Hope Maketh Not Ashamed

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Deliverance from any sin is a process, not a quick fix. When I was delivered, I had to reach out as far as I could and do all I knew to do; then Jesus did the rest. When someone allows Jesus to walk him through a particular struggle, He will put the right components back in that life during the process. We must let God do it His way.

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By Pam Vaughn

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Romans 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

 

The first time we see shame manifested in the Bible is in the Garden of Eden, when Adam and Eve sinned by partaking of the forbidden fruit. The first thing they did as a result of their disobedience to God’s Word is found in Genesis 3:7.

 

And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

 

Sin entered into the heart of mankind through disobedience and rebellion, bringing shame along with it. First of all, Adam and Eve realized the need to clothe themselves with fig leaves. Secondly, when they heard the voice of the LORD God in the garden, Adam and his wife hid from His presence.

 

Genesis 3:8-10 (NLT) When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the LORD God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the LORD God among the trees.

 

Then the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?”

 

He replied, “I heard you walking in the garden, so I hid I was afraid because I was naked “

 

Satan changed God’s Word in order to deceive Eve. “He told her,” you shall not surely die. As a result of that one little altered statement, sin entered into the human race bringing death with it. Satan is still working in the world today, trying to trap people and cause them to be lost by twisting God’s Word to fit his own agenda.

 

The scriptures show how the blame game began. The man accused the woman of causing him to sin, and the woman accused the serpent of deceiving her. After all the accusations, God’s punishment was sure. Because of disobedience, they all shared in the penalty. Not only did (he serpent succeed in his deceptive plan to cause Adam and Eve to sin, he rejoiced when their shame led to separation from the presence of God.

 

Romans 5:3-5 (NLT) We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance.

And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.

And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.

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