Friday, July 27, 2012

Getting Dressed

Looking at the Old Testament and New Testament verses that tell us to "put on".

Click here to see all of the scripture verses in the Old and New testament telling us to put on something.

As I ponder these verses, I think of our daily routine.  We get up out of bed, we eat breakfast, we shower, and we chose to get dressed for the day.  We women tend to contemplate our attire more deeply than our male counterparts. Either way, we all make an effort to get dressed.

So as I review these verses, as I stated in my pondering of the OT verses, So our garments that we PUT ON spiritually transmit holiness?  It sure is worth thinking on.   

What are we told to put on?
Put on righteousness, and it clothed me; My justice was like a robe and a turban.
Put on strength
Put on righteousness like a breastplate, And a helmet of salvation on His head 
And He put on garments of vengeance for clothing And wrapped Himself with zeal as a mantle.

Put on the Lord Jesus Christ
Put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality.
Put on the new self,
Put on the full armor of God
Put On the New Self
Put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience ;
Put on love
Put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation.

So we are to intentionally to get dressed each day spiritually just as we do physically.  We are to be clothed in Jesus Christ.  We mortals are to put on immortality as God has set eternity in our hearts.  As we put on Jesus, we cannot manufacture it.  As we sit quietly in His presence, basking in that fellowship, He becomes our armor bearer.  The armor bearer helps the warrior PUT ON their armor before the battle.  We cannot do it ourselves.  We must come before our armor bearer and allow Him to work with us as we CHOSE to PUT ON all that we are to PUT ON for the day.  You see we have an armor bearer that KNOWS what we need to wear in order to face the day that is before us. 

So as we choose to be clothed in Christ, we will be a new self, we will be compassionate, kind, humble, gentle and patient.  As we allow Christ to dress us in this new self

Since we no longer really use a breastplate, lets take a look at what it is.
  • One definition says it is a device worn over the torso to protect it from injury, as an item of religious significance, or as an item of status. (I think the closest thing we have in our time is the bullet proof vest)
Read some of the information regarding the breastplate on this web page.  It is beautifully written. The Breastplate of the High Priest   Also  from Breastplate of Righteousness    "At the time the Bible was written, the breastplate was perhaps the most important piece of armament for a Roman soldier to put on and keep on in battle.  It protected his heart area, and other vital organs.  What significance does the “breastplate of righteousness” have for believers now? It is perhaps best understood in this manner:

  • Project yourself into the future.  Imagine standing before God on the Judgment Day.  You will enter the place of Judgment with one of these two garments.
  • 1) Your filthy robe of unrighteous rags.
  • 2) Christ’s spotless robe of righteousness.  
  • Either you will have your filthy unrighteous robe of rags covering you, or you will have Christ’s spotless robe of righteousness covering you -- there is no third robe God will allow you to wear on the Judgment Day.  And ... it will be your choice of which robe you will be wearing: God gives each of us that choice right now. 
  • How do we describe your or my “filthy robe of rags?”  Our robe of filthy, sin-saturated rags is our own perceived holiness – our own perceived righteousness - we bring or attempt to present to God, based on our “religious doing good.”  This was what we ignorantly (or pridefully) did during our lifetime on earth to try to help make ourselves “good enough” to be allowed to spend eternity in heaven with God."
The battle for Christians is in the mind. Thoughts believed become spirit. God has given us armor to protect us in this thought life battle. Righteousness is the first thing to seek, and the first thing the devil wants to take from you. If he can get your righteousness he can inflict a terrible wound.  The devil always wants Christians to base their righteousness on their own performance. Your performance will never qualify you to be righteous. Even if you had a a perfectly flawless performance and never sinned but one time you would be disqualified. The bible says Jesus is our righteousness. When the priests took the lamb before the sacrifice in the temple they examined the lamb for the flaws not the person bringing the lamb. If you start talking to the devil about anything righteousness related that relies on your performance you loose. The only righteousness that exists for human kind is the blood of Jesus Christ. Their is no human righteousness. If you messed up then put it under the blood and use your breastplate.
Joseph prince quote:
“I believe that right believing leads to right living. You cannot set yourself free from condemnation by self-efforts. But when you believe the finished work of Jesus has made you righteous in God’s eyes, you receive His power to reign over your negative circumstances and live the abundant life.
Condemnation kills, but the Spirit gives life! Always look to the finished work of Jesus who paid the price for your freedom. Look and live!”
As a trainer in the fitness industry, I am always encouraging my clients to strengthen their core.  the reason we strengthen the core is so we can stand strong and be able to properly support our structure.  A strong core helps prevent injuries and maintain healthy living, it also allows you to do the things you need to do with less fatigue.  ALL physical movements originate in the "core"

Protection from Prosperity

Protect yourself against prosperity that brings death spiritually.  How?  I believe the Lord wants to bless us.
Prosperity deals with overall well being, abundance, and overflow.  So when we are in abundance of anything, we grow complacent in that area.  We forget who supplied the abundance and that very forgetfulness can become the reason we lose it.

We protect prosperity by being thankful to the ONE that supplied it.

God wants to bless us with all spiritual blessings, but because he is such a great Daddy, He will only give us what we are ready for and what we can handle.  Too much abundance brings death to the soul.

Be on guard.

Remember we enter His presence with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise.  So praise Him for who He is and thank Him for all He has done, and as always, walk in obedience to Him daily.

Just a few moments ago I posted another blog post about the book The Harbinger.  Read the two in relationship to each other.  This was a post I had prepared some time ago but held onto it in my drafts.  I guess it was not finished with it.  But as I was reading thru my old drafts, I couldn't get passed how it pertains to the book I am reading and referenced in my post this very day.


Thursday, July 19, 2012

Paul Harvey's Prophecy

This is a little something that was sent to me in an email.  Just something to ponder.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Focus on the Present

We need to learn to LIVE in the present. It is the only time/situation you can affect. You can't change the past. Worrying about the future will not alter it one bit. So deal with the future once it is today. Did you know that about 90% of the things we worry about never happen. That means we worry for nothing 90% of the time. Besides worrying doesn't do anything to help the situation. It just robs us of the moment we have before us. So BE ALERT to the moment. Live in the moment. You will feel much better and enjoy where you are. Even enjoy your life. We can make good intentional choices and decisions TODAY.

If your current moment is filled with Lemons, learn to love lemonade. Remember, no matter how hard you try to make a lemon into an orange, it will never be. So add lots of SUGAR (SWEETNESS) and drink up. You may not love lemons and prefer the orange, but maybe in this season of your life, God knows you need the lemons! YIKES

Renovation (again?)

Going thru another renovation in my home.  This time it is the small 1960's size bathroom (looks like an average size closet).  We cannot really increase the size but we are updating the look.  As I am typing this, there is the sound of breaking tile and hammering going on.  The cement behind the tile is really thick and the there is wire behind that.  I think it is going to take lots of time and effort to get that out of there.

However, progress is noisy, messy, intrusive in our daily lives.  But in order to go from where we are to where we want/need to be, it takes going thru the mess, noise and discomfort.  Spiritually speaking, God never wants to leave us in our current state.  He has plans for us that go beyond what we can even fathom.  We long to be significant yet we don't want to get out of our comfort zone in order to become significant.

I was watching a movie "What If..."  and this angel is talking to the main character.  The man says to the angel, "It can't be that simple."  And the angel replied, "It is that simple. It is just hard."  That made me think that the entire Christian walk is that way.  It really is simple but it is hard for us because we really don't want to go thru the renovation process with our Lord.  It takes work, it is painful and yes sometimes it can be a bit annoying and noisy.  We really just want Him to do a miracle in us and immediately have the new person appear.  We always like the miraculous, but God loves the process.  He also knows us.  We need that time, and that process in order to appreciate the work He does in us.  We think of miracles as being those instant changes, but that process works in us a maturity and a staying power in us that no instant fix can ever do.   so really that process of God working in us is a miracle.

BUT with my bathroom scenario, the process of change takes time, hammering, strange smells, LOTS OF DUST, and the intrusiveness of having people in my home until the BEAUTY of a new bathroom appears.  So will be the case for us and our process of change to become significant and be able to be used by God in His purpose for our lives.

So here is my question for the day; Are we willing to go thru the pain, discomfort and interruptions to become the beautiful creation that our Lord died for us to become?  The only way we can truly see what He has in mind for our lives is to surrender to Him and tell Him you are ready for your new remodel!!!!!!!!!

Let the construction begin!

PS. I came across a little statement that I thought went along well with this topic.  "It was never promised to us to be easy, only worth it."

Be blessed today.
Your sister in Christ

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The Love Letter Christ

2 Cor 3:3  Clearly, you are a letter from Christ showing the result of our ministry among you. This “letter” is written not with pen and ink, but with the Spirit of the living God. It is carved not on tablets of stone, but on human hearts.        

Oh I want to be a letter worth reading!  How will that be possible?  I think through cooperation with the Holy Spirit in full surrender, willing to be molded by obedience to God's word, allowing my "own evil desires" to be crucified daily, and learning to walk in love; I will be a love letter from Christ to the world worth reading.

Wow, the world needs this  hope and yet the very place I am called to minister (the world) can become a distraction to me.  The world can become so enticing that we loose sight of our Lord, our calling, and our ministry.  It makes my heart ache at how much the world needs what we have, which is the hope of glory and salvation.  But believers in Christ who get distracted by the world are like a doctor you go to for help with your health and the doctor is too distracted by his own health that he starts talking more about his own ailments than being concerned for your welfare.

We were called to demonstrate the "results" of being reconciled with God through Christ to a world that is in desparate need of the same results.  Although they may not know it, they too need to be reconciled with God.  This reconciliation should bring about a life of joy, love, peace, patience, kindness, compassion.  Is the world seeing that in the believers?  We each need to search our hearts and answer that question honestly.

I for one want my life to be a letter worth reading!!