I have been having conversations with a friend of mine who has been haunted by the sins of the past and the mistakes that seem to be preventing him from moving forward in his walk with God. He in Jesus and is actively pursuing a relationship with Him through prayer and reading the Bible but yet there’s something holding him back. Maybe you can relate to this today? Do you find yourself wanting to grow in the truth of God’s Word and to feel clean from your former way of living BUT yet you just can’t seem to overcome the guilt and shame of what you did? Well I have some good news…
First of all, you are not alone, everyone at one point or another have felt this way, that is the Devil’s way of derailing you from your faith growing. It’s much easier to destroy something its infancy stage BEFORE it has a chance to mature and get strong.
Secondly and most importantly, God has already taken care of the guilt and shame over 2,000 years ago when He sent His Son Jesus to die on the cross for our sins (see John 3:16). Here is the antidote to the poison that the Devil has been injecting into our minds which is found in Romans 3:23-26 (NLT)!
“For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.”
That’s you. That’s me. Everyone who has ever lived, is living or will live has sinned and fallen woefully short of what God requires of us. But the miraculous thing is, He did not leave us in this fallen state. He sent Jesus in the flesh to face all the temptations and struggles that we do, to live a perfect sinless life and than die in our place! Wow! In verse 24-25 it says:
“Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood.
Forgive me for interrupting verse 25, but go back and read that last sentence…seriously go back and read it. God sacrificed Jesus for our sin and we are made right with God by “all the work we do?”. Nope. “By cleaning up our life and becoming perfect through white knuckle will power to not repeat the same mistakes?” Nope. We are made right with when we “believe!” That’s it. Just believe and you are made right with God! Okay let’s get back to verse 25…
“This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when He held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, for He was looking ahead and including them in what He would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate His righteousness, for He Himself is fair and just, and He makes sinners right in His sight when they believe in Jesus.
Jesus was the PERFECT sacrifice who died ONCE as the PAYMENT for ALL of mankind to cover EVERY sin that has been committed, is being committed or will ever be committed. Talk about Amazing Grace!! Before I close this Thought for the Day, I want to offer to you a choice. If you have not received the gift of grace from God through belief in Jesus as your Lord and Savior or if you are not sure if you did today if you would go to heaven, then here is a simple prayer that I posted years ago in the ★ Thought for the Day – I Hate Religion and I’m a Christian… ★ that you can pray to make that decision today…Make this your prayer today:
God take this broken, sinful person and change my life. I confess I have made mistakes and acknowledge that I am in need of a Savior. I want a relationship with you. Please forgive me. I believe that Jesus came to die for my sins and that He is the bridge that brings me to eternal life with you forever. Today I accept the free gift of eternal life and know that I can never do enough good deeds to earn that salvation. In Jesus Name I pray! Amen!
If you truly prayed that prayer, then welcome to the family of God! Here is the truth for everyone who had believed in Jesus from Romans 1:16-17 says:
“For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile. This Good News tells us how God makes us right in His sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.””
Regardless of the poisonous guilt and shame that you have been attacked with, once you have believed in Jesus you are made righteous (which just means in right standing with God,) and have the same power in you (the Holy Spirit) which raised Christ from the dead! No go out in faith and just believe!
Want to dig deeper?
To help you in your next steps check out this 4-part series of posts that I wrote to help you connect God through these (3) Pursuits…Prayer – Word – Worship.
And here is a powerful sermon series called “Grace Like a Flood” from Michael Todd, Transformation Church.
Understanding the mystery of God’s Grace!
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