WHAT ARE YOUR INTENTIONS?
"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 at the outward appearance, BUT THE LORD LOOKS AT THE HEART.” (1 Samuel 16:7) NIV
Note: What a comforting and encouraging Scripture is 1 Samuel 16:7! How good it is to know that God doesn’t look at how we look, who we know, or what church we go to! The Lord looks and examines our hearts; He knows our true intentions towards Him and people.
I love what Jesus tells the Pharisees and some of the teachers of the law, when they asked Jesus…
“Why don’t your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders instead of eating their food with “ unclean hands? (Watch This... Don't Miss It!) He replied, “ Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written: These people honor me with their lips, BUT their hearts ARE FAR from me. They worship me "IN VAIN"; their teachings are BUT rules TAUGHT by men." (Mark 7: 5-7)
Note: The Lord knows us very well and He knows our true motives towards HIM and towards our fellow man!
This is what our Savior says: “Again Jesus called the crowd to him and said. “ Listen to me, everyone, and understand this. "NOTHING" outside a man CAN MAKE HIM ‘unclean’ by going into him. Rather, "IT IS WHAT COMES OUT" of a man that makes him ‘unclean.’
"He went on: “ What comes out of a man is what makes him ‘unclean.’ (Watch This...Don't Miss It!) FOR from within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and make a man ‘unclean.’ (Mark 7:14-16, 20-23)
The Lord doesn’t look to see if we belong to right church denomination. If we’re wearing a suit to church or if we’re wearing jeans and a t-shirt to church! If you have piercing or tattoos! None of these things God looks at! That’s what people see and care about! The Lord says, that the bad things we harbor in our hearts and the bad things that we do is what makes us ‘unclean’… NOT what we look like in the OUTSIDE!! GOD always looks at our hearts... So the question is: "What Are Your Intentions?" Jesus says: "SO IN EVERYTHING", DO to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums
up the Law and the Prophets." (Matthew 7:12)
Jesus Says: “STOP JUDGING BY MERE APPEARANCES, AND MAKE A RIGHT JUDGMENT.” (JOHN 7:24)
GOD BLESS YOU NOW AND ALWAYS!