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Guilt Vs. Holiness: What’s Your Identity?

Are you a Christian who feels like your past before accepting Christ is haunting you? You’re not alone. Many Christians do not feel the holiness they should, but rather a guilt that is not of God. If you’re feeling this way it may be very hard to focus on life. Don’t fret though because it’s merely a trap that can easily be dealt with if we believe what God has to say in the Holy Bible.

A New Creation

I believe many of us have said to ourselves that we wish we could go back in time and change things. Some people may even wish to be reborn and live their earlier days in a manner of holiness. The truth is, you don’t have to go back in time or be reborn physically, because God gives us a new birth. A new and perfect spiritual birth that removes the blemishes of our past.

2 Cor 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

The word “all” is ever so important in this scripture, making it a promise that is inclusive of everything that has happened to us before acknowledging Jesus as our Lord and Savior.

You Are Not Your Past Sin

So what is sin? It is the transgression of God’s law (1 John 3:4). It is a darkness in our lives that is contrary to the Spirit. Despite this, once you become a new creation, you are no longer bound by your sin. It is gone. God has cast it as far as the east is from the west and you are made righteous in Him (Psa 103:12). No matter what any man may think or say about you, you are as white as snow in God’s eyes (Isa 1:18).

God Eliminates Your Transgressions

Let’s go back to this idea of becoming a new creation. Do you realize that your sins are literally eliminated. You see, God hates sin and wants nothing to do with it. His eyes are even so pure that He can’t even look upon it (Hab 1:13). Once your sin is dealt with, God blots it out through the blood of Jesus and it is not only removed for our sake, but his sake as well (1 John 1:7, Isa 43:25).

Holy In Christ Jesus

Guilt does not come from the Lord, for we have been made Holy in Christ Jesus and lifted up to the heavens (Heb 10:10, Eph 2:6). If you believe you have to feel guilty over your past, it is a lie of Satan trying to hold you back from the promises of God.

If you recall the Parable of the Prodigal Son, it is a glimpse of how God views us when we come to Him broken and having squandered everything. The father in the parable didn’t chastise his son, but rather offered up his very best. This is what God does for us.

Final Thought

Friends, are you feeling guilty over your past? Is it holding your back from God’s promises? If so, don’t be dismayed for you simply need to start claiming your freedom. In fact, if you have Christ, you are free already. So let me end with a couple scriptures. They are about the freedom and security we have in Christ.

John 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

Romans 8:37-39 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Thank you for reading and God bless.

What are some of the promises of God you need to start claiming in your life?

About Joel Bauer

Joel M. Bauer is a 49-year-old U.S. Army Veteran from Dunn, NC, which is just outside of Raleigh. After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army, he attended school at Taylor University, a Christian liberal arts school, in Fort Wayne, IN, where he received his BS in social work and psychology. He has worked in such places as a homeless shelter, a community based treatment center for severe mental illnesses, a school for troubled students, and other social service agencies. His current endeavor is to build The Bottom Line website into a site that inspires both Christians and non-Christians alike, and brings glory to God.

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