Isaiah 61:10 Great Delight

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I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my 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 

There are many things that people take great joy or delight in. It can be jobs, positions, family, children, friends, things that they have or most anything else.

Most commonly are things that people have or can do. They find their strength in certain things or certain hobbies that can make them happy. Excitement arises when they have those objects or are doing those hobbies.

While these things can be good, they are only temporary. The delight in them usually wears off quickly and they seeking bigger and better things.

Isaiah says that he delights greatly in the Lord and rejoices in God. The reason for this delight and rejoicing is that God has clothed him with righteousness.

Every believer is a person who deserved eternal punishment of death in hell. Yet, God had mercy on him and as forgiven him of all sins. Not only did Jesus forgive the sins, but He also clothed him with righteousness and salvation. There is no more death sentence upon his head.

Taking delight in this is the believer does not take his salvation or Christ’s righteousness for granted. He does not continue to live in sin, but allows his life to be changed and begin to live for God. He finds great joy in living for God, rather than for self and this fallen world.

The true believer will realize how great the salvation is that God has given him and will not seek delight in anything else. The greatest joy will be found in God.

You may find delight in things and abilities in your life, however, what is your greatest delight? What is it that gets you excited and pumped up?

Take a moment to think about what God has done for you and what He has given you. Remember what you deserve and are not getting.

This should cause extreme delight in God’s great love and mercy for you. Find your strength in what God has done for you and rejoice in that.

Give God praise for the salvation and righteousness He has blessed you with. Nothing could be better than that.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will find joy in the salvation Jesus has given you; that you will rejoice in God alone; and that you will live your life for God. 

Isaiah 11:5 Holding Clothes Up

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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. 

Psalm 30:11-12 Clothed For A Purpose

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You have turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. Lord my God, I will praise you forever. Psalm 30:11-12 

In times of pain or sorrow, people will weep and wail, losing all joy in their life. During these times many people will turn to drugs or other things to try and cope with the pain that they are going through. Some will even seek death because the pain and suffering is so great that they feel that life cannot go on.

The things that the world uses to cope with the pain never really solve the problem. With those things there is no hope really given.

David had been going through some painful times and had been weeping and wailing before God for mercy. As he did that God heard his prayers and did help him. He put on new clothes of righteousness that brought about joy in his life. The purpose for the new clothing was to give Him praise and tell others about what God had done.

Believers today often go through difficult times. Sometimes it is brought on by personal sin in their lives, other times it is from other people. They cry out to God for mercy and God still hears to this day.

People can be clothed with the righteousness of Jesus, removing all sin and shame and filling them with everlasting joy. However, this is not just for personal relief, but to be a witness to others. It is to openly give God praise, letting the world know what He has done.

No matter what a person has done, God is there ready to forgive and move forward. He wants His people to filled with His joy being able to sing praises.

God is there today ready to forgive you and remove your dirty old clothes of sin and shame. He is ready to change your wailing to dancing and fill you with His joy that the world cannot understand.

When God pulls you through a difficult situation or has forgiven you of something you have done wrong, be willing to sing praises to Him. Be willing to share that out loud with those around you. Put joy on your face and live in that joy.

Do not stay in sorrow or pain, but accept what God has for you, knowing the hope you have in Jesus of eternal life some day.

I pray today that you will seek God with all of your heart; that you will know the forgiveness God has for you; that God will fill you with His joy; and that you will praise God for His great mercy in your life. 

2 Peter 1:3 Everything You Need

 

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His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 2 Peter 1:3

Every person in the world needs something in order to live life. They need food, water, shelter, and clothing in order to live on this earth. While many have all of these things, there are many who do not have most of these things. Look in every major city in the world and people will be seen without shelter, food or clothing.

Most of the world thinks that they need more than what they have. They feel as if they do not have enough.

This type of feeling has bled over into the church. People feel as if they need more in order to survive or make it. Although this is often seen as needing just physical things, it also means more to live a godly, holy life for God. Many believers feel as though they cannot really live the godly life as Jesus lived His life.

Peter tells the believers that God has used His divine power to give believers everything they need to live a godly life. This great power can be found in the knowledge of God the Father and in Jesus.

Knowing God’s great love towards the believer can help him be motivated to live a holy life for God and to love others. Knowing how Jesus removed all sins can keep him from going back into sin. Knowing how Jesus stayed away from temptation, can strengthen the believer to flee temptation. Knowing God’s mercy can help a believer to have mercy towards others.

Many people say that they really cannot live a holy life, yet, everything that a believer needs to live that Holy life is provided in knowing God and His word.

Seek to know God and His word more. He will give you what you need to live for Him. He did not call you to live a holy life, and then leave you on your own. God wants you to succeed in this.

Be willing to take the power God has given you and live the holy life God called you to live. Jesus removed the sin, now live like it has been removed and be holy as He has made you holy unto God. You have everything you need.

I pray today that you will know what God offers you; that you will know what God has for you; that you will know His power in your life; that you will live a holy life for God in this dark world; and that you will be a holy witness for Jesus everyday.

Matthew 22:11-13 Wearing The Right Clothes

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“But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there was not wearing wedding clothes. He asked, ‘How did you get in here without wedding clothes, friend?’ The man was speechless. Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ ” Matthew 22:11-13

Jesus told a parable of what the kingdom of heaven is like. The story was of a king putting on a great wedding. Many people refused to come, so he invited those on the streets to come. One man was there who did not have wedding clothes on, so the king had him thrown out.

Wearing the right clothing in very important for many jobs. Many jobs have a uniform for their employees to wear. Others just require certain types of clothing. Working in construction requires a hard hat and steel toed boots. Working in an office or school will require casual business clothing. While working in doing lawn mowing, may not require anything specific.

This type of thing is expected and accepted by most people. Very few people would argue against the required clothing.

Yet, many people argue against the clothing required to get into heaven. In order for a person to get into heaven, he must be clothed with the correct clothing. One must be clothed with the righteousness and holiness of Jesus.

It is commonly thought that anyone who claims to believe in God will get into heaven or that there are many ways to get into heaven. With these types of thoughts it means that there is no standard to get into heaven. A person can live anyway he wants and still get in. One does not have to give up sin, in order to get into heaven.

Jesus never taught that type of teaching. Jesus came to get rid of all your sin. You must put on His righteousness and live for Him. If you live with the clothing of  this world wrapped around you, God will not see Jesus in you and you will be rejected for getting into heaven.

When God or this world sees you, they should see Jesus in you. You should be clothed with Him, not with the things of this world and yourself. Put on the right clothing so that you may get into heaven.

I pray today that you will know the salvation of Jesus; that you will cloth yourself with His righteousness; that you will live differently than the world; and that the world will see Jesus in you.