Are You Struggling with Shame?
Here’s How to Receive Encouragement and Break Free from Shame
Breaking Free from Shame | What is Shame and How Does the Enemy Use it Against You?
Shame is defined as a painful emotion that is a response to a sense of failure. Did you catch that? Shame comes from a sense of failure. It is essentially your perception of failure, rather than God’s perception of you through Christ.
The world tells you to be shameful when you fail. God tells you He makes you perfect in your weaknesses, because it is then that the power of Christ can then rest upon you (2 Corinthians 12:9).
Shame steals your identity in Christ. It is a tactic of the enemy to recall behaviors and events from your past. He magnifies them and tells you that Christ’s identity has not been given to you as an inheritance.
Satan’s goal with shame is to have you forget your new identity in Christ, and to still live in your old ways. We often forget who we are in Christ. One reason is because we don’t declare it regularly. So, declare to shame that you are a victor. Remember, the key to victory is consistency!
The Bible tells us to be vigilant of our adversary, because he is waiting to devour.
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”—1 Peter 5:8
You must declare war on shame and remind the enemy of who you are in Christ.
The enemy twists past behaviors and the old self identity and presents them as if they are still alive. The Bible says that our old self has been crucified with Christ, that we are no longer slaves to sin. This means that God remembers your old self no more.
Ultimately, Satan uses shame to keep you out of new levels of faith and from moving forward in your purpose.
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? … Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”—Romans 8:35, 37
How to Break Free from Shame
Step 1: Pray. Start by asking God to reveal to you the source of your shame. Pray for the Holy Spirit to show you how the enemy is using past sins, which have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus, against you.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”—James 1:5
Once the Holy Spirit starts to reveal the truth, renounce the shame. Come out of agreement with it and come into agreement with your identity in Christ. Declare to shame that there is no condemnation in Christ.
“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. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.”—Romans 8:1-2
Step 2: Click on the resources below. We’ve provided a list of resources for you to use that will begin unlocking the doors that keep you trapped in the feeling of shame. The Lord wants to free you from this blessing blocker in order to reveal your God-designed destiny.
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”—Romans 8:28
Step 3: Write down insights from the resources. As you go through the various resources, write down what God is revealing to you. Journal Bible verses that remind you of your identity in Christ. Then decree and declare those verses out loud.
The enemy knows how quickly we can forget. The Lord told Moses to write down how He equipped the Israelites to overcome the Amalekites, then to recount it by reading it out loud. Otherwise the memory would be blotted out (Exodus 17:14). Let us not forget who the Creator says we are.
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- Repenting of false beliefs. We all have a past. This is the darkness from which God saved us. We can boldly approach the throne of grace (Hebrews 4:16) and ask forgiveness. He is faithful to forgive. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9)
- Forgiving others and yourself. When we are filled with shame, we can blame others and ourselves for past hurts. To move into a place of freedom, we must forgive as Christ has forgiven us (Ephesians 4:32).
- Declaring God’s promises and your identity in Christ over your life. When we declare God’s Word, we also hear it. Just as the Lord instructed Moses to write it down and read it out loud, so can we. This activates the armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-13). Decreeing your identity in Christ slowly silences the voice of shame. You overcome shame by the blood of the Lamb and word of your testimony, so declare who you are in Christ’s name!
Resources to Help You Break Free from Shame
1. Fulfilling Your Purpose in Life | Are You Ready for a Promotion?— Seeking comfort in the things of yesterday, instead of embracing the change God wants to make in you for tomorrow, hinders promotion. The battles we face with our inner man deal with our flesh fighting with our new identity. Read the Full Article Here…
2. How Understanding Your Identity Will Reveal Your Purpose— Understanding your identity is the key to revealing your purpose. Once you begin to step into your identity in Christ and embrace and trust the covenant you are in, your purpose will start to emerge. Read the Full Article Here…
3.The Power of True Identity— Problems arise when we believe a false narrative about our true identity. A shift must occur to experience the release you need. Your life is not a problem to solve. The reality is that you must experience more of the Lord—this is what your life is about. Read the Full Article Here…
Words of Encouragement When You Feel Shameful
- “I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made… Your eyes saw my substance, and being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.”—Psalm 139:14, 16
- “For He testifies: ‘You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.’”—Hebrews 7:17
- “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”—Philippians 4:13
- “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall be any means hurt you.”—Luke 10:19
From the verses above, you can see how important it is to claim identity in Christ in order to overcome shame. Remind yourself, and the enemy, that shame must leave because you are a new creation.
Decide today to trade your shame for your robe of righteousness!
“I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.”—Isaiah 61:10
- Don’t forget to check out the resources above. Our mission is to help you grow stronger in the Lord by claiming the inheritance you have as a spiritual descendant of Abraham through Christ.
- God has given you an abundant life. Isn’t it time you reclaim it? Don’t go through another day feeling hopeless. Start filling your mind with the truth and life (Philippians 4:8).
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