Sunday, March 10, 2013

Our feeling of shame and depravity should drive us to God for healing.

Our feeling of shame and guilt should drive us to God for healing.

Why are you hiding?

When Adam and Eve have eaten the forbidden fruit of knowledge and evil,their eyes were open and felt ashame of their nakeness.

Genesis 3:7-8
New Living Translation (NLT)
7 At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves.

They hid from God because of their shame.

Genesis 3:8-11
New Living Translation (NLT)
8 When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man[a] and his wife heard the Lord God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the Lord God among the trees. 9 Then the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”10 He replied, “I heard you walking in the garden, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked.”11 “Who told you that you were naked?” the Lord God asked. “Have you eaten from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat?”

God covered their shame by clothing them with animal skins.

Genesis 3:21
New Living Translation (NLT)
21 And the Lord God made clothing from animal skins for Adam and his wife.

Guilt comes as a result of Sin. When Adam disobey God, this guilt was pass down to us.

In the Old testament people have to offer guilt offering to God even for any unintentional sin commit against the Lord.

Leviticus 5:17-19
New Living Translation (NLT)
17 “Suppose you sin by violating one of the Lord’s commands. Even if you are unaware of what you have done, you are guilty and will be punished for your sin. 18 For a guilt offering, you must bring to the priest your own ram with no defects, or you may buy one of equal value. Through this process the priest will purify you from your unintentional sin, making you right with the Lord, and you will be forgiven. 19 This is a guilt offering, for you have been guilty of an offense against the Lord.”

For God's people, guilt is a very miserable feeling. So much so that if God did not relieve you from your guilt,you will die from it.

Exodus 28:42-43
New Living Translation (NLT)
42 Also make linen undergarments for them, to be worn next to their bodies, reaching from their hips to their thighs. 43 These must be worn whenever Aaron and his sons enter the Tabernacle[a] or approach the altar in the Holy Place to perform their priestly duties. Then they will not incur guilt and die. This is a permanent law for Aaron and all his descendants after him.

For those who have sinned against the Lord,you know what I meant.
How miserable and rotten you will feel about yourself. It is as though you have just committed a murder.

Until you have confess your sin, your guilt remains to haunt you.

Seek healing by confessing your Sin to God or a christian whom you trust.

Psalm 32:3-5
New Living Translation (NLT)
When I refused to confess my sin,
    my body wasted away,
    and I groaned all day long.
Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me.
    My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat. Interlude
Finally, I confessed all my sins to you
    and stopped trying to hide my guilt.
I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.”
    And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone. Interlude

James 5:16
New Living Translation (NLT)
16 Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.

"Do not be content with whispering your sin to God. That is good. Very good. But he offers us something more: “Confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed” (James 5:16). There is a release and healing that flows from confessing not only to God in the secret place of your heart, but also to a trusted friend, or to the person you have offended. The tender words, “I’m sorry, will you forgive me?” are one of the surest paths to joy. (When I Don't Desire God, 224)"

Judas is a typical example of one who died from guilt.

Matthew 27:5-8
New Living Translation (NLT)
5 Then Judas threw the silver coins down in the Temple and went out and hanged himself.
But getting rid of the money didn't alleviate his guilt. Jesus was still going to die and Judas couldn't reverse what he'd done. Utterly in despair, he committed suicide.

He did not turn to Jesus for forgivness and to relief him from his guilt and thus out of great misery he went and hang himself.

A Warning against Pride

Jeremiah 13:15-17
New Living Translation (NLT)
A Warning against Pride
15 Listen and pay attention!
    Do not be arrogant, for the Lord has spoken.
16 Give glory to the Lord your God
    before it is too late.
Acknowledge him before he brings darkness upon you,
    causing you to stumble and fall on the darkening mountains.
For then, when you look for light,
    you will find only terrible darkness and gloom.
17 And if you still refuse to listen,
    I will weep alone because of your pride.
My eyes will overflow with tears,
    because the Lord’s flock will be led away into exile.

Humble yourself and go to Christ for the forgiviness of your Sin.

Jeremiah 13:25-26
New Living Translation (NLT)
25 This is your allotment,
    the portion I have assigned to you,”
    says the Lord,
“for you have forgotten me,
    putting your trust in false gods.
26 I myself will strip you
    and expose you to shame.

Only Jesus can forgive Sin.

1 John 1:9
New Living Translation (NLT)
9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.

Stop desensitize yourself and trusting in false god. Your shame is there to lead you to Christ.

Stop hiding yourself in the facade of success.
Stop numbing yourself in thoses computer game.
Stop hiding yourself in your tonnes of work.

Your feeling of depravity in you comes as a result of your sin against the most high God.
Go to Jesus for healing.

Matthew 11:28
New Living Translation (NLT)
28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.

Jesus Christ is our guilt offering.

Isaiah 53:10
English Standard Version (ESV)
10 Yet (A)it was the will of the Lord to crush him;
    he has put him to grief;[a]
(B)when his soul makes[b] an offering for guilt,
    he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days;
(C)the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.

2 Corinthians 5:21
New Living Translation (NLT)
21 For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin,[a] so that we could be made right with God through Christ.

1 John 2:1-2
New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Christ Is Our Advocate
2 (A)My little children, I am (B)writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, (C)we have an [a](D)Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; 2 and He Himself is (E)the [b]propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also (F)for those of the whole world.

During judgement day we will all be naked before God.

Hebrews 4:13
English Standard Version (ESV)
13 And (A)no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are (B)naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

Heaven and earth will flee from Him who Judges

Revelation 20:11
English Standard Version (ESV)
Judgment Before the Great White Throne
11 Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence (A)earth and sky fled away, and (B)no place was found for them.

Revelation 16:20
English Standard Version (ESV)
20 And (A)every island fled away, and no mountains were to be found.
In the last day man will be begging the mountain to fall on them for their shame is great.

Man will begged to be covered. And will flee before the presence of God.

Isaiah 2:19
New American Standard Bible (NASB)
19 Men will (A)go into caves of the rocks
And into holes of the [a]ground
Before the terror of the Lord
And the splendor of His majesty,
When He arises (B)to make the earth tremble.

Luke 23:30
New American Standard Bible (NASB)
30 Then they will begin to (A)say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us,’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’

Revelation 6:16
English Standard Version (ESV)
16 (A)calling to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of (B)him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb,
The righteous will be lad in God’s presence.

Psalm 68:3
New Living Translation (NLT)
3 But let the godly rejoice.
    Let them be glad in God’s presence.
    Let them be filled with joy.

But to thoses whom God loved, they are clothes with the righteousness of Christ.

Isaiah 61:10
English Standard Version (ESV)
10 (A)I will greatly rejoice in the Lord;
    my soul shall exult in my God,
(B)for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation;
    he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom decks himself (C)like a priest with a beautiful headdress,
    (D)and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels

Stop hiding in shame and call upon the Lord. For He is mighty to save!

Zephaniah 3:17
New Living Translation (NLT)
17 For the Lord your God is living among you.
    He is a mighty savior.
He will take delight in you with gladness.
    With his love, he will calm all your fears.[a]
    He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”

Psalm 86:5
New Living Translation (NLT)
5 O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive,
    so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help.

Luke 13:34
New Living Translation (NLT)
34 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God’s messengers! How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn’t let me.

Those who thrust is in the Lord will not be put to shame!

Isaiah 54:4
New American Standard Bible (NASB)
4 “Fear not, for you will (A)not be put to shame;
And do not feel humiliated, for you will not be disgraced;
But you will forget the (B)shame of your youth,
And the (C)reproach of your widowhood you will remember no more.

Joel 2:27
New American Standard Bible (NASB)
27 “Thus you will (A)know that I am in the midst of Israel,
And that I am the Lord your God,
And there is (B)no other;
And My people will never be (C)put to shame.

1 Peter 2:6
English Standard Version (ESV)
6 For it stands in Scripture:
(A)“Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone,
    a cornerstone chosen and precious,
(B)and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”

Those who are not of God don't even feel shame...

Jeremiah 8:12
New Living Translation (NLT)
12 Are they ashamed of these disgusting actions?
    Not at all—they don’t even know how to blush!
Therefore, they will lie among the slaughtered.
    They will be brought down when I punish them,
    says the Lord.

They will not seek God for forgiviness

Isaiah 6:9-13
New Living Translation (NLT)
And he said, “Yes, go, and say to this people,
‘Listen carefully, but do not understand.
    Watch closely, but learn nothing.’
10 Harden the hearts of these people.
    Plug their ears and shut their eyes.
That way, they will not see with their eyes,
    nor hear with their ears,
nor understand with their hearts
    and turn to me for healing.”[a]

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