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What Not to Wear
By Victoria Osteen - Jun 20, 2011
There's a popular television show that's been out for a while that gives fashion makeovers to unsuspecting, "style-challenged" individuals nominated by their friends and family. The person is offered a substantial amount of money to go on a shopping spree, but they must follow some fashion rules given to them by the stylists who host the program. Before they go shopping, the first thing they must do is to try on each piece of clothing in their closet and evaluate it in front of a 360-degree mirror. Then, they must throw away anything, and everything, that is deemed unbefitting. It's often an uncomfortable process, but in the end, the transformation is astounding. The individuals love their new looks and amaze their loved ones when they return home!

If you think about it, our spiritual "makeover" is a lot like this in many ways. We are chosen and invited to experience a transformation from the old to the new. We are invited to partake of His spiritual blessings; however, there are some rules we have to follow, and we certainly need to be willing to submit everything to Him. Of course, we have to look at ourselves in light of our 360-degree mirror, the Word of God, and get rid of anything that isn't befitting.

Do you need a spiritual makeover today? When you open your spiritual closet, what do you find? Do you have items that are worn out, unbefitting or just plain ugly? If we go to our mirror, the Word of God, we see that we just don't look good wearing bitterness, unforgiveness, anger or jealousy. First Peter 2:1 also tells us what not to wear: envy, deceit, hypocrisy, slander and malice. But in Colossians 3:12, we are told what to wear: "Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity."

Today, remember, God has a wonderful plan for your life. He wants to transform you into His image. He makes all things new, and He makes all things beautiful. Submitting to Him and letting go of the old isn't always easy, but it is always worth it. Trust that He is at work in your life doing exceedingly abundantly above what you could ever imagine. Receive His everlasting love today as you cloth yourself with Him.
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