A few days ago I posted ” What are you Wearing?”. In it I shared with you about the wardrobe we wear when we are in Christ. How we are dressed in righteousness and how when we are walking through a broken time of mourning the Lord says He will give us a crown of beauty instead of the ashes, that mourners wear. and garments of praise.
The Lord has been speaking to me a lot about what we as women wear. The jobs we do, tend to become who we think we are rather than who Christ says we are. How we feel about that can change on any given day. If it is a good day we can feel rather proud. I’m not doing so bad! If it isn’t a good day we may feel awful!
Some of us wear the garments of sin and shame. We are no longer walking in sin but even though we have experienced genuine repentance and turned away from that sin we wear it. While others wear the garments of broken dreams, failures, disappointments and rejection. These garments are heavy and ill fitting! Do you know why they don’t fit? Because the Father fashioned garments tailor made to fit just you. He paid for those garments with His Son’s blood. He gave them to you! And yet we walk around insisting on clinging to the old ones. They may not fit well or look good but they are comfortable in that odd sort of way that old tennis shoes are. They may be rubbing a blister on our feet because they are literally worn out but we don’t know for sure what these new shoes will actually feel like. So we cling to the old. Plus we have an enemy that continues to tell us we don’t have a claim to those new garments.
This is where we begin dear ones, each day we draw breath is a gift from our Father. The enemy would steal it from us if we let him. However,we fight him by renewing our minds to the truth of God’s word.
” I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels” Isaiah 61:10
“To all who grieve in Zion, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.”
You are not defeated, broken, hopeless, or in despair. When you choose Jesus as your Savior, you are called ” Oaks of Righteousness” and your are planted ( set firmly) for His Glory! Renew your minds to His truth beloved,the truth of His word!