When the Holy Spirit repeatedly highlights a word, a phrase, or a verse while I’m reading my Bible it gets my attention. The word DISGRACE began to jump out at me several times over a couple of days, and as I always do I asked the Lord to confirm if He indeed was speaking to me. I then opened my YouVersion app after that brief prayer for confirmation and read Isaiah 54:4-
Fear not; you will no longer live in shame. Don’t be afraid; there is no more disgrace for you…
There are several angles on the definition of disgrace but one stood out to me. Disgrace is the loss of favor or standing. I broke the word down even more and was reminded that the prefix dis means opposite or absence of. I then dug even deeper to unearth the biblical meaning which is defined; to sink or drop down, languish (to live in a state of decreasing vitality), wither and fall, fade away.
When you seemingly sense a loss of favor with the Father, when you feel as though the grace of God is absent from your life, when you feel your faith withering I would dare to say unless there is some undetected pride in your life the enemy is opposing the work of grace in your life. James tells us that “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” (James 4:6, NIV).
If we are not careful, we can find ourselves dealing with disgrace because we’ve allowed the enemy to dispute who we are in Christ and displace us from living in our God given authority. When the enemy opposes our identity and authority in Christ it opens the door to insecure feelings of disgrace and shame.
You may notice there is an evident absence of grace flowing in your life. You can’t find favor, it seems as though you are being resisted in every way, nothing is coming easy, every door seems closed, you can’t find your groove! Life is a constant grind.
So what do you do when you find yourself in the description above?
Dealing with feelings of disgrace requires me to do nothing on my own, but by faith receive the grace that God continually gives. Grace is a constant gift that keeps flowing from the the throne referred to in Hebrews 4:16:
We may come near, then, with freedom, to the throne of the grace, that we may receive kindness, and find grace — for seasonable help. – Young’s Literal Translation
Dealing with Disgrace
1. When you feel like there is an absence of God’s grace in your life, seek God’s presence where grace is found. God’s presence raises the faith level in my heart to receive the grace that I need.
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God…(Ephesians 2:8)
2. When favor seems to be fading realize a new season is coming. As the glory of a flower fades and withers when seasons change don’t fear if you see a favor filled season come to an end. The truth is God’s grace never ends, but seasons do. Yesterday’s favor will help you overcome tomorrow’s fear. Grace sometimes seems to lift when God desires a shift in our lives. Favor seems to fade, but can always be found in the next season your stepping into.
Today, deal with disgrace with the divine grace that God makes available to us. There is no requirement to His endless resource of favor. It by faith we receive everything we need for season of life we are in.
What are you dealing with that you could use some divine help?