Difficult times don’t change who God is, but sometimes He allows things to happen to change us.
Who God is to you when everything is going right is who He is when everything is not going right in your life.
Despite how you may feel right now, He hasn’t changed how He feels about you or what He said about you.
He is still with you.
He is still good.
He still loves you.
He still cares for you.
And He will still do what He said.
For I am the Lord, I change not (Malachi 3:6).
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today and forever (Hebrews 13:8).
God is not a man, that He should lie; neither the son of man that He should repent: has He said, and shall He not do it? or has He spoken and shall He not make it good (Numbers 23:19)?
God said to Moses, I AM THAT I AM (Exodus 3:14).
touch: to attach oneself to; to leave a mark or impression on; to harm slightly by contact; to taint or blemish
The serpent asked Eve if it was true that God told them not to eat from any tree in the garden. The woman said, We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden, but of the fruit which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, You shall not eat of it, neither shall you touch it, lest you die (Gen 3:3). The serpent then told Eve that God lied. You shall not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat it, then your eyes shall be opened and you shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
The next time you sin, ask yourself, What am I missing that I would do that? – Pastor A. R. Bernard
The enemy wants you to think that you are missing something, but how can you be missing anything when God has given you all things that pertain to life and godliness? Before God placed Adam and Eve in the garden, He placed everything they would ever need in the garden, but because Eve didn’t understand who she was and what she already had, she believed the lies. The serpent said something to her that made her look and it looked good.
We touch things every day. We touch doorknobs. We shake hands. We exchange money. Some of you reading this right now are holding your cell phone. Bacteria, germs and viruses live there. We can’t see them with our physical eyes, but they do exist. Unfortunately, there are things that we touch that can make us sick while there are other things that can kill us through contact or touch (flu virus, AIDS virus).
That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that it should be holy and without blemish (Ephesians 5:27).
The moment you touch what God told you not to touch or handle, that which is spiritual or that which you can’t see (demonic spirits) can attach itself to you and contaminate you. Just like germs and viruses, they have the ability to destroy or kill you.
When Adam and Eve disobeyed God, they were immediately driven out of the garden. They lost what God gave them and you and I can lose what God gave us through disobedience. Why can’t what ‘God has said’ be enough? Why do we touch what God told us not to touch?
Because we really don’t believe what He has said.
When I got involved with the wrong people or involved in the wrong things through deception, it affected my relationship with God. Before long, I wasn’t as close to Him as I should have been. I was hurt, disappointed and heartbroken. I lost my joy. I lost belief in God’s word. I became distant, feeling that I had disappointed God, that I had lost His love and that He no longer looked at me the same.
So, learn from my mistakes. Be careful how you handle people, be careful what topics you touch on in conversation, and be careful of the relationships that you get involved in. Yes, God can restore what you lost, but there are some things that are easy to lose, but hard to get back.
If God says don’t go, then don’t go. If God says don’t text them, then don’t text them. If God says leave it alone, then leave it alone.
Believe what God has said and…
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.