Friday, February 28, 2014

FMF: Choose


I'm standing in the closet, figuring out what to wear.  It's 46 degrees now, but by 4pm, it will be pushing upwards into the 70s.

Thank goodness.  I'm done with winter.

I've chosen to layer so I'm not changing my clothes again later today, standing in the same closet, making the same, but different decision.

And then I pick up my Jesus Calling devotional and God is speaking to me again about what I'm wearing, though He's not talking about the tangible clothes that hug my body, but the ones that grace my spirit.

I look at myself in that intangible reflection, I see the articles I weighed in my head, the ones I know I should leave alone, left on the hanger, maybe even given to Goodwill.  No, not even there.  They need to go in the trash.

See, these are the articles I've chosen  many times before to hide behind.  I seek protection in them to help me ward off criticism. I've cowered behind them because I have not been confident in myself, in who God made me to be, in God Himself.

I guess you could say even though I don't  pull them out and put them on as often as I used to, just knowing they are there in my closet brings me a source of comfort.

False comfort.

Because what  more comfort do I need than to be clothed in His righteousness?  What else do I need but the garment of salvation?  Why would I need another source of protection when I have the shield of faith and the sword of the spirit.

It's time to find the garbage bag.  Good thing it's trash day.
"I am overwhelmed with joy in the Lord my God!

    For he has dressed me with the clothing of salvation
    and draped me in a robe of righteousness.
I am like a bridegroom in his wedding suit
    or a bride with her jewels."
Isaiah 61:10 
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10 comments :

  1. I love your analogy of clothing (tangible) with clothing of the Spirit! Oh, may we choose the garments of salvation every day! Thanks for this post! Visiting from FMF!

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  2. The full armor of God, that's the outfit we need most!

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  3. I smiled. And am still smiling. Very appreciative of your analogy. Very reflective of what I, too, am wearing. Thank you.

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  4. Oh Jen I do that too- hide behind clothes but I need to throw away stuff too- thank you for this.

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  5. Please read this blog post by Pastor Will Davis Jr. of Austin Christian Fellowship about what we should be wearing--folk, we have a theme here!

    http://www.willdavisjr.com/wearing-today/

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  6. It's been so long since I've stopped by here-- and now I'm remembering why I always leave encouraged and convicted. Love the way you wear truth, girl!

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  7. Beautiful. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. They ministered.

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  8. Thank you! This is very useful and powerful. Have u fine Sunday.

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