2 Corinthians 4:1-4

Keep the Vessel Transparent


2 Corinthians 4:1-4 therefore since we have this ministry as we received mercy we do not lose heart but we’ve renounced the things hidden because of shame not walking in craftiness or adulterating the word of God but by the manifestation of truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God and even if our gospel is veiled it is veiled to those who are perishing in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ who is the image of God I want to talk today about transparency openness it says also we could tie in Genesis 2:25 that says Adam and Eve when they were in the garden before sin were naked and they were not ashamed what is nakedness talking about I don’t think it means they were prancing around the garden with no clothes what it’s actually talking about is that they were open no barriers what do clothes do? hide so that we can’t see what’s behind them what Paul says here is that we’re to renounce the things hidden because of shame do you know what shame does? shame causes people to hide when somebody’s done something wrong they don’t want to expose it shame is in their heart they feel of no value they don’t want anybody to know they hide and that is a favorite strategy of the enemy is to cause us to not be transparent especially in marriage I believe transparency is the key to intimacy in marriage and I know this as it is with God so it is with people if I’m not transparent in my human close relationships like a marriage I’m not going to be open with God I’m going to hide things and what Paul tells us here in this passage is that the strategy of the enemy is to blind the eyes of unbelievers so that they can’t see the light of Christ the light of Messiah in us all of us are like translucent vessels God showed me this picture one time we’re all like this glass of water and you can see it’s clear the glass has clear water in it you can see through the glass the vessel, the glass is like everyone of us the water is like the light that’s on the inside and so when there’s transparency when there’s translucence people from the outside can see the light on the inside but what happens when I get afraid what happens when I’m fearful when shame hits my heart you know what shame will cause anybody to do defend self at the expense of others shame will cause me to hide so shame would be like if I take this and I cover the vessel now can you see what’s inside? the light that’s in this vessel? can you see it? will it do anybody any good? and the answer is no that’s a great strategy of the enemy to cloak the light within you by bringing shame to your heart shame to your life you know one story that illustrates this I think almost better than anything there was a young woman I knew many years ago who was a gospel singer she was looking for her big breakthrough in her singing career to break into the larger churches she’d been invited to smaller churches 200-300 people but she was looking for the breakthrough into the larger churches four five six thousand people finally one of those churches invited her to sing she was so excited she thought it was the breakthrough in her career one of her friends made her a beautiful new dress for the occasion and she was so excited so she prepared way in advance tested the sound got everything set up perfectly and the moment then the service finally came she went out on the platform and she was singing there was a powerful anointing she looked out in the first few rows was all she could see because of the lights and people were weeping and there was such a powerful anointing as the song went forth and the Holy Spirit was anointing her and all of a sudden as she looked again people behind her in the there were pastors and choir back behind her as she turned around this way and sang back here she noticed they were all averting their eyes like this and looking down and she thought what’s wrong why would they be doing that well she continued singing and then it suddenly hit her dawned on her the dress that my friend made me is quite translucent and I forgot to wear a slip and that means all the people behind me with those bright spotlights shining on me nobody out in the audience can see it but from behind me I’m naked I’m in my underclothes because they can all see that’s why they’re all averting their eyes instantly shame hit her and she wanted to run off that platform with everything within her it was all she could do to stay and finish the song guess what happened to the anointing it’s like somebody pulled the plug the anointing was gone it just fell dead and as she cloaked wanted to cloak the vessel shame hit her that intense desire to hide hit her and it just blocked and stopped all the light from flowing out the anointing from flowing out that’s exactly what shame does so how do you counteract that? what you do become transparent you know if there are hidden areas if you struggle with pornography if you struggle with alcohol if you struggle with if you’ve had an affair you struggle with an addiction don’t just leave it hidden find somebody you can share with you don’t need to put it in a newsletter or the newspaper trusted friends and you know most of all for those of us who are married I encourage you be completely open and transparent with your marriage partner if there’s something you need to share with a marriage partner that’s been embarrassing to you that you’re fearful of sharing just seek God and ask God for the right timing but I encourage you don’t just keep it hidden don’t cloak it it’ll block your relationship with God it’ll cloud your relationship with your husband or wife I encourage you walk in transparency there’s tremendous power in being able to be transparent and let the light that’s within you shine don’t cloak it so that others can’t see it but choose transparency and I’ll tell you what I can tell you story after story after story of people that have opened in a safe environment with a spouse or to trusted brothers or sisters areas of sin areas that were hidden and instead of being devastated and rejected God set them free and healed them and if that’s your situation God will do the same for you I just want to pray Father I pray for every person that has an issue that’s hidden on the inside and haven’t been transparent in marriage or haven’t been transparent with brothers and sisters Father I pray for each person give them the right time and the right environment the right place to disclose that and Father I pray that today as we go through life we would walk in transparency in the mighty name of Yeshua Amen


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