One of the biggest ways the enemy threatens you is through intimidation. The last thing he wants is for you, a chosen daughter of the King, to move past your past. We have all made mistakes or decisions we are not so proud of in hindsight. Thankfully, through Christ, those things have been erased in His sight and we have been made new. “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” 2 Corinthians 5:17.
Not only have our mistakes been forgiven and washed clean, but so also the byproducts called shame and guilt. If allowed, shame lingers to torture us into feeling unworthy of moving forward. But, the entire reason we have been forgiven is so we are no longer stuck in repression. God, the only one whose opinion really matters, says that we have been set free from our mistakes. He wants to use our inequities in great ways to influence and heal others. “He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds.” Titus 2:14 God wants us to do GOOD DEEDS for His purpose and he wants us to be his very own child. It is the beauty of your mother or father calling your their very own, taking you back into their arms and showering you with their unconditional love after you did something that asked you not to.
But even though there are countless promises in God’s Word ensuring restoration and redemption from our past; shame is a huge demon that people continue to battle. Why? “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:12. The enemy is constantly at war with you, since you are of Kingdom royalty. He fears your potential influence and will play on shame and guilt to defeat you. He disguises his crippling arrows by using people who speak deadly words of accusation, doubt and condemnation. But none of these are from God, so take your thoughts captive quickly before you allow his lies to take root.
This is why 1 Peter 5:8 says, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” Do not be alarmed when you start doing the very thing God has placed in your heart, and you begin to see discouragement or attack. As a matter of fact, you should expect it and be encouraged that you are on the right path. Remember the phrase, “next level, new devil.” Since I have started this website, I have received a few hateful emails taking stabs at my unworthiness and imperfections. But remember, our focus should not be to prove we are perfect Christians. Instead, we are to believe we have been healed and that we can do all things through the all powerful One who has our back. When you are faced with intimidation causing you to shrink back in shame, talk back to that lie with this truth, “The one who is in you is greater than the one in the world.” 1 John 4:4