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Deceiving Appearances
by Martin Wiles
07/10/13
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Currently, pieces of it are hot sellers, but itís not always what it appears.

Distressed furniture has paint missing in spots making it appear to don a leopard skin coat. Yet distressed furniture isnít always what it proposes to be. It could actually be an old piece of furniture with paint leaving the surface because itís worn out its welcome. But it could be a newer piece of furniture made to look old-and much of it is. All thatís required is a fresh coat of paint, a sander, varnish, and a little imagination.

Appearances can be deceiving. Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him (I John 3:2 NKJV).

The same is true for me. If you followed me around for a week, you might conclude that Iím not who I propose to beÖthat is if you didnít understand what God says about me. Youíd probably hear me complain about a driver in front of me, fume in line at Wal-Mart where only three registers are open, deride women who are dressed in public like they would be at the beach, say something insensitive to my wife, or complain about my finances as if I have no God to control them.

My foibles are due to my weaknesses and my failure to trust God in all circumstances. But they arenít an accurate reflection of who I am. In spite of my bare spots and chips, Iím still a forgiven and perfectly stained child of God whoís a work in progress. And if Iíll continually trust God, heíll bring beauty from my scratched up surface.

When you feel distressed, remember God can re-finish the outside to perfection.

Prayer: Enable us Almighty God to live out in words and actions the person we are in Christ. www.lovelinesfromgod.com

If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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