The Naked Truth

Thought today… Shame & false guilt.

In the morning as i am trying to wake i also have this overwhelming sense of being so unworthy of God’s love. 

I sometimes don’t think clearly & feel a lack of hope, feel like there is no way God will accept me.

In times like this i shift my mind to God’s word and ask Him to help me see the truth.

If we look back to the very first sacrifice we see how God provides for us, made a way of Salvation for man kind from the start. He desired to have a relationship with humankind & has done everything on His end to keep that relationship.

Adam & Eve ate from the tree that bore the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil. After eating it they knew sin. They realized they were naked & felt shame about being naked. God killed an animal to cover their nakedness. The first sacrifice.

When i feel a false sense of guilt i read, focus & meditate (chew on) God’s word to help me realize it’s just the devil talking trash. 

We can so easily believe lies that come to us externally or internally.

This mornings devotional thought helped me fight this false shame…

This is from day 2 of the @YouVersion Plan “The Lies We Believe About God.” Check it out here:

“Shame on You”

Ever since Adam and Eve disobeyed God, humankind has been coated in shame. God has done all He can to cleanse us of our shame, the greatest expression being Christ’s death on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins.

 No one pays a price that high for something unlovable, unworthy, and undesirable. 

Beyond cleansing our shame by His death on the cross, God made us in His image, adopted us into His royal family, made us spiritually rich, empowered us with His strength, exchanged our old ugly nature for a beautiful one, and included us in His great adventure. 

After doing all that, how could any of us continue to think of God as a shamer?

To overcome the lie that God is a shamer, I suggest the spiritual discipline of confession. 

Scripture challenges us to “confess [our] sins to each other and pray for each other so that [we] may be healed” (James 5:16). If we are not honest with others about the sinful things we do and the character defects we struggle with, Satan has a greater opportunity to keep us in bondage to self-condemnation and shame. 

Richard Foster put it well when he said, “The Disciplines of confession brings an end to pretense. God is calling us into being a Church that can openly confess its frail humanity and know the forgiving and empowering graces of Christ.” 

In counseling, we say, “You are only as sick as your secrets.” 

To overcome shame, we have to quit hiding and covering up

We have to be courageous enough to share our struggles and let the grace and support of others help us heal.

Saint Alphonsus Liguori wrote, “For a good confession three things are necessary: an examination of conscience, sorrow, and a determination to avoid sin.” 

  1. First, we must go before God and allow Him to prod our consciences about the things that require His forgiveness. 
  2. Second, we must experience genuine remorse about having sinned and having hurt the heart of God. 
  3. Third, we must ask God to help us have a strong desire to live holy lives.

God is no shamer. 

He came to set you free from shame, cleanse you with His love and grace, reinstate you into His family, and make you part of His great adventure. No, God is no shamer.”

As i write this post i openly admit, confess, that i struggle with this false shaming & want anyone who might read it to know that if they feel this way too that God is no shamer He is a forgiver.

Here is a verse i have committed to memory and will repeat like a mantra over & over again…If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1 John 1:9 ESV

http://bible.com/59/1jn.1.9.ESV

Remember God’s word tells us….

 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

James 5:16 ESV

http://bible.com/59/jas.5.16.ESV

The Proverbs say, “Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.”

Proverbs 28:13 ESV

http://bible.com/59/pro.28.13.ESV

This is from day 2 of the @YouVersion Plan “The Lies We Believe About God.” Check it out here:

http://bible.com/r/12S

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