Some days I receive thousands of messages from people who want to share their stories of deliverance. There are testimonies of how God is setting people free and of the wonderful things he is doing in their lives. Many of these people are giving testimony of being set free from the bondages of Shame and Guilt. No one in the church of Jesus Christ should be in bondage caused by shame or guilt, because he came to set the captive free. And today we are going to say, “No More Bondage, No More Shame, No More Guilt”!
My heart is touched when a listener shares their struggle with shame from the past. I grew up in a Muslim culture which operates through fear using shame and it produced much shame and guilt on me. I was told that it was wrong for me to laugh in public. And I never laughed out loud until I came to America. This oppressive spirit is a demon of oppression. This demon puts guilt, shame and condemnation upon you. We also see this in America, other parts of the world and even in the church.
Here is a verse that I want you to memorize:
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:1)
Condemnation means that you feel as if you have no self worth because the devil has told you lies saying that you are worthless. He is always whispering lies in your ears. And many times he uses other people to whisper the lies to you.
God will not put shame and guilt upon you, so you can be sure that if you are feeling shame, guilt or condemnation that it is not coming from God. You can stop being so hard on yourself as you realize the lies from the devil and stop believing those lies.
Maybe your home life was terrible and you are carrying the shame of that. Maybe you have seen some things that cause you trauma. The Lord wants to dig deeper in you and bring healing from trauma. If you don’t know the power of the cross, Today is your day to know that power!
There may be things in our past that we have trouble forgiving ourselves from. I murdered my 2 unborn babies and 2 years ago I could not forgive myself and I had disqualified myself. I carried the shame and guilt so long until God came and set me free.
Possibly you were molested at an early age or you were raped and escaped from sex trafficking. Much was stolen from you and in your heart you disqualify yourself from a bright future because of this abuse. I want you to know that this was not your fault. If someone did something to you, you are not to blame. The shame is not yours to carry.
Maybe you abused someone and you are carrying the shame of that. Until you confess and repent, you cannot get rid of the shame and guilt. Now when you do confess and repent then you must receive the power of the blood of Jesus which was shed at Calvary for you. Now receive your freedom!!!
“And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:1-2). Jesus took the shame upon himself that was ours. He took it from us. He said, “Give me that shame. Give me that guilt. I will pay the price on the cross for you.” All you need to do is take all the shame, the guilt, the self condemnation, the self rejection and give it all to Jesus.
We have more good news from God’s word. Isaiah 61:7 says, “Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance.”
Also, people with disabilities have a difficult time fighting off the devil’s lies. Because of their disabilities, the devil may whisper that they are not as good as someone else. And he tells them that they are useless. This gives them a poor self image. I always say, “99% of the time when you see a disabled person, you also see a person who is disabled on the inside.” I know a man with only one leg. It was difficult to be around him because he was always like, “Me, Me, Me”. It seemed that someone had to compensate for that lost leg. The disabled person may have emotions and a heart that are also disabled and might have anger and bitterness to deal with.
I love how God pays attention to people. In 2 Samuel 9:1-13 we see that he had a plan for one such disabled person;
David asked, “Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show God’s kindness?” Ziba answered the king, “There is still a son of Jonathan; he is lame in both feet.”… When Mephibosheth son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, came to David, he bowed down to pay him honor…”Don’t be afraid,” David said to him, “for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul and you will always eat at my table.” Mephibosheth bowed down and said, “What is your servant, that you should notice a dead dog like me?” Notice the self rejection, self condemnation, that he was disqualifying himself from any good thing because of his disability? “…So Mephibosheth ate at David’s table like one of the king’s sons.”
King David had all of King Saul’s land restored to Mephibosheth and he had Ziba and his sons and servants farm the land and bring in the crops for him, so that Mephibosheth would be provided for.
Shame and guilt steals from you but everything that was stolen from you can be restored to you.
The king of heaven is inviting you now, “Come and eat at my table.” Come and receive your Abrahamic blessings because through Jesus Christ we are his heirs. The king is inviting you, “Come”.
You can eat at the king’s table for the rest of your life if you accept his freedom.