Summary: Six things we are to strip off BEFORE we get dressed folled by Eight things we are to put on. I preached this as a morning/night two part sermon
How You Get Dressed Affects Your Whole Day!
A husband and his wife woke up one Sunday morning and the wife dressed for church. It was just about time for the service when she noticed her husband hadn’t moved a finger toward getting dressed. Perplexed, she asked, “Why aren’t you getting dressed for church?” He said, “Cause I don’t want to go.” She asked, “Do you have any reasons?” He said, “Yes, I have three good reasons. First the congregation is cold. Second, no one likes me. And third, I just don’t want to go.” The wife replied, wisely, “Well honey, I have three reasons why you should go. First the congregation is warm. Second, there are a few people there who like you. And third, you’re the pastor! So get dressed!”
I don’t know about you but getting dressed is one of my least favorite things to do in the morning!!! I like my lounge around time!!!
Starting the process of getting dressed means you have surrendered the idea of staying home!!!
Some of you get right up and get dressed…and then there are those like me who wait til the last minute.
But, this morning we’re not talking about getting our body dressed…we’re talking about our spiritual clothing…
And how we dress ourselves spiritually can mean the difference between a live lived in victory…and a life lived in wanting!!!
Colossians 3:8 - 15 (NKJV) 8But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. 9Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, 10and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, 11where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all. 12Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. 14But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. 15And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.
Did you notice something strange in this scripture???
As we get spiritually ready for each day, there are first of all some things that have to be taken off!!!
1. In fact, there are six sins that are to be stripped off. Note: all six have to do with either deep-seated emotions or else the tongue—reactions and feelings against another person.
a. There is the sin of anger (orgen): the believer is to strip away the garment of anger. Men do become angry: note that Scripture recognizes this. There are times when anger is called for, but we are to guard against sinning when we become angry.
Ephesians 4:26 (NKJV) 26“Be angry, and do not sin”:£ do not let the sun go down on your wrath,