Monthly Archives: April 2010

The Naked Truth

When God made Adam and Eve they were naked and unashamed. This implies more than just the absence of clothes. This also meant there was the absence of fear, distrust, suspicion, and insecurity. Adam and Eve were naked in the sense that they could be vulnerable, put their guards down and not worry about being taken advantage of. There were no invisible walls that separated them. None of the masks that individuals wear to conceal their true motives and identities were available because they were completely nonexistent.

When Adam looked at his wife, he could indeed say “bone of my bone, flesh of my flesh”. Adam and his wife were naked and unashamed because although they were two, they were one. Nothing was in between them. But unfortunately things didn’t stay that way.

After reading Genesis 3:6-12 we can identify three actions with three explanations for the actions within the passage. Upon eating the fruit of the tree which they were told not to eat, Adam and Eve covered themselves, hid themselves, and they accused, blamed and divided themselves. The Bible then goes on to offer insight into their motives for such behavior and in verses 7 and 10 we see why. They essentially put up all of these walls because now “they knew that they were naked.”

However, after closer examination we see that it is not solely their nakedness that caused Adam and Eve to separate from one another and God. After all, Genesis 2:25 tells us “they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.” The question then is what new ingredient caused this naked and unashamed union to become naked and ashamed individuals. My brothers and sisters it is clear. Sin is the culprit.

Sin has a way of making us all feel ashamed. The only difference is that nowadays we don’t use fig leaves and trees to cover ourselves up, instead we tend to hide, cover and divide ourselves with lies, alcohol, sex, drugs, violence, going to work 24/7, and much more than I could possibly include in this editorial.

Because we’re ashamed we can’t have real relationships with anyone because we get so caught up trying to keep everything surface. We refuse to open up ourselves and be vulnerable because we don’t want anyone to get close or they might hurt us. Because we’re ashamed nobody wants to be around us because we’re always talking about how bad life is treating us.

This shame and guilt is caused when we sin. Additionally, when we violate personal standards (we aren’t ready to call sin yet) and don’t know how to deal with our failure, you can call Mary Kay because there will be a cover-up.

But thank God He said He’ll never leave us nor forsake us. He would never sit back and let us wallow in our own self-pity. Even though Adam and Eve covered themselves, they didn’t stay in the green underwear for long because look what happened in Genesis 3:20. God dressed them in 100 percent genuine lamb skin which He made Himself.

And if you’re anything like me and wonder, “well where did God get the lamb skin anyway? Was there a Wal-mart in the garden of Eden that I didn’t know about?” Let’s just take a minute and think about it. You can only get lamb skin from a dead lamb. When Adam and Eve sinned the only reason they didn’t die was because there was a lamb slain on the spot whose blood washed away all their sins.

I’m so glad today to know that the blood of Jesus Christ- the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world- is still strong enough to wash away your sins and mine every time we fail. Knowing and understanding how the blood of Jesus covers today will free us from the encumbrances we’ve set up in our lives and open our hearts to love God and others with no reservation.

The truth is many of us today are naked. We are some shameful, miserable “sad-ventists” held in bondage to the guilt of the past. But the bible says “you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free”. The only reason some of us still aren’t free is because although we’ve been forgiven, there are still traces in our lives (green underwear) called guilt that God needs to remove and replace with that Holy Lamb skin straight from the throne of God.

So my admonition to you today is to pray and ask God to take all of that guilt and I promise you won’t regret it. Because that my friends, is the “Naked Truth”. Just wait til’ He gets His “Hanes” on you!

Thanks for reading and remember God loves you.

Author: Pastor Antoine Dumas

http://www.antshill.webs.com/

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The Lost Sheep

As he wandered around in anguish, he prayed for someone to rescue him. Would he manage to survive in this foreign land or would he surely cease to exist?

We are living in the last days. Time is running out. Life on this earth is becoming more and more unbearable. Crime has gone up. Violence and sex have plagued our society through television, music, movies, and video games. We have become desensitized and our level of morality is nearly. The number of deaths outnumbers the number of births. Natural disasters are happening in every corner of the world. Tears are being shed and cries have shattered the silence of the once peaceful Garden of Eden.

We are lost. This entire world is lost. We have lost our way. Sadly, most of us don’t even have a clue that we have veered off of the path that was already paved by Christ when he died for us on Calvary.

We need to read His Word. The bible is His GPS (God’s Positioning System). It gets us from point A to point B and back, helping us to navigate around the pitfalls and obstacles that seek to lead us off-course. God is omniscient. He knows and sees all. Why should we doubt Him who is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending? He sees the past, knows the present, and plans for the future. It is His Word that will bring us through. If you look closely, the bible is an invaluable guide in our Christian walk. It details the lives of men, women, and children who dealt with the same challenges we face today. They dealt with poverty, betrayal, fornication, adultery, pain, death, depression, illness, jealousy, anger. Their lives serve as examples on how trust and faith in God can bring us through as it did for them.

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. [Psalm 119:105] For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life: [Proverbs 6:23]

Allow yourself to be found by Him. A life in darkness is a life lost. Come into His light. Commit yourself to Him and His ways, for they will lead to eternal life.

I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; for I do not forget thy commandments. [Psalm 119:176 KJV]

Thanks for reading and remember God loves you.

Author: Kristia M. Beaubrun

http://www.kristiabeaubrun.wordpress.com

Victory Through Relationship

Praising & worshiping God when we are going through trials exemplifies faith. Faith is the key, but God’s power is what opens up the door of victory. But without RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD, praise, worship and faith won’t even be an option that we would consider to give God and if we do they will be empty praise, worship & faith.

Relationship is everything to God, He strongly desires to have one with all who claim Him as their God and their father. He boldly expressed to the Israelites in Exodus 20, the importance of relationship, especially in Exodus 20:5, where He clearly tells us that He is a jealous God that does not want to share His relationship with us with any other created thing that we ATTEMPT to put on the same level with Him. Our praise at our lowest point gives God an opportunity to Show Up and Lift us UP!! Hope you can get excited just thinking about that!

If we look at the scriptures we can see this spirit of praise and worship at a person’s lowest points, through many of God’s people. Let’s consider Paul & Silas in Acts 16:16-34. It begins with Paul and Silas healing an evil possessed woman in the name of Jesus, and her masters, who were Roman, moments after, brought them to the magistrates/courts accusing Paul and Silas of bringing trouble to their city because they were teaching customs that were unlawful for Romans to receive. Basically they rejected the name of Jesus and it’s power and as a result persecuted those who believed in Jesus and were His followers. Paul and Silas were stripped, beaten, and shackled in prison. Verse 25 of Acts 16 tells us at midnight these men of God prayed and sang praises unto God.

Because of their relationship with God, they knew His power. Because of their relationship with God, they knew He was more than able and willing to take them through even this test. Moreover, I believe that because of their relationship with God they prayed & praised with a declaration of  “Lord, I’ll trust You and praise You regardless of what I go through!” Their worship shifted the atmosphere. The bible tell us that the other prisoners heard and suddenly an earthquake occurred that shook the foundation of the prison which caused the doors of every prison cell to be open and all bands were loosed!! Praise God! Not only were they free, but the keeper of the prison was free as well, because he fell on his face asking them what He can do to be saved and they told him about Jesus, he believed and was saved!

Praying, praising & singing to God in the midst of our trials and regardless of our tests is the key that God empowers to unlock the door of victory. There are times we may feel that our situation is so severe that it cannot be changed. We may get so discouraged that we believe that we are chained or in bondage to our trials, our tests, our sins, our stuff, etc. However, what imprisons you must not deter you, because God is greater than your situation. God’s power can break any chain and open any door for His will (which is best for you) to be done in your life!

So, praise God through the good, the bad, the happy & the sad. You can thank Him in advance for what you need him to bring you through because when you take the time out to consider His works in your life HE HAS COME THROUGH BEFORE AND IS MORE THAN WILLING AND ABLE TO DO IT AGAIN!

Thanks for reading and remember God loves you.

Author: Jenifer Vilfranc-Wilcher

http://www.hebronfrenchsda.wordpress.com

The Fulfillment of the Law

Romans 13:9-14 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if [there be] any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love [is] the fulfilling of the law. And that, knowing the time, that now [it is] high time to awake out of sleep: for now [is] our salvation nearer than when we believed.

The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to [fulfil] the lusts [thereof].

“If you love me keep my commandments.” John 14:15

Galatians 2:16
Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

It is because we have faith in God that we choose to obey His will for our lives and it is because we love Him that we choose to follow His commandments. Although Paul has summarized the fulfillment of the law as loving thy neighbor as thyself and so does Christ, really look into this meaning. Read Romans 13:9-14. God reveals the answer to us in His word. All of the commandments tie into one, for if we love our neighbors as ourselves then there is no need to steal, no need to commit adultery, no need to kill, no need to bear false witness, all because we claim to love one another. So this is why God tells us to love, to reflect His image and His character. For God is love. 1 John 4:8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

Thanks for reading and remember God loves you.

Author: Rebecca Cenatus