Keeping up appearances-4
2 Timothy 3:5 “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”
2 Timothy 3:5 “They’ll make a show of religion, but behind the scenes they’re animals. Stay clear of these people.”
Matthew 6:5 “And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites [are]: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.’
The second area where people put up appearances is in the area of prayer. I have seen several people boast of the number of hours they used in prayer yet their is really nothing to show for it in their lives.
Friend, prayer is a means to an encounter with God. It brings you face to face with divinity. Don’t you ever use it as a weapon to display your spirituality. To pray do the following:
Matthew 6:6 “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.”
The third area is as follows:
Matthew 6:16 “Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
Matthew 6:17 “But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face;”
Fasting is another area where people put up appearances. They look pious and dejected so that men will know they’re fasting.
Beloved, spiritual things are not weapons of keeping up appearances, don’t abuse them by handling them as such.
You can’t satisfy people and yet you keep putting up appearances in order to impress them. Know your level in life an stay there.
Don’t do what you think will impress men and bring you to their class. Let God promote you.
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