A Daily Word from the Word for Thursday, April 3, 2014
“Then He [God] answered and spoke to those who stood before Him, saying, ‘Take away the filthy garments from him.’ And to him He said, “See, I have removed your iniquity from you, and I will clothe you with rich robes.’” – Zechariah 3:4
Too many people today, including God’s own children, walk under the continual weight of condemnation, wearing the filth of this world. My brothers and sisters, this should not be! We are washed clean and made whole by the Blood of Jesus! Allow your Most Holy Father to change you out of your filthy garments for His rich and righteous robes.
Jesus took away our filthiness and nailed it to the Cross once and for all! The Hebrew word for “filthy,” as used in this verse, is tso (pr. tso) which means “soiled” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance). Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines “soiled” as “to stain or defile morally, to make unclean, to blacken or taint.” The garments that God removes from His children are begged (pr. behg-ed), which is “sin, offense, transgression, treacherous, pillage, rag.” Are you constantly being pillaged by the world, my brother? Do you find it hard to breathe under the weight of the rags of peoples’ opinions, my sister? Then change your wardrobe, and allow your Daddy to clothe you with the finest and purest array possible: the Blood of the Lamb.
To “clothe” is labesh (pr. law-bashe), which is “wrap around, put on.” And the “rich robes” that your Most Holy Father wants to put on you, the machalatsah (pr. makh-al-aw-tsaw), are the “mantles, change of raiment.” Webster defines a “mantle” as a loose sleeveless garment. Stop wearing the restrictive demand of the world, woven together by the discord of condemnation; and find freedom in the flowing arms of the Savior! For whom the Son sets free is free indeed! (John 8:36).
My New Spirit-Filled Life Bible fastens this verse for us nicely, as it conveys “through the Book of Zechariah, we are to understand clearly that our righteousness is not based on our own merit or strength to do good. Rather, it is through the Messiah, by the power of the Holy Spirit, that sin’s filth is removed from us. In Jesus, we have a fountain that washes whiter than snow” (© 2002. Thomas Nelson Bibles).
Are you ready to wear the clothes that fit you, my brother? Are you geared up to toss away those tight-fitting threads, my sister? Then let’s go to the closet of the Cross, where your Father is waiting to adorn you with the righteousness of His Son.
Father, thank You for taking away our sin, washing us clean, and making us whole with the Blood of Your Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Help us, Oh God, to allow you to take away our filthy garments and clothe us with Your rich robes. Right now, we rebuke, bind, and silence the enemy from speaking lies of condemnation and unworthiness to us. We decree and declare this very moment that “We are worthy! We are made worthy and washed clean only by the Blood of Jesus!” In Jesus Name, we say “Thank you, our beloved Savior, for clothing us with your most precious, spotless, and sinless Blood.” Amen and Amen.
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to forsake the world’s filthy rags for the rich robes of the Father. Choose to burn those worldly ways once and for all! Walk in the rich raiment of your Holy God always. And continue to fight the good fight of constantly wearing your Daddy’s best; for God, your Merciful and Righteous Tailor, has already given you the victory!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
Jesus is coming soon!
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2013, unless otherwise noted.