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"Thy wife shall be as a FRUITFUL VINE by the sides of thy house." Psalm 128:3a

Royal Apparel                               by Jeannie Kirkpatrick
The True One                                by Sandra Kambulow
The Dawning of a New Day           as given to Jeannie Kirkpatrick

Royal Apparel
by Jeannie Kirkpatrick

"Put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem! For henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised or unclean." Isaiah 52:1

" . . . And Esther obtained favour in the sight of all them that looked upon her." *** Esther 2:15b

When it came time for Esther to enter into the king's presence, she took nothing with her; only what Hegai the keeper of the women appointed her. There is only one apparel acceptable in the presence of the King, and that is our robe of righteousness, the purity and holiness we can only receive from Him. Paul wrote of this righteousness to the church at Corinth:

"For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him." *** II Corinthians 5:21

When we come into a right standing with God, then and only then, are we made the righteousness of God. Those who will enter into the presence of the King and become inhabitants of His Holy City will be clothed in their robes of righteousness. This was Jesus' revelation to John:

"And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints." *** Revelation 19:8

Those who make up God's Holy City, New Jerusalem, will be arrayed in their robes of righteousness. These robes are made of fine linen, white and clean. Jude spoke of those who would need to go through the fire of God's judgment because their robes were not clean:

"And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh." *** Jude, verse 23

Their robes of righteousness had been spotted by the flesh. Because of this, the had to suffer the cleansing fire of God's wrath. Only God's wrath will cleanse them of their works of the flesh. Today many teach "no judgment" and "no wrath". God must judge His own house. It is the only hope the body of Christ has of entering into the presence of our King.

When Esther entered in, she took only what was provided for her by the king. The other virgins partook of all the expensive clothes, the expensive jewelry, and the over-scented perfumes, but only Esther was chosen of all the fair, beautiful maidens in the land.

"And the king loved Esther above all the women, and she obtained grace and favor in his sight more than all the virgins; so that he set the royal crown upon her head, and made her queen instead of Vashti." *** Esther 2:17

Esther became the queen to rule and reign by the side of her King. God is only interested in the pureness of our hearts, not our fancy clothes, our big houses, our big cars, or any of the things of the flesh that spot our robes of righteousness. We are warned about trying to please God with the things and ornaments of the world. In his letter to Timothy, Paul warns:

"In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;" *** I Timothy 2:9

When the fair virgins try to please God with anything except their righteousness and true holiness, they will be rejected. The virgins who tried to please the king with such things were rejected. The writer of Esther declares what happened to those who were not acceptable in the eyes of the king:

"In the evening she went, and on the morrow she returned into the second house of the women, to the custody of Shaashgaz, the king's chamberlain, which kept the concubines: she came in unto the king no more, except the king delighted in her, and that she were called by name." *** Esther 2:14

The virgins who were rejected by the king would enter no more into the king's presence until they became a delight unto their king. Then, and only then, would he call them by name. Peter spoke of those in whom the King will delight:

"Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;

But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. *** I Peter 3:3-4

If we are to delight the King, we must become as Esther. Our fancy clothes, our fancy hairdos, our expensive jewelry will not please God. Our outward appearance, our standing in the community, or our church will not please God. As God spoke to Samuel:

"But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart." *** I Samuel 16:7

Our God looks upon the hidden man of the heart. We cannot fool God with our appearance, our mouth, or even our good works. God checks the heart, the inner motives of everything we do. The King knew Esther's heart. Her total desire was to please him with her total being, not just with her beauty. King Ahasuerus set the crown upon her head. Esther had become his all in all, the one set above every other in all his kingdom. Paul knew this crown awaited him for his faithfulness to his King:

"Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing." *** II Timothy 4:8

All those who are looking and longing for Christ's appearing in their lives can obtain this crown also. The crown of righteousness will be placed on His queen who becomes His Holy City. These will have clothed themselves in righteousness and true holiness.

"Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to Him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife hath made herself ready.

And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints." *** Revelation 19:7-8

The True One 
by Sandra Kambulow 

I look for one who will stand in the hedge. 
Who will walk where men dare not tread. 
Those who are unafraid of what men think. 
Those who will do what I ask or think. 
Those who are willing to be whatever I bid them. 
Those who are willing to act at My Will when men say not to. 
Those who are open to Me. Those who are open to all I offer. 
Those who surrender all to Me. Those who are mine ever after. 
Those who accept the promises I've made. 
Those who stand on the Word. 
Those who walk in the Spirit each day. 
Those who pray according to My Word. 
Those who say, "Only You Lord do I serve!" 
Those who never let their feelings take control. 
Those who put My Kingdom first. 
Those who Walk in their integrity all the way. 
Those who place themselves last, so I could make them first. 
Those who don't care for position or wealth. 
Those who desire the freedom of the Spirit. 
Those who rise early to praise My Name. 
Those who look and seek my face. 
Those who know My Perfect Will. 
Those who desire My Peace. 
Those who will throw their crowns at My feet.

The Dawning of A New Day

In this day, I will send you forth. For you have sung about it, you have taught it, you have spoken it, you have thought about it.

I have invested My very life in you. I've known you from the beginning. I know what you're capable of. I know what you'll do. I know how you'll handle it. I direct thy every move. Thy every circumstance is ordered by My hand. And you knew it, when we agreed upon it before the foundations of the earth. We talked about it, we discussed it. You knew then what you would walk through. You knew then and you said, "Yes." Now, I'm bringing to your remembrance what we agreed upon. I've not been moved off My throne by any of your circumstances or your trials, nor will I ever be moved by any of your circumstances, by any of your trials - for I sent them! I do these things because I chose you. You are My beloved. So lift up your heads, oh ye gates. Even lift them, ye everlasting doors. For the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts.

Arise! Shine! For the glory of the Lord has arisen upon thee. The gross darkness will cover the people, but not thee. For My glory is upon thee. It will radiate from thy very being.

Cast off the garments of yesterday to make way for the new

Charge My elect that they awaken to the election for which they are prepared. Sound a trumpet loud and clear, for no one heeds an uncertain sound. Lift it to the mouth, and let the Spirit as breath and wind blow into it in fulness. Lift forth the banner, too, that banner of LOVE that will break stony hearts and gather into one the people of sighted vision and knowledge of time. Declare the matter! Put on your armour! Anoint your eyes! Lift your feet to the heights! There is no longer delay and play acting, for reality has come and cast off the garments of yesterday to make way for the new. The calendar has changed! Yesterday is not! Today is the day of salvation, even the slavation reserved to this time. Open your windows eastward for the dawning, and the doves of the morning shall speak to you of your Beloved.

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