DO YOU STILL KNOW HOW TO BLUSH?
Have you noticed how the moral climate of our society has dramatically shifted in the last few years? More and more people are living in open, blatant sin ... and they don't think a thing about it. In fact, they celebrate it!
What's the big deal about having sex before you’re married, or cheating on your spouse, or stealing from the government, or lying to get ahead, or having an abortion, or bailing on your family? Who are you to tell me that what I am doing is wrong!? The Bible says, “This is the way of an adulterous woman: she eats and wipes her mouth, and says, ‘I have done no wrong’” (Proverbs 30:20). The adulterous woman is like the growing number of people in our world today—people who have forgotten how to blush.
CAN YOU FEEL THE SHAME?
One of the marks of a hardened heart is the inability to feel shame and conviction of the Holy Spirit. If you can sin BIG TIME and not feel the sting of the Lord's displeasure, something is very wrong inside your heart.
Peter was one who confidently boasted that he was ready to go with the Lord to prison and even to death. He said all the other disciples may deny Christ, but he would never ever deny Him. But, he did deny Jesus … not once, not twice, but three times in a row. After the third denial, punctuated with cursing and swearing to prove his assertion, the Bible says, “And the Lord turned and looked at Peter ... And he [Peter] went out and wept bitterly” (Luke 22:61-62). He could feel the shame.
Peter had failed miserably and terribly. He denied the Lord when the Lord needed him most. Sin can’t get much worse than that. The good news, however, is that he didn't blow off his sin. Peter felt the sting of conviction from the Holy Spirit. He felt the shame. He still knew how to blush. Do you?
FEELING THE SHAME SO YOU CAN FEEL NO SHAME
Does God want us to live in shame? Absolutely not! But, He wants us to feel the shame and to come out of the deception that our sins are “no big deal” so that we can get right with Him.
If we follow the example of the adulterous woman and say, “I am not guilty” (when we clearly are), we don't erase the guilt, we just lie to ourselves. Take Pontius Pilate, for example. After passing the sentence of death on the faultless Jesus of Nazareth, Pilate washed his hands before the crowd and said, “I am innocent of this Man’s blood”(Matthew 27:24). Really? Pilate is innocent? He knowingly sent a just and innocent man to a brutal death of crucifixion. Oceans of water could not remove the guilt on Pilate’s hands. Yet, he felt no shame.
Here is the truth about shame: until you feel the shame of your sin ... until breaking God's law breaks your heart, you will never be able to get right with the Lord. But, when you soften your heart and allow God’s truth to permeate and convict, you can rightly deal with the sin that you have allowed to dwell within.
Peter went out and wept bitterly over his great sin of denying the Lord. No doubt, he wondered if there was a way for him to ever be forgiven and restored. He experienced shame and conviction before God opened the door for the Lord's grace, forgiveness, and restoration. And Peter went from the ashamed denier of Christ to the powerful herald of Christ, and 3000 souls responded to his preaching on the day of Pentecost. That great victory would never have been possible had Peter not known how to blush and repent of his sin.
Do you know how to blush? Do you feel ashamed of yourself when you blatantly sin against the Lord? If so, thank God for it. It shows that your heart is still sensitive to Him. Get your sins out of the shadows and under His blood. Humbly confess to Him and claim His complete and total cleansing. And begin to walk in His ways. Make the decision to quit compromising with sin.
You’ll be glad, and God will be glorified.
Pastor Jeff Schreve,
From His Heart Ministries
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