Triumphing Over Shame

I heard this from a noted cardiologist that treats the whole person. He said that shame is the most destructive emotion of all. It destroys health and saps our energy. What emotion is the most beneficial? Enlightenment.

Enlightenment illuminates our heart. Think of Ephesians 1:17-18 which says, “The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His might power.”

Psalm 119:130 says, “The entrance of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.” Psalm 18:28 says, “For You will light my lamp; the Lord my God will enlighten my darkness.”

Shame creates inner darkness. It blocks the light of truth. Though this verse says ‘youth’ it can apply to anytime in our lives when we were shamed. It could be through our own sin, or a sin done against us. Read these life-giving words.

Isaiah 54:4 says, “Do not fear, for you will not be ashamed; neither be disgraced, for you will not be put to shame; for you will forget the shame of your youth…” Does fear and shame work together?

What happened in the garden? Adam and Eve sinned. They hid. Then they covered themselves with fig leaves. Pardon me but fig leaves itch! What was their response when God called out to them? Genesis 3:10 says, “So he said, I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.”

I love Hebrews 4:13 in the Amplified. It says, “And not a creature exists that is concealed from His sight, but all things are open and exposed, naked and defenseless to the eyes of Him with Whom we have to do.”

Your shame is not hidden from the Lord. I lived in lies when I was young. I was raised in a very busy city. This is what I used to do when I was a young adult. Instead of walking in the crosswalk, I would go to the middle of the street, just before where the cars had to stop. When no cars were coming I would race across to the other side. Why? I didn’t want the person in the stopped car to watch me cross in front of them.

Shame is a taskmaster. It enslaves our thoughts which become our actions. It robs us of the freedom to be who we are designed to be. It impacts our heart beliefs. It destroys our health from within. Every cell in our body is affected by hidden shame. 

Shame is a lying spirit. The truth? The Lord Jesus bore our shame on the cross. He hung naked in front of everyone. Hebrews 12:2 says that He despised the shame. He endured it for us. Isaiah 50:6 says, “I gave My back to those who struck Me, and My cheeks to those who plucked out the beard; I did not hide My face from shame and spitting.”

Since the Lord bore our shame, we are free from it. We only carry it in our mind. It is a mindset. God’s word is the power to pull down this stronghold. Romans 6:22 says, “But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.”

When we spend time in intimate communion with the Lord, we dwell in His holiness. No darkness can dwell in His Presence. He is the Dispeller of Darkness. As we gaze upon Him, according to 2 Corinthians 3:18, we are transformed in our inner man. Our heart is freed of negative emotional trappings through receiving His barnacle love.

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