Mirror, mirror on the wall…..
I Samuel 12:21 And turn ye not aside: for then should ye go after vain things, which cannot profit, nor deliver; for they are vain.
So what is the strange connection between idolatry and vanity?
Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another. Galatians 5:26.
Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry. I Corinthians 10:14.
Well one must go to the root of spirits. The root of good and evil. One must try and understand, this is a spiritual characteristic. One must see who God is, and yes see who the devil is.
We are told that the devil, was beautiful to look at. He was, the morning star. He wanted to lift himself up, and was jealous of God, and God kicked him out of heaven.
Luke 10:18 And He said unto them, I beheld satan as lightning fall from heaven.
Another terrible trait. Jealousy.
Do you ever notice something about God? He hides Himself. His glory, is so bright, that when Moses talked to Him, his countenance changed, and God placed Moses in the cleft of the rock. One could see that could be modesty, if we like Him, want to be in holiness.
Now, idolatry, is anything, that tries to lift itself up higher then God. Many scriptures tell us, God is a jealous God. And there are many scriptures that tell us how offensive that is to God.
So lets look at an example of idolatry, in people we admire. People, who are beautiful. Do you know by trying to imitate them, that is idolatry? That spirit of who they are, can be transferred. No one, but Jesus, is worthy to imitate in life. And when we take our eyes off of God, we are so open and prone to receive spirits that are not of Christ. Why would anyone of us, not be wise enough to see the deception of that? But it happens. Even with good Christian people. Who do not know better.
I just feel led to write this. I am older, I have made many mistakes myself, in vanity. But I think I have learned a few things as well.
We must guard our spirits. We must try to go back to the old ways. Yes keep your physical body healthy, and take good precautions to care that you look healthy, and well groomed. I was going to say take “pride” in your appearance. But that again, is a characteristic, that we must see God hates. Pride puffs itself up. It says, I am better then you. Its just wrong.
All I know, especially in these times, everything seems to be centered around peoples looks, their money, and even in the body of Christ, people are not seeing it.
Recently, I saw a page about a famous pretty woman, and she ranted and raved, about how pretty she was, and that she never had surgery to enhance her looks. It just seemed oh so conceited.
What a terrible example we have given our young women. Our girls. It cheapens them. It lowers their value in the sight of God. What happened, to modesty, innocence? Chastity, yes, it may be old fashioned. But with std’s and sin, that does not promote saving yourself for marriage, our society is in trouble. Being vain, only contributes to this.
I just hope you take this to heart. I know I have repented, for thoughts about myself, that must seem so vain in the sight of God. My own other sins, and just things…. Concerning clothing, and yes appearance.
We all have to work on our souls. One may be beautiful on the outside. Which people do look at, but God looks at the heart.
What does He see, when He sees us? It is an on going process. In repentance, and innocence, and modesty.
I know, people don’t talk about holiness. But it is important. Our spirits, our hearts, should only try to reflect Christ. Be beautiful because of who Christ is in your heart. You do not need to imitate anybody else.
Beware of the spirit of idolatry, and vanity.
Blessings, and love,
I hope these scriptures, bring some light to this subject.
Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. Proverbs 31:30
Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee. Ezekiel 28:17
Give unto the Lord the glory due unto His name: bring an offering, and come before Him: worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. I Chronicles 16:29.
Ezekiel 16:15 But thou didst trust in thine own beauty, and playest the harlot because of thy renown, and pourest out thy fornications on every one that passed by: his it was.