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Day 21: Toxic Shame versus the Holy Spirit – Toxic shame is a weapon used by Satan to condemn, control, and incarcerate. In absolute contrast, the Holy Spirit’s work in your life leads to repentance, forgiveness, and liberation. May these truths from Romans 8 remind you of the power of the Spirit of God in your life and enable you to live in freedom from mundane shame.

The Holy Spirit:

resides in you. “You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ” (Rom. 8:9).

releases you from captivity to fear. “The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again” (Rom. 8:15a).

reminds you God is your loving Father. “You received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children” (Rom. 8:15b NLT).

reassures you of your future with God. “Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory” (Rom. 8:17).

requests God’s help on your behalf. (That’s a simple way of saying the Holy Spirit prays for you. I just really liked how the r verbs were rolling out.) “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans” (Rom. 8:26).

Consider: What inspires or encourages you to face and overcome your mistakes or shame?

Prayer: Dear God, sometimes I am a big old mess. I’m so thankful I don’t have to try to be otherwise in front of you because you know me so well and you see all of me. Thank you for the gift of your Holy Spirit, who leads me in so many amazing ways. Teach me to be sensitive to the Spirit. 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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