Changing what you Believe (5 of 6)

Mike Connell

So rather than resting in his identity as a child of God he took onboard those lies and those lies formed the foundation for him running a life independent of God. If we are going to come out of the path of shame and out of shame around our life and become who God says we are, we have to come back to a foundational faith in our heart, God is good, God can be trusted. God loves me. He's got my very best interests at heart, so no matter what He says, even if it doesn't look right, God still is good. If someone dies unexpectedly God is still good. If something goes wrong in my life God is good. God can be trusted. Something happens I didn't expect, God is good, God can be trusted. Now you understand this, the foundation of our Christian walk depends on us believing in our heart God is good all of the time. He can be trusted all of the time. His word is reliable. He is reliable and if I trust my life into His hands I won't miss out, I'll actually become everything He wants me to become. You see that's the core of how this thing of shame entered in. They believed lies.

So if we don't deal with lies in our life, if we don't shift our heart beliefs, then what'll happen is we have a form of Christianity but we have no living connectedness to God and His power. Listen, if you have doubts about someone's goodness how could you trust them? How can you lean on that person if you are not really sure they can be trusted? This is the problem that so many believers have, is we really do doubt that God is good and can be trusted and so we give a measured trusting, so long as I keep within what I can control. But God calls us to abandon ourselves to Him because He's trustworthy and you see here what Adam and Eve have done, the moment sin came in immediately the glory of God left them. They became damaged and their first response was to hide. God came and He came walking in the - the Bible says they heard the voice of the Lord walking in the garden.

Now notice God's first question to Adam: Adam, where are you? Now what kind of question is that? Is that an information question? Adam, I can't figure out where you've got to, you're not in the normal meeting place. Where did you go? How come you didn't turn up on time? It's not an information question. It's a relationship question. God's primary concern with us is relationship. He wants you to have a relationship because out of relationship you then begin to arise and you have dominion or you represent Him out of your relationship with Him. So His first priority is relationship. Even though Adam had failed in sin God still loved him passionately and we can see that God had not changed because Adam sinned. Look at this in Genesis 3 and Verse 21. Now Adam had become ashamed, he'd lost his identity as a child of God. He had lost his intimacy with God because shame is an intimacy thief and identity thief. Now I want you see what the Lord did and I'm going to look at God's provision that He made, the provision that He made for shame, in Genesis 3, Verse 21.

Also for Adam and his wife, the Lord God made tunics of skin, and clothed them. The Lord God made tunics of skin, and clothed them. Now you notice the thing that God does. He demonstrated first of all - Adam, where are you? He demonstrates He's a relational God, He's looking for where we are. He's looking for where we're hiding. He's looking to engage you at a heart level, where are you really? Where do you live? What is going on in your life? What is really happening in your life? I made you to be my friend, what's happened to our friendship? Where are you living your life? Is it in friendship with me, or has something happened? So the passionate desire of God always has been a love relationship, intimacy, connected with us. Sin and the shame it brings disconnects us, so notice now what God does. God shows He's good: Adam, I see in your own efforts you've covered yourself, but I tell you I'm still good and I've got a better covering than the one you've made.