Moreover, I will save you from all your uncleanness; and I will call for the grain and multiply it, and I will not bring a famine on you. I will multiply the fruit of the tree and the produce of the field, so that you will not receive again the disgrace of famine among the nations. Then you will remember your evil ways and your deeds that were not good, and you will loathe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and your abominations. (NASB, Emphasis added)
In this passage the Prophet Ezekiel is proclaiming a day in which the nation of Israel will experience spiritual renewal, and the blessing of the Lord will be again upon her. The result of this renewal initiated by God was that the nation would remember and loathe its past iniquities.
We learn two steps to becoming poor in spirit from this section of Scripture.
Then you will remember your evil ways and your deeds that were not good. The first step given is the iniquities need to be remembered. Sin cannot be dealt with if it is hidden in some safe place where God can’t take care of it with the shed blood of Christ. Our sins separate us from the love and presence of the Lord. With the sin out in the open and repented of the Believer is then free to start the process becoming poor in spirit and can approach the holy and awesome God.
But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear. (Isaiah 59:2, Amplified)
And you will loathe yourselves in your own sight. The next step is that of seeing with your own eyes what you truly are apart from Christ, and come to the place of loathing yourself. The word used for loathe in the Hebrew means to abhor. It means to despise, to feel a revulsion toward something or someone; in this case the self is loathed. With the recognition of the self as void of anything with value apart from Christ, the Believer looks towards the Loving Father with the character of being poor in spirit, which is the desire of the Father.
There you will remember your ways and all your deeds that you have defiled yourselves with, and you will loathe yourselves for all the evil things you have done. (Ezekiel 20:43, HCSB)
For your iniquities and your abominations. These two steps bring us face to face with our sin. Sin always needs to be dealt with. Praise the Lord God that He sent Jesus Christ to make provision to take away our sins!
If we say, “We have no sin,” we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say, “We don’t have any sin,” we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. (1 John 1:8-10, HCSB)
It is time to deal with any sin in your life right now. Character begins with a clean believer (1 John 1:8-10).