As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. (Ps 103:12)~ As we struggle to change destructive patterns in our lives, shame always lies to us. Those inner whispers of “You’re still the same old you!”; “You aren’t who people think you are”; “You are such a disappointment”; haunt us as we live daily to be the better person! The enemy’s grip on us to remind us of our past is one that won’t concede so easily. As long as we think of ourselves in these shameful manners, the more of these shameful ways we end up stuck in – As a man thinks in his heart, so is he! (Prov 23:7). But be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind (Rom 12:2) and confront those shaming thoughts with the truth! When the child of the father begins to head back home, the father runs out to embrace the wayward child. This is God! This is grace! The Lord meets us with unexpected tokens of His forgiving love. We are clothed in the robe of Christ’s righteousness, made partakers of the Spirit of adoption, prepared by peace of conscience and gospel grace to walk in the ways of holiness, and feasted with divine consolations. When that shame, the tactic of the enemy wants you to think that you are not good enough for God; when evil tries you to believe that you have to get your life together because you have to meet a standard for God; when the devil keeps bringing your past into your mind and having you believe you are not ‘God-worthy’, remember: God’s grace accepts us just as we are, and He never leaves us there. He takes us somewhere else—where we cannot take ourselves. Stop thinking you have to get your life together for God – Get with God and HE will get your life together!!! Those things you did…are things you ‘did’, not what you now ‘do’ nor who you now ‘are’. The determining element of dealing with our shame is this: If God—who alone has the right to shame us—chooses not to shame us, who are we to shame ourselves? And who are we to shame each other? Friend, Your worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God’s grace. And your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God’s grace. By HIS grace we are saved!