Friday, October 24, 2014

The Garment 10/21/2012

The Garment

We get comfortable in our daily drudgery, the routine of our emotions keeping us from being as free as we are meant to be. Like wearing a bathrobe and fuzzy slippers. This is fine when we are trying to get over a cold, maybe a day or two. What is your "bathrobe" made of? Depression, Doubt, Anxiety, Self-conscience, Abuse, Despair, Broken-hearted, Mourning,  you fill in your personal obstacles here.

We can wear those bathrobes to tatters, but the Lord wants to dress His children a different way.

Isaiah 61:3,  To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified 

The Lord's gifts for His children are Beauty for their ashes, Joy for Mourning, and Praise for the spirit of heaviness.
These gifts all begin with the Garment of Salvation. I think of the Garment of Salvation as a beautifully tailored suit. It's is lovingly made to be very comfortable for the wearer. Every stitch is made with Love. 

Isaiah 61:10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels. 
Isaiah 61:11 For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth ; so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.

God will prepare us for what is coming. The wiles of the devil, is what the Bible says in Ephesians. 

 Eph 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Eph6:14 Stand therefore,having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace16 Above all, taking the shield of faith,wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication

When we repent of our sins, we make a choice. We use the gift of free-will to accept the garments of Salvation that God offers us. He will help us have the faith neccessary to overcome anything holding us back.
In the morning, as part of your routine, keep a verse ready to be read. I reccomend a verse that is applicable to your situation. I have a few suggestions, just to get you started! 
Are you properly dressed today?

-it all starts with the Garments of Salvation. John 3:16

-Have you checked in with God today? Lam. 3:22-24

-Wearing Anxiety Pants? Change them to Confident Trousers. Phil. 4:6,13

-Depression Duds? Change them to Joyful Jeans. Ps. 28:7; Neh. 8:10; Ps 90:14

-Self-Conscience Coat? Robe of Righteousness Phil 4:13

-Feeling Weak? Eph. 6:14 Wear your Truth, Righteousness, Gospel of peace,
shield of Faith.

-Brassiere feeling droopy? Wear your Breastplate of Righteousness Eph. 6:14

-Feeling Lonely? Prov. 27:17 fellowship; Ps. 34:18 the Lord is there with you; Ecc. 4:7-12

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