Each of us can easily carry regrets and guilt from our past (and in some cases, present). The problem is that when we carry guilt, it is dangerous. It destroys our faith and often, our bodies.
The enemy of our soul has no interest in making Christians into adulterers, addicts or prostitutes. No, he is interested in one thing only — turning Christians into unbelievers. He simply uses the lusts of the body to bind the mind.
Satan wants you so crushed with guilt that your faith to simply slip away. He wants you to doubt your Father’s faithfulness and think that nobody cares. He intends for you to be willing to live in misery and heartbreak; that you will always be a slave to your lust; that His holiness is unreachable; that you are left alone to work out your problems; that He no longer cares about your needs and feelings. If he can get you to the point of despair, he can flood you with unbelief—and then he has succeeded in his mission. The three simple steps toward a loss of faith are guilt, doubt, and unbelief.
Guilt can eat away at the spiritual vitality of a Christian like cancer raging through your body. It causes a person to lose control of life; it leads to a desire to quit or retire from spiritual activity; and, if it is allowed to run its full course, it will bring physical pain and disease. Like cancer, guilt feeds on itself until all spiritual life is gone, and the result is weakness and a sense of shame and failure.
Okay, so how do we rid ourselves of our guilt? Well, the same way we get rid of sin! Yeah, that might sound simple, but it isn’t. You don’t just make up your mind to “drop” that third party that has entered your life. Many have tried that and found it didn’t work. You don’t just walk away from things that have you bound. How do you loose yourself from a straight jacket?
The most important choice you will ever make in your restoration is the one made right after you fail your Father. Will you believe the accuser’s lies and give up in despair, or will you allow yourself to receive the forgiving flow of His love for you?
Are you afraid to ask for His forgiveness because you’re not sure you want to be free from that thing that binds you? There’s the catch. You want the Lord, yet you still long for whatever is separating you from him? That’s like asking your spouse to love you while you keep your mistress. You see the twisted view of that, but you don’t understand the pain you are causing your Father.
Don’t be shocked. The first time God spoke to Hosea, He said: “Find a whore and marry her. Make this whore the mother of your children. And here’s why: This whole country has become a whorehouse, unfaithful to me.”
How sad. Can you imagine the pain Hosea had to suffer to prove the Lord’s point? Here’s the thing, when you are willing to surrender your devotion to the sin you are harboring, whether an open sin and rebellion or something you are doing secretly, the Lord wants to assure you, “I will win you back once again . . .”
There is where you need to step in. Your Father is offering you forgiveness and freedom. He can answer sincere prayer. No games, no hesitation, but a sincere dedication to Him. You need to confess your rebellion, renounce your failure and commit to a renewed devotion and communion.
Father today is the day I will walk free from the burden I have been carrying. I will no longer allow myself to be crushed with guilt. Despite how I “feel” about it, I renounce ________ (you fill in the blank) and receive your forgiveness.
Father, you said you would wipe away my sins simply because of who you are. And you will forget all the wrongs I have done. (Isaiah 43:25). Thank you, Lord, thank you. So I delight in the freedom you just gave me. Thank you.
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