Posted by: Jo | October 11, 2013

Clothed With Power

“I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” (Luke 24:49)

image It is impossible to enter any big stores at the moment and not be assailed by hideous monsters, creepy skeletons, ugly witches as well as scary, unrecognisable creatures. As we approach Halloween these macabre figures are around every corner as the stores offer up suggestions for dressing up for the big night. I am always a bit horrified by them all and wonder why anyone would choose to garb our little ones in such evil looking costumes, but it is not only little ones that are so dressed in such a fashion even adults seem to throw all caution aside and dress in this way on October, 31st and seem to have no trouble in being clothed so outrageously and perhaps they feel it gives them power in hiding behind a costume. Clothing does distinguish us and can be used to make a statement. Scripture talks about a spiritual clothing that also makes a statement in a much different way.

Clothing has existed from the very beginning of time when God in loving compassion clothed Adam and Eve after they had been banished from the Garden of Eden.

“The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.” (Genesis 3:21)

Jesus in his last words before he leaves his disciples to return to his Father, uses the words “clothed” as well. (Luke 24:49)

Jesus was echoing his Father’s words. He knew he was leaving his disciples in a world that was beset by sin. He knew they were going to need not only special help, but the mighty power of his Holy Spirit. He knew the clothing he was going to provide had already been promised from the Heavenly Father. We know the Heavenly Father always keeps his promises and the book of Acts records how dramatically the disciples were given the power of the Holy Spirit from on high.image

This power was not only for the disciples, but for all who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ. As with all promises from our Lord, they have to be claimed by us personally. We have to choose to be covered with spiritual clothing. Scripture offers us many choices;

“Awake, awake O Zion, clothe yourself with strength….” (Isaiah 52:1)

Who would be so foolish as to not to accept this beautiful offer of strength? When life is overwhelming and we feel we can go no further under our own steam, we can gratefully accept to instead be clothed with the Almighty’s strength.

“Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ…” (Romans 13:14)

What a beautiful way to get dressed every day, presenting to the world the beautiful nature of our Saviour.

We can do this with this advice;

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” (Colossians 3:12)

When life is filled with despair what a wonderful choice of clothing in this verse;image

“…to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair…” (Isaiah 61:3)

Perhaps as we dress in the morning we can remember the spiritual clothing we can so easily done as we get ready to face the world and think of Job’s example;

“I put on righteousness as my clothing; justice was my robe and my turban.” (Job 29:14)

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Responses

  1. Jo …your writing is so inspirational,
    Dressing the way the Lord has Designed makes me want to be a Model Christian, in His eyes.

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  2. Wonderful, Jo! A new spin on power dressing for the professional woman . Not stillettos and the black pantsuit, but compassion and kondness.

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  3. Powerful post. May we wake up ready to clothe ourselves with His righteousness.

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