Are you being honest with God?
Ezra was honest to God about his sin. Here is a series of phrases from Ezra 9:
Jewish leaders closed their hearts and lied to Jesus about their sin in John 8:33-34:
They answered Him, "We are Abraham's descendants and have never yet been enslaved to anyone; how is it that You say, 'You will become free'?"
Jesus answered them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin."
Ezra was open and honest with God about his sin, and God freed him from slavery. The Jewish leaders in Jesus' day, lied about their slavery, they tried to hide their slavery, and they never became free!
Real freedom begins with real honesty. Do you want freedom? God knows you and what you have done. Your slavery to sin is not new information to God, but He wants to hear it from your lips.
And Jesus answered and said to them, "It is not those who are well who need a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance."
Jesus came to save slaves. Are you a slave?
For me to live is Christ.