Beyond all these things put on and wrap yourselves in [unselfish] love, which is the perfect bond of unity [for everything is bound together in agreement when each one seeks the best for others].
Colossians 3:14 (AMP)
Enter – this is a choice
I love dressing rooms or fitting rooms in large department stores especially because of the numerous mirrors that they have. There are mirrors to show all angles of me, a luxury I do not currently have at home. As I enter a dressing room, arms filled with all the items I picked up to try on, I am first faced with myself as I am – dressed in my own clothes and weary from my search for what I needed. This is the first imagery conjured up by the call I heard – that as we enter His dressing room, we should see ourselves as we truly are. The Word of Yahweh has a way of showing us where we stand, where we have been and where we need to be. During this fast, let us be willing to see ourselves in the mirror of His Word and ready to change. This is after all, the purpose of entering into the dressing room. Alone. With Him. Here we can be honest and we do not have to be ashamed of what we see or worried about who else sees us, it is His secret place. A place where we are not worried about what others are doing. We are secure in the awareness that the One who sees us, welcomes us as we are and is fully capable of transforming us into His image and likeness, beautified by His Spirit and clothed with His love.
If we are going to change, we must get undressed. This is also done under the bright light; the mirrors don’t look away here. Still, take off what you have and accept what He provides, it is always better (Genesis 3:21). I cannot put on the clothes I found in my shopping spree and get a good picture of the new look on me, unless I strip down and then put on what I intend to purchase. In His dressing room, we are encouraged to take off before putting on. Colossians 3:1-9 tells us more about this process. And if we are honest, nothing we add to these old garments will fit us or beautify us unless we lose old and unpleasant ways, words and actions that we are seeing in this brightly lit dressing room.
Put It On
Entering a dressing room and holding up a dress in front of me does not give me a full picture of the fit. We like to hold up the new characteristics of the Spirit in front of us as we walk around, but if we are wearing our old clothes and walking around with the new outfit on a hanger, we would only be fooling ourselves into thinking we are dressed differently. In the Spirit, no one is fooled when we throw around these characteristics without wearing them. You know what I mean, right? We may talk about being holy and kind and peaceful and loving, but if we did not put on love and peace, we are still dressed in our old ways and characters. So do not leave His dressing room with His gifts on a rack, or thrown over our arms. Put it on, “wrap yourself in unselfish love” (Colossians 3:14 AMP) and see how much better it suits you than the old garments. Look in that mirror and be amazed at the way His love accentuates your smile, your speech and your heart.
Walk In It
Now, this dressing room is different from the store. Do not walk out of the store in the clothes you tried on unless you paid for them (LOL). With Yahweh, all you have put on is already paid for. It is free because Yahshua, the Son of Yahweh bought these for us with His blood and He has left His Spirit which gives us the grace to receive and live in the new outfit, the new way that He is showing us. So as you bask in the light of the dressing room during these days of fasting and prayer, do not worry about having to leave and go back on your journey without the new additions to your Spiritual closet. You will walk out dressed like Him and you have access to return every single day and start the process again. Enter His Presence and let it be your closet where you get dressed every day.
Read: Colossians 3:1-17 (AMP); Psalm 73 (AMP)
Write: What does “enter my dressing room” mean to you personally? What do you see in His mirror, what will you change – take off and put on? How will you walk in your outfit?
Pray: A.C.T.S. – Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication. Today’s bible reading is a great guide to use for prayer, confession and supplication are especially present. Begin by acknowledging the power of the presence of Yahweh to transform our lives and thank Him for the opportunity to come in and be changed.