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Day 33: Unashamed Shame


Oops

I did it~

Again!

You cover your face,

just wanting to hide~

FEELING ASHAMED!

Ashamed Defined: Embarrassed of self; Falling short

Have you ever felt ashamed?

Are you feeling ashamed right now

because of something you did or are doing

or something that someone you love has did or is doing?

FEELING ASHAMED!

We learned from the very best

from the very beginning

when GOD created Adam and Eve

& then when

Eve picked something that she wasn't supposed to pick

& gave it to Adam

& they ate it

&

Immediately

they were

ASHAMED

so they hid

because the shame was so great.

"Then the Lord God called to the man, 'Where are you?'" Genesis 3:9

GOD came looking for them,

when

HE already knew where they were.

Why didn't

GOD just get rid of them at the moment, and start all over again?

HE could have

because

HE created them

& then they created the mess.

BUT GOD

brought them out of hiding~

so who were they really hiding from?

SHAME

was birthed.

SHAME

is an intense feeling of angst

that makes you wish you could evaporate

because of a choice you have made, no matter how big or small,

or because of a choice someone else made that has affected you.

SHAME

is real

&

going into hiding is the easiest thing to do.

What makes you want to hide?

Are you hiding right now?

And if you are,

Who are you really hiding from?

BUT GOD

Comes looking for us.

HE sees us

in the midst of

SHAME

&

because

HE so loves us

HE sent HIS SON~

"Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are

in Christ Jesus..." Romans 8:1

So

If you & If I

are not condemned

why do we condemn ourselves

when

we do something that we wish we didn't do~ "It happens so regularly that it’s predictable. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up. I truly delight in God’s commands,

but it’s pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight.

Parts of me covertly rebel,

and just when I least expect it, they take charge." Romans 7:21-23

So do you & do I then hide in

SHAME~

FEELING ASHAMED

and just give up?

"I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope.

Is there no one who can do anything for me? Isn’t that the real question?"

And

"The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does.

He acted to set things right in this life of contradictions where

I want to serve God with all my heart and mind,

but am pulled by the influence of sin

to do something totally different." Romans 7:24-25

"Therefore,

there is now no condemnation for those who are

in Christ Jesus..." Romans 8:1

Therefore

let's

Come out of hiding

and

FAST

from the weight of

SHAME

By

Taking the Hand of the

One Who

Sees You

Hears You

&

Accepts You

just as you are, not as who you think you should be~

No matter what you have done.

No matter what you are doing or feeling.

No matter what you may do in the future.

Uncover your face

because

GOD wants to look directly into your eyes to

Tell you

I LOVE YOU

because

"Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are

in Christ Jesus..." Romans 8:1


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