Sunday, September 9, 2012

Spiritual Makeover - Day 3

Don't you ever feel like you need a spiritual makeover?

Well, I know that in my own life, the 'yes' to that question has never been more prevalent than it is now. Which is why I have started the Divine Design devotional - 40 Days of Spiritual Makeover. Now, I started it last week but unfortunately I just didn't get around to it every day. Sad, I know...and I have no excuses.

I usually like to do my devotions in the morning but I have to get up so early now and get going that many times, I just run out of time. So I decided to do it tonight...Day 3.

The whole first week is talking about wardrobe, physical and spiritual. Today's though, was about the spiritual wardrobe and our "essential garments." She uses Isaiah 61:10 to introduce the concept - "I will greatly rejoice in the Lord; my soul shall exult in my God, for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation; He has covered me with the robe of righteousness..."

The garments of salvation and the robe of righteousness, she says, are the essential pieces to our spiritual wardrobe, without which we cannot enter God's kindgom. How many of us have those essential pieces? How many of us wear that beautiful robe of righteousness wherever we go? I can tell you that for me, I have left that essential piece at home too many times.

My favorite part of today's "makeover session" as I like to call it was her description of Zechariah 3:1-5. If you haven't read it, stop reading this now and go read it.

Seriously, stop. I mean it. Go. Why are you still reading? Go. Read. It.

Okay, did you read it?

Zechariah is describing a vision he has had of Joshua, the high priest. And really, in this, Joshua could be any number of us. Satan is there with Joshua standing before the Angel of the Lord basically accusing him of all the wrong he has done but the Lord rebukes Satan. Joshua is standing in front of Him in filthy, dirty, nasty garments but the Lord tells the angels with Him to remove those icky garments and that his iniquity, his sin, his wrong doing, has been removed and he will be clothed with rich robes. Sharla, the devotional writer, writes about how she imagines herself in Joshua's place. So, I decided to do that with my own self, only I went a step further and I decided to put in my name for Joshua's and make it personal to me...and this is how it goes:

"Then he showed me Kayla, the wife and mother, standing before the Angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at her right hand to oppose her. And the Lord said to Satan, 'The Lord rebuke you, Satan! The Lord who has chosen this woman rebuke you! Is this not a brand plucked from the fire?' Now Kayla was clothed with filthy garments, and was standing before the Angel. Then He answered and spoke to those who stood before Him, saying, 'Take away the filthy garments from her.' And to her He said, 'See, I have removed your iniquity from you, and I will clothe you with rich robes.' And I said, 'Let them put a clean turban on her head.' So they put a clean turban on her head, and they put the clothes on her. And the Angel of the Lord stood by."

Although Zechariah was having a vision of Joshua, the high priest of Jerusalem, the same applies to each of us who have been saved by His grace. Satan is right there hurling accusations of all our sins and trying to throw it all back in our faces but Christ paid the price for us already. The Lord has taken our filthy rags from us and has replaced them with extravagant robes of righteousness. We are plucked from the fire and we are His bride...He has dressed us for the wedding feast.

I don't know about you, but that just gives me God bumps all over...knowing that the God of the universe has given me the ultimate makeover.

The devotional cover

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