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Not Guilty!

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feature winter girl toqueSo now anyone who is in Christ Jesus is not judged guilty.”  Romans 8:1 (ERV)

I believe condemnation and guilt has been a great discouragement for many in the Body of Christ.  Too many have left the church and their relationship with the Lord, feeling they are no longer worthy of His love.

The Bible is filled with many stories of those that failed greatly.  Let’s take a look at David and Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11).  David stayed home from war. He saw Bathsheba on the roof bathing and sent for her.  To make a long story short, she became pregnant and he had her husband killed after he refused to lay with his wife.   When you read Psalm 51 and many of David’s Psalms you will find that David knew how to get back into God’s good graces. I believe this is why God referred to him as a man after his own heart. If David can pray and ask for God’s forgiveness after doing what he did, why can’t we?

In Psalm 32:5 David said God instantly forgave him of his guilt. He did not continue carrying it. It did not keep him out of fellowship with the Father.  Many of us, however, feel as though we have no right in His presence. Hebrews 4:16 says we should come boldly before the throne of grace to receive the help we need in our failures. The Lord is the only one that can help us get back on track. David believed God would be gracious to him. If he can believe that and Jesus had not died yet, how much more can we?  His blood shed on the cross left us with NO CHARGES!! We, as born again believers, are NOT GUILTY in the eyes of our Father. Our penalties have been PAID IN FULL by the blood of the Lamb!!! Now that is good news!

My prayer for you today is that you will no longer believe the lies of the enemies. No longer walk in condemnation or guilt. The past is the past.  You are a child of the King and He wants to be in fellowship with you. He loves you dearly. It is time to freely receive His grace in your life and begin to move forward. Forgive yourself, He already has.

By Mary Pinckney

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