Ghosts of Christmas Past – Part 2


Pastor Louis Johnson, December 9, 2018

Part 2- Shame

Guilt is = I did bad.

Shame is = I am bad.

Shame-based Thinking

We are vulnerable to perfectionism. We attempt to silence our shame with error-free performances and find it difficult to admit failure.

We are critical of ourselves making us critical of others.  We see our faults mirrored in others. We become judgmental of others and are perceived as self-righteous or arrogant.

We use self-defeating thoughts as a form of protection and escape. We focus on the worst possible outcome, sabotaging opportunities and relationships.

(Isaiah 54:4 NLT) “Fear not; you will no longer live in shame.

Don’t be afraid; there is no more disgrace for you. You will no longer remember the shame of your youth…”

(1 John 1:9) If we confess our sins, [God] is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

You’re still believing you are something that God says you are not.

The only way to heal from shame is to move the focus from what I’m not to who Christ is.

Because of Christ

I am not ____________.

Because of Christ I am ______________.

(Joshua 5:9 NLT) Then the LORD said to Joshua, “Today I have rolled away the shame of your slavery in Egypt.”

(Isaiah 54:4 NLT) “Fear not; you will no longer live in shame. Don’t be afraid; there is no more disgrace for you. You will no longer remember the shame of your youth…”