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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Naked and Proud

Signs of The End Times: 
The Naked Epidemic
     Today, in Laodicea, you cannot tell the difference between a porn star, or a rapper, singer, or athlete. Today, even gospel singers and First Ladies wear the latest trends in revealing clothing, embracing standards set by celebrities. Today, men's clothes are just as tight, short, and revealing as the women's clothes. Sliced, netted, cropped, distressed! All the ways we can show more skin! Celebrities are idolized as they wear floor length gowns made of nothing more than a translucent fabric draped with holes, and completely sheer dresses which show their entire anatomy. All are naked, all are proud. 
      In a day where the less you wear, the more attention and 'likes' you get, a day where the new definition of classy includes tasteful nudity(?) how does one navigate their course and stay in the will of God? 
         Just twenty years ago what we now consider to be "classy" would have been classified as the clothes of a harlot. And what we classified then as harlot behavior, has now become the average millennial's weekend out 😖 What is happening in our society, and why is it happening so rapidly?
In Revelation 3, God says to the church of the last days (yes, that would be us), 
           ...Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.”
               ‭‭Revelation‬ ‭3:17-18‬ ‭KJV‬‬
        It certainly seems that we are blind- we have clearly reversed the definition of what is acceptable and what is not. We blindly eat the fruit of our decisions, watching the rise of divorce, plastic surgery, fatherless children, molestation, child trafficking, vanity, suicide, and the erosion of human morality. 
        I encourage you to watch out for the spirit of lust that has blinded an entire generation. Watch for that spirit of pride, that believes that this flesh is worthy of display, that these bodies that we have started building, and manufacturing (as the day allows), are worth more than the dust they are created from.
       Yes! To the children of God I caution, you are bought with a price! Your body is not your own! It belongs to God! You are engaged to Jesus Christ- and he is a jealous God who does not fancy your nakedness being revealed to all. 
        So, you ask:  Would God deny me the opportunity to generate thousands of followers on Instagram, based on the body that HE gave me??? In a world where nakedness is popular, would God have me suffer the awkward persecution of being the only one of my friends, totally covered? Would he condemn me to the agony of having to deny my fleshly desires that thirst for attention and likes, and the praise of my peers? To these burning, modern era questions God answers, "Yes."
              “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.”
                          ‭‭James‬ ‭1:12‬ ‭KJV‬‬
         “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
         And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
                       ‭‭Romans‬ ‭12:1-2‬ ‭KJV‬‬

 In a day where nakedness is the standard, buy (seek!) of the Lord white raiment, to be clothed in the beauty of His righteousness. If you cannot see the value in yourself being covered, ask God to reveal this to you! He will create in you a clean heart, and renew a right spirit within you.          Besides, without even seeing you, I can tell you that you are more beautiful covered than naked. 
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And ALWAYS Stay Noisy For God!

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