In my last post we looked at Part 7 of the Temptation Tracker. This particular post will be part 8. You can listen to the sermon link below. In it I explain how to use the Temptation Tracker and how the Lord wants to be with us in whatever emotion we are feeling.
Where did this come from?
I always like to give credit where it is due:
Temptation Tracker (created by Doug Hutchins, used with permission)
To see more on this on my site, click on this link: TempationTrackerPage
One of the things the temptation tracker helps us identify is what emotionally triggers us to bow down to other idols. Every time a person is tempted to bow down to a false idol, they need to account for what they were feeling emotionally during that temptation. It looks like this-
Feeling: how were you feeling when temptation hit (Remember: BLAST)
Today let’s look at S, just feeling shame.
I wrote on this a couple of years ago. In this blog you will read many of the same thoughts from a couple of years ago, but I have made some edits. Enjoy!
What is shame? Guilt says I feel bad for doing wrong. Shame says I feel worthless because there is something wrong with me.
Where did shame come from? (Genesis 3) When Adam and Eve sinned their eyes were opened, and they realized they were naked. In Genesis 2:25 they were naked with no shame, but the moment they sinned, in their nakedness they felt shame.
What does shame cause us to do?
- Cover up (Genesis 3:7)
- Hide (Genesis 3:8)
- Be afraid (Genesis 3:10)
- Blame others (Genesis 3:12-13)
We all do this. We battle shame. We want to cover up or hide. We are afraid of God, or if we are not careful, we blame others for our problems. There is one thought however I find really neat. It is this:
God looks for us in the midst of our shame (Genesis 3:8-9). God still went walking in the cool of the day looking for Adam and Eve knowing they had sinned. God could turn His back on us in our shame, but instead, He meets us right in the middle of it. He demonstrated that most emphatically through Christ.
So think about shame in the context of idolatry or addiction, but specifically sexual sin. 1 Corinthians 6 tells us when we sin sexually we sin against ourselves. Sin against yourself leads to more shame. If this shame is not dealt with, then it leads to more sexual sin.
Something else might trigger you to give into the idol of sexual sin (boredom, loneliness, anger, sadness, etc), but if you are not careful, then shame will lead you to more sexual sin. In essence, shame keeps you stuck in the sexual addiction. Shame keeps you bowing down to sexual sin. That is why it is so important to deal with your shame!!! Only Christ can do this!
Christ encounters a woman in John 8 who felt a ton of shame, but he did not condemn her. Even though He has the power to do so. What is the point?
Only Jesus can really condemn us (John 8:7). He will condemn those who do not know Him, but I love what He tells the woman in John 8. He tells her “neither do I condemn you”. Then he encourages her to leave her life of sin.
Through trust in Him & His cross we are not condemned (John 8:11). Praise the Lord!!!! Romans 2 tells us forgiveness and kindness leads to repentance. This is the very thing Jesus does with this woman. She is forgiven and encouraged to live a life of repentance. This is the exact opposite of what shame does.
Shame often comes from sin and even drives us to sin more. The cross motivates us & empowers us to leave our life of sin (John 8:11).
Could we like the woman be freed and empowered to leave our lives of sin and to follow Jesus with everything we have! Shame will not lead us to Him. Knowing that He meets us in the midst of our sin and shame can lead us to bow down to Him and only Him.
Thank you Jesus for the Truth of the Gospel that tells us we are not shamed or condemned (Romans 8)!
FYI: If you want to listen to a sermon I have done on this, you can click on this link:
If you want a shorter version that is video rather than just audio, watch the video below: