When Jesus became sin for
us He accepted into Himself all the shame of mankind. All our unacceptability,
unworthiness, disgrace came into the glorious Son of God at the Cross,
where the public ridicule, public nakedness, mockery and torture was painfully
endured. He had contempt for the shame, he looked down on it, disdaining
it, and despising the humiliation of it, but endured it for the joy set
before Him. He fixed his gaze on the future joy of angels rejoicing
when sinners accept the royal pardon, when sufferers are healed and delivered
in His name. He was not sidetracked by the sheer hard work and ugliness
of the stark Cross. He could have asked for 72,000 angels to release
him from the shame, but tasted the eternal separation, that was for us,
as a perfect Redeemer. Shame entered the world at the fall of Adam
and Eve when the talking serpent removed their glory clothing and they
saw that they were naked. When Lucifer fell from the heavens, was
excommunicated from the inexpressible glory of heaven, he felt an immense
shame, guilt and rebellion, which he injected into the paradise garden
couple when they disobeyed the clear prohibition of God. In simple
terms, Satan cursed their identity as beings made in the image of God,
producing the self disgust, low self-worth and insecurity with fear.
Shame, the ancient game of Satan, can be defeated in the anointing of the
name of our Lord Jesus Christ and the virtue of the cleansing blood of
What are the causes of
The hidden sins of the believer
will always cloak the image of Christ to the unbeliever. Paul tells
the Corinthians he renounced (or spoke off himself) the hidden things of
shame. The power of sin clings to us unless we confess and repent.
The new creation cannot be manifest unless we make a claim on the precious
blood of Jesus Christ for cleansing. The shame of unconfessed sin
makes us walk round in a fog, prevents us from being real, and causes us
to hide behind “fig-leaves”. Adam and Eve knew they were naked, the
knowledge gave them shame, and so they sewed together the fig leaves of
low self-worth, withdrawal, fear, self-pity, anxiety and so on in order
to cover up. We attempt to flee from sin in a hundred and one ways.
In marriage today, men flee from sorrow, reneg on responsibility, fantasize
about another woman. Women flee from being ruled and often end up
in feminism. The shame of divorce centers round the struggle for
control – the woman wants to be in charge and the man does not want to
be accountable. Marriage can never be perfect until Christ Jesus
returns, but until then it is a laboratory of love, an opportunity for
total openness with the one, who means more to you than your previous family.
Jeremiah 3 : 24
– 25 links shame and sin among Israel’s farmers. The diminishing
of the herds brought disgrace through sexual sin: “…we lie down in
our shame.” Sin has the consequence of lowering status and wealth.
2. Abuse and violation
Read 2 Samuel 13 and feel
the shame of Tamar, whose kingly robe could no longer be worn, whose virginity
was robbed by the lusting Amnon, and whose honour of being a wife and possible
future queen was no more. All sexual sin brings deep shame.
Verse 19 speaks of deep loss of fruitfulness. Victims of sexual abuse
know the pleasure of one’s body has become the basis of a hatred of one’s
soul. Tamar for the rest of her life endured confusion and the dissociation
of thoughts and feelings. Self-contempt, said Dr. Dan Allender, is
Satan’s counterfeit for the conviction of sin.
Jesus died naked at Calvary
in order to restore glory to your spirit. He became my shame, so
I can rise up in the convincing splendour of the character of His name.
3. Poor self-image
Read 2 Samuel 9 on Mephibosheth,
whose name means “bearing shame”. He lived in Lo Debar which means
“no communication”. People with shame are usually passive, reactive
folk who empower the circumstances rather than take a determined approach
to life. Shame is the result of ridicule, rejection, and unjust punishment
and is rooted in a deep-seated fear of abandonment. Mephibosheth
had the wrong perception of WHO HE WAS – A DEAD DOG. David’s plan
was to restore inheritance to Jonathan’s son, who sensed he was a mistake.
Remember guilt is the God-given emotion that I’ve made a mistake.
Shame never appreciates true identity of being a new creation but breeds
the cursing of worthlessness, uncleanness and a sense of illegitimacy.
One way out of shame is the
renewed mind in relation to who we are in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Give yourself to the ‘in Him’ Scriptures in Ephesians, Colossians and Philippians.
Declare them aloud. Give the Holy Spirit opportunity to assure your
heart you are DNA distinctive, uniquely made person; re-made in the
image of the Son of God!
The flesh-lifestyle of the
Corinthians was a ground for shame. Intense focus on self will produces
shame in the believer. How must Peter have felt when the Lord rebuked
him for superimposing his own will on the true pathway of the Cross?
The disrespect and undermining of the critical wife is like rottenness
in the bones, says Proverbs 12 : 4.
Paul warned the Philippians
concerning gluttony, (3 : 19), as a carnality directly opposed to the laid
down life of true service.
Ezekiel 16 is a key O.T.
chapter on carnality (or giving in to the flesh). Verse 27 says :
therefore, I stretched out My hand against you, diminished your allotment
and gave you up to the will
of those who hate
you, the daughters of the Philistines, who were ASHAMED of your lewd behaviour.”
Carnality in the church
shocks the world. God must judge! (See 1 Corinthians
5: 5). We either REPENT
of will be JUDGED. You can enter a house of God and sense whether
there is a clean atmosphere of anointed love and fear of the Lord, or whether
there is confusion, self-ambition, instability and a sweeping of sin under
the carpet. The great antidote to shame, FEAR of the LORD, must be
actively chosen daily by leadership and flock. The elder’s main job
is to keep the church flowing together in the confidence of Christ, so
we may not be ashamed at His coming. ( 1 John 2 : 28).
The Prodigal Son parable
in Luke 15 has millions of modern applications. Generations since
1950 have come under the curse of fatherlessness either by open rebellion
or by the lack of godly parenting. Fathers should be a source of
life and training in righteousness with correction and love, but some children
refuse to submit or have no adequate role model. Most children feel
tolerated rather than chosen, valuable, unique. The headlong dive
into the shame of alienation has been emphasized by every decade.
1950’s - teddy
boys, beat generation (USA) ;
1960’s - mods &
rockers, hippy, flower-power.
(beginnings of drugs, rock n’roll, promiscuity) ;
1970’s - punk (which
means rebellion) ;
1980’s - dance and
drugs epidemic ;
1990’s - rise of homosexuality,
All this points to a
deep-seated shame that has been covered over by wrong core beliefs and
thought patterns, an atheistic evolutionary system that has no concept
of sin. The prodigal son returned by coming to an awareness of his
futile predicament. The restoration of identity was threefold :
a) ROBES -
righteousness to cover the body ;
b) RING - eternal
life in his spirit ;
c) SHOES - shoes of
inner peace. Healing and deliverance to his soul.
The father killed the
fatted calf, and the outpoured blood of the Lamb seals the covenant for
us as believers. The breach of covenant with the family was the responsibility
of the prodigal and the orphan spirit, the sense of exile and loneliness
will always follow. The shame of rejection excludes us from the anointing.
The name of acceptance includes us when the shed blood is experienced by
the contrite heart.
Humiliation can be our bitter
experience via character deficiencies. Check out Peter in Luke 22
: 62. We must be careful what we confess positively. Will the
enemy of souls be able to mock us? The slanderer succeeds with souls
who are proud.
Humiliation also comes to
those who live in the disappointment of unmet needs. Isaiah 54 :
6 says :
the Lord has called you like a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit like
a youthful wife when you were
If you go on reading to verse
10 you discover the wonderful promises of God. We rescue ourselves
on the promises of peace from the Prince of peace who wants us to enter
His programme of peace. The waters of Noah swept away all shame and
demonized humanity. The blood of Jesus is just as powerful today
because it contains His glorious, overcoming, heavenly life, and comes
freshly slain from heaven.
refused, says your
THE PATH TO
Acts 3 : 19; Lamentations 5 : 21; 2 Corinthians 12 : 20,21;
I will arise and go to my
Mark 11 : 25; Matthew 6 : 14,15;
If we cannot forgive we
will not live in His life and also imprison those who have hurt us.
3. Know your identity
in Christ Jesus 2 Corinthians 5 : 17; 1 Peter 4 :
16; Romans 10 : 11;
We are not designed to carry
shame, either through our own sin or through suffering from someone else’s
Bless your new creation
identity by proclaiming the “in Him” truths.
Remember in the ordering
of the armour of God it’s :
- for the sexual area ;
- for heart ;
- for the walk ;
This order is also seen in
Psalm 85 : 10-12; Isaiah 32 : 17,18. The truth declared, believed
and obeyed will establish righteousness as a reality, beyond the positional
truth. Those who believe (or be and live in Jesus by the power of
the Spirit) will not be ashamed.
4. Deliverance ministry
Psalm 74 : 21
The word “oppressed” means
a demonic weight falling upon. Jesus came to set free those oppressed
by the devil. Discerning of spirits in the wisdom of the Father is
vital for this stage. A healing to the damage in the human spirit
will be necessary for those who feel defiled, especially by sexual sin.
(2 Corinthians 7 : 1).
Although Psalm 69 : 19, 20 applies to our Lord at Calvary, we can apply
these verses to many who are alienated, lost, lonely, and living under
the curse of illegitimacy or identity cursing. Our pain avoidance
society (and church!) must open up to true deliverance ministry.
The church is a hospital BEFORE being a barracks, a lover of humanity BEFORE
being a militant army.
Many think everything is
achieved at the new birth in our wonderful privilege of being in Him.
Pentecostals, charismatics and even Calvinists stress our standing in Christ
Jesus. What about the state of your heart? What is going on
in the REAL YOU? Positional truth emphasis can become a very convenient
fig-leaf. Those who oppose deliverance and inner healing are guilty
of a partial gospel yet pretend to be those preaching a full gospel.
The balance between our
legal status and our vital state is needed as never before in today’s pulpit.
5. Renewal Titus
3 : 3-7; Romans 12 : 2; 2 Corinthians 10 : 4 – 6
Distorted images of God,
wrong core beliefs learnt previously to the new birth, and false religious
teaching must be corrected by the word of God, and the experience of comfort
and rest to your soul. The path to freedom is never instant fix exorcism,
but all these five steps coming together over a period of time. The
renewing of the Holy Spirit is shed upon us to cleanse and invigorate from
the shame list of Titus 3 : 3. We must also pull down strongholds,
which I deal with in the chapter, Kingdom lifestyle.
WHY DO WE NEED INNER HEALING?
Mephibosheth was lame in
both feet and could not walk into the future, although he ate at the King’s
Three Christians in four
are like that according to the parable of the sower and the seed.
So why do we need inner healing?
a) Our make-up is
tripartite 1 Thessalonians 5 : 23; Hebrews
4 : 12; John 3 : 6
We are born again in our
spirits. Our souls take many years to be an adequate
vehicle for the expression
of the new life. Any casual reading of Watchman Nee’s ‘The
Spiritual Man’ (one of the top ten classics of all time), should convince
us of the need to sanctify our souls and bodies. Those are the arenas
where we work OUT what God by regeneration HAS WORKED IN to our spirits.
Discipline and counsel are the brackets around inner healing and deliverance.
These four areas produce mature sons and daughters. To neglect any
of the four cannot bring true discipleship.
b) A hurting and
hating environment Ephesians 2 : 2; 1 John
18,19; Matthew 2 : 11
As believers we swim against
the stream. The world hated Jesus and it will hate those loyal to
Him. The whole world is in the lap of the wicked one. Take
the incident of the wise men bringing their gifts, which were God’s provision
for the next two years of exile. Gold represented prosperity and
poverty is linked very strongly to shame. Frankincense represents
worship and no one is emotionally free unless they can worship in spirit
and in truth. Myrrh represents death to self. Inner healing
is never permanent unless we die to our own plans, self-reliance and self-ambition.
God provides where he guides in times of persecution.
Think of this scenario.
If I trap my finger in the door, the body says ‘oouch’. If I have
been caned at school, the body hurts and the emotions will feel disgrace.
If I am continually victimized my body and soul will feel it, but also
my spirit will be overwhelmed and damaged. Inner healing removes
the blockages so we can experience Jesus spirit, soul and body. Without
inner healing, the knowledge of Jesus will be severely restricted to mind,
emotions or will-power. This produces a breed of believer who cannot
fellowship deeply with their Lord.
a. Jesus healed inner
damage Luke 5 : 20; Luke 8 : 43 – 48;
Luke 24 : 18 – 32; Luke 4 : 36
Being made well is wholeness,
which is beyond just physical healing. The healing ministry of Jesus
touched the whole person in it’s sanctifying power. He brought sanity
and sanctity. The inner torments that plagued mind and body were
healed by His creative words :
“ ‘What is this in His mouth?’
the Pharisees asked,
‘For with authority He uses
the power to command evil spirits, and they come out.’ “
With laser discernment Jesus
knew what was IN man, because he was the micro-surgeon of the soul.
He knows our spirit, soul, body inter-relationship and how we react to
an evil world. Whatever we go through he is able to save, heal, deliver
to the uttermost. Those who don’t spend time knowing the true heart
condition of their flocks are irresponsible shepherds who omit 40% of Jesus’
earthly ministry. Praying for revival is no substitute for the hard
work of service in counselling and inner healing. If you study revivals,
God came down on a prepared people, who were enabled to breakthrough beyond
the second veil to the most Holy Place. Inner healing is never the
goal, only the pathway to His glorious presence.
b. To experience the Father’s
intimate love Romans 5 : 5; John 17;
2 Cor 1 : 3 – 6
Our experiences are not
primarily for ourselves. We go through adversity and trials in order
to receive God’s comfort so we possess His love to give to others, who
go through similar affliction. To grasp this truth means we begin
to shatter focussing upon ourselves, our desires and the gratification
of the flesh. Inner healing and deliverance should have the wonderful
fruit of ENLARGING OUR CAPACITY to move forward into a higher dimension
of KNOWING GOD.
is KNOWING the FATHER
and SON intimately. Our greatest loss is the failure to press on
and know the Lord.
Take an hour with John 17
and see the fellowship between Father and Son. Enter the secrets
of the most Holy Place. Enjoy the sanctuary stillness where revelation
awaits you. God is moved by hearts that have fallen in love with
His Son. Such are led by the Spirit into all truth. The glory,
rest, perfection (union with His will) and inheritance are within the veil.
The majority of believers never get there because they refuse to
discipline the flesh
on a regular basis;
take inner healing and deliverance
will not open up to their
secret sins of the deceitful heart;
change their distorted images
of a severe, legalistic, taskmaster God;
come out of performance
God is looking for a
new breed upon whom His fulness of power can come.
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