A few weeks ago we began a series of articles symbolizing clothing as spiritual tools. We dressed in spiritual gear designed for life's battles. We put on the following:
Boots - we walked toward our true north, Jesus Christ.
Gloves - helped us stop denying sin in our life.
Bonnet - is an awareness of unworthiness, not worthlessness.
Cloak of Christ - what Jesus suffered, and why.
"The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God" (Rom. 8:16 NASB).
Dressing in spiritual armament shields us for the trials of life.Today, we will dress to defend ourselves with an uncompromising pattern of hope. There is a universal difference between the pattern of natural hope, and the pattern of spiritual hope. Biblical hope is a supernatural "anchor for the soul." The entrance of the Holy Spirit in our life has not eradicated our sin nature... the Spirit changes the pattern of hope in our thinking. Our Godly spiritual reality-race involves a perception change. There are inevitable consequences in making lifestyle changes from natural hope, to spiritual hope. What will your choice be?
Ponderings: Has there been a time in your life when hope felt like a foreign country? Most women have know the fatigue of hopelessness. Numerous triggers can lead women into a shadowy vale of despair. Mindfully walking through a daily routine with a valley of mental-fatigue, or simply breathing, can be difficult when all natural hope has vanished. If you have experienced the loss of hope, you are not alone. Women from all generations have experienced this kind of hopelessness. What can we do?
"Hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within out hearts through the Holy Spirit who wasgiven to us" (Rom. 5:5 NASB).
Coaching: Christian women are intuitive enough to recognize how despair desperately clamors to scrap at our emotions, and take control of our resistance. However, the Holy Spirit provides the battle gear to wear in combat to fight storms, and face gale force winds of despair. The indwelling of the Holy Spirit brings a new pattern of hopefulness and light.
"This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek" (Heb. 6:19:20 NASB).
We cannot drop anchor hoping for solid ground without studying the proper course, patterns, and charts for life's voyages. We need weather reports, and knowledge of where the points on our anchor can lodge deeply into the solid ground, to secure our lifeboat. Our anchor is Jesus Christ. His provision as High Priest takes us into God's presence. The Old Testament temple is a visual of Jesus, our anchor who entered the Most High place, behind the veil. Here we have a stunning image, a fleeting glimpse of the interior of the Most High, where God resides. Jesus went behind the veil as a sacrifice for our sins, His death tore the veil allowing believers to come directly into God's presence. Where do we go for directions, life's' weather reports, and battle gear? Follow Jesus behind the veil, knowing hope in Him is the anchor of the soul. His Word is the handbook steering us through storms. He gave us the key to the pattern of hope in His life-manual. Realizing and accepting God's desire, and purpose for us includes handing over our trials to Him. He allows us freedom to practice letting go of despair, and endows us His battle gear, charts, and anchor through studying His Word. It is ultimately very chic to wear Spiritual Couture for Women, tailored to fit the pattern of hope, exclusively created for you, for His purpose.