One of the most effective ways that the enemy will get to us is through shame. I am sure that we have all experienced this feeling. There are times when we are overcome with shame and guilt for what we have done prior in our lives. Please hear my heart, when we are convicted by God, that is a blessing if it leads us to repentance and forgiveness. But, I am not talking about conviction. Satan will use guilt and shame as a means to draw us away from God.
Acts 11:1-9 tells us “1 Now the apostles and brethren who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also received the word of God. 2 And when Peter came up to Jerusalem, those of the circumcision contended with him, 3 saying, “You went in to uncircumcised men and ate with them!” 4 But Peter explained it to them in order from the beginning, saying: 5 “I was in the city of Joppa praying; and in a trance I saw a vision, an object descending like a great sheet, let down from heaven by four corners; and it came to me. 6 When I observed it intently and considered, I saw four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, creeping things, and birds of the air. 7 And I heard a voice saying to me, ‘Rise, Peter; kill and eat.’ 8 But I said, ‘Not so, Lord! For nothing common or unclean has at any time entered my mouth.’ 9 But the voice answered me again from heaven, ‘What God has cleansed you must not call common.’”
This may sound like a strange passage, but the blessing and reminder is in the last 9 words. Since God has cleansed us, we can no longer be called common. To put it in other words, the moment God forgave us of our sins, we were released from any guilt or shame for that sin — we are no longer called common! If you find yourself encountering periods of shame and guilt for past sins that you have been forgiven for, seek the comfort and peace that only God can give you. Pray to Him, draw closer to Him, give thanks to Him! He has washed us all white as snow!
I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!