“The one who commits sin is of the Devil, for the Devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God was revealed for this purpose: to destroy the Devil’s works.”
1 John 3:8 HCSB
In his perverse logic, Satan tempts us to sin then shames us with that very sin to which he tempted us. Author and researcher Brene Brown writes,
“I define shame as the intensely painful feeling or experience of believing that we are flawed and therefore unworthy of love and belonging—something we’ve experienced, done, or failed to do makes us unworthy of connection.”
When we feel shame we duck our heads and tails and hide from others, especially God. We feel unworthy of relationship and being used by God. Satan’s big win is making believers ineffective for the kingdom of God by making them think they have nothing to offer to build up the rest of the body of Christ because of something in our past that he torments us about endlessly.
But Jesus came to destroy this work of tempting us to sin and shaming us that the Devil has been doing since the Garden of Eden. He ended it once and for all on the cross when He took on all the sin of the world in one fell swoop. He endured that painful separation from God so that we would never need to be separated again.
Is Satan shaming you today? Have you asked for forgiveness for sin? Please don’t let Satan win this game of making you ineffective for the body of Christ. 🚦
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