I am seeing the Lord do something among our church body. The Lord is asking members to lay down their triggers and shame, which prevent us from seeing His glory. It’s casting aside labels, roles, opinions and judgments which have been assigned to us. This is huge!
Often when we are growing up, life situations or those who influence us most can tempt us to believe grievous thoughts about ourselves. It might not even be maliciously done, but our takeaway is a lifetime of struggle. Yet recently I am seeing the Lord move about us breaking the cycle of those imprisoning triggers and shame. It is so encouraging to witness and we will be speaking about this process in upcoming podcasts. Stay tuned…
Triggers, Triggers, Triggers
So what on earth are triggers? Well triggers are situations or circumstances that remind us of deeply emotional situations in our lives. Triggers are usually traumas that run like bad tapes in our heads. And our shame attaches itself to these triggers and colors our world. But as I have said, we don’t have to remain in these old thoughts and patterns. As I showed in my last post we can cast them aside and seek God for His definition of our lives.
For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in Him will not be put to shame.”
Throwing Down Shame, Building a Foundation
God is setting the stage among us for His presence and glory. He is doing this by having us throw down our personal shame, shames that have plagued us most of our lives. As I have said, shame obscures our view of God and self. When I see myself through my shame, I will never see myself as God created me. Essentially, I prevent Him from shining through my life because of erroneous thoughts and concepts. A blanket over My Light.
This is a huge barrier to Christ within me. When I go outside of the realm of God’s definition of my reality, I will enter the shame of defining what I think by how I feel. Yes, shame is the product of not going to God for His definition of our circumstances. Ooooh this can cause such a mess in our lives. God’s defining of my situations leads me to His heart and mind about them, where my thinking apart from God only brings shame.
But here is the glorious part. This is easily resolved. We can simply cast off the woolen blanket of shame, refusing to submit any longer, and let His Life and Light shine forth from us. It is a transformation of the mind and thinking, while leaning on His. As I bury that old shame collecting life of mine, He will be given the place to rise and be His Life through me.
Instead of your shame there shall be a double portion; instead of dishonor they shall rejoice in their lot; therefore in their land they shall possess a double portion; they shall have everlasting joy.