Last time we talked about how the sin nature in us is being crushed, and the good stuff that God put in us is coming out.
Sometimes, in order to get to the good stuff, we need to remove a “past identity” that either we, or the enemy falsely tried to identify us with.
This week we’re going to take a look at “changing clothes”—you’ll see what I mean in just a moment.
Prior to the pandemic, I had been hearing prophecies that prisoners were going to be released. Then one day, I read an Apple News article about 4-5 people that had actually been released from prison to home confinement.
The article was so uplifting. Now, I have to admit that I do sometimes cry on commercials, but these were true stories of God’s grace.
The people spoke of their thankfulness to God for giving them a chance to be home with loved ones even though they were still confined.
They took the opportunity to ask for forgiveness of people they hadn’t seen in years, right some wrongs, and begin the process of healing and mending their family relationships.
Toward the end of the article, what spoke to my heart the most was that they all said that their hearts and prayers were with those that were still incarcerated.
They prayed for their well-being, their restoration, and hoped that they would one day reconcile with those that they loved.
In order to receive this grace, you have to be willing to take off any old clothes that you were wearing—anything that linked you to a past, negative season in your life.
Let’s read Zechariah 3:3-4 NASB 1995.
3 Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments and standing before the angel. 4 He spoke and said to those who were standing before him, saying, “Remove the filthy garments from him.” Again he said to him, “See, I have taken your iniquity away from you and will clothe you with festal robes.” 5 Then I said, “Let them put a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean turban on his head and clothed him with garments, while the angel of the Lord was standing by.
I believe that many of us have been prisoners of wrong identities. A past hurt, shame, sin, rejection—anything that has tried to attach itself to us that was not of God or who God said we are in Christ Jesus.
Satan is the accuser of the brethren. But God has the power to break any iniquity tied to your past.
Like Joshua, remove those filthy clothes and put on your new garment of grace. God’s arms are open and ready to cloth you with His righteousness. Receive it.
Until next time, reconciliation with God and those we love, that’s the point of purpose…see you next time for our final installment of Fully Embrace Your Identity.
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