Thursday, October 18, 2007

Are you well-dressed?

This week I have been reading a book of sermons written by J. Vernon McGee. While reading The well-dressed Christian, I was convicted in how I dress sometimes, or don't dress! I thought I would share the high points with you. That way we can all be well-dressed!

Spiritual Striptease
Take off "8 But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds," (Colossians 3:8,9)
"10 and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him," (Colossians 3:10)

"12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. " (Colossians 3:12,13)
--Tender mercies-KJV says "bowels of mercies" translated to emotions of pity. Having a heart of mercy, not a heart that is cold and indifferent.

--Kindness-could be translated goodness.
--Humbleness of mind, garment for the head like a hat.
--Meekness-gentleness We love our soft undergarments. Are you soft?
--Longsuffering -we shouldn't have a short fuse or make snap judgements
--Forbearing-means putting up with disagreeable saints.
--Forgiving one another. Ephesians 4:32 "32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you."

Outer garments
-Girdle of Love-"14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection." (Colossians 3:14) Love is a bond and a bond is a girdle-it is the girdle of Love. We all would look better with a girdle of love on.
-Storm Coat of Peace
"15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful." (Colossians 3:15)
-Ornament of Thankfulness "In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." (I Thessalonians 5:18)

"16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord." (Colossians 3:16)
-First is the Lipstick :"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly."
-Purse "In all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another" Fill the pocket book with the Word of Christ and bring it forth at the proper time in all wisdom.
"In psalms and hymns" this is like a two way radio with God, a way to talk to God and for him to speak back to you.

Working Clothes
-"17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him." (Colossians 3:17)
"23 And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men," (Colossians 3:23)

For a new man
"If any man be in Christ, he is a new creation." (2Corinthians 5:17)
We have to be outfitted first of all with the garment of his salvation.
"10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, My soul shall be joyful in my God; For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. " (Isaiah 61:10)

J. Vernon McGee's sermons are available free on MP3 downloads.


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