Naked and Afraid

Posted: May 13, 2015 in Uncategorized

There is a trend within Christianity in America.  I have recently noticed this in my own life and it’s time to get off the floor and stand up to be who God has called me to be.  It’s time to stand up and be who God has called you to be. Here is the problem I see.  First of all, we all sin, we will all sin until we are made perfect on the day we meet Jesus face to face.  In the meantime, here on earth when we sin we feel this weight of guilt and shame knowing that we have disobeyed God.  We think that God is mad at us, that he is keeping a record of everything we have ever done wrong in a book and as that book fills up with our disobedience we feel the weight even heavier and heavier in our lives. We think that the only way God can forgive us is if we work our way back into his presence.  We think we can make him happy again by doing more in the church, praying more or reading our Bible more, taking care of orphans or serving on a mission trip.  The truth is we don’t have to work or earn God’s forgiveness all we have to do is ask, and he will do it.

Look at these verses in Psalm 130

If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities,
    O Lord, who could stand?
But with you there is forgiveness,
    that you may be feared.

I love these verses.  Before I break them down look how the NLT puts it

Lord, if you kept a record of our sins,
    who, O Lord, could ever survive?
But you offer forgiveness,
    that we might learn to fear you.

IF God kept a record of our sins, who could survive? Who could stand? We wouldn’t be able to! The weight of all of our sin would be to heavy to carry around.  For some reason we think God carries around a pen, notebook and a lightning rod because He is angry with us.  This just isn’t true.  Was God angry? Yes!! Did he deserve or have a right to be angry? Absolutely!! The very people He created in His image totally turned their backs on Him.  It started with the first man (Adam) and it won’t stop until the last man (Insert your favorite name here). So yes, God’s anger is justified by our sin, BUT He poured out His anger on one man, and that was His only Son Jesus.  God put the weight of all of our sin past, present and future on Jesus.  Jesus the perfect, spotless, sinless one became a thief, murderer, drug addict, porn addict, a drunk and more!!! God piled the weight of all of the sins of humanity on one man, and that satisfied the wrath or anger of God.  So God is not angry, he has been satisfied by what Jesus did on the cross, for us!!!

Look at verse 4. Should we just sin and say oh well Jesus took it for me, I don’t have to feel the shame and guilt of this. NO, absolutely not! We confess our sins and learn to fear God.  That word fear means to have an enormous amount of respect or reverence for God.  When we fear God or respect Him more than anyone or anything we will do whatever it takes not to sin against Him.  Think about Jesus, He is fully God and fully man, he was sinless, the one that took on our shame, guilt and punishment so we didn’t have to.  We should live a life imitating this man just like Ephesians 5:1 tells us to do.

So why is the title of this post “Naked and Afraid?” Here it comes.  It comes from Hebrews chapter 4 verses 13-16.

13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.

14 So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. 15 This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. 16 So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.

Everything we do is seen by God, nothing is hidden from Him.  When we realize that we understand that we are naked and exposed to Him, we can’t cover up any sin.  He sees it and he knows it.  BUT, if you keep reading it says to come boldly to our gracious God, there we will receive his mercy and we will find grace.  Here is where it all ties in.  Our sin as Christians leaves us Naked and Afraid, but when we draw near to God, he draws near to us and when we ask forgiveness of our sin, he gives us mercy and grace.  He clothes us in His righteousness and we can pursue Him.  He isn’t mad, He isn’t angry, He is waiting on us to come to Him.  He is the perfect Father that loves ALL of His Sons and Daughters.

Don’t carry your sin around.  Confess it and He will forgive you and remember it no more.  As Psalm 130:3 says – He keeps no record of wrongs! That is good news, so stop walking around Naked and Afraid  and draw near to God and walk in Mercy and Grace!!

Steven

Comments
  1. lvn4jc says:

    Man that’s good stuff. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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