"Instead, clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And don’t let yourself think about ways to indulge your evil desires." - Romans 13:14 NLT
What does it mean ‘to clothe yourself with the presence of Jesus Christ’? Well, when you get dressed in the morning and you are considering what to wear, one of the things that influence your decision is what you will be doing during the day. For example, if I am going to do some painting, I have some old clothes that I will wear specifically for that task. If I am going to a wedding, then I might wear a suit. For each thing I do, or place I go, I will consider what I am doing and dress accordingly. The choice of clothing matches what I will doing and I decide before I do it, not after.
With this in mind, consider that clothing ourselves in Christ means we would have considered what we will be doing for the day. Our human flesh can cause us to desire certain things, but we need to remember that if we are intentionally clothed in Christ, then realistically we will have predetermined what we will be doing.
The verse above warns us not to let ourselves think about ways we can indulge our evil desires. For us to do that, we need to predetermine what clothes we will be wearing. Hebrews 13:5 says that our Father will never leave us nor forsake us, so whilst it might not be easy to ‘take Him off’ we can certainly be intentional choose how we will clothe ourselves. What are you wearing today?
“I declare that the natural and fleshly lusts have no place in my life because I am clothed with the Lord Jesus Christ. He walks with me; He watches everything I do and say; He counsels me; and He delivers me every day of my life…”