Standing Still

There are quite a few things that can cause Christians to ‘stand still’ or be paralyzed in their work or purpose that God has intended for them.  I don’t have room to deal with them all, but I’ll tackle one – Shame.

Shame occurs when we’ve done something wrong, or made a mistake.  We ask for forgiveness, but sometimes the shame lives on.  If the shame isn’t dealt with it can hinder our progress, or even bring our progress to a standstill.

Now let’s be clear, if an individual does wrong and doesn’t feel shame there is something out of place.  It is perfectly right to feel shame.  But, the danger is finding a ‘nesting place’ within that shame and never leaving it.

After some careful thought, I’ve only been able to come up with one way to deal with the shame, or put it in the past – lay it at the feet of Jesus, and don’t pick it up again.

This is harder than it sounds.  In fact, it sounds like a cop-out, or a way to justify continuing to do wrong, and taking no responsibility for it.

There is something else about shame.  Even if you lay it at the feet of Jesus and walk away, it wants to follow you, and reattach itself to you.  You can’t seem to shake it.

Well, let’s take one thing at a time.  Laying our shame at the feet of Jesus sounds easy, but even that act can bring additional shame as it seems unfair.  Unfair to whom?  To God.  In order for shame to be done away with someone must pay the price for it.  Nothing is free.  The good news is the penalty for the wrong and the associated shame has already been paid.  So, is it unfair?  Yes.  If it is unfair then why did God do it?  Love.  Simple as that.

So, what do we do if shame tries to show up again, and remind us of our weaknesses and failures?  Rebuke it, in the Name of Jesus.  It’s simply a ploy of the devil to bring up our failures and wrongs of the past, and to constantly remind us.

Note – you cannot have an argument with the enemy.  Wrong approach.  No argument is going to profit you.  One way to rebuke the enemy is to simply say, “I have been forgiven, and if you have problem with that, you need to discuss it with Jesus as I have nothing more to say to you.”

However, this does not keep the enemy from trying again, but stay firm.

Shame affects us all.  I don’t think there are any exemptions, as all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.  But, once again, you don’t have to live there.

One Response to “Standing Still”

  1. Barbara L. McGuire Says:

    Great blog! I loved your added “note”! That sums it all up. I find it amazing that so many people do NOT know how to resist the enemy. This was a great example and we know for a fact it works! Blessings my friend…..

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