At first it seems to be heavy hitting, although it is, in reality so very true. I think this side of things is never easy to think about, we tend to think more of the promises of God and those things that make us feel good....but the truth is we are just as the Scripture says - I am so relieved to know that it does not finish there - take a deep breath - there is hope for you and me!
The more I have thought about it the more the words of this chorus keep coming to me and I cannot get past it, I have talked with my DH about it, as I do with all of the SSIC challenges and he said to me this morning that if this is what I have, then that is what I should be putting - so here are the words to that chorus..'
'I am covered over with the Robes of Righteousness
that Jesus gives to me
When He looks at me He sees not what I used to be
But He sees JESUS!!'
I like to ponder the Word as I work on my SSIC cards and while I was busy creating with the Layers of Color Nature Walk art stamp set, on this hymnal page, I was reminded of the past few weeks challenges and how God's Word is life changing for us - infact in the Word tells us it is 'health to our flesh and life to our bones'...I for one, am so grateful that the Creator has left us a 'Manual' - why then, is it that we can battle so much reading it!!
As I have looked at this scripture that PeggySue has brought us, I am grateful that God isn't 'gushy' and isn't about what makes us feel good - although that would be lovely, but it also doesn't build character either and after all, isn't that our desire to be more like Jesus. I for one am totally aware that I am not perfect, infact as a Christian I definitely have no doubt, that I am not perfect, but I am certainly committed to the process. I am so aware, as the scripture in Isaiah 64 tells us, that all our righteousness sis as 'filthy rags' - that is pretty heavy hitting isn't it...but what a relief to know that as the words of that chorus reminds us - when God looks at us, He doesn't see what we used to be, but He sees Jesus! The Robes of Righteousness are far more desirable than any Designer gown, which may be beautiful and sort after FOR a TIME, but as for me - I choose my gown - The Robes of Righteousness - by the ultimate Designer - made to fit, personally tailored, covers every unsightly area and clothes me in beauty - the beauty of Jesus!! Praise the Lord for that!!
Revelation 22:11 - tells us even though God acknowledges that it is all filthy rags before Him, but because of the Robes of Righteousness and Salvation He is saying at the end, He is going to bringing both judgement and reward...let us all get fitted with our robes - the benefits are eternal!
A big THANK YOU to this weeks sponsor - Unity Stamp Co.
who have donated this fabulous set as this weeks prize for one random winner.
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