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Change Your Garments

Changing garments in the Bible is an outward manifestation of an inward transformation.
We learn this from the many instances in the Bible when people changed their garments as their situations changed.

Joseph Change Your Garments
A perfect example of changing garments is from Joseph because he changed his garments many times as he went through the many stages and seasons of his life.

Joseph the Beloved Son's Garment
Jacob loved Joseph more than all his other children because he was the child of his old age and he made him a coat of many colors. (Genesis 37:3) 

This coat of many colors represented the fact that he was loved dearly by his father. 

However it also made his brothers hate him with a passion. Therefore when they got the chance, they Stripped Joseph of the tunic of many colors (Genesis 37:23) and cast him into a pit with the intention of killing him.

This stripping of the coat of many colors represented the end of his status as the favored son who was sent by his father to check up on his brothers.

Joseph the Beloved Slave's Garment
Joseph's brothers sold him to Midianites who took him to Egypt and sold him to be a slave in Potiphar's house. God blessed Joseph and his work so much that Potiphar left all his possessions to be managed by Joseph.

However, Potiphar's wife wanted to commit adultery with Joseph and when he declined, she grabbed him by his garment, but he left the garment in her hand. (Genesis 39:12)

This leaving of his garment in her hand as he ran outside represented the end of his season as a slave since she falsely accused him of attempted rape and he was imprisoned.

Joseph the Beloved Prisoner's Garment
Once again God blessed Joseph and his work so much that the keeper of the prison left all the prisoners and everything they did to be managed by Joseph.

One day, Pharaoh, the king of Egypt had a dream that none of his wise men or magicians could interpret. His butler who had had his dream interpreted by Joseph while he was in prison, informed Pharaoh of Joseph. Pharaoh sent for him and he shaved and changed his clothing before he came to Pharaoh. (Genesis 41:14)

This changing of his clothing represented the end of his season as a prisoner.

Joseph the Beloved Prime Minister's Garment
When Pharaoh recognized Joseph's wisdom after he interpreted his dream, Pharaoh appointed him to be the Prime Minister of Egypt and put his signet ring in Joseph's had, Clothed him in garments of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck(Genesis 41:42) 

This changing of his clothing represented the beginning of his season as a Prime Minister.

The many changes in Joseph’s life are somewhat akin to the changes that a butterfly goes through during its metamorphosis from a round egg to a caterpillar and then to a pupa in a cocoon before it finally becomes a beautiful butterfly.

Therefore if you would like to change from one situation or season in your life to another, begin by changing your outward and inward appearance to match the situation or season you want to enter.

For example if you have been working from home in your pajamas as a freelance graphic designer and you now want to get an office job as the Creative Director of an advertising agency, begin changing your outer and inner garments.

To change your external appearance, you can begin waking up at the time you would if you had to commute to that dream job. Then shower and wear the type of clothes you would wear if you were working as a Creative Director for that company even if you are still designing from your home.

To change your internal appearance, meditate and confess Scriptures that can make your dream of becoming a Creative Director a reality. For example you can meditate on I have committed my work to the Lord and my thoughts of being a Creative Director are being established. (Deuteronomy 28:12)

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Change Your Garments Bartimaeus

Blind Bartimaeus was sitting by the side of the road begging when he heard that Jesus was passing by. He then stopped begging and started crying out to Jesus. Jesus stood and gave the command that he should be called. When he was called, He threw away his garment and came to Jesus. (Mark 10:50)

By throwing away the garments that identified him as a blind beggar when he rose to go to Jesus, Bartimaeus signified the end of that chapter in his life. 

He was wise enough to realize that his life would never be the same again because Jesus had called him and that is why he threw away those garments even before he was healed.

This throwing away of the blind and begging garments was an act of faith because it said he would not need them again even though he was physically still a blind beggar.
Jesus recognized this act of faith for He said to him, "Your faith has healed you." (Mark 10:52)

Therefore understand that you may have to take a leap of faith and throw away the garments you wore in the season of your life that you want to end even before the one you want to begin has started.

For example, if you made your money dishonestly and you want that chapter of your life to end so that you can start a new one of earning a living honestly, you have to throw away the clothes you wore and the tools you used to make money dishonestly even before you begin making money honestly.

In addition to being a statement of faith, this throwing away of the clothes and tools you used to make money dishonestly, also serves as a way of telling yourself that there is no going back since you have nothing to go back to.

This throwing away of your old outer garments should also be accompanied by throwing away of the inner garments you wore during that chapter of your life that you want to close. These inner garments are the thoughts you used to think in order to enable you to carry out your old, bad profession well. Therefore replace those negative thoughts with new ones that will enable you to make an honest living.

To facilitate this transformation from the old you to the new you, you have to come to Jesus like Bartimaeus did (Mark 10:52) so that He can guide you as you enter the new chapter of your life.

To do this, simply say with your mouth that "Jesus is Lord" and then believe in your heart that when He died for our sins God raised Him from the dead and you will be saved. (Romans 10:9)

The second step of following Jesus is praying every morning for His help and before every significant decision for His direction.

The third step of following Jesus is reading at least one chapter of the Bible each day and trying to do what it says.

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Change Your Garments Ruth

Ruth was a widow who left her people and moved with her widowed mother-in-law Naomi to Israel. The two widows lived together and Ruth worked to sustain them by gleaning in a field belonging to Boaz.

When Naomi decided to help Ruth change her situation and get married to Boaz, she advised her to "Wash yourself, anoint yourself, put on your best garment and go to the threshing floor where you will find Boaz." (Ruth 3:3)

Putting on her best garment entailed removing the ones she had been wearing which could have been those of a widow who worked by gleaning in the fields. It therefore symbolized parting with her old status of a widow and preparing to start a new chapter of her life as a married woman. 

Therefore if want to start a new chapter of your life and especially the chapter of being married, understand that you have to remove the old physical and mental garments you wore when you were single and begin wearing your best physical, mental and spiritual garments.

The new physical garments you can begin wearing are decent clothes which suit your body type.

The new mental garments you should begin wearing to help you find a godly spouse are thoughts from the Bible that you can meditate on like:
God sets the solitary in families. (Psalm 68:6)
Marriage is honorable. (Hebrews 13:4) 
God has opened His hand and satisfied my desire to get married. (Adapted Psalm 145:14-16)

The new spiritual garments you should begin wearing to help you find and marry a godly spouse are:
1. Salvation - Say with your mouth that "Jesus is Lord" and believe in your heart that when He died for our sins, God raised Him from the dead and you will be saved. (Romans 10:9)

2. Righteousness - Doing the right thing in the sight of God all the time. This will also help you get married for the Bible tells us that The desire of the righteous will be granted (Proverbs 10:24).

3. Truth - Speaking the truth all the time.

4. Gospel - Reading the Gospels of Jesus to prepare yourself before you go out to mingle with other Christian singles.

5. Faith - Believing the Word of God so that you can destroy every dart the devil shoots in your direction.

6. The Word of God - Speaking the Word of God over your situation so that you can change your status from single to happily married. 

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Change Your Garments Prodigal Son

The Prodigal Son is another person who changed his garments when he moved from one chapter of his life to the next.

The Bible tells us that this man asked his father for his inheritance and relocated to another country where he wasted all his money on extravagant living. The country experienced a severe famine which forced him to begin feeding the pigs of one of its citizens in order to survive.

However, one day he came to himself. And when he did, he realized that his father's servants had enough food to eat and yet he would have gladly eaten pig's food since no one gave him anything. He therefore decided to go back home and ask his father to forgive him and make one of the servants.

As the Prodigal Son approached their home, his father saw him, felt compassion for him, ran towards and kissed him. When he tried to tell his father that he was no longer worthy to be called his son, his dad would hear none of it and he asked the servants to Bring the best robe and dress him with it, put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. (Luke 15:22) 

Since the prodigal son had been a pig-feeding servant, he was probably dressed in clothes worn by servants. By dressing him with the best robe in the home, his father signified that he had changed his status from servant to son.

Therefore if you want to move from one chapter in your life to another understand that you have to change your outer and inner garments.

For example if you are living a debased life that is below the standards and rights that your Heavenly Father has given you physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually and financially and you want to move yourself to a new chapter in your life where you are living the abundant life that Jesus came to give you, you have to change your inner and outer garments by doing the following:
1. Come to Yourself
Coming to yourself means recognizing who you are.
If you do not know who you really are, read your Bible. For example it says that:
You are a child of God - I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.  (2 Corinthians 6:18)
You are Jesus’ friend - You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. (John 15:14)
You are Jesus’ disciple - If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. (John 8:31)
You are Christ's ambassador - We are ambassadors for Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:20)
You are the temple of the Holy Spirit - Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God (1 Corinthians 6:19)

After realizing who you are according to the Word of God, refuse to live below your God given privileges. To do this and begin living within your God given rights know that you must move spiritually, move mentally and move physically.

2. Move Spiritually
To shift spiritually you have to return to your heavenly Father's house and begin going to a Bible preaching Church on Sundays.

Combine going to Church with getting saved. To get saved, say with your mouth that "Jesus is Lord" and believe that when He died for our sins God raised Him from the dead and you will be saved. (Romans 10:9)

In addition, ensure that you pray and read your Bible everyday so that you can continue moving towards God spiritually.

3. Move Mentally
Moving mentally means replacing the thoughts that enabled you to eat pig's food as you lived below your God given privileges with those that will enable you to eat fattened calves as you enjoy your God granted privileges.

For example, if you told yourself that the disease is too advanced to be healed and you must therefore bear with it, change your mind and begin thinking that By His stripes I am healed. (Isaiah 53:5)

If you told yourself that you are too ugly to be loved and married and you must therefore suffer from loneliness until you die, change your mind and begin thinking that I am fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14)

If you told yourself that you are too uneducated to prosper and you must therefore suffer in poverty, change your mind and begin telling yourself that I am beginning to prosper and I will continue prospering until I become very prosperous (Adapted Genesis 26:13) because The cattle on a thousand hills belong to my heavenly Father. (Psalm 50:10)

If you told yourself that you cannot clean your language because it is your second nature, begin telling yourself that Only good words which are necessary for edification come out of my mouth. (Ephesians 4:29)

4. Move Physically
Repositioning yourself physically means moving from the place where you were living below your God-given privileges to a place where you can enjoy them.

For example this might mean shifting from an apartment you share with friends where you live a life of debauchery that does not satisfy you, the way this Prodigal Son was still hungry when he was living with the pigs, and moving to place where you are not living with pigs, pimps, prostitutes and peddlers of drugs.


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Change Your Garments Esther
When the Jews were threatened with annihilation, Queen Esther was challenged by her mentor and uncle Mordecai to do something about the situation.

Esther decided to fast for 3 days because she did not have an appointment to see the king as he had not sent for her for 30 days and anyone who went to see him uninvited faced instant death if he did not hold out his golden scepter.

After her fast, Esther wore her royal robes (Esther 5:1) and went to stand in the inner court of the king's palace.  

By removing the garments she wore in her quarters and wearing her royal robes before going to the palace Esther symbolically reinstated herself as Queen. She removed the victim mentality and put on a victor mentality.

Therefore if you have been denied your rightful position in life the way the king had not sent for Esther for 30 days, understand that you have to change your garments from those that you wore in your "state of being denied" and wear those that are fitting for the position you want to regain.

For example if you were a bank manager and you lost your job unfairly, if you want to take back you position as a bank manager you have to remove the clothes you wore at home moping and wear "bank manager suits".

In addition to changing your outer garments, you also have to position yourself  strategically the way Esther positioned herself in the inner courts of the palace. This means that you have to go to the place where you are best able to solve your problems regardless of whether your strategic position is a court of law or another job recruitment agency.

Understand also that this changing of your outer garments or clothing has to be combined with changing your inner garments or attitude.

Therefore emulate Esther for she also had to change her thinking from "Going to see the king uninvited is too dangerous because of the law of the golden scepter" (Esther 4:11) to "I will go to see the king uninvited and if I perish, I perish." (Esther 4:16)

To replace the fearful thoughts that may try to hold you back, go through your Bible and find scriptures that fill you with courage like I can do all things through Jesus Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)


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Change Your Garments Family

When Jacob's daughter Dinah was defiled by Prince Shechem, her brothers tricked all the men of that city to get circumcised.

As the men were wallowing in pain, Dinah's two brothers Simeon and Levi, went and killed all the men. They also took their sheep, oxen, donkeys and all their wealth. They even captured their wives and children.

Jacob became concerned that the other inhabitants of the land would join forces and destroy him and his family. (Genesis 34) God then told him to go and live in Bethel and make an altar there for God." (Genesis 35:1)

In preparation for this journey to Bethel which would involve travelling through places populated by people who hated him and his sons, Jacob told his household to, "Put away the foreign gods, purify yourselves and change your garments." (Genesis 35:2) 

Jacob realized that in order to save his family, they had to purify themselves by not worshiping other gods and changing their garments.

This change of garments would symbolize parting with their old evil ways and making a new beginning.

The members of his household then gave him all the foreign gods they had in their hands and they removed the earrings in their ears and he buried them in Shechem before they left. (Genesis 35:4)

God blessed their changes for the terror of God came upon the cities that were around them and they did not pursue them as they journeyed. Jacob and all his family therefore arrived safely at Luz (Bethel).

So, if your life is in danger and you need God's protection the way Jacob needed it, you have to change your spiritual and physical garments.

To change your spiritual garments, stop doing what God forbids in the Bible. For example you can start with the first commandment You shall not have other gods (Exodus 20:3) and spiritually remove all false gods from your life by not praying to them or worshiping them or serving them.

After your have changed your spiritual garments, change your physical ones to symbolize your spiritual changes the way Jacob's family removed their earrings. So, remove all the amulets, earrings, chains, T-shirts and anything else you wear to symbolize your allegiance to false gods.

After changing the spiritual and physical garments that pertain to the first commandment, work your way down to the 10th commandment to ensure you obey all the other commandments.


Free Christian Ebooks: How to Do Great Things for God




Free Christian Ebooks: How to Do Great Things for God


How To Do Great Things For God

If God placed something great in your heart for you to do and you are feeling overwhelmed because of the challenges that are trying to stop you from accomplishing that purpose of God for your life, follow these steps and emulate Nehemiah because he fulfilled God's purpose for his life by rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem since that was What God had placed in his heart to do in Jerusalem (Nehemiah 2:12):

Pray

Nehemiah Was fasting and praying before God. (Nehemiah 1:4)

Therefore pray and as you do so, pray to confess sins and pray the promises of God.

1. Pray to Confess Sins
Nehemiah prayed and confessed The sins that we the children of Israel have sinned against You. My ancestors and I have sinned against You for we have been corrupt and broken Your commandments. (Nehemiah 1:6-7)

Therefore pray and ask God to forgive you for your sins so that you can have a clean slate as you start doing what He has called you to do since you will need His help for the Bible tells us that The Lord’s hand is not shortened that it cannot save you, or His ear heavy that He cannot hear you. But your iniquities have separated you from your God and your sins have hidden His face from you so that He will not hear. (Isaiah 59:1-2)

2. Pray the Promises of God
Nehemiah prayed, Remember O Lord Your Word which You gave Moses saying that if we return to You and keep Your commandments You will gather us from where You scattered us because of our sins. (Nehemiah 1:8-9)

Therefore as you pray remind God of the promises in His Word that pertain to your situation. 


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Fast

Nehemiah Was fasting and praying before God. (Nehemiah 1:4) 

Therefore combine your prayers with fasting before you begin doing what God has called you to do. 

Ensure that you also fast and pray whenever you encounter challenges as you try to fulfill your purpose because some problems can only be solved by combining prayer with fasting for Jesus said, This kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting. (Matthew 17:21) 

The type of fasting that you can do is based on God's leading and your experience with fasting. For example, if you have never fasted, consult your doctor and then miss lunch one day and spend that time praying. 

If you are more experienced with fasting, you can do an Esther Fast by not eating food or drinking water for 3 days. (Esther 4:16)  You can also do a Daniel Fast by not eating meat or desserts and not drinking wine for 3 weeks. (Daniel 10:2-3)

In addition to abstaining from food you should also help the less fortunate and not publicize your fast.



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A.S.K.
Nehemiah asked the king for leave of absence from his job as a cupbearer so that he could Go to Judah and rebuild it.

He also asked for letters for the governors of the regions he would have to pass through to get to Judah.

Nehemiah also asked for a letter for Asaph who was the custodian of the king's forests so that he would be given wood for the rebuilding process. (Nehemiah 2:5-8)

Therefore plan how you will do what God has asked you to do by writing down the things you need and then schedule time to A.S.K. - ask for assistance, seek for help and knock on the doors that you need to be opened so that you can get the things you need since we are told Ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened. (Matthew 7:7)


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Know There Will Be Opposition

After Nehemiah motivated the people and they agreed to begin rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem (Nehemiah 2:18), their enemies heard of their plans and they immediately begun to oppose them. (Nehemiah 2:19)

These enemies begun to attack the Israelites and they harassed them in numerous days during the entire time they spent rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem.

Therefore understand that once you step up and start doing something great for God, the enemy will also step up and start trying to stop you through various means. For example, the enemy may:

1. Ridicule You
The enemy may ridicule you and mock your plan.

In Nehemiah's case their enemies Sanballat, Tobiah and Geshem Laughed and ridiculed them. (Nehemiah 2:19) 

Sanballat also became extremely furious when he heard that the rebuilding of the wall had begun and he mocked the Jews by asking, "What are these weak Jews doing? Will they strengthen themselves? Will they finish building the wall in one day? Will they make building stones from the burnt rubble?" (Nehemiah 4:1-2) 

2. Create Confusion
The enemy may try to create confusion so that you are not able to proceed methodically and complete what God has called you to do.

In Nehemiah's case Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites, the Ashdodite conspired to attack Jerusalem and cause confusion (Nehemiah 4:7-8) when they heard that Nehemiah and the Israelites were proceeding well with rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem.

Therefore if you find that you are beset with confusion as you go about doing what God has called you to do, understand that the confusion is an attack from the enemy because God is not the author of confusion, but of peace. (1 Corinthians 14:33) 

3. Accuse You Falsely
The enemy may try to accuse you falsely of things you have not done because He is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:44)

In Nehemiah's case his enemy Sanballat sent him an open letter in which he quoted rumors and another of Nehemia said that Nehemiah and the Jews were planning to rebel from the King and the reason they were rebuilding the walls was so that Nehemiah could be their king. Sanballat also said that Nehemiah had appointed prophets to declare him the king in Jerusalem.

Sanballat then threatened to report these matters to the king even though he called the sources of his information rumors, and urged Nehemiah to come and meet him so that they would talk. (Nehemiah 6:5-7)

Therefore do not be surprised if your enemies start peddling rumors  or reporting false things about you.

Do not also be surprised if they threaten or actually bring charges against you for things you have not done.

4. Try To Make You Afraid
The enemy may try to make you afraid since fear will paralyze you and stop you from completing what God has called you to do.

In Nehemiah's case, Sanballat sent him an open letter falsely accusing them of rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem so that they could rebel against the king. The aim of his letter was to make them afraid of the repercussions of being accused of planning a rebellion so that they would stop rebuilding the walls. (Nehemiah 6:9)

5. Try To Make You Sin
When the enemy sees that his plans to stop you from doing the work God has called you to do have failed, he tries to make you sin so that you can hinder your own progress.

In Nehemiah's case it was Shemaiah who urged him to meet him inside the Holy Place in the Temple at night by telling him that people were coming to kill Nehemiah. His aim was to make Nehemiah afraid so that he could act that way and sin. (Nehemiah 6:10-13)


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Respond Appropriately

When the enemies of Nehemiah and the Israelites tried to stop them from rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem, Nehemiah responded appropriately to their opposition by doing the following:

1. Confessing Your Trust in God
Nehemiah expressed his trust in God by telling his enemies that, "The God of heaven Himself will give us success and so we His servants, will arise and build." (Nehemiah 2:20)

Therefore if your enemies tell you that you are too inexperienced, unqualified, old or whatever to do what God has placed in your heart for you to do (Nehemiah 2:12) respond to them by telling them that God Himself will give you success.  


2. Pray to God
Nehemiah prayed saying, "Listen O our God because we are despised and turn the reproach of our enemies on their own heads. Do not forgive their sins. " (Nehemiah 4:4-5)

Nehemiah also prayed when Tobiah and Sanballat hired Shemaiah to falsely prophecy and lie to him that men were coming to kill him and advice him to go into the Temple to hide by saying, My God remember Tobiah and Sanballat because of their evils works and the prophetess Noadiah and all the other prophets who wanted to make me afraid. (Nehemiah 6:14) 

Therefore pray and ask God to remember the people who are causing problems in your life since by asking God to remember them, you can delete them from your mind and focus on doing what He has called you to do instead of focusing on them.


3. Wear Your Spiritual Armor
Nehemiah arranged the people with their family members with their Swords, spears and bows. (Nehemiah 4:13)

He also ensured that Every builder worked on the wall while his sword was girded on his side. (Nehemiah 4:18)

Therefore as you work on what God has called you to do ensure that you are wearing your spiritual armor all the time. Put on the whole armor of God so that you may be able to stand in the evil day, and having done all, to continue standing. (Ephesians 6:13) 

To wear your spiritual armor (Ephesians 6:14-17) do the following:
1. Helmet of Salvation - Get saved by saying with your mouth that "Jesus is Lord" and believing in your heart that when He died for our sins God raised him from the dead. (Romans 10:9) 
2. Breastplate of righteousness - Do the right thing in the sight of God all the time.
3. Belt of truth - Speak the truth all the time.
4. Shoes of the Gospel - Read the Bible each day. 
5. Shield of faith - Believe God and the Bible.
6. Spiritual Sword - Speak the Word of God over your situation.


4. Encourage Yourself
Nehemiah encouraged the Israelites by telling them, Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord your God, great and awesome and fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives and your houses. (Nehemiah 4:14)

He also reminded them that, "Our God will fight for us." (Nehemiah 4:20)

Therefore if your enemies are trying to discourage you by harassing you with different types of problems, encourage yourself.

Encourage yourself even if you have no one to encourage you like David who Encouraged himself in the Lord. (1 Samuel 30:6)

To encourage yourself, speak fear-fighting Scriptures to remind yourself of the greatness and awesomeness of God Who is with you and Who will fight for you. 



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Work

Nehemiah and the Israelites were able to finish rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem in the midst of all their problems because they had A mind to work. (Nehemiah 4:6)

Therefore focus your mind on completing the job that God has placed in your heart for you to do and avoid people and situations that leave you mentally fatigued.

In addition, focus your physical strength on getting the job done and avoid engaging in activities that waste your energy and leave you physically fatigued.


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