Fri, 25 January 2008
HEALING THE EMOTION OF SHAME
The four types of shame.
Guilt is a reality. Shame is the emotion that tries to paralyze you because of guilt!
Isaiah the prophet tells us, "For your shame you shall have double; and for confusion they shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore in their land they shall possess the double; everlasting joy shall be unto them." (Isaiah 61:7)
Shame in the passage above is the Hebrew word "bosheth" which means both the "feeling of shame AND the condition of shame . . . as well as its cause." It can also include "confusion."
But the GOOD NEWS is that God loves you, and when you relinquish the cause of the guilt in your life to Him, He will turn it around. You will be able to rejoice when the LORD has brought healing into the situation that produced the reality of guilt!
If that shame has been imposed upon you by other people, God will even turn it around and bless you back with DOUBLE [Hebrew "mishneh"] for the trouble and the confusion that has been caused.
Historically, this passage refers to Israel and their desolation of many centuries by foreign [gentile] powers; and their final deliverance, with the result of festivities, joy and blessing as part of Messiah's reign when He returns. However, the principle embodied here is a universal principle of God: just as much as gravity, sowing and reaping, and laws of physics such as the displacement of water. However, to activate this principle, it must be appropriated by faith! It is a promise from the God of Israel.
There are many examples of shame experienced by people of God in the Bible. None of us are perfect: that's why we need a Savior! Abraham sold his wife two times. Moses killed a man in anger. David committed adultery and murder. Peter denied Messiah three times in one night.
We see that Adam's shame was manifested in hiding. In Revelation 3:18, Jesus admonished the Church at Laodicea to ". . . buy of me white raiment, that you may be clothed, [so] that the shame of our nakedness does not appear . . ."
There are several types of shame:
Every one of these types of shame may be remitted, or canceled, by the atonement of Christ. The BLOOD of Christ paid for you and your sins, and provides healing for shame.
The verdict of guilt, whether real or imagined, is shame. It may be something inherited from Adam (who brought sin into the world as the federal head of the race); or it may be something inherited from ancestral, or family lines.
It may be actual shame, resulting from an action you have initiated. And . . . it may be psychological shame . . . real or false shame that people or demon spirits have tried to impose upon you, resulting in oppression, rejection, physical or mental sickness, and lack of production.
Jesus Christ bore your shame. Hebrews 12:2 tells us that our Lord Jesus despised the shame of the cross and his nakedness thereon, but went through it because of the JOY set before Him: that is, He saw YOU able to be made whole and to know God, with your sins forgiven and having eternal life, as the result of His sacrifice.
Jesus despised shame . . . and He despises it in YOUR life. He died for YOU so that you do NOT have to carry shame. He carried it for YOU!
He is alive to remit guilt and its resultant shame from your life today. You can appropriate the healing in His shed BLOOD for you by calling on Him today. Pray and ask Him to deliver you.
You can get back up . . . because He got back up!
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