We were set in an eternal foundation of acceptance at salvation. Ephesians 1:4 says that we were chosen before the foundation of the world. Verse 6 says, “To the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.” Do you remember the hymn, “In The Beloved” that declares our acceptance? It asks the question, ‘Who can condemn me?’
Shame causes us to shrink back. Acceptance empowers us to be bold, to have courage, and to be an encourager. The lying spirit of shame whispers lies in our ear that bring doubt. Our acceptance in the Beloved infuses confidence. Remember how Paul started out Romans 8:38? He said, “I am persuaded…” Here is another of his confident statements.
1 Timothy 1:15 says, “This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.” The Greek word for acceptance means appreciation and approbation which means worthy of praise. Do you praise the Lord because you are accepted? It doesn’t matter if others reject us. We stand in His eternal foundation of acceptance!
Our acceptance has nothing to do with what has happened to us, neither what we have done or not done. Our past is passed. Our walk with the Lord is present. is not quantitative. We exemplify the Lord in all that we say and do through being in His Presence. Here is part of a new song that really spoke to my heart when the Holy Spirit gave it to me.
I stand O Lord in Your presence unashamed. All guilt is washed away. All condemnation is cleansed. Through the blood. Through the shed blood of Jesus. With joy I lift my heart in song. A song that flows through me like a river. A song that cascades and rushes to be expressed. In pure worship knowing Your joy as You behold me.
Do you truly believe in your heart that the Lord beholds you with joy? If you believe the lies of shame then you might shrink back in unbelief from such words. Nevertheless, they are true. James 4:5 says, “Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously?” The Greek word for yearns is to dote upon, i.e. intensely crave possession.
Believing, receiving, and living in our acceptance takes faith. We embrace God’s words as truth that will set us free. It doesn’t matter if we ‘feel’ accepted, because we keep looking back to shame. Hebrews 11:6 says, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
We stand in what we know to be true of God. Shame brings the inner dialogue of condemnation. Since shame is a lie, the way to uproot that stronghold is through setting free truth. I encourage you to renounce the lies of shame, and affirm the truth that you are absolutely accepted in His yearning love for you.
Then walk in this affirmation. Romans 8:1 says, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” An inner dialogue of shame feeds your flesh. An inner dialogue of your acceptance feeds your spirit.