Wear the Garment of Righteousness, it Completes Your Attire.......

Wear the garment of RIGHTEUOSNESS; it completes your attire…..

Defined – Righteousness – The acceptance of the one who is righteous

“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”  2 Corinthians 5:21

“Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.”  Proverbs 21:21

We are the final piece of clothing for a victorious life.  This should have been the first piece of clothing to put on, but not quite!  Righteousness has everything to do with our salvation.  Jesus came and died for our righteousness.  It is only through the Father’s love; we are righteous and can live righteous lives. Lives morally correct with right behaviors towards our fellow brothers and sisters. 

We are admonished to behave morally correct towards our brothers and sisters in Christ as well as those in creation.  In and of ourselves, we are not equipped to lives righteous lives outside of Christ.  He is the only one who is able to equip us to live peacefully with all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men (Romans 12:18).” It is our duty to live right with all men.

This garment of righteousness is to be worn all day every day. It will help us to wear all other garments properly.  In other words, we must be born again.  Jesus came and He died for the propitiation of our sins.  He died for us and clothe us in His righteousness. We are clothe in Him; therefore, we have what is needed to love our fellow brothers.

Without Jesus, we are as the prophet Isaiah said; “For all of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment; And all of us wither like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away (Isaiah 64:6).” As we receive Him, our lives become anew and the life of the flesh fades away.

Wear this garment and love on your fellow brothers and sisters.  As a matter of fact, we are better able to suffer long with each other without so many issues against the creation of mankind.  Wear this garment, it is the right garment for your attire.  Your wardrobe is incomplete without it. 

Dress for Success in 2017!!!

Wear the Garment of Joy

D o wear the garment of JOY, it brings excitement to your attire……

Defined – Joy – (GK; Zara) joy, gladness, a source of joy.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”   Romans 15:13

“………Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”  Nehemiah 8:10

 

Joy is our prescription for successful dressing, for Victory in 2017.  I have found that the more we complain, the further we push ourselves back from breakthrough. God never allowed the complaints of the children of Israel to force Him from their wilderness wandering.  As a matter fact, He allowed forty years to complete a three to eleven day journey.  Joy cannot come out of a complaining heart/spirit.

If we wear the garment of peace, it has a way of expressing the joy that is within our hearts filled by God.  The Apostle wrote that it is a peace that surpasses all understanding, and a joy that is unspeakable and full of glory.  “Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory (1 Peter 1:8).” It is when we know God; we are able to receive His joy.  He is joy!

Walking in the spirit of joy is so fulfilling for life’s endeavor.  We have a choice; decide to accept Christ and take on the spirit of joy as it is poured into us as we live for Him.  When trials come, we’re better able to push past the trial and experience his joy. His joy becomes our strength in the middle of the trial, and it is that ability to supersede beyond the trial.

Wear the garment of joy; it brings excitement to your attire.  Joy is exciting!  Our excitement can become contagious to others.  When people see your excitement, they want what you have. Especially, when others know you are not trial free! Wear this exciting garment!

Wear the Garment of Peace.....

Do wear the garment of PEACE, it accentuates your style…….

Definition – Peace - a quiet and calm state of mind

“When a man’s ways please the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.” Proverbs 16:7

 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

What a needful garment to have in a day of much turbulence and chaos.  Jesus promised us peace and we can have it, only if we’re truly connected with God.  Isaiah wrote; “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You (Isaiah 26:3).” Connection matters!  An attributive name for God is Jehovah-Shalom, the God of peace.  Therefore, our minds must be connected with Peace in order to have it and operate in it.  During our most difficult times, we can have God’s peace guarding our hearts and mind. 

The Apostle Paul tells the Church at Philippi about the peace that surpasses all understanding. “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7).”  In other words, our troubles will not drown out our countenance, but our countenance will be that of peace.  It leaves people wandering; who is this God?

We are God’s ambassadors in earth, created in the image in God who is Peace. It is our duty to seek Peace and allow it to rule our heart during the trials and tribulations of this world.  They will come, but cannot be compare to the glory that will be reveal in us. “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us (Romans 8:18).”

Wear the garment of peace and allow the god of Peace to rule your heart during these very turbulent times.  We cannot engage in every battle, but can peaceful during the battles around us.  Wear this garment and let it accentuate (to give emphasis or prominence) who you are in Christ!

Wear the Garment of Thanksgiving, it Fits Comfortably......

Do wear the garment of THANKSGIVING, it fits comfortably…..

Definition – Thanksgiving - The expression of gratitude, especially to God

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7

“Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.

3 for the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods.”  Psalm 95:2-3

 

Our thankfulness unto God will bring us comfort in our living for our Creator.  He created us for worship as well as thanksgiving.  We are thankful to Him for making us to be who we are.  He is due Thanksgiving; “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name (Psalm 100:4).” Yes, the first order of business is to enter with thanksgiving. We cannot approach God without a heart of thanksgiving. It is out of this heart will our praise and worship be appropriate or from a right spirit.

 

Old Testament days were serious times for worship and thanksgiving.  The book of the Psalms is centered on worship, praise and thanksgiving to our Heavenly Father.  Thanksgiving was the order of the people during Old Testament days. David, who wrote most of the books of Psalms, gave sincere praise, worship and thanksgiving to his Heavenly Father.  This was due to Him!

 

When thanksgiving is in its proper place, we will not allow other negative garments be a part of our dress for success. Where there is no thanksgiving, there will be bitterness, jealousy, anger, envy, and pettiness.  I believe a thankful heart will not leave any room for anything negative.  Our thanksgiving, expresses; self awareness (we know who we are), personal confidence as a created being, trust in God as a provider, confidence in His abilities, and knowing you are uniquely different with purpose.

 

The scriptures (Philippians 4:7; Psalm 95:2-3) clearly give us the directives about thanksgiving and how it is due to God. Do wear the garment of thanksgiving for comfort in knowing your Heavenly Father and knowing who you are to Him.  He desires and deserves our thanksgiving and gratitude. Our dress should always exude flair of comfort. Don’t be uncomfortable, offer Thanksgiving unto the Lord.

Worship Gives You Style.......

Do wear the garment of WORSHIP, it gives you style……..

Definition – Worship - Worship is to honor with extravagant love and extreme submission. True worship, in other words, is defined by the priority we place on who God is in our lives and where God is on our list of priorities.

"O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth" Psalm 96:9

“But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.” John 4:23

This series will not allow me to share all important truths about worship.  Worship is very vital to our everyday survival.  Praise will get His attention, and worship bring us into His presence.   The Bible explains that in His presence is fullness of joy. “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore (Psalm 16:11).”  Trials and problems will be minimized in the presence of God. Worship brings us into His presence; more so His is the Glory.

Whenever God’s Glory is manifested, we know that we are in His presence.  It is in His presence that everything bad shrinks, disappear, line up, and make good and so much more.  Worship brings us into such a place until we automatically experience the Shekinah Glory of God’s presence. God desires our worship and not our complaints. We are to worship Him in the beauty of Holiness (He is Holy!).  We worship who He is; Holiness!

It is as stated before; the doors of the sanctuary get us in bodily, but worship brings us in spiritually.  John wrote the hour would come when true worshippers would worship the Father in spirit and truth: He’s looking for someone to worship Him as such. Only our Father knew the hour would come!

Wear the garment of worship it gives you style. It puts you in first class with the Father.  Only He desires our worship. He deserves our worship. Wear the garment of worship with class!

 

 

Wear the Garment of Praise!

Do wear the garment of PRAISE, it is a perfect fit……..

Praise defined - The expression of gratitude for personal favors conferred; a glorifying or extolling.

“Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name.” Hebrews 13:5

“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!” Psalm 150:6

Oh how exciting it is to talk about these garments as I continue my series on Getting Dress for Success!   We have covered what not to wear.  Now, we will share the garments to wear for success in 2017.  Again these are mini teachings, yet enough to share with you about the subject at hand.

We are living creatures created to praise and worship our Heavenly Father. He knew we would need to praise Him, due to the sin nature.  It is in our praise that we are able to reconnect to our Creator.  Our praise brings us into His presence to help defeat the works of the sin nature and our adversary the devil. “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name (Psalm 100:4).”

As believers in Christ, we should desire to be in His presence for His help with the battles we face. When we praise Him, we get His attention.  Getting His attention is very important for our dilemma.  We are all subject to problems, but we are not all willing to praise our creator for what has already bestowed upon us.

Praising Him ignites us to talk about His goodness and sovereign acts of love. It is in praise we tell others about His goodness rather than our problems.  We highlight who He is, rather than what our problems are; this is praise! 

Let us offer continually the sacrifice of praise to God and His word further declares, let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Therefore; when we wear this garment, we are sure to achieve the success needed. Praise is a perfect fit!

Do no Wear the Garment of Envy

Do not wear the garment of ENVY, it is too long……

Envy defined - a feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by someone else's possessions, qualities, or luck. "She felt a twinge of envy for the people on board.”

“For where envying and strife [is], there [is] confusion and every evil work.” James 3:16

“Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.” Galatians 5:26

As we see from our above definition, practicing or allowing such spirit to take control of our heart would be dangerous for our Christian walk. We were created to glorify our Heavenly Father in all actions, thoughts as well as practices.  Therefore, allowing this spirit to take control of us would not model what pleases Him.

The goal for the believer is to model Matthew 6:33; “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” If we seek the kingdom first, God would add all other things to our lives.  Seeking God first will eliminate this work of the flesh-envy. When we are devoid of God, we gratify the lust of the flesh.  At this point, we will desire what belongs to someone else. Paul wrote to the Galatians and said; “This I say then, walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh (Galatians 5:16).”

“Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another (Galatians 5:26).” Again the Apostle Paul admonishes the Church at Galatia to stay away from envying one another. God is a big God! He has enough to share with everyone, and there is no need for us to desire what another person has. His name is El-Shaddai -God Almighty. “The earth is the LORD'S, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein (Psalm 24:1).”

God’s love for us is enough to help us in a closer walk with Him.  Envy is not something that develops over night; however, it is a spirit that lurks around and take captive of our heart in a progressive way.  We must kill the flame of this fleshy attribute with the washing of the water of God’s word.

Don’t wear this garment; it is too long and it will trip us up from achieving our purpose and walking in destiny. It does not match the garment of thanksgiving!
 

The Garment of Bitterness

Don’t wear the garment of BITTERNESS, it does not match………

Defined - Bitterness - anger and disappointment at being treated unfairly; resentment.

“Looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled.” Hebrews 12:15

“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.” Ephesians 4:31

 

We are admonished through scripture to refrain from a heart of bitterness.  Again, as mentioned in previous garments, this is an emotional outcry against others because of some type of disappointment.  The Bible warns against allowing this emotional state to take root in our heart.  Once we allow it to take root in our heart, there will be all kinds of issues springing up from this root of bitterness.

“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life (Proverbs 4:23).” We are admonished here to guard our heart, from bitterness, wrath, anger, malice and clamor (a boisterous outcry). Whatever we allow to enter our heart will ultimately determine our actions.  Bitterness is an emotional state, and can only be activated if we allow it.  It will certainly spring up from our carnal nature if it is not guarded against.

Again, being washed by the water of God’s word will elevate us from our carnal nature to operate from the spiritual nature as we should. Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus admonishing them to; “That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word (Ephesians 5:26). By this verse he is speaking to the Church (you and I).  The word will wash us clean from anything that will defile us.

 Bitterness can be washed away forever! Do not wear this garment, it doesn’t match your life in Christ.  Your life in Christ is much more powerful and beautiful, and bitterness does not match your garments of praise, and worship!

 

The Garment of Anger

Don’t wear ANGER, too many snags...

Definition – Snag - an unexpected or hidden obstacle or drawback.

“In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry and do not give the devil a foothold.”  Ephesians 4:26-27

 Too often we will result to anger and bitterness rather than joy and peace.  If we allow the word of God to take precedence in our lives we will not be too quick to anger. James wrote to the Church and admonished believers by writing; “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry (James 1:19).”  The key would be to first listen, secondly, slow to speak, and anger will not find itself in our emotional state.

 Our anger is aroused through our immaturity in Christ.  Our Heavenly Father desires that we grow in Christ.  As we grow in Christ, we are growing in the ways, nature and person of God.  Only then are we able to keep our emotional state under control through the power who works within us.  This power is known to us by the person of the Holy Ghost.

 The Holy Ghost is our helper and Keeper.  He will help us to overlook the unnecessary, and not sweat the small stuff.  He empowers us to mature in Christ, and keep our emotions in check.  Anger, bitterness and resentment flows from our soulish nature and should be kept in check.  God’s word is able to help us in this area. The writer of Hebrews empowers us through the scriptures with; For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart

(Hebrews 4:12).”

 The word has the ability to heal, empower and mature us in our soulish and spiritual nature.  Only God can do this for us.  It is beyond our ability and mental capacity.  The enemy desires that we remain in carnal state.  This is where he defeats us and keeps us from the success God desires for us.

 Wearing the garment of anger allows snags (unexpected drawbacks, obstacles) to hinder our progress. Don’t wear this garment! Dress for success...

 

 

The Garment of Petty

Don’t wear PETTY, it is too tight on you………………..


Petty Defined - having or showing narrow ideas, interests, etc.  petty minds. mean or ungenerous in small or trifling things: a petty person; showing or caused by meanness of spirit: a petty revenge


“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2


“Casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5


As believers in Christ Jesus, empowered by the Spirit of Christ, we are to practice walking in the spirit to not fulfill the lust thereof.  As we sojourn in this strange land, our goal is to be like Christ.  We cannot entertain the spirits of this world.  Any mind other than the mind of Christ is of this world. Apostle Paul wrote to the Church at Philippi and said; “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus             (Philippians 2:5).”


We are admonished to not conform to the patterns of this world as the Apostle Paul wrote again to the Church at Rome.  We are told to be transformed by renewing our minds in the word of God.  We have too many people saying they believe, but have no root system for belief.  Matthew proclaimed; “This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me (Matthew 14:8).” Except we have a root system, we will continue to conform to the world.


Review:  Do not entertain the spirits of this world.  Anything that is not the mind of Christ is the mind of the world.  We cannot conform to the ways of the world. Lastly, whenever Satan brings us worldly mind sets, carnal mindsets, or demonic mindsets, we are told to cast it down.  Cast down every argument, and every high things (demonic) that exalt itself against the knowledge of God. Tell your mind to line up with what you read, learn and know about Jesus and who we are in HIM.

 

The Garment of Jealousy

Do not wear JEALOUSY, it does not fit……….

Jealousy defined - jealous resentment against a rival, a person enjoying success or advantage

 You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans? 1 Corinthians 3:3

 Anger is cruel and fury overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy? Proverbs 27:4

 The Bible speaks of jealousy in both positive and negative ways.  The Apostle Paul dealt with the issue of jealousy among the Corinthians and he wrote to them to address the issue.  His goal in writing was to inform, teach and empower believers to live from a heavenly perspective rather than earthly.  This is why he addressed the question in chapter 1 of 1 Corinthians 3:3; “Are you not wordily?” In other words when we operate from the heavenly perspective, jealousy would not be named among us.

 Solomon writes to help us understand how powerful jealousy can be.  Who can stand against it?  There are cases where people have gone to extremes when operating in this spirit.  It is indeed a spirit.  . Numbers 5:14 (MEV) talks about an actual demonic spirit called jealousy, it reads, "If the spirit of jealousy comes on him and he is jealous of his wife." This jealousy is fused by a Satan spirit which will be out of control outside of kingdom living. It is dangerous, yet it can be control or dismissed.

 In a positive sense, God is a jealous God and His name is jealous! “For you shall not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God-- (Exodus 34:14) This type of jealousy seen in old Testament scripture is very different than the humanistic type.  The Hebrew and Greek word used is different in meaning. God is jealous for our relationship with Him, which is good!

 

 

 

 

 

Get Dressed for Success: Put on Your Victory Clothes!

Introduction

Successful dress requires wearing attire that suits the occasion. It is necessary to dress appropriate for the occasion.  In this case, we must dress for the victory!   As we endeavor into this short series, I want to start with what we should not wear.  Afterward, we will find out what to wear.  This series is by no means a teaching to belittle anyone, but hopefully, prayerfully to help anyone, everyone or someone. This series will remain short and simple.

 

What Not to Wear

·         Garment of Jealousy

·         Garment of Pettiness

·         Garment of Anger

·         Garment of Bitterness

·         Garment of Envy

 

What to Wear

·         Garment of Praise

·         Garment of Worship

·         Garment of Thanksgiving

·         Garment of Peace

·         Garment of Joy

·         Garment of Righteousness

 

Too often we blame the enemy for all of our shortcomings, but yet we allow difficulties and differences to interrupt the blessings God has for us.  In this series, if we would dress accordingly, we will live victorious lives every day, even as we suffer for righteousness sake. We will praise, worship offer thanksgiving, walk in peace, live in joy, and live righteous before a righteous King.