Naked and unashamed
by Carol Barnesel
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NAKED AND UNASHAMED
This is several incidences that I went through many years ago, let me share them with you.
I was a member of a Prophetic Church, at this time and lots of visiting ministers came to share their gifts with us. Each time one of them visited, my pastor would have the services taped, as most leaders do today, for our edification and studying purposes. I purchased one of the series of taped sessions from the church. This one was with one of the "Generals in God's" army, when this minister spoke, you listened. It was sort of like the old commercial slogan, about Oppenhimer, the stock broker company, you know the one," when Oppenhimer speaks, you listen."
I worked for the biggest mail delivering service in the world, at this time, and I was usually exhausted each and every day after work. However, when I would get home I'd go straight to my bedroom, put on the tapes, strip off my clothing entirely and listen to them. Sometimes, I'd listen over and over again. Yes, I was naked and No, I was not ashamed, there's nothing hidden from our God any way. You might be asking, but why the nakedness? It was just my natural way of saying "Lord, here I am stripped of everything and naked before you, cleanse me, wash me deliver me oh God!"
I wanted and needed to be uninhibited, from the worlds caked on inhibitions, from their theories and opinions about who they thought I was and should be. I was tired of the competition for promotions, at work, the fellings of inadequacies of not being good enough, but knowing I was good enough and even better at the job than the one who got the promotion. Tired of the comeons', from my bosses, if you want this position, you know what you have to do. NOT!
Going home and laying out prostrate before God in that position for the time it took those tapes to run their courses, was like having the anointing poured into and saturating me. It gave me more than a since of rejuvenation, the words of those tapes did rejuvenate and regenerate as well. They gave me back my purpose. Those teachings reminded me of who I was and why I was; in a way that no man could do for me.
When my husband would get home from work, he would peep in the room and knowing I was having my time with the Lord, he (my husband), would just go quietly back out into our living room and wait for his dinner. I thanked God for a Godly husband, one who knows when the anointing is present you don't disturb, you join in or wait it out.
I got to the point that, when negative things did happened to me at work, I knew who sent them, and they didn't phase me as much any more, with time, things changed I looked forward to my times with the Lord with great expectation. I had come to learn that, what's for you, no man can take from you, if you put God first. When I let go and began to focus on God instead of man my promotion came, I ultimately got a better position and a pay raise. Of course I give HIM all the Glory and the Praise!
Love in Christ
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