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Would you like to read the Word daily, but don’t know how to begin? Reading our Daily Devotionals is a good way to develop the habit of studying the scriptures. Visit this page to find a scripture for every day of the year, complete with practical advice for applying the principles to your everyday life. It is possible to enjoy reading the Bible. Simply set time aside each day, and soon daily Bible reading will become a lifestyle!
“By pride comes nothing but strife, but with the well-advised is wisdom” (Proverbs 13:10, NKJV).
Pride causes conflict, contention, and strife on all levels, and it leads to a spirit of division. Humility unites people, and it is part of godly wisdom.
“When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom” (Proverbs 11:2).
Jesus’ life was the perfect example of humility for us to follow, and His death on the cross was to keep shame from becoming an issue for us. Pride opens to door to shame, but we can slam it shut again by maintaining a humble and godly attitude.
“If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; he is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmising” (1 Timothy 6:3, 4).
Lining up our thoughts, words, and actions with the Word of God is a sign of true humility. Refusing to trust Him enough to submit to what He says is a sign of pride.
“For the Scripture says, ‘Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame’” (Romans 10:11, NKJV).
Shame is not God’s will for His people. Jesus’ death and resurrection took away all the power it once had over us. Whoever believes this will be freed from shame and guilt.
“Finishing is better than starting. Patience is better than pride” (Ecclesiastes 7:8, NLT).
When we trust in God, patience is crucial. Humbly relying on Him instead of ourselves gives us better overall results and it helps us avoid ending up in a situation where we’d rather not be.
“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2).
Jesus hated shame so much that He went to the cross and became shame itself so that He could forever remove it completely from our lives. We will not struggle with shame anymore when we understand this.
“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before” (Philippians 3:13).
A Christian life requires that we continually move forward, not letting our past hold us back. If we are to experience what God wants us to have, we must realize that we don’t have to be haunted or dragged down by our past mistakes.
“Once again you will have compassion on us. You will trample our sins under your feet and throw them into the depths of the ocean!” (Micah 7:19, NLT).
Shame tries to make us aware of all the things we’ve done wrong, but God has already forgiven us. When Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior, God chooses to permanently forget about our past sins.
“Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it” (Psalm 139:14, NLT).
We don’t ever have to be ashamed of who we are or what we look like. God lovingly made us in His image, and we are His handiwork.
“They shall be ashamed, and also confounded, all of them: they shall go to confusion together that are makers of idols. But Israel shall be saved in the Lord with an everlasting salvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end” (Isaiah 45:16, 17).
People who don’t believe the promises of God set themselves up for shame. Those who do believe will not be susceptible to shame that others try to lay on them.
“That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus” (Philemon 1:6).
We don’t have to use our faith to get God to do something. Instead, we need to employ it in acknowledgment of what He has already done through the finished works of Jesus.
“Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound” (Romans 5:20).
God has a purpose for everything. He gave the Law of Moses to teach the people that they need Him but, because no one could keep it, He gave us grace to deliver us from the requirements of the law.
“Kings and queens will serve you and care for all your needs. They will bow to the earth before you and lick the dust from your feet. Then you will know that I am the Lord. Those who trust in me will never be put to shame” (Isaiah 49:23, NLT).
When we have faith in God, we will never walk in shame. It is not His will for us to be held back in life because of this emotion.
“But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons” (Galatians 4:4, 5).
When we become born-again believers, we go from being under the Law of Moses to being under grace. Our identity changes and we become children of God.
“Knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine” (1 Timothy 1:9, 10, NKJV).
Being born again means we’re no longer under the Law of Moses, but under grace. Because we’re now righteous, holy, and godly, the law no longer applies to us.
“For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day” (2 Timothy 1:12).
Joy comes from what we know. When we know and believe the truth about God’s promises of righteousness and salvation, shame over what happened in our past can’t stay with us.
“Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness…Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord” (Psalm 150:1, 2, 6).
“For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more” (Hebrews 8:12).
“Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth” (Proverbs 6:2).
“To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins” (Acts 10:43).
“Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon” (Isaiah 55:7).
The voice of shame will tell us God will never forgive us because of a sin we’ve committed; but God never lies. We have His promise of forgiveness and mercy.