Good Morning Warrior!
Word for the Day:
“Naked and Ashamed”
Text: Ezra 9:15
“O LORD God of Israel, You are righteous, for we are left as a remnant, as it is this day. Here we are before You, in our guilt, though no one can stand before You because of this!”
The position of spiritually “naked and ashamed” is on our menu for Breakfast this morning.
The is was the position of Ezra and the exiles before God, as sin was discovered among them.
The sin of disobedience to God’s command forbidding to marry unbelievers was “among them,” yet undiscovered by Ezra; until one of the exiles came to Ezra and repented….
This is the place of True Repentance; to be naked and ashamed of our sin, with no excuses, and with no Hope except for God’s Mercy of Forgiveness.
This was the place where Adam and Eve stood in the original sin:
“Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.”(Gen.3:7).
The Conviction of sin “opens our eyes” to discover that we are naked and ashamed.
When we consider all God has done for us, all the times He has forgiven us and cleansed us from our sin….. and we sin Again……..
Our eyes are opened to see that we are naked and ashamed; utterly dependent upon God’s Mercy and Forgiveness.
This is what I know as The Lifestyle of Repentance for the Warrior of God.
This Lifestyle of Repentance is how we walk in Love with our Commander Jesus Christ “Doing Justly, Loving Mercy, and Walking Humbly with our God” (Micah 6:8)
It is our spiritual nakedness and shame that causes you and I to Run To God with no excuses:
“Just as I am, without one plea,
But that Thy blood, was shed for me.
And that Thou bid me come to Thee,
Oh Lamb of God I come, I come.”
And our Commander Jesus Christ forgives us and clothes you and I with His Righteousness (1John 1:9).
And we Love Him MORE and we Hate sin MORE! Oooooh Rah!
“You who love the LORD, hate evil!
He preserves the souls of His saints;
He delivers them out of the hand of the wicked.”
Oh Hallelujah! We are no longer naked and ashamed any more! Ooooh Rah!
Warrior at your side,
Jesus and Billy