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Three Things that Weaken the Believer, Part 3 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #55)

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TEXT: Psalm 32:1-5

1 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.

2 Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.

3 When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long.

4 For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.

5 I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.

Three Things that Weaken the Believer, Part 3 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #55)

The devil has an abundance of weapons in his arsenal with which he attempts to wound and weaken followers of Jesus Christ. Over the past two weeks, we have looked at how we can combat two of his most-used attacks — the temptation to become fainthearted, and the temptation to doubt God. Today, we are going to look at how we can overcome feelings of guilt in our Christian walk.

Certainly, you have experienced the feeling of guilt; it is not a good feeling. Yet, many Christians go through life burdened down by guilt. There are two types of guilt that we must contend with. The first is natural guilt which comes after we have done something wrong. The second is the feeling of guilt that comes from the condemnation or mental attacks from the devil. One of the devil’s names is the “accuser of the brethren.” He specializes in tormenting believers with reminders of past failures, sins, and shortcomings. Many Christians live under a constant cloud of Satan’s accusations, believing his guilt-inducing words rather than what the Bible says about God’s children.

I’m sure you remember the pilgrim Little-Faith in Pilgrim’s Progress. This unfortunate soul laid down at a dangerous intersection on the Straight and Narrow Way and went to sleep. He was robbed and beat up by Faintheart, Mistrust, and Guilt. Last week, we learned how he never recovered from that attack; he was depressed and despondent throughout the rest of his pilgrimage. Perhaps, part of his problem was that he continued to feel guilty over what had happened to him because he wasn’t strong enough to ward off their attack.

What can we do to combat feelings of guilt and the attacks of condemnation from the devil? Let’s find out as we consider these verses from the 32nd psalm of David. This psalm is described as a “contemplation.” James Montgomery Boice said the Hebrew word for “contemplation” might be better understood as “instruction” as it is full of instruction and worthy of meditation.

First, to combat feelings of guilt, we must make sure that we have confessed our sins. We will not be free from guilt if there is unconfessed sin in our lives. David says there was a time in his life when he “kept silent” regarding his sins. During this time, he said, “my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long. For day and night thy hand [God’s hand] was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer.” David was under stress because of the mental pain of his sin. He felt God’s hand of conviction upon him. Just as one’s mouth goes dry when one is nervous or afraid, David said his moisture was turned to drought.

These symptoms that David experienced were actually a good thing — and if you feel this way about your sin, you should take it as a good sign. This tells you that you have a healthy conscience — a sense of right and wrong. It also tells you that you are a child of God and, as such, He will not let you continue with unconfessed sin in your life. The ‘hand’ of conviction that you feel regarding your sin is the Holy Spirit telling you that you need to confess and repent of it right now. In order to get rid of his guilty feelings, David had to confess his sin to God. He says, “I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord…”

If you try to live the Christian life with unconfessed sin, you are also giving Satan ammunition to use against you. Anytime, you try to engage in spiritual work — prayer, Bible reading, or ministry to others — the devil will use that unconfessed sin to put you on a guilt trip. He will remind you of what you have done, of the secret you are hiding, and you will be crippled in your spiritual walk. Don’t let him do that to you. Take the weapon of guilt out of Satan’s hands by confessing and repenting of your sins today.

 

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If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to share with you briefly how you can be saved from your sins and be guaranteed a home in Heaven with God today.

First, please understand that you are a sinner, just as I am, and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Please understand that because of your sins, you deserve eternal punishment in hell. Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death…This is both physical death and spiritual death in hell. That is the bad news.

But here is the good news. John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.