ARE WE REALLY GUILTY?

By: Lee Pierce
 

Do your actions in life ever bring on feelings of guilt before God? I know mine do, quite regularly I’m afraid. I know for a fact that I sin several times a day, every single day! The good news—if you can call it that—is I usually feel very guilty when I recognize that I’ve sinned.  And I typically rush to ask God to forgive me, and, this is most important I believe, I ask for that forgiveness after I’ve apologized to Him for my actions.

 

But do I really need to ask God for forgiveness? I’ve written about this before. I long ago came to believe that to ask God for forgiveness once we are clothed in the righteousness of Christ is not necessary. We can surely be sorrowful when we sin and can rightfully apologize for those actions, of course. But ask for forgiveness again? Maybe not; in fact maybe that’s a sin of disbelief in itself!

 

I was reading about forgiveness recently and about the quandary of objective truth versus subjective feelings. When I sin, objectively I’m truly guilty. I may or may not subjectively feel guilty (hopefully, my conscience has been well informed by the Word and the work of the Holy Spirit and I always feel guilty when I have sinned!). But the fact remains; when I sin I’m factually guilty before God. I’ve broken His law. In a passage I read in Dr. R.C. Sproul’s Tabletalk, it stated, “…our transgressions of God’s law provoke in us a subjective sense of guilt that can be quite burdensome.” Amen to that, and I would want it no other way!

 

The way this should work is this: when we sin, we confess our sin to God and then turn from that sin. But, at least for me, sometimes, those feelings of guilt just hang on. I recognize clearly that God has been so good to me and does so much for me that I often feel guilt so deeply when I fail Him. But here is the bottom line: I think I should rather be feeling sorrow for my short-comings rather than guilt. I hate it when I hurt God with my failings but I shouldn’t feel guilt. No, God long ago has forgiven me when I accepted His Son as my Lord and Savior. As Tabletalk put it: “To question our forgiveness when we have confessed our sin to God and turned from it…is to incur more sin. It is a sin to disbelieve God, and that is what we do when we hold onto our guilt….” And the article concludes with this great thought: “For when God forgives us, He forgives us forever.”

 

So, when you sin—which you will, of course—express your sorrow for that to God (apologize to Him), and then move away from that sin, confident that God has already forgiven you. And then work hard to please Him by your efforts to avoid that sin. God, more then any other, knows we’re fallen creatures, quite capable of repeated sin, yet He stills loves us and shows us that love every day without fail.



LIFE COACHES…HOW DO YOU FIND THE BEST ONE? 

By Anita Mondragon
 
Nowadays…you hear a lot about Life Coaches.  Everyone wants their own, ‘personal” life coach.  I know I need to make some changes in my own life…so I went to google to find out exactly just what a life coach really is.  Here’s what google told me….

“We help people move forward and set personal and professional goals that will give them the life they really want. Most life coaching clients are healthy, successful people who might be a bit stuck or simply want to make a big change in their lives and want the support of their own personal coach to do so.”

Okay.  That’s exactly what I thought a life coach was 

Then I wanted to know the cost of employing a life coach….

 “Life coaches charge rates similar to other helping professionals. Most life coaches charge somewhere between $75 and $200 per hour. However, you can find coaches who fall outside of that range.”

Well, I shared all of that with you because we are ALL IN NEED OF A LIFE COACH!! Read more…



THE WHITE HORSE

By Anita Mondragon

“And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, “Come and see.”

And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow, and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.  Revelation 6:1-2

When I was fourteen years old, my dad pastored a church on the West side of Denver.  Every Summer, we had Vacation Bible School (VBS).  One year, all the lessons during that week, were about Jesus coming back on a white horse, leading the armies of Heaven.

I remember seeing four little boys in attendance, all about six years of age.  They had never been to VBS before, and were loving every minute of it!  One of the boys in particular, was especially enthralled with the white horse that Jesus is going to ride one day.  He kept telling everyone he’d meet, “I want to go Heaven and ride a white horse with Jesus when He goes into battle!”  One day, while at VBS, he knelt down on his knees, and asked Jesus to save him so that he could ride in the battle on that Great Day.

About two weeks later, Read more…



BUT GOD…

By Anita Mondragon
 
I heard a statement the other day that totally changed my mind about myself….It was this:
 
“Don’t allow yourself to be defined by those who leave.”
 
I’ve had a lot of people leave in my life.  Left in a burning house when I was four years old, because a box of books seemed more important than me.  Left on an empty apartment floor after being raped.  Left alone for nine months while carrying a child-the result of that rape.  Left twice due to divorce.  All of their departures made me feel worthless, unloved, unwanted, unappreciated, alone.  I could use more words, but you get the picture.
 
I gave my all to these people, and they abandoned me in return for my loyalty to them.  Has that ever happened to you?  I’m pretty sure if we’re honest, it’s happened to all of us.  But God…

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GRACE

By Anita Mondragon
 
 
If you are a born again Believer…you know about grace.  If you’re not, the definition is simple.  It is the unmerited favor of God upon you.  In simpler terms, that just means, we don’t get what we deserve…we receive love, mercy and forgiveness instead.
 
It’s easy to obtain grace-at least from God.  All we have to do is confess our sins and He will forgive us.  However, it’s not that easy to receive grace from others because they usually don’t want to give it!  
 
The point is… Read more…


A Square Peg and  A Round Hole

by Anita Mondragon
 
I found myself a little more than annoyed this morning when I was awakened by these words:  “You can’t fit a square peg into a round hole…”  This phrase played over and over in my mind like a stuck record.
 
I was in a sweet slumber, reveling in the warmth of my fuzzy blanket, when those words shattered my peace!  Finally I said out loud, “What are you talkin’ about Lord?”
 
Some of you may ask how I knew it was the Lord.  Well, that’s the way He talks to me.  My mind always has a million tasks I need to finish…a long list of things going through it at any given time, so God has to sound like a broken record before I hear Him.
 
That being said, the next words I heard were, “Get up and start writing.”  Read more…


JESUS DOESN’T CARE!

By Anita Mondragon

Some of you may be scratching your head right now saying, “Now…wait a minute!  I thought this was a Godly blog…” Read more…



BLOOD…OR WATER? WHICH ONE SAVES?

By Anita Mondragon

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace.  Eph. 1:7

the blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son cleanses us from all sin. -1 John 1: 7 (b) Read more…



“COME WITH ME…IF YOU WANT TO LIVE!”

By Anita Mondragon

 

SUICIDE IS RUNNING RAMPANT IN THE WORLD TODAY.  IT IS EVEN PREVELANT IN CHILDREN AS YOUNG AS 9 YEARS OLD!  AS I THOUGHT ABOUT THIS FACT, I RECALLED THE EIGHT WORDS SPOKEN IN A MOVIE…COME WITH ME IS YOU WANT TO LIVE!


WHOLE HEARTED

By Anita Mondragon
Every promise I have drawn from my Promise Box lately, has been about standing firm in the Lord, a shifting in the Spirit, a sifting…change…moving forward, for the Kingdom of God.  Read more…