Here is a modern definition of shame:
A painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong for foolish behavior. – Dictionary.com
This is part 2 of the Study about shame.
by Mitch Kuhn
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Another great temptation is to protect ourselves physically with weapons. There is a great deal of discussion in the US right now about gun control.
Many people are quite upset about the government’s attempts to take guns away from the American people. There is great fear that without weapons we will have no way to defend ourselves.
The truth is that God is causing all of these things, and no weapon fashioned against us will stand.
Isa 54:16 Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy.
Isa 54:17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.
God will put to shame those that trust in the idols of physical weapons, while those that trust in him will be secure and not put to shame.
Rom 10:11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
Isa 54:4 “Do not fear, for you will not be ashamed; Neither be disgraced, for you will not be put to shame; For you will forget the shame of your youth, And will not remember the reproach of your widowhood anymore.
I realize that I am focusing on some very physical applications of the Word of God.
I feel the need to do this because this world is filled with great trials, and there is a great temptation to be fearful and cling to these physical idols.
Regardless of where you live or what is going on in your country, God is your refuge.
Remember what happened when Peter tried to protect Christ with his sword.
Joh 18:10 Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant’s name was Malchus.
Joh 18:11 So Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword into the sheath. Shall I not drink the cup which My Father has given Me?”
Just like Christ, we must not resist evil, but rather accept the cup the Lord is giving us to drink in this life.
Heb 10:34 for you had compassion on me in my chains, and joyfully accepted the plundering of your goods, knowing that you have a better and an enduring possession for yourselves in heaven.
The cup we are to drink is to joyfully accept the plundering of our good, and to love our enemies. We will never be put to shame for doing that.
Mat 5:39 But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.
Mat 5:40 If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also.
Mat 5:41 And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two.
Mat 5:42 Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away.
Mat 5:43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR and hate your enemy.’
Mat 5:44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,
Mat 5:45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
Mat 5:46 For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?
Mat 5:47 And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so?
Mat 5:48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.
It is truly a miracle to love our enemies and to joyfully accept the plundering of our goods. This is certainly not natural for us to do.
We will indeed drink the cup, because we will be drug to Christ.
Mat 20:20 Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Him with her sons, kneeling down and asking something from Him.
Mat 20:21 And He said to her, “What do you wish?” She said to Him, “Grant that these two sons of mine may sit, one on Your right hand and the other on the left, in Your kingdom.”
Mat 20:22 But Jesus answered and said, “You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” They said to Him, “We are able.”
Mat 20:23 So He said to them, “You will indeed drink My cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with; but to sit on My right hand and on My left is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it is prepared by My Father.”
helkuō helkō hel-koo’-o, hel’-ko
Probably akin to G138; to drag (literally or figuratively): – draw. Compare G1667.
Joh 6:44 No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws (G1670) him; and I will raise him up at the last day.
Joh 12:32 And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw (G1670) all peoples to Myself.”
It is true that obeying God’s commands will result in our salvation and never being put to shame, however it is very difficult to obey his commands in this life because it seems foolish to our natural mind and to all the carnally minded in the world around us.
1Co 2:14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
As we begin to renounce shameful disobedience, we will suffer great persecution.
2Co 4:2 NKJV But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.
This is Paul explaining to Timothy what he should expect as he lives by Christ’s doctrine.
2Ti 3:10 But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance,
2Ti 3:11 persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra—what persecutions I endured. And out of them all the Lord delivered me.
2Ti 3:12 Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.
2Ti 3:13 But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.
2Ti 3:14 But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them,
There is a great temptation to deny Christ and become ashamed of his doctrine because of the great persecution that comes with following him.
Paul encourages Timothy in this regard, because Paul himself was fearful at times and denied Christ.
2Ti 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
2Ti 1:8 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God,
Act 16:1 Then came he to Derbe and Lystra: and, behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timotheus, the son of a certain woman, which was a Jewess, and believed; but his father was a Greek:
Act 16:2 Which was well reported of by the brethren that were at Lystra and Iconium.
Act 16:3 Him would Paul have to go forth with him; and took and circumcised him because of the Jews which were in those quarters: for they knew all that his father was a Greek.
Paul himself tells the Galatians that if we be circumcised to follow the law, then Christ shall profit us nothing.
Paul knew firsthand how violently the Jews opposed the doctrine of Christ, so it was only natural for him to become fearful of this persecution and be tempted to deny Christ.
Act 14:19 And there came thither certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium, who persuaded the people, and, having stoned Paul, drew him out of the city, supposing he had been dead.
Here is another example in Acts 21
Act 21:17 And when we had come to Jerusalem, the brethren received us gladly.
Act 21:18 On the following day Paul went in with us to James, and all the elders were present.
Act 21:19 When he had greeted them, he told in detail those things which God had done among the Gentiles through his ministry.
Act 21:20 And when they heard it, they glorified the Lord. And they said to him, “You see, brother, how many myriads of Jews there are who have believed, and they are all zealous for the law;
Act 21:21 but they have been informed about you that you teach all the jews who are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise their children nor to walk according to the customs.
Act 21:22 What then? The assembly must certainly meet, for they will hear that you have come.
Act 21:23 Therefore do what we tell you: We have four men who have taken a vow.
Act 21:24 Take them and be purified with them, and pay their expenses so that they may shave their heads, and that all may know that those things of which they were informed concerning you are nothing, but that you yourself also walk orderly and keep the law.
Act 21:25 But concerning the Gentiles who believe, we have written and decided that they should observe no such thing, except that they should keep themselves from things offered to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from sexual immorality.”
Act 21:26 Then Paul took the men, and the next day, having been purified with them, entered the temple to announce the expiration of the days of purification, at which time an offering should be made for each one of them.
Act 21:27 Now when the seven days were almost ended, the Jews from Asia, seeing him in the temple, stirred up the whole crowd and laid hands on him,
Act 21:28 crying out, “Men of Israel, help! This is the man who teaches all men everywhere against the people, the law, and this place; and furthermore he also brought Greeks into the temple and has defiled this holy place.”
Act 21:29 (For they had previously seen Trophimus the Ephesian with him in the city, whom they supposed that Paul had brought into the temple.)
Act 21:30 And all the city was disturbed; and the people ran together, seized Paul, and dragged him out of the temple; and immediately the doors were shut.
Act 21:31 Now as they were seeking to kill him, news came to the commander of the garrison that all Jerusalem was in an uproar. Act 21:32 He immediately took soldiers and centurions, and ran down to them. And when they saw the commander and the soldiers, they stopped beating Paul.
This study covers this topic in far greater detail: http://aionios.com/2012-06/1-corinthians-1-13_17
It is easy to speak boldly in the name of Christ when there is no persecution. We will all be like Peter and boldly pledge our allegiance to Christ before we deny him when the persecution comes.
Joh 13:36 Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, where are You going?” Jesus answered him, “Where I am going you cannot follow Me now, but you shall follow Me afterward.”
Joh 13:37 Peter said to Him, “Lord, why can I not follow You now? I will lay down my life for Your sake.”
Joh 13:38 Jesus answered him, “Will you lay down your life for My sake? Most assuredly, I say to you, the rooster shall not crow till you have denied me three times.
Mat 26:69 Now Peter sat outside in the courtyard. And a servant girl came to him, saying, “You also were with Jesus of Galilee.”
Mat 26:70 But he denied it before them all, saying, “I do not know what you are saying.”
Mat 26:71 And when he had gone out to the gateway, another girl saw him and said to those who were there, “This fellow also was with Jesus of Nazareth.”
Mat 26:72 But again he denied with an oath, “I do not know the Man!”
Mat 26:73 And a little later those who stood by came up and said to Peter, “Surely you also are one of them, for your speech betrays you.”
Mat 26:74 Then he began to curse and swear, saying, “I do not know the man!” Immediately a rooster crowed.
Mat 26:75 And Peter remembered the word of Jesus who had said to him, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” So he went out and wept bitterly.
Christ restored Peter and he goes on to be a powerful witness for Christ. We must all go through this same process of denying Christ before we stand
with him. We eventually grow to despise the shame that the world feels towards God’s commands, and like Christ we are able to then endure the cross.
Heb 12:2 NKJV looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Christ was given the power through the Spirit of God to not care what the world thought about him. He was concerned about what his Father wanted him to do.
In due time, we will be given this same power to overcome our old carnal nature, and despise the shame as well.
This is a very difficult process, because it requires us to lose our life. Our lives, before coming to Christ, consist of an intricate web of idols that we rely upon to meet our needs, and things that we value more than Christ.
Mat 16:24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.
Mat 16:25 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.
See this study for more on the topic: http://aionios.com/2013-01/why-am-i-significant-part-1/
Here are some examples of what was required of the Apostles.
Peter gave up his career as a fisherman.
Mat 4:18 And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen.
Mat 4:19 Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
Joh 21:11 Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land full of great fishes, an hundred and fifty and three: and for all there were so many, yet was not the net broken.
Joh 21:12 Jesus said to them, “Come and eat breakfast.” Yet none of the disciples dared ask Him, “Who are You?”—knowing that it was the Lord.
Joh 21:13 Jesus then came and took the bread and gave it to them, and likewise the fish.
Joh 21:14 This is now the third time Jesus showed Himself to His disciples after He was raised from the dead.
Joh 21:15 So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Feed My lambs.”
Joh 21:16 He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Tend My sheep.”
Joh 21:17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep”.
Paul gave up his status as a well respected Jew and Pharisee.
Php 3:4 though I also might have confidence in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he may have confidence in the flesh, I more so:
Php 3:5 circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee;
Php 3:6 concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.
Php 3:7 But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ.
The Lord will also bring division between us and our families.
Mat 10:34 “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword.
Mat 10:35 For I have come to ‘SET A MAN AGAINST HIS FATHER, A DAUGHTER AGAINST HER MOTHER, AND A DAUGHTER-IN-LAW AGAINST HER MOTHER-IN-LAW’;
Mat 10:36 and ‘A MAN’S ENEMIES WILL BE THOSE OF HIS OWN HOUSEHOLD.’
Mat 10:37 He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.
As we begin to obey the doctrines of Christ we will suffer persecution.
Joh 15:18 “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.
Joh 15:19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.
Joh 15:20 Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also.
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