You know what ticks me off? That shiny red (or green) apple. You know what I’m talking about sis. The one that LOOKS so fruitful and sweet but when you take that first bite you just spit out the rot you bit into. The next few things I holler out are: “yuck!” “eww!” “disgusting!”
Not only is it disgusting, but personally it’s aggravating to be deceived. What you thought you saw was not what it was. Sigh.
Often times, I have to look at my heart and realize I am that apple. Outwardly, I am beautiful. But inwardly, if the Father (or anyone) were to take a bite out of me, or even you sis, would He spit you out in disgust? Would He yell “You Hypocrite!” “you Deceptive Fruit!”
Sisters, I think looking nice is really important especially if you have a Head/husband that wants that of you. But remember:
“Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing gold, or of putting on of apparel; BUT let it be hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. (1 Peter 3:3-4)
That banana is pretty glamorous, maybe a little vain but where is the substance? Where is the fruit?!
Becoming a better woman requires daily evaluation on where the heart is. How we treat ourselves, others and how we choose to live reflects our walk and who we are. How ugly it is to see a beautiful woman who is contentious! The Father hates a contentious woman (Proverbs 25:24, Proverbs 21:9 and Proverbs 27:15). Some contentious women we recognize in scriptures are Delilah (seducing, deceptive spirit), the Proverbs 7 woman (harlot), and Jezebel (manipulative, feminist spirit). We don’t want to be like them, we want to be what Yahweh wants us to be, which is wise.
Here’s another situation in scriptures where Jesus found a deceptive fruit to be hypocritical.
“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.” ( Matthew 23:25-28)
I don’t want this blog post to go any longer but sister I encourage you to examine your heart. Your hair is nice, your smile was created beautifully, you wear nice apparel. But your heart, where does it stand? Who is mankind that we must always check our self and make sure we are correct?! If only we corrected our hearts just as much as we updated our wardrobe and hair styles. Some of us spend so much money on our outward appearance but pay no mind to the rotting heart and mind we have. If only we COULD see it, man would we be more fearful about our salvation . But sis, this is your queue to examine and evaluate. Ask the Father to reveal the secret sins and to expose you to a light that will inspire you to be that better woman for His Kingdom.
“By their fruit you shall know them.” Matthew 7:16
Yahweh, I pray for the sister who reads this blog. I pray that you have stung or pierced her heart with conviction. If you have, I understand that you love her. And if she decides to work on her heart, I pray you give her strength where she falls weak. Encourage her to walk in your strait and narrow path and to become obedient. You’ve already created her beautiful, but may Your Holy Spirit move her to be inwardly beautiful. Thank you for her. I glorify Your name for allowing her to fall on to this blog post. Hallelu Yah! In Jesus’ name, Amen.