Coming Out of Guilt and Shame

April 3, 2012

2 Corinthians 5:21
He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Coming Out of Guilt and Shame

You know, a lot of us as believers get pretty beat up sometimes by the thoughts of the enemy and the thoughts that we embrace and receive about ourselves.  We make the mistake of still trying to see our righteousness through the filter of our own efforts and abilities.  When we fall short, it seems the enemy is always right there to tell us what a failure and a mess we are.  What is even worse is when we join that pity party we are having with ourselves and those thoughts.  When we do that we separate ourselves from the identity of who we are in Christ.  Our righteousness is not in us, it never will be; it is in Him, and the righteousness of Him in us.
Righteousness, is right standing with God.  Who is the only one who can give us right standing with God?  We know it is only Christ.  It is certainly not our goodness or even best efforts.  Sin that has overshadowed us, clouded our vision and condemned us has no more dominion over us.  We are no longer the slaves of sin, we are the instruments of God’s righteousness.  We have no more obligation to the sinful man, because we reckon him dead in Christ.  As we live in Christ we displace the former man with the likeness, character and nature of our new man in Christ.
Do we struggle in areas of our life with sin?  Sure we do, but it doesn’t negate who we are in Christ.  It doesn’t diminish His love or acceptance of us in any way.  While we don’t condone or become acceptant of sin,  we don’t allow it to condemn us and rob us of what Christ freely gave us, not by what we earned by our goodness.
Why do have these areas of weakness wherein we all struggle with our issues?  For us to be overcomers there has to be those things that must be overcome.  Our faith and perseverance is tested and tried by the obstacles we face without and within.  Christ is not as concerned about your failure in areas as He is in you seeing and meeting your difficult areas identified and clothed with Him.  Our temptation is to fragment our identity into  “Christ in us” and then “us, as our old self”.  It is kind of like serving God and mammon.  You can’t have two masters.  If we are going to face our sin and our areas of weakness we have to do so as  “in Christ”, because only in that identity can we find our victory and overcoming.  The more we are filled with Him, by soaking and abiding in His presence and in His Word the more powerfully His life rises up in us to meet the challenges before us.
If we fail, does Jesus reject us?  No, we get back up, get our identity back in place and press into Him.  Remember  1 John 1: 7-10, “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
8If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.”
Oh, we’ll keep getting tested, but one day, as our hearts continually turn back to Him, we will find the Christ is in us waxing stronger and those areas of temptation and failure growing weaker.  We never want to make the mistake of again identifying our success in us, because all that we are  in success and in failure is “in Him”.  Just as an infant growing to child, child to adolescence and adolescence growing to adulthood, so Christ is growing up in us as we feed and nurture that life within us.  Our affections for the former things begins to pass away, because we are growing into something so much better and more fulfilling than the flesh could ever offer.
God loves us right where we at, but he loves too much to leave us there.  Don’t come into agreement with the enemy over your faults and failures.  Come into agreement with the Word of God that, “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”  Holy Spirit is transforming our lives into His righteousness as we offer ourselves as living sacrifices, refusing to be conformed to the world, but being transformed through the renewing of our minds in Christ Jesus.  Identify no longer with sin, but with the righteousness of Christ you are becoming.
” Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6)


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