Posts Tagged ‘Guilt

11
Feb
18

Jesus Frees Us From Prison

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on Galatians 3:15-25.

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21
Jan
18

Jesus Frees Us From Our Past

The latest message from Griffith 1st Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This is the second message in our series, “Jesus Frees Us” and is based on Galatians 1:11-24.

11
Nov
16

The Heavy Burden of Guilt

My guilt has overwhelmed me like a burden too heavy to bear. — Psalm 38:4 (NIV)

Guilt is a heavy burden, is it not?  When you’ve done something for which you are truly ashamed, the guilt of that sin weighs on you like a 2-ton boulder.  It presses down on you and consumes your thoughts.  “Why did I do it?  What was I thinking?  What if I get caught?  How could I have been so foolish?!?”  The guilt of our sins is all too real.

The forgiveness that Christ has paid for on the cross is real, too.  Hebrews 8:12 makes this promise for those who trust in Christ for salvation under God’s new covenant: “I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”  When we put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ for salvation, the heavy weight and burden of guilt is lifted off of us and we can move and breathe and truly live!  We are free from the burden of guilt!  Only Christ can free us from it.  Only He can rescue us from our guilt and only He can cleanse our consciences.

Are you carrying around a heavy load of guilt today?  Are you being crushed under the weight of a burden of guilt?  It’s time to be set free!  Jesus wants to lift that heavy burden off of you and quiet those nagging voices of guilt in your mind.  Let go of the burden.  You are free in Christ.  “…if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36, NIV).  Amen!

PRAYER: Help me, O Father, to live in the freedom You give through Jesus. Remind me of the forgiveness You have imparted to me. Lord, I cannot bear the guilt and weight of my sin and shame. Thank You for sending Jesus to take it away. Help me to let go of the burden of my guilt today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

04
Nov
16

Knowledge Versus Love

Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that we all possess knowledge.  Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.  The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know.  But the man who loves God is known by God. — 1 Corinthians 8:1-3 (NIV)

The W.E.O.U.I.

My wife calls me a “walking encyclopedia of useless information.”  I know a little bit about many different subjects.  It’s just the way my brain works.  I love Jeopardy.  People look at me with an odd stare when I watch the show.  I’ve heard the words, “How do you know that?” more than once.  I explain, “I just know it.”  I’ll admit, it’s a source of pride and that’s not good.  I can be quite puffy when it comes to my brain.

Guilty By Association

There were those in Paul’s day who just knew that they knew the right answers.  This whole thing of meat sacrificed to idols?  They knew the answer.  It was a sin.  Plain and simple.  It was wrong.  That food was consecrated to a false god and if you ate it, you were guilty.  You were endorsing the worship of a false idol and therefore you were guilty of sin.  Plain and simple.  Guilty by association.

Knowledge Vs. Love

I think that the point that Paul is making in this passage is that love trumps knowledge.  The heart beats the head in a sort of metaphysical game of rock, paper, scissors.  We can possess quite a bit of knowledge, but we will never know everything.  On the other hand, there is no limit to the love we can share with others.  Knowledge is limited, but love is boundless.  Seek opportunities to love God and others before sharing that of which you are so sure.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I want to be filled with love for You and for people today. I want to share Your love with the world. Help me to remember just how loved I am by You. Thank You for loving me. Amen.

24
Jun
16

“I Have Sinned…”

Create in me a pure heart, O God,

and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. — (Psalm 51:10-12, NIV)

After committing adultery with Bathsheba and murdering her husband, Uriah, David was caught in his sin.  Accused of the crime by the prophet Nathan, David confessed simply, “I have sinned against the LORD.”  He did not try to cover it up or pass the buck.  He admitted his sin and sometime later he penned Psalm 51.

David knew that sin has consequences.  His heart had been damaged and he needed God to give him a new one.  His spirit was weak and he needed it to be renewed with strength.  His fellowship with God had been broken and he needed to sense the intimacy he had had with God previously.  He longed for the Holy Spirit’s comforting presence.  His joy was gone, replaced by guilt over his sin.  Finally, he asks for a spirit that is surrendered to the will of God.

How does the knowledge of your sin affect you?  Do you carry around a burden of guilt when you have sinned against the Lord?  Does your spirit seem crushed and broken?  Is your fellowship with Jesus disturbed?  Do you lose the joy of life and salvation?  Does Psalm 51 resonate with you?  Take heart, my friends!  Jesus died to forgive our sins and joy, fellowship and refreshment are only a step away.  Confess your sin to the Lord, knowing that He is faithful and has forgiven you for every sinful thought, word and deed.  May we never take His grace for granted and may we always be willing to repent.
PRAYER: Father God, I have sinned against You time and time again. I have sinned against You in word, thought and deed. I am in need of Your mercy today. Do not treat me as my sins deserve. Heal my broken heart and spirit. Fill me with the joy of Your salvation today. Thank You for forgiving me over and over again. In Jesus’ saving name I pray, amen.
11
Nov
15

The Heavy Burden Of Guilt

My guilt has overwhelmed me like a burden too heavy to bear. — Psalm 38:4 (NIV)

Guilt is a heavy burden, is it not?  When you’ve done something for which you are truly ashamed, the guilt of that sin weighs on you like a 2-ton boulder.  It presses down on you and consumes your thoughts.  “Why did I do it?  What was I thinking?  What if I get caught?  How could I have been so foolish?!?”  The guilt of our sins is all too real.

The forgiveness that Christ has paid for on the cross is real, too.  Hebrews 8:12 makes this promise for those who trust in Christ for salvation under God’s new covenant: “I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”  When we put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ for salvation, the heavy weight and burden of guilt is lifted off of us and we can move and breathe and truly live!  We are free from the burden of guilt!  Only Christ can free us from it.  Only He can rescue us from our guilt and only He can cleanse our consciences.

Are you carrying around a heavy load of guilt today?  Are you being crushed under the weight of a burden of guilt?  It’s time to be set free!  Jesus wants to lift that heavy burden off of you and quiet those nagging voices of guilt in your mind.  Let go of the burden.  You are free in Christ.  “…if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36, NIV).  Amen!

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, I pray that You would set me free from my burden of guilt today.  I know that I am a sinner and that apart from You, I am guilty.  I have sinned against You and against my neighbor.  I am in need of Your grace and forgiveness.  Help me to know that my sins have been forgiven and that You have lifted the burden of guilt from me when You took my place on the cross.  In Your name I pray, amen.

02
Nov
15

Knowledge Versus Love

Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that we all possess knowledge.  Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.  The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know.  But the man who loves God is known by God. — 1 Corinthians 8:1-3 (NIV)

The W.E.O.U.I.

My wife calls me a “walking encyclopedia of useless information.”  I know a little bit about many different subjects.  It’s just the way my brain works.  I love Jeopardy.  People look at me with an odd stare when I watch the show.  I’ve heard the words, “How do you know that?” more than once.  I explain, “I just know it.”  I’ll admit, it’s a source of pride and that’s not good.  I can be quite puffy when it comes to my brain.

Guilty By Association

There were those in Paul’s day who just knew that they knew the right answers.  This whole thing of meat sacrificed to idols?  They knew the answer.  It was a sin.  Plain and simple.  It was wrong.  That food was consecrated to a false god and if you ate it, you were guilty.  You were endorsing the worship of a false idol and therefore you were guilty of sin.  Plain and simple.  Guilty by association.

Knowledge Vs. Love

I think that the point that Paul is making in this passage is that love trumps knowledge.  The heart beats the head in a sort of metaphysical game of rock, paper, scissors.  We can possess quite a bit of knowledge, but we will never know everything.  On the other hand, there is no limit to the love we can share with others.  Knowledge is limited, but love is boundless.  Seek opportunities to love God and others before sharing that of which you are so sure.

PRAYER: Father, give me opportunities to demonstrate my love for you and my love for others.  I want to show Your love to the world and to express my love for You.  Thank You for demonstrating Your love for me through Your Son, Jesus, amen.




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