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Being Too Certain of the Wrong Things

    My husband tells me that I can be very convincing at times. Some may call it stubborn. But, we both know that my sense of direction is way off. When we trust and truly believe in something that is very wrong (not within God’s word), it may cause us to stray from our faith. One thing for certain, God, who started a good work in me will one day welcome me into Heaven. Guilt can be deceiving. Align your decisions with God’s word and you will make the right decision in the right time. Driving a car in …

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Freed from Guilt

    Psalm 51:1-2 “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.” Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. Psalm 32:5 “Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.” And you forgave the guilt of my sin.” Whenever I make mistakes, I would often feel guilty, more so when …

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Salvation Can Come in Unusual Places

I did not have the privilege of growing up in a Christian home.  Neither of my parents knew the Lord as their Savior until just a few years before going to be home with Him. I can remember as a small child, living in St. Louis, that my mother would walk me to a church so I could go to Sunday School and then she would come back to get me when it was over.  When we moved to Arkansas and lived a small farming community my teacher at school invited me to attend Sunday School.  I was eight years …

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What is Guilt?

Although devotionals are to encourage others, sometimes there are things in our lives that must be coped with before we can enjoy life and its blessings. Since guilt is one such culprit, I feel impressed to discuss this subject. So what is guilt? It is a feeling of responsibility or remorse for an offense, wrong, or thought, real or imagined, that one commits. And in the beginning, it should be said there is real or necessary guilt and there is unnecessary or false guilt. Perhaps all who read this devotion are familiar with guilt as I am: because long before I …

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Guilt: a Horrible Companion

Scripture does not tell us, but Adam and Eve perhaps were the first individuals to cope with grief. God had created them, placed them in the beautiful Garden of Eden, provided everything they could desire, and even walked with them in the cool of the day. He placed only one limitation on their lives: not to eat fruit from the tree of life in the garden. What an ideal life! God further blessed them by giving them the ability to make choices. Have you ever thought about that as a blessing? Though many of us have difficulty making decisions, what a blessing! God made mankind …

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Role of Real Guilt

There is a vast difference between real guilt which leads to conviction of our sins and points us to Jesus and false guilt which is condemnation that keeps reminding us of our past sins and failures even after they are forgiven. This in one of Satan’s most often used and favorite tools, but don’t listen to him: instead quote scripture as Jesus did. This is an excellent one to quote: “For we know that all things work together for good to those that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose. For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the …

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Living With False Guilt?

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 …

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God’s Grace Greater Than Guilt

We have been discussing guilt this week, and have seen that true or real guilt leads to repentance and many times to salvation; however, we saw that false guilt is used by Satan to hinder a believer’s maturity, but God’s grace is greater than our sin and guilt; so let’s focus our thoughts on God’s grace a few minutes. Grace is defined as the unmerited favor and love of God given a person who deserves punishment, but is shown mercy instead. In his first letter to Timothy, Paul explained that he thanked Jesus for putting him in the ministry, when he had been a blasphemer, persecutor, and …

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Living A Guilt-free Life

After a believer’s sin has been forgiven and all guilt removed, she should be able to live her life as free as a bird of the air; however, even birds sometimes have their difficulties. God prepares food for them and knows when one falls to the ground, but even birds of the air have their problems. Nevertheless, soon after a tragedy, notes of cheer can be heard as a mother bird hovers over her empty nest. Nor has God promised to remove all road-blocks from a believers life as she travels her journey of life. Most individuals will face forks in their road of life and will struggle to determine which …