Tuesday  July 7, 2020

Sister to Sister

 

1 Peter 3:3-4

“Do not adorn yourselves outwardly by braiding your hair, and by wearing gold

ornaments or fine clothing; rather, let your adornment be the inner self with the lasting

beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in God’s sight.”

Beauty: From the Inside to the Outside:

It is not difficult to look one way and feel another. In fact, many of the women who lookawesome on the outside work very hard to do so with the specific intent of covering up the pain and emptiness they feel on the inside. The truth is, unless you are connected to God, the power source on the inside, you can forget all the work that you are trying to do on the outside. It won’t get the job done. Listen to this story: There was a young woman who needed to buy a brand-new refrigerator. She was determined to buy the best one she could find. She wanted the top of the line. So, she went to the top-of-the-line store and asked for the top-of-the-line salesman, whom she told to show her the top-of-the-line refrigerator. The sales guy showed her a refrigerator for $4,500! Naturally, it was an awesome refrigerator. She purchased it and had it delivered to her home. She went to the grocery store and bought new vegetables, milk, ice cream, and everything else she could think of to put into her new refrigerator. She stocked

it and went to bed. She got up the next morning, and much to her dismay, she found that the ice cream was running down the side of the freezer, the milk was spoiled, and the vegetables had gone bad. The refrigerator was not working. Now she was a Christian, but she was ticked off! She went to the phone and called the store that had sold her this new refrigerator. When the clerk answered the phone, she proceeded to inform him in no uncertain terms that she had not purchased this brand-new refrigerator only to have all of her food spoil. Her new, top-of-the-line fridge simply did not work. The salesman was mortified and apologized profusely for the mistake. “I am so sorry ma’am. I can’t imagine what the problem could be, but before we come out to your house to fix the problem, can I ask you a few questions over the phone?” The woman was very upset, but she rather haughtily agreed to answer the questions. The salesman said, “Ma’am will you go over to the refrigerator, and open the door, and see if the light comes on?” She laid down the phone and went over to the refrigerator. She opened the door. She went back to the phone and said, “No sir, the light did not come on.” He said, “Ok, Ma’am, will you put your head down by the base of the refrigerator and] see if you hear a motor running?” She went over to the refrigerator and leaned down to the bottom. She went back to the phone. “No, I don’t hear the motor running. As I told you, the refrigerator does not work!” Then the salesman said, “Ma’am, just one more thing. Will you please look behind the refrigerator? There is a black cord back there. Will you check to see whether or not it is plugged into the wall?” She set the phone down and walked to the back of the refrigerator. Wouldn’t you know it, lo and behold, she had not plugged it in!” This is precisely the way that many of us live our lives. We invest in our makeup, our hair, and our nails. We but classy cars, elegant houses, and carry leather briefcases to our impressive jobs. But even though we spend all the money in the world on the outside of ourselves, we can never fully cover up the mess on the inside. We can’t shine on the outside unless God’s power is at work on the inside. No matter how much work we put into the outside, it will be worthless unless we are plugged into the true power source of our beauty. All the makeup in the world will not matter if the inside is a mess.

Priscilla Shirer

 

Devotional Moment

 

Titus 2:3-5

“Likewise, tell the older women to be reverent in behavior, not to be slanderers or

slaves to drink; they are to teach what is good, so that they may encourage the young women

to love their husbands, to love their children, to be self-controlled, chaste, good managers of

the household, kind, being submissive to their husbands, so that the word of God may not be

discredited.”

The Titus Two Woman:

The most significant women in Scripture were influential not because of their careers,

but because of their character. The messages that the women in Scripture give is not about

“gender equality,” it’s about true feminine excellence. And this is exemplified in moral and

spiritual qualities instead of social standing, wealth, or physical appearance. Twelve messages

from twelve women in Scripture allowing us a glimpse into their spiritual qualities. Eve – Her

perseverance in faith and expectations, even after her world had been totally shattered by her

own sin. Sarah – Her steadfast hope that persevered against unbelievable obstacles. Rahab –

Her remarkable conversion, because she reminds us of how dramatically God’s grace can

rebuild a sin-filled life. Ruth – A living example of devotion, love, trust, and humility. Hannah –

Exemplified the dedication of motherhood and the importance of making one’s home a place

where God is honored above all. Mary, the mother of Christ – was a model of humble

submission. Anna – An illustration of how to be a faithful witness to the grace and glory of

God. The Samaritan Woman – Personified an eagar response to the gospel message. Martha

and Mary – Embodied the twin virtues of worship and service, prompted by deep devotion to

Christ. Mary Magdalene – A living example of how Christ’s deliverance and forgiveness

prompts great love. Lydia – A heart that was wide open to Christ.

Discipleship Moment

 

Galatians 5:22-23

“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness,

gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things.”

 

Sometimes the invitation to consider the fruits of our choices draws us into more subtle

forms of assessment. This invitation is one that requires us to take a look at our inner selves

and examine the fruits of our character that Paul speaks of in Galatians 5:22-23. Ask yourselves

these piercing questions. Are you growing in kindness? Are you increasing in generosity,

gentleness, and self-control? Are joy and peace becoming more evident in your days? Inward

expression of spiritual fruit generally become visible. The quieter, warmer person conveys

quietness and warmth in even the most contentious settings. Patient, kind, and generous

people radiate what is within them, often without saying a word. The outward appearance of

inward fruits is subtle, yet nonetheless perceptible.

Scriptures & More

 

Galatians 5:19-21

In contrast, “Now the works of the flesh are obvious: fornication, impurity,

licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions,

factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these. I am warning you, as I warned

you before: those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

 

Tidbits & Pieces

 

Once we have washed away the mud of the past, we have to work at staying out of the

mud of the future. How unfortunate it would be to spend all that time cleaning up only to fall

back into another puddle or, worse yet, the same puddle as before…CHAPTER ONE: I walk

down the street; There’s a deep hole in the sidewalk; I fall in; I am lost and I am helpless; It’s

not my fault; It takes a long time to get out….CHAPTER TWO: I walk down the same street;

There’s a deep hole in the sidewalk; I pretend I don’t see it; I fall in; I can’t believe I’m in the

same place but; It’s not my fault; It takes a long time to get out….CHAPTER THREE: I walk down

the same street; There’s a deep hole in the sidewalk; I see it there; I fall in; It’s a habit, my eyes

are open; I know where I am; It’s my fault; I get out immediately…CHAPTER FOUR: I walk down

the same street; There’s a deep hole in the sidewalk; I walk around it….CHAPTER FIVE: I walk

down another street.

Portia Nelson

 

In Prayer

 

Lord God, I ask that you fill each of us with Your precious Holy Spirit. I ask that you fill

each of us with all of the fruits of Your Holy Spirit, including Your love, Your joy, Your peace,

Your patience, Your gentleness, Your kindness, Your faithfulness, and Your self-control. Lord

God, I ask that You cover us with Your anointing, Your presence, and Your power. Lord God, I

ask that You pour Your Holy Spirit into us, so that we can be more like You. In Jesus’ name I

pray, Amen.

 

Children’s Moment

 

Wise Guy:

Scripture: “A wise child brings joy to a father” {Proverbs 10:1}.

What makes your parents really happy? Playing golf? Watching a movie? Reading a

book? The Bible tells us what brings your mom and dad the greatest joy. It’s you!

 

When you make good choices and live the way God tells you to in His Word, it makes

your parents’ day. Think about it. What happens when you make bad choices? You get in

trouble, or you might even find yourself in a dangerous situation, right? Your parents want you

to be happy and safe. It’s no fun when you are being punished. And your parents don’t like to

punish you when you disobey either. But they know they have to so you will grow into the boy

or girl that God wants you to be.

If you obey and choose to do the right thing, your parents won’t have to be sad about

correcting you. They will be happy because you made a wise choice, and so will you. So, be a

wise guy. Make your dad and mom’s day by obeying the first time. Good choices make

everyone glad!

Prayer: Dear God, I want to be wise and make my parents glad. But most of all I want

to make You happy. Help me to listen and obey.