May 13, 2022 Verse Of The Day

Exodus 28:4 Wearing The Right Clothing

These are the garments they are to make: a breastpiece, an ephod, a robe, a woven tunic, a turban and a sash. They are to make these sacred garments for your brother Aaron and his sons, so they may serve me as priests. Exodus 28:4

Many business places require their workers to wear a certain type of clothing. This can range from steel-toed boots, gloves and a hard hat all the way up to a suit and tie or a specific company made uniform.

Wearing the required clothing can be for safety or for unity and identification or for overall appearance.

God tells Moses to have certain clothing made for Aaron and his sons. This clothing is to be sacred and used so that they can serve as priests.

Most people accept being told what to wear when they are working at a job whether they fully agree with it or not. They understand it is required in order to keep the job.

For Aaron and his sons, the clothing they were told to wear was physical clothing. While being physical the clothing was still sacred and holy. Believers in Jesus, however, are told to wear clothing that is not physical, but spiritual. Some of this clothing is for identification with Jesus, while other clothing is used for battle.

Some of the clothing used for identification are holiness, righteousness, love, purity, and grace. Some of the clothing used as armor for battle is belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, shield of faith, helmet of salvation, and sword of the Spirit.

Believers who are willing to put on the clothing God wants them to wear will be ready, willing and able to fight a spiritual battle and will be easily recognized as being in God’s army. Not wearing this clothing will make them vulnerable to the enemy and not identify with Jesus.

If you have a job, most likely you have to wear certain clothing. If you are willing to wear that certain clothing for temporary pay, you must be willing to wear the clothing God has for you that is for eternal pay.

Just as you take time to make sure you are correctly dressed for a job, take time to make sure you dressed for the job God has for you. While you are working your temporary job you are also working for God.

Are you dressed correctly for God’s work?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will put on the clothing God has for you each day; that you will be ready, willing and able to do the work God has for you to do; and that you will be easily identified as one in God’s service.

Tolerance, Externalism and Holiness (book review)

Title: Tolerance, Externalism And Holiness
Author: Blair Adams with Howard Wheeler
Publisher: Colloquium Press
Date: 2009
Pages: 284

Tolerance, Externalism And Holiness (book review)

One of the common terms that is often heard in America is ‘tolerance’. People are told to be tolerant of other people’s beliefs, feelings and thoughts. This is often thrown at believers and is called a crime if one is not ‘tolerant’ of other’s beliefs and actions.

Blair takes a look at what tolerance means in both the world view and in the view of scripture. Using examples from history, both ancient and more modern, Scriptural and non-Scriptural, he points out how the world is demanding tolerance to the point of not having any standards. He uses sources that are both Christian based and secular based. It is shown how the church has chosen to become more like the world and be more tolerant of sin, than what Christ is.

Many will claim (both in the church and outside the church) that believers are being legalistic if they hold to any concrete standard and are not ‘tolerant’ of sinful practices. He takes a look at how scriptures set forth many standards to be holy and what that means to a believer.

One thing he is very quick to point out is that living by a holy standard is not legalistic if done out of love for God, His commands and love for others.

Throughout this book Blair looks at arguments that are often brought against setting rock solid foundations. The two primary areas he looks at are how one dresses and how one keeps his/her hair. There is also a look at sexual practices and beliefs and how those beliefs play into dress and hair.

Although this book is very hard hitting and writes at a higher level for most people, I highly recommend reading it. It will challenge your thinking and beliefs. It will cause you the question what you are seeing in the world today and how the church is currently responding.

Revelation 22:14 Are You Ready For The Blessing?

Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Revelation 22:14

Whenever a person does something good, he will often expect to receive some type of reward for the action done. That reward may be just words, or actions or something physical.

One thing that people are looking for is how to live longer. For most people, life is precious and they hang on to it, however, sickness and death keep coming with no apparent stopping of it.

John records Jesus saying that those who have washed their robes are blessed and will be allowed to eat of the tree of life and enter the new city in heaven.

Washing of clothing is something that people do so that they may be clean and presentable. This allows them to enter places that they would not be able to if they were filthy dirty.

In life every person is wearing some type of spiritual clothing. It is either the filthy dirty clothing of the world and sin, or it is the cleaned righteous holy clothing that has been washed in the blood of Jesus, removing all sin.

While a person is wearing clothing stained by sin, he is not allowed to eat of the tree of life and live forever. When Jesus returns, he will be cast out into the lake of fire.

However, ever person who has chosen to believe in and follow Jesus has allowed his clothes to be cleansed by Jesus. He is forgiven of his sins and given clean clothing, allowing him to eat of the tree of life and live forever in heaven.

Only by personal choice can a person be made ready for the blessing of eternal life.

Every time that you have sinned and done something against God, you have stained your clothing and need a washing. Without Jesus and a cleansing, you are dirty and will not be allowed to be blessed with eternal life in heaven.

Choose today to go to Jesus to have your clothing washed and all of your sins removed. Repent of the sins you have done against God and Jesus will forgive you and cleanse you. Turn away from all sin and be a new creation in Christ Jesus and be ready for the reward of eternal life in heaven.

Are you ready for the blessing when Jesus returns?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will repent of your sins against God; that you will allow God to cleanse you of all unrighteousness; and that you will be ready for the blessing of eternal life when Jesus returns.

Revelation 7:13 Are Your Robes White?

I answered, “Sir you know.” And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” Revelation 7:13

Every day people get dressed to cover themselves for the day. They choose clothing of different styles and colors, depending upon their mood and what they are doing.

Throughout each day, the clothing will get dirty with sweat or just normal dirt. On a regular basis most people will take the time to clean their clothing. They do not want stains or smells to permeate their clothing.

As John saw a vision of many people in white robes, he was told that these people were those who washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb to make them white.

No one wants to really be seen as a dirty or filthy person. Many will take showers several times a day and wash clothes daily in order to keep and appear clean. Doing this keeps them clean on the outside, but does nothing for the inside.

Watching the person talks and acts will often reveal what they are like on the inside. It shows what their heart is like. Believers are to be different from the world and look like Jesus–holy and righteous.

Due to choosing to sin, people are dressed in sin–black and dirty. Their lives are filthy and stained with corruption that leads to death.

Many have chosen to wash their clothes–their lives–in the blood of the Lamb, Jesus. It is His blood that removes the stain and dirtiness of sin in their lives. He gives them the ability to live a holy and righteous life before God and man. These are the true believers in Jesus.

Every time you have chosen to sin, you have put a black stain upon the clothing of your life. The only way to have it cleansed and made white is by the blood of Jesus.

The world will strive to keep you dirty with sin, but God has a different plan for you. You are not able to clean your life up on your own. No amount of good will cleanse the stains of sin in your life.

Instead of staying clothed with dirty clothes, repent of your sins and allow Jesus to remove your dirty clothing and cloth you in His white righteousness and holiness. Be set apart, holy unto God for His glory and honor.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will allow the blood of Jesus to cleanse you have all sin; that you will repent before God for your sins; and that you will be clothed with the righteousness and holiness of Jesus.