Overcoming Shame (study) pt 9

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Revelations 3:18 – I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

Adam & Eve were in the garden and Genesis 2:25 says “ And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.”

After they ate of the forbidden tree, they hid from God. If you’ll notice, God went looking for them.

GOD DOES NOT HIDE FROM PEOPLE WITH SIN & SHAME.

PEOPLE WITH SIN & SHAME HIDE FROM GOD.

God asked them, “Who told you that you were naked?” —He wanted to know who they’d been talking to. (they’d been talking to the accuser)

Lifestyle of shame (attitude)
Shame promotes a lifestyle of extremes.

When people with shame are up, they fear making mistakes.
When people with shame are down, they are full of mistakes; they have surrendered to shame because they failed to hide it. (fall back into same old self destructive patterns).

When people with shame are up, they avoid talking about their problems; they are hiding flaws to avoid rejection.  (Have you ever been to a church where no one ever seems to have any major problems in life…and there isn’t much weeping and crying out to God?)

When people with shame are down, they talk about their problems with everybody.

When people with shame are up, they lack trust & are suspicious of the motives of others.

When people with shame are down, they distrust themselves more than anyone or anything.

People with an attitude of shame presume rejection and act in a way that produces it. The thinking (subconscious) is this:

“If I reject me, I assume you will reject me also, so I will subconsciously act In a way that forces you to do what I already believe you will do.”

“Psychology” means “the study of the soul.” (Google the etymology of the word)

Psychologists can’t fix this. They can only teach you to cope.

GOD DOESN’T WANT YOU TO COPE, HE WANTS YOU TO CHANGE & BE HEALED.

“but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” ~Romans 12:2

(credit to Bishop Charles Wright & Tabernacle of Joy..you can look this study up on YouTube if you’d like to jump ahead.)

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