THE IRONY OF HOW GOD SEES GUILT

THE IRONY OF HOW GOD SEES GUILT

“For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. And again, “The Lord will judge His people.” It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” Hebrews 10:30-31

It certainly is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God, especially when the preceding verse points to the vengeance and judgement of God. And for the longest time, I was petrified of God’s judgement. Everywhere I turned, I was worried that my slips were going to be my undoing. Every mistake I made, made me worry if that was God’s last straw. And every time something bad happened to me, I ‘knew’ that that was God getting one back at me for all that I have done.

But you know what? Back then, I was indeed headed for hell, but ironically, it wasn’t the sins I had committed that were sending me to hell. It was the guilt that I was bearing in my heart and on my mind that was my ticket to hell. Here’s why.

“So, friends, we can now—without hesitation—walk right up to God, into “the Holy Place.” Jesus has cleared the way by the blood of his sacrifice, acting as our priest before God. The “curtain” into God’s presence is his body.” Hebrews 10:19-21 [MSG]

Jesus has cleared the way into the Holy Place, right to where our Father is seated. All this He did by the blood of His sacrifice. That is why during the last supper, He said,

“For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” Matthew 26:28

So when we bear the guilt of our sins in our hearts and our minds, we are essentially saying that we don’t believe that the blood of Jesus is good enough to cleanse us from sin.

Not only that, because we have been made righteous before God by Christ,

“So let’s do it—full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out. Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word. Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:22-25 [MSG]
We should be spurring each other on to worship together, loving and encouraging each other, and helping each other out.

But have you ever tried spurring another on to worship when you are feeling the guilt of your sins on your conscience? Have you ever tried loving and encouraging another, nevermind help another out, when your conscience is heavy with guilt? Not at all possible is it? But why does that happen? That’s right, we lost grip on the promise that keeps us going, we lost grip on the fact that “we can now—without hesitation—walk right up to God, into “the Holy Place.”” because “Jesus has cleared the way by the blood of his sacrifice, acting as our priest before God.” (Hebrews 10:19-21 [MSG])

So when we forget that fundamental fact, we lose grip on the fact that Jesus always keeps His word and we in effect, call Jesus a liar.

“If we give up and turn our backs on all we’ve learned, all we’ve been given, all the truth we now know, we repudiate Christ’s sacrifice and are left on our own to face the Judgment—and a mighty fierce judgment it will be! If the penalty for breaking the law of Moses is physical death, what do you think will happen if you turn on God’s Son, spit on the sacrifice that made you whole, and insult this most gracious Spirit?” Hebrews 10:26-29 [MSG]
Beloved, which is worse for you, your child being mischievous and getting up to no good with his childish antics, or your child calling you a liar to your face? For that is what we are doing when we don’t believe that we are forgiven and loved. Jesus said,

“For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” Matthew 26:28

And by this,

“…He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

Indeed, that is why Jesus said,

“I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6

And now that we are in Him, now that we have answered this call from Jesus,

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” Revelation 3:20

“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4

So by carrying the guilt of your sins, do you therefore presume to say that Jesus’ redeeming power is of no effect in your life? Instead beloved,

“Remember those early days after you first saw the light? Those were the hard times! Kicked around in public, targets of every kind of abuse—some days it was you, other days your friends. If some friends went to prison, you stuck by them. If some enemies broke in and seized your goods, you let them go with a smile, knowing they couldn’t touch your real treasure. Nothing they did bothered you, nothing set you back. So don’t throw it all away now. You were sure of yourselves then. It’s still a sure thing! But you need to stick it out, staying with God’s plan so you’ll be there for the promised completion.” Hebrews 10:32-36 [MSG]

The guilt that you are feeling right now is nothing more than Satan kicking you around. The things that people are saying to you because of your sins are nothing more than the abuse you get from Satan kicking you around. For remember what Satan did to even Joshua?

“Then [the guiding angel] showed me Joshua the high priest standing before [a]the Angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at Joshua’s right hand to be his adversary and to accuse him.” Zechariah 3:1 [AMPC]

But see what our Father said to Satan,

“And the Lord said to Satan, “The Lord rebuke you, Satan! The Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is this not a brand plucked from the fire?”” Zechariah 3:2

So likewise, because you have been redeemed by Jesus, because Jesus’ blood is to you of full effect, our Father rebukes Satan for opposing you, because you are the beloved of our Father. Now, do you presume to say to God, right there and then, ‘well, maybe Satan’s got a point there…’? For that is exactly what you are doing when you still bear the guilt of your sins on your conscience.

Beloved, when you believed in the saving grace of Jesus, when you took the redemption that His blood was shed to give, you were made righteous,

“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” Romans 8:1

Yes, Satan is going to attack you for it. Yes, you are going to come up against stiff opposition. But the worst thing you can do is give in. No beloved, give up that guilt. There is no reason for you to bear it anymore, because when Jesus went to the cross,

“Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy].
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.” Isaiah 53:4-5 [AMPC]

So let go of that guilt and remember,

“…we’re not quitters who lose out. Oh, no! We’ll stay with it and survive, trusting all the way.” Hebrews 10:39 [MSG]

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