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In his book Pursued: God’s Divine Obsession with You, author Jud Wilhite writes, “Where guilt is associated with feeling bad about things we’ve done, shame is a burden we carry deep in our identity. Guilt says, “What I did was wrong; I really messed up.” Shame says, “I am wrong; I am a mess.””

And we aren’t alone in this. Even the Apostle Paul said, “I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway…Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death?” (Romans 7:19&24).

We can never be free of the guilt that comes with the awareness that we’ve deeply offended God. However, if I understand that Jesus Christ paid the penalty for that offense and it no longer stands between me and God, all the shame should be lifted. Its time to declare who we are in Christ! We’re like the Prodigal Son come home. Get out of the gutter. Lay the shame aside. He has called you to better things than to walk in shame.

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The author of ‘There is a Fountain’, William Cowper (pronounced Cooper), had a genuine relationship with Jesus Christ. However, he often had periods of doubt and envisioned himself hopeless and destined for hell. The final verse of this hymn may reflect that:

When this poor lisping, stamm’ring tongue Lies silent in the grave,
Then in a nobler, sweeter song I’ll sing Thy pow’r to save:
I’ll sing Thy pow’r to save, I’ll sing Thy pow’r to save;
Then in a nobler, sweeter song I’ll sing Thy pow’r to save.

When we become Christians and have our sins forgiven, we still have to deal with our sin nature that pulls us after the world. When we stumble in our walk of faith, we can sometimes condemn ourselves, which assumes a condemnation by God. Its in those times I need to come back to the cross and encourage myself in the hope that when Jesus shed His precious blood on that cross, all my sins were paid for…ALL.

So, be refreshed in the good news that Jesus has paid your debt. Live freely.

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We can see God’s Law illustrated in civil law. On a freeway where there is no visible sign of the law, motorists transgress the speed limit routinely. Everyone knows the maximum is usually 55 mph, but they all naturally flow together at an unlawful 70 mph. If confronted about it, each driver would say something like this: “I was going with the flow. Besides, I was only transgressing the law by 15 mph, and I was not the only one driving over the speed limit.”

Ever notice what happens when the law enters the scene? A police car moving through the fast lane with its lights flashing causes each driver’s heart to miss a beat. Motorists no longer feel secure in the knowledge that others are also speeding. Each one recognizes his guilt and that he could be the one pulled over. Suddenly that “mere” 15-mph transgression doesn’t seem like such a small thing after all!

God’s laws are written on our hearts. Let’s be paying attention before He arrests us.

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One more illustration from Dwight L. Moody (remember, this was from the days before X-ray machines):

When a man has a broken arm, the surgeon must find out the exact spot where the fracture is. He feels along and presses gently with his fingers. “Is it there?” “No.”

“Is it there?” “No.”

Presently, when the surgeon touches another spot, “Ouch!” says the man. He has found the broken part, and it hurts.

It is one thing to hear a man preach down other people’s sins. Men will say, “That is splendid,” and will want all their friends to go and hear the preacher. But, let him touch on their individual sin, and declare, as Nathan did to David, “Thou art the man,” and they say, “I do not like that.” The preacher has touched a sore place.

You can always recognize the broken area of your life, because it hurts when the Word of God touches it.

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Another Moody story:

“I was once preaching in Chicago, and a woman who was nearly out of her mind came to me. You know there are some people who mock at religious meetings, and say that religion drives people mad. It is sin that drives people mad. It is the want of Christ that sinks people into despair.

This was the woman’s story:

She had a family of children. One of her neighbors had died, and her husband had brought home a little child. She said, “I don’t want the child,” but her husband said, “You must take it and look after it.” She said she had enough to do with her own, and she told her husband to take that child away. But he would not. She confessed that she tried to starve the child, but it lingered on. One night it cried all night; I suppose it wanted food. At last she took the clothes and threw them over the child and smothered it. No one saw her; no one knew anything about it. The child was buried. Years had passed away, and she said:

“I hear the voice of that child day and night. It has driven me nearly mad.”

No one saw the act; but God saw it, and this retribution followed it. History is full of these things.”

Guilt will destroy us. Take your guilt to the cross and find God’s peace.

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Dwight L. Moody also told this interesting story:

“I heard of a boy who stole a cannon-ball from a navy-yard. He watched his opportunity, sneaked into the yard, and secured it. But when he had it, he hardly knew what to do with it. It was heavy, and too large to conceal in his pocket, so he had to put it under his hat. When he got home with it, he dared not show it to his parents, because it would have led at once to his detection. He said in later years it was the last thing he ever stole.”

When I was a boy, some friends of mine talked me into joining them in breaking into a house. We obtained a hammer, screwdriver and crowbar and walked across the street and around behind the house, trying to gain access through a back window. The house was empty, so there was nothing to steal. It was broad daylight and my friend’s father saw us going across the street, so he followed us.

He grounded his son and sent our other friend and I home. I was the oldest of the three, so he assumed I was the instigator. I was forbidden to play with my friend or visit in his home. Although that was years ago and I have since officiated at both of my friend’s parents’ funerals, to this very day I carry a shame for being identified in that act.

Tell us about your experience with stealing or with guilt.

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Charles Haddon Spurgeon, known as the great “prince of preachers”, once told the story of a duke who boarded a galley ship and went below to talk with the criminals manning the oars. He asked several of them what their offenses were. Almost every man claimed he was innocent, blaming someone else or accusing the judge of taking a bribe.

One young fellow, however, replied, “Sir, I deserve to be here. I stole some money. No one is at fault but me. I’m guilty.” Upon hearing this, the duke shouted, “You scoundrel, you! What are you doing here with all these honest men? Get out of their company at once!” The duke ordered that this prisoner be released. He was set free, while the rest were left to tug at the oars. The key to this prisoner’s freedom was his admission of guilt.

That’s also true of 0ur salvation. Until a person is willing to admit, “I am a sinner in need of salvation,” he cannot experience freedom from guilt and condemnation. In Luke 18:13, Jesus praised the man who prayed, “God, be merciful to me a sinner!”

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