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May 21st, 2013 | Filed Under: Author, Mitch Kuhn, Shame, Topical Studies0 Comments | Author:

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 3, the last part, of the Study about shame.

by Mitch Kuhn
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Followers of Christ are different than the rest of the world, and the longer we talk with him the more manifest that will become. We no longer run to the same excess of riot as the rest of the world and they the world finds this strange.

1Pe 4:3 For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:
1Pe 4:4 Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you:

One of the most common things that separates us from others is when we stop celebrating all of the holidays of the world and the Church. Most families spend time together around the holidays, so when Christ convicts us that we should esteem all days alike, many people think we are quite strange.
This is just one example of the many things that cause us to be separated from others. Even if we are able to maintain relationships with our family and people in the world, it is never quite the same, because we no longer love the same things.
The more others know about our doctrine, the more their carnal mind will reject the Christ in us. God’s people believe that all men will be saved, that we have no free will, that Christ was created, that the doctrine of the Trinity is false, that we should obey the laws of the land, that we should love ourenemies, that we should not go to war, that we should not resist evil, and that God causes all things both good and evil, etc.
Any one of these doctrines can be extremely offensives to the carnal mind.
In due time we will become ashamed of our old carnal ways, and will be given the ability to overcome them.

Rom 6:21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.

Looking back we will see that we are actually enemies of the cross of Christ, before we are delivered.

Php 3:18 NKJV For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:
Php 3:19 whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame—who set their mind on earthly things.

Here is a description of us when we are enemies of Christ.

Jud 1:11 NKJV Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah.
Jud 1:12 These are spots in your love feasts, while they feast with you without fear, serving only themselves. They are clouds without water, carried about by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead,pulled up by the roots;
Jud 1:13 raging waves of the sea, foaming up their own shame; wandering stars for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.

Cain committed the first murder by killing is brother Abel. He was angry that his brother’s sacrifice to God was accepted and his was not (Gen 4).

Gen 4:3 NKJV And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit ofthe ground to the LORD.
Gen 4:4 Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the LORD respected Abel and his offering,
Gen 4:5 but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.
Gen 4:6 So the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen?
Gen 4:7 If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.”
Gen 4:8 Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.

Christ reveals to us that being unjustly angry with our brothers, as Cain was with Abel, will put us in danger of judgment.

Mat 5:21 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:
Mat 5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca (you fool), shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

Here is a study series for more on judgment:
http://aionios.com/2012-05/6th-milk-doctrine-eternal-judgment-part-1/

Baalam was a diviner, who would pronounce blessings or curses upon people for money. He was hired by Balak king of Moab to curse Israel, but the Lord caused Balaam to bless Israel instead of curse them.

Jos 13:22 NKJV Balaam also, the son of Beor, the one who practiced divination, was killed with the sword by the people of Israel among the rest of their slain.

Neh 13:1 NKJV On that day they read from the Book of Moses in the hearing of the people. And in it was found written that no Ammonite or Moabite should ever enter the assembly of God,
Neh 13:2 for they did not meet the people of Israel with bread and water, but hired Balaam against them to curse them–yet our God turned the curse into a blessing.
Neh 13:3 as soon as the people heard the law, they separated from Israel all those of foreign descent.

We are just like Balaam before we are converted; we all “have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit”.

1Ti 6:9 NKJV But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition.
1Ti 6:10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

We seek to be rich in the things that satisfy the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. Some of us actually sold God’s word for money, while others cursed the Truth of God while pursuing our own lusts.
This is much like Paul on the road to Damascus to kill Christians. He thought he was serving God, but was instead cursing Christ and his body.
Korah tried to begin a rebellion against Moses and Aaron claiming that the people did not need leaders, because the whole congregation was holy.

Num 16:3 NKJV They gathered together against Moses and Aaron, and said to them, “You take too much upon yourselves, for all the congregation is holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them. Why then do you exalt yourselves above the assembly of the LORD?”

God has appointed different people to different roles within Israel. When Korah did not respect the leadership that God has put in place, he was actually rebelling against the Lord.

Num 16:11 NKJV Therefore you and all your company are gathered together against the LORD. And what is Aaron that you complain against him?”

Num 16:19 NKJV And Korah gathered all the congregation against them at the door of the tabernacle of meeting. Then the glory of the LORD appeared to all the congregation.
Num 16:20 And the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying,
Num 16:21 “Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment.”
Num 16:22 Then they fell on their faces, and said, “O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin, and You be angry with all the congregation?”
Num 16:23 So the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
Num 16:24 “Speak to the congregation, saying, ‘Get away from the tents of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram.’
Num 16:25 Then Moses rose and went to Dathan and Abiram, and the elders of Israel followed him.
Num 16:26 And he spoke to the congregation, saying, “Depart now from the tents of these wicked men! Touch nothing of theirs, lest you be consumed in all their sins.”
Num 16:27 So they got away from around the tents of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram; and Dathan and Abiram came out and stood at the door of their tents, with their wives, their sons, and their little children.
Num 16:28 And Moses said: “By this you shall know that the LORD has sent me to do all these works, for I have not done them of my own will.
Num 16:29 If these men die naturally like all men, or if they are visited by the common fate of all men, then the LORD has not sent me.
Num 16:30 But if the LORD creates a new thing, and the earth opens its mouth and swallows them up with all that belongs to them, and they go down alive into the pit, then you will understand that these men have rejected the LORD.”
Num 16:31 Now it came to pass, as he finished speaking all these words, that the ground split apart under them,
Num 16:32 and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, with their households and all the men with Korah, with all their goods.
Num 16:33 So they and all those with them went down alive into the pit; the earth closed over them, and they perished from among the assembly.
Num 16:34 Then all Israel who were around them fled at their cry, for they said, “Lest the earth swallow us up also!”
Num 16:35 And a fire came out from the LORD and consumed the two hundred and fifty men who were offering incense.

In the Body of Christ, God has appointed different people to different roles, just as he did in Israel. These roles are established by God for the good of the fellowship.

Eph 4:11 NKJV And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,
Eph 4:12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,
Eph 4:13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;
Eph 4:14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting,

We should recognize those who labor among us, and be grateful for the work that God is causing them to do for our benefit.

1Th 5:12 NKJV And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you,
1Th 5:13 and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. Be at peace among yourselves.

These men that labor among us do not have domination over us, but rather are used by God to serve others and help their joy.

2Co 1:24 NKJV Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand.

Every member of the Body of Christ is important, but not all are given the same role inside of the body. We should not rebel against those that God has sent to us to help us grow in the faith.

1Co 12:29 NKJV Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles?
1Co 12:30 Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?
1Co 12:31 But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.

Our natural tendency is to despise authority and to follow after the rebellion of Korah. We will live by every word, so we will fall into the pit spiritually and reap the fruits of our rebellion, before we are delivered and given the ability to be persuaded by those God sends with his Word.
Here is what we should do regarding our leaders.

Heb 13:17 CLV Be persuaded by your leaders, and be deferring to them, for they are vigilant for the sake of your souls, as having to render an account, that they may be doing this with joy, and not with groaning, for this is disadvantageous for you.”

Heb 13:17 ESV Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.

In looking at the Greek, the best translation of these verses should be “be persuaded of those you esteem”. We will see the good fruits of those that shepherd the flock, that they rightfully divide the Word and then they obey God’s commands. We should be persuaded to listen to these men.
When we are going the way of Cain, Balaam or Korah, we are foaming up and making manifest our own shame. The Lord causes this, so that we can see that we are dead spiritually and in need of being saved.

Jud 1:11 NKJV Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah.
Jud 1:12 These are spots in your love feasts, while they feast with you without fear, serving only themselves. They are clouds without water, carried about by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots;
Jud 1:13 raging waves of the sea, foaming up their own shame; wandering stars for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.

Just as Adam and Eve, we will come to see the shame of our nakedness and desire to be clothed. The clothing we will desire is the righteousness of Christ.
So when you feel ashamed, consider why you feel that way. Are you ashamed of your evil behavior? If so, then repent and beg God for forgiveness and deliverance. He will work it for your good and his glory.
Are you ashamed because you are seeking to follow Christ but the world looks at your obedience as being foolish? If so, beg God for faith and strength to be obedient and not care what people think of you.
Are you afraid that God will put you to shame if you obey his commands? I greatly feared for quite a long time that if I was generous towards God and his people that disaster would come and that I would not be able to provide for myself. I had plenty to meet my own needs, but my fear of the future caused me not to want to help a brother or sister destitute of daily food.

I kept imagining all these different scenarios where I would lose my job, be unemployed for a long time, spend all my savings, and have to ask my father for help. I imagined how he would ridicule me for helping others and not storing up more for my own future needs. There is certainly value in having savings, but we cannot continue to save when a brother or sister is destitute of daily food, or has other urgent needs.

Jas 2:15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,
Jas 2:16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
Jas 2:17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

I knew I had to obey these verses in James, but I was plagued with this fear of being put to shame. The Lord then led me to these verses which began to lift the fear and replace it with faith and boldness.

Rom 10:11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

Isa 54:4 Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more.

Pro 19:17 He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.

Pro 3:9 Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:
Pro 3:10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.

2Co 8:12 For if there is first a willing mind, it is accepted according to what one has, and not according to what he does not have.
2Co 8:13 For I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened;
2Co 8:14 but by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may supply their lack, that their abundance also may supply your lack—that there may be equality.
2Co 8:15 As it is written, “HE WHO GATHERED MUCH HAD NOTHING LEFT OVER, AND HE WHO GATHERED LITTLE HAD NO LACK.”

2Co 9:11 Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.
2Co 9:12 For the administration of this service not only supplies the needs of the saints, but also is abounding through many thanksgivings to God,
2Co 9:13 while, through the proof of this ministry, they glorify God for the obedience of your confession to the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal sharing with them and all men,
2Co 9:14 and by their prayer for you, who long for you because of the exceeding grace of God in you.

These verses are talking about physical needs and also meeting others spiritual needs as well by sharing the truth of the Gospel.
God will supply us each in different ways to serve the fellowship. If you don’t have something physical to share, don’t worry, God has given you other spiritual riches to share that are of far more worth than any physical possession.
We will all experience the fear of being put to shame in different ways. Whatever you fear, remember that it is GOD you are serving. He will never be put to shame, nor will be put his children to shame.

1Co 1:27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
1Co 1:28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
1Co 1:29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.

Walking in the Spirit will bring glory, but walking in the flesh great shame.

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