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No More Shame

Portrait Of Young Hipster Woman Peeping At The Camera Through He“When he had received the drink, Jesus said, ‘It is finished.’ With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” (John 19:30)

Over. Done. Complete.

No more shame.

Ever have thoughts that you are not good enough? That you are not measuring up or performing as well as you should? The enemy comes and brings accusation, doubt, and confusion into our minds. His desire is for us to question who God says we are and to feel disqualified because of our pasts.

Questioning God is one of the enemy’s tactics that started all the way back in the garden. At the very beginning, the serpent brought confusion and doubt to Eve as his forked tongue tempted her to question what God had said to her. He asked her, Did God really say that you couldn’t eat from this tree? His oldest trick in the book is to beckon us to distrust what God has said. Did God really say that you are forgiven? Did God really say that you are His beloved child? Did God really say that you are one with Christ?

Our enemy wants to bring shame on us when Jesus has already paid our debt in full by dying on the cross for the forgiveness of all our sins. We only have to receive this free gift. As I have celebrated Easter this beautiful spring, I have been studying all the physical pain that Jesus endured, from floggings to a thorny crown shoved on his head. I’ve been reminded of the physical and social shame as he hung stripped and marred for the busy passersby to see and mock.

He has borne all our shame so that we can be shameless before our holy God. He paid the ultimate price. Let us walk shameless, and let us run the race that He has called us to, knowing that we are blameless in His sight because of His sacrifice.

Yes, God really did say we are free. Let’s live free.

Galatians 5:1 — It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

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