As a makeup artist it surprises me how many women come to me bringing in their makeup bags full of the products they've been using on a daily basis for years. Women have brought in all types of products old mascaras, face powders, eyeliners, etc only to find out after consulting with me that half the products they've been using are either expired and need to be replaced or they've been using products that are not suitable for their skin type. If your skin is dry you don't want to use products that are designed for someone that has oily skin and vice versa. I also have women who come in looking for something new to fill their makeup bags with, and then some that are so accustomed to the products they've been using they refuse to change. You would be surprised how many women are stuck in their ways and are blind to anything new that you try and show them. Let's face it, we as women love makeup whether we wear a lot or a little bit, there's some of us who would never even leave the house without having makeup on. Certain products we wear on a daily basis we become attached to. And looking at it in the spiritual world, a lot of products/ things become attached to us.
Let's take a look at our makeup bag from another perspective. Think of your makeup bag as being your heart (makeup bag=your heart). Just as the clients I mentioned earlier came to me with their makeup bags and found out after consulting that the makeup they've been using was either expired or not suitable for their skin, a lot of times we are filling our hearts (makeup bags) with the wrong products (attitudes). We tend to store things in our hearts that was never meant to be there and hold on to things that have expired and are no longer good for us. For everything there is an expiration date. We apply products to our heart like hatred, unforgiveness, anger, lust, bitterness, envy, selfishness, etc when God's intention in giving us a heart (makeup bag) was never meant to carry those things. What we apply to our heart is so important, Proverbs 4:23 says "Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life." Our heart is the core of who we are and in our heart is where we store everything, our darkest secrets, our most precious moments, painful memories, etc. Everything we think, say, and do spring from what's in our heart whether it's good or bad. Matthew 15:18-19 says "But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile a man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:" and Proverbs 23:7 says "For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he..."
God is concerned about what we are applying to our hearts and our faces. A lot of things we store in our makeup bag may seem good for us because we saw someone else wear it and it looked good on them, but just because it looked good on them doesn't mean it's going to suit you. There's been many times I've seen someone wear a certain color lipstick or eye shadow and I try it on and it looks totally different and absolutely wrong on me. I've also seen many people wear unforgiveness and bitterness and I try it on, and try to justify why I'm wearing it and once again it looks absolutely wrong on me. Just as we can apply/ wear makeup, we can apply bad attitudes, but we can also apply God's Word.
God is the Ultimate Makeup Artist and just as the clients came to me as mentioned earlier for a consultation about the makeup they've been wearing, we need to consult God about the products (attitudes) we've been applying. For so long I carried unforgiveness and hurt in my heart, I fought God because I wanted to hold on to those things because everyone else was wearing them so I thought it was right. Many times just as we hold on to things physically, we also hold on to things spiritually as well. Just as we don't know when to throw out that old dried up mascara, we don't know when to throw out that anger and selfishness. But that bitterness and anger has an expiration date and that date is today. Colossians 3:8-10 says "But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:" Don't be like the clients who are so stuck in their ways they don't want to get rid of their old makeup and try something new. God wants to give us new makeup (a new heart- Ezekiel 36:26) God wants us to have a new heart and new products (attitudes) to apply, He wants to give us makeup that is eternal and not temporary. He desires to give us love for our loneliness, peace for our pain, mercy for our unforgiveness, joy for our anger. It's time to get rid of those bad attitudes and allow God to make us over in His image. It's time to empty out our makeup bag (our heart) of the products we've been applying and allow God to fill our makeup bag (our heart) with the things that are pleasing to Him. What's in your makeup bag? When is the last time you've examined the products you've been filling your heart with?
“Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.” Psalms 26:2 KJV
“That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” Ephesians 4:22-24 KJV
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.” Galatians 5:22-26 KJV
“Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:31-32 KJV