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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

GUILT BUSTER





 Everything was my fault.  At least that is how I felt . 
If a friend or family member was unhappy I blamed myself. If there was a deadly tornado in the mid west, somehow it was my fault because I did not pray about it.  If two people were whispering it had to be about me.
What a selfish mindset. I needed freedom from guilt and self condemnation.



There are two kinds of guilt. 

Before salvation- Everyone stands guilty of sin before God. We are judged by the Law or 10 Commandments.


Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: Romans 5:12 KJV


For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it. James 2:10 ESV


After salvation- We feel guilty when we sin against our Father in Heaven.

Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. Romans 5:18 ESV

So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Romans 7:21,24


Before Salvation


I think of Isaiah 6:1-6

In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple.  Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory!”
And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke.  And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost;for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”
 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”

 Isaiah was a righteous, godly man by all outward appearance. Yet when he saw God in His splendor and holiness,  he acknowledged how sinful he was in comparison.

 Isaiah's sin had to be burned away; the fire of judgment was applied to his sin. Once Isaiah  had been convicted of his sin, and cleanse from its guilt, then he was ready to serve God.



All believers are here to serve God.  We still sin.  So what do we do with that guilty feeling?


After Salvation


If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 ESV


This is agreeing with God that what we did was wrong and asking Him to provide the strength to walk in righteousness.


So why do we still feel guilty?  
When we sin against our God we have a spiritual wound that needs to heal. The feeling is the healing process, not guilt.
Our enemy wants us to keep feeling guilty.
The truth. We stand righteous before God 

 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love Ephesians 1:4 ESV


Know that your heavenly Father loves you and disciplines you.  

He does not want you walking around feeling guilty or defeated.

As I learned this I began to focus on my Abba and not myself.   I claimed His promises.  

Now, I am free.

Do you struggle with guilty feelings?




Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Hebrews 10:22 NIV


6 comments:

Beckie Lindsey said...

Cherrilynn, I'm learning to identify between the Lord's conviction and the enemy's condemnation. Your post is another helpful tool.

I couldn't help but smile about this line: " If there was a deadly tornado in the midwest, somehow it was my fault because I did not pray about it." Yes, it's funny, but we actually think silly thoughts like that. I'm so glad God has given us the ability to take those condemning thoughts captive!

Blessings, dear sister. Looking forward to seeing you at Blue Ridge.
Beckie

CHERRILYNN BISBANO said...

Beckie, The enemy wants to render us immobile. Praise God He gives us the Spirit to discern. Bless you sister

Jeanne Doyon said...

Solid truth, Cherrilynn. Thanks for sharing this. Guilt is a weapon of the enemy (after salvation) and we need to be on guard. I like Beckie's observation too - we need to learn the difference between God's conviction and the enemy's condemnation. How we need the support of brothers and sisters in Christ when our thinking gets murky.
There is now no condemnation in Jesus Christ (after salvation).

CHERRILYNN BISBANO said...

Amen, Jeanne. I loved Beckie's observation too. Thank you for stopping by. My prayer is that we support each other, especially when thinking gets murky. Have a beautiful day.

Lonnie said...

Cherrilynn, I had to smile at your opening thoughts. Add to those one I expressed to a friend recently: if a plane goes down, one way or another it will be my fault. Satan works every angle doesn't he? The other night, fears kept trailing through my head about plans we'd made for the following day. Was it the Holy Spirit telling me to abandon plans? If something bad happened, it would be my fault. But what if this wasn't God speaking?

Ah, the feeling of torment should have been an unmistakable clue. That's Satan's dialect. So, I prayed, "God, I trust You with the travel. I trust You with the finances. I trust You . . . I trust You. I went to sleep . . . Trusting. And plans and the day were incredibly blessed.

On your topic; off your topic. Sorry. Thank you for your insights and faithful blogging.

Lonnie

CHERRILYNN BISBANO said...

Lonnie. Thank you for sharing. Angst is an indication for me too. Praise God He gives us a way to Peace. He is our peace