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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Don't Go Naked"

Date published: 06/09/2013
Romans 13:14 “Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.” (NIV)   
 
The distance between success and failure, Godly living and sinful living, wisdom and foolishness can be very small.  That is why the imperative to “clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ” makes your quiet time with God that much more important.  Just as you carefully consider how to dress each morning, you need to faithfully and diligently seek and hear from God concerning your day.  Just as you dress differently for events, appointments, bad weather, and cold weather, you also have the opportunity each day to enjoin God in the known and the unknown of your life.  Each morning you want to clothe yourself with the Lord Jesus Christ by reading the Bible and praying through your day.  Isaiah 50:4 describes it this way, “The Sovereign Lord has given me an instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary.  He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught.” Your Bible reading will buffet you for instruction, encouragement, and growth while your prayer time will allow God to join you on the known aspects of your day as well as prepare you for the unknown.  Mistakes, wrong decisions, and sin are always a step away, but clothing yourself each morning with the Lord Jesus Christ will release God’s work and life in you in greater measure than by going it alone without His counsel, direction, and encouragement. 
 
Ephesians 4:22-24 “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”  (NIV)