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Ashamed: Distressed or embarrassed by feelings of guilt, foolishness, or disgrace. That about sums up how many of us 'feel' about our behavior sometimes, doesn't it? We get the overwhelming sense of guilt that comes over us like clouds of a building storm. The disgust we feel toward ourselves because of some foolishness we chose to engage in just about makes us sick to our stomach. Then you add to it the sense of humiliation we endure because we know we just added one more 'failure' to the ever-growing list of 'failures' we have already created and we get pretty down on ourselves, don't we? The good news is that there is one thing that we should never be ashamed of and it is the very thing that actually removes all our guilt, wiping away every foolish action we have ever taken - it cements the hope we have in Jesus - the power of God received through his Word richly speaking into our lives.

I am not ashamed of the Good News. It is the power of God. It is the way He saves men from the punishment of their sins if they put their trust in Him. It is for the Jew first and for all other people also. The Good News tells us we are made right with God by faith in Him. Then, by faith we live that new life through Him. The Holy Writings say, “A man right with God lives by faith.” (Romans 1:16-17)

We sometimes forget the power of the spoken word - so there are times I just open my Bible, thumb to the passage I feel I need to 'hear' right then, and read it out loud, all by myself - just me and God in the room hearing those words spoken out loud. What happens when we speak the Word of God out loud? I think there might just be some quaking in Satan's brood of demons when the Word is spoken - because they don't like to hear truth! Nothing puts Satan's book down quicker than the Word of God - nothing builds our spirits, restores our weary souls, and resets our worried minds quicker than the Word! So, don't just brood in your shame or distress - sitting there all 'hurt' and 'disgraced' because of your foolish behavior - speak the Word of God into your life and let is begin to wash away the disgrace and heal the hurt! We are made 'right' again - no matter how many times we have made unwise choices in our lives - his Word has the power to make 'right again' what mankind just keeps messing up!

I used to think that talking to myself was kind of foolish - because people who were a 'little off' in the head talked to themselves. I don't think that way anymore, so if you see me talking to myself, there is probably a good chance it is me conversing with the Spirit of God within me! I am not afraid or ashamed to admit that there are times I just need to hear his positive words spoken over my life. Heaven knows I hear (and sometimes even speak) enough negative ones over my life! I need to counter-balance the negativity at times - so I allow the Word of God to wash over me and I let his Spirit help me sort things out that need a good sorting out. I am allowing the Word of God to 'make things right' again in my life. That isn't insanity - that is wisdom! Just sayin!


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