Christmas without Shame

 

 

“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him” (John 3.17 NIV).

Every Christmas, I feel God giving me a personal theme of what He wants to resonate in my soul for that season. This Christmas, God is practically shouting to me, “Therefore, there is now NO CONDEMNATION for those who are in Christ Jesus” (emphasis added) (Romans 8.1 NIV).

Why is this Truth so difficult for us to grasps? Why do I still wake up every morning having to engage in a mind battle to capture every little negative thought that comes into my mind and bring it to obedience to Christ (2 Corinthians 10.5).

  • “You didn’t work hard enough yesterday.”
  • “You said that stupid thing to your friend.”
  • “What makes you think you can be a Christian communicator?”
  • “You messed up as a wife, mother, friend, daughter, etc.…”

Each morning, it’s like Satan is just waiting for me to wake up, so he can throw accusation at me. The funny thing is that no matter how perfect I try to be, he will always find some way to accuse and shame me.

The Bible says that our accuser is ALWAYS at work shaming us (Revelation 12.10).

I would always grin and bear it until God showed me recently that I was so busy playing defense to the enemy’s schemes that I was losing my offensive advantage.

Every Christian has the offensive advantage through Christ.

“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world” (1 John 4.4 NIV).

So I began to not only ignore Satan’s accusations, I began to see how ridiculous his words were. If I have Christ’s righteousness and have been saved from hell, there is no way Satan’s words could be true. In fact, the Bible says that I am holy (Hebrews 10.10), righteous (2 Corinthians 5.21) and a royal priest (1 Peter 2.9).

Satan is such a liar (John 8.44)!

Don’t believe the Father of Lies for one more second! Let us stop playing the defensive and start playing the offensive with the good plans that God has for us!

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery”

(Galatians 5.1 NIV).

Alisa Hope Wagner

Alisa Hope Wagner is aggressive about leading a simple life. She enjoys working out, reading, writing and communicating God’s love and truth. She married her high school sweetheart, and together they enjoy raising their children in a Christ-centered home. Though an introvert by nature, Alisa easily expresses herself through social media, especially on her blog. She has earned her B.A. Degree in English and her M.S. Degree in Applied English Linguistics, and she volunteered in women’s ministry leadership and life group ministry for her church. She trained in Mixed Martial Arts and won her bout by TKO! She has written her debut novel, Eve of Awakening, and has started the sequel, Bear Into Redemption.

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3 Comments

  1. Thank you so much for this powerful truth! It is the exact thing I needed to hear this morning and is confirmation of the message the Lord is already speaking to me about. He has challenged me on not trying to work and earn his love but to know who I am in and sit in that confidently. Thank you again!

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  2. I’m glad my words could encourage you, Danielle!

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  3. Is such an awesome and inspiring piece. I am seriously encouraged and enlightened.

    Thank you, Alisa

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