Revelation 3:4 Are Your Clothes Dirty?

Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy. Revelation 3:4

Everyone expects clothing that is put on to be clean and presentable. Once the clothing gets soiled, they are expected to get cleaned before using again.

In many businesses, the workers are expected to dress in business attire that is clean. They work in an environment that does not usually get a person’s clothing dirty. If their clothing gets soiled, they have to change their clothing or else they are in danger of losing their position.

John tells the church of Sardis that some have not soiled their clothing because of their deeds done. Those people will walk with God, dressed in white because they are worthy.

God expects people to do various types of work for His kingdom. All of these works focus on building up His kingdom. When a person is doing what God has called him to do, he will not get his clothing dirty with the things of the world.

This fallen world is full of sin and sinful activities. The world strives hard to get the believer to follow their ways and get his clothing dirty with sin.

In every situation, God has provided a way out of stepping into sin and getting soiled. Sadly many believers are like little children in that they love to get into the mud and cover themselves with it. They want to look just like the world, covered in sin. Instead of resisting temptation, they walk into it soiling their souls.

The believer who chooses to follow God, will run away from the mud of sin. He will keep himself clean by resisting temptation and clothing himself with the righteousness that Jesus provides. At that point, he will be worthy of God.

As a believer you must be willing to look at yourself and see if you have soiled your clothing with sin. When Jesus had forgiven you, He gave you a robe of pure white righteousness.

Do not allow yourself to walk in the ways of the world and get those clothes dirty with sin. Keep yourself pure and holy before God, so that you will be considered worthy before God.

Be alive and victorious in Jesus, remaining in clean clothing, not sin-soiled clothing.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the forgiveness of sin Jesus offers; that you will keep your soul clean of sinful activities; that you will follow God with all of your heart; and that your deeds will honor God.

1 Peter 2:2 What Are You Craving?

Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 1 Peter 2:2

Having a craving for something specific is very common among most people. A person has an extreme desire to eat or drink something.

What they desire may be something good or bad for them, but either way it is a strong ‘need’ to have it and have it as quickly as possible. Some will have a craving for things that are bad for a person–nicotine, alcohol, drugs, caffeine. While others may crave not so bad things such as pickles, fruits, chocolate, or some other snack or food.

Peter tells the people to be like a newborn baby that craves milk. They are to crave pure spiritual milk to help them grow spiritually in their salvation.

Along with craving foods, many people crave other things, such as video gaming, movies, pornography, gossip, sports and much more. While some of these are not necessarily bad in themselves, in excess they become an idol. Some are sinful right from the beginning.

Believers in the church will often have cravings, just as the world does. Along with all the same cravings, they may also crave position in ministry, titles, recognition, and more. While not necessarily bad, these things can pull them away from what God really has for them.

Those who are truly seeking to be more like Jesus will also have a craving, however, that craving will be to be more like Jesus. They will crave having more of God’s word and His Holy Spirit in their lives.

Every believer is to desire to be more like Jesus. In order to be like Jesus, each person must desire the spiritual milk and food that God provides. Just as Jesus found sustenance in God’s word, so must a believer crave God’s word in his life.

Examine what things you crave in your life. Are any of these things taking the place of God and His word in your life? Then get rid of those things.

Feed yourself with God’s word and His Holy Spirit. Do not seek the temporary, empty things of this world that will fail you in the end, but seek the eternal things of God that will completely satisfy your soul.

Allow God to build you up in your salvation to be more like Jesus each day, until the day of His appearing.

What are you craving?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will crave the things of God above all else; that you fill yourself with God’s word; that you will allow God’s Holy Spirit to guide you; and that you will find satisfaction in what God has for you.

Philippians 4:8 What To Think About

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. Philippians 4:8

Every person on this earth think about many different things. Everything that they watch or listen to is something that they think about.

Most people do not care very much about what they allow to be put into their minds to think about. Many of the things they watch or listen to is done just for entertainment and see just that way.

As Paul finishes this letter to the Philippians, he tell them to think about certain things. They are to only think about things that are: true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent or praiseworthy.

The world has many things that it wants every person to think about. Their movies and music will promote every type of sinful activity possible with no shame. Thinking about any type of sinful activity is a leading to death, not life as the world would have one believe.

Anyone who does not agree with the world’s way of thinking, is looked down with hate or shame. In fact, in many places, including America, there are rules in place that if one speaks against many thoughts or activities, he is listed as a hater and a criminal and can be fined or put in jail.

Many believers, have caved into the world’s ways of thinking. They claim it is good to watch movies promoting sin in order to understand how the real world is.

The true believer will live differently than the world. He will be in the world, but not of the world. His thoughts and actions will be from above, led by God, not self or this world. He will only think about things that will honor God and pray about things that do not honor God.

Take a moment to think about what you like to think about. What is it that you enjoy watching or listening to?

As you examine what you watch and listen to, determine if those things honor or dishonor God. Do these things bring you closer to God or further from God?

Be willing to allow the Holy Spirit to guide you in what you are thinking about. Meditate upon the things of God, not the sinful things of this world.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will think on things that honor God; that you will allow the Holy Spirit to guide your thoughts; that you will fill your mind with God’s word; and that you will live for God and not for self or this world.