1 Samuel 16:7
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
The Lord had sent Samuel to chose one of Jesse’s son as king. Saul had been rejected as king for his disobedience. The Lord instructs Samuel to invite Jesse for a sacrifice, and tells Samuel that he would show which one of Jesse’s sons would be king. When Samuel arrives he see Eliab and he believes that he is the one the Lord appointed. The Lord then tells Samuel that he looks not at appearances but he looks at the heart.
Sister, we spend so much time trying to make sure we look our best on the outside. We buy nice outfits, shoes, and handbags. Some women even like to put on make-up to enhance the beauty.
We spend so much time worried about what others think, versus what God thinks.
How much of your time are you spending looking at your heart? Do you like to “dress” your heart of as well? Our inside character is much more important to God. It will be more impactful to others, if you showed them a beautiful woman on the inside versus the outside.
What if your heart was the number one concern each day when you got dressed? How would you prepare it for the day? What would you fill your heart with? (hint: His Word) How will the overflow of you heart look when you open your mouth?
How would life be different is Jesus was in your heart? What if your outside appearance became an accessory of concern? Only you and God know what is going on in your heart. We judge someone based on how they look. The Lord knows your heart. What is he seeing right now in your heart?
Focus on the internal, not the external
It was by faith that Abel brought a more acceptable offering to God than Cain did. Abel’s offering gave evidence that he was a righteous man, and God showed his approval of his gifts. Although Abel is long dead, he still speaks to us by his example of faith. Hebrews 11:4 NLT
- Abel offered God a better sacrifice than his brother Cain.
- God commended Abel as righteous.
- God spoke of Abel’s offerings to Him.
- Abel’s faith still speaks after his death.
We are to offer to God our best gifts (time, money, resources). He will see everything we do. God determines our righteousness. Our offerings to him will receive his approval. Our faith will speak even after we have died.
Sister, what gifts or sacrifice are you offering to God? Are you giving him the best like Abel or giving Him some like Cain?
Realizing that God sees all your giving, how does or will this change the way you give of “your” resources? Can God commend you as righteous? How can he speak of you “right now”?
What changes do you need to make in your life to be found “righteous” by God? You can start by putting your faith in Him.
Hebrews 10:38 And my righteous ones will live by faith. But I will take no pleasure in anyone who turns away.”
Will your faith speak to the next generations after my death?
Sister, we need to give God our first fruits. Continue to seek Him daily. Get up and spend time with God before anyone else. He wants all of you not some of you.
Grow in your faith because your faith makes you righteous.
Luke 2:7 She gave birth to her firstborn son.
- Jesus was born via a human birth. He is the Messiah and Savior. Luke 2:11 The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!
- The shepherds were given a sign in a manager by the angels. The angel said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David’s town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master. This is what you’re to look for: a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:10 MSG
- Jesus is available to anyone who accepts him. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. John 20:31
- We were given a sign at the cross. He is the Savior of the world. When Jesus had tasted it, he said, “It is finished!” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. John 19:30
Jesus came as that baby in the manager. He grew up and has told us which way to walk. Jesus was sinless, yet took your sins that you may live. He finished the payoff on your debt bill, that runs over the limit daily. Jesus came, died, and rose up again that you may live an abundant life.
- Jesus is coming back to get those who belong to Him. “And then at last the signal of my coming will appear in the heavens, and there will be deep mourning all around the earth. And the nations of the world will see me arrive in the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. Matthew 24:30
Sister, we have been given all the signs. We just need to obey and make the choice. He came to save the first time. The next time, it will be for Judgement for those who have rejected Him. He wants no one to perish. Jesus is patient. He is coming unexpectedly. You have a timely choice Sister, choose Him now.
2 Peter 3: 8-10
But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. 9 The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent. 10 But the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief. Then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and the very elements themselves will disappear in fire, and the earth and everything on it will be found to deserve judgment
The Chew :
How will you be found when Jesus arrives the second time?
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Jesus was born to us. He was given to us. The whole world would be on His shoulders.
When I think of Counselor, I think of someone who will sit with you and work through the issues you are currently dealing or have dealt with in your past. They would provide some helpful insight to help you handle the situation.
Webster 1828 defines Counselor–. Any person who gives advice; but properly one who is authorized by natural relationship, or by birth, office or profession, to advise another in regard to his future conduct and measures
Jesus is a person who gives advice. He was properly authorized by God through His birth to advise you sister in regard to your future.
Proverbs 11:14 MSG
Without good direction, people lose their way; the more wise counsel you follow, the better your chances.
Sister, we needed Jesus to be born, to be the Counselor of our life. The closer you follow Him, the wiser you will become.
Jesus was born and given to you. He carries all the weight of your sin on His shoulders. He wants you to seek him for wise counsel. Sister, will you come and sit with the Counselor today? Tell him all your troubles. He will listen and he will give you proper direction. He will advise you on this life’s journey.
Sit and Receive Wise Counsel from the Wonderful Counselor.
39 And He got up and [sternly] rebuked the wind and said to the sea,“Hush, be still (muzzled)!” And the wind died down [as if it had grown weary] and there was [at once] a great calm [a perfect peacefulness].40 Jesus said to them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith and confidence [in Me]?”
Jesus and his disciples were in the boat to cross the lake, this fierce storm comes up filling the boat with water. Meanwhile, Jesus is knocked out sleep with head on a cushion. His disciples wake him up shouting, “Don’t you care that we about to drown”?
Our bite then states:
Jesus woke up. He rebuked the wind. SHUT IT down! with his voice. Silence! Be still! The Amplified Translation states Hush!
The winds obeyed his voice and was calm. (perfect peacefulness)
Jesus asked his Disciples: Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?
They didn’t even realize,they were with the Captain of the Sea, the Storm Calmer himself.
Ladies, Is there a storm in your life that you need Jesus to come and tell Hush! And Shut it Down?
How are you responding to the storm that come into your life? Are you screaming at Jesus to save you? Have you failed to realize He has already done just that for you?
He is waiting to see what kind of faith you have! Will he have to ask the question? Do you still have NO Faith?
There is no fear of the storms in our life, when we can call on the Calmer of the Storm.
1 Corinthians 15:33-34 (NLT)
Don’t be fooled by those who say such things, for “bad company corrupts good character.” Think carefully about what is right, and stop sinning. For to your shame I say that some of you don’t know God at all.
Who do you spend most of your time with?
In the verses before our bite, Paul is talking about living hour to hour or those who live like there is no resurrection. But the resurrection is the only reason we have a tomorrow.
In this generation, we see people turning up and partying like it’s no tomorrow. The reality is: What if today was your last day, where will your tomorrow be spent? Which destination of eternity will you wake up to? Heaven or Hell?
Sister, Our bite states a couple of things: Don’t be fooled. Watch the company you keep. Thinking carefully and stop sinning.
- Who is your life is fooling you or what are they fooling you to do?
- Who you hanging with the most? Are you a crowd follower or Christ follower?
- What kind of company you keeping?
- Who or what do i need to remove from my life on my growth path to eternity?
If you chose to live it up now, where will you spend your eternal life? So watch who you hang around. They may laugh at you when you choose Jesus. When they see you changing into a better person, they just might want chill with Jesus too.
Watch your company
Welcome to Gloribites! Thank you for stopping by to get a quick bite of the Word. This is a ministry that God placed on my heart earlier this summer. I wrestled back and forth with God about this blogging/podcast business. I really didn’t think I could do something of this nature. I am a stay at home wife, and homeschool mom of 4 children, ranging from 2 to 12 years of age. So now you see why I kept saying no and making excuses:) I questioned God about this journey, asking Him: What do you want me to talk about, and who was going to listen to me?
So as I was driving from a quick trip to the grocery store, I was alone, which never happens:) He spoke to clearly what I was going to study and share each day. So here is the daily line-up of my podcast:
- Main Man Monday- Studying the character of Jesus
- Topic Tuesday-Topics Relating to Women
- Wisdom Wednesday- Wisdom from the Book of Proverbs
- Thought Thursday- Scriptures Related to Thoughts
- Faith Friday-Scriptures Relating to Faith
- Salvation Saturday-Scriptures Related to Salvation
Ladies, only a God of Order could give me this amazing podcast line-up. Pop on your headphones, grab a Bible and take a bite of His sweet Word with GloriBites.
Intro by Alnesha Wilson