Wednesday, 25 November 2015

DO NOT BE DECEIVED

I Samuel 16:1-13 NKJV

 1 Now the Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go; I am sending you to Jesse the Bethlehemite. For I have provided Myself a king among his sons.”
 2 And Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears it, he will kill me.” But the Lord said, “Take a heifer with you, and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord .’
 3 Then invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; you shall anoint for Me the one I name to you.”
 4 So Samuel did what the Lord said, and went to Bethlehem. And the elders of the town trembled at his coming, and said, “Do you come peaceably?”
 5 And he said, “Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord . Sanctify yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice.” Then he consecrated Jesse and his sons, and invited them to the sacrifice.
 6 So it was, when they came, that he looked at Eliab and said, “Surely the Lord ’s anointed is before Him!”
 7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the  Lord  does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
 8 So Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.”
 9 Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.”
 10 Thus Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. And Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen these.”
 11 And Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all the young men here?” Then he said, “There remains yet the youngest, and there he is, keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him. For we will not sit down till he comes here.”
 12 So he sent and brought him in. Now he was  ruddy, with bright eyes, and good-looking. And the Lord said, “Arise, anoint him; for this is the one!”
 13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel arose and went to Ramah.


 Some times, we look at people and we judge them based on their physical appearance. Some we accept and some we reject. Even a faithful prophet in Isreal (Samuel) was wrong in his judgement by merely looking at the physical appearance.

Many of us have been deceived because of physical appearances, some times we have rejected who we are suppose to accept and sometimes we have accepted the set of people we are supposed to reject all because of physical appearances, ethnicity, race and so on.

What the Lord told Samuel is still applicable to us "For the  Lord  does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart."

DO NOT BE DECEIVED
See Jesus' warning here "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. Matthew 7:15 NKJV"

The message here is; do not be deceived, do not reject or accept based on physical appearance or based on what you see. You cannot see people's heart only God can. A lot of ravenous wolves are out there presenting themselves to be ministers of God and a whole lot of people are out there that we are not seeing as sheep due to their race, ethnicity, or physical appearance but their hearts are very acceptable to God.

Always commit your ways to God, let him always lead you and your judgements and we will not make mistakes. God does not see as man sees, we look at the physical appearance but He sees the heart.

Have a wonderful day.

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