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How God’s love frees us from shame

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Affirmation: I can go to God as I am

What do you think when you read or say that affirmation?

I can go to God as I am.

This affirmation is an important thing to remember both before salvation and after. So something I’ve noticed, especially as of late working with the clients that I had been working with, is after people get saved, they seem they seem to fall into the same trap of shame that they struggled with before they accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.  Struggling with negative thoughts like, 

How can I mess up when I’m supposed to be saved?
I’ve done all these things. How can God still love me? 

When they feel that kind of shame, it makes them want to turn away from God. It makes them want to say, “I can’t bring this to God. What would that mean for my relationship? How would God view me now?”  
 
Shame creates this false mindset that just creates a barrier between us and God. A barrier between the more authentic kind of relationship that we could have with God, when we hold on to that unhealthy belief of thinking we have to be a certain way before we can go to God.

But that’s not what God wants for us to have, and here’s the proof in Hebrews 4:14-16. 

“Now that we know what we have—Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God—let’s not let it slip through our fingers. We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all—all but the sin. So let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help.”
Hebrews‬ ‭4:14-16‬ ‭MSG‬‬

Take the mercy, accept the help. 

This right here is a verse that backs up this affirmation 100%, I can go to God as I am. I can take the mercy, I can accept the help. When I know what I have, and what I have is Jesus. A God that said, I want you to come to me in your weakness, I want you to come to me in your struggle. I am near to you during those times, if you would just turn to me.

When we don’t believe that we can go to God as we are, we fall into the trap of thinking that we can handle things on our own. But pride is a slippery slope my friends.

I want to normalize that sometimes our walks with God can get HARD. I feel you. God didn’t promise that things would always be easy, and sometimes we go through seasons of life that suck. When that happens it can be easy to feel like we can do things on our own because we feel like we’ve tried it the other way. We start to get frustrated and that frustration sometimes turns into anger.

We say, ”I’m sick and tired of this. I don’t know what God is doing. I don’t understand why things are going the way that they’re going, and now I’m upset.”

Which is completely okay. Your feelings are valid and you are allowed to feel them.  However, instead of bringing that anger to God– because maybe you were taught that you’re not allowed to be angry or God. You choose to draw away from God.

 I want you to know that you can tell God how you feel. God wants us to be honest with him.

Hebrews 4:14-16 says, let’s walk right up to him, him being Jesus, and get what he is ready to give. Take the Mercy, accept that help. When you’re angry, God is saying, 

“Hey, I am here. Let’s talk it out. And after we’re done talking out, I have mercy and help to give you.”

It is so important that we’re able to be honest with God about how we’re feeling. Because God wants us to go to him as we are, He doesn’t want us to fake it. He doesn’t want us to come to him in this “picture perfect” idea of how we thought a Christian should interact with God like, He wants us to go to him just as we are— in whatever shape or form we may look like in the moment because God knows we’re not perfect. He didn’t create us to be or else he would not have sent Jesus.

So if you have ever felt insecure or embarrassed about what you could bring into your relationship with God, or thought that God wouldn’t want you to talk about these things. 

I want you to know that you are not alone. I felt that way before too. But I’m telling you, honesty, in your relationship with God is important.

God doesn’t want you to only bring the good sides of you, the sides of you that you think are easier to handle. And let me tell you, those sides of you are nice, they’re dandy. They’re fun. Yes, God loves those sides of you. But he also loves the side of you that you try to hide, the side of you that maybe you don’t like so much. God loves that side of you just as much as he loves that good side of you. I want you to know that you can go to God as you are.

I hope that as you go through the rest of your day you remember this affirmation, I can go to God as I am.

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