Wilma Watson, the producer of this series, has been uncovering inner shame (low self-worth) and how this subtle enemy plays out in our everyday lives.
Learning about shame and its outworkings, came the hard way.
Wilma started in a rural area, one teacher a school. There were only twelve students of all ages in the class. Her teacher was a very hard man who took an instant dislike to Wilma! He insisted on calling her another name, as he said he didn’t like her name.
Because she was dyslexic, Wilma had great trouble with reading and spelling. Whenever he found a fault, he punished her. She was made to sit under his desk, and sometimes receive the cane.
This abuse left Wilma scarred! She continually from then on, struggled with low self-esteem and a fear of failure. It was not until she understood the outworking of shame that she was able to break free. She applied the work of the cross to release her fears gained in those early years!
Let’s look at an overview of the outworking of inner shame (low self-esteem).
(Perhaps you can relate to some these points).
Further outworkings of the many faces of inner shame
Two major symptoms of inner shame
They are firstly, feeling that we are not good enough and secondly, needing to perform to cover up our real selves. Both make us feel that we are not being or doing enough, which leads to guilt and condemnation.
How can we be set free from being shame-bound?
Firstly, we need to come to the revelation that we will never be enough!
We need a Savior who is enough! His name is ‘Jesus’! He is our good friend, liberator, deliverer, healer, provider and protector.
Secondly, we need to come to the revelation that we do not have to perform to get God’s love and acceptance.
We are accepted and made right with God because of what Jesus did for us when He died on the Cross and rose from the grave.
Performance based Christianity is when we try to please God by performing to obtain His love and acceptance. Rather than seeking to please Him from a place of love and acceptance. It is not about our performance but Christ’s performance!
Thirdly, we need to come to the revelation that we need to action our faith by taking and receiving what Jesus has already done.
The Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” Romans 10:11 ESV.
Our freedom comes down to our believing! Believing in what Jesus has ALREADY done! He has taken our cloak of shame and exchanged it for a robe of righteousness.
Because of that exchange you no longer need to feel unworthy or guilt- ridden when you approach Father God. You can pray with confidence as a son and daughter to the King of Kings, knowing that whatever you ask according to His will, He will answer you (1 John 5:14).
When you agree with what Jesus has already done, and declare it, you know you are praying according to the will of God. Thank you, Jesus, I declare today that I am free from the cloak of shame. You exchanged it, when You died on the Cross, for a robe of righteousness!
The following video called, ‘Embracing God’s Grace’, will demonstrate how much Jesus loves you and what He has done for you to set you free from inner shame.
(add video session three of embracing God’s grace)
Don’t miss any of the teaching: How can I be sure I’ll go to heaven?, Why am I so stressed?, Why am I sometimes depressed?, Why am I sometimes depressed?, How to stop being so hard on myself, How break free from a low self-worth, How do I let go of past hurts, How to break free from bad relationships, How to break free from family weaknesses, How to remove self-defense walls?, How to deal with a past loss
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