Victory Over Shame

The enemy loves to talk. God’s Word says that Satan prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. In Revelation, he is referred to as our accuser; we’re told that he accuses us before God day and night. Satan is crafty, and he knows that one of the best ways to kill, steal, and destroy our God-given potential is to create a commentary around our sin that keeps us in a perpetual mentality of unworthiness. He wants us to live in shame.

You see, guilt is about what we’ve done, but shame is about who we are. Many of us accept that God forgives us for what we’ve done but still allow the enemy to accuse us and shut us down with lies about who we are inherently. These lies paralyze us from embracing and walking out God’s purpose for our lives. We are called to use the gifts and talents God has given us to make a difference in this world, but if we don’t break free from shame and unworthiness, we will never be able to fully accomplish what He created us to do.

When Jesus exchanged our sin for His righteousness on the cross, He made us brand new. Who we were before has no bearing on who we are now. We are God’s children, wholly forgiven, covered by grace, empowered to do great work for His glory. This alone should inform our identity. The voice of shame that contradicts that truth is simply a lie.

Throughout this Easter week, remember what God says about you, His child, and take captive any thought that doesn’t align with His Word. Jesus came so that we may have life to the full. Throw off shame, and pursue the fulfillment of your divine purpose!

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Victory Over Guilt 

One of Satan’s goals is for us to live in the darkness of guilt from our pasts. Satan knows that even if we believe that Jesus died for our sins, but still carry the guilt of our sin, we won’t truly receive the blessing and freedom of His forgiveness. We’ll live in the shadow of our worst sin. In John 9:5, Jesus refers to Himself as the Light of the world. But in Matthew 5:14 and 16, Jesus also said, “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden…In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Jesus would never expect us to be a light for His glory if He didn’t provide a way out of the darkness of guilt.

Psalm 103:10-12 tells us that God’s love for us is greater than we could ever imagine, and that He has taken our sin so far away from us that we cannot fully grasp the incredible distance. When Jesus died on the cross, He forever took the weight of sin off of those who believe. We can now freely receive His forgiveness, live without guilt, and feel welcome and embraced in the presence of God.

As we get closer to celebrating the resurrection of Jesus, let’s remember that His death purchased not only our forgiveness from sin, but the authority to throw off the weight of guilt. The debt of your sin, even your greatest sin, has been paid for by the blood of Jesus. Walk in His freedom today! 

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