Friday, September 25, 2009

Today's Devotional


Today's Verse
Fear not; you will no longer live in shame. Don't be afraid; there is no more disgrace for you. You will no longer remember the shame of your youth.  ~Isaiah 54:4 NLT

Thoughts on today's verse...
Isn't this scripture verse awesome? How does it speak to you? It tells me that there is nothing, not one thing that I have ever done that will separate me from the love of God AND that He will continue to mold me and shape me into His image of what I should and could be.

Ah, yes, I may have to contend with the consequences of my "past shame" and the ramifications it has upon today, but He has forgotten it - IF I have appropriated His forgiveness. What a wonderful thought. Now... if I could only have a spiritual lobotomy and forget it myself.

Unfortunately, the enemy (Satan) seems to like to dangle my past in the forefront of my memory and cause spiritual paralysis. I question the One who formed me and ask, "Me... how could You use me?"

Romans 8:35 - 39 (NLT) makes it abundantly clear: Can anything ever separate us from Christ's love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or are hungry or cold or in danger or threatened with death? (Even the Scriptures say, "For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.") No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can't, and life can't. The angels can't, and the demons can't. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can't keep God's love away. Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
My prayer...
Ah Lord God!  You have forgiven my shame and disgrace!  Now, help me to forgive myself.  I know that it's not You bringing this to my mind, but it is the enemy who want me to feel defeated and ineffective as a Christian.  So Lord, every time the enemy reminds me of my past... let me remind him of his future!  Even so, Amen!

Yours, because we're His,

~Tamara