Hi! Happy Thursday! Thanks for coming back to TGWAM today to read what I have to say today! Thanks so much for bearing with us last week when Lacey and I swapped posting days; it was a little different for us, but we really enjoyed it. As we push on toward 50 POSTS, Lacey and I are overwhelmed by the level of support that you have poured out toward us in the past seven months that we have been blogging. We are so thankful for every person that has come across our blog and the 16 different countries that they represent. With that being said, I hope you enjoy what I have to say today.
Today, I’m going to be talking about sin, shame, and how Satan uses these things to hold us back from going back to God. Sin is something that we all do, and most of the time it’s something that we enjoy. Sin that we keep returning to, even after we’ve come to God and asked for forgiveness, is usually something that either keeps us out of trouble like lying or makes us feel better in the moment like alcohol, drugs, or sex. Sin is how Satan grips our life, and controls every decision we make. Satan knows just how to attack us so that we fall right back into the same hole he dug for us so long ago. Sin is very real, and as many of us probably know, it’s not easy to get away from.
Satan begins his attack with temptation. He reminds us just how good we feel doing it, or how it kept us out of trouble last time. He tells us, “Come on… what’s a little white lie?” He says, “Remember how it felt when you had a couple drinks last time? What’s a beer or two? Seriously! It’s okay., I promise. God wants you to be HAPPY, remember?” When in reality, God cares more about us being HOLY than just happy. God’s love for us and His desire to have us with Him in Heaven exceeds His desire for us to be simply happy in this life. When Satan begins to attack us with temptation, God promises that He will provide us a way out of that temptation. 1 Corinthians 10:13 reminds us of this. It says, “The temptations in your life are no different than what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” God’s way out may be a simple text message from a friend or a feeling in your gut. However, when we do sin, God is faithful to forgive us.
Satan’s attack doesn’t end with temptation. After he has tempted us into our sin, his attack only increases. He continues to remind us how horrible we are, because not only have we sinned, but we’ve failed our God AGAIN! He convinces us that there is no possible way that God could still love us after we continue to fail Him! He uses what is called by many professionals “The Master Emotion” -shame- to keep us in the dark. He uses shame as an effort to keep us trapped in the chains of our sin. He uses shame so that we continue to sin, believing that God no longer loves us. Satan thrives as long as we believe that the only one who unconditionally loves us, has given up on us. Shame is considered the master emotion, because shame can control every aspect of our lives. It can control how we walk, talk, speak… Shame can destroy a life. It can take a person who was formerly on fire for God, and cause them to shrink away from everything they’ve grown to love about church and Christ. Shame can destroy families and cause some of the strongest Christians to crumble in Satan’s grip.
Shame is one of Satan’s most powerful schemes. It’s the most common way that he sucks the life out of anyone who is already a Christian or are curious about the Christian faith. However, it is possible for us to escape our shame. No matter how far we’ve fallen, or how tight Satan’s grip on us is, God is always ready for us to turn around and run right back into His arms. 1 John 2:1 says, “My little children, I am writing these things to you that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” God knows we will sin, he created us, knowing that the world is ravaged by sin. However, when He sent Jesus to ransom us from our sin, God created a way for us to escape our shame. Though he knows that we will sin, God gave us an advocate through His Son and our Savior, Jesus.
Although sin, shame, and the schemes of Satan often wreak havoc upon our lives, God has promised us a way out. He gives us a way out of temptation, and He gave us a way to break free from our shame. In the words of Chapel, “You set us free from lives of sin and shame, the harness is broken.” -Chapel, Unchained, 2017. ❤
I hope that you all enjoyed what I had to say today, and that you will come back Tuesday as we continue to countdown toward 50 POSTS. Thank you for all your continued support!
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