March 5, 2020

Today’s Promise

I Live Guilt-Free

1 John 3:19-20

We will know by this that we are of the truth, and will assure our heart before Him in whatever our heart condemns us; for God is greater than our heart and knows all things.

Do you struggle with guilt?

Do you often feel condemned? Because of the blood of Jesus, you can live guilt-free.

For many Christians, Guilt is a way of life. When they pray, they feel overwhelmed by a sense of guilt and shame. Every time an opportunity for service arrives, they feel unworthy for God to use them. Their Christian life is frustrating because they never get past the guilt of their past sins.

Many people confuse guilty feelings, with God speaking to them.

Let me give you a couple of things to help you understand how guilt works in your life. 

First, it is true; sometimes, we feel guilty because we are. When we sin, the Holy Spirit speaks to our hearts about that sin to bring about repentance. It’s important we understand that the Holy Spirit reminds us of a sin so we can repent and live in victory over it. God convicts us for a purpose; to bring about a change in our life.

Once we confess and repent of a sin, God never brings it up again. God has removed our sin as far as the east is to the west. (Ps. 103:12)

The problem begins when you start listening to your feelings instead of the Holy Spirit.

Some of us have a hard time forgiving ourselves. Too often, we watch reruns of our past sins and mistakes. We ask forgiveness again and again, but nothing seems to happen. Because of this, we feel unworthy, unloved, and condemned. 

This is false guilt.

It is a tool of Satan to keep your beaten down and ashamed. When you experience guilt or conviction, but there is nothing you can do about it; it’s false guilt. When you confess your sin, but you still feel condemned, it’s false guilt.

Satan uses this false guilt to make you feel bad and keep you condemned. You don’t move forward in your walk with the Lord because your false guilt is always before you.

God desires for you to live a guilt-free life by the power of the Holy Spirit. When you sin, you repent, receive forgiveness, and move forward in your Christian life. 

Look at that promise again.

We will know by this that we are of the truth, and will assure our heart before Him in whatever our heart condemns us; for God is greater than our heart and knows all things. – 1 John 3:19-20

Make this confession.

  • In Jesus Christ, I am free from guilt and condemnation.
  • I understand that sometimes my heart condemns me.
  • I will listen to the Holy Spirit’s voice over what my heart says.
  • I live guilt-free because of the blood of Jesus Christ.

In Jesus Name,

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  1. Jessica Roberts March 5, 2020 at 9:42 am - Reply

    Thank you for this message this morning. You have no idea how much you reminded me of Gods love and mercy.

    God bless u!

    • Billy Taylor March 5, 2020 at 5:48 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much. I am so glad I can be an encouragement to you. – Billy

  2. Sheryl March 5, 2020 at 10:31 pm - Reply

    “as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.”
    ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭103:12‬ ‭

    This daily promise is SO helpful! We must not be ignorant of the enemy’s schemes. When we hold up God’s truth, it renders the lie powerless.
    Thank you for encouraging us with the promises in God’s Word!

  3. Patricia Lyons March 6, 2020 at 9:13 am - Reply

    It seems like feeling guilty is my middle name. I’ve become so used to feeling this way, that it’s a part of me now. Thank you for this timely message. In Jesus’ name I am free from guilt and condemnation. These are words I’ll repeat until they are a part of me.

    • Billy Taylor March 6, 2020 at 10:47 am - Reply

      Patricia, I am proud of you for seeing this in your life. I am praying God shows you His complete forgiveness and you see guilt fall away from you. – Billy

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