Jun 22 2017

Dye to Self

Websters Revised Unabridged Dictionary – Dye

To stain; to color; to give a new and permanent color to, as by the application of dyestuffs

In ancient times the art of dying a robe went something like this.  One took the garment to be dyed and washed it clean   It was then dipped it into the dye and hung it out to dry.  Once it was set, you took the garment and dipped it in the dye once again and again until the desired color permeated all of the fabric of that which was to be worn.  The old color was transformed and any stain was no more. 

We all have spots in our lives that we wish were not there.  No matter how big or how deep it goes, God is able to change us not only covering these stains but removing them from our living (Isaiah 1:18; Isaiah 53:4-5).  He first washes us clean by the blood Jesus shed on the cross to cleanse us from sin (I John 1:7).  But He desires even more for our lives.  As we dip into fellowship with other believers, plunge into His Word and soak in His Presence in our time of prayer and devotions, His Spirit works into every fiber, every aspect of our lives.  We are transformed day by day into a closer likeness of Him as we continue to immerse our lives in His Spirit.  

This transformation comes by plunging into His word and into His presence by prayer and quiet time with Him regularly (Romans 12:2).  When we do this His Spirit does what nothing or nobody else can do.  We need to consistently be dipping into fellowship with other believers who will encourage and edify us as the world cannot.  He desires for our very lives to be like His, pure and bright, radiantly new bringing His glorious colors to the world around us! (II Corinthians 5:17)

Die to self and leave the past behind, asking Jesus to make you a new creation.  All the sin and pain that marked your life will be blotted out and healed. Be baptized into His Presence as a garment is submerged in a dye. His Spirit will fill your being permanently and you will never be the same!

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REFERENCES:

Isaiah 1:18 – “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.  

Isaiah 53:4-5 – Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering……..But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities;the chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed.

I John 1:7 – ……….and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.

Romans 12:2 – Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

II Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.

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