Sunday, September 2, 2012

Clean From The Inside Out

Ladies, my dear friend Reba will be sharing with you this morning. She is an encourager on all accounts-a true light. ~Kasse D.



                                                





















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Clean From The Inside Out.


Matthew 23:25 New Living Translation (NLT)
 “What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are so careful to clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside you are filthy—full of greed and self-indulgence!

It's so easy in our society to look like everything is great on the outside, but be a mess on the inside.

I.  We have to keep the main thing the main thing! We have to ask ourselves what is going on inside our heart and mind.  This is the main thing in life.
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2 Corinthians 10:4-5 The Message (MSG)
The world is unprincipled. It's dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn't fight fair. But we don't live or fight our battles that way—never have and never will. The tools of our trade aren't for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.

II. God looks at the heart.  The two commandments Christ said summed up the Book of the law are:

Matthew 22:37-40 The Message (MSG)
 Jesus said, "Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence." This is the most important, the first on any list. But there is a second to set alongside it: "Love others as well as you love yourself." These two commands are pegs; everything in God's Law and the Prophets hangs from them."

Proverbs 4:23 The Message (MSG)
 Keep vigilant watch over your heart;
   that's where life starts.
Don't talk out of both sides of your mouth;
   avoid careless banter, white lies, and gossip.
Keep your eyes straight ahead;
   ignore all sideshow distractions.
Watch your step,
   and the road will stretch out smooth before you.
Look neither right nor left;
   leave evil in the dust.

III. A life surrendered is what it is all about.  Surrendering will cause you to be more focused on what is inside instead of what is outside. Our whole perspective on life changes when we spend time with Lord and take time to get His perspective. Place your life before God.

Romans 12:2 The Message (MSG)
 So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.

 IV. Remind yourself it is not about you.  The only way we become more like Him is by the work of the Holy Spirit in our life.

Zechariah 4:6 New Living Translation (NLT)
Then he said to me, “This is what the Lord says to Zerubbabel: It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

Philippians 4:13 New Living Translation (NLT)
For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.

























 Scripture Source

Our eyes must stay on Him and we do that by our daily actions of:

1. Communicating with the Lord

2. Reading the Word of God

3. Connecting with other believers in Christ

It is amazing when the Lord starts showing you things- they will repeat themselves everywhere.  I've been studying some of these same things.  Here are a few more bits and pieces with a slightly different angle.  These are from my notes this week. ~Kasse

 1 Samuel  16:6-7
When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, "Surly the Lord's anointed stands here before the Lord." But the Lord said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height.  For I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at, man looks are the outward appearance; but the Lord looks at the heart.

1 Samuel 16:17
The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.

1 Peter 3:3-4
Do not let your adornment be merely outward- arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel- rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.

We can adorn ourselves, but what is most important, is on the inside- our spirit.

The following was gleaned from: The True Measure of a Woman by Lisa Bevere

The true measure of a woman is measured by what is in her heart.

1. Her faith in God.
Titus 1:15 To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure.  In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted.

Hebrews 3:12
See to it, brother, that not of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God.

2. Her love for God. 
1 Corinthians 13:1-13 And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love.  But the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 8:1-3 Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.  The man who things he knows something does not know as he ought to know.  But the man who loves God is known by God.

Matthew 23:37-40
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it.  Love your neighbor as yourself.  All the Law and the Prophets hand on these two commandments. 


























                


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3. Her fear of the Lord.
Proverbs 31:29-31 "Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all."Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

On the flip side:

The true sin of Sodom? A heart condition.  Everything else was just the outward symptoms.

Ezekiel 16:49-50 Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom.  She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed, and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy.  They were haughty and did detestable things before Me.  Therefore I did away with them as you have seen.


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