God’s presence in our life not only affects our spirit, but also our body and soul – our thoughts, emotions and choices (Psalm 34:5). God convicts us of sin, but Satan and his emissaries shame us.
When we heed the devil’s lies about us, we also fall into the trap of shaming our self. The constant negative feelings, bombarding our soul from within us, is as devastating as those coming from other people outside of us.
Some people fall into a deep pit of depression, because when we feel negatively toward our self, life seems hopeless and we are helpless to effect changes to improve the quality of our life.
As we change our focus from our self and plant it squarely on Christ in us, our whole countenance changes. He reveals His secrets to our soul and encourages us with His love.
God teaches us that we are the light set on a hill and that we draw people to the Christ in us. He gives us His living water and people are refreshed by drinking at the well of this living water flowing freely from within us (Matthew 5:14-16).
Loving the Lord, our God, with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength (Matthew 22:37), fortifies us for the onslaught of condemnation heaped on us by the world around us and even from self-recrimination.
Jesus is our life and our delight (Colossians 3:4). Nothing will ever separate us from His love (Romans 8:31-39). We honor, adore, appreciate and serve Him with every fiber of our being.
Father God, Creator of both heaven and earth, You sent Jesus as our Savior, Advocate and Redeemer. You made us co-heirs with Him to Your Kingdom and You love us with an everlasting love (Romans 8:17; Jeremiah 31:3). We are the apple of Your eye.
We need not entertain shame in any shape or form or from any source, even from within our self (Romans 8:1-2). Your awesome nature is beyond our thoughts and Your provision is beyond our worries and difficulties.
Thought for the Day:
Pride and rebellion stop the flow of God’s love to our soul – this happens when we insist on living life our own way; when we love the Lord, God leads us moment by moment and showers us with His peace, love, joy, righteousness and patience (Psalm 31:23).