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August 2006: "Guilt is a poison"
Guilt is a deadly weapon that the enemy uses against God's children. Guilt makes us feel dirty, wretched, and worthless - these properties are the exact opposite of how we should be feeling as children of the King! Guilt causes us to feel inadequate to stand on what is rightfully ours, it makes it feel like we don't deserve what is ours, so it must not be ours after all... this kind of thinking is lethal to our faith!
There are two basic types of guilt:
True guilt is when a person has done something, and they are guilty of the sin.
False guilt is when a person may have done something, but has since made things right through repentance. The guilt no longer exists, but the person still feels dirty inside because of what they've done.
If the guilt you're experiencing is true, then stop wasting precious time and get things made right before the Lord. Jesus shed His blood to atone for our sins, but we are also responsible to repent of our sin in order to reap the cleansing power of His shed blood.
If the guilt you're experiencing is false, then stop dwelling or thinking about your old sin. If you've repented and Jesus' blood has washed away your sin, then the Bible is clear that your sin has been removed as if you've never committed it in the first place! Guilt, if meditated upon (which you do when you think about your past failures on regular bases) will bring about a change in the way you perceive things - this is called shame. Guilt is when you're looking at the problem or failure, but shame is when you're looking at yourself as the problem or failure. You see yourself as a worthless failure because of your failure. This is a deadly thinking pattern (stronghold) that causes you to filter everything through it. Before long, you begin to feel like you can't do anything right, and you're a failure overall.
How can you stand on the promises of God and boldly claim what is rightfully yours in Christ (healing, deliverance, peace, joy, answered prayers, etc.) when you don't feel confident in who you are in Christ? How are you supposed to receive by faith, if you don't have the faith because of guilt or shame? Listening to the enemy's lies about your past (which brings guilt and shame) instead of what God's Word has to say (that your sin has been washed away) is dangerous to your faith!
If you are struggling with guilt or shame, then you need to make some changes. Guilt and shame are one of faith's single deadliest enemies! They bring doubt because they make you feel inadequate. Don't let them rob you of what is rightfully yours in Christ Jesus!
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