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Day 14: The prophet Isaiah beautifully describes God’s faithfulness to restore our shame when he declares, “Do not be afraid; you will not be put to shame. Do not fear disgrace, you will not be humiliated. You will forget the shame of your youth and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood. For your Maker is your husband—the Lord Almighty is his name—the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; he is called the God of all the earth. The Lord will call you back as if you were a wife deserted and distressed in spirit” (Isa. 54:4–6).

There is no need to fear or be controlled by your past, because God is faithful to find and restore even the most broken pieces you have left behind. There may be moments when the lie that you can’t salvage the past will try to shame you into submission, especially as you begin your own version of retraining your brain, releasing your shamers, or revisiting your past. But rest assured, God has already dealt the deathblow to shame.

Are there times in life you will still have shame? Absolutely. But in Jesus, shame no longer has you.

Consider: How might your life look different if you were able to surrender the pain in your past?

Prayer: God, thank you for being for me, not against me. You are a good, good Father. Today, help me to experience more of your love and freedom from shame. Amen. 

(Sections taken from Overcomer by Aubrey Sampson. Copyright © 2015. Used by permission of Zondervan. www.zondervan.com. All rights reserved.)

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