And the LORD said, "I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the LORD, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.  Ex 33:19  

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In Genesis we find that man became a living being as God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life. Christ’s creative work continues as we accept Christ and He breathes into us spiritual life. This is a life found through faith in Christ Jesus. At this point, many Christians stumble and never fully recover. This comes as sin re-enters our life through our own disobedience. We discover that as sin separates man from God prior to conversion, so sin separates us from fellowship with God after conversion.

This broken fellowship brings guilt. The progression goes something like this:

1. We become new believers; we are forgiven and clean.

2. We sin again! (it’s inevitable; happens to every one of us)

A. We try to pray but our prayers don’t seem to get through.

B. We try to read the Bible but it has lost its sweetness.

C. Guilt grows.

3. Satan accuses us.

A. We try to defend ourselves against Satan’s accusations. (A mistake)

B. We try to turn over a new leaf to conquer our sin problem; (our focus is on our sinfulness)

C. We try to prove ourselves worthy of God’s love.

4. The cycle continues, leading to greater frustration and defeat.


Ephesians 2:8, 9 tells us, “For by grace are you saved, through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is a gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” As we were saved by grace through faith, so we must continue to live the Christian life. This is not a new problem. In Paul’s letter to the Galatians, he accuses them in 5:4 of ‘falling from grace’. He did not mean that they had lost their salvation, but they had lost sight of being accepted by grace through faith and were living like they had to keep the law to merit or maintain their relationship with God.

1John 2:1 tells us that we should not practice sin but “if we sin” we have an advocate and HE is righteous. As Jesus hung on Calvary he said, “It is finished.” The sacrifice for our sins was complete. We cannot add to what he has already done. We cannot be ‘good enough’ for God; we cannot earn our salvation!

For some reason, God Loves You!

For some reason, God values you!

For some reason, God accepts you! That reason is Jesus!

Satan’s lie is: You’ve got to live a life worthy of your calling.

The Truth is: God requires confession (agreement with HIM) regarding your sin and fellowship can be restored.

Satan accuses you; Satan tells you that God can’t use you; that you’re unacceptable,

But God’s truth exposes Satan’s lie and delivers you from the defeat of guilt.

The truth is:

1. 1John 2:1 – When we sin again, (and we all do) we have an advocate and HE is righteous.

2. John 19:30 – On Calvary Jesus said His sacrifice was complete. I am accepted because of what HE did, not what I can do.

3. 1John 1:9 - I can restore fellowship by agreeing with God regarding my sin.

To Overcome Guilt:

1. Confess your sin

2. Focus on Jesus – not your sin problem

3. “Praise” your guilt away! (When Satan accuses you, use that as an opportunity to praise God for His salvation; for His deliverance; for His forgiveness; for His acceptance; for your adoption into His family.) This is based on the realization of our position in Christ.

Guilt prior to confession is of God. This is conviction.

Guilt after confession is of Satan. This is condemnation.