Monday, September 15, 2014

Got Guilt?

We have all messed up! It would easy to walk around trapped in guilt and at Satan’s beck and call. But God has forgiven and cleansed us. God did not send His son to condemn us, but rather that we would be set free from sin and its guilt.

Ask yourself this question: Why would God send His only son to die for your sins, if He planned on keeping you trapped in guilt and shame?

The answer is He wouldn’t. He didn’t. But even as a Christ follower, you may find yourself living a defeated life because of guilt and shame.

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 2 Corinthians 5:17

Guilt can be a motivator and lead us to repentance, which in turn will lead us to accepting God’s forgiveness. But left unchecked, guilt will limit our relationship with Jesus. It will stunt our spiritual growth. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. John 3:17

Get free of past guilt!

Don’t let the enemy keep you in the guilt mode. There is conviction and there is condemnation. Conviction is from the Holy Spirit and is a prompting for us to pay attention.  Condemnation, on the other hand, is from the enemy and is meant to defeat us and keep us oppressed.

Don’t let others keep you in guilt. There may be people in your life who would like to keep you in guilt. They may remind you often of your past mistakes, sometimes unintentionally. Remember fact vs. truth. There are the facts of your past, then there is the truth that you are forgiven. Others are not your judge and jury. Once you have confessed to God and He has forgiven are FREE!

Don’t hold yourself hostage.  Don’t stay in the "I deserve punishment" mode. If you are forgiven, and you are if you have asked for forgiveness, then you don't have to live with guilt! In choosing to stay there you are choosing to stay a victim. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

This week, consider the following scriptures. Meditate on God’s word and ask Him to reveal any guilt you are carrying. Repent and ask for God’s forgiveness and truly accept it. Next, forgive yourself. Choose to live guilt free.

For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. Romans 3:23-24

Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near. Matthew 3:2

Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Col 3:13 

The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure. 1Corinthians 10:13

And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. Romans 8:2




Friday, September 5, 2014

Integrity-Who Needs It?

Joyful are people of integrity, who follow the instructions of the Lord. Psalm 119:1

Integrity is the quality, or state, of being complete or undivided. In other words, being the same person everywhere you go. Integrity is doing the right thing even when no one is watching.

As women of God, we should be separate from the "world". We are not to have a superior attitude, or have an attitude that everyone else is "less than". But, we are called to be separate in our character and as Christ followers we should be women of integrity.

Have you ever heard the saying that your life may be the only Bible some people read, or the only Jesus they will ever see? People want to know that integrity really exists and we can show that it does by how we live!

Integrity is not about perfection. A woman of integrity may still make mistakes or poor choices. The difference is that a woman of integrity will admit mistakes, repent and be forgiven all the while keeping openness about her.

In our devotions this week, let’s purpose to live as women of integrity. Read and meditate on the following scriptures. Ask the Lord to reveal to you His truth.

Do not use dishonest standards when measuring length, weight, or volume. Your scales and weights must be accurate. Your containers for measuring dry materials or liquids must be accurate. I am the LORD your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt. Leviticus 19:35-36

Women of integrity treat others fairly, whether it is in their relationships or business dealings.

Better is the poor who walks in his integrity than one perverse in his ways, though he be rich. Proverbs 28:6

Integrity is more valuable than riches.

By this I know that You are well pleased with me, Because my enemy does not triumph over me. As for me, You uphold me in my integrity, And set me before Your face forever. Psalm 41:11-12

Living a life of integrity will be rewarded.

In all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility Titus 2:7

A life of integrity will serve as an example to other women