Friday, 12 January 2018

Not Guilty!

Proverbs 30:10 Don't slander a servant to his master, lest he curse you, and you be held guilty.

      We feel guilty because we are guilty! Guilty of slander, guilty pleasures, guilty feelings, guilty plea, guilty sin, and guilty of breaking laws. Whether the laws are spiritual, federal, state, provincial, municipal, or social we are guilty of breaking some law - somehow and somewhere. 
      People feel guilty because they are guilty of sin. Guilt is their default setting in life and a need to be set free of the guilt is felt deep within but with no understanding of how to get it done; therefore, they stay guilty as charged. This is why these same people come up with all kinds of self-righteous antics to appease the accusations of guilt that are running wild within their soiled souls. Rom. 7:24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 
      How obvious it becomes to those who are in Christ to see the need for a Savior to save and deliver them from their guilt and their personal idea of righteousness. To be pronounced guiltless and sinless by our God because of our faith in the work of the cross and blood of Jesus is an overwhelming blessing within our soul. The peace within our conscience will cause us to bring praises and gratitude to our Lord when we find ourselves resting in the love of God who says we are no longer guilty as charged. 
      The worldly person cannot see their need for deliverance from their guilt because their scales of tit for tat in life are rigged in their personal favor at best and warped at worst. Prov. 11:1 A false balance is an abomination to the LORD, but a just weight is his delight. 
      The just weight, in this case, can only be justified through Christ and His finished work of redemption. Only God can remove our guilt through His perfect sacrifice. There is nothing within ourselves that can pull it off. Isa. 43:11 I, yes I, am the LORD, and apart from me there is no savior.
      If we as Christians, are going to be held guilty, then let it be for good works and the destruction of the devil's attacks and agendas. Let us not be guilty of slandering our brothers, sisters, and leaders whom the Lord our Master has redeemed. 1 Pet. 3:17 Remember, it is better to suffer for doing good, if that is what God wants, than to suffer for doing wrong! 
      We should be proclaiming what Sargent Shriver said when asked about the Peace Corps' enthusiasm. "The Peace Corps is guilty of enthusiasm and a crusading spirit. But we're not apologetic for it." Yes, I will take that humble attitude into my Christian walk with Christ any day. May we all be accused and found guilty of being a blessing in the kingdom of God. May our attitudes be full of enthusiasm and a crusading spirit for helping redeem all man unto God in love.
      Guilt and shame can paralyze our growth in the Lord if we do not put all demonic accusations under the blood of Jesus. Feelings of not being good enough, loved, or accepted are not from God. Eph 1:4 Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. We have been accepted and made righteous through the finished work of the cross and the blood of Jesus. 
      We have been washed of our guilty sins and the charges that came with sin have also been acquitted. We are made new and the pronouncement of guilt over us is now "Not Guilty." 2 Cor. 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
      The Apostle Peter was riddled with guilt when he denied knowing Jesus. Luke 22:61 And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him: "Before the rooster crows today, you will deny Me three times." 62 And he went outside and wept bitterly. After the Resurrection of Jesus, He encountered Peter and took away his guilt by restoring Peter's heart and setting him back on the Gospel trail so to speak. 
      Only Jesus can remove the guilt of sin because He paid for it in full. Only the Lord can renounce our eternal punishment because He took that punishment upon Himself. Only God can say we are not guilty because the guilt was nailed to the cross of Jesus and we are redeemed. What can we say but, "Thank you, Lord, for your goodness toward us." Amen.

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