The Guilt Trip

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

“I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake;

and I will not remember your sins.”  Isa 43:25

 

Introduction

When a person becomes a true believer in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection, he is born into the family of God and out of the family of Satan.  Satan does everything  he can to keep us blinded to the offer of perfect remission of sins but at NCCkl we have thrown off his shackles and gone from death to life.  This has absolutely infuriated Satan and each time someone responds to the Gospel of God’s Righteousness by faith, it is a slap on his face. 

However, after being saved, one of the most successful tactics Satan uses in neutralizing  Christians is to get them to dwell on all of their failures.  Once we begin to feel guilty about our performance in the Christian life, we are no longer any threat to Satan’s schemes.. He moves in on our blind side and steers us in the direction he wants to keep us ineffective and unproductive in the Kingdom of God.

There is nothing Satan likes better than to get us started on a guilt trip.  

 

  1. Human Frailty

The weakness of human flesh is the number one reason why Christians fail in their relationship with God.  We are always aware that in many ways we fall short of what we should be as Christians, it is only natural to assume that God must be displeased with our performance.  The more we let God down, the more we assume His anger until such alienation sets into our minds that is virtually impossible for us to enjoy fellowship with God.  The pitiful tragedy is that all this is just in our minds.  God is not mad at us!  I want to say something loud and clear, in no uncertain terms : “He has now reconciled us in His fleshly body, through death, in order to present us before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach”.  Col 1:22   Can we think of another human being, including ourselves, who views us as totally holy and blameless?  I can’t!  Yet, in God’s eyes we are already perfect, not will be but are!  This is not a status which is given on a temporary basis while we try to become worthy of it as Christians.  Once God put us into union with His Son, we become clothed with His Righteousness and God sees us as holy and blameless because that is the way He views Jesus.  Experientially we may be quite imperfect but our acceptance in God’s eyes is never based on how we perform but rather on the fact that we are in Christ and God accepts Him perfectly.  Knowing these liberating facts on a moment by moment basis is the most important factor in living a life pleasing to God.

 

  1. Sin Syndrome

First, we knowingly sin.  The inevitable result, when we fail to relate the sin to the baptism and death of Jesus, we develop guilt.  Guilt always leads to estrangement.  There is the syndrome : sin, guilt and estrangement.  Now man cannot live with guilt and he tries to deal with guilt in one of two ways, both of them wrong.  If he is a type who does not have a particularly sensitive conscience, he tries to justify himself.  He makes excuses and offers valid reason why he did something.  When we justify our actions, the result will be a feeling of lost fellowship with God because deep down inside we know that we have not been honest with ourselves or God.  Another way man deals with guilt and it is equally wrong is to condemn himself.  He sins over and over in the same area, guilt sets in and then he begins the guilt trip.  Satan just sits back and relaxes when he gets us going on a guilt trip.  A Christian caught in the guilt trip will begin to seek to do things for God in the energy of the flesh to appease God for the sense of guilt.

Saturating our minds on what Christ has accomplished through His baptism, death and resurrection is the only Gospel Truth that sets us free from this guilt trip. 

 

  1. Satan Blinds Us From The Baptism And Death Of Jesus

Satan would like to blind us from all the wonderful truth found in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that saves us by grace through faith.  In fact, he keeps trying to blind us everyday.  We may not even realize it but the number one reason the power of God is short-circuited  in our lives is that we have never learned what the baptism and death of Jesus means on a day-to-day basis.   The baptism and death is the continuing basis of God accepting and forgiving us.

 

  1. The Believer’s Defense Attorney

It is the Lord’s desire that His children live godly lives and not sin but our omniscient Father, knowing our nature, made provision for his erring children .  The Apostle John, in writing to the new believers of the day, said, “My little children, I am writing these things to you that you may not sin.  And if one sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for those of the whole world.” 1 John 2:1-2   The Word ‘propitiation’ means to turn away deserved wrath by the satisfaction of justice.  What Christ did by His baptism of righteousness and death on the cross was to bear the compounded wrath of a Holy God on every sin that would ever be committed by every man who would ever live.  God poured out all His anger that He would have against our sins on to Jesus as He hung on the cross.  Now God has set Himself free on a perfectly just basis to keep on dealing with us in love, even when He disciplines us.

 

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