I’ve made mistakes. I’ve lost my way. I’ve struggled, stumbled and really blown it some days. I’ve said some things that I regret and worried about things that haven’t happened yet. I’ve hurt the ones that I love most. On and on my story goes. Broken and wounded, battered and beaten, at times feeling so defeated. Battling an enemy I couldn’t see but saved by the One who died for me. Reaching out with nail pierced hands, lifting me up so I could stand. The Lord is my Shepherd and I shall not want…
I held onto my shame like it was something of great value — something I was trying to protect. The very thing that tormented me was the thing that I couldn’t let go. It was as if I allowed myself grace it would justify my choice.
The same grace that I offered to others, I withheld from myself because deep down I believed I deserved punishment.
When we hold onto shame and guilt expecting punishment aren’t we saying that what Jesus did on the cross wasn’t enough to cover our sin? Was our sin so great that Jesus needed to do more?
When we think of it in those terms of course the answer is a resounding NO! What Jesus did on the cross was ENOUGH.
So why do we hold on? Maybe we’re afraid of being exposed. If we share our secrets, if we tell our stories then others will know the truth. So we keep it hidden and there in the dark, our fear grows out of control threatening to consume us.
And that is exactly where the enemy of our soul wants us to be.
Prisoners to our past — shame, guilt, and fear our only companions as we live each day in isolation. We learn to mask those things that threaten to destroy us, fooling those around us, sometimes even fooling ourselves. Click To Tweet
But the truth is no matter how hard we try to hide our enemy knows where to find us.
Here's the good news — each time we expose his lies we take away his power over us. Click To Tweet When we refuse to let our shame keep us silent — when we allow Jesus to shine His light in those dark places — we overcome.
For some of us the thought of anyone knowing the truth scares us to death. We fear judgment. We fear isolation. We fear condemnation. We fear the very things that we live when we hold onto our past.
When we trust Jesus with the truth, His blood covers our sin, our shame, our fear and His love overcomes — even to the point of death.
You know what I’ve found to be true? Every time I speak out about my past, each time I share my struggles, or expose my shame, wounded hearts are healed, including my own. Every time I trust Jesus, He shines even brighter in those dark places. And I know that one day His light is all that you will see…
Friends, trust Jesus. Let Him expose the lies of the enemy. Let Him shield you with His truth and let Him shine brightly in those dark places. I promise that you won’t be the only prisoner who is set free!
Give others hope by sharing your testimony. Lead them out of the shame of their past into the future that is promised to them.