Sunday December 02, 2012 – In the first installment of the “The Holidays-Unwrapped” series, Pastor Dwayne looks at unwrapping the garment of praise in Isaiah 61:3. He discusses that a spirit of despair can become a garment of praise because Christ covers us and makes us complete.

Jesus interjected in a world of despair a message of hope. He came to clothe us in righteousness. – Pastor Dwayne Terry

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Luke 2:12-14 – This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 13Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14″Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”

A Spirit of Despair

  •   You feel defined by your sin.
  •   You feel defined by your failures.
  •   You feel defined by your past relationships.
  •   You feel defined by your past experiences.A spirit of despair – a spirit broken down, especially of a wick burning with very little flame

    Isaiah 61:3 – …to bestow on them…a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair

    Unwrapping The Garment of Praise

 Christ covers me.

Romans 3:25 (NKJV) – [Jesus] whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed

Hilastērion – (hē-lä-stā’-rē-on) propitiation, a means of appeasing, to cover & protect from wrath

1 John 4:10 – In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us & sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

 Christ is capable in me.
Philippians 4:13 – I can do everything through (Christ) who gives me

strength.

Romans 8:37 – …we are more than conquerors through (Christ) who loved us.

2 Corinthians 3:4-5 – Such confidence as this is ours through Christ before God. Not that we are competent in ourselves…but our competence comes from God.

 Christ makes me complete.
2 Peter 1:3 – His divine power has given us everything we need…

Col 2:9-10 (NLT) – For in Christ the fullness of God lives in a human body, & you are complete through your union with Christ…

Our Response to Unwrapping Christ’s Gift

 Read these Scriptures every morning.
 Confess to God that you trust He is all those things in your life.  Rejoice that He is all those things!