Inside Out

Inside Out

And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the LORD’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the LORD, who is the SPIRIT.
(2 Corinthians 3:18)

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Have you ever thought about the fact that man is the only creature GOD created who has to wear clothing to cover himself? All the other creatures grow their own coverings. Some grow fur, some feathers, others scales, or leathery hide. But all are clothed from the inside out!

Most people don’t realize it, but in the beginning, man was clothed that way too. He was made in the image of GOD. And, if you’ll look in Ezekiel 8: (I looked, and I saw a figure like that of a man. From what appeared to be HIS waist down HE was like fire, and from there up HIS appearance was as bright as glowing metal.), you’ll find that GOD is clothed in fire from the loins up and from the loins down. That fire is HIS glory emanating outward from HIS inner-most being.

When man was first created, he was like that too. He was covered with the very glory of GOD. It radiated from his inner being outward. That’s why he had no sense of nakedness (Gen. 2: 25 Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.) until after he sinned (Gen. 3: 11 And GOD said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”) and the glory departed from him (Gen. 3: 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked).

It was a tragic day when man lost that glorious covering. But I want you to know something today. It’s not lost forever. The WORD of GOD says we can gain it back (1 Jn. 3: 2 Dear friends, now we are children of GOD, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when CHRIST appears, we shall be like HIM, for we shall see HIM as HE is.).

You see, when you put your faith in the blood of JESUS and were born again, the glory of GOD once again took up residence in you (John 14:23 JESUS replied, “Anyone who loves ME will obey MY teaching. MY FATHER will love them, and WE will come to them and make OUR home with them). It may be well hidden right now, but believe me, it’s there in you when you love and obey JESUS. GOD will never lie!

And the Bible says that as you gaze into the LORD’s face by studying the WORD and fellowship with HIM, as you renew your mind to understand who you are in CHRIST, you’ll be changed into HIS image on the outside as well. As you learn to hear HIS voice and obey it, you’ll start giving outward expression of the glory within you. Little by little, you’ll be turned inside out!

My dear Brothers and Sisters in CHRIST, instead of simply staring into your closet every morning, spend some time gazing at JESUS and beholding HIS WORD. Let HIM clothe you in HIS radiant presence. Once HIS glory starts shining through, anything you wear will look beautiful on you. Praise GOD, Amen!

Scripture Study:
Psalm 8

A psalm of David.

1 Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory
in the heavens.
2 Through the praise of children and infants
you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
to silence the foe and the avenger.
3 When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
4 what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?

5 You have made them a little lower than the angels
and crowned them with glory and honour.
6 You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
you put everything under their feet:
7 all flocks and herds,
and the animals of the wild,
8 the birds in the sky,
and the fish in the sea,
all that swim the paths of the seas.

9 Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!