Guilt And Shame

Many of God’s saints struggle with feelings of guilt and shame because of past sins, faults, and failings.  Are you one of them?
As you may know by now, the devil loves to bring up your past.  The reason is, he wants to hold you in bondage and rob you of the joy of your new-found freedom in Christ!  However, I have good news for you, he cannot hold those things against you any longer.  Jesus took care of them so that you can be forever free from all guilt, condemnation and shame.
The Apostle Paul expressed it this way:
“And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, HAVING FORGIVING YOU ALL TRESPASSES, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us.   And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross” (Colossians 2:13-14 NKJV, emphasis mine).
Do you understand the full impact of what Paul wrote in that passage?  God has forgiven all of your sins by taking them out-of-the-way and nailing them to the cross.  Now you need to shout, “All of my sins have been forgiven!”
Still you might respond by saying, “Yes, I know God has forgiven me for the sins I committed before I was saved, but what about the things I have done after I got saved?”  The Apostle John gave you the answer when he wrote:
“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 NKJV).
Notice that John used the word “us,” including himself in that promise.  God has promised to forgive us the moment we confess our sins.  His forgiveness cleanses us from all unrighteousness. If you’ve confessed, see yourself standing before Him spotless, pure, clean and glistening white! Thanks to the blood of Jesus.
Now you may say, “But I am still plagued by the memories of all the mistakes I have made, and I often find myself asking God to forgive me again.  What do I do about that?”
The answer is that you have to realize that God has not only forgiven your sins, but also forgotten them.  The writer of Hebrews put it this way:
“Their sins and lawless deeds I will remember no more” (see Hebrews 10:17 NKJV).
If God does not remember your sins, then why do you?  You need to put those sins behind you, and refuse to think about them again.  When the enemy brings them to mind, then simply declare, “All of those sins are under the blood of Jesus!”
God wants you to be free from the guilt and shame of the past, so you can live free from sin now.  He has given you victory over sin through the blood of Jesus.  Sin no longer has dominion over you!
With this in mind, I love the words of the Apostle Paul:
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV).
If you are in Christ, then you are a new creation – right now!  All the old things of the past, right up until this very moment, have passed away.  All things have now become new.  This is what the blood of Jesus has done for you.  You have been forgiven of all sin, and you stand before Him spotless, pure, clean and glistening white in His sight.  All the guilt and shame and condemnation is gone.  It has been removed by the blood of Jesus.  If God sees you this way, then you need to see yourself this way.  Does that make sense to you?
Now you can also understand the words of the Apostle Paul, who wrote:
“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit” (Romans 8:1 NKJV).
If you are in Christ, then you are no longer under any condemnation.  Why?  It is because you no longer walk according the flesh, but according to the Spirit.  And, if you walk according to the Spirit, then you know that you can confess your sins, and you will always stand before God cleansed from all unrighteousness.  This is what it means to be justified – Just-as-if-I’d never sinned!  Isn’t that wonderful to know?
Today God wants you to put the sins of your past behind you. Instead, He wants you to walk in the newness of life that you have in Christ, because you are free from sin through the blood of Jesus.
You are holy,  dear saint!
[All Scripture quotations have been taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version, copyright 1982, Thomas Nelson, Inc.]
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