Ezra 9:6 Admission Of Guilt

Ashamed boy

and prayed: “I am too ashamed and disgraced, my God, to life up my face to you, because our sins are higher than our heads and our guilt has reached to the heavens.” Ezra 9:6 

Seeing things that are wrong in other people is an easy thing to do. No matter who a person looks at, he can usually find something wrong. People are very quick to point out wrongs in another person.

Yet, they often forget that they, also, have faults in their own lives. Often the faults of others are a result in how they were trained or not trained on how to do something. Leaders have to take responsibility on how their followers act or react.

Ezra was noticing how the people were starting to live in sin again. They were breaking some of God’s commands. When he found out about it, he immediately began to humble himself and pray to God. He confessed the sins of all the people, including himself in the confession.

While it is easy to judge another person for sin, it is another thing to include oneself in that guilt of sin. Every believer is to be a leader in this world. They are to lead and guide others to Christ Jesus and to live for God, following His commands.

Jesus led and guided the disciples, then told them they must also do the same and make more disciples. Believers today must do the same. When one sees others messing up and living in sin, he can include himself in the confession, instead of just pointing fingers. Every person has sinned.

It could be that a person is living in a sin, because a believer did not tell him about Jesus and God’s commands. This includes the believer in the sin.

Just as Jesus took on the sins of the world, Ezra had taken on the sins of the people. You can also take on the sins of others and repent of the sins to God. Strive to lead people back to God and seek God’s mercy on every one around you.

Instead of judging and destroying people, seek to build them up in Christ Jesus. No one is without sin, so all need to confess their sins to God. Include yourself in that process and the world will see your love for them, rather than just judgement.

Then believe that Jesus can and has forgiven you and others. Rest in His grace and don’t stay condemned.

I pray today that you will know the forgiveness of Jesus; that you will guide others towards God’s mercy; that you will confess any sins to God; and that God will change you and those around you. 

Luke 22:57 Denial

“But he denied it. “Woman, I don’t know him,” he said.” Luke 22:57

The time of Jesus being arrested had arrived. He was in custody and was now being tried for crimes He did not commit. Most of the disciples ran away as Jesus was arrested. Peter chose to follow from a distance to see what was going to happen.

While he was standing with the crowds watching, various people recognized him as a follower of Jesus. A few chose to say something about it. Peter openly denies knowing Jesus. Jesus had predicted that Peter would deny Him, and now it was happening.

As a person reads this, looking at it from 2,000 years later, it is easy to be upset with Peter. Why would he ever deny Jesus? He had walked with Jesus and saw all the miracles He had done. He knew Jesus intimately.

The main reason was probably fear for his own life. Jesus was in the process of being condemned to a death sentence. Anyone who followed Him would probably receive that same sentence. Peter did not want that.

People have that same fear even today. Although in America, one does not usually receive a death sentence, there are other threats. You may lose a friendship, be pushed out of a relationship, ridiculed, passed over on a promotion, or many other “smaller” things.

Most believers do not directly state that they do not know Jesus. The denial comes in the form of being quiet. Refusing to make a statement about serving Jesus. Pointing out not liking someone else’s ridiculing Christians or Jesus. Asking others not to curse with God’s or Jesus’ name.

Silence can become a form of denial. Do not chose to be silent about your relationship with Jesus. Let your light shine. Think about what Jesus went through for you on the cross to give you life and not deny you. You have not gone through that, yet, so do not deny Him.

I pray today that God will fill you with His Holy Spirit to strengthen you; that you will stand strong and true for Jesus; that you will not deny Jesus in any way; that you will tell others about Jesus daily; and that God will build His kingdom through you.

Luke 12:8 Public Acknowledgement

“I tell you, whoever publicly acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man will also acknowledge before the angels of God.” Luke 12:8

Jesus started talking about who a person should be most concerned about. Each person should be concerned about what God thinks more than what another man thinks. Who you are concerned about will show up in who you publicly acknowledge.

In society, many times you will see a public official recognize someone publicly. They will make a statement about something the person had done bringing him honor and recognition. This will lift that person up, often giving him a boost in his life or business.

Other times you may have seen a public official deny knowing even their own relationship or some other person. That other person can bring a bad report with being acknowledged.

As a believer you are to recognize Jesus in the public eye. You must be willing to admit knowing Him.

Many believers are being a silent witness. They do not talk about Jesus to anyone at anytime except in church. In the public eye, you would not know they are believers of Jesus. According to Jesus, these people will be unrecognized by Him.

Acknowledging Jesus publicly can take many different forms. You can tell others about Jesus; tell others why you stand for or against various things because of your belief in Jesus; tell others that you help them because Jesus helped you; tell others you love and forgive them because Jesus loved and forgave you; and many other ways.

Look for ways to bring up Jesus in all of your conversations. Allow God to be so much a part of your life that you cannot help but acknowledge Him everywhere you go in everything you do.

Do not be ashamed of Jesus. If you are ashamed of Him now, He will be ashamed of you later in heaven. Do not disown Jesus in your public life. Do not keep Jesus just in your private life. Make a public announcement about Jesus.

I pray today that God will give you the boldness to be His witness; that you will not be ashamed of Jesus; that you will tell others about Jesus; that you will not try to hide your following Jesus; and that God will build His kingdom through you.