Colossians 2:15 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.
I remember the first time I heard that Jesus was crucified naked. Being a modest person myself, the thought of being so publicly exposed was horrifying. Wasn’t it enough that He was beaten beyond recognition and condemned to die as a criminal?
But really, this is standard operating procedure for the enemy. Not content with merely destroying your life, he will attempt to do it with as much humiliation as possible. The more public, the better.
Shame is a very effective weapon in the enemy’s arsenal. Many people’s entire purpose has been derailed because they feel like the shame of their failure makes it impossible for them to continue in the things of God.
But if you can just receive the strength of God to continue on, it is the principalities and powers who will be shamed. It’s okay to despise the shame. It’s not okay to let it triumph over you.
If you’ve experienced failure, welcome to humanity. It is the common condition of us all. Let the Holy Spirit pick you up, dust you off, and put you back in the game. Your life is now a greater testimony of the grace of God than it has ever been.
In His most shame-filled moments Jesus was thrashing hell. Maybe we can do the same.