Sister, you’ve made choices in your life you thought you’d never make. The enemy wants to whisper sweep lullabies of shame over you. You wake up each morning clothing yourself in this shame because, after all, isn’t it what you deserve? You live, move, and breathe shame. None need to force you to wear the scarlet letter because you’ve taken initiative to put it on yourself. This is it, this is the place you will die … the place of shame. Yet, the more you read and know Jesus, the more he keeps being everything you never thought and nothing what you thought you once knew. His word keeps calling you out of shame and into his freedom but you don’t know how, you don’t know what that means (Romans 8).
You see, Satan wants your life yet God wants to give you life (John 10:10). Satan calls you Shame and God calls you Beloved. Abortion, adultery, divorce, broken relationships, destroyed testimony … Sister, Satan calls you by your sin but God calls you by your name. You are fully known by your creator and, if you are His, no longer is your name Shame but Beloved.
Aren’t you tired of letting the enemy rule your life and steal your testimony? Aren’t you tired of being tired and beat down by your sin? Woman of God, you are a daughter of the King and this is your heritage, so with some audacity and power of God, call Satan’s bluff. Enough is enough. He has picked on you for far too long. You have a testimony to tell and it’s time to throw that noose of shame off your neck, move freely in the Spirit and tell about God’s goodness in your life until he calls you home or he returns. This is the year of the Lord’s favor! As you read Isaiah 61, claim it over your life, you kids life, your family’s life, and let His words pour over you and breathe life into your dead bones as only His word can.
Love you, Maria
Isaiah 61 : The Year of the Lord’s Favor
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,[a]
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord
for the display of his splendor.
They will rebuild the ancient ruins
and restore the places long devastated;
they will renew the ruined cities
that have been devastated for generations.
Strangers will shepherd your flocks;
foreigners will work your fields and vineyards.
And you will be called priests of the Lord,
you will be named ministers of our God.
You will feed on the wealth of nations,
and in their riches you will boast.
Instead of your shame
you will receive a double portion,
and instead of disgrace
you will rejoice in your inheritance.
And so you will inherit a double portion in your land,
and everlasting joy will be yours.
“For I, the Lord, love justice;
I hate robbery and wrongdoing.
In my faithfulness I will reward my people
and make an everlasting covenant with them.
Their descendants will be known among the nations
and their offspring among the peoples.
All who see them will acknowledge
that they are a people the Lord has blessed.”
I delight greatly in the Lord;
my soul rejoices in my God.
For he has clothed me with garments of salvation
and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness,
as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest,
and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
For as the soil makes the sprout come up
and a garden causes seeds to grow,
so the Sovereign Lord will make righteousness
and praise spring up before all nations.