Instruments of Grace or Revelators Of Sin

by Lucinda Evans

 In the year of 2000, I addressed the issue of "Covering The Nakedness" and now feel compelled to address it once again. The past few months, I have been greatly grieved in my heart concerning emails that I have received dedicated to the exposition of sin in the lives of some of our brothers. This ought not to be so brethren, for only those that are directly involved and in authority are to deal with these issues without them flooding everybody's email boxes, mail, etc. I am not advocating the ignoring of sin, however, I am advocating 'covering the nakedness' and extending the hand of reconciliation Please note the following:

Galatians 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are SPIRITUAL RESTORE such an one in the SPIRIT OF MEEKNESS; considering thyself, LEST THOU ALSO BE TEMPTED!!

Galatians 6:2 Bear ye one another's burdens, and so FULFIL the law of Christ.

It is the spiritual ones that understand this principle of the kingdom and stand ever ready to stretch forth the hand of restoration and forgiveness. God is calling us to come up higher and is challenging us to 'walk even as He walked' (1John 2:6). It is critical in this hour that we be moved with the 'bowels of compassion' and enter into the groanings which cannot be uttered for the plight of creation!

In our own families, one would never think of exposing the nakedness of ones children nor parents. How much more important is it for us to move in love toward one another extending the heart of forgiveness and thereby safeguarding the sanctity of reconciliation. There is nothing more vital in this hour than to understand the family unit of God, how we relate and are to relate to one another, and that we are 'ONE BODY WITH HIM!

Do we understand that when we touch one another we are touching HIM?!

Matthew 25:34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

Matthew 25:35 For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

Matthew 25:36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

Matthew 25:37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?

Matthew 25:38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?

Matthew 25:39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

Matthew 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

Until we 'let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus' and 'put on the mind of Christ', the accuser of the brethren will continue to seek out courts of judgment filled with pharisidical mindsets. Jesus told them quite plainly, "You will get your donkey out of the ditch, but you won't HEAL on the Sabbath"!

Therefore, are we more guilty than they since we dwell in continual Sabbath, for Christ is our Sabbath?

Relationship is paramount. If we are in relationship with HIM, then we must be also with one another, with the exclusion that we worship only HIM and not one another. Today, there is so much BETRAYAL in the body of Christ for the promotion of one's own agenda, and a total lack of respect toward others. Scripture plainly declares that family members would betray one another, that there would be great persecution within the church, and that the love of many would wax cold and that it would be as it was in the days of Noah. Eating, drinking, making merry, planting, etc., we all know the story. But is there a part we have missed? Remember, the days of Noah went beyond the flood and covered the entire span of his life.

Genesis 9:20-21 And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard: And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.

Husbandman always refers to one who is in authority, usually a father figure. One who is a caretaker and overseer of that which is within his hands. Noah was the head of his household and spiritual headship had been given him by God both concerning his family and the affairs of the Lord in the earth. He carried the anointing which came with the position which God had entrusted him with. Noah, as we can see from the scripture, had planted a vineyard, and obviously it brought forth fruit, because he had become drunk from the wine which he made with the fruit of it. There is much that could be conveyed in context of the FULNESS of this scripture, but as of now, there is something specific that God has put on my heart to speak at this time.

Scripture is clear, Noah was drunk and naked WITHIN his tent (house). Noah's sin was not that he had availed himself of some wine, but that he had become drunk. He was overcome by it end he was out of control.His state could only be exposed by someone who entered into the house since he was not out in the public places.

Genesis 9:22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without.

The position of a man's heart will always be revealed through his actions and reactions. Delighted in the discovery of his fathers nakedness and fallen state, Ham immediately departs from his fathers tent to tell his brothers what he has just discovered. Much like so many in the body of Christ today, he couldn't wait to expose the sin of his father's nakedness to his brothers. It is critical that we understand and realize that Ham was telling the truth! Noah was drunk and naked in his tent! In the natural it would seem that Ham was justified in what he did.

Ham was the one found Noah and he failed in his opportunity to cover, protect, and let God deal with his father. When we look to Proverbs 6:16, we find that there are six things which God hates, and seven which are an abomination to him, and then in verse 19:

Proverbs 6:19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

Let us note first of all that this one verse has two separate thoughts. This verse doesn't say that the one sowing the discord is a liar. Rather it puts the one who sows discord in the same category as a liar. God said that he hated both of them! Noah was the father, the head of the family and he was placed in authority according to the Word of God. As head of the family, he was not to be held accountable to his sons, rather his accountability was to God alone. God, the Father of All was the one to whom Noah was to give account and to none other. Ham not only sought to dishonor the one in authority over him, but he sought to bring dissension, shame, and division within the structure of the household. He was bringing destruction into the family unit, God's most sacred institution. Do we see that as it is in the natural, so it is also more so in the spiritual? The body of Christ, our heavenly family,meets the same criteria..

Genesis 9:23 And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father's nakedness.

Shem and Japheth respectfully paid honor to their father despite his fallen state, and covered his nakedness (his sin). And although the sin was there, they would not even allow themselves to look (think or meditate) upon it. Because of their humility, love, and deep devotion toward their father and his position, blessing and honor would come to their house from the God of their father.

Genesis 9:24-25 And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him. And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.

Here we find an amazing revelation in the scriptures. No one had to tell Noah anything. From the moment that he awakened, he knew what had happened. Although he had sinned, the anointing as head of the house had not left him. God was still ministering to him and showing him things and we see that the judgment and discipline which Noah meeted out was honored by God. Noah cursed Ham's seed (son, his pride & joy, his fruit, his works, etc.) which was to come forth. His son Canaan and the seed of Canaan would always be the servant of servants! Meaning, he would never hold a position of leadership nor move in the power or anointing of God, because he could not be trusted with the things or the people of God. Flesh (carnally minded people) can never handle the things of God.

Ham is the picture of the works of men and the ways of men. Judgment through the flesh is never righteous and never brings blessing. Right at this time, God is bringing the flesh into subjection to serve the elder! Truly the last shall be first. First we were of the Adam nature and now we are the descendants of Christ. A new nature!

When we look in the natural concerning the course of events, our carnal thinking screams out that Ham was dealt an extreme injustice. And when we look to the world's way of doing things, this is true; yet Jesus told us in John 17 that although we are in this world, we are not of this world.

Isaiah 55:8-9 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

As we meditate upon this scripture, we begin to see clearly that God's ways are not the ways of man. So infinite is His wisdom, His mercy, His grace, and His righteousness. His word clearly states that it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God, and yet many times we find more mercy in His hands than in the hands of man.

As we traverse the halls of time, from the old through the new covenant, we find that the ways of Ham are still prevalent in our generation. The only way that the flesh can feel exalted is to expose the faults of others. Men with their own agendas will always go after those who are in any role of authority. Authority not only being a specific position, but also being any who walk by the Spirit! Those who are fleshly and not spiritual will always look for nakedness, something in the character of another that they can expose before the brethren in order to pull them down and destroy them. These people are self-appointed watchman that seek to "watch over the brethren' and 'warn them of any impropriety' within the ranks. These types of actions can only result in destruction and self-exaltation.

Today, we are living in the age of grace. It is a time of God's healing power and restoration. The blood of Jesus cleanses us from all unrighteousness, but when seeds of discord have been sown, when there has been a lack of loyalty or trust, then there must come the works which show forth repentance. Works that bear fruit unto righteousness. Works that bring life in the place of death. Works that bring unity in the place of division. Works that bring peace in the place of discord. Works that give place for restoration and reconciliation. May God grant to us the wisdom to know that our own understanding and judgment is destructive and unfruitful. May He help us to go beyond our NORMAL senses and yield to the Holy Spirit, so that we can begin to grow and mature in Christ Jesus.

The world's way is to expose, but way of the Spirit is to cover and make new. Let us realize that I do not need to expose anothers works of the flesh in order for it to be dealt with. God is well aware of all things and He knows how to make new, reconcile, and restore. He has chosen us to be the instruments of the riches of His unfathomable grace,.he has given us the privilege and opportunity to cover. L et us not choose to be the 'revelators of nakedness'. True grace and love manifested in our lives will truly bring the attacks of those in the flesh, but it will also draw men unto Christ. If you are persecuted for the sake of the Word, then you are blessed. The attacks are always going to be there, but love will cover a multitude of sins! The love of God in the heart of Jesus covered those who were in sin and they were HEALED!