Shame is the root of self destructive behavior.
A person who knows the difference between right & wrong, but can’t seem to make right choices…even though they know the result is self destruction….is not battling sin, they are battling shame.
Unresolved shame is the most debilitating condition with which we contend. It is the root of all Christian inconsistency.
People do not have shame because they struggle with sin.
They struggle with sin because they have shame.
Shame lies to you so you won’t become what God wants you to be. When you believe the lie, you don’t see yourself exactly as God sees you.
We usually resist the idea that we have shame….but it’s like a disease…it does the most damage while I deny that I have it. You can’t get better by pretending you don’t have it.
Joel 2:25-26 “And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you. And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed.”
When we are fully free from shame, God will be able to give us revival & we will be able to receive it. Larvae doesn’t seem destructive because it’s small. There are some things in our lives that don’t seem very harmful because they are minor (ex, things we say to ourselves: my hips are too big, my chin too square, I laugh too loudly, I wish I hadn’t said that), but they don’t stay small for long. Small things can grow and change into very large, damaging things.
The word “restore” in this verse doesn’t mean to give back what you lost. It means to be at PEACE with your past (source of shame) or to be in the absence of provoking (wholeness). You’ve repented, been forgiven, now God wants you to be made WHOLE.
(credit to Bishop Charles Wright & Tabernacle of Joy..you can look this study up on YouTube if you’d like to jump ahead.)