I don’t know about you but I am really terrible about ironing my clothes, I have never been a good Betty Crocker type of woman.I don’t think G-D made me that way or is it I just don’t have the patience or discipline . I really don’t know. However I know I need to make sure my spiritual dress is without spot or wrinkle from the world. How can we live in a place and not wrinkle our white spiritual garments once in a while?
I can just say this… it is a learning process and with great repentance and a humble heart in the midst of a dying world is how I need to walk.I am not perfect but I cannot make that an excuse for any wrong living or behavior in my part.
NKJ Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore , brethren , by the mercies of GOD, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice , holy and acceptable to GOD ,m which is your reasonable service.
NKJ Romans 12:2 and do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of GOD.
How do we do this is it that important to present ourselves holy, set apart from the world to HIS MAJESTY , KING YESHUA? I can’t help but think on the OLD COVENANT OR TESTAMENT in Malachi 1:7 “you offer defiled food on MY altar, but say, ‘In what way have we defiled YOU!’ by saying, ‘The table of the Lord is contemptible.'[dict:deserving of scorn, wicked , worthless, despicable]1:8 and when you offer the blind as a sacrifice is it not evil? and when you offer the lame and sick is it not evil? offer it then to your governor! would he be pleased with you? would he accept you favorably , says the LORD OF HOSTS.
I don’t know about you , when I read this I think of how some offer their lives back to YESHUA with conditions. I am saying that our hearts aren’t right. When we say we will surrender our lives to the LORD then live a life desiring things of the world and putting ourselves before GOD as well as others, then our hearts are defiled,truly we haven’t given our lives or heart fully to YESHUA, NKJ James 3:16 for where envy, and self seeking exist, confusion, and every evil thing are there . Some people are offering their lives back to HIM as long as they can still do what they want to do in the flesh [seeking for power, control , prestige, prosperity, financial gain, accepting people’s views and sexual ideas by integrating them with the church etc… they have not put G-D first . Fleshly satisfaction whether it is financial, sexual or even emotional has become an idol, more important than YESHUA., compromising the WORD OF GOD.
JAMES 4:4 ADULTERERS AND ADULTERESSES DO YOU NOT KNOW THAT FRIENDSHIP WITH THE WORLD IS ENMITY WITH GOD? WHOEVER THEREFORE WANT TO BE A FRIEND OF THE WORLD MAKES HIMSELF AN ENEMY OF GOD.
idols that are put above GOD= church,m ministry, family, houses, cars, money,m jobs, children, grandchildren, health, looks, status, religion, ourselves, selfish ambition, our lives, what other people think about us, relationships, television, music, GOD IS A JEALOUS GOD HE’LL HAVE NO OTHER GOD BEFORE HIM. HE HAS A WAY TO HUMBLE PEOPLE.I have experienced it.
So keeping my garment cleaned and ironed will take renewing of the mind daily, walking humbly in love , loving G-D with all my heart, soul , mind and strength, loving my neighbor as myself, praying for my enemies , thinking the best of them no matter what and if I get offended forgive them 70 x 7, surrendering my life , desires, talents, dreams everything to HIM putting HIM first, letting YESHUA guide me with HIS EYE, I sure don’t trust my own .
NKJ 2 Corinthians 8:3 but if anyone loves GOD this one is known by God
NKJ Galatians 5:16 walk in the SPIRIT and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh 5:17 for the flesh lusts against the SPIRIT and the SPIRIT against the flesh ; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.
NLT Ephesians 5:1 imitate GOD therefore in everything you do because you are HIS dear children
NKJ Ephesians 5:3 but fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, LET IT NOT EVEN BE NAMED AMONG YOU, as is fitting for saints,5:4 neither filthiness, nor foolish talking , nor coarse jesting , which is not fitting , but rather giving of thanks
NKJ Ephesians 5:5 for this you know that no fornicator , unclean person , nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of CHRIST AND GOD,
NKJ EPHESIANS 5:6 LET NO ONE DECEIVE YOU WITH EMPTY WORDS, FOR BECAUSE OF THESE THINGS, THE WRATH OF GOD COMES UPON THE SONS OF DISOBEDIENCE 5:7 THEREFORE DO NOT BE PARTAKERS WITH THEM
I want to keep my garments ironed after studying this…..