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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Naked and Ashamed


We are all tempted on a daily basis. We all sin (Romans 3:23). Sometimes we can take it too far.

Today I studied the life of Eve. I know I've read it 100's of times, Genesis chapter 3. You truly do see something new each time you read scripture. Here is what I saw this time:

21 And the LORD God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins, and clothed them.

After they confessed their sins, God covered them. They were ashamed and God gave them cause to not be ashamed by covering them. How many times do we remove that covering and continue to bask in guilt and depression over our sins? How many times do we ignore God's covering? How many times must we nail Jesus to the cross before we realize that our sins are already covered and that we are indeed forgiven?

We women especially have this innate ability to recall an emotion, at any random time, that may be associated with a past sin. The thoughts can pop up in the car, while putting on make-up, while cooking, or even while praying. Should we bask in the emotion that has just been recalled? No. We need to hold our thoughts captive and command them to line up with God’s Word (2 Corinthians 10:5).

I know what His word says and I know we all sin and fall short, yet somehow I always feel unworthy of God's forgiveness. I always try to make it up with good deeds and lengthy prayers. Not anymore. I accept the gift Jesus died to give me. I'm happy to say that God clothed me. I am no longer naked and ashamed.

Thank you, Jesus!




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10 Comments:

Blogger Denise said...

A great big amen to this.

March 13, 2008 at 12:07 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

Thank you so much for your beautiful prayer and for the hugs! I know that God is with us in the midst of all trials.

March 13, 2008 at 7:32 AM  
Anonymous Elaine Bateman said...

Thank you, Amy! This is a beautiful reminder for us. I was thinking of Romans 8:1 where is says that there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus! Our Savior is amazing!

March 13, 2008 at 7:42 AM  
Blogger Mocha with Linda said...

Oh that we could burn this into our brains and on our hearts. How easy it is to fall in the trap of self-condemnation. Thankis for this encouraging word!

March 13, 2008 at 8:42 AM  
OpenID darnelle said...

Amy,
I think it pleases God for His children to accept His gift of forgiveness. I think it thrills Him for us to WALK in this forgiveness and freedom and new life. I also think that we are called to remind one another of this. Thank you for doing your part. You have served many of us today with this reminder!
love ya Girl!
Darnelle

March 13, 2008 at 11:22 AM  
Blogger windycindy said...

I enjoyed reading your thoughts! Thanks for reminding me of a good thing.....Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

March 13, 2008 at 12:54 PM  
Blogger Melli said...

AMEN! I wish I could say I was there! I am not. And it always seems like it's sins that should SO have been loooooong forgotten! Things that we would have forgiven someone ELSE for LONG ago! Those are the things I can never seem to forgive myself for! Sometimes I THINK I've done it... but they always come back to haunt me...

March 14, 2008 at 9:24 AM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

This is a good post. What a great reminder. You have a wonderful way with words. Thanks so much! God Bless~

March 14, 2008 at 6:27 PM  
Blogger The Preacher's Wife said...

I'm reminded of the fig leaf coverings Adam and Eve made for themselves - inadequate to cover their shame.

God recognized that and provided the only covering that would do - the sacrifice of His Son. How wonderful to be clothed in white!

Thanks for this Amy...:)

March 16, 2008 at 8:55 AM  
Blogger The Preacher's Wife said...

I'm reminded of the fig leaf coverings Adam and Eve made for themselves - inadequate to cover their shame.

God recognized that and provided the only covering that would do - the sacrifice of His Son. How wonderful to be clothed in white!

Thanks for this Amy...:)

March 16, 2008 at 8:56 AM  

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