What Jesus Did! 'Taking Away Disgrace' — Luke 1:24-25

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Later, Zechariah's wife, Elizabeth, became pregnant. So she did not go out of her house for five months. Elizabeth said, "Look what the Lord (God) has done for me! He decided to help me {have a baby}. Now people will stop thinking there is something wrong with me."
— Luke 1:24-25 NLT
Illustration of Luke 1:24-25 NLT — "Look what the Lord (God) has done for me! He decided to help me {have a baby}. Now people will stop thinking there is something wrong with me."

Key Thought

God's passion is to take away our disgrace—this disgrace of our failure, our misfortune, our sin, and yes, even the disgrace of circumstances. The old hymn goes something like, "Bring Christ your broken life... He will create anew, make whole again." What disgrace, disappointment, or disaster do you still have holding back your life? Why not openly confess it, and the feelings that it fosters within you, and ask God to take it away?

Today's Prayer

Holy God, I thank you for the gift of memory and the ability to remember wonderful, joyous, and pleasant times in my life. However, dear Father, there are some memories in my life that I let Satan use to hold me back and keep me down. Please take away the disgrace of my past and heal those memories so that I can use the experiences of the past and not be debilitated by them. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Psalm 103:1-5
  • Psalm 51:7-13
  • Jeremiah 14:21

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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