Father God in Jesus Name I ask You that You multiply the fruit that can be seen and produced through this short blog. Father move in my heart and remove my hiding from you in Jesus Name.
“And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?” – Genesis 3:7-11 (KJV)
When we read this scripture we find the first sin, the sin that produced all these wars, diseases, hatred, doubt, fears and all the negative aspects of life. While it’s true we can’t change the past, we can learn from it. Even though at times we want to serve God with our whole heart at times we don’t show Him our whole heart. We cover it up. We hide from God, sure God see’s us but He wants us to see us and allow us to confess anything to Him without any condemnation. The Bible says “there is NO condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1)
What happens when something that once didn’t bother you all of the sudden becomes a huge problem? What do you do, hide it? Often in life what becomes huge is what brings us to prayer, but if we were to take it to God in prayer before it became huge it wouldn’t have made it to “live out” the “hugeness” that has taken place in our heart and lives.
Rejection, abandonment, loneliness, depression, guilt, shame, hurt, all of these things we tend to cover up and not even talk to God about. It’s our own self defense mechanisms. We feel as though “we can deal with it and it’s not that big of a deal” but in reality it is and it just gets bigger the more we deny it. Faith will never be found in denial. As a matter of fact there is no miracle stated in the Bible when Jesus was walking the Earth until someone confessed they needed one. It’s like going to God saying “I am healed” when you are clearly sick. Do you want God to heal a healed person? Sure, positive confession is great, but logically it doesn’t make much sense. The LORD desires truth, honesty, purity and more importantly, all of you, including mistakes, failures and the things we mask often for the sake of being “more spiritual” and “strong.” However, it is in our weakness that God is often found.
When you encounter something in your life, talk to God about it. Don’t run and hide from God or even hide from yourself. Be honest with you and God. That’s the only way He can work on it and He wants to work on it. Allow your beautiful God work through you admitting to Him that you need help. There is no shame in getting help from God, but there is shame in admitting to yourself through pride and self-will that you don’t need it so you don’t even acknowledge it. If someone was to get cut or bitten by something, it can seem like a minor thing, but if it goes unattended what was once small to you all of the sudden can become drastically important. It can lead to infection, disease and even worse, amputation or death. Has Satan made you hide your true feelings and emotions from God and infected your heart for the sake of looking “stronger in God” or “more spiritual?”
What do I do?
1) Acknowledge it! Just go to God and tell Him how you feel. If you hate someone, tell Him. If you are lustful, tell Him. If you are mad, tell Him. If you are (insert your feelings here) tell Him. God is not mad at you at all. God wants you to speak to Him in sincerity and truth.
2) Acknowledge it as pride! The “P” word is so hard to get rid of in our lives, but when we hide from God it’s a form of pride. Whenever we don’t truly come before God naked and unashamed to tell The LORD our secrets we are hiding ourselves from Him, it’s truly a form of pride. The good news is, it can be changed IMMEDIATELY by just saying “Look, Lord, I’ve hidden this from You and I am sorry.” In the blink of an eye your pride became humility and before honor comes humility. (Proverbs 18:12)
3) Watch God restore a new prayer life! Whenever you apply these principles to your prayer life, it will drastically change. Isn’t that worth it? A change in your prayer life is perhaps the most important thing you will ever experience in your life. A change in your prayer life can bring about emotional healing and even physical healing that could never come from any other way. Let your prayer life be loosed from chains of insincerity, true, it is easier said than done, but once it’s done it becomes easier done than said.
Let God do this work in you, it’s important. It’s time for us to go back to being “naked before God and not ashamed.” Share yourself with God and watch Him share more of Himself to you according to the promise in John 14:21 which states: “He who has my laws and keeps them, he it is who has love for me: and he who has love for me will be loved by my Father, and I will have love for him and will let myself be seen clearly by him.” (Bible in Basic English)
Father God I come to You and acknowledge my pride, the thing that hinders me most. Lord, remove it through my simple confession that I am going to be more honest with You. I’m giving You more of me through giving You more access to my life, emotions, and heart. I ask that You show me more of You as I show You more of me. Father, reveal Yourself and produce drastic, needed and necessary spiritual fruit in my life, please Lord Jesus, in Your precious, powerful and amazing name. Amen.