Scripture of the Day:
Isaiah 50:7 (ESV)
“But the Lord God helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame.”
Shame RX of the Day:
Feeling “less than” is really shame within. Walk in the freedom of truth. You could never be more accepted than you are right now.
If it isn’t shame from other people, we can manufacture enough shame all on our own. The shame others hurl our way we might be able to escape from, but it is not as persistent as the shame within. We can simply feel less than, even if there is no logical reason for it at all. It might be comparison to others at the root, but somehow we have a view of ourselves that imprisons us. Insecurity stifles us, stemming from our inability to measure up to who we thought we should be.
Shame from within is insidious and it often goes unnoticed because we become so well acquainted with its accusations we begin to let those feelings and thoughts reign . . . unless. Unless we recognize the truth behind our “less than” feelings. Feeling “less than” is really shame within. Walk in the freedom of truth. You could never be more accepted than you are right now.
We feel shame because we don’t feel we are enough. Shame because of comparison. Shame from our appearance. Shame from our achievements or the lack thereof. But all of these accusations of our own soul can be silenced.
We were made for more than the here and now. How we feel about ourselves does not define us. God defined us as His beloved children and declared our worth by dying for us. He created us for a unique purpose. It does not matter what you think of yourself. God’s opinion of you trumps yours.
If the God of this universe accepts us, who can condemn us? I know, the voices within can nag us, but when we choose to focus on truth and store God’s word in our mind and heart, we have the power to let go of “less than” thoughts. There is an incredible freedom that comes from being ok with us not being enough. God knows our need and supplies our lack.
Did you know that shame affects us all in profound ways? Sometimes we don’t readily see it, but that does not mean it is not present. I have had the pleasure of writing “Shame Off You” this year and marvel at all God has revealed in the midst. No matter what the source of shame for your life, God can help to remove it through His Word. “Shame Off You” is available for pre-order now. Let me know if you pre-order. I would like to personally thank you with some free additional tools to help you live the Shame Off You Life!