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Gratitude: Shame’s Nemesis

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

– 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Shame destroys. Nothing tears us down like feeling as if we need to apologize for our own existence, and when we are constantly embarrassed about any part of our lives, we have fallen into its grip. Looking in the mirror and saying nasty things to yourself is never going to make life better; the only thing that will bring true and lasting change is gratitude

I haven’t known a person who was really grateful and unhappy at the same time; in fact, it’s almost as if the two cannot coexist. This is why I believe there is power in dwelling not on what’s been lost, but on what’s left. Even if you have an injury or struggle with a chronic condition, train your mind to focus on the things you can do, and your outlook will begin to change. Release the temptation to curse and shame your flesh and train your mind to see the things it is still capable of. 

Friend, by focusing on what you can do instead of what you can’t, you are set free from the trap of shame and self-pity. When you’re kind to your body and treat it with respect for all that it actually does for you, you will see an improvement, not only in your health, but in your overall quality of life. There is power in being thankful, and shame has no greater nemesis than gratitude, so cultivate it in your life and you will be different. Isn’t that great news?

Prayer


I rebuke the power of shame in my life, Jesus, and I ask for a heart that overflows with gratitude for your many gifts, including my body.

Reflection


What can you thank God for today as it concerns your body?

If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.  

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2 Responses

  1. Thanks Bobby I always find an answer in your message on tips and advice in questions that I ask God to help me with? For me, it’s like age is become all the things that your talking about, and I’m coming up on 65 years ready for retirement, but will collect both Canadian pension plan and keep working to join my incomes together while I am still able. Instead of just waiting with nothing to do, as to stay active and not lazy relying on others, I rely on God and myself to get it done because nobody else will. May God bless you and your family and the hour of power for being out there, and for everyone needing good advice in times like these that we’re all going though together, and not having to face it alone! I Bless God The Father and The Son and The Holy Ghost for All that They do! Amen.

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