July 8, 2018

Isaiah 61:10 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God: for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels. ~ God covers our nakedness (our short comings and faults) with salvation and righteousness.

When we stand before God, we are clothed with the garments of salvation. When he sees us, he sees us through the blood. He doesn’t look at us the same way we look at ourselves. He isn’t critical of us nor does he stand ready to condemn and point out everything that we’ve done wrong. He delights in us and joys in us simply because we belong to him.

Clothing is also significant in identifying who we are. We recognize authorities by the uniforms they wear. We know the rank of officers and military personnel by the uniforms and medals that they wear. Their uniform represents the governing power backing them. We aren’t necessarily fearful of a police officer but we are fearful or respectful of the authority he has because the power of the State stands to uphold what he does. So when we are clothed with salvation, it is a sign to the kingdom of darkness that we have been bought with the blood of the lamb and the kingdom of God backs us.

One of the words for clothed means to arm with weapons. Being clothed with salvation and robes of righteousness should cause us to rise up in boldness and confidence knowing that we don’t represent ourselves, but we represent our God. Our confidence is not in our own strength, power, and ability but in his. We don’t make devils flee or sickness and disease to leave a person. We can’t calm storms or move mountains. No, all of this is done because of the power and authority that God has given us by giving us his name and clothing us with his garments.

So next time you face something greater than you, bring to your remembrance of who’s you are and what he has clothed you with.

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