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Topic: Embarrassment (01/12/12)
TITLE: Let Me Not Be Put To Shame
By Sheila Mills
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Psalm 71:1 “In you, O Lord, I put my trust; let me never be put to shame. “
While listening to a recent bible teaching broadcast the words “every saint has a past and every sinner has a future” left the mouth of the speaker and registered with both my natural and spiritual ears. Through my natural ears, the words registered with my mind and formed a picture of the realities of life. Through my spiritual ears, I heard God speaking to me with such clarity that I was locked in place to hear more. The spoken words permeated my soul and at that moment, I envisioned a soft crashing wave landing on a beach shore not only bringing with it, a surge of water to moisten the sand and grit lying there but also drawing away any loose objects that were not anchored in the sand and willing to be taken back out to sea.
On that day, I felt that God had called me to a special shoreline of life to hear and receive the teacher’s words of wisdom in order to lift me from a place of shame of not obeying his commandment to love others as he has loved me. As I cried out to God, to forgive me for not loving others as he commanded, I felt my place of shame being carried out to the open sea of God’s love and forgiveness. God’s word tells us in Micah 7:19 “He will again have compassion on us, and will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.”
One might ask, what is the shame of not loving others? To be ashamed is to be indebted to someone or something. God word tells us in Romans 13:8 “Owe no man anything, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.” My former place of shame of not loving others as God commanded caused me to be indebted to the past. However, in that moment, God planted my feet on a special shoreline of life to trust him for a future that knows no shame.
As saints of God we all have a past that we may be too ashamed to admit to others. However, today, God is inviting each of us to receive the free gift of his living water to lift us from the shoreline of life that is intended to keep us in our past feelings of being ashamed in our self-sufficiency. The word tells us in Jeremiah 31:3 “The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying; yes I have loved you with an everlasting love. Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.”If we trust God completely along our shorelines of life’s mistakes and failures, he will moisten us with a daily surge of his living water and draw us from our places of shame out to the sea of his promises for each of us.
As I remember the words “every saint has a past and every sinner has a future”, I can sing a new beach love song “In you, O Lord, I put my trust; let me never be put to shame.”
Scripture references: New King James Version
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