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Guilt and condemnation are the devil’s tools that he uses for stealing the joy of the believers. Christians, beware! For the devil is a liar and the father of all lies. In him is no truth at all. It is very true according to the Bible, that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. But when a believer does not act according to the spirit, when he does lesser than what a spiritual person should do, the devil keeps replaying the picture of past sins in his mind, bringing loads of guilt and condemnation, showing him where he has gotten it wrong. Dear reader, do not give in to his poisonous scheme.
Giving in to the devil is contrary to the manifestation of the spirit of grace. You must know that when you go contrary to your spiritual self, what the Holy Spirit does is to remind you of your spiritual reality. He reminds you of your standing with Christ. He shows you how glorious you are. He convicts you of your righteousness. Much more, the Holy Spirit gives you the strength and the enablement so that you do not fall or falter again. John 16:7-15. Evidently, the Spirit of God is the direct opposite of the spirit of guilt and condemnation. This spirit of guilt will only show you when and how you fell, but will never show you how to stand.
What do you do?
Firstly, you have to know that even if you fall short of standard, God and His spirit will not condemn you. Never! He would remind you of your identity by the time you fell and take you up on your feet so that you can walk again in glory. The Bible says, “For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again” – Proverbs 24:16.
Believers must first understand this truth.
Then, you must know that Christ has forgiven you. Therefore, forgive yourself and move on in life, trusting God to keep you strong as you journey.
Hebrews 10:14-17 (NIV)
“because by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.
The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says:
This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.
Then he adds: “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.”
The devil keeps reminding you of your sins. But, hear God’s good news, Your sins are totally forgotten. They are erased from remembrance.
This is a very powerful truth for breaking free of the devil’s cage of guilt and condemnation.
Psalms 103:8-12 (NIV)
“The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.
He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever;
he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.”
God’s way of love and compassion is incomparably great. It’s wider and deeper than one can imagine. When you understand His love, you will not give the devil a chance to weigh you down. God loves you as you are. He’s forgiven you of your sins. Do not condemn yourself. Come out of condemnation and embrace His gracious love which will give you strength to face the future.
Does that mean you won’t feel guilty when you are wrong? No. Buy you won’t dwell in it. The Spirit of God will not make you dwell in guilt, wallowing in self condemnation. That’s the work of the devil. He does not want you to come out of his poisonous trap. He keeps up the flame of guilt in your heart until you begin to condemn yourself to the point of seeing no possible means of rising. Think about the prodigal son, he would have lost a great deal if he condemned himself to the strange land he was. He erred his father, but he did not forget how wealthy, loving and forgiving his father was. He stood on his feet and went back home.
A lot of believers never really get over the pain of their past mistakes in time and that attitude really slows them down in life. Beloved, it doesn’t matter the gravity of your shortcoming or your sin, enough of the guilt, enough of the condemnation. Come to God just as you are. He’s ready to have you back.
Are you going through tough times? Are you depressed by your past actions and you feel like God has forsaken you? Be encouraged in your heart today. God never abandons His own. If you are in Christ, He is committed to you as a Father. He loves you so deeply and dearly. He says come. Rise and stand tall in His righteousness. His Spirit says dear son, do not be discouraged. I have come to give you strength. Amen.
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