“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – 1 Samuel 16:7b

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TODAY’S WORD…

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“The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them.

People judge by outward appearance,

but the Lord looks at the heart.”

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– 1 Samuel 16:7b (NLT)

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REFLECTION…

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Keeping up appearances

is, unfortunately, what life is very much about

for so many these days,

and people-watching is the most popular pastime

especially for those who like to gossip.

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We tend to assess and judge others by their lifestyle;

by what we see from the outside,

and we believe that others judge us in exactly the same way.

So we tend to take great care of our outward appearance

…and forget or put aside what we are truly like inside.

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God, on the other hand, knows us…inside out.

With God, it is our internal lifestyle that matters;

it is what is in our heart.

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The next time I find myself judging others by their outward appearance,

I had better look at myself first

and at the mask I wear to appear to be what I am not.

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The next time I find myself judging others by their outward appearance,

I had better remember that God is looking at me

– right through my mask.

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Would God approve of the mask that I wear,

and of my lifestyle?

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Am I happy with what God sees in me;

with what only He knows about me?

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If not, what am I doing about it?

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QUOTE…

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“The things that are considered of great value by people

are worth nothing in God’s sight.”

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– Our Lord, Jesus Christ (Lk 16:15)

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REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…

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Come, Lord Jesus, right into the depths of my being.

Come and heal me, Lord.

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