My first pastor, in whose church I came to know the Lord gave us a direction he called the eleventh commandment:
“Thou shalt not sweat it”.
In the book of Ezekiel, the priests of God were given the following command in chapter 44, verses 17-18:
“When they enter the gates of the inner court, they are to wear linen clothes; they must not wear any woolen garment while ministering at the gates of the inner court or inside the temple. They are to wear linen turbans on their heads and linen undergarments around their waists. They must not wear anything that makes them sweat“.
If you are born again, you are a priest of the Most High God.
Is there anything that you are currently wearing in God’s presence that is making you sweat?
We, as God’s priests who live in His presence are to dress light and not wear heavy garments that cause us to worry, doubt, fear and be anxious. Are you currently wearing some type of garment that doesn’t “breath” in the Spirit but instead, restricts your faith in God and His Word?
If you are wearing such a restrictive garment, change it immediately! We who live so close to God with a view so close should be aware of our freedom in Him. There is no reason to bear heavy “clothing” that causes us to doubt what we see in the inner court. Wearing “heavy” clothing that doesn’t breath in the Spirit in His presence is a sign of double-mindedness. If you have something pressing on you that isn’t light, cast it off and change it for light Spirit garments which breath and move easily in His presence.
Let me ask again, what is causing you to sweat? An ungodly relationship? A fear of death? A fear of lack? Other people’s opinions? You fill in the blank!
You don’t have to pray about what you should do: take off the restrictive, heavy weight which is causing you anxiety and put on garments that breath in the Spirit!
When you see God for who He really is, what compares with Him? Of what should we be afraid? What should we allow to control our lives and make us miserable?
Thou shalt not sweat it!
Dress “light” today and enjoy the presence of the Lord!!!