Read:

Therefore, since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that lay before Him endured a cross and despised the shame and has sat down at the right hand of God’s throne. Hebrews 12:1-2 HCSB

Reflect:

One of the biggest enemies that women have this side of heaven is a tool that Satan himself crafted; a scale. As women, a part of how we identify ourselves is by our weight. We can place our identities and our self-esteem on the shoulders of that tiny contraption.  There is another scale that affects us spiritually, emotionally, physically, and even has an effect on our relationships. This scale is known as the shame scale.

Just as a physical scale weighs the amount of pounds our bodies carry, the shame scale tends to load us down with things and situations that may have taken place in our past, in our present, or even things that will happen in the future.  Sweet sister, God doesn't want you to live a life of shame, God wants you to know that your identity is found in Him and in what Jesus did for you.  As a child of God, sometimes we have to remind ourselves not who we are, but whose we are. You are not your financial situation, you are not your failed marriage, you are not your addiction, you are not your possessions, and you are not your mistakes; you are a child of God.  Throw off that shame, sister, fix your eyes on Jesus, and declare it:  "I am a beloved Child of God."

Pray:

Father God, I praise you that I don’t have to bear the burden of my shame. I thank you that you bore the weight of my iniquities on the cross, and that because of what you did for me, I can live secure and free as a blood bought child of God. Help me to live in that freedom and to throw off anything that hinders me from keeping my eyes on you.

Your Turn:

Do you carry the burden of shame on your shoulders? 

Spend time in God’s word this week, finding and meditating on verses that affirm who you are in Christ.