Written by Laura Dingman
Sometimes I hear voices. I know. Saying things like that can open a whole can of worms that I’m not sure I want to have to deal with, but it’s true. I hear voices. They’re not friendly ones either. Sometimes they can be pretty loud.
“What makes you think you could do that?”
“Why would she want to be your friend?”
“If they find out who you really are, they will not allow you in.”
“You are a failure.”
Shame. The name of the voice is shame.
I’m pretty sure that I’m not alone. Do you hear them too?
Eve was the first person who heard the voice of shame. In the beginning of creation, shame didn’t exist. Adam and Eve were naked and they felt no shame (Gen. 2:25). In the midst of enjoying creation void of shame, a very crafty character enters the scene.
Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had
made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say…” (Gen. 3:1)
The serpent planted a seed of doubt in the mind of Eve.
“Did God really say?”
His tactics haven’t changed for centuries. These are still his favorite words.
“Did God really say you are enough?”
“Did God really say you are forgiven?”
“Did God really say you were called?”
“Did God really say you are chosen?”
The seeds of doubt are sown and suddenly we believe. We believe the lies. We buy into them completely.
Psalm 34:5 tells us “Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.” Never. Ever. When we look to Christ, our shame is gone. Because of his great love and grace and mercy, we are completely forgiven and our shame clings to the cross.
We no longer need to walk around with shame around our necks like a millstone. Our freedom from shame was purchased at a great price.
So, yes, God did really say you are enough.
God DID really say you are forgiven.
God really did say you are called.
And dearly loved.
So very beautiful.
You belong to the Sovereign Lord of the Heavens.
Nothing can separate you from the love of God in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:38).
You are his daughter.
His eyes are on you.
So, keep your eyes on him. And when those voices talk to you. Talk back.
Tell them whose you are.
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