Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
September 16 Scripture Selection: Proverbs 27
Food for Thought: Prov. 27:19
It’s very common to emphasize the outward appearance and attach a person’s identity to it. In fact, much attention is placed on one’s looks, actions and words. But they can be very deceptive, even to the one doing the actions and saying the words. The true person is within. That’s why God looks on the heart (I Sam. 16:7). Nothing gets past Him.
Jesus warned of the hypocrites who give their offerings in such a way that everyone would notice and pray publicly just for attention. They even draw attention to themselves when fasting by putting on a sad countenance (Mat. 6:1-6, 16-18). Giving offerings, praying, and fasting are all very good things when the motive of the heart is right, and that is what God sees. That is why we cannot be saved by our own works (Eph. 2:8, 9). Anyone could do those “righteous deeds” and all the while have ulterior motives. We are only saved by grace through faith (Eph. 2:8).
Thankfully, we can affect the contents of our heart. It starts with being extremely selective in choosing what is input and judging our own thoughts (II Cor. 10:5; 13:5) because, as the Word says in Proverbs 23:7a, “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” That is the way to begin to be transformed by the renewing of our mind (Rom. 12:2). As we judge our thoughts and cast out the undesirable ones, we need to replace them with those that best represent the mind of Christ (I Cor. 2:16). Then we begin to think like Him, and our character becomes just like His. THEN our outward appearance will accurately reflect our inner being.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):