Release Your Guilt
Many churches fall into the trap of guilt shaming. They are so focused on beating you down on all that you have done wrong and making you feel unworthy. Now, while it is true that none of us are truly worthy of the sacrifice Christ made for us, we are redeemed. All we have to do is accept the sacrifice made to atone for our sins. It almost seems too simple. Throughout the Old Testament Jews were given rules for everything. Marriage, cleanliness, behavior, how to eat, etc… The problem wasn’t the rules. It was the people. If you read the entire Old Testament you will see a pattern emerge in the Jewish people. They became either all or nothing. They would follow strict rules to the letter then somewhere along the line they became lost. The people would then completely rebel against God. After seeing a life without God’s presence, they would beg forgiveness and the cycle started all over again. Eventually, by the time the New Covenant was made in Jesus’ time, the Jews had become so strict. They were focused on religion (all of the rules given by God and made by man) and not on relationship (connection with God). So, when the Messiah came they had no idea. Their ears were closed to God’s voice and they were focused in on all of their rules and statutes. Somewhere along the line Christianity split into two main types. You have those who point the finger and condemn others into religion. Then you have faith built on grace without judgement. Which sounds right to you?Yes, we should keep ourselves in check. Yes, we should correct ourselves (and God will correct us too). Does that mean that we should live in condemnation?
Isaiah 55:7-8 NIV
“Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and He will have mercy on them, and to our God, for He will freely pardon.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.”
There you go. Straight from God. We are not meant to live our lives underneath the burden of our sins. Christ came to bear the burden at Calvary and relieved us of those burdens. He suffered so that we could be free. This enraged the Enemy and he tries to convince us that this is not true.
John 10:10 NIV
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
We have a loving and gracious father in our God. He is powerful and will correct us, but at the same time He is loving and kind. The Enemy would have it that we go on believing that God cannot love US. That He could never forgive someone like US. We are too DIRTY…too far GONE. That way, Satan can keep us under the burden of our sins. Do you feel like you’re struggling under the weight of that heavy burden in your life? Then maybe it’s time you knelt down before the throne of our Father and allowed Him to relieve you of that burden. Notice I said “allowed” and not beg. He’s already done the hard part for you. Now all that’s left is for you to submit your life and allow God to remove the burden of shame, guilt, and sin from your life so that you can live free as a shining light of His grace. If this is you, stop now. Close your eyes. Give it all to God. Tell Him everything you are carrying on your heart today. Now, stop fighting Him and His ways. Submit every area of your life to God…from how you speak, eat, dress, act, love, etc… This is how you step back, relinquish control over all areas of your life to God, and let Him take control. (Trust me, He’s better at this than we are.)
Tell him that you accept Christ’s sacrifice and allow God to take that burden. Let it go. Breathe. Sometimes this takes time to accept for some of us. It just seems too easy. Trust me, it wasn’t easy for Christ to know that he was born only to die for the sin of the world. It was not easy for him to submissively take the beatings and the lashes, to be spit on and cursed- rejected by his own people as he carried the cross of our sins, and to suffer on the cross as he breathed is last breath. As he asked God to forgive us because we know not what we do.
It was never easy. It was gruesome, debilitating, and wretched. However, the hard part is over. The brunt of all that you’ve done has been taken by Christ. All you have to do is accept Him.
Now, it’s your turn!
What Biblical verse is encouraging you today?
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