THE WAR AGAINST SHAME
I. Stand up!
A. We’ve all done things of which we are ashamed.
B. Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil; He does it through us (1 John 3:8-10).
1. The devil is a bully; he knows how to torment you.
2. He will do everything he can to make you believe you have no worth; your mind is the battleground.
3. We need to stand up against him, and he will back down.
4. Satan hates it when you quote the Word and when you praise God.
C. People are not your enemy; Satan is your enemy.
1. But Satan uses people to come against you.
II. Shame died on the cross.
A. When you repent of your sins, they are removed--as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12).
B. Jesus’ blood has cleansed you and is cleansing you.
C. When you serve Jesus, He gives you authority to fight against evil.
1. Jesus won the battle for you, and you fight from a position of victory.
D. “I now have the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16).
1. You have to train yourself to have the mind of Christ.
2. Memorize Scriptures that apply to your life.
3. You start thinking as He thinks by memorizing the Word.
4. You walk in it when it becomes a part of who you are.
E. Forget the shame of your youth (Isaiah 54:4-5).
III. Break down and build back up.
A. Jesus took care of all your sins; if it’s in the past, let it in the past.
B. Don’t let your mind or body run free.
C. Break down bad strongholds and build new ones (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).
1. Stop yourself from thinking negative thoughts and doing things that are sinful.
2. Replace bad thoughts with good thoughts.
3. You have to choose to replace sinful strongholds; take the first step, then it gets easier.
D. You set an example when you show people you can live a victorious life.
IV. Keep your "expectors” on.
A. Expect God to work with you.
B. Anything that you want from God, you need to believe He will do it (Matthew 21:21-22).
1. You need to act like you believe it - have faith.
C. When you start using your faith and it works, you may tend to think you are making things happen.
1. It is Jesus is working through you; it’s Jesus’ righteousness.
D. Jesus is not interested in your ability; He is interested in your availability.
1. If you are available to Jesus, He will be there for you.