Guilt. You’ve got it.
You know, that thing the enemy uses to label you a failure . . . to hold you back and defeat you.
Everyone has something maybe even several somethings. I thought about making a list of examples but that would only be a distraction. All that matters is what’s on your list.
I know what’s on mine.
My worst guilt has been over something that for years I didn’t even think of as a sin and when I was convicted by the truth, it flattened me. And you know what?
The enemy immediately started whispering words to defeat me.
I hate that, don’t you?
The enemy tempts us, entices us to sin and then labels us the very thing to which we acquiesced.
Liar. Thief. Murderer. Adulterer. Fool. Or something else.
And we wear it. We hate it, but we wear it.
But through God’s goodness there is a way to be free of guilt.
What a Good God Wants You to Know about Guilt
Stop for a minute and picture yourself in the Garden of Eden. (Not watching but participating.)
See the snake taunting you and telling you, “God is holding out on you. If He really loved you, He would…” (You get the idea.) You know you should walk away, but this time, you don’t. You stand there and you listen.
He knows exactly what to say . . . the words you want to hear. A nudge to take charge, do it your way, and go after what you want even though you know God said “no” or at least “not now.”
You look at the fruit. It looks awesome and you go for it.
At first, it seems good. You got what you wanted. It’s sweet and it tastes great.
After a while, not so much. It starts to sour and you start to feel bad. Exposed. Vulnerable. And the enemy is calling you names.
You try to hide, but God finds you and shows you the truth. He’s right. You should have trusted Him.
You deserve punishment. You deserve banishment.
God tells you to leave the Garden.
Picture yourself being walked out . . . removed. Guilty!
But stay with me because in a moment . . . in a heartbeat, God changes the scene.
You are no longer in the Garden of Eden.
You’re at Calvary, falling at the foot of the cross. Crying out to Jesus.
All is forgiven.
The enemy’s attempt to defeat you no longer holds any power over you.
God in His grace and mercy has removed your guilt label.
And replaced it with words like loved, chosen, child.
Through Jesus, God calls you His own.
Because He is good! It’s who He is!
And because God is good, He wants good things for you.
Love. Joy. Peace. Patience. Hope. Contentment.
I pray that the God who gives hope will fill you with much joy and peace while you trust in him. Then your hope will overflow by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
He wants a relationship with you.
Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in and eat with you, and you will eat with me. Revelation 3:20
He wants you to know He fights for you.
Don’t be afraid of them, because the Lord your God will fight for you. Deuteronomy 3:22
He wants you to have a full life.
I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10
He wants you to trust Him and know that His perfect grace is enough in every circumstance.
I begged the Lord three times to take this problem away from me. But He said to me, “My grace is enough for you. When you are weak, my power is made perfect in you.” 2 Corinthians 12:8–9
He wants you to live each day with an eternal perspective.
There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. John 14:2–3
He wants to bless you!
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. Ephesians 1:3
From the moment Adam and Eve experienced guilt, God had a way to remove it.
You and I can quote David and say…
Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone. Psalm 32:5
No more guilt!
When the enemy tries to defeat you with that ugly old label, you can tell him…
My disobedience is forgiven, my sin is out of sight!
Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight! Psalm 32:1 and Romans 4:7
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
My sin is gone . . . as far as the east is from the west!
He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west. Psalm 103:12
Are you ready to be guilt free?
To reject the past and move ahead in faith.
Go back to the Garden. Fall at the foot of the cross.
Celebrate Jesus. Celebrate forgiveness. And live with joy!
“The only lasting and fully satisfying joys are found on the other side of the cross.” ~Rev. Walter J. Chantry
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