WOE TO THE REBELLIOUS CHILDREN, SAITH THE LORD, THAT TAKE COUNSEL, BUT NOT OF ME; AND THAT COVER WITH A COVERING, BUT NOT OF MY SPIRIT, THAT THEY MAY ADD SIN TO SIN
I bless you today to be careful about the coverings you fabricate to cover your nakedness—to cover the abandonment, shame, and unworthiness that the father-of-lies likes to use to goad you down the broad road of destruction.
Be on guard against the covering of hiding. For a very long time, I covered my abandonment, shame, and unworthiness with depression. Withdrawing into depression became a hiding place for me. I felt strangely safe there. The problem was that by hiding, my pain did not go away. The abandonment, shame, and unworthiness hid with me in my hide-out of depression. Therefore, I found myself dealing with the same pain, day after day, week after week, month after month, and year after year. I added sin to sin.
YOU ARE MY HIDING PLACE; YOU WILL PROTECT ME FROM TROUBLE AND SURROUND ME WITH SONGS OF DELIVERANCE
Then, one day, the Perfect Father called me to a new Hiding Place: Child, stop accepting the counsel of the father-of-lies. It is not of Me. Stop covering your abandonment, shame, and unworthiness with depression and withdrawal. This covering is not of My Spirit. This covering will only cause you to sin, over and over again. I have a better solution for you. Come out of hiding. Do not be afraid. Your pain will not overwhelm you. Take My hand and follow Me into the Hiding Place I have prepared for you. There, I will protect you from the abandonment, shame, and unworthiness and surround you with Songs of Deliverance.
What coverings of hiding have you fabricated to cover your shame, abandonment, and unworthiness? In what ways have these coverings affected your life?
God is calling you to come out of hiding. Get up. EMBRACE your beliefs of shame, abandonment, and unworthiness. EXPOSE these beliefs to Him, and allow Him to EXCHANGE these for His Truth—His Songs of Deliverance.
PRAYER: Perfect Father, call me out of my hiding place. Take my hand and help me to face my pain and to trust You with my beliefs of shame, abandonment, and unworthiness. Take away the belief that if I came out of hiding and faced my pain, it would overwhelm me. Show me that I am safe with You—that You would surround me with Songs of Deliverance, if I submit my pain and the underlying beliefs to You.
Maintain an Awareness
We did not realize it at the time, but during our childhood we made the most deterministic decisions of our lives.