By Roger Hollar
We are in a series called The Seven Oppressive Spirits Plaguing Families of Inmates.
I propose to you that there were seven oppressive spirits present around the arrest, trial, sentencing, and execution of Jesus. These same oppressive spirits stand arrogantly against the families of inmates and prevent them from finding hope and redemption in Christ.
The fourth of these is the demon prince, Shame. We find him in Mat 27:27-31. “And they stripped Him…put [a crown of thorns] on His head, and a reed in His right hand. And they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” Then they spat on Him, …and…mocked Him…and led Him away to be crucified.”
Jesus was shamefully stripped naked. Shamefully tortured with a crown of thorns. Shamefully mocked. Shamefully spat upon, mocked and crucified. Can you even imagine what it would be like to sit naked on a cold Roman stone jail floor in front of a half dozen or so cold, callous, and indifferent jailers. They mock you. Spit on you. Beat you. Torture you. No. You can’t even imagine.
The demon prince, Shame, pries his way into the hearts and souls of families of inmates. They sit helpless, before their accusers. Though they did no crime the demon prince, Shame, sees that they suffer the indignities of an often callous and indifferent community. Shame forces them into hiding. Shame robs them of the hope and redemption available through Mercy Heart.
Covered by the blood of Christ, call out the demon prince, Shame. May the bonds of Shame be broken. In Jesus name may this powerful stronghold over families of inmates be torn down. May these families be delivered from the kingdom of darkness and redeemed by the Kingdom of Light by the precious blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.
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