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Dashing Devotional ~ Break Free From Guilt & Shame!

July 6th, 2012 - Dashing Devotionals

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“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.”~ Isaiah 54:4

I love this verse. It is so personal to me, because I spent so many years living in shame for how I treated my body….Which I now see was nothing more than the enemy trying to keep me in bondage to my past. Whether it was a recent binge he tried to bring me back to…or even something I did weeks, months or even years ago- he would constantly try to accuse me of something!

It wasn’t until I learned that one of satan’s names is actually ‘accuser’ (Revelation 12:10), that I realized what was actually taking place when I felt such horrible feelings of guilt and shame. God showed me that when I would allow these feelings to overwhelm me, I essentially ended up pondering and meditating on my sins. Whenever I would do this, I would find myself in such shame that I wouldn’t even want to spend time with Him. Looking back now, I realize that was EXACTLY what satan wanted!

So much of what the enemy tries to do is keep us hung-up on past mistakes, flaws, or setbacks. If the enemy can keep us in shame then he can keep us focused ourself, instead of what Jesus did for us, and finding out who we are IN Him.. If satan can get us caught up in our shameful ways, than he will fulfill his ultimate plan which is to keep us as feeling as far away from the Lord as possible!

The bible tells us that it is for FREEDOM that Christ set us free (Galatians 5:1). If you have made Jesus your Lord and Savior, then no matter what you have done in the past, or even present, you are FREE from the condemnation and guilt that comes with sin….Not because you are righteous, but because Jesus is righteous!

When Jesus died on the cross for our sins, the DEBT was paid in full. Therefore, the enemy has has no right to accuse us, because Jesus Christ has fully settled forever EVERY sin that God could have held against us, and it is paid in full. We are not only forgiven; we are declared righteous! The bible even tells us in Isaiah that God has “dressed us with the clothing of salvation and draped us in a robe of righteousness.” (61:10) … Just think of it…The God of this universe looks at us, and because of what Jesus did to pay for our sins, He has put a robe of righteousness on us! What an honor!

Now, this doesn’t mean we can willfully live in sin, because when we do we give satan an ‘open’ door to destroy us. However, when we run to God, it is His love and kindness that draws us to repentance (Romans 2:4)! When we find out who we are in Him, and draw near to Him, it is there that we find our old nature falling off like an old ‘dress’ that doesn’t seem to fit us anymore!

So instead of focusing on what you have done, or how you have ‘messed up yet again’ remind yourself (and the enemy) that those things don’t define you because of what Jesus did! You are in right standing with God every moment of every day, because He looks at you and see’s you spotless…Not because of anything you did or didn’t do, but because Jesus paid a high price for you and me!

The next time you find yourself feeling guilty or shameful about something that happened in the past I encourage you to start to praising Jesus for what He did so that we could be free from condemnation and guilt! It’s time to get our eyes of ourselves and put them on Jesus and run to Him…For it is there that we will find true freedom from sin and the guilt and shame that comes with it!

9 Comments

Carman said:

Thank you for that message. It is powerful indeed. Satan always knows our weakness and how best to attack. When we dwell on mistakes and worry we help him .

July 6th, 2012 — 1:52pm  |  Reply

Angi said:

Thanks so much for sharing this. I beat myself up with negative thoughts – I struggle with thinking I’m not worthy – which is also a ploy of Satan – I know if Jesus’ shed blood can cover horrible sins, that it can cover my feelings of inadequacy. And yet – I struggle. Thank you for letting me know I am not alone, and that it is possible to overcome these feelings. I am taking baby steps and hope to repair my spirituality soon – it’s just hard for me.

July 7th, 2012 — 3:06am  |  Reply

Remona galea said:

Hi angi your comment sounded to familiar I also battle with negative thoughts everyday, but what I’m learning (still baby steps!!) is that each morning I give over my thoughts to our loving father and affirm out loud how good he is, I’m his child. As for satan he is a liar and thief that wants nothing but to keep us away from the joy & peace that our loving heavenly father can only give us. Each morning I plead the precious blood of JESUS over my mind and emotions. Oh one more each time I have a negative thought etc I speak the word JESUS :) God bless you ..,,,

July 8th, 2012 — 8:09am  | 

Debbie said:

Thank you so much for this, just what I needed to be reminded of today!

July 9th, 2012 — 1:59pm  |  Reply

Courtney said:

What a wonderful reminder :) Thank you for the encouragement! I hope you have a great day!

July 11th, 2012 — 11:07am  |  Reply

Cakewhiz said:

What a beautiful verse! I just found your blog through pinterest and i love it…i already spent 20 minutes going through your old postings….hehe. Can’t wait to catch up with the rest of your postings when the baby naps later …lol

July 15th, 2012 — 8:31pm  |  Reply

Kim said:

Katie, this is so timely and so beautifully written. You have just shared so many truths of Scripture and of life in Christ and you have shared it in a way that really really sinks into my heart. Thank you for speaking up about the Lord’s goodness and how awesome He is!! I hope we can all live in His victory and freedom every day.

July 16th, 2012 — 4:35pm  |  Reply

Lizzie said:

As silly as this might sound, this reminds me of a children’s book I had growing up called You Are Special by Max Lucado (I still read it when I need a pick me up :)). satan tries to ‘mark’ you, give you negative thoughts, and push you away from the Lord whenever you do something wrong or get off a righteous track. Throughout high school and most of college I had a hard time not letting these thoughts and (what I perceived as) black marks on my relationship with God overtake me and push me further away from Him because I was too scared I had already messed up too badly. It’s taken a long time and my journey is far from over, but I’m learning it’s so so SO important to remember in our Maker’s eyes, we are spotless. He loves us beyond anything that we think is an imperfection because He made us, and He made us in His image. satan cannot mark us. No matter what you’re battling – eating disorders, financial stress, family matters – God is there for you and if you turn to Him, those marks and spots and imperfections you and satan have declared on yourself will just fall away.

Katie – this is an amazing post and I’m so glad I read it. You’re truly an inspiring person and such a positive influence on so many people to let God in :)

July 21st, 2012 — 7:06pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

Thank you so much Lizzie

July 21st, 2012 — 8:00pm  | 

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