But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart. (1 Samuel 16:7)
We finished the last post with this verse. I want you to notice that it tells us that “man looketh on the outward appearance”.
We tend to know ourselves after the flesh. This is due to our focus being on the natural realm around us.
It requires discipline to turn our attention away from what is going on around us. This is especially true in this time with the pandemic that has swept the globe.
People are filled with fear of the unknown because they spend hours fixated on external feeds that come from news channels, television shows, etc. This is what our verse means when it says that “man looketh on the outward appearance”.
Our lives will be like hamsters running on a wheel until we turn our attention to the spirit realm. The Holy Spirit enters into the spirit of a person when they become a Christian. Our flesh and the enemy will fight us every step of the way but we are not alone in this battle. He will be with us every step of our journey.
If someone asks us what we look like our answer will focus on things like height, hair color, or whether we wear glasses. Most of us do not have a clear revelation of who we are in Christ.
People approach God begging for forgiveness because they feel like they’ve failed Him. Our flesh may fail Him but our spirit never will.
In the sprit every Christian is just as pure and holy as Jesus is!
Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. (1 John 4:17)
We sing songs about how we long to be holy.
We pray for God to make us holy.
Every Christian has been made an entirely new creation that is as holy as Jesus is. This is what John is telling us – “as he is, so are we in this world”!
And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. (Ephesians 4:24)
We were created in “righteousness and true holiness”. This is not something that is going to happen. It is something that happened when we became a Christian.
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. (John 4:24)
We must learn to worship God in spirit based on who we have become in Christ Jesus. This is the key to our successfully being able to shed the sense of guilt and unworthiness that holds so many Christians in bondage.
Our spiritual man is perfect and holy. God deals with us based on who we are in Christ not on our failures.
It is only our flesh that has been defiled. If you gain nothing else from this post I want you to know that your spiritual man is perfect and holy. You can enter into the presence of your creator without fear or trembling because you have been made a totally new creation in Christ Jesus!
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