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LEAVE SHAME BEHIND & LIVE IN VICTORY

I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears. 5Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces.

Psalms 34: 4-5

You are special. You are a child of God, made in His likeness.  Pretty powerful!  You may not feel this way right now.  The world is not set up to make you feel this way, however you are.  You are special!  Shame is not for you; it is not where you are meant to stay.  Shame is not what you are made for. You are made to be with God Himself.  As much time as you spend in the world will dictate how much time you need to spend in the Word and with Him.

Shame lies to you. It wants to pull you apart from God.  When you let sin fester, when you let it remain in your heart—shame comes and whispers in the dark: "you are not okay, you can never change, you are not loved and desired anymore. So hide, hide from God. You are not wanted here."  Every perceived mess up, failure and mistake, He’s been there, whether you have acknowledge His presence or not.  He is what He is. He’s not angry at you. He’s not disappointed in you. He’s not mad at you. He’s in love with you and He’s in the fight alongside you. Look up, take His hand, keep going. God loves you.

How Does Shame Start?

Here is how shame begins: it begins with sin. Sin that is unconfessed—not repented for—breeds shame, which breeds pride. When pride is driving your mindset or your behavior, it is because shame has convinced you that your sin is more powerful than Jesus.  That his sacrifice, his ransoming his life for yours, is not enough to bring you back to Him. This is because pride is the child of shame. Both pride and shame are dangerous. Both are death. Both need to be destroyed.

You are able to live free from shame and live in victory!

Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.

Joshua 1:8

Shame

No one whose hope is in you will ever be put to shame, but they will be put to shame who are treacherous without excuse.”

(Psalm 25:3)

Many people think guilt and shame are the same, and this is not true.

  • Shame is a painful emotion of disgrace caused by a strong sense of guilt.
  • You experience shame when your guilt moves from knowing you have done something bad to feeling that you are bad.
  • Shame focuses not on what you’ve done but on being ashamed of who you are.
  • Feeling that you are basically defective causes the deepest sense of unworthiness and a constant fear of abandonment and rejection. Devastating emotional scars from shame often last a lifetime.

“If I am guilty—woe to me! Even if I am innocent, I cannot lift my head, for I am full of shame and drowned in my affliction.”

(Job 10:15)

Side Effects of Shame

  • Shame creates an inner desire to maintain rigid control over your emotions and behavior.
  • Shame creates inner loneliness that fosters unhealthy dependencies.
  • Shame steals from you the joy of your salvation.

  • Shame keeps you from seeking solitude.

    “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.”

    (Proverbs 11:2)

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