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Victory Over Strongholds

The voice of shame can be so loud that you do not hear God’s voice of forgiveness and love

Victory Over Strongholds
The Stronghold of Shame – Part II

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 54:1-10

Key Verse: Isaiah 54:4 NLT
Fear not; you will no longer live in shame.
Don’t be afraid; there is no more disgrace for you.
You will no longer remember the shame of your youth
and the sorrows of widowhood.

As we saw in yesterday’s devotional, the voice of shame can be so loud that we cannot hear God’s voice of forgiveness and love.

Much of our shame stems from our inability to forgive ourselves. Remember that it is a good thing to not take our sins lightly. The problem comes when we allow the devil to blow our sin up so big in our minds that we live in shame, unable to move on in our spiritual journey.

The process of forgiving ourselves and stopping living in shame starts with knowing God’s truth. The first scripture to know and throw at our shame is 1 John 1:9:

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

A second scripture is Romans 8:1:

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

Once we have these truths in our minds, the next step in the process is to receive them and believe them. It may sound simple and easy, but this second step is usually the hardest for believers to grasp.

After we sin, the devil shouts in our minds reminding us of our transgressions. Satan’s lies are easy for us to accept because we know we have sinned, and we are struggling to forgive ourselves.

The Bible reminds us that God’s people live by faith, not feelings.

Our faith must rise, and we must declare that we accept and believe that God is not condemning us but rather loves us and forgives us! When we confess our sins, believe in God’s Word that He is faithful to forgive us. It is dishonoring to God to let shame and guilt continue in our lives after we have confessed our sins.

It is not easy, but we must see from God’s perspective what happens when we confess our sins and repent. David sinned terribly against God, yet he declared:

As far as the east is from the west, so far does He remove our transgressions from us. (Psalm 103:12)

If God is willing to remove our sins from us that far, forgiving us and loving us, we must learn to forgive ourselves and receive this love.

Like a loving parent, our Father in Heaven may discipline us but that is always out of love:

No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward, there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way. (Hebrews 12:11 NLT)

Father, I receive Your love and any discipline that You have for me. In Jesus’s Name, amen.