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Stop Trying to Fix It

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Underneath my car is this thing called an undercar cover or shield and let’s just say that thing has been through a lot.

One night, I got too close to the parking lot bumper and the cover split in half, but someone from my church came over with their tools and fixed it for me.

Then another night, an animal ran in front of my car as I was going home. Again, it tore the engine cover. I did everything I could to hold on to that cover. I even used duct tape.

Well, some time had passed, but I eventually ordered a new engine cover. The parts and labor was a little over $200.

My car was finally fixed and it looked good.

Then, one day as I was driving to the movie theater with my son, I saw something in the road. It looked like Spanish moss. But, instead of swerving to the right or left, what did I do? I drove over it and apparently it got caught in the cover and pulled it as I was driving. The next thing I heard was the sound of something dragging on the highway.

My new cover was damaged again and that was money that I couldn’t get back.

So, I let the cover drag as long as I could because I wasn’t getting this fixed again. When it was time for my next oil change, a young man (from a different auto shop) looked at the cover for me.

Minutes later, he comes in the waiting area holding the cover over his shoulder. I’m waiting for him to tell me the price of the parts and labor, but he says nothing. So I said, What is it going to cost?

He said, Nothing. You don’t need it. You can drive without it.

And you know what? He was right. I was trying to fix something that really didn’t need to be fixed. I didn’t need the engine cover to drive the car and it didn’t stop me from reaching the places I needed to go.

Why am I telling this story?

Because sometimes we try to fix situations that God can only fix and we try to change people that only God can change. We try to get to certain places in our life, holding on to things or people that was more of a burden than a blessing. And the enemy will use ‘what we think we need’ to get us off course, to keep us going in circles, to pull us away from the voice of God and to lead us in the wrong direction. Such distractions have cost many of us too much time and too much money.

I learned three things from this car as it relates to my life:
1) I can’t fix it.
2) Not everything needs fixing.
3) There are some things that only God can fix.

Be Not Ashamed

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ashamed: feeling of fear or shame which prevents a person from doing a thing

When God made Adam and Eve, they were not ashamed (Genesis 2:25).  They were told not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, but the serpent deceived Eve.   Despite what God said, Eve ate of the tree and then she gave some to her husband and he ate it.  They disobeyed God based upon what it looked like.  It looked good and it looked like nothing would happen if they ate it.  And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food and that it was pleasant to the eyes… (Genesis 3:6).  They sinned and sin led to shame and fear.   And he (Adam) said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself  (Genesis 3:10).  When someone walks in shame, this is how the enemy makes them feel:

I don’t deserve anything good because I did something bad.

I’m always messing up.

I wish I could move far away.

I was so stupid.

I’ll just keep to myself. 

The bad thing is that we not only back away from people, but we back away from God.  Where are you  (Genesis 3:9)?

God created Adam and Eve to rule over everything He had given them.  When you read about them or anyone else in the bible who ran or hid (for example, Elijah and Moses), these were powerful men of God.  The reason why the enemy comes after powerful men and women of God is because he is afraid of them.  He knows you are a threat. He is afraid that the anointing on your life will destroy the yokes he placed upon people.  He is afraid that you will free many from their bondage.  He is afraid that you will tear down the walls that He built.  He also knows that if he can get you to walk in shame (or guilt or condemnation), you won’t walk in power.  To defeat the enemy, you can’t walk in shame or fear, but you must walk in the spirit of power, love and a sound mind.

You don’t think the woman at the well was ashamed?  This woman already had five husbands and now she was on the sixth husband.  I can only imagine how much she was talked about.   She probably got involved with the same type of men – the ones who belittled her and used her.   I know she felt stupid at times.  I know she was tired of the cycle.  I know she was tired of being disappointed and lied to.  But one day, she met Jesus at the well.  He didn’t humiliate her or embarrass her.  He didn’t condemn her.  He talked to her in a way that no other man had before.   He told her all the things she ever did.  The scriptures tell us that she left her waterpot, but I don’t think that’s the only thing she left.  I believe she left that sixth husband.  I believe she left shame.  She started smiling again.  In the Old Testament, you read of women going to the well together, but this woman went alone.  After her meeting with Jesus, she didn’t isolate herself anymore.  The devil wanted to silence her, but she was talking again.  She testified of Jesus and what He did in her life and many believed and received Him because of her testimony.

She probably thought God couldn’t use her because of her past.  There is nothing so dirty in your past that the blood of Jesus cannot cleanse.  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).   There is NOW no condemnation (guilty of wrong) for those who are in Christ Jesus.  Jesus rejected the shame (Hebrews 12:2) and we should reject it, too.   Let Him make you free.  God is not ashamed of you. You don’t have to cover yourselves with fig leaves.  Let His love cover all your sins.  Let Him make you whole.

May God give you double for your shame and may you never be put to shame again.