Nov 10 2014

Verse for the Day: Romans 5:18 Yes, Adam’s one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ’s one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone. (NLT)

A couple of weeks ago, while at the cabin, my wife happened to notice a bloody spot on Kody’s foot (our two year old German Shepard mix), so we made an appointment with the vet to have it checked out. They determined it was a non-cancerous cyst and the decision was made to have it removed. When I went to pick Kody up later in the day, I had to wait for a short time while they rewrapped his leg because he had decided to chew off his first bandage. Well, needless to say, when they brought him out to me - guess what he had around his head. Yep! You got it, the big cone of shame to prevent him from having the ability to chew or lick the bandage which protected his stitches.

As I watched Kody enter the room his head was hung low, he was whimpering and you could tell his whole demeanor had changed from what his normal personality usually is. At every turn, door, obstacle, or anything he came close to, the cone of shame was there to remind him of his shame and consequently affect everything he tried to do. 

The longer I watched Kody the more it made me think of how satan has used a cone of shame on so many people to affect their lives and how they see themselves or how they think others might see them. There is no doubt that God uses a sense of shame or guilty feeling in us as a way to bring us back to Him and remind us who we are in Him. But satan uses a cone of shame as a way to drive us away from the Cross and the one Person that can help us get past the cone of shame. Satan inflicts us with pain, feelings of unworthiness, anger, bitterness, hatred, loneness, isolation, lies,  and revenge which then leads many to divorce, addictions, denial  and so many more things in which The Lord never planned for us.

A cone of shame can last a life time even if it's been physically removed, the memories and hurts left behind can haunt some people till the day they die. But there is Good News as we see in today’s scripture and in Romans 8:1 So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. While The Lord might allow us to feel and experience shame and guilt it’s meant to drive us towards the Cross in order to seek forgiveness and repentance for whatever caused the shame. If you are allowing this world, people, friends, work and, yes, even family members to define or tell you who you are, there is no doubt at some point in your life you will find a cone of shame around your neck. Satan can and does use those closest to us from time to time to inflict shame upon us. There is only One Person that will never let us down that came to remove our cone of shame and give us a crown of glory. That is if we will allow Him to; and that Person is our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

So, what is your cone of shame that you have allowed satan to use against you to keep you from The Lord, your family, your church or your purpose in life? What lies have you heard satan tell you that has affected the way you live your life? I'm too fat, I'm too stupid, I'm so unworthy, I'll never get it right, see you messed up again, __________ you fill in the blank. We've all experienced those moments in our life like Kody where we find a cone of shame and guilt around our head for everyone to see. The question is what will you do with it? Will it drive you closer to The Lord or further way? Will you use it as an excuse to hide, avoid, lash out or attack someone or a way to get back on track with God's plan for your life? 

While it may be easier to remove, hide or even except the physical or outer cone of shame that others might see you wearing. The emotional and inward pain, guilt and shame it leaves behind can haunt people for a life time. If you are living with shame and you feel you have turned it over to The Lord, but it's still hindering or crippling how you live and you can't seem to get past it, it's not coming from God. God never intended for us to go through life with a cone of shame around our neck until we die; that's why He sent His Son to earth for us. As human beings there is no one that has or ever will live on this earth that has suffered more shame than Christ as He hung on a cross to take upon Himself our shame and guilt and pay the penalty for our sins, even though He was without sin.

If you remember nothing else about this devotion, remember this. While satan knows your name he calls and reminds you by your shame, but as for Jesus while He knows your shame, He calls you by your name. So who's voice are you listening to? The voice of shame or the Voice of Glory. John 10:27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. Don't allow the voice of shame to control your life, if you need help listening, speaking or thinking a new language, let us help you get started on a path of healing by calling the church office at (505) 334-6524.