free, free, free

November 19, 2014

 i am convinced

Guilt dogs the footsteps of mankind. It gnaws. It growls. It eats away at the joy God intends for us. Is there no peace from guilt? Will the ghosts of our guilt always lurk nearby?

Not with the blessed work of the Holy Spirit and the healing power of our Lord in us! The devil is the prosecuting attorney who is going to point his bony finger of accusation at you. But the Holy Spirit is not the accuser. He is the Convincer. In love, He leads us to confession. Then we can confidently come to God and ask for cleansing. No psychologist or psychiatrist can take away guilt. Only Christ Jesus can.

 

The Holy Spirit not only convinces us of God loves, but first he convicts us of the sin that we commit, and if we are obedient, the Spirit brings about repentance, change, and freedom from guilt.

 

Convincing, convicting, confession, that’s the right order, Satan tries to cut out the convincing part, if we only feel convicted and guilty then it is not the work of God. God never condemns his children.

 

“But if we confess our sins to him, he can be depended on to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong. (And it is perfectly proper for God to do this for us because Christ died to wash away our sins)” (1 John 1:9).

 

Forget all your past sins. Paul wrote: “No, dear brothers, I am still not all I should be but I am bringing all my energies to bear on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God is calling us up to heaven because of what Christ Jesus did for us” (Phil. 3:13,14).

 

Those are simply marvelous verses, the greatest apostle, simply said; ‘I am not all I should be.’

 

Why do we torture ourselves so much!

 

“Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died-more than that, who was raised to life-is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us” (Rom. 8:33,34, NIV).

 

If you’re letting Satan make you feel guilty, you need to stand on God’s Word, which tells us there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Rom. 8:1). King David knew what it meant to be forgiven: “What joys when sins are covered over! What relief for those who have confessed their sins and God has cleared their record” (Ps. 32:1).

 

Free of guilt, free of condemnation, (do you hear that old theme song, ‘born free’, I know some of you are not old enough to remember the book let alone the movie)

 

Part of the amazing gift God gives us as believers.

 

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

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