In ministering to woman who have experienced domestic violence, there is a common theme that surfaces in their lives. It's called shame. I know, I know it's a heavy subject today. But one that cant be ignored. It's a topic that I know personally and have struggled with in the past. I have been on the receiving end of a closed fist more than once in the past, but never realized that, for me anyway, it was a generational curse. Now we all might have a general knowledge of what one of those are , and that's not to say that every situation of violence or abuse in any form is a generational curse.And for the sake of time and space on this blog I won't go into a lesson on what they are exactly, but I think it wise to investigate carefully the areas of our lives that somehow seem to find the same bad stuff showing up from one family member to the next. Meet Mr. Shame! (above picture) I made this recently after praying about the shame that runs like a river through my families history. It's funny how when we hear the word abuse we look over the victim for signs of physical bruising and often overlook the deep bruising of the heart, soul and spirit. Shame is a bruise, a deep one that goes to the bone and as we all know doctors do not treat physical bruises usually they heal them selves, your natural blood heals them. This brings me to the Blood of Jesus, just as iniquities are passed through the bloodline, yours and my exemption from the law of iniquity and it's aftermath called shame is through the blood, the blood sacrifice of your covenant with God. In the old covenant, the sacrifice was that of bulls and goats, but in the New Covenant the perfect, precious blood of Jesus cleanses us from sin, iniquity, and the shame that follows them. Without Jesus' help the bruises we get from our sin and the ones inflicted upon us by others will ultimately cause our hearts to rot and harden. But we have to remember that Jesus bore our bruises/ iniquities.
(Isa 53:4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
v.5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. )
Through the blood of Jesus the roots of shame are pulled up. The blood of Jesus purchased our freedom from shame and the witness of the holy spirit applies the anointing that breaks the yoke freeing us from generational bondage and shame.
(Isa 10:27 And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing. ) I hope anyone reading this tonight will look again at the word of God and truly grab a hold of His promises. Just know that nothing is insignificant to God and that nothing is accidental and that no experience is wasted, that he really is working all things for our good because we are called according to his purpose, that every trial he allows to happen can be a platform on which He will reveal himself and his love and power and glory to you and those who are round about you! Peace tonight to all of you who are suffering trials and tribulations, you are not alone.