Friday, 19 July 2013

WHAT GARMENT ARE YOU WEARING?

TEXT: REVELATION 19:7-8
The military are known by their uniforms, nurses are known by their uniforms, the police force in different countries is also recognised by their uniforms. As believers in Christ we will be recognised by the garments we are wearing. At this juncture we need to ask ourselves “what garment am I wearing?” Are you wearing Christ, Devil, or pride?
The scripture tells us to clothe ourselves with the lord Jesus Christ, and do not think of how to gratify the desires of the flesh (Romans 13:14). People are supposed to see us and see Christ in us, even without opening our mouth to announce it. A military man in his uniform does not need to open his mouth to tell people that he is a military man, because his uniform has announced him. So also as soldiers of Christ, people suppose to see us and see Christ in us. Christ was humble, meek, and full of compassion, he loves everybody equally and unconditionally, he was not mindful of the things of the world. During his earthly ministry; his humility, passion for lost souls, zeal to help and heal made him to stand out and made people to believe in him that truly he is the son of God. It is difficult to identify believers in this present age; this is as a result of the type of garment they are wearing. Their garments contradict what they are confessing to be.
Some so called believers are putting on pride, backbiting, worldliness, love of money, slander, hatred, bitterness, unforgiving, selfishness, etc as their garments. When they confess to be Christians, their attitude and character will be saying something totally negative about them. Their appearance and their confession or claims to be Christians are in conflict with each other. The kind of garment you are wearing will show the world if you are truly for Christ or for the devil. The scripture says by their fruit we shall know them. (Matthew 7:16).

For you to be recognised with Christ, you need to clothe yourself with humility, love, kindness, perseverance, tolerance, long-suffering  forgiveness. It is not enough to profess being a Christian with your mouth; your behaviour must show it also. Your garments (character) speaks louder than your voice, people identify you better with your garment than your voice. It was the Hebrew garment used to wrap Moses that made Pharaoh’s daughter to know that baby Moses belongs to Hebrew woman. In 2Kings 1:8, Elijah was described by his garment when Ahaziah sent messengers to Baal-zebub the god of Ekron whether he will recover from his sickness. God sent Elijah to tell the messengers that he wouldn’t recover because he consulted another god. Ahaziah asked the messengers to describe the man that they met, and they said “He had a garment of hair and had a leather belt around his waist. “ The King said that was Elijah the Tishbite.”

Your garments (Character) will show if you are for God or against God. Before you will open your mouth to talk, your garment (Character) will speak!

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