Face The Music
The fall of man
And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
Prior to the sin of man in the garden Adam and Eve were not running around in only their birthday suits, they were in perfect fellowship with God and we’re covered by the glory of the Lord. A bright aura of light shown all about them as it does from the Lord. The same brightness that was on Moses’s face. The same brightness that shown from the face of Stephen. The same brightness that was on Jesus. To be covered in the glory of the Lord is to live life without shame.
After the fall in the garden man was very ashamed. The glory of the Lord was removed from them immediately they recognized a difference they were naked and ashamed.
1. Fig leaves represent man’s efforts to cover our shame. Our humanistic efforts. Though our efforts are great often celebrated and noteworthy they are futile and unproductive long term.
Fig leaves. Every person though they may be arrogant, some what conceded, and proud of some of their accomplishments, they recognize they are naked they try to flaunt their fig leaves so no one sees past and realizes how utterly depraved we are.
Depraved not just Deprived
Deprived – desperately lacking basic needs. Destitute and poverty stricken.
Although certain Sinful habits can cause you to be deprived. so
Depraved. – morally corrupt; wicked.
“a depraved indifference to human life”
synonyms: corrupt, perverted, deviant, degenerate, debased, immoral, unprincipled; More
Every person must come to the understanding that without Christ we are morally spiritually and otherwise totally depraved. We must stop masking our spiritual condition with humanistic efforts.
2. We must face the music.
Illustration : story face the music
We may be able to fake and deceive others but we can’t deceive ourselves and we can’t deceive God.
– We must understand that there is nothing good in us except that which has been brought to pass from God. – We must recognize our total reliance on God for success in every area of our life.
3. We must learn to pray, to be prayed up, and to mix prayer with our gift.
In every thing prayer suplication
Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV)
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Prayer mixed with a gift gets something done
Story:in Japan. According to the old story, there was once a man in the imperial orchestra who couldn’t play a note. Because he was a wealthy person with great influence, he demanded that a place be given him in the group because he wanted to “perform” before the emperor. The old conductor agreed to let him sit in the second row of the orchestra and hold a flute, even though he couldn’t read a dot of music. When a concert would begin, he’d raise his instrument, pucker his lips, and move his fingers. He went through all the motions of playing, but never made a sound. This deception continued for two years.
Then the old conductor died, and a new conductor took over. He told the orchestra that he wanted to audition each player personally. One by one they performed in his presence. Then came the phony flutist’s turn. He was frantic with worry, so he pretended to be sick. However, the doctor who was ordered to examine him declared that he was perfectly well. The new conductor insisted that the man appear and demonstrate his skill. Shamefacedly he had to confess that he was a fake, a hypocrite. He wanted the prestige of being part of the orchestra, but since he never took the time to learn his instrument he was unable to “face the music.”