Summary: This is a sermon dealing with the guilt a person may be carrying around and how to get ride of it.
Do You Have A Guilty Conscience?
1 A Psalm of David. A Contemplation. Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered.
2Blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity,
And in whose spirit there is no deceit.
3When I kept silent, my bones grew old
Through my groaning all the day long.
4For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me;
My vitality was turned into the drought of summer.
5I acknowledged my sin to You, And my iniquity I have not hidden.
I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,"
And You forgave the iniquity of my sin.
6For this cause everyone who is godly shall pray to You
In a time when You may be found; Surely in a flood of great waters
They shall not come near him.
7You are my hiding place;You shall preserve me from trouble;
You shall surround me with songs of deliverance.
8I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will guide you with My eye.
9Do not be like the horse or like the mule, Which have no understanding,
Which must be harnessed with bit and bridle,
Else they will not come near you.
10Many sorrows shall be to the wicked;
But he who trusts in the LORD, mercy shall surround him.
11Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, you righteous;
And shout for joy, all you upright in heart!
Is there something in your past that keeps bothering you?
Is there something you did that nobody else knows about?
Is there something you have done
that you would not want the rest of the church to know about?
If you answered “No” to those questions…maybe there’s a reason!
There’s an old saying:
“The lack of a guilty conscience is usually a sign of a poor memory.”
My guess is that all of us have things in our past…
That we would like to forget!
In honor of Grandparents Day,
today’s story is about a Grandma and her 2 grandchildren.
Jimmy and Susan Coleman were visiting their grandparents who lived in the country. Jimmy found an old slingshot hanging on the wall of his Grandpa’s tool shed. He took down the slingshot and headed for the woods to try it out. Unfortunately, Jimmy had never used a slingshot before and he missed everything he shot at. Discouraged by his inability to hit anything, Jimmy headed back to the house. As he came to the back yard, he spied Grandma Carolyn’s pet duck. On an impulse he picked up a rock, took aim and let it fly. The rock hit the duck in the head and it instantly fell over dead. Jimmy panicked. Desperately he grabbed the dead duck and hid it in the woodpile. As he turned around to head back to the house Jimmy saw his sister Susan standing on the porch. He could tell by the grin on her face that Susan had seen it all. Jimmy just knew that Susan would tell Grandma what happened. To his surprise when they entered the house, Susan said nothing about the unfortunate incident
Have you ever been in a spot like Jimmy?
There are 3 steps to get over those feelings of guilt…
UNDERSTAND THE SOURCE
Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered.
2 Blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity,
And in whose spirit there is no deceit.
What is guilt?
There are 2 kinds:
#1 Harmful Guilt (CONDEMNATION):
Psychological studies have shown that
constant condemnation from false guilt
can be counterproductive
and rob a person from living effectively.
Where does harmful condemnation come from?
Listen to Revelation12:10
Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, "Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.
The old DEVIL is “the accuser of the brethren”
Remember the story of Job?
Job 1:6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them. 8 Then the LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?" 9 So Satan answered the LORD and said, "Does Job fear God for nothing? 11 But now, stretch out Your hand and touch all that he has, and he will surely curse You to Your face!"
Job 2:5 But stretch out Your hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will surely curse You to Your face!"