Carey Lewis Devotions
Saturday, June 11th, 2011
Beautiful
You are precious and honored in My sight.
Isaiah 43:4 (NIV)
Sometimes at talent auditions, we see a 'diamond in the rough.' A performer's talent is good, but her appearance is not. I used to think God saw us like that--as diamonds waiting to shine. But no, I don't think so anymore.

God does not see us as large-bellied, dimple-legged, acne-prone, crooked-toothed, broken-bodied, bad-haired, weak-armed, slack-jawed diamonds in the rough. 'For God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart' (1 Samuel 16:7). He sees us as beautiful.

Since God is never divided, He doesn't see us just 'pretty on the inside.' He sees us as physically beautiful temples of God (see 1 Corinthians 3:16). Does He see us as beauty queens, competitive athletes, cool characters, and fashion models? Yes! That's who we are, even if the world doesn't know it yet. Even if we don't.

It is written, 'Your hands have made me and fashioned me, an intricate unity' (Job 10:8). If we look closely enough, if we strip off Satan's lies, if we look through the Eyes of God, we will see 'The glory of the Lord' (2 Corinthians 3:18) upon us. Glory is defined as 'radiant beauty' (Random House Dictionary).

So, here's the lesson: Stop believing the enemy. If he can't twist you with vanity or pump you with pride, he'll pierce you with self-loathing. He'll whisper to you that you're ugly, less than others, and less deserving of anything good--even worthless. 'But I am overweight,' you might say.

God says you are precious and honored in His sight. Who are you to argue with Him?

Therefore, start thanking God for your amazing physical gifts. Thank Him for your beauty. Ask Him to let you glimpse yourself through His Eyes. Then, start affirming His vision of you. Finally, stand back in amazement as the facts of your appearance transform to the truth of God vision.

Beautiful. That's how God sees you.


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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis


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