The Lord’s Chosen Devotional Guide
Date: Saturday, July 24th, 2021
Text: 1 John 3: 19-21
Theme: DO NOT LET GUILT HOLD YOU CAPTIVE
Memory Verse: “Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure, but even their mind and conscience is defiled.” (Titus 1:15)
Some people are being held captive by a guilty conscience although the Lord has made provision for them to be free. They are suffering from a guilty conscience because they feel that their sins are too grievous to be forgiven. For example, a person who killed his close relative to do rituals or an armed robber who has killed thousands before they realized Christ might feel that the magnitude of their sins is too much for God to forgive.
This is a lie of the devil. By selling them this lie the devil wants them to doubt the Grace of God that gives salvation freely to anyone that approaches His throne of Grace. Along the line, they may become despondent and lose faith. People under this category should realize that no matter what they have done in the past, God is willing to forgive a truly repentant and contrite heart. Moses and Paul were murderers while David was an adulterer. Yet they were approved by God. Do not let your past becloud your future. Anytime the devil reminds you of your past tell him about your future!
There is yet another category of people that are suffering from guilty conscience because they have not properly confessed their sins to God or those they have wronged by doing the required restitution. For example, the person who killed a family member for rituals must not only ask God for forgiveness but also confess to other members of the family that he was the one responsible for the death of their mutual relative. While this might sound difficult, true repentance requires that you do this to free yourself from a guilty conscience. Until they do so, they will continue to be plagued by guilt.
Are you one of such people? Are you delaying restitution because you are afraid of the reaction of the people you offended? Ask God for the grace to do so without delay to be free from guilt. Remember, if your heart condemns you, God is greater than our hearts. The only way to get rid of a guilty conscience is to confess and do restitution. If you do this, the devil will no longer have a hold over you and you will be free indeed.
Worship/praise God and then take the following prayer points:
1. Dear Lord, Your word says You will by no means cast away those that come to You. Help me to embrace Your free gift of forgiveness today, in Jesus’ name.
2. Father, give me the Grace to do any outstanding restitution and let me find favor before man, in Jesus’ name.
3. Lord, give me a clear and free conscience that will enable me to worship You in truth and spirit, in Jesus’ name.
4. Any accusation and allegation from the pit of hell against our G. O, Mommy in the Lord, and their children, be canceled by the blood of Jesus’ Christ.
5. Any secret plot to cause mayhem and bloodbath in our nation, be halted by the Holy Spirit, in Jesus’ name.
Authored By Pastor Lazarus Muoka.
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