Living Water Daily Devotional 22-1-19
PROPER DRESSING IS PROPER PROTECTION
READ: Zephaniah 1:1-9
1 The word of the LORD which came unto Zephaniah the son of Cushi, the son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of Hizkiah, in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah.
2 I will utterly consume all things from off the land, saith the LORD.
3 I will consume man and beast; I will consume the fowls of the heaven, and the fishes of the sea, and the stumblingblocks with the wicked; and I will cut off man from off the land, saith the LORD. 4 I will also stretch out mine hand upon Judah, and upon all the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and I will cut off the remnant of Baal from this place, and the name of the Chemarims with the priests;
5 And them that worship the host of heaven upon the housetops; and them that worship and that swear by the LORD, and that swear by Malcham;
6 And them that are turned back from the LORD; and those that have not sought the LORD, nor enquired for him.
7 Hold thy peace at the presence of the Lord GOD: for the day of the LORD is at hand: for the LORD hath prepared a sacrifice, he hath bid his guests.
8 And it shall come to pass in the day of the LORD’S sacrifice, that I will punish the princes, and the king’s children, and all such as are clothed with strange apparel.
9 In the same day also will I punish all those that leap on the threshold, which fill their masters’ houses with violence and deceit.
MEMORISE: Also for Adam and his wife the LORD God made tunics of skin, and clothed them (Genesis 3:21).
God created every creature with its own peculiar nature. Sea is good for the fish and other aquatic mammals. Therefore, He puts them there. Air is space, airy and free for the birds, He created them with feathers to fly in the space. Forest is good for other animals such as lions, tigers, antelopes and many others, and God put them there. All these places serve as their protective places.
When it comes to the turn of man, He created man in His image and likeness. He covered man with His glory and communicable attributes. Such communicable attributes include, love, peace, joy, life, forgiveness, reasoning, uses of language and so on. When you see yourself as an image of God, how do you feel? You know that you are different from animals. You are the crown of God’s creation and creatures. An animal, such as cat for example, never exposes itself: it never defecates when any man is around and it never mates with opposite sex in the open. It covers itself always. But dogs are not like that. Dogs today are symbol of sexual promiscuity. Also, goats are never like that. Goats are symbols of disobedience before God.
One way you should appreciate the fact that you are an image of God is through proper dressing. Proper dressing on you is a divine protection for you. It beautifies the physical glory of God in you. It also colourises the biological adornment of God over you. It is even a mark of humility in you (Gen. 26:65). When you properly dress up, you are protecting your body, glory and honouring God. Proper dressing is a proper protection (1 Tim. 2:9-10). Half nakedness, sensual nakedness, complete nakedness and exposure of sensitive parts of our body are disgrace to the living God who commands us to worship Him in the beauty of holiness. Do not dress for Satan; dress for God
1. Thank you Father for proper understanding in your Word.
2. I recover my lost glory and protection back today from where I have exposed them to improper dressing.
3. My God, my Father, I promise You that henceforth I will properly dress up before You.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Genesis 44:20 – 46:21; Matthew 14:10 – 14:31