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“A Word for this Week” - Pastor Bill Mugnolo
Week of November 28, 2022-December 4, 2022: “Our Winter Clothing in Christ”
… Romans 13:14.
Since the first people’s fall into sin, God has deemed it necessary that we wear clothing. In our part of the world, our need for clothing increases as the temperatures drop for the winter. We will layer ourselves up in our winter clothes so that they “sink into us”. This then gives us that needed warmth and protection from the outside elements.
In Romans 13:14, Paul calls us to “put on Christ”. This literally means that we are to clothe ourselves in Christ so that He “sinks into us” (Isaiah 61:10, Galatians 3:27). I believe that we can best understand this by comparing our clothing in Christ to what we would wear in wintertime. First, when we layer up during the winter, we can safely go out into the nasty elements that snow, cold, ice, and biting wind present to us. When we put on Christ, we can go out amidst the nasty elements of this present world making, as Paul says, “no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.”
Second, proper winter clothing, as we are all bundled up, will have the effect of restricting our movement as we go out into the harsh elements. As part of our clothing in Christ, His Holy Commandments serve to “restrict our movement” as they lead us to move away from the ways of sin and death. Then, thirdly, proper winter clothing enables us to go out into the elementssuch as right after a snowstormand help others dig out from under it. When properly clothed in Christ, we are equipped to help others “dig out” from their own storms in life.
To put on Christ as “winter clothing” that sinks into us: We do this through the one who, unclothed at the cross, let our sins sink into Him. All this He did so that amidst our cold, cruel world we’d always know of and extend to others the warmth of His salvation.
Replace today's negative thoughts with God's eternal truths
The world says: "Its impossible." God says: "All things are possible." (Luke 18:27)
The world says "I'm too tired." God says: "I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28-30)
The world says: "Nobody really loves me." God says: "I love you." (John 3:16, 34)
The world says: "I can't go on." God says: "My grace is sufficient." (2 Corinthians 12:9; Psalm 91:15)
The world says: "I can't figure things out." God says: "I will direct your steps." (Proverbs 3:5- 6)
The world says: "I can't do it." God says: "You can do all things." (Philippians 4:13)
The world says: "I'm not able." God says: "I am able." (2 Corinthians 9:8)
The world says: "It's not worth it." God says: "It will be worth it." (Roman 8:28)
The world says: "I can't forgive myself." God says: "I forgive you." (1 John 1:9; Romans 8:1)
The world says: "I can't manage." God says: "I will supply all your needs." (Philippians 4:19)
The world says: "I'm afraid." God says: "I have not given you a spirit of fear." (2 Timothy 1:7)
The world says: "I'm always worried and frustrated." God says: "Cast all your cares on Me." (1 Peter 5:7)
The world says: "I'm not smart enough." God says: "I give you wisdom." (1 Corinthians 1:30)
The world says: "I feel all alone." God says: "I will never leave you or forsake you." (Hebrews 13:5)