Sunday, January 06, 2013

What Do Your Clothes Have to Do With Your Heart?

An important message to help you in your walk with Jesus.

This is written for Seventh-day Adventist Christians who love the Lord Jesus Christ, and have made a

covenant with Him through baptism to follow Him wherever He may lead.

We invite you to prayerfully consider if you hear the voice of God speaking to your heart through these

messages. If you are weak in your faith, or hesitant in your commitment to God, it is an urgent matter

that you seek the inward adorning before considering your outward attire. 

“There is a remedy for the sin-sick soul. That remedy is in Jesus. Precious Saviour! His grace is

sufficient for the weakest; and the strongest must also have His grace or perish. I saw how this

grace could be obtained. Go to your closet and there alone plead with God. "Create in me a clean

heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me" (Psalm 51:10). Be in earnest, be sincere. Fervent

prayer availeth much. Jacob-like, wrestle in prayer. Agonize. Jesus in the garden sweat great drops

of blood; you must make an effort. Do not leave your closet until you feel strong in God; then

watch, and just as long as you watch and pray, you can keep these evil besetments under, and the

grace of God can, and will, appear in you.”
{AG 87.6}

We also need to understand that what we wear affects our relationship with God. If we ignore God’s

principles of dress, we neglect the inward adorning as well.

“As we see our sisters departing from simplicity in dress and cultivating a love for the fashions of

the world, we feel troubled. By taking steps in this direction they are separating themselves from

God and neglecting the inward adorning.”
{CH 596.1} 

Although this is specifically addressed to women, it would be very appropriate for husbands, future

husbands, fathers, and especially church leaders to read this document as well.

"Christians should not neglect to search the Scriptures on these points. They need to understand

that which the Lord of heaven appreciates in even the dressing of the body. Those who are earnest

in seeking for the grace of Christ will heed the precious words of instruction inspired of God. Even

the style of the apparel will express the truth of the gospel. Their dress bears its testimony to their

own family, to the church and the world, that they are being purified from vanity and selfishness.

They demonstrate that they are not idolaters."
{6MR 161.1}


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