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.

Colossians 1:22 Reconciled To Be Presented

But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation–Colossians 2:22

When a person is set up to meet certain high level authorities, they are often expected to look and act a certain way. Often one has to dress up in very fine clothing. Along with the proper clothing, he must act in very specific ways.

Before the person meets the authority, he is shown and explained what is expected of him. This is to ensure that he does not make the authority mad at him.

Paul tells the Colossian church that they were reconciled by Christ so that they may be presented as pure, holy and without any accusations from past sins.

It is common to see many believers believe in Jesus just as a ‘get out of hell’ card. They want to be saved, just to keep from being sent to hell. Living with this mindset often will not change one’s actions or heart from living in sin.

Jesus did not die on the cross to just save people from hell, but to be presented to His Father. His death was a preparation to make a person holy, pure and without accusation.

Prior to His death and resurrection, every person is dirty with sin and guilty before God and all mankind. Once a person believes in Jesus, he begins to be taught what that means and how to live it.

His life is to be changed and he is transformed into a new creation, one that is pure, holy and blameless before God. Instead of staying in sin and death, he chooses to live a new life fleeing all sin.

All of this is preparation to be presented to the Father on the day of his death and step into heaven for eternity.

The moment you chose to believe in Jesus, He has started to clean you up and make you presentable. Using God’s word, you can learn how to live your life as God expects you to live it.

Satan will attempt to accuse you of past wrongs, but Jesus has paid for those sins. He has made you pure and holy, now you must live in that way.

Allow God’s Holy Spirit to train you how to live as Jesus lived, so that you will be ready to be presented as pure, holy and blameless to the Father some day.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will show you how to live holy and blameless in this world; that you will allow God to change your life; and that you will be ready to be presented to the Father.

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.