As we read in yesterday’s devotional thought, real guilt is necessary and should lead to repentance. I believe every believer, no matter the age when saved, felt at least some guilt before asking Jesus to be Savior of his/her life. Then after salvation, when we sin the Holy Spirit convicts of that sin, but when it is confessed, we should accept God’s promise: “If we confess our sin, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1John 1: 9
We should believe the sin was forgiven and let it go; then there should be no room for false guilt! “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” John 16:1
Satan is the master accuser, and he delights in reminding believers of past sins, skeletons in the closet, and our failures. He knows he cannot reclaim our lives; so he will do all in his power to hinder our Christian service and maturity. Also Satan is the author of discouragement. It’s a blessing when one of God’s children internalizes the truth that when God gives us some work to do, He equips us to accomplish that work; so when teaching God’s word or speaking before a group of people, and your hands are sweating and your knees knocking together: remind Satan of this truth: “We are God’s workmen, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God has foreordained that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2: 10.
Satan also delights in reminding believers of past failures; he wants us to be weak sniveling creatures weighed down with past mistakes and failures. But that’s not the will of God for His children. We’re His heirs and joint-heirs with His Son, Jesus Christ, so remember whose child you are when Satan tries to discourage your best work.
Father, Thank You for helping me overcome much of the fear that interfered when teaching and doing other work for you. Instead of focusing on You and Your grace, my thoughts were focused on me and my inadequacies. I thank You and pray in Jesus’ Name. Amen.