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

 

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