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BE AN OVERCOMER

February 15, 2016

Monday

 

Overcoming the Fear of Public Shame

 

Genesis 3:10

 

And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.

 

 

LESSON

 

God does not wait for Adam to find his own way back, but hastens in search of him. “Where art thou” is rendered in one version, Alas for thee. Jesus met the Tempter not in a garden, but in the wilderness. He suffered being tempted, but has become to all who obey Him a Life-giving Spirit, and the Author of Eternal Salvation.

See the immediate consequences of sin. 1. Shame, because of the ingratitude marked in the rebellion, and because that in aiming to be like God they were now sunk into a state of the greatest wretchedness. 2. Fear, because they saw they had been deceived by Satan, and were exposed to that death and punishment from which he had promised them an exemption. How worthy is it of remark that this cause continues to produce the very same effects! Shame and fear were the first fruits of sin, and fruits which it has invariably produced, from the first transgression to the present time.

 

Memory Verse: Psalms 23:4

 

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