“Seeing Beyond The Obvious” ( 1 Samuel 16:7, WYC ) by Carley Evans


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So easy to see whatever a person opens to you. Here, look at this. This is me. I am the sum of these parts. Now, you know who I am. But, God says,

“Behold thou not his cheer (Look thou not at his face), neither the highness of his stature; […] I deem not by man’s sight; for man seeth those things that be open, but the Lord beholdeth the heart.”

Knowing a person’s heart is not an easy task. Always – whether they mean to or not – people judge us by our appearance. Even actions are sometimes misunderstood. Think of how many times you see an action you do not understand.

God tells us not to judge. And He provides us His rationale – you’re not capable of seeing the heart whereas I Am. That’s why I Am the judge and you are not. “I deem not by man’s sight; for man sees those things that be open, but [I] behold the heart.” Therefore, judge not lest you be judged.

“Don’t Forget Who You Are” ( James 1: 22- 25, WYC ) by Carley Evans


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22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

23 For if any man is an hearer of the word, and not a doer, this shall be likened to a man that beholdeth the face of his birth in a mirror [this shall be comparisoned, or likened, to a man beholding the cheer of his birth in a mirror];

24 for he beheld himself, and went away, and at once he forgot which he was. [for he beheld himself, and went away, and anon he forgot what manner man he was.]

25 But he that beholdeth into the law of perfect freedom, and dwelleth in it, and is not made a forgetful hearer, but a doer of work, this shall be blessed in his deed.

Imagine the cheer of your birth. Your mother is relieved and over-joyed simultaneously, glad to be rid of the pain of childbirth and overwhelmed at the sight of your existence. Your father is glowing with pride and happiness. Everyone is thrilled to greet you as you enter the world.

Imagine God’s cheer when you are born again. James says, Don’t forget the cheer of your birth. Don’t see it, then turn and forget the Word who brought your freedom to you. Don’t be “a forgetful hearer.” Don’t forget who you are, and so deceive yourself.