should we spend beautifying the inside of us? Searching God’s Word and implementing HIS Word in our lives. Clothing our selves with HIS Love, Kindness, Compassion, Patience, Gentleness, Grace. 1 Peter 3:4 tells us “Clothe yourselves with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit.”  The Bible also tells us in Proverbs 27:20 that "the eyes of man are never satisfied." As women we can spend hours taking care of the outside appearance and spend little time taking care of the inside. True Beauty starts from within. We sure have practiced how to do our hair over and over again and spent hours painting a face over and over again. The bible tells us to train ourselves to be godly. I’m truly learning to put God’s Word into action practicing Patience, Kindness, Gentleness, Goodness, Peace, Endurance because I CAN do all things through Christ who Strengthens me.

LORD Father GOD, I thank you for YOUR Perfect TRUTH, YOUR Loving Kindness, Your Gentle patience, the Grace and Mercy that YOU so generously give. YOU are such an Awesome Holy GOD. YOU are the ONE and ONLY. Please Oh LORD cleanse me of all of my unrighteousness, teach me YOUR ways, Train me Father GOD, how to be godly, submissive, gentle and kind. Show me LORD what True Beauty is. Make me a graceful woman who follows all of YOUR ways. Please let my speech be graceful, each word wisely chosen. Help me to take the time to cultivate inner beauty, thinking of others before myself.

Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last;
      but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.
{Proverbs 31:30}

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