Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash around his waist. Isaiah 11:5
In order to keep from being exposed, one must wear some clothes. While the shirt will hold itself on correctly, pants often need something to hold them up. A belt of some sort is put on around the waist to hold the pants up.
While most people will wear clothes that will hold up and block exposure, there are some who do not appear to care. They will refuse to wear clothing that will keep them from being exposed. Some will be embarrassed by the exposure, while others will thrive in exposure.
Isaiah is writing about Jesus and that He will have righteousness and faithfulness tied around His waist to hold His clothing on.
The two things that are keeping Jesus from bad exposure are righteousness and faithfulness. Righteousness is doing the right thing every time. It is choosing to live for God, despite the cost. Faithfulness is being able to be relied up to do what is right every time.
Doing these two things keeps a person from being exposed to shameful sin in his life.
It is often heard of some believer being caught in shameful sins. These are not just a simple accidental sins, but sinful lifestyles. This occurs because he is not clothed with righteousness and faithfulness.
The believer cannot cloth himself correctly in his own, he needs help. Jesus has provided the righteousness that every believer needs. Accepting His forgiveness and holiness into one’s life is clothing oneself correctly.
Every believer is also supposed to be living as Jesus lived–in holiness, righteousness and faithfulness. When Jesus left, He sent back His Holy Spirit to give every believer the needed strength and clothing. This is what gives the believer the ability to be His witness to the world.
Take a moment to look at your life. Are people able to see a sinful person who is not really living for God? Or are they seeing Christ in you?
Clothe yourself with His righteousness and then live that life of righteousness. He has given all that you need to live for Him.
Since you have faith in Jesus to save you, live a faithful life to Him. Live in a way that God can trust you with the riches He has available for you.
As you live, properly clothed, you will not have to fear being exposed in the wrong way, but can be His true witness to this dark world.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will put on His righteousness; that you will be faithful like Jesus is; that God will help you turn from all sin to live for Him; and that you will be His witness to this world.
Do not defile yourselves by any of these creatures. Do not make yourselves unclean by means of them or be made unclean by them. Leviticus 11:43
Being clean is something that most people strive to do. When a person gets done working hard and has been made dirty, he is quick to take a shower and clean the dirt off. He does not want to be found dirty around others.
Though the concept of being physically clean, there is another type of clean that most people ignore. That type of clean is being spiritually clean. Every person is born into a world of sin and quickly adapts to the sinful ways of the world.
As God was giving Moses the directions on what to do to worship Him and how to be holy, one of the things stated was staying away from some animals that can cause defilement. God had listed groups of animals that a person was not to eat or even touch because they would defile the person and make him dirty.
Although with the coming of Jesus the defilement of animals was erased, there are many other things or ways that a person must not defile his body with. These things are not so much physical as they are spiritual things.
For the believer in a fallen world, it is easy to get defiled with sinful things of this world. Going through life day by day he will always come in contact with sin. If he is not careful, he will take a part in the sin and become unclean.
Sin shows up in how people talk, act, react, see and think. Walking down the street, turning on a tv, walking among the world are just a few ways that a person can be swayed to touch something sinful. The world wants the believer to join them in sin and be made unclean.
Every day you will be tempted to defile yourself before God. While the world will choose to be unclean, you must keep yourself clean from all sin. Turn away from sin and do not even touch it in any way. Do not set yourself up to be tempted to sin.
Jesus cleansed you from all sin with His death upon the cross. He made you clean before God. Don’t go back into sin and become dirty again. Do not defile yourselves by touching the sin of this world.
I pray today that you will know the cleansing of sin by Jesus; that you will not touch anything sinful in this world; that you will focus your life upon God; and that you will be holy in God’s sight through the power of Jesus.
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Ephesians 4:29
Paul had just finished talking about renewing the mind to be like Jesus, speaking truth, not being angry, and not stealing. Now he brings up how to speak.
In high schools and colleges there are speech classes to teach people how to do public speaking. They will teach how to speak clearly to get the point across to the listeners. What they do not teach is how to speak to build other people up and how to keep that speech wholesome.
It is easy to see the politicians and famous people in the spotlight when they speak, especially during election time. The speeches are often filled with slamming the other person. They like to show how the other person is bad or has failed.
Most people reading this will not be in one of those positions, yet, the speaking is pretty much the same. Everywhere a person goes it can be heard condemning remarks about a politician or the president. People are very quick to make jokes against the president or some other person.
In the workplace people will cut down their boss or other workers. They complain about their pay or working conditions. In the neighborhood, people will cut down their neighbor or state that they are lazy people because they do not mow their lawn. People often call children stupid for actions they do or the way they look. And these things are not even talking about cursing.
These are not wholesome ways to talk to or about people. Jesus said that you are to serve your neighbor–who is everyone you see or know. Serving is doing what is best for them. Helping build them up.
Clean talk is one that will not complain, curse, or cut down. This will build the person you are talking to or about up and also build those up who are hearing it.
Who have you cut down with your words in the last few days?
Who have you built up with your words in the last few days?
Seek God on how to speak in order to build others up. You are to draw people to Jesus, not condemn them to hell.
I pray today that God will show you how you speak; that God will fill you with His love for others; that your words will build others up and draw them to Jesus; and that God will use you to build others up.