Dressed for Success

“Did you know that God wants to be involved in how we look, dress, and how we feel about ourselves daily? He wants us to be dressed for success daily, but the clothes God has in mind are spiritual garments that we must put on every day.  How do you look after you get dressed in the morning? Do you dress yourself with the fruit of the Spirit every day which are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22)? Or do you dress yourself daily with anger, laziness, lust, un-forgiveness, bitterness, jealousy, strife, selfishness, or gossip? Do you dress yourself with a nagging and complaining spirit that affects those around you instead of simply being a blessing to others and grateful for what you do have. Do you clothe yourselves daily with anxiety, depression, and fear worrying every day about everything, or are you walking in the freedom that God offers us with his joy, peace, and sound mind. God tells us to “be anxious about nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7). Yes please! I will gladly dress myself with that daily! This is why we must seek Gods face in the beginning of the day. “In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation” (Psalm 5:3).  This practice enables us to “put on God” much like we put clothes on ourselves in the morning and “wear him” throughout the day. The sooner you “put on God” by communicating with him through prayer, the better prepared you are for whatever comes your way throughout the day. “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience” (Colossians 3:12).

God’s very word tells us “it is very important to clothe ourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ daily, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature”(Romans 27:8). Yes we prepare ourselves physically every day, but it’s more important that we are dressed up and clothed with the righteousness of God spiritually. God delights in adorning us spiritually daily because “the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23). “As much as I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness” (Isaiah 61:10).  This scripture was a prediction of what Christ the Messiah would do for us and the two things to notice are: 1. he has clothed me with garments of salvation and 2. covered me with the robe of righteousness. God is very concerned about our spiritual well being every day, so we must be in the habit of preparing ourselves. Just like we take special care in our physical appearance daily, we must also take special care in how we carry ourselves spiritually daily. Are we displaying Jesus wherever we go by our conduct, our speech, our actions, our appearance, and our countenance? Or do we simply blend in with the rest of the world? “I put on righteousness, and it clothed me; my justice was like a robe and a turban” (Job 29:14). “Clothe yourself with strength, put on your garments of splendor” (Isaiah 52:23). Caring for our outward appearance is not wrong as long as we remember to focus on our inner thoughts and attitudes too.

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.  Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,  and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Epesians 6:10-20).

So remember, the next time you get ready to dress yourself physically, always remember that the most important preparation of your day is to spritually be prepared and clothed with the righteousness of God and the powerful and wonderful armor of god that he gives to us as a gift to combat the fiery darts of the enemy and to extinguish those distracting darts right in their tracks. There is a special annointing and beauty that comes forth from a woman that is clothed with the righteousness of the Lord which covers you with his grace, peace, joy, love, and his favor. Remind yourselves: “I am clothed with dignity and strength and I will laugh at the days to come” (Proverbs 31:25). “You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God” (1 Peter 3:4). Ladies, clothing your mind in Jesus is simply your best preparation for each day. This discipline brings joy and peace not only to you, but to those around you! Try this: The next time your in the shower, praise God for the cleansing that Jesus’ forgiveness provides. As your getting dressed, thank God for clothing you with Christ’s righteousness. As you apply your makeup, thank him for being the foundation of your life. And as you put on your earrings and jewelry, thank him for beautifying your life with the fruit of the spirit. Always remember, that “those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame” (Psalm 34:5) and may you always be dressed for spiritual success!

With love, hope, and faith,

Sonia

 

 

 

10 Comments

  • Reply susir831 September 3, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    Love this! Amen and Amen! That is true beauty!

    • Reply Sonia Carrillo September 3, 2016 at 3:22 pm

      Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed!

  • Reply Norma Carlon September 3, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    Awe Sonia such a powerful word from God thank you for sharing! I love the final points “the foundation of God/makeup foundation” such a great metaphor! Simply brilliant! Love you my beautiful sister!

    • Reply Sonia Carrillo September 3, 2016 at 4:39 pm

      Thank you my love!💕

  • Reply Anna Sanders September 3, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing. So beautiful to remember daily. Your. Words have been a. Blessing. 💘

    • Reply Sonia Carrillo September 3, 2016 at 7:47 pm

      Thank you so much! I’m glad it blessed you😊

  • Reply ordinarilyextraordinarymom September 4, 2016 at 1:44 am

    What a beautiful perspective. I must do better when dressing myself in the morning in considering how I would like God to use me. How would I like to be seen?

    • Reply Sonia Carrillo September 4, 2016 at 2:03 am

      Thank you so much!I have to remind myself of that daily as well. We are a direct reflection of Christ here on earth and although none of us are perfect, we must be mindful of our actions and like you said, “how we want to be seen.” Hugs and blessings!

  • Reply Karina September 4, 2016 at 3:22 am

    I absolutely love this post Sonia! I love the way you write and will definitely use this post as a daily devotional tomorrow morning in my prayers. Thank you so much for sharing this, keep up the amazing work. God has definitely given u a talent to write about him ❤️🙏🏽

    • Reply Sonia Carrillo September 4, 2016 at 4:12 am

      Thanks so much sweetie! glad you enjoyed it!

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