Gleans from Sunday End of Month with Pastor (Dr) W.F Kumuyi.
DLBC Gbagada, Lagos HQ
31st March 2019
Topic – THE INNER AND OUTWARD BEAUTY OF KINGDOM CITIZENS
Text – Psalms 29:1-2; 96:9; 110:3; Isaiah 52:1-2; 53:2; 52:7; 1 Samuel 16:7; Luke 16:15
“Give unto the LORD, O ye mighty, give unto the LORD glory and strength. Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness” (Psalms 29:1-2). When you think, meditate and talk about the Lord, and present yourselves before Him, you give Him the glory that is due to Him, and worship Him in the beauty of Holiness. As people who know Who He is and have benefitted of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ His Son at Calvary, we are to worship Him in the beauty of Holiness, according to His definition, demands, the way He understands and projects beauty in His Word; and in the way He appreciates. We come before the Omnipotent, Omnipresent and Omniscient God this day of His power, and every band and every yoke will be loosed from your necks in Jesus’ name (Psalm 96:9; 110:3; Isaiah 52:1-2).
When we repent from our sins, turn away from darkness to the light, and are ready to live as people saved by the grace of God, we become Kingdom citizens. There is a kind of beauty that you find in the lives of the people of God; beauty from the Lord’s perspective and definition. Beauty implies loveliness, comeliness, attractiveness, handsomeness, gracefulness, pleasantness, welcome personality, and there is spiritual as well as natural beauty. God sees and knows heavenly designed beauty and the world also sees beauty, but passing and transient beauty. The world may see beauty in that which God does not see any beauty at all. On the other hand, God sees beauty while the world is saying, this is unacceptable. “For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him” (Isaiah 53:2). It is talking about the Lord Jesus Christ, the very beauty of Heaven, and the magnificent Beloved Son of God, but the world sees no beauty in Him. “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!” (Isaiah 52:7). The world is looking for beauty at the facial appearance, but God calls beautiful the feet of him that brings good tidings of salvation. There are things and people that the world sees as the specimen of beauty, but in the sight of God they are abominations. “….for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7). The way you look at beauty as a man and the world looks at beauty is different from the way God sees beauty. The Lord looks at the heart, the intention and what motivates that outward thing. (Luke 16:15). So, when we come to worship God in the beauty of Holiness, we must define beauty on His terms.
Point 1. THE CORRUPTION OF TRANSIENT BEAUTY THROUGH PRIDE
Ezekiel 28:17; 2 Samuel 14:25-27; Psalm 39:11; 73:6; Proverbs 31:30; Isaiah 3:16-24; Lamentations 1:6,9; Zephaniah 1:8; Deuteronomy 22:5; 1 Peter 3:3-5; Romans 6:17,18; 2 Corinthians 2:9
Transient, passing and fading beauty, the corruption of such beauty by pride. “Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty…” (Ezekiel 28:17). This is not the beauty of Christ but the beauty that brings pride and attention to itself. You know the story of Absalom. What was his pride? “And when he polled his head, (for it was at every year’s end that he polled it: because the hair was heavy on him, therefore he polled it:) he weighed the hair of his head at two hundred shekels after the king’s weight” (2 Samuel 14:26). He was so handsome and appealing in his appearance, there was no one as beautiful as him; no blemish in him and his pride of beauty corrupted him. “Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised” (Proverbs 31:30). The beauty that puffs us up, and brings pride into our lives is vain. “And from the daughter of Zion all her beauty is departed…” (Lamentations 1:6). As you treat yourself with chemical to make you look beautiful and attractive, that chemical eventually destroys the skin, and the beauty is departed. Prophet Isaiah, a foremost prophet, who spoke much about the Lord Jesus Christ than any other prophet, had this to say from the Lord to the daughters of Zion who ought to know better than anyone else how to worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness, but they corrupted all that, “Moreover the LORD saith, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and making a tinkling with their feet: Therefore the Lord will smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and the LORD will discover their secret parts …….. And it shall come to pass, that instead of sweet smell there shall be stink: and instead of a girdle a rent; and instead of well set hair baldness; and instead of a stomacher a girding of sackcloth; and burning instead of beauty.” (Isaiah 3:16-24) Contrary to what some say, the Lord indeed looks at all these things; their appearance, movements and even apparels that show their pride, and He frowns at them: And He says He will bring judgement. From the perspective of God, there is a pride that corrupts and makes us unacceptable in His sight. “Her filthiness is in her skirts; she remembereth not her last end; …. (Lamentation 1:9) She beautifies herself with all sorts, without thought of the judgment day. For us as Kingdom citizens we are thinking of the end; would God commend and reward this at the end? Many people and church goers don’t think of the end; but the present and temporary pleasure that the outward beauty will give them. “And it shall come to pass in the day of the LORD’S sacrifice, that I will punish the princes, and the king’s children, and all such as are clothed with strange apparel” (Zephaniah 1:8). The Lord says that judgement is coming, and people might appear the way they want to appear today, no care for the word of God, and the Lord will punish those clothed with strange apparel. Example of strange apparel, “The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God” (Deuteronomy 22:5). There are people that feel inferior because the world is not appreciating them. You will not please the world to displease the Lord. The Lord help you stand in Jesus’ name. “Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel” (1 Peter 3:3). We don’t adorn our hair with all the unnatural things, but we are to please the Lord with that which is not corruptible, not loud nor lousy, not worldly, but meek and quiet spirit. Our motives and propelling desires of the heart must be right (1 Peter 3:4-5). Obedience starts from the heart (Romans 6:17-18). The physical body is visible to the world, but the inner man, our spirit, is as real and visible to God as our outward man. Salvation in Christ clothes the inner man and true beauty of the inner man is pleasing to God, with the meek and quiet spirit. The corrupted inner man is defiled by pride, and such a man will shift his focus from God and seek to be flattered by the fallen man. The people of the world will want to attract the praise and commendation of the world; they are thus corrupted and contaminated, they compromise with the world, are colorized by and have conformity with the world. Eventually they will be condemned with the world. I pray that God will keep us separated from the world in Jesus’ name. We will be obedient to all the word of God (2 Corinthians 2:9).
Point 2: THE CORRELATION BETWEEN TRUE BEAUTY AND PURITY
Exodus 33:5; Genesis 35:2-5; Zechariah 3:3-7; Jude 1:23-25; Psalms 24:3,4; Proverbs 22:11; Colossians 3:8-17; 1 Timothy 2:8-10; Matthew 5:8; 1 John 3:1-3
When the heart is pure, focused on God, the outward expression of that purity of heart will be true beauty. The heart is inseparably connected with all our actions. Whatever your heart does not instigate, the members of your body will not accept, because the origin of every action is the heart. The inner man is inseparably connected with the outward man. What you are in the inside is what comes on the outside. If the heart is proud, the primary thought in dressing will be to impress the world; if the heart is dirty and defiled, the apparel and appearance will be defiling. The heart of the matter is the matter of the heart. Is the heart pure, your dressing will be proper; is it impure, the dressing will be improper. Is the heart converted, the outlook will be changed; righteous, it will be respectable; sanctified, it will be scriptural. Is the heart profaned, the dressing will be prodigal; harden, the appearance will be haughty. “For the LORD had said unto Moses, Say unto the children of Israel, Ye are a stiff-necked people: I will come up into the midst of thee in a moment, and consume thee: therefore now put off thy ornaments from thee, that I may know what to do unto thee” (Exodus 33:5). Judgement was coming, and the Lord said they were self-willed and stubborn, but to escape judgement asked them to put away their ornaments from them. “Then Jacob said unto his household, and to all that were with him, Put away the strange gods that are among you, and be clean, and change your garments:” “And they gave unto Jacob all the strange gods which were in their hand, and all their earrings which were in their ears; and Jacob hid them under the oak which was by Shechem.” (Genesis 35:2, 4). They were going to Bethel to worship the Lord and Jacob commanded them to put away the strange gods with them, things that had become idols/gods that they worship or reverence. Put off all the things you put on that have become idols. (Zechariah 3:3-7) As you come to appear before the Lord you want to appear as citizens of the Kingdom, and the Lord is saying, take away all the filthy garments from the outside and the inner iniquity taken away. The purity of heart takes away the filthiness of the flesh and of life, as well as taking away what dress the Lord counts as strange and filthy. The garments that are identified with the flesh, we are to hate. “And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh” (Jude 1:23). In our evangelism and reaching out, we will see the garments and styles of the world; we are not to copy but hate them. “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen” (Jude 1:24-25). Our God will keep you from falling. You will not fall into the trap of the world. “He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully” (Psalms 24:4). If your heart is pure your action, appearance, apparel and outlook will be proper. “But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth” (Colossians 3:8). Like you put off a dirty garment, wash and then put it on; as in the physical so in the spiritual. You put off the filthy garment, wash in the Blood of the Lamb, and then you put on a new garment. But note this, even if you do not wear the garments of the world but you have not put off anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy and filthy communication, your inner man is not well dressed you are still dirty before God. If Your inner man being well dressed in the likeness of Christ, you will have the knowledge of what is acceptable and unacceptable before God. There will be no conflict, or tumults but only peace in the heart. “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him” (Colossians 3:17). Do all things to the glory of God; men lifting up holy hands without wrath, anger, bitterness, and doubting. And with the same kind of holiness and motive, that women adorned themselves in modest apparel (1 Timothy 2:8-9). You need to understand that Paul was writing to the Gentiles, and these were much deep in their worldliness than the Jews. When Peter wrote to the Jews, they already understood why he was writing, but Paul was very clear in his writing to them, “In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array” (1 Timothy 2:9). There should be no attachment nor artificial hair. Instead of spending money on all these extras that do not add to the God given beauty, spend that money in your neighbourhood and for people around you. Pray that you will see God on that final day in Jesus’ name (Matthew 5:8). “And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure” (1 John 3:3). Purified inner man and the outer man will be dressed appropriately.
Point 3: THE COMMENDATION OF TRANSFERABLE BEAUTY BY THE PRINCE
Genesis 18:19; Deuteronomy 6:6-9; Joshua 7:20-21; Exodus 23:2; Romans 16:19-20; 1 Peter 5:5; Revelations 3:3-5; 19:7-8; 22:14-21
Our Lord Jesus is the Prince of Peace, the King of kings and Lord of lords. There is a kind of beauty that is transferable, inner beauty; transferable first from Christ to the Christians and then from us to the people we interact with. Our Lord and King praises transferrable beauty. Understand that transferable convictions are transferable Christian doctrines. Parents transfer their convictions to their children by their consistent actions, believers transfer our convictions to our converts by our practice, animals transfer habits and skills to their offspring; that is why lions do not act as sheep and eagles will not act as doves. Sinners transfer worldliness to their children and families; religious people transfer tradition to their followers. Now what are you transferring to your children, converts or families? Holiness or worldliness, Christian dressing or worldly dressing, convictions or condemnation? “For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him” (Genesis 18:19). God knew Abraham that he would transfer his convictions and all that He commanded him to his children. “And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up” (Deuteronomy 6:7). As a believer, when you have a daughter, you don’t punch holes in her ears, because you are teaching her a Christian concept that we don’t wear earrings. Teach them and make provision for them to know the Lord and walk in the path of holiness. We see many things in the society and our neighbourhood, the garment of Babylon and the world. Achan saw, coveted and took them, and this brought death to him and his family (Joshua 7:20-21). The world will not kill you; appearance and dressing like the world will not take grace and holiness away from your life. “Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment” (Exodus 23:2). That multitudes are doing it, that doesn’t justify it; if it is wrong, it is wrong. In the days of Noah, only eight people were found to be righteous, and there were millions of people. The majority is always wrong when it comes to the things of God. God doesn’t work by the majority. You will not do evil in Jesus’ name. In this late hour when the Lord will soon come, you will be righteous, you will not go to pick a Babylonish garment or worldly dressings and appearance in Jesus’ name. “Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble” (1 Peter 5:5). God is still resisting the proud today as He resisted Nebuchadnezzar and Herod, but He will grant you more grace. “Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee” (Revelations 3:3). Those of us who have been long in the Church, remember all that we have heard on Christian dressing and appearance; coming out of the world, on worldliness and carnality: remember and hold fast to them all. Your garment of salvation and holiness will not be defiled in Jesus’ name (Revelations 3:4). You will be worthy and overcome all the temptations and worldliness. Our righteousness, holiness, purity and the inner garment we need to be wearing at all time will not be taken away from any of us in Jesus’ name (Revelations 19:7-8). You will remain holy, not be worldly, sinful or unrighteous. In your heart, appearance and every day of your life, holiness, and that holiness will take you to heaven when Christ comes in Jesus’ name. Look away from the world, and look unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of your faith, let Him be the King, Lord, Prince of your life, and this transferable beauty receive, and pass it on to your converts and all the people in the Church around you by your conduct and appearance. And the great reward of the Lord will be yours in Jesus’ name. “Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city” (Revelations 22:14).
Ponder on this! The people of the world will want to attract the praise and commendation of the world; they are thus corrupted and contaminated, they compromise with the world, are colorized by and have conformity with the world. Eventually they will be condemned with the world. Pastor (Dr) W.F Kumuyi.
Ponder on this! Is the heart pure your dressing will be proper; is it impure, the dressing will be improper. Is the heart converted, the outlook will be changed; righteous, it will be respectable; sanctified, it will be scriptural. Is the heart profaned, the dressing will be prodigal; harden, the appearance will be haughty. Pastor (Dr) W.F Kumuyi.
Hard Sayings – That multitudes are doing it doesn’t justify it; if it is wrong, it is wrong. Pastor (Dr) W.F Kumuyi.
Reflection – Parents transfer their convictions to their children by their consistent actions, believers transfer our convictions to our converts by our practice, animals transfer habits and skills to their offspring, that is why lions do not act as sheep; eagles will not act as doves. Sinners transfer worldliness to their children and families; religious people transfer tradition to their followers. Now what are you transferring to your children, converts or families; holiness or worldliness, Christian dressing or worldly dressing, convictions or condemnation. Pastor (Dr) W.F Kumuyi.
Words on the Marble – You will not please the world to displease the Lord. Pastor (Dr) W.F Kumuyi.
Key words – If your heart is pure; your dressing, appearance, apparel and outlook will be proper. Pastor (Dr) W.F Kumuyi.
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