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Isaiah 52:2 (NKJV)
2 Shake yourself from the dust, arise; Sit down, O Jerusalem! Loose yourself from the bonds of your neck, O captive daughter of Zion!
Important words to consider:
shake off, out, self, overthrow, toss up and down
A primitive root (probably identical with na'ar, through the idea of the rustling of mane,
which usually accompanies the lion's roar); to tumble about --
shake (off, out, self), overthrow, toss up and down.
- Visualize the "sins" as gnats flying around you.
- It is up to us to rustle our manes and SHAKE THEM OFF!
The signification of dust, is that which is damned.
- Visualize a rag after it has been used to dust a very old piece of furniture.
- This is the dust which will remain on our canvas if we do not SHAKE IT OFF!
to leave the place or state of rest; or to leave a sitting or lying posture.
In Biblical times, it was common for a person to sit cross legged on dirt floors.
This verse is literally instructing us to stand up out of the dust and sit down on higher ground;
to literally rise up OUT of the dust.
To arise requires ACTION!
Thoughts from Leslie
Our life is like a canvas.
We are all born with a clean, white canvas.
Over time sin causes our canvas to become dusting and smudged.
But, like a painter's canvas, our lives can be wiped clean and refurbished!
It is not too late for any of us to become something new and beautiful!
Let's reflect once again on the steps required to refurbish a used canvas.
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Let's take note of the first key step
In order to hold a new picture, a canvas must first be dusted.
Physically we must do the same.
We must remove the dirt from our lives before we can hold a new "life picture".
Clearing ourselves from the dust of sin is sometimes difficult, but ALWAYS necessary.
Before we take any other steps, we must first stand up out of the sin.
This can be quite difficult to do.
It requires action!
We must literally rid ourselves of the sin.
To accomplish this we will need a strength that we do not possess on our own.
We will need the ultimate artist and teacher, our Heavenly Father, to help us.
Let's write down all of the sins we wish to release.
We should not leave ANY SIN out, no matter how big or how small.
Before we begin, let's pray to God to help us write this list.
To make this have a deeper impact for us, let's write each sin using a black marker.
Let's use a crisp clean white piece of paper (or canvas).
After we make our list,
let's smudge the ink from our writing and scribble over our paper (or canvas) to make it look dirty and soiled.
Sin is filth!
It is vital for us to SEE it as such!!
In order to become a beautiful new masterpiece, we must first take the necessary steps of preparation.
Nothing will change on our "picture" unless we first dust off our canvas.
Unless we remove the dust first we are simply wasting our time and energy.
Fresh paint will not stick to dusty surfaces!!!
Removing the dust is going to require more strength than we possess on our own.
This step requires intentionally keeping a dust rag in your back pocket.
For us, our "dust rag" is The Word of God!
It is vital for each one of us to draw on the mite of God to guide and empower us each and every day.
God loves us so deeply!
He is ready and willing to help, but we must rely on Him DAILY!
Pray for God to give you clear vision, wisdom and strength.
Sin is often disguised as beauty.
Because of this, it is vital for God to show us the TRUE ugliness of sin.
We must ask our Heavenly Father to guide us with new eyes.
God is willing, able, and WAITING to help us every step of the way,
but we must rely on Him daily!
We must rid our lives of the DUST!
We need God's help!!!!!!
- Are there some sins that are easier for you to "dust off" than others? If so, what makes some easier?
- Does it sometimes seem easier to remain sitting in the "dust" than to stand up out of it? If so, why?
- Sometimes we sit in the dust for so long that our spiritual legs seem to fall asleep. If this happens we need the help of a strong Christian friend to pull us up. Do you have a friend you could turn to if needed? Would it be easy for you to accept their help? Why or why not?