Take A Biblical Bath:

Wearing Clean Clothes, But Need A Biblical Bath:

Apostle James R Winfree Sr, We Only Share The Good News Of The Gospel Of Our Lord God Jesus Christ, That Is Changing And Transforming Lives Forever!!!

We live in a world where making a good impression and having a good image is everything. I think it is safe to say, in this modern world “image” has a big place than life itself. We are bombarded every single day by the media, magazine, Internet… you name it, how to look at this or that, what to eat, what to dress, etc. The cosmetics industry encourages you to “shell out” all you have so you look like one of the superstars but never encourage you to be grateful for what you have or who you are. As the result, we are confused and don’t understand how the relationship between the way we look and the way we feel works. Certainly, there is nothing wrong with desiring to improve ourselves, but true joy comes when we start accepting and loving ourselves as exactly as we are. True joy is the result of accepting the real true Lord God Jesus Christ Holy Spirit into our lives. We all need to realize that beauty comes in different shapes, colors, sizes and it has nothing to do with our outward appearances, but being a new person in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Church leadership and its services and those who follow its Appearance can be deceiving as well as revealing when knowing Christ, He said we will Know the tree by its fruit.

Once I did this some many years ago standing off to the side, in front of a big church in Houston, dressed in baggy, torn clothes, unshaven and very unkempt. As the members went into the Sunday worship services, they had to pass me. Not one member stopped to greet me that Sunday Morning. All ignored me and looked the other way. The next week, I being showered, shave and dresses up in my Sunday's best announced that I was that man who had been in front of the church door the previous Sunday, dressed in old clothes!

What do you want to look like? Give the answer for yourself. But, should we be concerned with our appearance? The answer is YES!!! But don’t get me wrong here, I am not talking about physical appearance. As Christians, we all should be concerned about our appearances. Why? Because we are “the epistles of the living God” 2 Cor. 3:2-3. We are his open letters. The proper image reflects the proper message. As a label on a can reflect what is inside, so is our appearance. For Christians appearance is everything. People don’t read their bibles often times, but people read people. What kind of message your appearance send to the world? I am sexy, I am a slob, I am flashy or I am modest, clean, orderly? Which one is it?

Our life should reflect our blessed Savior Jesus Christ. Make sure your mouth doesn’t say one thing and the way you treat others say something different. You represent the king of kings and the Lord of Lords so make sure your life represent the everlasting king, the One true God.

In Matthew 23:25, 26 Jesus made a word picture about people who are looking good on the outside, but not good on the inside. He said, “You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside you are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First, clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.”

Brothers and Sisters, let me ask you a simple question. As you wash dishes and cups, which part of the cup needs the most cleaning? Which part requires your attention and concentration? Is it the inside or the outside? I hope we all agree that the inside of the cup is the one that gets dirty. It is the inside that needs the cleaning. But this doesn’t mean you don’t wash the outside, of Course, you do. That is what Jesus talks about. Your heart needs cleaning. Your inner heart soul needs to be clean. As the cup is not clean unless we address the issue that is inside so is our life. Our hearts need to be clean from all sorts of unclean thoughts, motives, and actions then the outside reflects the inside. God is more concerned about our inner heart than the outward style. Your heart shows your life purpose. The Christian life is the life of Jesus Christ lived out through our lives. It is not for a show. It is not a style. It is not a set of beliefs either. Christianity is life, and it is not our life. Jesus lives His life in us. Look what Apostle Paul says in Galatians 2: 20. I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Which part of the body of Christ you don't love, do you only love those who look like you or do you only support and help those who are just like you, Be open and honest with yourselves?

Your inward person presentation is the reflection of your love for God and His children. The external performance reveals a lot about what is going on inside. Your outward appearance is a stage for your inside. In most cases, your inside is a reflection of your Christian belief.

Of course, we all know about an artificial outward projection. Artificial projection is when you hide your flaws in the best possible way and display a contrary message. You can fake the outward but you can’t fake what you are inside. So, be smart, deal with your inside. And most importantly, as Christians, one of the reasons that we should be concerned about our appearance or image is because our outward appearance can be INTERPRETED by those around us in any way differently. Yes, we should make ourselves look presentable. However, as someone said, “ a Christian should resemble a Fruit tree, not a Christmas tree.”

The word of God in 1 John 2:6 says “he/she who says he/she abides in Christ ought to walk in the same way as He walked.”Our call as God’s children is based on becoming His bride, Jesus Christ. Becoming like Christ does not mean we are losing personality, but it is all about transforming our character. Life is not about you, it is about the Lord Jesus Christ, In Ephesians 4:13. And this character development or transformation is a process Apostle Paul said, “This will continue until we are … mature, just as Christ is, and we will be completely like Him” ( Ephesians 4:13 ).

“Jesus did not die on the cross just so we could live comfortable, well-adjusted lives. His purpose is far deeper: He wants to make us like Himself before He takes us to heaven. This is our greatest privilege, our immediate responsibility, and our ultimate destiny.” King David in Psalm 51:10 says “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” Spiritual cleansing starts from within not from outside. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks. Luke 6:45 The bible also says “as water reflects a face, so a man’s heart reflects who he or she really is.”

( Prov 27:19 ) Your inner heart or life is an accurate representation of the real you. But how can we clean up our inside? Our heart? Our soul? First, get rid off all the junk from your heart and mind. Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God ( Col 3:1-3 ), Put the word of God in your heart and mind. David, as, king, says in Psalm 119:11 “Your Word have I hidden in mine heart, that I might not sin against You.” Hide the word of God, meditate on it and live it.

Remember this, your heart is a window to your soul. It serves as a barometer of your true spiritual condition! When the heart is right, there will be love for God evidenced by genuine worship and heartfelt work that honors and glorified God in Christ. We must love, honor, respect, help, support All of God's children in every nation, not just those who look like us. It's time to build up the body, the bride, the church, the Kingdom first and then all others. Amen.

We Are Leading His Churches And Nations Back To The One Lord God Our Heavenly Father Jesus Christ:
{ 2 Corinthians 9:7 }
Our God And Heavenly Father Love His Cheerful Givers, Be One!!!

apostlejrwinfree@gmail.com