Get rid of your strange clothes or bear the punishment

Zephaniah 1:8
And it shall come to pass in the day of the LORD'S sacrifice, that I will punish the princes, and the king's children, and all such as are clothed with strange apparel.

We read in the books of Moses about the life of Joseph, how he was nearly killed by his own brothers, sold to a slave master, imprisoned and how he suffered, but later he becomes one of the greatest persons in that Kingdom. If you notice his story starts with him wearing vivid coloured clothes and ends with him wearing royal white linen robes. His story is all about his clothes; it has nothing to do with his physical garments but what they represent.

In today's message the Lord is telling us He may not be as gracious as He was with Joseph if we wear strange garments. Strange garments, does not mean weird designs or vivid colours nor unfashionable garments, our God is not fashion conscious. The Lord is talking of the weird understandings we carry and the weird traditions which we practice. He has been patient with us since long, but now that His grace is abundant and He has many of His elect among us who educate us and warn us, we need to adhere to these warnings and turn back from our strange practices and beliefs.

It is already written in the Bible as to what He would be doing to these people and today's warning is come at the right time. Do not take this as the casual warnings which were given from the days of Isaiah or the times of Jesus as man on earth. When Jesus warned the Jews about the destruction of Jerusalem, there was 70 years between the warning and its consequences; today's warning will not have that much time but may come to pass in a few years.

Also understand one cannot put it back for a later date because most know change takes time and many struggle in that period, so let today be our day of start of change. All that the Lord has shown us as not according to His Word put them in our garbage can. Let us have nothing to do with them. Let us cover our minds with the pure white true understandings of the scriptures, practicing them in Spirit and Truth.

[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, You are a Holy God and You ask your children to be holy. Lord, You know we cannot be holy nor righteous but when we walk according to the little things your Spirit reveals we are called righteous and a holy nation. Lord, help your people to put away all the pagan practises and the idols they worship in the name of Christian traditions. They have no knowledge of your Word and are deceived by spiritually blind men who dress is self-righteous robes. When Jesus Himself as man did not allow any person to worship Him, we have people worshiping other characters of the Bible. Lord, help them know who really is coming in the form of these characters and whom they are worshipping...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[ Reference Scriptures ]
Genesis 37:3-5,9-11, 18-20
3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours.
4 And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.
5 And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more.
9 And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me.
10 And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth?
11 And his brethren envied him; but his father observed the saying.
18 And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him.
19 And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer cometh.
20 Come now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into some pit, and we will say, Some evil beast hath devoured him: and we shall see what will become of his dreams.

Genesis 41:41-43
41 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt.
42 And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand, and put it upon Joseph's hand, and arrayed him in vestures of fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck;
43 And he made him to ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried before him, Bow the knee: and he made him ruler over all the land of Egypt.

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