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Toxic Shame Psalm 25:1-22 “Yes, let none who trust and wait hopefully and look for You be put to shame or be disappointed; let them be ashamed who forsake the right or deal treacherously without cause.” (v3):
6th March 2022   sermon source
We have been dealing with shame as a tool in the hand of God not to allow His people to run away from His Presence and get lost knowing that their getting lost from His Presence spell doom; recall that it is the doom introduced into the universe due to Adam and Eve getting lost from the Presence of our Lord God Almighty in the garden caused by their sin whereby they decided to follow the path of shameful lost instead of taking the path of shameful gain that leads back to God is the reason why God Himself came in Lord Jesus to teach us how to come back to God while in shame due to our error and deceitful life style. We have also learnt that there are two kinds of shame, one is aimed to bring the shameful back to our Lord God Almighty in humility and contriteness of heart in other to be reconciled back to God while the other shame leads the individual to destruction because it did not allow him or her to see that erring character, attitude, behaviour and life style that is full of pride and egotism for it is said ‘pride goeth before a fall’. At this point in our meditations, it is important to distinguish between healthy shame and unhealthy shame. The psychologist John Bradshaw says; ‘Healthy shame is the psychological foundation of humility.’ Healthy shame guides one toward self correction, making amends, and growth. It can help us to build a respect within us for our own boundaries and the boundaries of others, healthy shame keep us modest as opposed to being exhibitionistic, restrained as opposed to being bold and possibly vulgar, and help us to understand our limits as human beings because when a human being fails to know his or her limits, it often leads him or her to want to become like a supper human or even like God which is the sin of Lucifer. Sensitivity to right social standards and the feelings of others by realizing and keeping to limits is an indication of good character. By contrast, a total lack of shame –being shameless –is something that is consistently warned against in Scripture and buttressed further in the Gospel. Shamelessness shows itself in inappropriate behaviour, to expose oneself flagrantly, to flaunt convention arrogantly. When you expose yourself so flagrantly and begin to arrogantly flaunt convention or the way in which things are usually done just for attractions then know that you have started shifting from the standards that God instituted, which is sin. There is an unhealthy sense of shame experienced by some people which can be described as shameful. Healthy shame warns us that something is wrong within us and calls for it to be put right or make amends; a call that most people ignores in life and when this start happening to you, know that some elements of deadness has started coming into you. Some, however, after setting matters right, continue to feel unworthy and full of self-contempt, this is not accepted. This is sometimes referred to as toxic shame, which dissolves self-respect in the acid of self-loathing (a feel of intense dislike or disgust for). Toxic shame, on the other hand, can be very harmful psychologically. It’s deeply absorbed in the nervous system (meaning, you feel it in your gut, in your belly or stomach). Toxic shame is self-punishing and lingers on. Being shameful in this sense, says a pastoral theologian, Ray Anderson, amounts to ‘emotional self-abuse’. Toxic shame is not the shame that God planted in us to be used to bring us back to Himself knowing that our erring in keeping His Principles and Standards will always tend to drive us away from His Presence and plunge us into doom! When sin has been confessed, there need be no further sense of shame. If shame persists, it might suggest that on one level we are not satisfied with God’s atonement, and are seeking self-atonement through feelings of self-contempt. But our loving heavenly Father does not want us to live like this. He longs that we would take hold of the complete Forgiveness He offers us in the sacrificial atonement of His Son.
Shame –God’s Device Isaiah 47:1-15: “Your nakedness shall be exposed, and your shame shall be seen. I will take vengeance, and I will spare no man [none I encounter will be able to resist Me],” (v3)
27th February 2022   sermon source
Did you now see, hear and know from the word of God that shame is a device in the hand of God and shame works in two ways: either out of shame you develop a penitent heart in repentance and bow in shame before God asking for forgiveness still be in His presence not minding the humiliation and be gained back into the fold of God as a comeback rebellious child like the prodigal or shame makes you to run away entirely from God’s presence in terrible fear with no mind to make amends or feel reminiscence or remorse in which case you are lost. One of the first things Adam and Eve realised after they had sinned was that they were naked. Adam’s interesting response to the question, ‘Where are you?’ was this: “I heard the sound of You [walking] in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself” as seen in Genesis 3:10. Prior to the act of disobedience, their nakedness caused them no concern. This is how Scripture describes the situation: “25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not embarrassed or ashamed in each other’s presence” as seen in Genesis 2:25. It is very vital to know that the nakedness of which Adam and Eve became aware after their sin was more than just physical nakedness –there was for the first time a spiritual and psychological nakedness also. In other words, not only was there no concealment of their bodies, but also there was no concealment of their souls. Honest communication had previously flowed between them when they shared in an open relationship with God and each other. After they had sinned, however, they felt, for the first time, exposed, vulnerable, fearful and threatened since their soul now contains a foreign act: act of eating a forbidden fruit, in other words, act of doing something they were not allowed to do. As a writer and counselling professor Dan Allender puts it: ‘They flew like hunted birds to the camouflage of the bushes.’ Clearly the state of being unashamed had now turned to one of shame. My dictionary defines Shame as ‘the feeling of humiliation excited by consciousness of one’s own guilt or shortcoming, of having offended against propriety, modesty or decency’ or Shame is an unpleasant self-conscious emotion typically associated with a negative evaluation of the self; withdrawal motivations; and feelings of distress, exposure, mistrust, powerlessness, and worthlessness. A psychology textbook written from a Christian world –view, defines shame as ‘God’s device set in the personality to help us know we have broken one, or more, of His principles.’ How wise and loving of the Creator not to let us turn away from Him without providing a response designed to turn us back. But many a time we ignore His wisdom and love in designing a way for us to come back to Him through shame and thus we get lost!
Come Home 2 Corinthians 5:11-21: “So we are Christ’s ambassadors, God making His appeal as it were through us. We [as Christ’s personal representatives] beg you for His sake to lay hold of the divine favor [now offered you] and be reconciled to God.” (v20)
20th February 2022   sermon source
As we are discovering, the devastating effect of sin is the breaking of our relationship with God. Due to sin, the soul becomes disconnected from its source of life and is estranged or far away from the Father’s love heart. ‘The worst thing about being a sinner’, said Dr Cynddylan Jones, a famous Welsh preacher, ‘is that one has to live with perpetual homesickness.’ We have been designed and created to worship and be in a relationship with God, and so we constantly seek to fulfil those needs by worshipping and being in relationship with something or someone. But God has made us for Himself, and no matter how keenly the soul seeks to find satisfaction in other relationships or other things, it will not find contentment in those other relationship until it finds it in Him God. Wordsworth wrote these lines which speak with great plainness of this secret reminiscence of the soul. He says: Our birth is but a sleeping and a forgetting, The soul that rises with us, our life’s star, Hath had elsewhere its setting, And cometh from afar: Not in entire forgetfulness, And not in utter nakedness, But trailing clouds of glory do we come From God, who is our home. The soul’s proper home is God. No matter what we try to replace Him with –pastimes, friends, work, marriage or even service –we will suffer ‘perpetual homesickness’. If you do not yet know God in a personal way permit me to ask you: isn’t it about time you come home?
The Foundational Question Colossians 1:1-14: “That you may walk (live and conduct yourselves) in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him and [j]desiring to please Him in all things, bearing fruit in every good work and steadily growing and increasing in and by the knowledge of God [with fuller, deeper, and clearer insight, [k]acquaintance, and recognition].” (v10)
13th February 2022   sermon source
This verse said it all! Once a person is able to become an embodiment of this verse and keep practicing all what it says in his or her daily life, such a person must be blessed all round. We need to remind ourselves that God did not ask the question ‘Where are you?’ because He God lacked knowledge of the couple’s whereabouts, neither was it accusatory, but He God asked the question out of a desire to restore the fellowship which Adam and Eve had broken just as He aims to restore us too. Previously, that is before this disobedient act they (Adam and Eve) had walked together in a completely harmonious relationship, without any sense of estrangement. Father God, unwilling to give up on that relationship, seeks out Adam and Eve for reconciliation just as He always seek after us to restore us from our sin fellness. Desiring to re-establish the divine-human friendship, God asks this searching question: ‘Where are you?’ One can almost hear a cry of pain in the question. How moving it is to discover that no sooner do Adam and his wife Eve run away from God than God runs after them to come back to Him. There is no doubt that God’s heart is always deeply affected by the sin of His children. But do we realize that God is always worried whenever our sin draws us away from Him because He knows that sooner or later we shall be in a great mess. The question ‘Where are you?’ is, on one level, a theological question that is foundational to everything else. This is the issue underlying every other issue: where am I in relation to God? Nothing is more important than this where am I in relation to God, because beneath most of the problems people discuss with counsellors is this issue of relationship to God. Whenever things go wrong with you, instead of lamenting, it is very important that you try find out where you are with God! Are you close to God’s love heart or you are far away from God’s love heart because of sin and love of worldliness? Experience in dealing with people as a pastor, counsellor or friend has shown that when you get underneath all the layers of a person’s problems and difficulties in life generally, you will discover a relational component that is either marred or completely broken. Often, the roots of major problems are the difficulties or lack in rightly relating to God, knowing Him intimately, trusting Him implicitly or following Him obediently. It must be said also, that being in a right relationship with God does not stop us encountering problems, but it does enable us and give us strength to overcome them.
God’s First Question Genesis 3:1-24: “But the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, Where are you?” (v9)
6th February 2022   sermon source
Recall that we started with knowing why God asks us questions and we used the life of Patriarch Job to learn this all important lesson with reason and in it we saw that God ask us questions in other to let us see our folly, foolishness and our stupidity in certain actions and decisions that we take in life and in that show us that His way of dealing with us once we are in such errors of life is to let us know that we lack true wisdom and understanding and that the only way to attain to true wisdom and understanding is for us to realize and know that He God is the true wisdom and understanding and as such we should endeavour to know Him God and know who He is which is why He asked ‘’who do men say that I am and who do ye say that I am’’? Having learnt why God asks question it is time now to consider the first of what we are calling ‘God’s Questions’. Following Adam and Eve’s decisive decisions in choosing to disobey God not minding that they were detailed instructed not to do so, just as we too have detailed instructions in the word of God of things we should do and things we should not do, God asks Adam, ‘Where are you?, which is exactly the question God is still asking us through some of the ill things that happens to us whenever we do the things that warrants those questions to be asked us. An important observation must be made here in relation to this and other four questions God asked: the questions are prompted by God’s concern, but the questions are occasioned by human sin, which is our sin, our wrong actions and decisions in life circumstances because we do not seek God before deciding and acting. The picture many of us hold in our minds of the Garden of Eden is of an idyllic paradise of innocence and perfection. The meaning of IDYLLIC is pleasing or picturesque in natural simplicity where extremely happiness and peaceful condition exist. And, of course, in a sense it was. But, unlike our idea of paradise, there was the potential for things to go wrong which is the same as when things are fine, peaceful and happiness are everywhere in our homes and we get carried away enjoying our bliss not realizing that it is a time to be at alert, a time to be wise and be fast at learning our environment especially the people around us because the devil lurks around seeking who to devour instead we let our fences down for Satan and his agencies to penetrate and come in, just as Adam and Eve did. Yes agreed there was innocence at that early stage of things because God Himself said He saw everything He created was good and fine but that early innocence as figured in Adam and Eve was still untested, there was perfection yes, but it was incomplete and not yet beyond failure as it has not yet passed the test of time, it is not yet a matured perfection and innocence. All the innocence and perfection that was in Adam and Eve then have not yet matured or in other words these attributes of God (true innocence and perfection) in Adam and Eve has not yet passed the test of time, they have not yet passed through the type of circumstances and situations in life that Job passed through and yet did not talk or go against God, Adam and Eve were still very young which is the same thing that is happening to us today, many of us have not seen days yet we boast of this and that and when situation, life circumstances challenges us we collapse and fall-the fall of man! When God created space for His human beings to occupy, there was the potential to walk with Him or walk away from Him in other words, there was the freedom of will to obey Him or disobey Him. The truth of it all is that the first human pair on earth needed divine revelation, which is an implicit God’s presence and guidance but they did not know or need to know everything; they were created to live by trust –trust in God’s word and keep following it daily. Sadly, they failed to do that and entered into sin, which is they resorted in seeking guidance through another means and were misguided. As under-managers of God’s estate they were given tasks and responsibilities for which they were accountable just as we all today have tasks and responsibilities for which we are accountable, but they squandered their God-given gifts in the service of self rather than God. That too was sin. And seeking to find emotional wholeness and wellbeing outside of God’s loving will was also sin. Is this not what we all are doing today even including our leaders, squandering our God-given gifts and resources of our land (garden) in services of self rather than in services of humanity which is God. All these errors of life and more are the sins which we all are suffering in terms of hardship, pain, hunger, health breakdown, lack and deprivations which is why Ojukwu said ‘I have nothing to lose other than your pains and when God seek to remedy the situation for us by raising up individuals in our midst who have His attributes as did Job, Joshua, David, Jesus Christ, Dim Ojukwu, Nnamdi to reverse the errors for us, we fight them seeking to kill them still in our ignorance we give Lucifer and his agencies advantages to go against these God sent humans in a bid to destroy them rather than giving Jesus Christ in His sent the advantages to reverse the errors and bring goodness in place, too bad and when will man learn? God created humans to be in relationship with Him, but He honoured them with the freedom to choose whether to love Him or live independently of Him. One of the most devastating consequences of sin is not merely that it breaks God’s law, but that it breaks God’s heart also by bringing hardship to His people because God do not like seeing His people suffer in the midst of His abundant supplies. God’s first five questions must not be regarded as accusations, but as the loving entreaties of a Father who has His people’s welfare at heart and wants them to excel.
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