JEAN RAE RUSSELL                      EAGLE ROW        

THE WHITE ROBE

                                                    By Jean Rae

 The white robe is the mantle of righteousness.  A “mantle of righteousness” is not something to put on and take off at your convenience.  It is the robe that you wear all the time; the one that has been washed in the blood of Jesus and made clean and pure…holy before almighty God, the great I AM.  The white robe also requires you to walk in the righteousness of God…upright before Jehovah.  “Walking upright” is living your life with your character approved by god.

 “What does the Lord require of you…but to do justly, love mercy and walk humbly with your god.”   We are required to be obedient to follow the Holy Spirit (His Word) to walk in the light that we have and are required to study to gain more revelation.   Some ministers of the gospel teach that “everything that is not faith is sin”  …in a sense that is true; however they are sometimes a bit lopsided about faith and sin.  I think they sometimes make the standard so high that they are excused from living their lives by it.  Job was filled with fear (supposedly sin by some preachers opinion)…fear for his family so he continually offered sacrifices.  Yes, he opened the door for Satan to move against him, but that does not mean that he ceased to be upright or righteous!  The ups and downs in life, which may create emotional, mental and physical stress, are not sin.  We must keep trying to stay on the Word and make peace in our minds, but we should not get into condemnation from being concerned about our family and situations we run up against.  We do need to take these things to the Father in prayer, believe that we receive and keep battling with our mind to stay in faith.  Being obedient starts first with the Ten Commandments.  That would be a good guide as to whether you are “walking upright.”  Jesus’ commandment to love God first and then one another was also covered in the Ten.

If you will look in the book of faith, Hebrews, you can read about the “hall of faith” people named there.  God considered them living by faith…this does not mean that they continually went around with their head in a ”faith cloud” and were never upset, afraid,  or worried about anything or did not make mistakes…au contraire (on the contrary)….You can be “sin free” …”in faith” and still in testing, trial and tribulation battles without sinning!

 To do “justly”…(just:  integrity of character)…Is your integrity approved by god …in uprightness (above)?   How often do you do a checklist of being approved by god?  Been passing out any mercy lately?  …Pretending not to notice when others do it wrong (the first time anyway) could be an act of mercy (and love).   To walk humbly with god involves continually judging yourself and your motives…in meekness (a quiet and gentle spirit waiting for the leading of the Holy Spirit to speak at times) and strength.  Simply put, humility puts others first.

 One last thought…for you folks who keep saying…”God is Love.”  Yes, god is love…but he also has a lot more characteristics…God is holy, pure, just, merciful, mighty, wrathful, joyous, carefree, means what He says, follows through, is faithful, trustworthy and truthful, (and other traits).  This is the same god who let the destroyer kill 320,000 people in one day who committed fornication and many others were destroyed by serpents who tempted god.  (book of Joshua)  The experiences of the children of Israel in the wilderness were meant for examples to us also. Joshua 23: 15-16:   Of course, we have a new and better covenant now.

             “Therefore it shall come to pass, that as all good things are come upon you, which the Lord your God promised you; so shall the Lord bring upon you all evil things, until he has destroyed you from off this good land which the Lord your God hath given you.  When ye have transgressed the covenant of the Lord your God, which He commanded you, and have gone and served other gods, and have bowed yourselves to them; then shall the anger of the of the Lord be kindled against you, and ye shall perish quickly from off the good land which he hath given unto you.”  Joshua 23: 15-16

 God loves you and you are sealed with His Spirit if you are "Born Again"...the only unforgiveable sin is the "sin against the Holy Ghost" ...which is denying Jesus and refusing to receive Him.

 PUT ON YOUR WHITE ROBE AND DON’T TAKE IT OFF …It is your gift, your right, and your responsibility!   Keep it Clean.

                                                                 Ad infinitum, Jean Rae

 

 

 

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