Don’t let the shame of your past or present distract or detour you! Hebrews 12:2 says, “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Satan tries to be clever to use our failures to further detour us! And one of his tricks is shame. Don’t be punked! Ignore it!
Use Colossians 3:15 when shame tries to take a footing in you. Learn to declare His peace upon your mind and in your heart. In other words, ignore the shame. “And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always]” (Colossians 3:15, AMP).
Like Jesus, you can choose to ignore and despise the shame for the joy that is set before you!
Furthermore, don’t sow seeds of shame toward others. Give people the space to grow up spiritually by praying for them. Seriously, pray for them rather than despising them for their sin or short comings. In other words, despise the shame (ignore it) as a seed of mercy for yourself!
Again, use Colossians 3 to stay on track. A previous verse says, “Clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others” (Colossians 3:12, NLT).
Paul reminded the Colossians that we were all dead because of our sins and because our sinful nature was not yet cut away. THEN! God made us alive with Christ. He forgave all our sins (yes even the ones you did today)! “Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it” (Colossians 2:12-15, KJV).
And that’s not all… according to Galatians 3:13, He took upon Himself the curse for our wrongdoing! “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith” (Galatians 3:13-14, KJV).
God canceled the record that contained the charges against us! He took it and destroyed it by nailing it to the cross of Christ. In this way, God disarmed the evil rulers and authorities. And then He shamed them publicly by his victory over them at the cross.
Did you catch that? God has disarmed evil rulers and authorities furthermore, which means, He gave YOU authority! Boom! You’re in charge of this thing. You now have the authority to tell Satan what he can do with his shame, guilt and insecurity!
Our job is to cling tightly to our faith and never deliberately violate our conscience. Neither do we forget– “That it is God working in us giving us the desire and the power to do what pleases him” (Philippians 2:13, NLT).
When the torment of shame tries to creep in, remember the instructions of Paul: “Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you” (Philippians 4:8-9, NLT).
Say it with me: No. More. Shame.
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