Greetings to the Father, Angels and saints in Christ. It is now 5/1/07 at 1.15 p.m and I am hurrying on to work. However, the fourth principle is LET YOUR TRUE SPIRIT DRAW THE MAN. One of the best examples that I found was last night at the last-minute. Her name is Esther. IF a man is not drawn or attracted to your spirit, your body will become a temporary attraction, because there are always other bodies to explore. Furthermore, bodies change with time (unless you keep fit) and the physical appeal will wear away.

Even the scripture says that heaven and earth will pass away, but only the intemporal will abide forever. Well, your spirit is the intemporal. What kind of spirit should you have? Peter answered when he described Sarah in 1 Pet 3: 3-5 when he exhorted women of God as follows –

“Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; but let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.

For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands”.

Time does not permit the exploration of this scripture, but we dealt with it in some detail prior. The part of you that will not die is your incorruptible spirit – the inward woman that will be alive and alert at 99 or 100. That inward being must be meek and quiet even after the example of Sarah who did not fuss, boss, bluster and quarrel with Abraham, but submitted to his guidance, even to the point of bowing and calling him lord (1 Pet 3: 6). This meek and quiet spirit reveals itself in the Christ likeness of the individual. See Galatians 3: 22 and 23. The spirit of meekness has a glory on it, because it is the spirit that is under the control and leadership of the Holy Spirit. We learnt this also from Ruth.

I want to point to Esther as an example of a woman who was singled out by a king, not because of her physical beauty, but because of her spirit. To get the full preview, you need to read the book of Esther. The king was looking for a wife and all of the beauties in his kingdom were brought to his palace. He was now in the difficult position of choosing Mrs Ahasuerus from a bevy of beauties.

What were the qualities that he was looking for? No one told us in the book, but he chose Esther above all the other beauties.

The main thing that characterized Esther is favor with God which in turn earned her favor with key people in the king’s palace and eventually the discerning king (Esther 2: 9, 15 – 17). Esther pleased the king

“and she obtained grace and favour in his sight more than all the virgins; so that he set the royal crown upon her head, and made her queen …” (Esther 2: 17).

She obtained grace and favor, two intangible qualities that you cannot buy or pull a string to obtain. Your body may buy you a temporary appeal, but it is the presence and glory of the Lord on your life that will bring you into the position of the wife of the king. A discerning man of God will hit the nail on the head and get his Esther although he is surrounded by all kinds of beauties (on the outside). Proverbs 31:30 says that “favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.”

Just in case you are wondering,

the word grace in Prov 31: 30 comes from the hebrew word (strong’s 02603) which means charm, grace and elegance while

favor in Esther 2: 17 (strong’s 02617) means that the king showed Esther goodness, kindness and faithfulness.

The favor of Proverbs 31: 30 implies that external beauty can be deceptive since it can hide a spirit that is unfavorable. At least, if you compare this scripture with 1 Pet 3: 3-5, grace and charm can be portrayed by an outward adorning. Any woman can pretend. Even the devil transforms himself into an angel of light. That is why, men, you must not choose a wife based on the outward, but you must look on the heart which is where God sees. Now I am not implying that inward beauty means an ugly exterior or a woman lacking in elegance. Sarah, our example in 1 Pet 3, was so beautiful that two powerful men took her from her husband. Her beauty was both internal and external. Esther was one of thousands of beautiful virgins brought to King Ahasuerus, but she had an inner quality that made her stand out from the rest. In the words of Proverbs 31: 30, while many daughters were virtuous, she excelled them all.

My mental palms are sweaty, because as a woman of God, I must now examine myself to determine where my focus is in relation to my beautification. Where is your focus? Are you all dressed up outside but rotten inside? Are you indwelt by the fullness of God or are you possessed by some other spirit? In the eyes of God and the discerning man, your value is above rubies when you are the woman after the example set by Sarah, Ruth, Esther and others in scripture.