THEREFORE, MY BELOVED, AS YOU HAVE ALWAYS OBEYED, NOT AS IN MY PRESENCE ONLY, BUT NOW MUCH MORE IN MY ABSENCE, WORK OUT YOUR OWN SALVATION WITH FEAR AND TREMBLING
Be watchful, you have an enemy—the father-of-lies. He delights in tempting you to believe his suggestions of abandonment…his thoughts of condemnation…his proposals of shame.
Take responsibility for your life. Query the beliefs of abandonment in your mind. Dispute the interpretations of condemnation in your heart. Question your conclusions of shame, lest the father-of-lies have deposited these into your mind and heart to make you stumble.
TO HIM WHO IS ABLE TO KEEP YOU FROM STUMBLING AND TO PRESENT YOU BEFORE HIS GLORIOUS PRESENCE WITHOUT FAULT AND WITH GREAT JOY—TO THE ONLY GOD OUR SAVIOR BE GLORY, MAJESTY, POWER AND AUTHORITY, THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD, BEFORE ALL AGES, NOW AND FOREVERMORE! AMEN
Understand that blaming others for the pain of shame in your heart will not get the job done. You cannot get rid of your heartache this way. Running away from the ache of condemnation does not help, either. Your agony will always catch up with you again. Do not hide behind walls to escape the sting of abandonment. The father-of-lies knows how to climb over walls. Instead, confess these negative, destructive beliefs to the Lord Jesus, and allow Him to purify your heart from all unrighteousness.
IF WE CONFESS OUR SINS, HE IS FAITHFUL AND JUST AND WILL FORGIVE US OUR SINS AND PURIFY US FROM ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS
(1 John 1:9).
What do you do with your beliefs of shame, abandonment, and condemnation? Do you hide them, run from them, or blame them on those who have hurt you, or do you confess them before the Lord Jesus, who is able to purify you from them, so you would stop stumbling over them?
I urge you to climb out of the hole where you have been hiding from these beliefs, all your life, and allow the Lord Jesus to have His way with you. Then, He will present you faultless before His glorious Presence…and keep you from stumbling.
PRAYER: Precious Savior, I come before You to confess the negative, destructive beliefs that have caused me to stumble. Forgive me and cleanse me from all unrighteousness, so I may be without fault in Your Presence.
Maintain an Awareness
How often do we find ourselves doing “good deeds,” just to find out that our “good deeds” were not really good, but merely a reaction to the OLD MAN belief “You are bad”?