Don’t Be Enslaved To Shame - In the Evening When I Rest
Don’t Be Enslaved To Shame
Lord, how can I experience freedom from the shame of my past?
Fear not; you will no longer live in shame. Don’t be afraid; there is no more disgrace for you. You will no longer remember the shame of your youth. For I am your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, the God of all the earth. I have called you back from your grief—as though you were a young wife abandoned by her husband.
But what if I still feel guilty, Lord?
There is no condemnation for those who belong to me. And because you belong to me, the power of my life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. Even if you feel guilty, I am greater than your feelings.
Romans 8:1-2; 1 John 3:20
What can I pray when I need to be lifted out of shame?
When I look to you for help, I will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken my face. You surround and defend all who fear you. You will redeem those who serve you. No one who takes refuge in you will be condemned.
Psalm 34:5, 7, 22
Any thought or feeling that tries to convince you that you are unlovable, unworthy, and beyond help is not from God. He says you are loved, you are redeemed, and you belong to him. Are you worried that a mistake from your past or something that happened to you will define you? Write down your fear and read the prayer above again. Destroy or throw away the written expression of your fear as a symbol of how God treats your past mistakes.