Faith Life Church (Praise and Worship Team sing This is the Day (Psalm 118) ♪ This is the day that the Lord has made ♪ ♪ I will rejoice ♪ ♪ This is the day that the Lord has made ♪ ♪ I will be glad ♪ ♪ This is the day that the Lord has made ♪ ♪ I will rejoice ♪ ♪ This is the day that the Lord has made ♪ ♪ I will be glad ♪ ♪ Because the Lord is good and His mercy endures ♪ ♪ Because the Lord is good I will be glad ♪ ♪ This is the day that the Lord has made ♪ ♪ I will rejoice ♪ ♪ This is the day that the Lord has made ♪ ♪ I will be glad ♪ ♪ Because the Lord is good and His mercy endures ♪ ♪ Because the Lord is good I will be glad ♪ ♪ Because the Lord is good and His mercy endures ♪ ♪ Because the Lord is good I will be glad ♪♪ People’s identity from little ones, grade school, high school, college, professional on, their identity is based in things that are unsure and things that are always changing, and things that they will lose And if you’re not prepared for that, you lose your identity You lose your sense of value and worth One of them is beauty or looks. (Laughs) People have their identity in their looks And society has this whole cast system of pretty people and not so pretty people, right? And it’s completely based on appearance, physical appearance (Laughs) Well, how long are you going to keep your looks? Are your looks changing? Every day Well, if you’re not as pretty as you were when you were eighteen, have you lost your identity? Have you lost your value? People have their identity in their strength, in their brawn, in their ability, athletic ability “I’m a strong man I’m a strong woman…” Well is your strength going to stay the same throughout your age and decades? I didn’t say you couldn’t be strong in old age, but are you going to be able to run when you’re eighty-five exactly like you did when you were twenty-five? It would be miraculous People have their identity in their possessions They’re the ones that live in the big house They’re the ones that drive the expensive car Well what if you didn’t have the car? Who are you without the house? Who are you without any of the cars? Who are you without the jewelry?
Without the clothes? People have their identity in position: president of the company, head supervisor, best – one of these tradesmen, best plumber in the city Right? What if you are no longer a plumber? What if you are no longer in the business? Who are you without your plumbing? Who are you? What are you without the stuff? Without the position? You see what I’m saying, friends If your identity and your sense of value and worth is in anything or anybody that you can lose, you are in danger You are vulnerable And if that’s the case, you know you can lose it whether you want to admit it or not, the enemy has leverage to work on you and put you in bondage because you are afraid of losing it, and then losing it or losing them, losing who you are, losing your identity Oh, but friends, you don’t have to be subject to such things Our identity, hallelujah, if we believe it and are established in it, it cannot be lost It cannot be lost It does not change Let’s talk about beauty for a little bit I know you were so excited about that one. (Laughs) Proverbs thirty-one I know we have such a good looking bunch Both churches and our partners are just handsome and pretty people, but if that changed a little bit for some reason, I don’t want you insecure (Laughs) Proverbs 31:30, talking about the virtuous woman What made her the virtuous woman whose price was above rubies? What made her so valuable? That’s what virtuous means It’s talking about valuable This whole chapter She is valuable, precious, treasure of a woman What made her so? Well, at the end here it says, “Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain,” her beauty, even though she was pretty, beautiful, snappy dresser and all that, that’s not what made her beautiful That’s not what made her valuable “But a woman that fears the Lord, she shall be praised.” The Amplified says, “Beauty is vain [because it is not lasting]…” The Complete English version says, “Charm can be deceiving, and beauty fades away, but a woman who honors the LORD deserves to be praised.” The God’s Word translation says, “Charm is deceptive, and beauty evaporates…” Now I know a lot of people don’t like to hear that, they don’t like to believe that, they believe they can defy it with the creams and the injections and hey, I’m not against any of that Anything that will help you and you’re happy about it, hey – but, the truth is (Laughs) We’re having one today aren’t we? The truth is – Scripture says our whole existence down here our physical existence is like a flower, it’s like grass In Isaiah numerous places other than that it says – the Spirit of God cried out and said, “All flesh is grass,” and all the glory and beauty of flesh is like the beauty of the flower and the grass It springs up, the flower it blooms, it’s beautiful, and immediately what starts happening? Immediately it starts fading and drying up; that’s me and you physically We reach our peak and then we begin to age and go the other direction That’s because of the curse in the earth Everything down here is dying Everything And if you are afraid of loss because if I’m not as pretty as I used to be or as handsome or as strong, then I’m nobody
anymore It’s only because your value was in the wrong thing to start with Right? Your identity was in the wrong thing The Bible says in Corinthians, “Though the outward man is perishing,” or decaying, “the inward man is renewed day by day.” There is a beauty that doesn’t fade There is a strength that doesn’t wane There are riches you can’t lose Oh, is anybody interested in this? And when your identity is in that and your value is in that, you are secure You are built on a solid rock Your soul is anchored, hallelujah, in bedrock And no matter what happens to you, you are no less valuable You are no less important You don’t lose your identity Somebody say, “Glory to God Glory to God.” Go with me to 1 Peter please Go to 1 Peter three and I’m going to put up another verse on the screen while you’re doing that Put up Proverbs 11:22, you’re going to 1 Peter three Here’s a profound word right here on the screen “As a jewel of gold in a swine’s snout,” that’s a pig’s nose, “so is a fair woman which is without discretion.” This is the Bible, and it’s true A beautiful woman and the woman is the fairer between the man and the woman Men can be good-looking, don’t misunderstand me, but women, God has made beautiful on another level You hear all the men going, “Amen Amen.” (Laughs) You think about they were the last thing God created and creation just kept developing and developing But, I don’t care how stunning a woman might be, if she is mean and stubborn on the inside – I’m quoting Scripture (Laughter) Put up Young’s Literal You’ll see why I say it Young’s Literal translation says, “A ring of gold in the nose of a sow is a fair woman and stubborn of behaviour.” If you are not pretty on the inside, then your beauty on the outside is as wasted – not to say it’s not important, it’s just a waste It’s a waste because of who the beauty is on, but it is fleeting no matter who it’s on Like a ring of gold in a pig’s nose Well, the ring of gold is beautiful but then you look at the pig he’s all muddy, and you think the pig just messes up that picture, man I like a ring of gold but not on a pig We need to focus more on inner beauty then outer beauty Because the inner never fades Oh, somebody didn’t hear that The inner beauty never fades Never ages, wears out, decays The outer man is decaying But the inner man is not I don’t care if you been born again seventy-five years, inside you haven’t aged a day Not a day You should have developed, grown up, become stronger but you can’t age and get old on the inside Your spirit, it never fades Let’s read about it First Peter 3:3 Complete English version, verse three “Don’t depend on things like fancy hairdos or gold jewelry or
expensive clothes to make you look beautiful.” That doesn’t mean you can’t have a fancy hairdo or some good clothes If you look at the King James, I’ve seen groups that said don’t let your adorning the outward apparel, padding of the hair, putting on of clothes And they pick one of them and say well it’s wrong to wear gold, it’s wrong to fix your hair Well then it’s wrong to wear clothes You have to be consistent, is that right, with the rest of the translation No, it’s okay to wear some clothes In fact, we won’t let you in here without some clothes Well, if it’s okay to wear some clothes, it’s okay to fix your hair And it’s okay to have some jewelry But, does it need to be emphasized – this is not what makes you who you are The phrase is like, “The clothes make the man.” Not even close Not even close I’ve had people actually talk to us about, “Brother Keith, why do you still wear a suit and a tie? Don’t you know that that’s old, that’s passe? All of the big churches, the guys are preaching in T-shirts and jeans Don’t you know that? Yeah, I know it. (Laughs) (Laughter) But you know, I turn on the evening news and the guy is wearing a tie I see heads of businesses and they are wearing suits and ties Is that right? If they dress up a little bit to bring me the bad news (Laughter) I think I’ll dress up a little bit to bring you the Good News (Laughs) It’s not about a coat and a tie That’s Western Some Eastern things that doesn’t even apply I’ll tell you what does matter The church and the things of God are important enough to you that you do your best If all you have is two T-shirts and a pair of jeans, get your good T-shirt and iron your jeans It shouldn’t be the same as going out in the backyard for a picnic It’s more important to you You make the best effort you can You don’t have to have a bunch of money or a bunch of clothes, it’s not about that It just about doing the best you can And that’s what Phyllis and I have been doing for decades now When I first started in the ministry I had two sport coats and I think of three pairs of pants So you switch and you mix-and-match and they get worn But I began to confess I’m going to have good clothes to do what I need to do And when I meet people and I meet business people – you know, you meet people in all walks of life If they are dressed up, I need to be dressed up some Right? What I am representing is no less important, in fact more so, than what they are representing Well, anyway I said all that, didn’t I? (Laughs) You just shouldn’t treat the things of God as trivial, as unimportant You can be too casual with the things of God “Don’t depend on things like fancy hairdos or gold jewelry or expensive clothes to make you look beautiful Be beautiful in your heart being gentle and quiet This kind of beauty will last,” somebody say: “It lasts (Congregation repeats) It lasts.” “God considers it very special.” The Easy-To-Read says, “The beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit That beauty will never disappear It is worth very much to God.” The BBE says, “The ever-shining ornament of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great price in the eyes of God.” Now, something the Lord pointed out to me some years back when He said the gentle and quiet spirit, He’s not just talking about women: a gentle and quiet spirit is of great price to Him, period Specifically with the woman, he’s saying that makes them more beautiful than the hairdo
How many believe Jesus is beautiful beyond description? Right? When we see Him in His glory, we are going to be in awe Hallelujah Do you believe that? Beautiful beyond words And He said, “Come learn about Me Learn of Me.” What thing did He mention? “I am meek and lowly,” humble, “of heart.” This is one of the big things that makes us beautiful Being rebellious is being ugly Being stubborn, unwilling to obey God is being ugly And being prideful and arrogant is being ugly It actually changes your countenance It affects the flesh Can you see people that get obstinate and hard? It affects their jaw set It affects the set of their eyes, doesn’t it? Well, humility affects you too Humility is not a bad thing Humility is beauty in the eyes of God Humility is not believing you are nothing, it’s humbling yourself before Who God is and what He is It is honesty before God, and He finds that beautiful How many think what God finds beautiful, you should find beautiful? Because it truly is and will always be And here’s the thing It’s beautiful to Him forever Never fades, never ages, never wears out Can you say, “Amen?” The NIV says, “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty,” somebody say: “Unfading beauty.” Congregation: Unfading beauty Don’t you like the sound of that? Unfading beauty, “Of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” Imperishable beauty Glory be to God Romans eleven, Romans 11:29, “God’s gifts and His call are,” what? “Irrevocable.” Irrevocable His, “Gifts and calling of God are without repentance.” It doesn’t change and irrevocable You don’t lose them They never diminish in value or significance, and they are not something you lose Everything God gives you is forever And when your identity is in what He gave you, what He made you, then your sense of identity is secure, year after year, decade after decade, century after century, millennia after millennia You know who you are, you know what you have and you know you can’t lose it You are never going to lose what He gave you He gave you and I the gift of salvation Oh, the gift – that’s what we have been reading about You have been redeemed He gave us His Holy Spirit to abide with us forever Hallelujah! This makes us important He gave us all of His gifts and graces that He has given us, that is inside of us, and all the blessings that He has blessed us with in heavenly places We will never lose them Never Money you can lose, cars, houses, they’re all temporary They are fleeting Soon and very soon all of this stuff is going to be a pile of ashes, is that right? The Bible said the whole earth, the surface of the Earth is going to melt with fervent heat That includes your house and car Somebody said, “Do you believe in global warming?” I’m beyond that. (Laughter) I believe in global melting. (Laughs) I also believe I’m not going to be here, how about you?
I’m out of here I’m out of here. (Laughs) Everything we have, everything down here, everything is very, very temporary Come on, say it out loud: “Very, (Congregation repeats) very temporary.” Houses, money, cars, clothes, jewelry, stuff, all of it, including the body Everything down here That’s not my identity That’s not what makes me worth something What makes me worth something is Who loves me I am and you are the apple of His eye What makes you and I worth something is what was paid for us The highest price that has ever been paid for anything in all time and eternity was paid for you and for me That’s forever That’s eternal Never fades I have been re-created in Christ Jesus Inside I am a new creation that never ages I am being renewed day by day That’s what makes me beautiful Submitting to my God and loving Him and believing Him makes me beautiful to Him and beautiful the people that know Him, no matter what is happening here Is that right? The riches He has given me are unsearchable the Bible said They go on forever and ever I have twenty verses I didn’t have time to read to you about it today Unsearchable riches of His glory, and nothing can ever steal them from me, they can’t lose value, they are mine forever Hallelujah! What if you lost a house or you lost some furniture? Your good stuff is over there I said, your good stuff is over there This stuff is like a gallon of milk It has a date on it Is that right? Everything down here. (Laughs) What are we talking about? The realization of this truth, the truth makes you free The realization of these truths put your identity anchored in bedrock It puts your value and worth in things you can’t lose, that can’t fade, which will make you solid, hallelujah Will deliver you from all insecurities and your confidence will rise up and you will be who you are supposed to be Announcer: We trust this message has ministered to you Faith Life Church has two locations; in Branson, Missouri and Sarasota, Florida Service times in Branson are Friday nights at 6:30 and Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m Service times in Sarasota are Friday nights at 7:30 and Sunday mornings at 10:00 For more information please visit our websites or call us at 417-334-9233