DOUBLE FOR YOUR SHAME
“For your shame ye shall have double; and for confusion they shall rejoice in their portion: therefore in their land they shall possess the double:” Isaiah 61:7
Shame is possibly the most toxic and most deeply rooted emotion ever felt by man. And by man here, I mean mankind, for both male and female are affected by it.
It was the first negative emotion man experienced and demonstrated immediately after the fall. Before Adam and Eve ate of the fruit they were forbidden from eating, the scriptures tell us that they were both naked and not ashamed. It’s certain that this nakedness referred primarily to a physical one, meaning they had no clothes on, I do believe it has a figurative connotation too.
They were not ashamed to be naked. They were not ashamed to be seen for who they were.
But right after the fall, man became acutely aware of his frailties, weakness and nakedness.
His immediate response was to try to clothe himself. Religion and self help was immediately born.
When he heard the voice of God seeking him out in the cool of the day, he ran out of shame and fear. Condemnation, fear and guilt had set in. All these being the foul offsprings of shame.
When God questioned Adam about his actions, he put the blame on the woman. The woman put it on the serpent. Anger, resentment and offense had set in. Again, all these and more being the foul offspring of that deep root of shame.
In fact Adam resented Eve so much that he described her as “The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me”
This is such a far cry from what he said of her what he first saw her.
It’s been said and rightfully so that all addictions, obsessive compulsive behaviors and nagging sins are directly linked to shame.
Shame is that deep painful inner feeling that’s based on the unshakable belief that we are flawed and therefore unworthy of love and belonging. It shapes all our interactions with God and other men.
Shame erodes vulnerability. A lack of vulnerability destroys relationships.
Shame fears rejection. This fear limits faith and never dares big things.
But Jesus specifically came to deliver us from shame. Paul declared in Hebrews 12:2,
“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Jesus didn’t only bear your sin on the cross, he bore your shame too. Thinking through the events of that night, one word sums up everything ‘SHAME’. From being rejected, ridiculed by all, stripped naked and beaten publicly!
Jesus bore your shame!
And Isaiah declared prophetically that God will give you double for your shame. Let it go today and see God give you double for the same situation that has brought you shame.
Gracious Father thank you for Lavishing your perfect love on me, so I boldly declare this day that, I am Righteous, Holy and blameless before you in Love. I refuse any demeaning thoughts of shame and rejection in my life. I receive double for my shame. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
1 Samuel 14:1-52