Palm Sunday: Communion
Sunday, March 25th, 2018: “Getting Over Guilt” • Pastor David R. Stokes
Some final thoughts about SPIRITUAL WARFARE and ‘THE GOOD FIGHT.’ Our persistent enemy, the devil, who is always on the lookout for ways to defeat followers of Jesus (I Peter 5:8), has many “fiery arrows” (Ephesians 6:16) in his arsenal. He deceives, disrupts, distracts, and divides. But there’s at least one more tool Satan uses against us—he is skilled at pushing our “guilt” buttons as “the accuser of the brethren.”
Guilt can be either CONSTRUCTIVE or DESTRUCTIVE. It’s something we’re wired to feel. When driven by the conviction of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God (See: Hebrews 4:12), it can move us toward God’s mercy and grace. When unresolved, however, it can lead to self-destructive behavior and further bind us to those things in our lives we want to change for the better.
How can we tell the difference between authentic guilt driven by God’s conviction and unhealthy guilt that comes from the “accuser”? Well, simply put, it God is involved, He will be drawing us toward Himself. If it’s the enemy, the guilt will push us away from Him and more into ourselves and our sin.
We can defeat the “accuser of the brethren,” according to the scriptures three ways:
The atoning work of Christ on the cross (“blood of the lamb”)
Having a lifestyle that matches our words (“word of their testimony”)
In-depth surrender and sacrifice before God (“loved not their lives”)
As we reflect on the elements of the Gospel this week (“Holy Week”), let’s all rededicate our lives to our Lord as a “living sacrifice.”
- How often has guilt seemed to drag me down and short-circuit my spiritual joy and power?
- Why did Peter (the DENIER) become an effective servant of God, while Judas (the BETRAYER) destroyed himself? After all, didn’t they both feel “guilty” about what they did?
- What specific tools does God use to bring authentic conviction into our lives?