Verse for Today: Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Zechariah 3:4 – Then He said to Joshua (the high priest): “See, I have taken away your sin, and I will put rich garments on you”.
We get stains in our inner person which is illustrated as the dress of the soul. It personifies our iniquities, failures, weaknesses and a defeatist lifestyle. The sins of the heart are visible through our external expressions like speech, looks, behavior and demeanor. Such external expressions stem from our mind, heart and attitude. This is how the people of the world are. Their external expressions catch up well with their life style, goals, aspirations and plans. But God doesn’t want man to live with the sin-stained conscience and resultant behavior. He wants man to get washed clean in the blood of the Lamb who was God’s sacrifice for man’s salvation. When God renews our lives, our conscience, outlook and attitudes change. We tend to look at everything through the eyes of God and His Spirit. Our external expressions will stem from the renewed and transformed person that we are. This new person will be seen through the spiritual expressions which will then be illustrated as the new dress that we wear. It is the rich dress of God’s righteousness. It is the dress of the bride of the Heavenly Bridegroom. We will be always celebrating the renewed experience and expressions which will be our festive costume of joy, love, patience and goodness that we inherit from our Lord. Our expressions become heavenly as we are seated in the heavenly places through the renewed life that we receive as a gift from God. We no longer live a grumbling, grouchy and irritating life because of our situations, but will overtake all that which tries to pull us down. Today we are called upon to bear witness to the renewed life that we have received from our Lord through heavenly expressions.
Dear friend, are you claiming to be a person with a renewed mind, yet living with the cloth full of stains from the past? Are your expressions that of the new person that you are? Is your old life still trying to subdue your new life because you have not been transformed in your conscience, thinking, attitudes, desires, priorities, likes and dislikes? But you don’t need to live in the past, but must come out into the new light that has been shed abroad in your conscience. When the realities of life with its rough patches challenge you to behave with earthen virtues, it is likely that you fall into the ditch of the old self which makes you express yourself as someone who wears the dress of the world full of stains of sin. But your Lord has washed you of the stains of your conscience. So you must come out of its clutches and renew your mind and be transformed into the likeness of Jesus Christ with His attitude and expressions. Your Lord has already prepared a festive costume for you to wear and celebrate your heavenly life here on earth. You will have to seek the help of the Spirit of God to be transformed in your mindset so that your expressions will be heavenly which will show forth the colorfulness of your renewed costume. You will then behave in heavenly ways and react in a proactive way to your situations, circumstances and the people who try to make your life miserable. It is a life of faith that the Lord has given you and you must live by faith in all that you feel, think, do and say. It will exemplify the life of Christ in you as though you are wearing the heavenly costume of celebration of the joy of the Lord.
Psalms 45:13 – All glorious is the princess within her chamber; her gown is interwoven with gold.
Thought for Today
Our behavior is like a golden gown of divine expressions which stem from our renewed attitudes and clear conscience.
Prayer for Today
Dear Lord Jesus: Help me to depend on Your Spirit to be transformed so as to portray expressions which are the result of a renewed mind. Amen!
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