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Cast Down but Not Forsaken

The awareness of shame is a reckoning with lost innocence, the realization that one now has the potential to hurt another and be hurt, to honor God and to dishonor Him.

  • Shame is the pervasive effect and affect of sin.

  • Shame is the raincoat of the soul, repelling the living water that would otherwise establish us as the beloved of God.

  • We believe falsely that our sin disqualifies us from receiving His love. Andrew Comisky

“Let mine adversaries be clothed with shame, and let them cover themselves with their own confusion, as with a mantle.” Psalm 109:29

“As he clothed himself with cursing like as with his garment, so let it come into his bowels like water, and like oil into his bones.”

“Let it be unto him as the garment which covereth him, and for a girdle wherewith he is girded continually.” Psalm 109:18-19

Fig Leaves

The business of putting on a covering is not new to us. Adam and Eve did it with fig leafs, and it protected their nakedness. In a sense, we could say that it was a good try at hiding their shame.

Nevertheless, putting on shame, confusion, and cursing is not our recommended means for covering shame, most times. Or, is it? In the verses above, confusion means “shame,” and cursing means “to make light.” Shame means to “disgrace.” Andrew Comisky says, “It is a raincoat.”

 

 

Making Light of God’s missed Blessings

Applying the above to our consciousness as a mask for shame, we make light of God’s missed blessings. We hold a wounded disposition, a hurt. We are pre-disposed mentally to hurt something or someone else. We gather these coverings until a synthesis of “personality” takes hold, and they become “us” as we develop them further.

We push away the love of God;  deceitfulness does this. We take on the “affect” of sin and its disposition. We contemplate the rights of the sinful state; an authority to do as we please. We flirt with the pleasure of potential temptation because our hurt gives us a privilege to.

Shame has its own life.

Separated from God, it assumes the devil’s disposition to remain in the separation. Sin becomes a soul-winner. It preaches the gospel of sin, a free life, gratification-now. Click To Tweet It resents God and everything/everybody else.

LORD, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters or in things too high for me. Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother: my soul is even as a weaned child. Psalm 131: 1-3

Have you ever felt abandoned by men or God? Sour grapes, feelings of abuse, unfairness, shame, and rejection fester and rise as leaven. “God has forsaken me, I have failed Him, I have sinned too badly, and I cannot be pardoned!!”

“What do you do?”

Now, the question came to me; “what do you do?” — you must find a “new” God.  Your choices: “curse God and die,” or be weaned, be weaned, be weaned. Leave the “God of your understanding” and discover the God of Un-conditional love.

Let Him lead you to “Arms Underneath,” “Upholding” by God’s hand, “Never leaving or forsaking,” “A friend that loves at all times,” “Brother born for adversity,” the “ever present help in times of trouble,” and the one “not ashamed to call us brethren.” We must discover the God who has our names “graven on His palms,” who says, “thou art fair my love, there is no spot in thee, and “I have loved thee with an everlasting love.” “let us build again, O virgin Israel.”

God brings the “new.”

Beloved, forward movement comes with a total priority change, a new focus, an objective mental stance and a determination to guard the mind and heart. God brings the “new. ”Babies move from liquids to solid foods. “Strong meats” in the Bible refers to experience or application of the words we hear. We move from mere knowledge to heart-experience. This shift translates us into the future, moves us out of our emotional premise and begins an objective excitement with determination. Summarily, find the Father of Mercy and God of all Comfort. He is bigger than your soul filled with rejection. love ya

 

Tom Sliva

Tom Sliva

Born in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, Pastor Sliva went to Bible college in Massachusetts at the Stevens School of the Bible in !982. He and his family moved to Baltimore in1987 to be a part of Greater Grace World Outreach. From there, he served in Prescott, Arizona, and Indianapolis, Ind. Ordained upon his return to Baltimore in 1995, Pastor Sliva was afflicted with brain cysts in the late 90's and stayed at home base until his recovery in 2002. He then assisted with ministries in Cincinnati and Pittsburgh before resettling in Baltimore due to his son's sudden illness and death. Pastor Sliva is a colon cancer survivor. He has been part of the Pastoral Care Team since 2008 and leads the Grief Share group at Greater Grace Church. Read more from Pastor Sliva on his blog Healing at the Cross.
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    Kevin Vandiver says

    Very well said. This brings to light what the enemy of our souls wants to keep hidden. Shame the silent dagger that continually cuts. The sharp clarity of the cross dispels the lies from satan that we would stay wrapped in shame. O the Conqueror and Capitan of or souls; The Lord Jesus Christ! There is healing and redemption by the blood of Jesus Christ and further more, the spiritual relationships in the Body of Christ rushing to the hurting ones brings tremendous comfort. Bravo, for this devotional! __Kevin Vandiver

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      Tom Sliva says

      Bravo! for a great comment. Thanks

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    Elizabeth Hoag says

    P.Sliva, your writing is beautiful, from the heart of God. Thank you! So much heart experience – a gift to you – from God. It was outstanding what you said and clear as a bell: “Forward movement comes with a total priority change, a new focus…” and “God brings the new.” He makes this shift in us. It made me think of my life threatening illness 7 years ago here in Baltimore while taking Bible college classes. Living with Esther, an RN, & husband Ken, she noticed I was having a thyroid storm (where your whole body attacks itself). By ambulance God had opened the only one emergency room in all of Baltimore with 3 thyroid specialists – in residence – in the Emergency Room. Thyroid specialists who know what they’re looking for can be counted on one hand. Two yrs later I found out it is rare to have a thyroid storm, and rarer that you survive. God brought in new priorities through the Body’s prayers – and He used the footstep responses – of certain servant people in Baltimore – and He answered prayers in my next very difficult 3 months of thyroid storm complications. Like your picture here shows perfectly: we put our hand in His hand – and He leads us. Our expectation of Faith – NOT to leap over cliffs ourselves – but to lean into – relax into – closing our eyes – trusting with perhaps a pounding heart – an expectation in our Faith – believing in Him – as we are falling off the cliff – looking straight up only at the sky – flat on our backs – as we freefall down – a Holy rushing wind – whooshes – holding us – underneath us – lifting us up – inside His palm – with everlasting – unconditional – unchanging – Love! Thank God for the Body of Christ and the fragrant prayers of the Saints. Elizabeth Hoag

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      Tom Sliva says

      Elizabeth, thanks for your story and comment. I’m glad the blog made sense.

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    Miracle Rivera says

    Wow, this was beautiful. Such a timely word from God. A beautiful reminder to let let Him love me and to live in His love and not the condemnation for from the enemy. Thank you so much for your blog posts. They have been very much an encouragemnet to me.

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      Tom Sliva says

      Thank you, Miracle

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