Speaker 1:                           00:00                     Okay, good morning guys. It is Tuesday morning at six 35 and I woke up this morning finding that the video I had done, uh, did not upload. So I’m with you in real time today. I’m just wanting to go through a few things really quick with you and what a better way to start out my morning, our mornings together, just with some confirming truth so that who we are in the scriptures. And so if you haven’t tuned in the last couple of weeks, hopefully you have, I’m helping us understand more about what shame is. Um, and we’re talking about what the scriptures have to say about our shame and shame is best understood. Just a quick recap when we know how it’s different from guilt. Guilt is that feeling you have when you’ve done something bad? Mmm, it’s not, it’s, it’s, it’s really just, you know, it’s after we’ve acted out, it’s, it’s, and it’s when we’ve participated in an unwanted sexual behavior, uh, or anything else really.

Speaker 1:                           01:01                     I mean, we can feel guilty in a lot of different ways, but shame is different because shame takes guilt and usually it makes it more of an identity issue. Yeah. Shame takes guilt, especially in a repetitive sense when you have repetitive guilt over and over and over and over and over, you keep doing these things. It develops in you a belief system about who you are. It develops a new belief system about how you see yourself, your worth, your value, and it disrupts and destroys actually your relationships with others and with God. And it can have a [inaudible] really huge negative effects on your life. And so your shame is I am that guilt is I’ve done something bad. Shame is I am bad. Well, if you’re like me, you have not spent a lot of time in revelation. Um, it’s often an overlooked book of the Bible, but there is a lot of good things in revelation.

Speaker 1:                           01:58                     Mmm. There’s a lot of conjecture just about what it means between really solid, educated believers. Uh, but there is a lot of hope just because it discusses the not yet to come. We haven’t seen these things happen yet. Uh, I guess, or maybe that’s part of the conversation is are we seeing it now or haven’t we seen it? And so there’s a lot there, but revelation 21 is one of the most hope filled books of the Bible. And so I just want to highlight just a couple of verses. If you’ve never read revelation 21 I would encourage you to read all of it this morning and find great hope in what it has to say. But right now I just want to focus on these words here.

Speaker 1:                           02:41                     Okay? And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, now the dwelling of God is with men and he will live with them and they will be his people and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain for old order of things has passed away. He who was seated on the throne said, I am making everything new. Okay? Mmm guys, this is really, really encouraging. And here’s the thing that impacts me about this text is that this being in revelation at the very end of the Bible, Harkins, back to Genesis, if we’re going to talk about anything and the gospel as Christians, it is best to start with Genesis. Genesis is where God laid out plan and his intention for us for creation, for perfect union with him, and this is saying here, there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain.

Speaker 1:                           03:42                     There was no death or mourning or crying or pain in the garden before sin entered the world. Mmm. And yet sin Eve and Adam through the temptation of Satan partook of sin and the essence of actually what happened there was their pride for a moment caused them to put into question gods word to them. The gods said to not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. And they essentially in short thought to themselves, it is not good that God would held something from me. It is not good that God has said this. And so [inaudible] what I want us to think about this morning is, especially in terms of this, and I’ll come back to this in a second, is God’s word good, right and true? Is it authoritative over our lives? This is saying a lot of great things. Now the dwelling of God is with men and he will live with them.

Speaker 1:                           04:48                     They will be his people and God himself will be with them and be their God. That is what the garden was. That Adam and Eve were in perfect union with God and they [inaudible] and we’re in perfect worship of God. The old order of things has passed away. The old order of sacrifices and Mmm. [inaudible] it’s the struggle of sin. The all of this stuff has [inaudible] passed away. The one who sees on the throne being Jesus Christ says, I am making everything new. It is the redemptive story of the gospel and the work of God in our lives through Christ to make [inaudible] all things new. [inaudible] not just us, but he’s redeeming all creation to himself. Yeah. For those of us who carry shame, um, because of our sexual sin, because of our addiction, because of, because if anything really, but for those of us who carry shame, we can take heart because it will come to an end.

Speaker 1:                           05:55                     We will reach a day in eternity where we will be with God and he will be with us and he will wipe every tear from our eyes that there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain that we will no longer be struggling with this bouncing back and forth from belief to unbelief and, and trying to believe in the gospel. And yet then trying to attain for our own [inaudible] atone tone for our own sin. Because we’re still acting out in ways that we don’t want to. This it is an incredible promise. And so again, I just want to, I actually just want to bring into light another passage really quick here that talks a little more specifically about our shame. They kind of go together in some ways and I will reaffirm my covenant with you and you will know that I am the Lord.

Speaker 1:                           06:50                     You will remember your sins and cover your mouth and silent shame when I forgive you of all, all that you have done, I the sovereign Lord I have spoken. Yeah, God has from the beginning of the time Ben, a God of a covenant that a covenant. Yeah, he made a covenant with his people. It wasn’t a mutual agreement. A covenant is a promise that says, I’m going to do these things whether you participate or not and no matter how much you rebel, how much you hate me, how much you dis obey me, I will be committed to the promises I made to you because I love you. That is what God is saying here. I will reaffirm my covenant with you and you will know that I am the Lord. That in his reaffirmation of his covenant with the people we can know that he is God and this, this is what I want you to really engage this morning. You will remember your sins and cover your mouth and silent shame that I can just for the last three seconds, I immediately think of a lot of things I’ve done that would make me, I want to cover my mouth and shame. Things are feel so abominable, Mmm. That I’ve done in my sin and that to this day still can cause me great shame.

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Speaker 1:                           08:27                     But this says, you will do these things. You remember your sins and cover your mouth and silent shame when I forgive you of all that you have done. Aye, the sovereign Lord have spoken. Yeah. It is gods covenant to forgive [inaudible] people [inaudible] of their sin that Jesus Christ who was with God for imperfection, being God’s son was sent to earth, embodied and broken human flesh to live the most upright, the most righteous, the most perfect life that God had intended for mankind to live so that Jesus could once and for all be the final sacrifice for sins that no longer the old order of things. Yeah, it was in place. The old order of things has passed away because [inaudible] Jesus Christ was that once and for all sacrifice for sin. Yes. Just as man was destined to die once and after that face judgment. So Christ was crucified once.

Speaker 1:                           09:33                     Take away the sins of many people that we don’t have to keep [inaudible] offering sacrifices that Jesus did that for us and that [inaudible] him and in his death for those who would believe we have God’s forgiveness from our sin, that we have the promises of God and it doesn’t matter what we’ve done. It doesn’t matter what you’re feeling this morning in your shame. God reaffirms his covenant with us and he forgives us all that we have done. I, the sovereign Lord, have spoken again, just [inaudible] old order of things has passed away that we don’t have to any longer do this [inaudible] ridiculous cycle. We all are familiar with that of [inaudible] acting out and feeling guilty and then feeling shame and [inaudible] feeling like we have to take a few days away from spending time with God because we certainly can’t come into his presence. That’s not how it is that we have perfect access to the throne in Jesus Christ right now that we have perfect access to God, our father in perfect union with him because of Jesus Christ.

Speaker 1:                           10:44                     And here’s [inaudible] the struggle that this makes me long for eternity. It makes me long for freedom from this flesh and freedom from this life because to some degree I can’t experience total total freedom, total unity. My sin will always be before me. My sin will always be [inaudible] keeping me from feeling that as much as I pursue holiness and so [inaudible] can, as Christians [inaudible] for this day to come, we can wait and follow Christ expectantly knowing that we will once and for all be in perfect union with [inaudible] God and he will be with us and we will be with him and we will be his people. He will be our God in heaven. Guys, if these things are hard to believe, I know at times in my own life, they have been hard to believe because I’m doubting what God’s word has to say. I’m not letting God’s word be authoritative over my life.

Speaker 1:                           11:48                     I want you to spend time confessing that to God, confessed to him that it’s hard for you believe his word to be true, but then also submit yourself to God’s word as good, right and true, that it is full of good things. It is good natured, but it is right. It’s not wrong. Nothing in the Bible is wrong that all of God’s word is right and that it is true that there are no false hoods spoken by God. He’s not a liar. [inaudible] all of God’s word is truth. Yes. And then submit to it as authoritative over your life. These things, God’s word right now for eternity in his word, these verses are much more definitive about who you are than what you feel like your sin is saying about you or your shame is saying about you. This is great. Hope that my sin and shame do not have power to speak over me who I am for eternity because God’s word has done that.

Speaker 1:                           12:51                     God’s word is doing that right now. Mmm. Spend some time with Jesus. Spent some time [inaudible] God and B freed from your shame knowing that the old order of things, it has to weigh that we will at some point be in a place where there is no crying or mourning or weeping or pain and that we will be imperfect, unity with God and that all of the things in all of the things that would make us cover our mouth and shame that we have done. God is forgiving us. He’s forgiven us of those things. He is the sovereign Lord, and he declares these things to be true. Thanks for tuning in guys. Um, if you have any questions about the things we talked about my emails on the first slide, and I’m looking forward to sharing with you again next week. Just a couple of things about shame and who we are in Christ. You’ll have a great Tuesday.

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