I was really blessed while reading Isaiah 52 today. Especially the first several verses. In the text God is speaking to Jerusalem. He also spoke to me!
" Awake, Awake!
Put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city;
for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean."
" Shake yourself from the dust,
arise and set down, O Jerusalem;
loose thyself from the bonds of thy neck,
O captive daughter of Zion."
This entire concept applies to all believers! We do have beautiful garments - the garments of salvation given to us freely by the atoning blood of Christ on the cross. Why do we sit in the dust so long? What a waste of valuable time!
God tells us to shake ourselves-we must shake ourselves and realize our position, victory and standing as sons and daughters of God. We must loose ourselves from the bonds of the past. Yes, we have been captive in the past, but not now!
Awake, shake yourself, the bonds around our neck are things of the past. Everyday is a new day in Christ Jesus. Do not let the enemy lie to you; he is a liar and the father of lies. We are free! We are clothed with beautiful garments; the garments of Christ.
Loose yourself from the bonds and lies of the enemy. These are issues of the past that have been thrown into the sea of forgetfulness God speaks of. Do not go fishing into that sea, ever!
It is time to AWAKE and realize our position in Christ.