Viewing a child’s artwork can bring such joy and refreshment to our souls! After recruiting some artistic help, “A Coat of Many Colors” was quickened unto me, and I immediately thought of Joseph’s coat of many colors in the book of Genesis.
“Now Israel (Jacob) loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age. Also he made him a tunic of many colors.” (Genesis 37:3)
Dreams From The Dream-Giver.
Joseph was a dreamer who was given two, powerful, prophetic dreams by God, the Dream-Giver. Unfortunately, this caused the spirit of jealousy (Numbers 5:14 and Genesis 37:11) to rear its ugly head and manifest in Joseph’s brothers. Consequently, they stripped him of his coat of many colors and threw him into an empty cistern.
The wicked plot continues as Joseph’s brothers fished him out of the cistern and sold him for 20 shekels to the Midianite merchants who took him to Egypt.
To cover up their dirty deed, the band of brothers took Joseph’s once beautiful tunic and dipped it into goat’s blood to take back to their father in the land of Canaan. They peddled their concocted story to Jacob which caused him to plummet into severe mourning.
Meanwhile back on the trading route, the Midianites sold Joseph to Potiphar, one of Pharaoh’s officials.
As we continue to follow Joseph’s life throughout chapters 39-45 of the book of Genesis, we find that Joseph went through many trials and tribulations, but ultimately, he rose to power as the second most important official in all of Egypt during a severe famine.
Since God’s ways and thoughts are higher than ours, He used this whole series of events over many years to save Joseph’s family which became the core of the nation of Israel. What the enemy meant for evil, God intended for good. (Genesis 50:20)
Our Coat of Many Colors.
There’s another mention of a robe of sorts in the Bible that Samuel’s mother, Hannah, made for him annually.
“Moreover his mother used to make him a little robe, and bring it to him year by year when she came up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice.” (1 Samuel 2:19)
Until receiving this recent prophetic vision, I’d never really thought about the equivalent of a modern-day coat of many colors.
What manifested in the Spirit was the wording added to the various stripes on the featured colored drawing of a coat of many colors.
In addition to the fruit of the Spirit mentioned in Galatians 5:22, the other words which had been embroidered on the colored sections of the coat were:
Put On The Lord Jesus Christ.
In the Apostle Paul’s letter to the church in Rome, he instructed the Christian converts and believers to put on the Lord Jesus Christ.
“And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.” (Romans 13:11-14)
Back to the coat of many colors that I saw in the Spirit, the fruit of the Spirit was embroidered on the front of it which is such a great reminder to make no provision for the flesh.
Just as the coat is made from a pattern, when we put on the Lord Jesus Christ, we make Him as the pattern for our lives and follow His commands in the Bible.
The whole coat of many colors speaks to the analogy of allowing our character to be conformed to the image of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, especially when we are out and about among people. A vivid-colored coat catches the eye of most people, some of whom may be drawn to it.
A Wardrobe Check.
When writing to the New Testament church at Colosse, the Apostle Paul encouraged believers regarding a wardrobe check, of sorts.
“Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.” (Colossians 3:12-14)
While we may not think of Christlike attributes, daily living, and character as items of clothing, the above verses paint a very vivid word picture to serve as a great reminder.
About a year ago, I posted a blog with a similar theme which I invite you to check out here: https://sheilaeismann.com/wardrobe-check/
Strength, Dignity & Laughter In Your Future
A coat is an outer garment that people typically see when they first notice us. It makes an impression and covers what we are wearing under it. Our actions can be the opposite as they reveal what’s in our hearts.
We can only put on the coat containing love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control if that’s what’s in our hearts. (Matthew 12:35)
Our walk is how we live our lives, and we should walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God. (Colossians 1:10)
Prophetic Insights For Daily Living.
#1. The story of Joseph’s life reminds us that we must go through many tribulations to enter the kingdom of God.
“And when they (Paul and Barnabas) had preached the gospel to that city and made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch, strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, ‘We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.’” (Acts 14:21-22)
As you reflect upon your life, can you relate to any aspects of Joseph’s rejection, trials, & tribulations, or those of anyone else mentioned in the Bible? If so, it’s important to give thanks to God for helping you through those challenging times.
#2. God is our dream-giver. What dreams has He given to you? Have all of them been fulfilled? If not, continue to pray into them and wait upon Him. A lot of time passed in Joseph’s life before the dreams that God had given to him were brought to completion.
#3. Just like we are reminded to put on the armor of God daily which is listed in Ephesians 6:10-18, we can wear our coat, shirt, sweater, or top of many colors where ever we go each day.
#4. Upon examining our coat of many colors, if we see that any of the colored fabric stripes need to be repaired, this is an indication of which fruit of the Spirit or character of Christ we need to have mended in our lives. We can do this with The Holy Spirit’s help as we yield to Him.
#5. When praying into this prophetic vision and teaching, what additional embroidered words appear on your coat of many colors?
#6. Meditating upon the wording put on the Lord Jesus Christ, how does this speak to you?
Fellow saints, don your coat of many colors! We are blessed mightily by the Lord Jesus Christ every moment of each day. With every breath and step, we have the glorious opportunity to serve Him, praise Him, and love others through Him.
Sheila Eismann, Prophetic Seer, Blogger, Author & Teacher, publishes her weekly blog posts endeavoring to encourage others through God’s word. Her writings include teaching and instructions on how to apply prophetic insights for daily living.
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