Why is it when people want to quit smoking, they often keep a few cigarettes in a hidden place? Or want to quit drinking and keep a bottle or flask of liquor in a secret place? The examples are too numerous to list, but every addiction and every behavior someone wants to quit can also have a sneaky hiding place for it to be able to slip back in. Romans 13:14 says, “But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.” (NAS)
Most Christians can remember times in their lives when their joy in the Lord overflowed. They had their "bounce" and it was noticeable. Many miss their joy and are wondering where it went. Does this describe you? If so, what is stealing your joy?
Father God, I pray that you will make yourself so real to all those who have dwelt in the shadows of shame. Please bring them out of the darkness and into the light. Expose the enemy for his schemes to keep them feeling ashamed. I pray in the name of Jesus Christ who gave his life as a ransom for all who would come to Him. May you be glorified by the ones who will choose to look deeper into the Bible for your truth about how much You love them.