As of now, everyone is perfect in 2015 as God has wiped everyone’s slate clean, 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. However, its only a matter of time before someone says, “I can’t believe I just said that!” It only takes a minuscule act, slight compromise or momentary lapse in judgment to ensnare a soul forever. As this new year begins, what’s saving you from shame?
Eve’s world began with perfection, no afflictions, illness or pain to complain about. With only one rule to follow, Genesis 2:15-17, everything was available to the first family except for the Tree of Knowledge. Unfortunately, it didn’t take long for Lucifer to plant seeds of disobedience on the earth, Genesis 3:1. Instead of walking away from temptation, Eve thought she could handle it own her own, excluding the Lord and her husband from this conversation, Genesis 3:2-6. Once you engage temptation, shame often follows, Genesis 3:7.
The Psalmist provides helpful hints to keep your reputation clean in 2015.
1) Be steadfast in obeying God’s decrees, Psalm 119:5.
2) Avoid careless mistakes by memorizing God’s commands in the Bible, Psalm 119:6.
3) Devote your heart to righteousness, Matthew 5:6.
4) Cling to purity by walking in the ways of the Lord, Psalm 119:9.
5) Hide God’s Word in your heart to remain on the narrow path, Psalm 119:10.
Although Calvinists might say you’re destined to fail, solely reliant on God’s grace, the apostle Paul suggests that you have some say in your day to day decisions, Philippians 2:12. Essentially, Paul is warning individuals about getting too comfortable like Eve, 1 Corinthians 10:11-12. As Solomon once said, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight,” Proverbs 3:5-6. By following this advice, God willing, you will be saved from shame in 2015 and beyond.
by Jay Mankus