I’ve been doing the Esther study written by my Fran, Beth Moore. ;0) In the week three video session, she says this:
“One of the most important parts of fulfilling your destiny will be your transparency.”
Now, I loves me some Beth Moore, but I was quite irritated when I heard her say this. In a room full of other women eager to hear the word of God, I wanted to shout, “Hey Siesta, mind your own business!” :0/ I was just so frustrated that the Lord would be using her to, once again, make me uncomfortable with the covering I had afforded myself adapted by and from shame. ugh.
Has anybody out there ever struggled with being ashamed of themselves other than me?
Those of you nodding your head yes, know the things that we do to try to make ourselves feel better and look better. But it never works. God is authentic and He came that we may have life and have it to the full (see John 10:10). Operating under illegitimate shame cannot work in tandem with His work for us to have an abundant life.
But hold on! Help is on the way!
There are two kinds of shame: legitimate shame and illegitimate shame.
“Legitimate shame is the same inner experience as biblical humbling. It is the recognition of our state as desperate and our response to our rebellious condition as deplorable, deserving condemnation and death. . . Legitimate shame, in other words, always leads to a sense of being lifted up by God to possess what is surprising, unnerving, and undeserved. . .Shame is experienced before the one I’ve entitled or given the right to judge me. Ultimately, that is the prerogative of God alone. To give that privilege–in essence, the opportunity to bestow or retract life–to anyone other than God is idolatry. This concept helps clarify further the difference between legitimate and illegitimate shame.“~Dr. Dan B. Allender
If you have sinned, repent, receive God’s forgiveness, and move toward Him. Do not take direction from our great ancestors, Adam and Eve, who sought cover through fig leaves and hid from Him (Genesis 3:7-8). Satan knows what he’s doing. When he can convince you to walk around with a lowered head, feeling less than who God says you are, and living beneath what God has for you, not operating in your destiny nor getting any closer to it, he’s won.
We serve such a loving God. Even after Adam and Eve sinned, God was there to correct and deal with the sin but He was also there to provide. He got rid of those pitiful fig leaves and “The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. (Genesis 3:21)” Every attempt we make to act independently of God will render us pitiful. Whatever your fig leaves are, drop ’em. Let Him clothe you in His love.
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