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Are you trapped by the bondage of guilt feelings?
You are not alone!
There is a way you can enjoy living a life that is 100% guilt-free.
- How do you feel about lugging around the guilt of your past poor choices?
- How is it possible for us to feel whole while we persistently struggle and fight deep within the root of our heart with almost debilitating guilt, shame, and fear?
- Does it sometimes seem as though the more desperately we try to escape from the guilt we feel – the more desperate we become?
- Why does it feel like we are hopelessly shackled to our past poor choices? Why can we not take control of our mind and once-and-for-all – break free from the bondage of guilt?
As dismal as guilt and shame may feel to us, we do have the absolute power to live a life 100% free from guilt and shame. We have the absolute power to break free right now!
What does absolute mean?
Absolute is defined as follows:
Without limit, complete, consummate, downright, entire, flat out, free, full, infinite, no catch, no fine print, no holds barred, no ifs ands or buts, no joke, no strings attached, outright, pure, sheer, simple, straight out, supreme, thorough, total, unabridged, unadulterated, unconditional, unlimited, unqualified, and unrestricted.
Why We Struggle with Guilt Feelings
There are two reasons why guilty feelings continue to haunt you. Either you do not recognize that you are completely connected to absolute power and control from an absolute source, or you are aware of your absolute source, but choose not to call upon and apply the absolute power that has been divinely designed and made available for you.
First I begin by saying that you are a divine creation of God. You can never be separate from Him who created you.
Think of God as the ocean and you as a container. In moments of doubt, you must always remember that you are a container of God.
Think of a single droplet of water. By itself, it is separate from it source. The single droplet of water has no intrinsic power when it is separate from its source. This water droplet’s source is the oceans of the world. Eventually this droplet of water will evaporate and ultimately return to its source. While in its liquid form and separate from its source, it loses its power of its source. While you are separated in your mind from your source, you are disconnected from your divine or absolute power and you lose the divine or absolute power of your source. Just like the droplet of water, you too will change form and ultimately return to your source. As long as you feel disconnected from God, you lose the divine or absolute power of your source – which is the unlimited power to create, to be miraculous, and to experience the absolute power of joy. A droplet of water disconnected from its divine or absolute source symbolizes your ego.
Think again about the droplet of water. That is your ego. Your ego is defined as what and how you think about people, places, and things. Ego is that state of awareness which thinks of you as separate from others. Your ego also tells you that you are separate from everything that is missing in your life. So you must spend a great deal of energy chasing after what is missing. Your ego keeps you in a constant state of fear, worry, anxiety, stress, and feelings of guilt for past poor choices. Your ego keeps you in a separate status from God and absolute power.
Embracing Your Absolute Divinity
There is no place God is not. It has been said that God sleeps in the minerals, rests in the vegetables, walks in the animals, and thinks in us.
You are a divine creation of God. You can never be separate for Him who created you. This is absolute.
- God is absolute light. (1 John 1:5)
- God is absolute love. (1 John 4:8, 16)
- God is absolute righteousness. (1 John 2:29)
- God is absolute life. (1 John 5:11-12)
- God is absolute truth. (2 John)
- God is absolute goodness. (3 John)
God’s Word is absolute. In 2 Timothy 3:16 we read, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.”
Did you know that Jesus provides us with absolute forgiveness? Jesus has extended an absolute pardon for your sins past, present, and yes, future. For all times in all circumstances, we have been absolutely pardoned. This is absolute power!
We Have Absolute Security
As children of God, or in other words, the moment you accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of your life, God made freely available to you absolute security and absolute power. This does not mean that Christians are free to go about sinning or living outside of God’s divine and absolute design. It does not mean that as a child re-born into the Body of Christ you will not ever again struggle with temptations, worldly cravings, or sin. What absolute security and absolute power means is that your name has been permanently inscribed into the Lamb’s Book of Life and that God will provide all that you could ever need. This is absolute!
Let us now turn to and study God’s Word in 1 John. First John was written by the aged apostle John in the year A.D. 90, most likely from Ephesus. Unlike the other apostles, he does not address his letter to any church or any particular person. He writes to all Christians, old and young (2:12-14). He calls Christians by a tender word teknia – which means “born ones” or “bairns.” God is dealing with His very own born-again children.
John told us why he wrote his Gospel – that “ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through His name” (John 20:31).
He wrote the Epistle that those who believe in Christ might KNOW that they have eternal life (5:13). KNOW can be defined as “absolute.”
Let us turn to the Gospel of John 20:31 and read it along with 1 John 5:13.
John 20:31 (NLT): But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have life by the power of his name.
1 John 5:13 (NLT): I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life.
The Gospel of John was written to show us how we might receive eternal life. The Epistle of 1 John was written to assure you, who now believes, that you indeed have eternal life by believing “that Jesus is the Christ.” The Epistle of 1 John appears to have been intended as a companion to the Gospel of John, and the word “know” is used more than 30 times in this short letter. I would encourage you to underline the word “know” each time you discover it.
John wrote for four reasons:
- That you might be happy – 1:4
- That you might not sin – 2:1
- That you might be on guard against error – 2:26
- That you might KNOW – 5:13
John, Jesus and You
Someone well named this Epistle (Letter) of 1 John the “Really and truly Epistle.” It has an absolute, exultant tone all the way through. John was the disciple whom Jesus loved. He stood close to Him on the cross at Calvary. John looked into the empty tomb on that morning of the Resurrection. On the island of Patmos, John was lifted by the Spirit and saw a door opened into heaven. John gives us his on-scene eyewitness of the facts. He was there! John wrote it – we read it. This puts us only a single degree of separation from our living God, Jesus Himself. That is absolute! “There is no possibility of doubt about it.” “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our own eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life” – JESUS! John gives us absolute evidence for his knowledge. He has heard and seen and handled the Word of life. He longs to bring you and I into intimate fellowship with the Father and His Son, that their joy might be full (1 John 1:3-4, 7; 2:13-14).
1 John 1:3-4 (NLT): 3 We proclaim to you what we ourselves have actually seen and heard so that you may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 4 We are writing these things so that you may fully share our joy.
1 John 1:7 (NLT): But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.
1 John 2:13-14 (NLT): 13 I am writing to you who are mature in the faith because you know Christ, who existed from the beginning. I am writing to you who are young in the faith because you have won your battle with the evil one.
14 I have written to you who are God’s children because you know the Father. I have written to you who are mature in the faith because you know Christ, who existed from the beginning. I have written to you who are young in the faith because you are strong. God’s word lives in your hearts, and you have won your battle with the evil one.
In order for you to break the ties of guilty feelings in your life, you must believe by knowing. You know your name, right? You know your age, right? You are certain of where you are at this very moment in time and space, right? That is what I mean by knowing with absolute certainty.
Believing and Knowing
What if every time you say, “I believe in you Jesus,” you exchange the word “believe” and say, I KNOW you Jesus?”
Replace, “I believe you have forgiven my past mistakes” with “I KNOW you have forgiven my past mistakes and will continue to do as I confess my sins before you.”
Replace, “I believe God when He tells me, I will blot out your sins for my own sake and will never think of them again” with “I KNOW God when He tells me, I will blot out your sins for my own sake and will never think of them again” (Isaiah 43:25).
Replace, “I believe Jesus is the Way, the truth, and the life” with “I KNOW Jesus is the Way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6).
Replace, “I believe God loves me” with “I KNOW God loves me.”
Replace, “I believe confusion and strife comes from the devil” with I KNOW confusion and strife comes from the devil.”
Replace, “I believe that God’s love and hope for me is defined by the fruit of His Holy Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control” with “I KNOW that God’s love and hope for me is defined by the fruit of His Holy Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”
Replace, “I believe Christ took my punishment” with “I KNOW Christ took my punishment” (Romans 3:21-24).
Romans 3:21-24 (NLT): 21 But now God has shown us a way to be made right with him without keeping the requirements of the law, as was promised in the writings of Moses and the prophets long ago. 22 We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.
23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. 24 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.
Now, let us go through this passage once again. This time, I will add the words, “KNOW” and “ABSOLUTE” to help you better understand that you can know that you have access to an absolute power that can free you from fear, guilt, and shame from this moment on.
Romans 3:21-24 (NLT): 21 But now I KNOW God has shown ME a way to be made ABSOLUTE with him without keeping the requirements of the law, as was MADE ABSOLUTE in the writings of Moses and the prophets long ago. 22 I KNOW I AM made ABSOLUTE with God by placing MY KNOWING in Jesus Christ. And this is ABSOLUTE for ME who KNOWS, no matter WHAT.
23 For I KNOW everyone has sinned; I KNOW all fall short of God’s ABSOLUTE standard. 24 Yet I KNOW God, with undeserved kindness, declares that I AM ABSOLUTE. I KNOW He did this through Christ Jesus when He freed ME ABSOLUTELY from the ABSOLUTE penalty for MY sins.
Jesus Knew God, So Must You
In the wilderness while Jesus fasted for 40 days, he was tired and hungry as the devil tried his very best to trip Jesus up by putting his spin on God’s Holy Word. The devil wound up with a big surprise, one that he was not prepared to receive. You see Jesus did not just believe in God, Jesus knew God. Jesus did not just hear the Word, Jesus knew the Word. It is one thing to say we believe – it is another to actually know what is right and true and of God, so much so, that we act upon what it is we do know. We know how to walk, so we walk. We know how to talk, so we talk. We know how to eat, so we eat. We know to sleep, so we sleep. Is it such a stretch to know God is God and praise Him for who we know He is? Is it such a stretch to know that because God is for you – you can know He has set you free indeed?
Bound By Guilt and Shame
Guilt and shame are nothing more than thoughts in your mind. Have you ever seen the color of guilt? Does guilt come in a variety of shapes and sizes? Might we find a Sunday insert with a “Get 10% off guilt this weekend only” coupon? Can you smell, hear, touch, see, or taste guilt? When you know that God has dropped the charges for the various sins committed in your life, you can know that you have been made free of guilt. What would happen if you just filled your car’s gas tank to the brim and you were to say to yourself, just to be on the safe side, I better add another 10 dollars’ worth? Why would you that? Your tank was already topped-off. The gas station attendant would certainly have to wonder what you were thinking. So, why when you know that God has fully forgiven you do you continue to dwell on what no longer exists? It would be like God remembers not what you did, yet you go right ahead and punch yourself in the head. Then God, like the gas station attendant would say, “Wow! Someone did not get my memo.”
Do you want to know how to be made absolute and completely guilt-free? Would you like to fully be purified once and forever? Would you like to start with a perfectly clean slate?
Here is what you must know and do to be made absolute:
- KNOW that God is ABSOLUTE.
- KNOW that Jesus Christ is LORD.
- KNOW that God hears your every prayer request.
- KNOW that God will answer your ever prayer request (according to His will).
- KNOW that you are a sinner.
- KNOW that God’s forgiveness for every sin you have ever committed or will commit is final and ABSOLUTE.
- KNOW that God is in the process of making you righteous and ABSOLUTE.
- KNOW that your sins past, present, and future have already been paid for, courtesy of Jesus.
- KNOW that because of God’s ABSOLUTE forgiveness, you have ABSOLUTE nothing to feel guilty about anymore.
- KNOW that the next time you are guilty of sin, you will immediatly ask God to once again make you whole, and KNOW that He will!
- KNOW that the aforementioned steps are in 100% alignment with God’s holy will and design for you and all of His anointed children.
- Praise God’s glorious grace, and praise the name of Jesus at all times and in all circumstances!
Question: Now that you have completed these steps, what in heaven’s name are you “guilty” of?
Answer: Nothing! Praise Jesus!
Let our every success be attributed to and defined uniquely by the glory of God. Let us be Holy Spirit-filled. Let us stand strong and obedient in the perfect love of Jesus. Let us follow God’s will and seek God’s approval in all things, and never place man’s flawed and arrogant sense of wisdom in front of God’s perfect wisdom, will and purpose for our life. Let us pray to gain God’s wisdom in all we might think or do, and fervently give God all the glory in all things and at all times. Let us all get to know God better. Amen.
May almighty God bless you always,
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