We are all broken in various ways. We beat ourselves up, question our purpose, and magnify our shortcomings. Things others likely do not even notice become our greatest sources of shame.
The things we hold onto out of the fear that others won’t find us valuable consume our thoughts. This is what the enemy wants. He wants us isolated, living in fear. If he can keep us locked up in our own version of hell, we cannot do what God intends for us to do.
The enemy is a jerk. He doesn’t fight fair. He’s a great big poopyhead. Anytime he can, he will derail our walk with the Lord. Why? Because we allow it. We allow his antics to flourish because we choose to believe his lies.
What he doesn’t want you to know is that he cannot stop you. He’s not that powerful. He merely plants the seed and leaves the rest to you. He wants you to forget that simply saying, “Jesus” will make him run like the coward he is.
He also doesn’t want you to realize that those very pieces of your life that are wrapped in shame have no power when exposed to the light. When we keep our secrets hidden, darkness runs our lives. However, when we speak of our shameful missteps, the darkness and shame vanishes. They become part of who we were rather than who we are. They become part of our past. Our former self.
When we open up about who we were, God uses those events to reach others who are lost. By sharing our secret shame, God is able to restore and redeem us. Healing occurs when we hand our shame over to God and let Him handle it. When we surrender our pasts to God, we see His miraculous restoration at work. We are made new and the chains of the past fall away.
The enemy wants to keep you in bondage to your shame so that others cannot connect with your story. So that you can’t reach a lost soul. So that you cannot offer the hope that can only be found in Jesus.
These broken places of ourselves are necessary. Not to punish us. Not to relive past offenses. Not to keep us mired in shame. No. These broken places – and our vulnerability required to share them – are the very pieces of us that make us relatable to others in need of hope so that we can introduce them to Christ.
“This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.”
1 John 1:5-7 NIV
“…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…”
Romans 3:23 NIV
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV