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You Must Be Healed Sexually: Part 2

Oyez, Oyez, Oyez Daughters!

“When Jesus [Yeshua] saw her, he called her over and said, “Dear woman, you are healed of your sickness!” This dear woman, a daughter of Abraham, has been held in bondage by Satan for eighteen years. Isn’t it right that she be released, even on the Sabbath?”

Luke 13:12,16 New Living Translation


In this post, I will reveal insights about the second half of the pseudonym Avery Sunshine. In part one of this post, I describe a dream in which I heard the words “you must be healed sexually.” Immediately following those words appeared the face of well-known, female R & B singer, Avery Sunshine. At first, I thought this was a rather odd dream. However, through prayer, I endeavored to know what was being revealed. Here’s what I received to share with daughters. 

As previously noted, Avery Sunshine is a pseudonym which comprises a blend of two female movie characters, Shug Avery and Sunshine. Shug Avery (“Shug”) is a character from the movie “The Color Purple,” and Sunshine is a character from the movie “Harlem Nights.” The premise behind the name The Color Purple is that the color purple is such a beautiful and powerful color it cannot be ignored, and Harlem Nights illustrates that sex is still the most effective distraction tactic against opponents at war.


“His words are as smooth as butter, but in his heart is war. His words are as soothing as lotion, but underneath are daggers!” 

Psalms 55:21 New Living Translation


Sunshine was “a lady of the night.” She was hired by night club owners, Sugar Ray and Vernest Brow, affectionately known as “Quick.” They were a father and son team who ran an illegal after-hours place replete with gambling and a brothel house beneath their candy shop called “Sugar Ray’s.” They hired Sunshine as part of a ploy to rob Bugsy Calhoun’s gambling booking houses. Booking houses are organizations that accept and make bets from gamblers, and pay off bets for various events based upon agreed upon terms. Sugar Ray and Quick used Sunshine’s sexiness to distract Calhoun’s “bag man” Richie Vinto while they executed the robbery. A bag man is a go-between that picks up and delivers money. Sunshine and Richie sleep together, and afterward Sunshine tells Richie she has to leave because she has a “pick-up” she must do. Sunshine then goes on to tell him about what she did for a living. She told Richie that she was a numbers runner and that she picked up numbers from one place and took them to another. However, the story she presents to him was a lie. She then makes it appear that the story she told him was a story that she was nervous to tell Richie as she thought that might make him lose respect for her. She breathed a sigh of relief as he demonstrated sincere compassion for her struggle. This, in turn, allowed Richie to feel more at ease because he noticed she too felt ashamed about how she earned a living. Meanwhile, he’s hiding a secret from Sunshine that he delivers money for Bugsy Calhoun, a well-known gangster. It appears Sunshine and Richie had found “true love” with each other and could see themselves planning a future together. Whatever, Sunshine “put on” Richie, caused him to call his wife and tell her that he “wasn’t coming home no more.” Richie was in love! Richie was in love with someone that had not disclosed their true identity and intentions. Sunshine brought out emotions Richie suppressed. Richie shed a tear when Sunshine told him she thought she was falling in love with him. Sunshine was forbidden. She was black and a prostitute. He was white and married. Sunshine flattered Richie simply by noticing him. Sunshine was sweet. She was endearing. She engaged him in conversation. Sunshine provided Richie with something he was unaware he was missing. Cupid had done his work, or should I say an enemy had done his work. Underneath this “true love” fantasy is the undercurrent of deception. The fact still remained, Sunshine was a prostitute disguised as a numbers runner, and Richie was married. Sunshine represented an adversarial spirit determined to take down Calhoun by any means necessary. The goal was resolute; disarm the bag man using sex.


“These people are false apostles. They are deceitful workers who disguise themselves as apostles of Christ. But I am not surprised! Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no wonder that his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. In the end they will get the punishment their wicked deeds deserve.”

2 Corinthians 11:13-15 New Living Translation 


Following the “love birds’” heart-to-heart disclosure, Richie asked Sunshine when he could see her again. Sunshine mentioned she had a pick-up to do that evening. Richie agreed to pick her up at an agreed upon time and location. Soon after, they were rear-ended by an older couple who were Sugar Ray's and Quick's co-conspirators. Sugar Ray and Quick, disguised as police officers, arranged a car collision that provided a diversion to grab Calhoun’s money. However, the plot was intercepted by the unexpected arrival of two legitimate white police officers who arrived on the scene and pulled rank. Sugar Ray and Quick, while still disguised as police officers, searched Richie’s car, and retrieved Calhoun’s contraband.  When they pulled one of the bags from the trunk, they let Richie know that heroin was in the bag. Sugar Ray and Quick then disclose to Richie that he had “Lady Heroin” riding in his car. Ritchie discovers that Sunshine was an imposter.  The truth of her identity awakened him from a deep sleep; a cleverly-crafted deception under the guise of companionship and love. Richie was bewildered at this discovery. The white police officers arrest Sunshine. After Richie disclosed to the white police officers that he worked for Calhoun, the police officers let Richie go. Sugar Ray's and Quick’s elaborate scheme appeared to have failed when the legitimate police officers arrived. However, Sugar Ray and Quick devised an alternate plan. They bribed the two white police officers with the money they stole from Calhoun. The irony is the two legitimate police offers were also on Calhoun’s payroll. 


“For when a strong man is fully armed and guards his palace, his possessions are safe—until someone even stronger attacks and overpowers him, strips him of his weapons, and carries off his belongings. Anyone who isn’t with me opposes me, and anyone who isn’t working with me is actually working against me.”

Luke 11:21 New Living Translation


Moreover, even though everyone involved in this ploy to take-down Calhoun was technically a criminal, the only one that was arrested was the seductress, Sunshine. There is a backstory in every movie worth exploring. This gives each character tremendous depth as one analyzes a character’s motives and intentions. The story is never black and white. There are always shades of gray challenging the viewer to pick a side. Will you support the protagonist or the antagonist? Will you view the circumstances that shaped that character to make the character real as you watch their choices play out on screen. Sunshine took the fall for everyone’s deceptive behavior. Sunshine was simply doing what she was hired to do - charm and gratify, at an agreed-upon price. Somewhere along the way, Sunshine believed that’s all she was worth. Somewhere along the way she believed the lie that she needed to sacrifice her body to secure love. Sunshine became the sacrificial offering for this cast of deceivers. She was not innocent, but neither did she initiate this elaborate scheme. We will never know if a ram-in-a-bush was suddenly supplied for our beloved Sunshine. But we do know she was used by everyone involved.


“…They will play the prostitute and gain nothing from it…”

Hosea 4:10 New Living Translation


Another interesting insight about this movie is that once Calhoun discovered Sugar Ray and Quick had stolen his money, naturally, he wanted revenge. However, Sugar Ray and Quick knew the game and how it was played. Sugar Ray and Calhoun lured Calhoun and his crew to Sugar Ray’s house where they were blown to pieces. Sugar Ray and Quick had finally destroyed Calhoun and his crew. Their arch-enemy and his chariots were drowned in the proverbial Red Sea. However, here’s the part that I find extremely revealing about this deceptive clan. As I see this movie and its characters through the lens of the war between good and evil, God and The Satan/Serpent/Fallen Angel that has ensued for millenniums, the truth is vividly summarized in the last scene of the movie. Sugar Ray, Quick, and their co-conspirators packed up all their belongings prepared to leave town, and Quick says this amazingly profound line - “So where will we go next, pop?

“Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.”

1 Peter 5:8 New Living Translation


We don’t know to what city Sugar Ray, Quick, and his co-conspirators relocated. But wherever they were headed they had gassed up cars and a pocket full of money. The movie ends with Sugar Ray and Quick accepting they will never be able to return to Harlem and they set their sights on a new city to rebuild and do business

“When an evil [unclean] spirit leaves a person, it goes into the desert, searching for rest. But when it finds none, it says, ‘I will return to the person I came from.’ So it returns and finds that its former home is all swept and in order. Then the spirit finds seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they all enter the person and live there. And so that person is worse off than before.”'

Luke 11:24-26 New Living Translation


The adversary, the satan, the enemy, the devil, or whatever name you choose to identify with a spirit that is unclean, deceptive, dark, and adversarial, originates with the father or creator of lies. We see this spirit operating in and through the experiences of each character in Harlem Nights and The Color Purple


“For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.”


The common theme is a deception; hiding the truth because of some form of shame. Deceiving others through naivety and charm has been a constant theme since the fall of Adam and Eve. 


“History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new.”

Ecclesiastes 1:19 New Living Translation


You are children of light; The Most High God, if you live in and abide in his ways of holiness and righteousness. The Creator wants all of his children to be pure in heart, mind, body, and intention. Those that are after The Creator’s heart do not desire to lie, nor do they make a habit of living a deceptive life. They tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. They are lights sitting on lamp stands shining bright for all to see the path on which they are walking.


“For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.”

John 8:44 New Living Translation

“No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.”

Matthew 5:15 New Living Translation

The facts of a case are established by two or three witnesses. The above-referenced verse is found in four places (Matthew 5:15, Mark 4:21, Luke 8:16, and Luke 11:33), each repeating the same truth. These scriptures or records are considered witnesses to the truth of The Creator’s words. These two movies are witnesses of the truth of The Creator’s words. My personal story, outlined in the post, “How Did I Get Here?” serves as a witness to the truth of The Creator’s words. 

Daughters, my story is illuminated in the movies, The Color Purple and Harlem Nights. My story is juxtaposed with the story of Adam and Eve. My story is still living and breathing and still unfolding. My life is a living epistle as also seen in the characters of Genesis, Exodus, Deuteronomy, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1st and 2nd Samuel, 1st and 2nd Kings, 1st and 2nd Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, 1st and 2nd Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1st and 2nd Thessalonians, 1st and 2nd Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1st and 2nd Peter, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John, Jude, and Revelation. And so is yours.

“But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?”

Romans 10:4 New Living Translation


And so shall it be.


P.S. Proof that spiritual and physical wars are active and strategic, and that deception can come in the form of distractions that come from those that appear to be messengers of light:


What do you mean by deceiving me like this?” Laban demanded. “How dare you drag my daughters away like prisoners of war

Genesis 31: 26


When you go to war against your enemies, be sure to stay away from anything that is impure.” 

Deuteronomy 23:9

“When you arrive in your own land and go to war against your enemies who attack you, sound the alarm with the trumpets. Then the Lord your God will remember you and rescue you from your enemies.” 

Numbers 10:9

He causes wars to end throughout the earth. He breaks the bow and snaps the spear; he burns the shields with fire.” 

Psalms 46:9

They have lied about the Lord and said, ‘He won’t bother us! No disasters will come upon us. There will be no war or famine.

Jeremiah 5:12 

“Then I said, “O Sovereign Lord, their prophets are telling them, ‘All is well—no war or famine will come. The Lord will surely send you peace.’” 

Jeremiah 14:13

“Therefore, this is what the Lord says: I will punish these lying prophets, for they have spoken in my name even though I never sent them. They say that no war or famine will come, but they themselves will die by war and famine! - Jeremiah 14:15


“And I will send war, famine, and disease until they have vanished from the land of Israel, which I gave to them and their ancestors.”

Jeremiah 24:10, 29:17

Yes, I will pursue them with war, famine, and disease, and I will scatter them around the world. In every nation where I send them, I will make them an object of damnation, horror, contempt, and mockery.”

Jeremiah 29:18

“So you can be sure that you will die from war, famine, and disease in Egypt, where you insist on going.”

Jeremiah 42: 22

Jesus knew their thoughts and replied, “Any kingdom divided by civil war is doomed. A town or family splintered by feuding will fall apart.”

Matthew 12:25, Luke 11:17

“Then I saw heaven opened, and a white horse was standing there. Its rider was named Faithful and True, for he judges fairly and wages a righteous war.”

Revelation 19:11

Now go, for I am sending you to Pharaoh. You must lead my people Israel out of Egypt.”

Exodus 3:10

“Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. So be as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves.

Matthew 10:16, Luke 10:3







About Temika Moore: Shining A Light With Pen And Mic

Temika Moore is an inspirational speaker, educator, singer, songwriter, cultural impact consultant, and arts advocate. For over 20 years Temika Moore has been performing live and writing music with inspiring and empowering messages. She has extended her inspirational songwriting ability into a new blog entitled "Temika Moore: Shining A Light With Pen And Mic." Temika Moore is a re-imagined 21st-century town crier posting notices on behalf of the court of truth as commissioned by I AM, The King, The Creator, The Source, The Redeemer, and The Father to every woman asking, seeking, and knocking to know The Truth. The town crier tradition dates back to the 18th century and is described as one who makes public pronouncements in the streets on behalf of the courts. Before making public announcements, a town crier would ring a handbell and shout the words “Oyez, Oyez, Oyez." Oyez means “hear ye” which is a call for silence and attention. 


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Truth And Nothing But The Truth: Step 2

Oyez, Oyez, Oyez…Save The Daughters!

A town crier dates back to the 18th century and is one who makes public pronouncements in the streets on behalf of the courts. Tradition esteems the town crier as one who rings a handbell and shouts the words “Oyez, Oyez, Oyez” before making the announcements. Oyez means “hear ye” which is a call for silence and attention. According to Wikipedia.org, the town crier tradition inspired the early beginnings of the newspaper. Thus, the term “posting a notice” derives from the town crier tradition. Temika Moore: Shining A Light With Pen And Mic is a reimagined 21st century town crier posting notices on behalf of the court of truth as commissioned by I AM, The King, The Creator, The Source, The Redeemer, and The Father to every woman asking, seeking, and knocking to know The Truth.

“And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die.”

Genesis 3:4 King James Version


Daughters, in step one I noted the washing process begins with confronting pain; confronting the original wound, the original hurt or the original disappointment. This is the pathway to access The Creator’s heart. This is the doorway to repentance with a contrite heart. From this place is where your soul communes in complete transparency and honesty with a true Father. Our Heavenly Father wants you to come before him with a heart that realizes it is broken. Only you and The Creator know the depth of your pain. Only The Creator can heal the root cause of your pain. Only The Redeemer can trace your pathology to the original disease that led to your heartache. The Creator is the God who reveals!

As I noted in my initial post “How Did I Get Here?” I explained how The Source of All Truth revealed to me my pathology. He went straight to the root. He took me back to my beginnings as a little girl growing up in Philadelphia. God is amazing! If your deepest desire is to know and seek Him, He will not let you remain in ignorance. In a dream one night I walked toward a window and twisted the handle to open the blinds. Upon opening the blinds, I saw my childhood neighbor. She was standing outside the window. As I walked away from the window in the opposite direction, I saw a man standing nearby. I didn’t see his face, but I could tell he was a guide. This man said very clearly, “hurry up and get out of here. I have someone coming.” As he was making this statement, I saw my second husband standing there to my left. I then proceed into a bathroom where I am sitting in a tub bathing. While bathing I see a little girl sitting on the toilet seat facing me while I was sitting in the tub. She and I are having a conversation, and then I suddenly see my first husband on my left attempting to squeeze into the tub. It seemed like an odd dream at the time. However, it would turn out to be a breadcrumb on a trail that was leading to the answers to my original question, “how did I get here?” I needed to know why I was fighting for my marriage alone? I needed to know why I felt abandoned? I needed to know how I arrived at the point of considering divorce? I needed to know how I arrived at the point of accepting “crumbs” from a married man? I had to know how entertaining an affair even became an option for me? I needed to know why I didn’t feel loved by my husband? I needed to know why the married man lied to me about his marital situation? I needed to know why my life was falling apart? I needed to know why my husband wasn’t fighting for us? I needed to know why I felt so alone in my marriage? I just needed to know why my heart was broken and no one could fix it? Upon asking The Source of All Truth these questions, the words “Psalms 51” appeared to me in a dream. Upon waking from the dream I opened my pink bible to this passage. This is what it said.

“To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone into Bath–Sheba. Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love. Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins. Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin. For I recognize my rebellion; it haunts me day and night. Against you, and you alone, have I sinned; I have done what is evil in your sight. You will be proved right in what you say, and your judgment against me is just. For I was born a sinner— yes, from the moment my mother conceived me. But you desire honesty from the womb, teaching me wisdom even there. Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Oh, give me back my joy again; you have broken me— now let me rejoice. Don’t keep looking at my sins. Remove the stain of my guilt. Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me. Do not banish me from your presence, and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you. Then I will teach your ways to rebels, and they will return to you. Forgive me for shedding blood, O God who saves; then I will joyfully sing of your forgiveness. Unseal my lips, O Lord, that my mouth may praise you. You do not desire a sacrifice, or I would offer one. You do not want a burnt offering. The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God. Look with favor on Zion and help her; rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. Then you will be pleased with sacrifices offered in the right spirit— with burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings. Then bulls will again be sacrificed on your altar.”

Psalms 51:1-19 New Living Translation


My heart was convicted. God was speaking directly to me. He witnessed my sin. He witnessed all the places I had been searching for Him, but to no avail. The Creator knew in whom and what I was really looking. He knew I wanted to feel love, but He knew He was the only one that could provide it in such a way that it would heal my original wound. That morning The Source of All Truth revealed himself to me. He introduced himself to me as a Father; the father I never had. He became to me what I desired most - a loving father. From that moment forward my Heavenly Father revealed to me that I needed to be “washed” so my broken heart could finally be healed by His true love. That day my Heavenly Father accepted the plea of my broken heart. He changed my mind about my life and my sin. He revealed to me the depths of what was really happening in the wilderness of my sin. He was revealing to me the spirit of His words. He was revealing truth leading me to repentance with a contrite heart. He opened my eyes to allow me to see clearly how much I hurt Him. He was no longer “the man upstairs” or an ambiguous spirit-guy in-the-sky. He revealed how low I actually thought of myself and how that contrasted with how He felt about me. There was a disconnect and He was prepping me for a long and arduous surgery. He was preparing to rebuild me. But first, He wanted me to see my sin the way He sees all sin -  as darkness, rebellion, and lawlessness. He wanted me to see what I was rebelling against, and the root issue of the laws I violated. This process opened my heart to ask The Father to forgive me, help others forgive me, and truly save me. Once I opened my mouth and told the truth about my life, confessed all my failures, and shared with Him every thought, feeling and emotion, I experienced real intimacy and became the daughter of The King.


“And have you forgotten the encouraging words God spoke to you as his children? He said, “My child, don’t make light of the Lord ’s discipline, and don’t give up when he corrects you. For the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.” As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as his own children. Whoever heard of a child who is never disciplined by its father? If God doesn’t discipline you as he does all of his children, it means that you are illegitimate and are not really his children at all. Since we respected our earthly fathers who disciplined us, shouldn’t we submit even more to the discipline of the Father of our spirits, and live forever? For our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few years, doing the best they knew how. But God’s discipline is always good for us, so that we might share in his holiness. No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward, there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.

Hebrews 12:5-11 New Living Translation


When you don’t know the Creator’s commands you lose things. When you violate His commands you die; figuratively and literally. Your death can either be immediate or protracted. Either way, the result of sin is death. The death of trust, peace, joy, respect, love, faith, hope, dreams, prosperity, and everything you deem valuable. Death is final. You can never go back to who you were before. You can only become a new person that now possesses new knowledge of both good and evil. You now carry the burden of having this new level of knowledge. Our sister Eve’s experience still speaks to us today. I’m sure she looked back many days beating herself up for entertaining a conversation with the serpent. She probably looked back ruminating for years wishing she had really understood The Creator’s instruction about not eating from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. In hindsight, I’m sure Eve wished she hadn’t relied on Adam to know The Creator’s instructions. I’m sure she wished she would have known how cunning and deceptive an adversarial spirit can be. I’m sure she wished she knew the depths that an adversary can go to destroy you and those you love. I’m sure Eve felt the gravity of her experience when she and Adam were escorted out of the Garden of Eden because of disobedience. I’m sure she often lamented in retrospect thinking about the life she and Adam had before that fatal day the serpent planned his attack. It’s not fruitful to look back. Lot’s wife turning into a pillar of salt after looking back while fleeing Sodom and Gomorrah is proof that looking back causes further loss. However, our Heavenly Father is a strategic thinker and planner. He knows the beginning from the end. He knew us in our mother’s wombs, and He knew who would be called to be his children. The fall of Eve and Adam in the Garden is an image of the consequences of only “hearing” The Creator’s words, but not fully knowing them. Ignorance, naivety, and reliance upon another person to provide or interpret The Creator’s instructions is a doorway to beguilement from an adversarial spirit. Daughters, today, please hear these words and do not harden your hearts. This is your alarm. Wake up to the beguiling nature of sin. It often arrives cloaked as harmless, and uniquely crafted to appeal to your deepest desires. Eve’s descent began with a conversation. Seemingly innocent conversations are time-tested entryways for an adversarial spirit. This is why Yeshua is so very vital to redemption. Yeshua became a mediator for the fallen. He became a mediator for the beguiled. In a court of law, a mediator is one who moderates the conversation of two opposing parties. The mediator knows the facts of the case, and expertly guides open communication to help both parties arrive at an agreement. This mediation process amends the death pronouncement. A new life is available. Therefore, every daughter in the midst of a beguiling conversation has a highly qualified arbiter working toward a sustaining agreement with The Creator.

Agree with The Creator. Agree to be washed. Receive your redemption. Agree to The Creator’s terms. Receive your healing.

Agree with The Creator. Agree to be washed. Receive your redemption. Agree to The Creator’s terms. Receive your healing.

Agree with The Creator. Agree to be washed. Receive your redemption. Agree to The Creator’s terms. Receive your healing.

When the watchman sees the enemy coming, he sounds the alarm to warn the people. Then if those who hear the alarm refuse to take action, it is their own fault if they die. They heard the alarm but ignored it, so the responsibility is theirs. If they had listened to the warning, they could have saved their lives. But if the watchman sees the enemy coming and doesn’t sound the alarm to warn the people, he is responsible for their captivity. They will die in their sins, but I will hold the watchman responsible for their deaths.’ “Now, son of man, I am making you a watchman for the people of Israel. Therefore, listen to what I say and warn them for me. If I announce that some wicked people are sure to die and you fail to tell them to change their ways, then they will die in their sins, and I will hold you responsible for their deaths. But if you warn them to repent and they don’t repent, they will die in their sins, but you will have saved yourself. “Son of man, give the people of Israel this message: You are saying, ‘Our sins are heavy upon us; we are wasting away! How can we survive?’ As surely as I live, says the Sovereign Lord , I take no pleasure in the death of wicked people. I only want them to turn from their wicked ways so they can live. Turn! Turn from your wickedness, O people of Israel! Why should you die? “Son of man, give your people this message: The righteous behavior of righteous people will not save them if they turn to sin, nor will the wicked behavior of wicked people destroy them if they repent and turn from their sins. When I tell righteous people that they will live, but then they sin, expecting their past righteousness to save them, then none of their righteous acts will be remembered. I will destroy them for their sins. And suppose I tell some wicked people that they will surely die, but then they turn from their sins and do what is just and right. For instance, they might give back a debtor’s security, return what they have stolen, and obey my life-giving laws, no longer doing what is evil. If they do this, then they will surely live and not die. None of their past sins will be brought up again, for they have done what is just and right, and they will surely live. O people of Israel, you are saying, ‘The Lord isn’t doing what’s right.’ But I judge each of you according to your deeds.” But if wicked people turn from their wickedness and do what is just and right, they will live. “Your people are saying, ‘The Lord isn’t doing what’s right,’ but it is they who are not doing what’s right. For again I say, when righteous people turn away from their righteous behavior and turn to evil, they will die. 'When the watchman sees the enemy coming, he sounds the alarm to warn the people. Then if those who hear the alarm refuse to take action, it is their own fault if they die. They heard the alarm but ignored it, so the responsibility is theirs. If they had listened to the warning, they could have saved their lives. But if the watchman sees the enemy coming and doesn’t sound the alarm to warn the people, he is responsible for their captivity. They will die in their sins, but I will hold the watchman responsible for their deaths.’ “Now, son of man, I am making you a watchman for the people of Israel. Therefore, listen to what I say and warn them for me. If I announce that some wicked people are sure to die and you fail to tell them to change their ways, then they will die in their sins, and I will hold you responsible for their deaths. But if you warn them to repent and they don’t repent, they will die in their sins, but you will have saved yourself. “Son of man, give the people of Israel this message: You are saying, ‘Our sins are heavy upon us; we are wasting away! How can we survive?’ As surely as I live, says the Sovereign Lord , I take no pleasure in the death of wicked people. I only want them to turn from their wicked ways so they can live. Turn! Turn from your wickedness, O people of Israel! Why should you die? “Son of man, give your people this message: The righteous behavior of righteous people will not save them if they turn to sin, nor will the wicked behavior of wicked people destroy them if they repent and turn from their sins. When I tell righteous people that they will live, but then they sin, expecting their past righteousness to save them, then none of their righteous acts will be remembered. I will destroy them for their sins. And suppose I tell some wicked people that they will surely die, but then they turn from their sins and do what is just and right. For instance, they might give back a debtor’s security, return what they have stolen, and obey my life-giving laws, no longer doing what is evil. If they do this, then they will surely live and not die. None of their past sins will be brought up again, for they have done what is just and right, and they will surely live. O people of Israel, you are saying, ‘The Lord isn’t doing what’s right.’ But I judge each of you according to your deeds.” But if wicked people turn from their wickedness and do what is just and right, they will live. “Your people are saying, ‘The Lord isn’t doing what’s right,’ but it is they who are not doing what’s right. For again I say, when righteous people turn away from their righteous behavior and turn to evil, they will die. “Son of man, your people talk about you in their houses and whisper about you at the doors. They say to each other, ‘Come on, let’s go hear the prophet tell us what the Lord is saying!’ So my people come pretending to be sincere and sit before you. They listen to your words, but they have no intention of doing what you say. Their mouths are full of lustful words, and their hearts seek only after money. You are very entertaining to them, like someone who sings love songs with a beautiful voice or plays fine music on an instrument. They hear what you say, but they don’t act on it! But when all these terrible things happen to them—as they certainly will—then they will know a prophet has been among them.”

Ezekiel 33:3-20, 30-33 New Living Translation

And so it shall be.



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