Shame

Shame

Definition: An unpleasant emotional reaction by an individual to an actual, or presumed, negative judgment of himself by others, resulting in self-depreciation.

Shame is the first emotion mentioned in the Bible in Genesis 2:25. “Adam and Eve were both naked and not ashamed.”

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Tyndale’s translation (paraphrased) records the incident of the first sin and eating the forbidden fruit as follows: “So she ate of some of the  fruit, and gave some to her husband, and he ate it too. And as they ate it, suddenly they became aware of their nakedness, and were embarrassed. So, they strung fig leaves together to cover themselves around the hips. That evening they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden, and they hid themselves among the trees. The Lord God called to Adam, ‘Why are you hiding? And Adam replied, ‘I heard you coming and didn’t want you to see me naked, so I hid.” (Genesis 3:7-10).

The word naked, “Erwah,” symbolizes “shame” and is a different word from the word” Arom,” meaning “to be without clothing.” “Erwah” appears to emphasize the shame that results from the violation of moral and social laws, and the law of conscience. We prior to being born-again are subjected to the violation of these laws which can bring serious mental damage to our emotions.

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Shame becomes toxic when we allow someone (or someone forces us) to break our boundaries of morality. See the rape of Tamar, in 2 Samuel 13. Shame not only disfigures our inner conscience-self, but it alters our social conscience-self; when this happens, “fragmentation of soul” can result (Psalm 7:2). This topic will be covered latter.

Shame breeds shame.

Dr. Martin Lloyd Jones in his book, I Am Not Ashamed, makes an interesting statement: “I now want to put before you the Biblical view of man. The Apostle Paul puts into his letter to Timothy in a very interesting phrase. Come back to this great work of his, for which cause I also suffer these things. Nevertheless, I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded—I am perfectly certain, I am perfectly satisfied.” Paul in this passage, is expressing that our faith, our believing in Christ, should be sufficient for us in all things, in all circumstances, and in every situation. Unfortunately, not all of us have arrived in this place of “Blessed assurance,” and we are not fully purged from the iniquities of the past (2 Timothy 2:19-21).

The hidden things of Shame.

Please read Romans 6:19-21 (Amp) and 2 Corinthians 4:1-2. (Amp). In these two Scriptures, unresolved moral conflict will cause shame. Sin should not reign in the believer’s heart. Paul’s use of the word “reign” in Romans 6:12, is “Basileuo” and means “to exercise kingly power.” It means to stop allowing our sinful nature to reign as king in our mortal body. It is the believer’s responsibility to keep sin from mounting onto the throne of the heart.shamed

Instead of the blood of Christ cleansing the inward heart, shame becomes a covering.

A person in this condition may outwardly express a life of holiness, but deep inside there are secret thoughts, feelings and desires. It is these disgraceful things that rob us of our true beauty or nature of Christ. The personality becomes marred, and we lose the image of Christ within. This will produce discouragement and lethargy in out ward manifestation. Here is where shame covers the spirit, stealing its inner power and strength. The person will become despondent and timid, and the person becomes weary and exhausted.

The inner secret thought, feelings and desires must be confessed after we renounce the shame. Our Lord Jesus said, “The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are downtrodden; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.” (Luke 4:18-19).

How does one get set free.

See 2 Corinthians 4:2 Amplified. The second prayer is a guideline for the “renunciation of Shame.” In the name of Jesus, I come to the cross of Christ where all structures are broken.  I renounce all generational shame that came from my parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. I renounce the curse of shame of and poverty. I renounce all personal shame and embarrassment. I release myself from the cycle of shame caused by my own sin or someone’s sin against me. I renounce all family familiar spirits of shame that oppress me, my family, my children’s children. I forgive my forefathers for their sin that caused the curse of shame to come upon me. Thank You Lord Jesus for releasing me from shame.

Blessings to you in Jesus name. 

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Introduction to Inner Healing and Deliverance

A good case can be made that Jesus was ministering inner healing when He spoke to the woman at the well, who then went into the city proclaiming, “Come, see a man who told me all the things that I have done” (John 4:29). Jesus may have been healing her entire life. Those of us who practice inner healing are convinced it is not only Scriptural but a main theme in God’s Word. (please refer to Scripture list handout in the Appendixes).

Is Inner Healing Scriptural?

Luke 6:46-49—John 21:1-17

 What is Inner Healing?

 Inner healing is applying the redemptive and healing work of Christ to lady-and-moonthe areas of darkness and bondage in our souls that have not received the healing light of Jesus Christ and have opened the door for the enemy to come in and keep us from walking in victory in that darkness or bondage area.

The tools of inner healing are the spiritual disciplines including prayer, confession, forgiveness, and counsel which allows us to walk in the Light and Truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The focus of inner healing is identifying the unhealed access areas of darkness that gave the demonic permission to operate in that area, confess these areas of sin, repent for the behavior resulting from these unhealed areas, and allowing the Christ to cleanse and heal. (Colossians 1:9-14)

Inner Healing practitioners look at character, therefore, to discover what practices in the old nature did not die when we first received Jesus as Lord and Savior.

What is Deliverance?

Specifically, deliverance is the Spirit-empowered ministry of expelling demonic spirits that influence the thoughts, will, actions, and emotions of believers and unbelievers. The authority to expel demonic forces is given to every believer. (Mark 16:17, Luke 10:17-20) In practical terms, deliverance is telling the enemy to leave through the power and authority of Jesus Christ, whose Spirit resides within each believer. The enemy recognizes authority and must bow his knee to the authority of Jesus Christ.

 Are Both Deliverance and Inner Healing Needed for Freedom?

 Yes! Deliverance, which tells the enemy to leave, without inner healing leaves the door open for the demonic influences to return to those access areas and attempts to lead the person back into bondage. Inner healing, which closes the door or access point to the enemy, without deliverance, allows the spirits of darkness to continue to attempt to lead the person back into sinful behavior or unhealthy ways of thinking. When the spirits have been ordered to leave, they cannot return if there is cleansing, healing, and filling with the presence of God in the areas where they had operated.

 

 

Grief

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Grief, Sorrow, Catharsis.

Grief is the cognitive and emotional process of working through a significant loss.The removal or death of anyone that has emotional value will set in motion a grief reaction. While grief is painful it is viewed as a healthy response, for without it a complete emotional recovery is not possible.

The most prominent symptoms of grief is acute psychological pain, emotional pain, a profound sense of loss of expectation, wide pattern of mood swings, feeling hurt, guilt, defensiveness, helplessness, anger, sadness, rage, loneliness, resentment and hopelessness. As if these symptoms are not enough, eating, sleeping and sexual disturbances are common as well as headaches, low energy levels, ulcers, dizziness and colitis may develop.

Grief may be worked through, healed, and resolved by faith, whereas sorrow may return many times.

Sorrow and tears are not signs of lack of faith. Sorrow is a healthy release of loss and hurt. The presence of sorrow is not something bad to be done away with, nor is it something to be healed too quickly. It is a mark of love’s knowing the pain of loss. It will pass away naturally in time, when its work is done in the heart.

Catharsis is outpouring of pent-up emotions.Tears are a gift of heaven. Such sudden outbursts of tears are undeniable evidence that the quest has neared the mark of truth. The emotional release usually opens doors of insight. One may begin to remember long-forgotten or repressed details. Precious ground may be covered in the afterglow of tears. 

This one of the many areas where Inner Healing under the leading of the Holy Spirit can and does bring healing to all areas of the soul. Line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little, there a little. Isaiah 28:10.