Ashamed...to be embarrassed or guilty because of one's actions, characteristics, or associations.
synonyms: sorry, shamefaced, abashed, sheepish, guilty, contrite, remorseful, repentant, penitent, regretful, rueful, apologetic
Adam and Eve
Genesis 2.25 "25 And the man and his wife were both naked, and were not ashamed."
then after they sinned...
Genesis 3.7 "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 automatically became aware they had violated GOD's instructions and the consequences were immediate - they had to be covered!
Adam and Eve "felt shame." This was a new emotion for them. It triggered the need to cover their bodies...just as our soul needs to be covered by the "blood" of Jesus Christ...
Ezra 9.6 "O my God, I am utterly ashamed; I blush to lift up my face to you. For our sins are piled higher than our heads, and our guilt has reached to the heavens. 7 From the days of our ancestors until now, we have been steeped in sin. That is why we and our kings and our priests have been at the mercy of the pagan kings of the land. We have been killed, captured, robbed, and disgraced, just as we are today."
Ezra has a deep understanding of personal sin and his sensitivity to the sin of the people - allows him to come into GOD's presence and ask forgiveness...
2 Samuel 10.4-5 Hanun captured David's men and cut off half their beards, and half their robes, and sent them back to David in shame.
David told the men to stay in Jericho until the beards grew back in order to avoid embarrassment at home...
Being abused, or mistreated causes shame
Psalms 25.2-3 "I trust in you, my God!
Amazing changes developed inside David, from being an adulterer, and murderer...to being a "man after GOD's own heart."
All of us have that same opportunity.
"Those who look to GOD for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces."
GOD humbles us, and disciplines us so that we can live lives, and make decisions that are pleasing to Him.
2 Timothy 1.12 "That is why I am suffering here in prison. But I am not ashamed of it, for I know the one in whom I trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until the day of his return."
Trusting in GOD, obeying Him and living righteously and landing up in jail - just as Joseph - is no reason to be ashamed, because sitting in jail is not the end of the story....
GOD always has the last say! Sometimes jail is one of the stops to a bright future in GOD.
1 Corinthians 4:10-13 NLT
"Our dedication to Christ makes us look like fools, but you claim to be so wise in Christ!
We are weak, but you are so powerful!
You are honored, but we are ridiculed.
Even now we go hungry and thirsty, and we don’t have enough clothes to keep warm.
We are often beaten and have no home.
We work wearily with our own hands to earn our living.
We bless those who curse us.
We are patient with those who abuse us.
We appeal gently when evil things are said about us.
Yet we are treated
like the world’s garbage, like everybody’s trash—right up to the present
Look at Paul's record. Would you, or your church hire this man? Probably not...
2 Corinthians 11.23-28 "Are they servants [ministers] of Christ? I know I sound like a madman, but I have served Him far more!
I have worked harder, been put in prison more often, been whipped times without number, and faced death again and again.
Five different times the Jewish leaders gave me thirty-nine lashes.
Three times I was beaten with rods.
Once I was stoned.
Three times I was shipwrecked.
Once I spent a whole night and a day adrift at sea.
I have traveled on many long journeys. I have faced danger from rivers and from robbers. I have faced danger from my own people, the Jews, as well as from the Gentiles. I have faced danger in the cities, in the deserts, and on the seas.
And I have faced danger from men who claim to be believers but are not.
I have worked hard and long, enduring many sleepless nights. I have been hungry and thirsty and have often gone without food. I have shivered in the cold, without enough clothing to keep me warm.
Then, besides all this, I have the daily burden of my concern for all the churches."
A great resume, Paul!
No wonder the church has so little impact in the earth today. Millions coming to Christ - filling huge auditoriums - but, so few are "transformed" as Peter and Paul.
That's what Paul feared.
Eve gazed upon the fruit from the wrong tree.
Somehow, we are deceived that the world has the answer for the church!
We try and bring the world's music and theater into the services, instead of prayer, fasting and weeping at the altar of GOD.
When Eve gazed on the fruit from the wrong tree, she was deceived into thinking that "what looks good, is good" - The outside of the fruit looked great.
1 John 2.28 "And now, little children, abide in Him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming."
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