End of Shame and Reproach
You are here on this website reading this article, not by accident, but by divine gathering, because you are one of the remnants that God chose in Christ to become perfect to access the inheritance with which to fulfil His purpose and your great destiny (Eph.1:4, 5, 11).
Therefore, as you read this article,
GOD WILL OPEN YOUR HEART TO THE MYSTERY OF PERFECTION.
AS YOU SUBSCRIBE TO THE DEMANDS OF PERFECTION, YOU WILL COME UNDER GOD’S CANOPY OF PROTECTION AND PRESERVATION FROM THE CALAMITIES DIVINELY PROGRAMMED FOR THE EARTH AND ITS INHABITANTS THESE LAST DAYS.
PENDING YOUR PERFECTION TO ACCESS THE FULLNESS OF THE INHERITANCE, GOD WILL SUSTAIN YOU AND MAKE YOU SUFFICIENT IN ALL THINGS.
PENDING YOUR PERFECTION TO ENJOY DIVINE HEALTH AS A LIFE-STYLE, GOD WILL DELIVER YOU FROM ALL SICKNESSES, DISEASES AND AFFLICTIONS NO MATTER HOW SORE AND LONG THEY HAVE BEEN.
GOD WILL CUT OFF ALL ENEMIES THAT COME AGAINST YOU AND STAND ON YOUR WAY TO FULFIL GOD’S PURPOSE AND YOUR DESTINY.
NO MATTER YOUR CONDITION RIGHT NOW, GOD WILL SOON TURN YOU TO A STRONG NATION AND ALL YOUR MOCKERS AND ADVERSARIES WILL COME AND BOW DOWN BEFORE YOU.
ALL IN JESUS PRECIOUS NAME.
PERFECTION, THE END OF SHAME AND REPROACH FOR THE BELIEVER
A concerned believer once asked me:
“Why is there so much poverty among believers in the Body of Christ despite God’s great promises of prosperity that abound in the Bible?”
Poverty; lack and want is the most visible expression of shame and reproach.
Conversely too, wealth is the most visible expression of the glory of God that eradicates shame and reproach (Hos.4:7). Isaiah 17: 4 in The Living Bible says: “Yes, the glory of Israel will be very dim when poverty stalks the land.” Wealth is the principal channel through which God fills His people with His glory to attract the attention of the people of the world:
7 “And I will shake all nations, AND THE DESIRE OF ALL NATIONS SHALL COME: AND I WILL FILL THIS HOUSE WITH GLORY, saith the LORD of hosts.
8 THE SILVER IS MINE, AND THE GOLD IS MINE, saith the LORD of hosts.” (Hag.2:6, 7)
The house that God will fill with His glory through wealth is the believer (Heb.3:6). Therefore, God too is concerned when He sees His children living in poverty despite the fact that He owns all the wealth in the world (Psalm 24:1); because it brings His name to disrepute among the people of the world. It is God speaking here:
“And now what do I have here? Declares the LORD. FOR MY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TAKEN AWAY FOR NOTHING, AND THOSE WHO RULE THEM MOCK, declares the LORD. AND ALL DAY LONG MY NAME IS CONTINUALLY BLASPHEMED.” (Isa.52:5 NIV)
Many believers are in captivity in the world under the wicked rule of satan that has impoverished them through sin (1John 5:19; Rev.13:17); the same way the children of Israel were impoverished by Pharaoh to whom they were in bondage in Egypt (Exod.1:13, 14). This brings reproach to the name of the Lord. It is also God speaking here:
“And when they entered unto the heathen, whither they went, THEY PROFANED MY HOLY NAME, WHEN THEY SAID TO THEM, THESE ARE THE PEOPLE OF THE LORD, AND ARE GONE FORTH OUT OF HIS LAND.” (Ezek.36:20)
SALVATION IS GOD’S PROVISION FOR END OF SHAME AND REPROACH
God’s provision for taking away the reproach of His people and restoring their dignity is to bring them out of the land of captivity into their land of inheritance where He would bless them to prosper them (Gen.12:1-3). This was what He packaged for them through salvation:
6 “Therefore my people shall know my name: therefore they shall know in that day that I am he that doth speak: behold, it is I.
7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, THAT PUBLISHETH PEACE; that bringeth good tidings of good, THAT PUBLISHETH SALVATION; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!
8 Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, WHEN THE LORD SHALL BRING AGAIN ZION.
9 Break forth into joy, sing together, ye waste places of Jerusalem: for the LORD hath comforted his people, HE HATH REDEEMED JERUSALEM.
10 The LORD hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; AND ALL THE ENDS OF THE EARTH SHALL SEE THE SALVATION OF OUR GOD.
11 Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; BE YE CLEAN, THAT BEAR THE VESSELS OF THE LORD.” (Isa.52:6-11)
Salvation is the good news of joy and peace for God’s people (Luke 2:10, 14). It is the good news of their restoration from a life of shame and reproach in captivity in the world to that of joy and singing in their land of inheritance. For the believer, this land (Zion, Jerusalem) is the Kingdom of God – the heavenly Jerusalem city.
SALVATION IS TWO-DIMENSIONAL DELIVERANCE FROM SIN
The salvation of God is deliverance from sin that permits His people to enter their land of inheritance – the holy Jerusalem city – where He blesses them to prosper (Matt.1:21, 7:21); the uncircumcised and unclean is not permitted to enter it (Isa.52:1; Rev.21:27). But salvation is a two-dimensional deliverance from sin.
The first dimension of deliverance from sin is the forgiveness of the sins already committed – the sins that took them to captivity and are still in their hands. When confession of these sins is genuine and from the heart, God’s forgiveness is instant and total (Psalm 32:5; Isa.55:7; 1John 1:9). This is what the elect receives at new-birth through redemption by the Blood of Christ when he confesses Him as his Lord and Saviour. This is stage one of salvation that makes him a believer.
The second dimension of deliverance from sin is to stop committing sins. This requires the evacuation from his heart of the idols that breed sin in it by leading him to disobey God, for him to become perfect. This is what keeps the believer clean; his body is the vessel of the Lord (Isa.52:11). This is stage two of salvation and it requires time to achieve – the time needed for all the idols in his heart to be purged out.
PERFECTION, THE STAGE TWO OF SALVATION IS THE BELIEVER’S SOLUTION
Since the believer has already secured stage one of salvation through his new-birth, what must be accomplished for him to enter the land of inheritance where God will prosper him to remove shame and reproach is his perfection – stage two of his salvation:
33 “As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I will rule over you with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm and with outpoured wrath.
34 I WILL BRING YOU FROM THE NATIONS AND GATHER YOU FROM THE COUNTRIES WHERE YOU HAVE BEEN SCATTERED – with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm and with outpoured wrath.
35 I WILL BRING YOU INTO THE DESERT OF THE NATIONS AND THERE, FACE TO FACE, I WILL EXECUTE JUDGMENT UPON YOU.
36 As I judged your fathers in the desert of the land of Egypt, so I will judge you, declares the Sovereign LORD.
37 I WILL TAKE NOTE OF YOU AS YOU PASS UNDER MY ROD, AND I WILL BRING YOU INTO THE BOND OF THE COVENANT.
38 I WILL PURGE YOU OF THOSE WHO REVOLT AND REBEL AGAINST ME. ALTHOUGH I WILL BRING THEM OUT OF THE LAND WHERE THEY ARE LIVING, YET THEY WILL NOT ENTER THE LAND OF ISRAEL. Then you will know that I am the LORD.
39 As for you, O house of Israel, this is what the Sovereign LORD says: Go and serve your idols, every one of you! But afterward you will surely listen to me and no longer profane my holy name with your gifts and idols.
40 For on my holy mountain, the high mountain of Israel, declares the Sovereign LORD, there in the land the entire house of Israel will serve me, and there I will accept them. There I will require your offerings and your choice gifts, along with all your holy sacrifices.
41 I will accept you as fragrant incense when I bring you out from the nations and gather you from the countries where you have been scattered, AND I WILL SHOW MYSELF HOLY AMONG YOU IN THE SIGHT OF THE NATIONS.” (Ezek.20: 33-41 NIV)
This was a prophecy of how God would restore the children of Israel back to their land after sending them into captivity in other lands because of idolatry that made them live in disobedience to Him and His commandments (2Kgs.17:7-23). But in restoring the remnants scattered in other lands, He would not take them back straight into their land. He would take them first into the wilderness of those nations where He would circumcise their hearts to purge out the idols in it before giving them access to the land; the same way He did not allow their fathers He brought out of bondage in Egypt to enter the Canaan Land inheritance until they had been circumcised by Joshua (Josh.5:2-9). He would circumcise their hearts by executing judgment upon them. It is God that circumcises the heart of His saints for them to be able to love and obey Him as a life-style (Deut.30:6, 8).
But this prophecy was ordained for ultimate fulfilment in the New Testament Israelites – believers.
God brings all the New Testament remnants out of captivity in the world through their new-birth. But He would also not take them straight to the land of inheritance – the Kingdom of God. He would take them first into the wilderness of the world where He would circumcise their hearts by purging all idols out of it for them to become perfect. The wilderness represents a place of dryness full of wild beasts. But He will sustain and protect them as He circumcises their hearts, just as He did for the children of Israel when He brought them out of Egypt into the wilderness (Deut.8:2-5; Neh.9:21).
The circumcision of the heart of the believer is achieved in two ways. The first way that is most prominent in the beginning when his heart is full of the idols that he came with him from the world is through execution of judgment for disobedience, through God’s rod of judgment – satan (1Cor.5:5; Heb.12:5-11). The second way which becomes more prominent as he is filled with the Holy Spirit is by Holy Ghost revelation of the Word – the Living Waters (Ezek.36:25; John 16:8; Rom.8:13; Col.2:11). The latter is the perfect way ordained for the circumcision of the heart of the New Testament saint because, unlike the Old Testament saints, he has the Holy Spirit, God’s perfect instrument for circumcision in him. But in both cases, the circumcision of the heart purges idols out of it to make it perfect through the crucifixion of the flesh. Then the perfect heart facilitates filling with the fullness of the Holy Spirit to wholly sanctify and make him holy. Through the fullness of the Holy Spirit, he will begin to receive abundance of the grace of Jesus Christ to keep his body crucified to fulfil the everlasting covenant. This is how God brings him into the bond of the covenant.
The covenant of circumcision is the everlasting covenant. It is the believer’s perfection that enables him to fulfil his part of this covenant of keeping his body crucified as a life-style which commits God to fulfil His part of giving him the Kingdom inheritance as his everlasting possession (Gen.17:7-10, 13b). God is faithful to fulfil all His promises to His people; but He will do so only on the basis of His covenant. Believers are not accessing His promises principally because they are not fulfilling their part of the covenant.
The perfection of the believer is his consecration as God’s New Testament priest which confers on him God’s firstborn status (Rev.5:9-10; Num.3:12, 13). The believers who have become perfect constitute members of the Church (General Assembly) of the Firstborn who are registered in heaven (Heb.12:23). They constitute the entire members of the Kingdom of God whose service, offerings and sacrifices are accepted by God which secures for them His blessings of peace, joy and prosperity that wipe away shame and reproach (Ezek.20:40; Mal.3:1-4; Deut.33:11).
But the evacuation of idols from the heart of believers to make them perfect is the first type of purging that God carries out in the wilderness of the world; there is the second type. It is the exclusion of the believers who fail to submit to God’s perfection programme of evacuating idols from their hearts to circumcise it, from entering the land of inheritance. Therefore, they continue to live in disobedience and sin. This is why, even though God has brought them out of the world by their new-birth, He will not allow them to enter into His Kingdom – the holy land of inheritance – to prosper them (Ezek.20:38); just as He did to the children of Israel that He brought out of bondage in Egypt but who failed to believe and obey Him (Judg.5: 6). God has not changed (Mal.3:6a; Heb.13:8).
Every believer must allow this Scripture to sink into him by meditating on it over and over:
“…ALTHOUGH I WILL BRING THEM OUT OF THE LAND WHERE THEY ARE LIVING, YET THEY WILL NOT ENTER THE LAND OF ISRAEL. Then you will know that I am the LORD.” (Ezek.20:38b)
God will sift all believers as corn is sifted in a sieve to exclude those whose hearts are not circumcised for them to become perfect from entering His Kingdom (Amos 9:9-10; Isa.52:1). Even though they continue to offer their service, offerings and sacrifices in their churches, God will not accept them to prosper them; for He sees them as polluting His holy name (Ezek.20:39; Isa.1:12-17; Amos 5: 21-24). This is the major reason why majority of believers are not accessing God’s blessings of peace, joy and prosperity that the Kingdom of God offers to eradicate shame and reproach (Rom.14:17; Isa.65:17-25). This is the reason also, why many of them engage the ungodly ways of the world to pursue wealth acquisition rather than the ways of God (Deut.11:10-14). But such wealth when gotten come with attached sorrows and never endures. It is only the blessings of the Lord that makes wealthy without attached sorrows (Psalm 16:4; 1Tim.6:10; Prov.10:22). Furthermore, what many believers consider as wealth is actually poverty when compared to the supernatural wealth that God has prepared for them in His Kingdom (Rev.3:17; Deut.8:18; 1Cor.2:9). What many celebrate as wealth are the mercy drops of God’s blessing to encourage them to subscribe to their perfection that will give them access to His real showers of blessing (Rom.2:4).
By failing to become perfect, they are unable to keep the flesh crucified as a life-style to live a life-style of full obedience to God and fulfil their part of the everlasting covenant that commits God to fulfil His part outlined in this passage:
25 “And I will make with them a covenant of peace, and will cause the evil beasts to cease out of the land: and they shall dwell safely in the wilderness, and sleep in the woods.
26 And I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing: and will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing.
27 And the tree of the field shall yield her fruit, and the earth shall yield her increase, and they shall be safe in their land, and shall know that I am the LORD, when I have broken the bands of their yoke, and delivered them out of the hand of those that served themselves of them.
28 And they shall no more be a prey to the heathen, neither shall the beast of the land devour them; but they shall dwell safely, and none shall make them afraid.
29 AND I WILL RAISE UP FOR THEM A PLANT OF RENOWN, AND THEY SHALL BE NO MORE CONSUMED WITH HUNGER IN THE LAND, NEITHER BEAR THE SHAME OF THE HEATHEN ANY MORE.
30 Thus shall they know that I the LORD their God am with them, and that they, even the house of Israel are my people, saith the LORD.” (Ezek.34: 25-30)
What the covenant covers is also outlined in Isaiah 54:10-17 and 55:3, 12, 13. It includes peace, protection and defence against evil beasts (satan and his agents), safety from calamities, guidance, fruitfulness, superabundance or wealth and divine backing for execution of judgment against enemies. The plant of renown that God will raise up for them is a wealth generating source that will wipe away lack and want and hence shame and reproach from them forever (Ezek.34:29).
Here is yet another scriptural confirmation of God’s plan for eradicating shame and reproach from believers only after they have become perfect:
25 “THEN WILL I SPRINKLE CLEAN WATER UPON YOU, AND YE SHALL BE CLEAN: FROM ALL YOUR FILTHINESS, AND FROM ALL YOUR IDOLS, WILL I CLEANSE YOU.
26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.
28 AND YE SHALL DWELL IN THE LAND THAT I GAVE YOUR FATHERS: and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.
29 I WILL ALSO SAVE YOU FROM ALL YOUR UNCLEANNESSES: AND I WILL CALL FOR THE CORN, AND WILL INCREASE IT, AND LAY NO FAMINE UPON YOU.
30 And I WILL MULTIPLY THE FRUIT OF THE TREE, AND THE INCREASE OF THE FIELD, THAT YE SHALL RECEIVE NO MORE REPROACH OF FAMINE AMONG THE HEATHEN.” (Ezek.36: 25-30)
The reproach of lack and want in the life of the believer will come to an end through God’s blessing upon him (Gen.12:2). But he will access them only after he has become perfect and holy to enter the holy land of inheritance – the Kingdom of God (Gen.17:1, 2).
The clean water that God will sprinkle upon him is the Living Water – Holy Ghost revelation of the Word (John 7:37-39; Eph.5:26). It is revelation of the truth to obey (through the spirit of judgment); and the grace to crucify the body (through the spirit of burning) that purges idols from the heart to circumcise it to make it perfect for a life-style of full obedience to God (Isa.4:2-4). The perfect heart is the new heart that produces a perfect spirit which is the new spirit that God will put within him. The perfect heart facilitates his filling with the fullness of the Holy Spirit that wholly sanctifies him to make him holy to enter the holy land – the Kingdom of God inheritance.
The presence of idols in the heart of the believer is the fundamental reason for his unfruitfulness that brings shame and reproach (Hos.14:1-9). When God rolled away the reproach of the children of Israel in the wilderness, it was by circumcising them to stop them from serving idols for Him to give them access into their Canaan inheritance. It was when they entered the land and began to eat its fruits that manna that God had fed them with for forty years ceased coming down for them (Josh.5:9-12; Ezek.20:7-18). Manna represents the mercy drops of God’s blessing rather than His showers, that God gives His people before they become perfect to secure the inheritance. This is why the evacuation of idols from the heart of the believer to circumcise it for him to become perfect is the rolling away of shame and reproach for him to manifest the glory of God that attracts the people of the world (Psalm 106:20; Jer.2:11; Rom.1:23).
As said earlier on, poverty dims the glory of God (Isa.17:4 TLB). When you go down to verses seven and eight of Isaiah 17, you will discover that idols are at the root of the poverty of the people of God that dims their glory: “Then at last they will think of God their creator and have respect for the Holy One of Israel. They will no longer ask their idols for help in that day, neither will they worship what their hands have made! They will no longer have respect for the images of Ashtaroth and the sun idols” (Isa.17:7, 8 TLB).
Perfection which is achieved by the purging out of idols from the heart of the believer is the ultimate solution to poverty that brings shame and reproach to the people of God. When you become perfect, every other thing that facilitates access to supernatural wealth and manifestation of God’s glory will fall into place in your life naturally without struggles:
(a) You will be able to give willingly, cheerfully, bountifully, sacrificially, continually and in love to reap great harvests of prosperity (2Cor.9:6-11, 8:1-9).
(b) You will discover your primary assignment which is the platform and instrument for accessing the inheritance with utmost clarity for speedy pursuit; and you will be faithful in its pursuit (Jer.1:5, 11, 12, 20:9).
(c) Like Jesus, work will become a delight to you rather than a mere necessity – you will be able to work hard, creatively and tirelessly to generate supernatural results in the pursuit of your assignment (John 4:34, 17:4).
(d) You will be manifesting as a life-style the spirit of faith coupled with patience to continually give glory to God as you wait to receive God’s promises (Heb.6:12; Rom.4:19, 20).
(e) You will be living a life-style of full obedience to God which is the key to a world of abundance and endless supernatural breakthroughs (Job 36:11; Isa.48:21).
(f) Doors will be opening to you supernaturally on their own accord because your perfection is what consummates or seals your marriage to Christ; when you cleave to Him, no door can be shut against you (2Cor.11:2; Eph.5:31, 32; Psalm 24:7-10).
(g) You will be fulfilling the everlasting covenant to secure the sure mercies of David to manifest as a life-style unusual dimension of God’s glory that will be attracting the people of the world to God through you continually; rather than bringing His name to disrepute – soul winning without sweat (Isa.55:3-5)!
To understand the nature of idols and how they make you imperfect, you need to go through the three perfection messages of November 2018 on “Idols that make you imperfect” on this website.
All believers have come out of the world through their new-birth; but majority are not in the Kingdom of God because they have not become perfect. They are in the wilderness of the world – the place of dryness and judgment (Isa.32:16; Ezek.20:35) – while in their different churches. How soon they move from the wilderness of the world to the fruitful field of the Kingdom of God (Isa.32:15); from their churches to the Church of the Firstborn who are registered in heaven (Heb.12:23); will be determined by their level of submission to God’s programme for their perfection. Those who fail to submit are, like the children of Israel, at the risk of wandering in the wilderness of poverty, sickness, disease, frustration, barrenness, fear, defeat, misfortune, calamities and premature death in this world; and ending up in eternal damnation afterwards (Josh.5:6; Amos 9:9, 10).
This will not be your portion in Jesus name.
This is why you are here to know what it takes to become perfect.
ARTICLE KEY POINTS
- Poverty is the most visible expression of shame and reproach; while wealth is the most visible expression of the glory of God that eradicates shame and reproach.
- God is concerned when He sees His children living in poverty despite the fact that He owns all the wealth of the world; wealth is His principal channel for filling them with His glory that eradicates shame and reproach and attracts the attention of the people of the world.
- Many believers are in captivity in the world under the wicked rule of satan that has impoverished them through sin which brings reproach to the name of the Lord.
- Salvation is the good news of joy and peace for God’s people; it is the good news of their restoration from a life of shame and reproach in captivity in the world to that of joy and singing in their own land.
- 6. The salvation of God is deliverance from sin that permits His people to enter their land of inheritance – the holy Jerusalem city which is the Kingdom of God – where He will bless them; the uncircumcised and unclean is not permitted to enter the Kingdom of God.
- The wilderness is a place of dryness full of wild beasts (satan and his agents); but God will sustain and protect them as He circumcises their hearts to purge idols out of it.
- Circumcision of the heart purges idols out of the believer’s heart to make it perfect through the crucifixion of his body; then the perfect heart facilitates filling with the fullness of the Holy Spirit to wholly sanctify and make him holy.
- Through the fullness of the Holy Spirit, the perfect believer will be receiving abundance of grace to keep his body crucified to fulfil the everlasting covenant.
- The covenant of circumcision is the everlasting covenant; it is the believer’s perfection that enables him to fulfil his part of this covenant which commits God to fulfil His part of giving him the Kingdom inheritance as his everlasting possession.
- God is faithful to fulfil all His promises to His people; but He will do so only on the basis of His covenant; believers are not accessing His promises principally because they are not fulfilling their part of the covenant.
- The perfection of the believer is his consecration as God’s New Testament priest which confers on him God’s firstborn status.
- Perfection which is achieved by the purging out of idols from the believer’s heart is the ultimate solution to poverty that brings shame and reproach; when you become perfect, every other thing that facilitates access to supernatural wealth and manifestation of God’s glory will fall into place naturally without struggles.