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Series: Conquering Your Giants Sermon: Conquering the Giant Guilt Text: Rom. 8:1-4 Preaching/Date: Rick Messer/ April 20, 2008

Introduction: We all like to travel and take trips, but I have yet to find anyone who enjoys a guilt trip, have you? They are the worst! You mess up just one time and the next thing you know you are the cruise ship "Heavy Guilt" and the trip plays out like a bad T.V. drama! Except there's doesn't seem to be an off switch and you can't turn the channel and the show keeps playing and over and over again the same lines are used... "You should have known better." "How could you do something like that?" "What were you thinking?" "You will never be able to share your faith again!" or "Where's your faith?" And the coup de grace of all guilt trip lines, "And you call yourself a Christian?" No one likes a guilt trip. Except the giant guilt and his master satan. He loves them and he wants to take all of you on one as soon as possible and

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get this no reservations are necessary, it is first come first serve and there is unlimited seating on this cruise. But I have good news for you today especially for those who are Christians who just can't seem to get off of this terrible cruise line of guilt. Because not only can you get off this guilt trip...better yet, you can conquer the giant of guilt himself and be free of your guilt forever! But how can we get a refund from this terrible giant? He say's "You paid for the ticket in full and it is "non-refundable". But friends, if you are in Christ I have good news for you. Because Christ has taken all your guilt and shame upon himself and He has redeemed your ticket for you through his blood!. And its only in Christ our Rock, our Stong Tower, our Defender, that we can defeat this ruthless foe who shows no distinction between gender or age? Who like terrorists lurk about in the shadows following his evil masters bidding to murder, maim, and mutilate without discretion or remorse? I believe that in Christ we can have victory over this giant by employing three weapons He has provided for us in our spiritual arsenal. They are: Knowledge, Procedure, and Receiving. By doing this when it comes to

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guilt you will be able to rid yourself of guilt and live in the victory that Christ offers to all His children. So the first weapon we need to use is: I. Knowledge: Know The Difference The phrase: "Know your enemy" is especially true when it comes to defeating guilt. Because there are different types of guilt that we need to be aware of if we're going to defeat this giant. Different Types of Guilt. 1. No Guilt. Now this may seem a little strange at first, but there are actually some people who do not feel guilt or remorse about anything they do. They are described in the Bible as having their consciences seared with a hot iron. They are described in (Romans 1:28-32 NIV) " (28) Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. (29) They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, (30) slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their

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parents; (31) they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. (32) Although they know God's righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them." Friends, we need to be very concerned when we meet people who have no guilt or remorse! Because that type of guilt and that kind of person is very , very, dangerous. Now let's contrast that with another form of guilt we'll call appropriate guilt. 2. Appropriate Guilt. Folks who have appropriate guilt feel guilty and convicted because of sin in their life. And their godly sorrow is healthy, appropriate and needed. To these people guilt is like that nagging voice within us that is intended to bring us to a realization that there is a higher standard to follow and we have fallen short of it. They're able to recognize guilt in its proper light and it allows them to see that there is a right way and a wrong way for people to behave, and that there are standards of good and evil and certainly that there are behaviors and actions that are worthy of guilt which will be the catalyst for behavior change.

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The Bible tells us in (2 Corinthians 7:10 NIV) " (10) Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death." Appropriate guilt leads to Godly sorrow. Appropriate guilt is as a safeguard that tells our conscience mind we have done something that is wrong or inappropriate and out of line with the life God has called His children to. This enables the Christian to do the right thing when called upon. Which is extremely important to God. So much so that we are told in (James 4:17 NIV) " (17) Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins." This type of guilt helps people recognize this truth. And then there is what we call unfounded guilt. This is the realm of the giant and his master! 3. Unfounded Guilt. Unfounded guilt is exactly what it means...unfounded. This type of guilt makes people feel guilty about something they shouldn't. And this is why the giant guilt is so

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pervasive and dangerous. Because unlike the other giants we may have to conquer...this giant, creeps around in our own mind ready to strike out at us the first time we fail in thought or deed! And once he starts he doesn't stop...he keeps going and going until he succeeds in destroying our confidence in Christ. And this is why our enemy the devil is so dangerous; because even with guilt he has taken something meant for good and twisted and distorted it to his destructive ends. You see if we "feel" guilty all of the time, then there is an imbalance in our mental attitude about our actions and ourselves. We are allowing the emotion of guilt to control us and that is what is wrong. This is why it is so important for us to examine our life and thoughts on a daily basis. As Paul said in (Romans 12:2 NIV) " (2) Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will." By doing so we can correctly evaluate the guilt we are feeling based upon the word of God and not the ever changing climate of human wisdom and

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standards. And using this knowledge and evaluating the type of guilt we are having: No guilt, Appropriate Guilt, or Unfounded guilt will help us destroy the enemy and His schemes against us. Let me ask you something, do you have reason to feel guilty? Have you offended someone, broken the law, or acted in an anti-social way? If the answer to these questions is no, then feeling guilty is a guilt trip, being used by satan to harm you and steal the grace that Christ offers you. If the answer is yes, and you have no remorse or guilt then you truly need to take some time to evaluate your relationship with Christ before your mind becomes so corrupted that it becomes seared and you can no longer recognize right from wrong. If the answer is yes, then your guilt is appropriate and you should take the steps to remove that guilt. But is there a method or process that we can use to effectively remove our guilt and destroy the vile one who hurls that guilt upon us? I believe there is. II. The Process of Removing Guilt. (Psalm 51:1-4,9-14) Now most of us are familiar with King David. In fact David

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faced many giants in his life: the giant of fear, the giant of lust, the giant of pride, and even a real giant! But he also had to face an conquer the giant of guilt. And using his methods we can also learn how to destroy our own giant of guilt too. In 2 Samuel 11-12, David has an affair with a married woman, Bathsheba. When the woman gets pregnant and David can't cover it up, he has Bathsheba's husband killed. When the baby is born, David feels like he has pulled the deception off until a prophet comes to him and confronts him. The prophet tells David that because of his sin, his son would die. After this, David started to acknowledge and deal with his guilt (By the way, you can read what David wrote about this in Psalms 32 & 51). Today we will look at the different types of guilt and the process of healing our guilt: Let's take a look at the psalms he wrote: (Psalm 51:1-4 NIV) " (1) For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba. Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. (2) Wash

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away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. (3) For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. (4) Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge." (Psalm 51:9-14 NIV) " (9) Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity. (10) Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. (11) Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. (12) Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. (13) Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will turn back to you.

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from bloodguilt, O God, the God who saves me, and my tongue will sing of your righteousness." Notice the process involved here for removing guilt from your life. 1. Acknowledgement --Admit and specifically acknowledge your sin. 2. Repentance --Change directions, and choose to not live a life of sin but a life of submission to God. 3. Confession --Verbalize your sin and confess it to God and to those you've offended.

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4. Remorse --Let your sinful choices break your heart and be sorry. 5. Acceptance --Receive God's forgiveness, and don't question it; just trust God's Promise to forgive you. (Psalm 32:5) And with that I want to focus on that final thought in the process acceptance. III. Living In God's Grace and Forgiveness One thing David was sure of was that he could not conquer the giant of guilt by himself--and neither can we. The only way to cleanse our sin and our guilt is through the blood of Jesus, by whom all men are saved. It is through His sacrifice that our guilt is removed and our sins forgiven. God has made it possible for us to be connected to Him through the blood of His Son. Jesus said, (John 15:5 NIV) " (5) "I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." When you are connected to the Father through Jesus, you are

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connected to your life source. Just as a branch is sustained by the vine it's attached to, we are sustained by being attached to Him. If you'll keep your heart humble before the Lord and stay connected to Him through prayer and the study of His Word, you'll see that giant of guilt begin to be replaced with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and self control. And when you stay connected to Jesus, you'll be empowered and equipped for every circumstance, and you'll live as an overcomer in every area of your life! And you will conquer the giants of fear, death, pride, anger and guilt!

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