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Day Three: Lies of Shame vs. Overcoming Shame Truths
Because shame has so many nuances and can trigger a wide range of emotional reactions, I’ve come to think of a Shame Identity as a house of lies. Here are seven lies of shame:
Lie 1: I will have more value if I am other.
Lie 2: I cannot experience freedom from shame.
Lie 3: My past is unsalvageable.
Lie 4: I have to fight shame alone
Lie 5: I am not good enough to be used by God.
Lie 6: Shame is only experienced in traumatic situations.
Lie 7: The goal of overcoming shame is to never encounter it again.
But…here are the Overcomer’s truths:
Truth 1: I am created in God’s image with exceeding worth.
Truth 2: God is able to evict shame from my life.
Truth 3: God helps me release the shame in my past.
Truth 4: With the help of my community, I can courageously overcome.
Truth 5: God transforms my shame into radiance and my misery into ministry.
Truth 6: Shame is in the mundane—and there is a bright side to it.
Truth 7: True victory from shame is in the willingness to continue fighting against it.
In other words, even if your past is dark, even if you’ve spent your entire life feeling like the replica of yourself, even if you think you don’t measure up, even if you’ve been believing those lies of shame — in Jesus, you are no longer the not-enough version of yourself.
If you could talk to a younger version of yourself, what might you say about shame? How would you reassure her of God’s love?
God, I worship you as my powerful creator. I want to experience life the way you intended for me to live it—free from shame. I need your help to live in truth instead of the lies of shame. Amen.
(Sections taken from Overcomer by Aubrey Sampson. Copyright © 2015. Used by permission of Zondervan. www.zondervan.com. All rights reserved.)