How to Overcome Shame with a Powerful Declaration

“I have removed that shame and I am releasing your shine!” 
There’s a Bible verse that the Holy Spirit keeps pulling us back to. And the reason this verse is so compelling is that it speaks to our identity and destiny:

“Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you.” (Isaiah 60:1 NKJV)

For God created us to be radiant, to shine, and to live in His glory.
But shame, on the other hand, is a weapon that tries to quench our radiance.

  • The instinct of someone who suffers from shame is to hide or withdraw, due to fear of exposure (Gen 3:10)

So, shame comes against our very identity.

Those Bowed in Shame will Rise

It’s no surprise, then, that attacks of shame are increasing.

A dictionary definition of shame is: “a painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behavior” [1]

But the Bible gives us a powerful remedy for shame, and it’s simply to look to Jesus.
The psalmist says, “They looked to Him and were radiant, and their faces were not ashamed.” (Psalms 34:5 , NKJV)

The word “radiant” in the original Hebrew means to shine, sparkle, beam, or burn (Strong’s H5102).

I believe the Holy Spirit is ministering to us, with this reminder:

“Those who were bowed down in shame, will rise and stand in glory.”

A Common Shame Attack

Perhaps, you can recognize this common attack of shame:

  • You are going about your everyday life when suddenly, you remember something It may be a mistake, an embarrassment, a failure—or a hurt
  • It is a negative memory, and it seems to come out of nowhere, like a fiery dart

That’s because it IS a fiery dart from the enemy (Eph 6:16), and he’s seeking to shame you.

God Says, “I Have Removed that Shame

It’s as though the enemy has a playlist of greatest “hits”—or strikes!
And this is a playlist of memories that are lowlights, not highlights.

Because he wants to steal our glory and authority.
And to exchange the fire of our passion, for the burn of shame.

If you can relate to this battle, I pray this word encourages you.
Hear God say, “I have removed that shame and I am releasing your shine!”

An Unexpected Remedy for Shame

This year, during our Easter period, one sentence leaped off the page of the Bible at me. It was the words of an angel, to the two Marys, who were visiting the empty tomb, where Jesus’ body once lay.

“He is not here, for He is risen, as He said.” (Matt 28:6)

Suddenly, it struck me that these words now applied to me!

Think of how this declaration could have an effect on your own life—especially, when shame tries to sneak in, attached to a memory:

  • “She is not here, for she is risen, as Jesus said”
  • Or, “He is not here, for he is risen, as Jesus said”

That Shame Cannot Hold You

This is one of our greatest weapons of spiritual warfare—and it’s one we don’t talk about often enough!

  • Identification with the Resurrection of Christ

Paul writes to the Ephesians,
“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Eph 2:4-6, NKJV)

By faith, see yourself, already risen and ascended with Him.
And as you look up, see Jesus–the One who is your Deliverer.

  • Suddenly, you have taken your eyes off that event that caused you shame
  • You are not there—that feeling, or memory cannot hold you

And you realize, after all, it is an empty grave—a sign of redemption.

The Ultimate Sign of Freedom

The tomb where Joseph of Arimathea buried the body of Jesus, became a place of glory, surrounded by angels.
He was no longer there, for He was risen.
And like that empty tomb, in Christ, our most painful memories can become markers of grace.

Not only was the tomb empty, but the grave clothes that bound Jesus’ body were also vacated. They remained in the tomb, as evidence of the resurrection.

The shame that once bound you, cannot hold you, for you are free.

A Moment to Worship

“…the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” (Romans 10:11, NKJV)
And you are the “whoever” Paul speaks of.

When you look up and behold Jesus, you see your own story and your own state.

So, whenever those reminders of shame come unexpectedly back to mind—it is an opportunity to declare,
“I am created by God to shine and to be glorious!
I identify with the death, burial, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ! And by faith in His completed work,  I declare that I’m no longer bound to the effects of that past event.
So death, sin, shame, and fear, you cannot reach or hold me. For the blood of Jesus removes sin and shame forever—so shame go, now, in Jesus’ Name!”

The Residue of Past Shame Must Go!

Luke records these words of Zechariah, father of John the Baptist:

“…the Sunrise (the Messiah) from on high will dawn and visit us, to shine upon those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death…”
(Luke 1:78-79a, AMP)

This is such great news–that none of us have to wait for radiance.
And we don’t need to work for it.
For Isaiah’s call to “arise and shine” is already fulfilled in Jesus, and presently fulfilled in us.

Receive the healing oil of the Holy Spirit over your heart and mind today.

  • He says, “Instead of your shame you shall have double honor” (see Isaiah 61:7).

Every residue of past shame is falling away, for it is your time to rise and shine.


[1] Google / Oxford Languages definition of shame, accessed on 25th May 2023

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47 thoughts on “How to Overcome Shame with a Powerful Declaration”

  1. Well sister my shame is big over weight 268 pounds.i have always struggled to lose weight since 8 grade..hiding under big or black 62 now.and I still don’t like my fat body.lord forgive me.trying to see myself the way papa God sees me.

    1. I’m praying for you now, Donna! You are loved, you are beautiful, may you look into that mirror and see a woman with the glory of God shining from your face, I see others looking at you and seeing that “glory glow”, like a beacon of grace.
      (That came out like a poem unintentionally!)

      1. Amen! When we shine in Jesus we become new beings, everything becomes new. No more shame for we are free in Jesus Mighty Name.
        Thank you Helen. May God bless you more.

    2. Virgle Shephard

      Thank you for this inspired word of God. I was really struggling with some events that happened 2 weeks ago that I took part of that really had me feeling shameful for upholding and saying the truth. But this word today has resurrected my heart to where I am in Christ, now elevated and shinning. During that incident I received a promotion. Now my mind & heart is elevated today because of this message. I want to thank you for writing a timely word today, God bless you!!!

    3. Helen,
      Thank you for this Word. Shame has been with me for many years. It was initially placed on me in an unintended way as my childhood illnesses affected the functions of our family. Since that time, I find I very easily wrap myself in it, even at the slightest mistakes.
      I will sit with your Word from the Father and soak in His glorious freedom and love.

    4. Dear Helen,
      This as been an hard Pentecost for me because I did my RÇiA to become a Catholic and the Church said they would receive me but have not heard any from them so it has been a time of hurt for me and for God’s calling and I do not know what steps to take now.
      God bless you all. Diane

      1. I’m praying for you now, Diane,
        Lean into Him and He will make your way clear, that’s His promise. He prepares Kingdom family for each of us and He has a belonging place for you.

        1. Hi Helen
          I was praying earlier asking God to take away the reproach from me because each time I believe I am going forward in Christ, a memory from my past always pops up and causes me a little doubt.
          Later I checked my mail and saw this word from you.
          This was my standout …..
          Shame always tries to sneak in attached to memories .
          Your response has given me hope…..
          She is not here, for she is risen…..AS JESUS SAID.

  2. Thank you Helen I have suffered it’s like I don’t matter .Being a prophet of God, it’s like you are misunderstood, looked over it’s as if you don’t exist. Sometimes very hard to talk to people as it’s like they looking through you. However I take heart as I throw all my cares upon the Lord. Thanks for the Word most comforting

    1. Hi Peter, I’m sorry to hear that, I pray God’s healing power encompasses you about today. His favor and acceptance are full measure yours, and I pray you will find those safe landing places in community, too

      1. Karen Ventura

        Amazing word! What if you hadn’t trusted it and left it unwritten? None of us who have read and received it would have been revived and encouraged. My spirit witnesses with this and I’m walking with it, not just looking at it! Thank you for sharing such a rich insight from the King!

  3. I ask that you may pray for me. As a minister it is hard to open about your struggles as you are always praying for others. It is good to see others prosper as our prayers are answered. However, it is hard to seek for those who will pray for you too. They assume you are super human because you’re a minister, yet we are human and need prayers too. I’ve suffered shame in so so many areas of my life and many do not know this. I want to tell my story, but it has been a struggle to open up because of trust. Please pray for me and my family.

    1. Hi Sharon, that is so true! I pray you find those safe landing places, where you can heal and trust again. God’s provision and covenant is not only for finances and physical needs, it is for the care of our soul too, and I pray you will have a powerful testimony of God breaking open the way for you, so you can move forward in your personal healing in this area

  4. Michelle Thomas

    Thank you Helen for the word. I have been praying for healing. My 27 year old daughter died in Sept 2022, she wa my second child to pass on. My son passed at age 22 six years prior. I have been trying to make sense of these things. I keep talking to God asking Him to help me. I try not to let sadness, hurt and anger dominate my person. It is so painful thigh. I do not talk a lot about it to people because they most likely will not understand. Plus I do not want anyone to go through what I’m feeling. I have been serving Lord a number of years and have endured many things that I don’t understand why. But I keep pressing, I keeping seeking, I keep striving to live and do the Lord’s will. But to be honest, I don’t even feel like myself anymore. Some days I feel like part of me is missing and other day I feel like l’ve been robbed.

    1. I’m so sorry to hear this, Michelle! I pray you feel a big hug from the Father, bringing comfort and awareness of His presence, but not a momentary hug, one that comes around you like a jacket and stays on, keeping you warm, always there to keep you company.
      I pray for the healing miracle you desire to manifest, and may you have encouragement even in small unexpected moments, to light the way and that your pathway will keep on getting brighter, in Jesus’ Name

    2. You might be dealing with a family issue. Truth will set you and your entire family free. Read this word and declare it over your family, you don’t have to know any family curses from before. It is not your work.. Any unfamiliar altar or curse should not work against your family and children, because the word now says..!

      Ezekiel 18 – What do you people mean by quoting this proverb about the land of Israel: ‘The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the teeth of the children are set on edge’? – …… The person who sins is the one who will die. The child will not be punished for the parent’s sins, and the parent will not be punished for the child’s sins. Righteous people will be rewarded for their own righteous behavior, and wicked people will be punished for their own wickedness.

      May all that is affecting your family end with the understanding and application of this word.

      Be blessed Michelle and may the love of Christ and his peace overflow in you.

      Hellen am sorry for over-writing in your blog. Much love and I love, I am always looking forward to the word you send us, always checking what is next on my inbox, because you are always in Season and on Time. Be blessed.

  5. This is so powerful as my church has been teaching the book of Romans and the true power if what Christ did for us. If we only knew who we are in Christ imagine what we could do for the kingdom. My prayer is that I walk in calling as a preacher and teacher of God’s Word and that what I say is impacting the body of Christ for GOD’S glory. Oftentimes I feel that when I minister the Word of GOD it’s not making a difference so please lift me up in that area.

    1. Teaching from Romans, such a key book for understanding the Gospel! True, “if only we knew…” it will take beyond a lifetime and into eternity to know, but is how it happens, we look in the mirror of God’s word and are transformed from glory to glory 2 Cor 3:18.
      I pray you will see with the eyes of faith, the active power of the word you are ministering bringing change. Sometimes, it’s like yeast, it’s hidden, but it’s working. You will see the harvest

  6. Amen. I receive this word. No more shame in my life n family.
    Double honour is our potion. We are shining in Jesus name .

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