God Will Destroy Your Shame

Very early this morning God woke me up with the words,"Secret addictions."  I immediately thought, what is that all about. 

I think many christians are hindered by one or more "secret addictions."  40 years ago, I was in bondage to a "secret addiction."  I heard a minister say, "If you have a secret, you will have shame."

I found that to be true in my own life.  Thank God we have a God who can deliver.  When my shame began to interfer with my life, ministry, and marriage, I asked for help from Him.  He touched me and delivered me from a very distructive "secret addiction."

He can and will do the same for you.  Face your own "secret addiction".  Ask God to deliver you.  He will and He will destroy the shame.

An Indescribable Gift

Here is a verse we often use as a hickory switch, thrashing ourselves whenever we stumble or fall short of God’s best for us.

“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”

Romans 3:23


And that’s true, of course.  We have sinned.  We’ve already embraced that reality.  We know we fall short of perfection.  Way short.

But notice something interesting about that familiar verse: it ends in a comma.  Meaning sin is not the whole story.  Check out the rest of the sentence:

“And are justified freely by his grace

through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”

Romans 3:24


We’re not to stop at sin, then; we’re to move on to grace.  Freely.  No payment on our part is required, because the cost has been paid in full, and we’ve been redeemed.

Grace is a gift from God.  We’ve done nothing to deserve this gift.  We simply hold up our hands and say, “Thank you.” That’s grace in a nutshell.  A gift.  With a tag that reads, “For you.”


Here’s another verse we chop in half and use as a whip:

“For the wages of sin is death.”

Romans 6:23


Our shoulders sag as we nod in agreement.  That’s me.  I’ve sinned.  Now I have to pay for it.  Do you really?  Read the rest of the verse:

but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 6:23


How often we’ve fixated on the first part of that truth and ignored the second.  We hear “sin” and“death” and completely miss “gift of God” and “eternal life.”  No wonder we find it so hard to forgive ourselves.  We’re thinking punishment.  God is thinking Christmas.

“Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!”

2 Corinthians 9:15

He is the only True God

We know that God’s children do not make a practice of sinning, for God’s Son holds them securely, and the evil one cannot touch them. We know that we are children of God and that the world around us is under the control of the evil one.

And we know that the Son of God has come, and he has given us understanding so that we can know the true God.[a] And now we live in fellowship with the true God because we live in fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ. He is the only true God, and he is eternal life.

Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.

1 John 5:18-21
New Living Translation (NLT)

Shared by Betty Moffitt