Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Clothed by the King ~ Prov 31:25

What woman doesn’t like clothes...and handbags, and shoes, and accessories for that matter? I know I do. My husband can’t understand my passion for these things and why they make me happy. But I know that most women, without saying a word, would nod their heads knowingly.

The Proverbs 31 woman is not unlike us. She may have been written about centuries ago, but her essence is timeless. I would imagine that in the time and era when women were still women they loved experimenting with colours and textures in their clothing. I would also imagine they would have complimented each other on their clothes – just like we do now.

"She makes belted linen garments and sashes to sell to the merchants." (Proverbs 31:24)
"She is clothed with strength and dignity,and she laughs without fear of the future." (Proverbs 31:25)
Verse 24 speaks of garments that clothe the body.
Verse 25 speaks of garments that clothe the spirit.

Isaiah knew well of the spirit being clothed or dressed.

Isaiah 61:10 (New Living Translation)
I am overwhelmed with joy in the LORD my God! For he has dressed me with the clothing of salvation and draped me in a robe of righteousness. I am like a bridegroom in his wedding suit or a bride with her jewels.
I love how Isaiah expressed this! It gives a picture of our King dressing us. I imagine what took place in my spirit on the day I accepted that He died on the Cross for my sins and chose to follow Him. I imagine in my mind’s eye Jesus in my room, taking off the things that I have put there to cover up my shame – the fig leaves that I have dressed myself with. He then dresses me in the most beautiful garment of salvation. Over this garment He drapes over me a robe of righteousness. He stands back and looks at me and says, “You are a princess. You are beautiful. You are mine.”
No longer am I the person I was before - ashamed to look into the King’s eye. I am like a bride with all my jewels. I lift my head and gaze at His beauty, knowing that I am royalty, that I am loved, that I am beautiful and that I am His – clothed in salvation, robed in righteousness. The old is gone and I am a new creation.

Sometimes we forget who we are and we take off our new clothes. Our old fig leaves feel familiar and comfortable. Our new clothes feel foreign to us. Instead of living as the daughter of a King, we live in our old nature. We feel like we don’t deserve these opulent clothes. We feel that they are too much for us. But the truth is the King loves us so much that He couldn’t bear to be separated from us. He died so that He could dress us in the clothes that we were always meant to wear, but couldn’t because of our sin.

The woman in Proverbs 31 however, has learned to be comfortable in her new clothes. She knows the love of her King and the price He paid for the clothes she wears. She knows that when she is weak that He is strong. She knows that she can hold her head high and walk in dignity – because she has been made righteous. Because she knows who she is in Him, and because she knows her identity in Christ, she has no reason to fear the future. This is why she can laugh. She knows that as a daughter of the King, she doesn’t have to worry as all her needs are taken care of.

Are you wearing the clothing that He dressed you in when you first said ‘Yes!” to Him? Are you wearing your robe of righteousness He draped you in when you first turned away from your old life and believed? Or have you discarded the clothing and robe that He dressed you in and started wearing the fig leaves again? If you have– get dressed! Walk in His strength and dignity. Laugh! Knowing that we can trust Him with our future and we have nothing to fear. You are a princess, you are beautiful and you are His.


Still taking lessons from the King,

 

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"For the month of March, we'll take a closer look at Proverbs 31 on the "wife of noble character." ~ D. J. Hughes

(This post was featured as a guest post on "The Quiet Quill" as part of the Proverbs 31 series.)


12 comments:

  1. Very timely message! I am sitting here while I read this wearing some clothes I used to wear often years ago, and wondering why I don't feel comfortable. They still fit me and they are still fashionable, but from reading your post I realise that these clothes are not me anymore! I have changed so much inside these clothes don't represent who I am now! You are right it is easy to wear our familiar fig leaf, but not exchange our new clothes of glory. I am going to change into something more royal, that reflects me xxx

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  2. Very good visual. I was just thinking about how we forget to "take off" our old flesh nature and allow the new creation to function and rule. Thank you for this.

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  3. Beautiful post lovely. Once, when I was feeling quite horrible about myself, I journalled all the things I should be wearing - strength and honour, tender-hearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience, the garment of praise gladness, the armor of God, Godliness, right living... I love it! This was such a great reminder of who I am in Him. Love your stuff Miss xxxx

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  4. Awesome. I love the photo! ...fig leaves...I did a teaching on that last year. You should see my visuals! :)

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  5. Nothing less than Beautiful! A lovely reminder, you've got me checking the entire wardrobe of my soul now:-)
    Love!

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  6. Beautiful post! I found your post on D.J. Hughes blog...I am now following you...your post beautifully reflects the glory of our King. Please come by for a visit...you are a blessing and I am so blessed that God allowed our paths to cross as our 'voices' carry throughout the earth, declaring the beauty of our God!!!!!
    Teresa

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  7. Perfectly times message for me. Thanks for sharing. I especially love this:

    "No longer am I the person I was before - ashamed to look into the King’s eye. I am like a bride with all my jewels. I lift my head and gaze at His beauty, knowing that I am royalty, that I am loved, that I am beautiful and that I am His – clothed in salvation, robed in righteousness. The old is gone and I am a new creation."

    I love this so much!!! How encouraging.

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  8. This is beautiful Jo!

    I too am re-thinking my wardrobe choices.
    Thank you for this post, I love it.

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  9. Read this on the Quiet Quill and linked over. Very good post.

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  10. Speechless ... in a good way. Thank you.

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  11. Wow! This was amazing! Thanks so much for your blog!! :D x

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  12. Wow! What an incredible message! You have me checking my clothes lol that's I've put off but also put back on over the past few months x

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