Day 4: Freedom from shame
“Always pray and never give up”
Native Indian and Tribal People Prayer Focus
June 19th through the 25th, 2017
Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours.
Years ago when I heard this verse I believed that I would receive a double portion of shame. That my sins were so great, my shame would be on my head until the day I died. My thoughts about myself were so distorted that even when I read the Bible the filter of my mind distorted the Bible. My “shame filter” was how I viewed myself, and the world around me.
Shame is the fear of being unworthy, disconnected from others, feeling that we are bad, not (fill in the blank) enough, or nothing we will ever do will be good enough. For so many victims of abuse shame becomes so familiar to them they don’t even realize it’s there. It’s almost like it becomes a part of their personality. BUT, the closer we become to Christ the more we are able to understand all of our shame and the shame of all people is removed through Him.
“And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”
When we have hope in Christ we can change our minds so our focus is not on our shame but on the double portion of blessing we have when we receive Jesus. To see ourselves as God see us, His children.
Reflection: Do I feel unworthy, disconnected or not good enough? Ask the Holy Spirit to show you if there was an event, or time when you started to believe this about yourself?
Personal Prayer: Father, forgive me for believing that I am unworthy, or not good enough. Holy Spirit show me how Jesus sees me. I choose right now to give you all the shame I have felt and receive your thoughts about myself and my life through Jesus Christ resurrection.
Practical change: Shift the culture, it starts with how you see yourself. To see yourself as worthy because of Christ and to see those who have suffered from abuse, exploitation and slavery as joint heirs with Christ Jesus. That nothing they have done or anything that has been done to them could separate them from the love of Christ.
Prayer for Change: Father, for all the victims of slavery that are suffering and bound by shame help them to have a revelation of your love. Free those in the Native Indian and Tribal communities that are living in shame, to know the truth of who they are in Christ Jesus.