FAITH ROOM

The F and f

I read an article early 2014, sent by a sister. It was titled, “striking-a-balance-between-fashion-faith”.
A pleasant read, which birthed my own version based on the word of God.
The odd thing was, a few days after I read the article, I was asked to address the young women in the church at our monthly good women’s meeting. After screaming, what? When? Why me? I strangely got excited disregarding the scary butterflies that dealt with me within. The D-day came, oh, how those ladies un-apologetically starred, and pierced through my essence, body, soul and spirit. I still feel the intensity  as I revisit putting this piece together, in 2016.
I was quick in letting them know that I wasn’t a Preacher but simply a Sharer, not just for them to stare less or give a more friendly warm stare, but because it was true and still is. I am a Sharer.
Please note: this is not for women exclusively. Men read and share with all the young-adult women in your life.Let’s dig right in, shall we?
Galatians 5; 16-26(MSG), read when you can.
My faith, is my strong believe…, that which defines me and guides me. My faith validates me. My faith shuns indecent fashion and embraces that which is carefully and thoughtfully designed. So, it’s only natural I pick no interest in that which my faith frowns at.
The Bible says, dress modestly as is becoming of the saints. 1Tim 2:9a. And believe me when I say, modesty is gradually becoming a thing so ancient in our today’s fashion world. The Backseat treatment. Pastor Myles Munroe once said, ‘’you can tell a person’s country by the way he/ she is dressed. So if you want to be addressed as a righteous person, dress that way, because your dress reveals your culture”.
“Fashion should be the expressed-extension of my faith.   Likewise, when my faith comes to terms with appreciating modesty, it automatically reflects on my fashion/sense of style.”
I completely disagree with the saying beauty is pain, which is the chorus of most women. For me, beauty is comfort. This is because, when God was creating us(me) He was not in pain, I’m sure HE AS THE ALMIGHTY was in HIS comfort zone as The Creator, and I am His created. You get the picture?
Our faith should come first. We should allow that sink into our very being. Now, this does not imply in any way that we should shove fashion aside, because as children of GOD we have to look good, good enough to let the world know that we need not their help, and show them how it’s done; moderately, decently and exquisitely (excellent, flawless).
Gal 2:20 I myself no longer live, but Christ lives in me. So I live my life in this earthly body by trusting in the son of God, who loved me and gave himself up for me.
Does Christ endorse indecent or over the board kind of fashion? I wager to say no, that should automatically channel my mind to right fashion, yes? This is where my faith comes in, my faith is aware of this truth that; no longer my worldly self-alive, but Christ who is in me, which means, with His help,  I am to do the right things deliberately, knowingly, consciously, purposefully, and effortlessly,. Let me chip this in real quick my ladies, fashion isn’t left out.
Even Christ Our Lord showed He had a high fashion taste. Think of how those Roman soldiers were bidding for His robe…Matthew 27: 35 and when they had crucified Him, they divided and distributed His garments [among them] by casting lots.
He had the best looking robe at that time, I’m certain. And we know He came to show us how to live out our lives, fashion inclusive. The world has got nothing on us. Alleluia.
God is the perfect designer, fashion isn’t left out….. Matthew 6: 28. God clothing the lilies of the field with bright and beautiful colours….. Seriously? And you want to tell me He knows nothing about fashion, just because he says be decent and moderate. For reals though…, Rethink button now activated?… It should.
Your faith sustains the freedom this world can never enslave, which means… fashion can’t enslave you, unless of course you allow it (I almost typed allow her). Is fashion a she? ? Mind me not.
Checking out the history of Godly women in The Bible, just thinking yeah…, If Esther, Sarah, Deborah and their sisters, were more fashion-conscious than faith-conscious, would they have done exploit for God? Queen Esther will forever be my first choice and preferred. Why? Her faith gave her guidance. (Your faith gives you direction). She was adorned with the finest, best of all the best fashion-wise; the most expensive of them all, as the first lady surely. But, her inner beauty stayed connected to her faith. The fundamental source of her very being. She followed instructions, as dangerous and seemingly impossible as it were. No way in the world would fashion prepare her for such a daunting task, but her faith did prepare her. And through her, God gave her people victory.
We should take out time to read the book of Esther.
Let’s not forget, the fact that there was a queen initially, in the person of queen Vashti. Who lost her position as the first lady in a booming empire with all her beauty and her highly on point fashion self, all because of pride and disobedience. I believe if Vashti was a woman whose Christian faith was intact, she would have understood, how important obedience, submission, and humility is in our kingdom; that which only faith can activate, not fashion. And she wouldn’t have lost all, plus the possibility of God using her to still rescue the Jews, without being Jewish herself. God is cool like that.
Both queens went through the same beauty routine physically, they were both on point fashion wise, only one queen allowed her faith prevail over everything else, and the answer was apparent, and still is according to History. She made it into the Most Important Book in the world because of her grounded faith, again, fashion couldn’t play the major role.
A Christian brother was asked…. What he finds attractive in a young woman.
His answer, quoting him…. “The first thing you see about people is their appearance, whether good or bad. The way they dress is the way you begin to form an opinion about them, so definitely looks are important, and if you want people to believe you follow after God, then dress modestly, if not continue to dress yourself the way you are, but it’s very important to dress yourself to glorify God”.
This, then, brings me to the question… What should we as Godly women and as citizens of the Kingdom dress up? Yes, you read right.
Taking this to another level. What should we dress up, not how. Here is my simple thought, when we know the what, the how becomes simple and easy. I can’t tell a grown up lady how to dress up, even young teenagers tend  to have very strong opinions on how they choose to do fashion these days.
Keep in mind that, our faith deals with our inner beauty. While fashion is very much what you see.
We take so much time in decking up fashion wise, now, let’s look at some principles we are to allow our faith dress up.
Values – Your values sure do have a way of putting you in check generally. If you don’t stand for something, anything will do. Well straightened out value saves your life from a whole lot of mess and also helps you keep in mind what is most important. In this case, it is my faith over my fashion, HE (GOD) puts a little of heaven in our hearts, so that we will not settle for less. Fashion-consciousness over faith consciousness is less, which I can’t settle for.
Words (very crucial) – We should clothe ourselves with the right words. James 1: 26, If you put yourself on a pedestal, thinking you have become a role model in all things religious, but you can’t control your mouth, then think again. Your mouth exposes your heart, and your religion is useless. So why take your time, upgrading and redefining yourself fashion wise, and your words stink, with no plan of cleaning house( your tongue).
Giving – James 2:14-18, 26 Dear friends, do you think you’ll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything? Does merely talking about faith indicate that a person really has it? For instance, you come upon an old friend dressed in rags and half-starved and say, “Good morning, friend! Be clothed in Christ! Be filled with the Holy Spirit!” and walk off without providing so much as a coat or a cup of soup—where does that get you? Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense?
18 I can already hear one of you agreeing by saying, “Sounds good. You take care of the faith department, I’ll handle the works department.”
26. The very moment you separate body and spirit, you end up with a corpse. Separate faith and works and you get the same thing: a corpse.
Acts 9: 35- end, the story of Dorcas…. She was abounding in good deeds and acts of charity. Not fashion oriented, and that cancelled untimely death. Think about it for a minute.
Priorities – The adornment of our souls must be our priority. 1Timothy 2:10. Which is more important? Let’s ask ourselves, as far as priority is concerned,  is it the what “our faith” telling the how, “our fashion”  or…
It is, therefore, evident that we must come to a balance by taking points from the word of God about the matters that actually does establish a woman’s true beauty. On those things that really do matter, not getting tips from the pages of mags.
I remember my experience with my Dad many years ago, went to his office, though my spirit had a little fight with my eyes about the outfit, but I was like, am only going to see my Dad. The moment I sat in front of him, he said to me, (after I tried defending myself @I didn’t buy it, it was a gift) he said, not everything you are given, you wear. I felt triple bad because I didn’t listen to my mind’s voice.
This is how I look at it personally… Christ already paid my bride price, so He is my husband, and I wouldn’t want to wear anything that would embarrass Him. This does the check and balancing for me, constantly.
So, in the midst of all these trends, fashion craze and sisters, the most important thing to remember as Godly women is this, GOD is the only one we must answer to. And our faith is what answers to Him.
The next time you are paying for that outfit online; when next you are addressing that man or woman, when next you are in a position to help, when next your values are confronted……. Just ask yourself, whose anthem you are raising high, faith or fashion.
Allow me gladly announce this truth to you, as women of faith…, Our most important piece of clothing must be love. Colossians 3:14
Quote me, I don’t think any fashion outfit, brand or label in the world (past, present and future) have been, is, or will be able to design love, it’s not just legally, legibly or humanly possible, because they know absolutely nothing about Love ( The greatest faith principle).  You take in yet another great plus faith has over fashion?
My faith is my solid- fundamental-validating-factor *wink
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4 Comments

  • Reply UmoruProdigy June 5, 2016 at 11:55 pm

    Oh my.

    If you were my wife, I’d have bought you something material, and hugely expensive.

    Maybe big in size, or small, but, of high value.
    I love this.

    I got engrossed in the reading.
    I just had to think about how much revelation and deep thinking had gone into this.

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  • Reply DeeAmi June 6, 2016 at 12:29 am

    Thank You.

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  • Reply B.B June 16, 2016 at 4:20 am

    ‘HE (GOD) puts a little of heaven in our hearts, so that we will not settle for less’…………I can’t say more. Thanks for this. God bless your beautiful heart truly

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    • Reply DeeAmi June 16, 2016 at 6:56 pm

      Awwwwwwwwww. Amen! Thank you so much, B.B

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