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Dirty Feet (from 31 Days of Encouragement – Beth)

“THEN HE POURED WATER INTO THE BASIN, AND BEGAN TO WASH THE DISCIPLES’ FEET, AND TO WIPE THEM WITH THE TOWEL WITH WHICH HE WAS GIRDED.” John 13:5

It was springtime, just before the Passover Feast. The disciples were making preparations for the Passover meal. The air was balmy and muggy. The dust and the mud of country roads would have easily penetrated the open sandals of those walking on it. The disciples’ feet were no exception as they made their way to the upstairs room the night of the Passover celebration.

It was customary to be greeted on arrival by a servant waiting with a basin and a towel, ready to wash the feet of those entering a place where food would be served. As was the culture of the time, everyone sat or reclined on the floor when they ate a meal. Heads and shoulders leaned in towards the table, with legs and feet stretching out to the side.

Since everyone was on the floor level, it was possible for another person’s feet to be very close to the face of the person sitting beside him. On this particular day, however there was no servant at the door with a wash basin and towel. The disciples entered the room with dirty feet. Then Jesus arrived.

“Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come forth from God, and was going back to God, rose from supper, and laid aside His garments, and taking a towel, He girded Himself about” (John 13:3-4).

At a time when His own needs were overwhelming, and in an act of lowly service, Jesus began to wash the smelly, dirty feet of each of his disciples. John 13:5-20 chronicles the humble and submissive act of Christ, as He served his disciples. When Jesus came to Simon Peter, he protested, and refused to allow Jesus to wash his feet. Jesus gently explained to Peter that if He did not wash his feet, Peter would have no part in Him. Then Peter, realizing the seriousness of the moment replied, “Lord, then wash not only my feet, but also my hands and my head.” It was only after Christ death on the cross that Peter understood what Jesus meant by the spiritual symbolism of the words spoken and deeds performed during his final hours with His disciples.

When Jesus came to earth, He willing stripped off His heavenly robe of righteousness, and took the form of a man in order to be able to, by the shedding of His own blood on the cross, wash away our sins. In His final hours with his disciples, Christ explained that once you have been to the cross for forgiveness, you are completely clean (John 13:9). All sins are totally and completely forgiven. However, in our flesh, we still sin and our “feet get dirty.” We must come back to the cross each day to confess our sins and allow Jesus to wash the dirt off our spiritual feet. This act of honesty and submission keeps us in a right fellowship with our Father. Understand my friend once we are saved, we cannot loose our salvation. Sin can hinder fellowship but cannot breach your relationship with Jesus.

Have you been washed in the blood of the Lamb? If so, are you walking around with “dirty feet?” Perhaps unconfessed sin has taken over your heart. Take a few moments and confess before the Lord anything that might be hindering your relationship with Him. Let Him wash the dirt of sin from your feet today.

The Glorious Birth Announcement (from 31 Days of Encouragement – Laura)

“TODAY IN THE TOWN OF DAVID A SAVIOR HAS BEEN BORN TO YOU; HE IS CHRIST THE LORD.” Luke 2:11

The Shepherds were the first to receive this glorious birth announcement. These common men were watching over their flocks, scripture says, “…and an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them” (Luke 2:9). They were terrified at the appearance of the angel, but he reassured them. “Don’t be afraid! I bring you good news of great joy for everyone! The Savior – yes, the Messiah, the Lord – has been born tonight in Bethlehem, the city of David” (Luke 2:11). What a birth announcement! God has come to earth. The Messiah is finally here. Then he tells them what the sign will be and how they will recognize Him. “You will find a baby lying in a manger, wrapped snugly in strips of cloth” (Luke 2:12). The invisible hand of God left a visible print in the form of a baby.

Beth Moore describes baby Jesus like this: “God clothed in seven pounds of peeling, pink infant flesh. Perfection wrapped in innocence.”

Jesus left the riches of His heavenly home to be born into a meager earthly home. He limited Himself by putting on flesh when He was accustomed to using His supernatural power. He humbled Himself to the position of a slave and did not cling to His rights as God. He would obediently sacrifice Himself by dying a criminal’s death on a cross.

After this announcement, the angel was joined by a vast host of others – the armies of heaven – praising God:                  “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to all whom God favors” (Luke 2:14).

The angels returned to Heaven. The shepherds ran to the village and found Mary, Joseph and the baby. The shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. All who heard the shepherd’s story were astonished, BUT MARY quietly treasured these things in her heart and thought about them or pondered them often. “The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told” (Luke 2:20).

There are different responses to the birth of Christ. All who heard the shepherd’s story were astonished, amazed and wondered at what they had heard. They didn’t understand. “But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:19). I’ve always loved that verse. There’s such faith and confidence in Mary’s response. The word pondered describes taking many things, putting them together and considering them as one. As this new mother held her precious child, she let her mind go back over the events of the past year. Gabriel’s announcement, her visit to Elizabeth’s, the rumors, Joseph’s reaction, the difficult journey to Bethlehem, the first pains of labor, the joy of giving birth, each experience making up the whole. God’s faithfulness was evident as she looked back over her life causing her to understand and respond with a quiet, trusting heart.

“The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told” (Luke 2:20). God is always faithful! He does exactly what He says He will do. The shepherds experienced this truth. They responded by glorifying and praising God.

How would you have responded to the birth announcement? What is your response to Jesus today? Are you filled with a confident faith in God? Think back over your life and the events God has woven together to bring you to this point in your spiritual journey. To appreciate God’s work in our lives through pleasure and pain, we need His perspective to understand that He looks at each experience as part of the whole. Meditate on your life experiences, treasuring and pondering them in your heart like Mary. Then go out to live a life of worship bringing glory to God with the humble heart of a shepherd.

His Presence Before His Provision (from 31 Days of Encouragement – Miriam)

“YOU WILL SHOW ME THE WAY OF LIFE, GRANTING ME THE JOY OF YOUR PRESENCE AND THE PLEASURE OF LIVING WITH YOU FOREVER.” Psalm 16:11

One evening my husband Jim and I were sitting at our kitchen table visiting with a friend when she said, “I’d rather have His presence before His provision.” God used those words to speak truth to my heart that night. We had been experiencing some really difficult days that month as we trusted the Lord in the area of provision. Wasn’t it neat of God to use this “unplanned” visit from our friend to remind me that His presence in my life is more important than His provision? I sometimes get so overwhelmed by what I don’t have in the way of material things that I forget what I do have – my Heavenly Father’s presence with me moment by moment. Don’t get me wrong – I would love both at the same time; however, it is my desire that I would choose His presence first.

Interestingly enough, during this difficult time when we struggled more than ever before to make ends meet, I also felt God’s presence more than ever before. Though I cried harder than I have cried in a long time over our financial situation, I also felt unspeakable joy which could only come from the presence of the Lord in my life. He spoke to my heart as I spent time in His Word. One morning as I read from Psalm 62, I was encouraged by these words in verses 7 and 8:

My victory and honor come from God alone. He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me. O my people trust in him at all times. Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge.

What a precious thought! I can pour out my heart to the Lord. He is my Refuge and my Rock. He won’t let me down. God not only let me experience His presence through His Word but also through family and friends, words of encouragement, notes and gifts. I experienced His presence through divine appointments He brought our way like the friend who shared that statement at our kitchen table or the time we “bumped” into a friend when we stopped at the “wrong” gas station and that friend not only encouraged Jim verbally, but also slipped him a monetary gift.

Most importantly, I have experienced God’s presence as Jim and I have shared these difficult times with our children and reminded them of God’s faithfulness to our family. We have been able to help them see God’s goodness and faithfulness to our family through some awesome, teachable moments. We have prayed together as a family and then seen God answer those prayers. Sometimes the answers are not what we had hoped, but they are answers nonetheless.

How about you? Would you rather experience His presence before His provision? Do you know what it means to truly know God as your refuge and your rock? In a world where much of life seems uncertain and shaky, I encourage you to put your trust in the Lord, who is our Rock and can be trusted. Spend time in His Word daily so you can come to know Him as your refuge just as I have.

He Knows Your Name (from 31 Days of Encouragement – Beth)

“BEHOLD, I HAVE INSCRIBED YOU ON THE PALM OF MY HANDS.” Isaiah 49:16

Sometimes I struggle to remember people’s names. The funny thing is that I will call someone by the wrong name in a skinny minute and not even realize it! I’ve tried to overcome this problem. I even took one of the Dale Carnegie memory booster courses that teach people how to readily recall information, such as names. I got an A in the class AND  had perfect attendance. Still I cannot remember people’s names.

Did you know that God, the Creator of the universe, knows you by name? Unlike imperfect human beings, He never forgets our name.

“You have enclosed me behind and before, and laid Your hand upon me. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth; Your eyes have seen my unformed substance.” Psalm 139:5, 14-16

Max Lucado writes in Grace for the Moment, “Quite a thought, isn’t it? Your name on God’s hand. Your name on God’s lips. Maybe you’ve seen your name in some special places, on an award or a diploma. But to think that your name is on God’s hand and on God’s lips…could it be?”

It is your name, my friend, which is written on God’s hand. Your name is spoken by his mouth and whispered by his lips. “Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands” (Isaiah 49:16).

When you experience loneliness or perhaps you feel abandoned, let me remind you of God’s promise in Isaiah 45:2-3.

“I will go before you and make the rough places smooth; I will shatter the doors of bronze, and cut through their iron bars. And I will give you the treasures of darkness, and hidden wealth of secret places, in order that you may know that it is I, the Lord, the God of Israel, who calls you by name.”

Yes beloved, He knows your name.

Let me encourage you to take a few minutes and thank the Lord for this promise. Write your name below and picture your name in the very palms of your Creator God.

Contentment (from 31 Days of Encouragement – Laura)

“NOT THAT I SPEAK FROM WANT; FOR I HAVE LEARNED TO BE CONTENT IN WHATEVER CIRCUMSTANCES I AM. I KNOW HOW TO GET ALONG WITH HUMBLE MEANS, AND I ALSO KNOW HOW TO LIVE IN PROSPERITY; IN ANY AND EVERY CIRCUMSTANCE I HAVE LEARNED THE SECRET OF BEING FILLED AND GOING HUNGRY, BOTH OF HAVING ABUNDANCE AND SUFFERING NEED. I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH HIM WHO STRENGTHENS ME.” Philippians 4:11-13

The women came into the room for Bible study and took their places at their assigned seats. They all wore identical prison issue jumpsuits. As I sang, they worshiped God with me. I can still see their radiant faces. We had a common bond – Jesus Christ. Despite the grim circumstances, these sisters showed great contentment, especially in some of their prayers. One woman prayed, “Please join me and stand with me, giving thanks to God for allowing me to obtain mercy. Now I can find grace in time of all my needs.” Contentment is determined by perspective. These prisoners were looking to Christ and finding contentment despite their circumstances.

Paul was in prison when he wrote a letter to the church at Philippi. It becomes very clear as you read this letter that Paul maintained an eternal perspective even while in the worst of conditions. He begins his letter with the salutation, “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:2). Grace and peace are words of deep contentment, revealing an understanding of God’s sovereignty. Paul is content because of his eternal perspective.

When I lose this eternal focus I can easily become discontent. My daily life is the place where I struggle; all those mundane chores that have to be done again and again. You can name yours, I’m sure. Looking at my work, I lose perspective. When I see the precious faces that benefit from my work, I am given a perspective that brings contentment. Another quick way to lose your focus is pride. Most of us have an excessively high opinion of what we deserve. I have heard it said that we should all remember three words: I deserve hell! The Exemplary Husband by Stuart Scott lists some manifestations of pride: anger, outbursts, a critical spirit, listening poorly, blame shifting, self focused, haughty look, complaining and passing judgment on God. I find this list quite convicting.

God uses this daily classroom of life to teach me the secret of being content. Am I willing to adjust my focus and find contentment no matter the circumstances? How about you? Next time you sense a lack of contentment because you think you deserve better, check your perspective. Think about the prisoner, Paul, and his words to the Philippians.

“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

How Is Your Faith Under Pressure (from 31 Days of Encouragement – Miriam)

“YOU KNOW THAT UNDER PRESSURE, YOUR FAITH-LIFE IS FORCED INTO THE OPEN AND SHOWS ITS TRUE COLORS.” James 1:3

When things are going well it is easy to trust God. However, when life heats up and the pressure is on, do you still trust Him? Over the years as my husband Jim and I have been on the staff of a faith-based ministry and have had to raise our support, there have been many times when our faith has been under pressure. In the midst of these difficult times we can choose to “let it be an opportunity for joy” (James 1:2), or we can let the pressure overcome us. It is a choice to be joyful in the midst of difficult circumstances. Don’t get being joyful confused with being happy. Happiness depends on your circumstances, but joyfulness endures in spite of your circumstances.

In September, 2007, we had a week that was full of pressure for our family. Our finances were very strained, our youngest son, Mark, got a mild concussion during football practice, and our daughter, Rachel, was in a car accident. I could have chosen to have a meltdown that week, but instead I chose to be joyful. Please understand that I made this choice based on years of trusting the Lord and His faithfulness. It also came from spending time in His word on a daily basis. That is what gives me the ability to trust Him under pressure. The Israelites had a habit of looking back at what the Lord had done so they could go forward. The psalmist said, “I recall all you have done, O Lord; I remember your wonderful deeds of long ago. They are constantly in my thoughts. I cannot stop thinking about them” (Psalm 77:11-12). You and I can do the same. When life heats up and you feel the pressure, look back and remember how God has helped you and sustained you in the past.

When I look back, I remember when Mark was born and he wasn’t breathing. As I lay there in my bed and the doctor was working on him, I remember praying, “Lord, he’s in your hands. We committed him to you from the moment we knew about him. Jim can’t help. Even the doctor can only do what you allow. Please be with my baby.” Mark was in special care for four days and grew better each day until he was released. He has no lasting effects from his difficult entry into the world. As I write this, he is almost 16 years old and is six feet, one inch tall. I have so many moments like that which I can look back to when my faith is tested or under pressure.

How about you? When difficult times come, will your true colors show that you trust God? Will you be able to look back and see the hand of God in your life?

Set Free (from 31 Days of Encouragement – Beth)

“THEREFORE THERE IS NOW NO CONDEMNATION FOR THOSE WHO ARE IN CHRIST JESUS. FOR THE LAW OF THE SPIRIT OF LIFE IN CHRIST JESUS HAS SET YOU FREE FROM THE LAW OF SIN AND OF DEATH. … FOR THE MIND SET ON THE FLESH IS DEATH, BUT THE MIND SET ON THE SPIRIT IS LIFE AND PEACE.” Romans 8:1-2, 6

Her name is Lisa Elliott. I met Lisa at a women’s conference in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina several years ago. Lisa was a drug addict whose mother invited her to this particular women’s conference because she was desperate for Jesus to set her daughter free. I vividly remember meeting Lisa that weekend. She immediately hugged me and said, “I am so glad I am here!” There was an instant connection between us and I knew in my spirit that God was up to something.

Lisa sat on the front row during every session as I taught about conditions of the heart. From Genesis 6:5, she heard that the intent of the thoughts of man’s heart is only evil continually. We also discussed Romans 6:12-14 which says, “Therefore, do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey its lusts, and do not go on presenting the members of your body as sin instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law, but under grace.”

As the weekend progressed, I began to see Lisa become more and more uncomfortable with what she was hearing. She would often leave the room during the session, but then she always returned within a few minutes. You see, God was at work in Lisa. Lisa didn’t know what was happening, but God was setting her free from the bondage that she was in.

Saturday night, Lisa heard teachings from 1 John 1:9 that said, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” The Holy Spirit began to move in Lisa’s life again, and I witnessed this precious woman call on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. I even noticed that Lisa’s countenance began to change.

During the last session of the conference, Lisa stood up and spoke to the group. She said, “I am an addict. I have asked Jesus to set me free and forgive me of my sin. Will you pray for me?” One by one, women from all over the room stood up and walked to the front of the room to lay hands on Lisa and call on the name of the Jesus for her sake. Lisa was set free that day!

Lisa’s name is derived from the Hebrew form of Elizabeth and it means “Oath of God” or “God’s promises.” Today, Lisa is resting in God’s promises and walking out her faith. She has been redeemed by Christ and set free from the bondage that she lived in. Since that conference many years ago, Lisa has led her children and her husband to the Lord, and she continues to enjoy her freedom in Christ.

Have you been set free? Are you bound by sin, thinking you are unable to get out of it? Jesus says, “I have come that you might have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). Christ can set you free. Will you ask Him?

Freedom in Surrender (from 31 Days of Encouragement – Laura)

“WHERE THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS, THERE IS LIBERTY (FREEDOM). BUT WE ALL WITH OPEN FACE BEHOLDING AS IN A GLASS THE GLORY OF THE LORD, ARE CHANGED INTO THE SAME IMAGE FROM GLORY TO GLORY, EVEN AS BY THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD.” II Corinthians 3:17-18

There have been many times of surrender in my life as a mom. I remember bathing a screaming four-week-old baby girl and saying to myself, “I can’t do this one more time.” Ever so sweetly the Holy Spirit whispered, “You are the only mother she has. This is your job.” As my face was bathed with tears, I relinquished my rights in surrender to the Lord as He called me to motherhood right there. Freedom invaded my heart as I gave myself over to the power of the Holy Spirit as a mother. The Christian life is full of opportunities to surrender. I agree with Corrie ten Boom when she writes:

“The growth of the Christian life does not stop at the first surrender, any more than marriage stops at the wedding ceremony.”

What is surrender? I have heard it defined this way: disposing of one’s self to become another’s property-giving one’s self up or over into the power of another. This is not a popular idea in our culture. We are programmed to be self-sufficient, independent. Becoming another’s property or allowing another to have power over us is foreign. Most of the teaching in scripture is counter cultural. In case you don’t know, if you’re a believer, this world is not your home. As moms, we must raise our children to go from dependence on us to dependence on God. Independence is not a Biblical term. As a matter of fact, it is the opposite of surrender. This is where we struggle as Christians. We were never meant to live apart from dependence on God. We can’t live the supernatural life without dependence on God. That’s why so many Christians are not living in freedom. They refuse to allow God to have power over them. They hold on to the power of independence and yet live in bondage. God is calling you as His child to a life of surrender.

The evangelist Tony Evans says that surrender is “saying ‘yes’ to God before you know the question.” This suggests a total willingness to do whatever the Lord asks me to do. That is a place of complete trust and we will only trust God when we know His character. When we say “yes” to God before we know the question, it’s as if we stand before God with open hands and a willing heart saying, “Lord, I don’t even know what you’re going to ask me, but whatever you ask, Lord, I will do. Wherever you send me, I will go.”

Are your hands open in surrender or are they clenched in independence? Are you insisting on your own way or admitting your helplessness apart from Christ? Is there anything in your hand today that the Holy Spirit wants you to release? The Lord is calling you to experience freedom today by surrendering to Him. As He speaks to your heart, He will enable you to obey and surrender. It is the only way to freedom.

“Jesus, all for Jesus. All I am and have and ever hope to be. All of my ambitions hopes and plans. I surrender these into Your hands. For it’s only in Your will that I am free. Jesus, all for Jesus. All I am and have and ever hope to be.” Robin Mark

Learning to Trust (from 31 Days of Encouragement – Miriam)

“TRUST IN THE LORD WITH ALL YOUR HEART; DO NOT DEPEND ON YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING.” Proverbs 3:5

For as long as I can remember, my Momma would print the above scripture in every card she gave me or in my Bible that she and Daddy gave me. This verse is her life verse. She and my Daddy have built their lives on trusting in the Lord, and they have taught this to me and my brothers.

In September, 2004, I spoke in Florence, South Carolina, for a women’s conference on the topic of “Learning to Trust.” My talk is based on the book Learning to Trust by Bill Jones and Terry Powell along with my own personal experience and what the Lord has taught me through them. Interestingly, I first wrote this talk when we began our walk of faith with the Lord into full-time ministry with a missions organization called Crossover. At that time I had several examples to use of God’s faithfulness and how we were trusting Him. That was in 2002. Now jump ahead two years to 2004, and God was again so good to give me many new examples. I say this with a hint of sarcasm.

The week before I spoke it was as if God was really tenderizing my heart to the point where I could be vulnerable when I spoke to the women at that conference. I was very emotional, even a little down, which isn’t the norm for me. The Monday night of the week I spoke, I attended open house at our children’s school. I was in our daughter, Rachel’s, English class listening to her teacher talk about American Literature. She was telling us that when the literature gets too heavy and depressing, she brings in scripture to show the students why the people were so down. She said that often when people are down and it seems like there is no hope, it is because they are having trouble trusting in God’s sufficiency. Wow!! It seemed God was sitting there pointing a finger at me. I was really struggling with trusting Him through this difficult time in our lives even though I could look back and see how He had sustained us and provided for us in so many ways. I’m so much like the Israelites who saw God do miraculous things yet continually doubted Him.

That same week I read a devotion in a booklet our church gave us that said, “Worry is a warning light that Christ has been shoved to the sidelines.” I thought, “Okay, Lord, I’m starting to get it.” Through that week and into the conference, God showed me all over again that He could be trusted. I know God used me to give His message to those women, and at the same time He reminded me of His faithfulness.

Jump ahead to the present day – 2008. God continues to give me fresh examples in my life of how I can trust Him. He has never failed me – not one time! How about you? Do you trust the Lord? Have you tested Him and found Him to be true and faithful?

She Wears Jesus Well (from 31 Days of Encouragement – Beth)

“… AND PUT ON THE NEW SELF, WHICH IN THE LIKENESS OF GOD HAS BEEN CREATED IN RIGHTEOUSNESS AND HOLINESS OF THE TRUTH.” Ephesians 4:24

Ann Fallaw wears Jesus well. Ann is my mother. She is one of the godliest women I know. I cannot write about her without my heart overflowing with gratitude to the Lord. She is so much like Jesus, and she wears Him well.

I grew up in Brazil, where my mother and daddy were missionaries. I have vivid memories of both of my parents giving so much of their lives to what God called them to do. I can remember often finding my mother spending quiet moments worshipping the Lord in her daily activities. She loved her family and loved working toward Kingdom growth.

My mother spent her mornings at home teaching my four sisters and me and the afternoons ministering to the countless needs of those in the community. When the evening arrived, I would often find my mother lying on her bed with her Bible on her chest and her glasses on her nose. She needed the Lord’s refreshment at that moment, a fresh and encouraging word from Him. She did not turn on the television or call a friend. She did not try to figure everything out on her own. She worshiped and fellowshipped and talked with Jesus. She listened to the still, small voice as He spoke to her spirit. The more time she spent with Jesus, the more she became like Him. My mother knew how to put on the likeness of Christ and wear Him well.

For many years, my mother has learned to wear Jesus by studying about Him and faithfully reading through the Bible. She demonstrated her obvious love for the Lord more and more every day. For the past eight years, she has devoted herself to reading a Bible through and making love notes and “dicas” (the Brazilian term she uses when she wants to make a loving suggestion to me), for each one of her five children. She is now reading and making notations in a Bible for each of her nine grandchildren.

My mother breaths, moves and exists because of who Jesus is in her life. She shares Christ with everyone she meets. You cannot have a conversation with Ann without being moved by her unashamed and undying love for her Lord and Savior. Over a lifetime, Jesus has used the time she spent in His Word to weave His likeness into her being, thread by thread, creating a beautiful tapestry of His likeness. She wears Jesus well.

Do you wear Jesus well? When people see you, do they see Jesus? Do they see the tapestry of the influence of Christ in your life? Let me challenge you today to “put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth” (Ephesians 4:24). Wear Him well today.