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Retention is the ability to recall, remember and retain information. Unfortunately, busyness, distractions and hectic schedules tend to weaken one’s ability to pay attention. Subsequently, whenever I meet someone new, names are often forgotten immediately causing me to ponder, “what’s your name again?” If I can’t remember the name of someone I just met in person, how is it possible to retain the knowledge about an invisible God?
For [God does not overlook sin and] the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who in their wickedness suppress and stifle the truth, 19 because that which is known about God is evident within them [in their inner consciousness], for God made it evident to them, Romans 1:18-19.
The apostle Paul makes two interesting observations in a letter to the church at Rome. First, the earth, the moon and stars are signs of a higher power, a grand design. When you add other things such as rainbows, sunsets and tides, no one can say I didn’t know or see God. Witnessing wonders should gravitate individuals toward the Bible, a history book of life on earth. Yet, unless you open God’s Word up for yourself, retaining knowledge of God will fade away.
Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory and majesty and excellence of the immortal God for an image [worthless idols] in the shape of mortal man and birds and four-footed animals and reptiles. 24 Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their own hearts to [sexual] impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them [abandoning them to the degrading power of sin], 25 because [by choice] they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen, Romans 1:22-25.
Second, Paul reveals the consequence of failing to retain the knowledge of God. The further you fall away from God, the closer you become to exchanging the glory of God for worldly idols. Those who ignore, neglect or reject God’s advice about life often abandon faith due to the degrading power of sin. When sin becomes full blown, James 1:13-15, truth is exchanged for a lie. May these words from Paul instill a sense of urgency to retain the knowledge of God before you are too far gone.
by Jay Mankus
Abashment, distress, embarrassment, humiliation and mortification are words associated with shame. This painful feeling is caused by conviction, an internal alarm alerted by consciousness within minds. God designed human beings with a sense of right and wrong. The moment your actions cross this invisible line, spirits of guilt and shame inflict souls with a sense of wrong doing. While God extends his hand, offering grace and forgiveness to those who trespass against others, shame often blocks out the sun.
And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself,” Genesis 3:10.
Shame is a byproduct of sin. This overwhelming sense of remorse first struck Adam and Eve after breaking God’s only rule, to avoid eating fruit from the Tree of Knowledge. This initial compromising act opened the door for shame to haunt souls for the past 6000 years. One of the ways the Devil inflicts harm on earth is through preventing individuals from forgiving themselves. Playing flashbacks of previous errors in your thoughts, perfectionists struggle to let go of foolish mistakes. The more people think about themselves, the Devil uses shame to block out the son, the good news about Jesus Christ.
Instead of your shame there shall be a double portion; instead of dishonor they shall rejoice in their lot; therefore in their land they shall possess a double portion; they shall have everlasting joy, Isaiah 61:7.
An Old Testament prophet uses God’s promises to break through clouds of shame. Since this ancient book depicts an angry and jealous God, grasping the concept of grace, God’s Riches at Christ’s Expense, was difficult to comprehend. Nonetheless, Isaiah gave a glimpse of the New Testament, an introduction to the abundant life, John 10:10. Yet, for many believers, shame stands in the way of experiencing everlasting joy. Therefore, if you are having a tough time letting go of your past, invite the Holy Spirit to break up these clouds. If you do, the light of Christ will begin to shine through, dissipating any reminders of shame that remains.
by Jay Mankus