BELIEVERS WILL NEVER BE PUT TO SHAME

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BELIEVERS WILL NEVER BE PUT TO SHAME

Romans 10:11
As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.”

When you believe in your team and it loses in the games, you are left ashamed. All the confidence you exuded haunts you back. When you believe in your child and you brag about it all over, then the child fails you, you are left ashamed. When you believe in a political party and leader, and you defend them zealously publicly on social media and elsewhere, then they fail you by engaging in corruption or losing votes or disagreeing among themselves, you are left ashamed. Anyone who believes in Jesus Christ, will never be put to shame. Believers will never be put to shame!

Romans Chapter 10 is a focus on prophecies about Israelites and their salvation. Apostle Paul contrasts the way Jews approached salvation and the way Gentiles did. He then declares that both Jews and Gentiles need to above all else believe in Jesus Christ. Anyone who believes in Jesus Christ, will never be put to shame. Believers will never be put to shame!

Shame is an embarrassing realisation that you were wrong. Shame exposes you as a poor decision maker. Shame is a conclusion that others have evidence not to trust you anymore. Shame robs you of bragging rights. Shame denies you the right to assert yourself among people. Shame is an experience we would all hate to go through. Shame is traumatising. Shame forces you to go into hiding. Because of shame you disappear from social media, change accounts and spend time indoors. Shame is when we can no longer defend ourselves, because our main bragging point has failed terribly and publicly. Anyone who believes in Jesus Christ, will never be put to shame. Believers will never be put to shame!

Because of shame, some people commit suicide. They can’t believe how stupid they were, and now everybody knows. Suicide is sin don’t even think about it. When overwhelmed with feelings of regret, seek someone to listen to you. Over time the feelings will subside. Avoid thoughts of suicide. Honour killings in Pakistan are because of shame. When particularly a female family member does something that embarrasses the family, they are killed by family members to maintain their family honour. This is evil and against the law and will of God. Japanese are known to disappear from neighbourhoods and from people they knew, whenever they face failure in what they were doing. They go to new neighbourhoods and begin life with new identities. Shame is too much for anyone and everyone. Anyone who believes in Jesus Christ, will never be put to shame. Believers will never be put to shame!

There is no guarantee that you will not be ashamed. The love of your life can suddenly become the huge source of your shame. The children you have brought up in the way of the LORD can suddenly bring you unprecedented shame. Your pilot project can suddenly collapse and you are left in shame for all the confidence you had. The person you put faith in can betray you suddenly and you are left in shame. Possibilities of being ashamed abound around us. It is maturity to expect shame and cushion ourselves against it. The only guarantee against shame, is when we believe in Jesus. Anyone who believes in Jesus Christ, will never be put to shame. Believers will never be put to shame!

God never fails those who believe in Him. It may seem like you are about to be ashamed, then God comes through. No one who believes in God will be ashamed. Joseph in Egyptian slavery was not ashamed. David facing Goliath was not ashamed. Daniel, Shadrack, Meshack and Abednego were never ashamed. Anyone who believes in Jesus Christ, will never be put to shame. Believers will never be put to shame!

When you believe in God, you will have many near shame moments. Learn to persevere and look up to God, He will never put you to shame. Disciples were left in a seriously near shame moment when Jesus was arrested, tortured and killed. Disciples went into hiding out of shame and not necessarily fear for their lives. But early Sunday morning, there was nothing to be ashamed about. Anyone who believes in Jesus Christ, will never be put to shame. Believers will never be put to shame!

During near shame moments Peter betrayed Jesus and other disciples ran away. During near shame moments our faith is severely tested. If you believe in God and you find your self staring at the possibility of huge shame, don’t give up on God, He will come through. Pray and plead with God to save you from shame that is looming. Don’t be tempted to give up, to seek help from evil sources and to abandon faith. Sometimes like Joseph, the shame of going into slavery elevates you to royalty. If God allows some momentary shame, bear it, it will be cleared once He lifts you up. Anyone who believes in Jesus Christ, will never be put to shame. Believers will never be put to shame!

Trust in God in your employment. Trust in God in your business. Trust in God in your health. Trust in God in your relationships towards marriage and in marriage. Trust in God in your loneliness. Trust in God in your studies. Trust in God in your fluctuating health situation. Trust in God in all you do. Trust in God even when it seems you are moving towards a huge embarrassment, trust in God and do what you must. God will save you from the embarrassment. If God allows the shame to come, it will be a stepping stone to glory that will make the current shame, a totally hilarious joke. Therefore in everything, trust in God. Anyone who believes in Jesus Christ, will never be put to shame. Believers will never be put to shame!

Dear God, I believe, help me overcome my unbelief, in Jesus name, Amen!

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Rei Kesis

I sit in church or religious class and I struggle to understand what is being taught and preached. I realise a few other people are struggling too. The meeting ends and we are satisfied with having appeared. Somehow in my mind I decide that only a few people can ever learn and understand certain things. But this is not right. I read scholars' articles on very serious issues, the vocabulary is deep, the language is way above the average member of the church. My mind wonders and struggles with, how can this be simplified for everybody? God's word cannot be a preserve of only a few people. So at some point in my life, I resolved that it is my mission to make things simpler that even the least educated and youngest child can understand the word of God. Apart from my love for grey colours, traveling and eating chapati, I have a passion for teaching, preaching and simplifying everything for those I address. My continuous worry, is always, was it simple enough for everybody?

Dr. Rei Towet Kesis is a Senior Lecturer of Applied Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Eastern Africa, Baraton. He has over ten years experience in teaching at the University and training pastors. He has also served the University as Dean of Men, Chaplain, Special Assistant to the Vice-Chancellor and currently as Deputy Vice-Chancellor in charge of Student Affairs and Services.

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Rei Kesis

I sit in church or religious class and I struggle to understand what is being taught and preached. I realise a few other people are struggling too. The meeting ends and we are satisfied with having appeared. Somehow in my mind I decide that only a few people can ever learn and understand certain things. But this is not right. I read scholars' articles on very serious issues, the vocabulary is deep, the language is way above the average member of the church. My mind wonders and struggles with, how can this be simplified for everybody? God's word cannot be a preserve of only a few people. So at some point in my life, I resolved that it is my mission to make things simpler that even the least educated and youngest child can understand the word of God. Apart from my love for grey colours, traveling and eating chapati, I have a passion for teaching, preaching and simplifying everything for those I address. My continuous worry, is always, was it simple enough for everybody?

Dr. Rei Towet Kesis is a Senior Lecturer of Applied Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Eastern Africa, Baraton. He has over ten years experience in teaching at the University and training pastors. He has also served the University as Dean of Men, Chaplain, Special Assistant to the Vice-Chancellor and currently as Deputy Vice-Chancellor in charge of Student Affairs and Services.

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