“Living as a slave to a lie will set you up for an endless cycle of shame and guilt. When you feel worthless and ashamed most of the time, getting close to Godor even wanting tois hard. Really hard. It’s easier just to go through the motions. Settle for secondhand religion. Maybe move away from God and church altogether
Unfortunately, it happens all the time.
But it doesn’t have to. Think about what amazing things you could do if you could break free from those feelings of worthlessness and shame. Imagine feeling like you could get close to God without fear of condemnation. Imagine what it would feel like to break free from the cycle of secrets-of beating yourself up with all that shame and guilt.
Your spirit would come alive. Your life would change. You would walk into a world filled with new possibilities.
And you would be free.”
Excerpted from Firsthand by Ryan and Josh Shook
Daily Reflection: What lies have you been believing about yourself and about God?