Shaking off the secrets

“Now the Lord is Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” 2 Corinthians 3:17.

Okay, sisters, it’s time to get the truth out. Ready? ‘Cause it could sting a little: Our deep, dark secrets are killing us. We’re exhausting ourselves in a cover-up, smiling for the world but dying inside. There’s silent pain over things we’ve done, over things done to us. And we think we’re stuck with the secrets. So we suffer daily, holding helplessly to shame that kills our joy, robs our identity and blurs our purpose.

That’s the sad part, the lonely part. Now here’s the part that makes me mad: You know those fears keeping us quiet? Those worries about judgment, rejection, or blame if we come clean? They are lies—LIES!—straight from the enemy, to keep us in the dark.

And I’m not having it anymore. How about you? No more of Satan’s tricks to isolate me. No more of his dirty attempts to make me feel weird or compromised or hopeless. And no more of his mind games to distract me from the Truth, the Truth that sets me free!

So for all the sad girls trapped in secret shame; for all the mad girls fed up with deceit, let’s shake off Satan’s schemes with the healing light of truth:

1) Satan’s lie: “You’re the only one going through this. Better keep it to yourself.”

God’s truth: “I know exactly how you feel. Your weaknesses do not surprise me or disgust me. That’s why I’m here, to help.” (Heb. 4:15)

2) Satan’s lie: “You’re damaged goods, completely useless. Stay in the background and out of the way.”

God’s truth: “Come to me and I’ll restore you, make you holy, and prepare you for useful things.” (2 Tim. 2:21)

3) Satan’s lie: “These kinds of secrets aren’t appropriate for a believer. If you tell, what will other Christians think?”

God’s truth: “Jesus followers are your lifeline out of the dark. Chances are, they’ve been there, too. They’ll build you up, share your burdens.” (Gal. 6:2)

Listen, we’ve all got stuff: Stuff we wish didn’t happen, stuff we want to forget. But hiding the pain gives it power, gives the enemy ammunition. Trust me, please: Share your hurts with a Jesus loving/following/advising friend. Find a woman in your church that you trust. See a Christian counselor. Yes, there’s power in the secret but more power—the good kind—in the sharing. And healing too. And freedom! Sisters of mine, I’m begging: Let freedom ring.

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