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Overcoming Guilt and Shame From Sin – Our Fickle Feelings!

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When you repent, turn from your sins and give your life over to Yeshua (Jesus), your sins are forgiven and you have eternal life. Your name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. But sometimes the devil still causes us to continue to feel guilt and shame. He uses those fickle feelings of ours, the feelings that change with every shift of the wind, to make us fall once again under the burden that Yeshua took from us. How do we live in God’s truth and not by our feelings?

Continuing to Feel Guilt and Shame

As I write this, I just finished celebrating the High Holidays, with Monday evening ending Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement where Jews from all over the world join together in repentance and a 25 hour fast to “afflict our souls” in repentance.

It was a highly emotional day full of synagogue services that focused on repentance and also memorials. We held Yizkor, which is a memorial service for those of our loved ones, of blessed memory, who passed before us. While it was all done virtually, it was still extremely moving, especially as I saw my parents’ pictures on the screen.

We all prayed together with repentant hearts, cried together, shared together.

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It was a day where we as a community confess together and it makes me realize how often during the year in my own personal prayers of confession they feel so cursory in comparison.

Sometimes after prayer, when I come before God and have confessed my sins to Him and laid it all at the foot of the cross, Satan wants me to forget the truth of redemption and I will continue to feel that guilt and shame, that burden of my sin.

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You see when I have confessed and claimed God’s Word that says…

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”1 John 1:9 TLV

…the enemy of my soul will immediately go after my feelings and make me feel like I didn’t do enough. Like I wasn’t yet forgiven.

The enemy makes me feel like I am still carrying that sin, causing me to focus on my feelings instead of the truth of God’s Word.

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Satan wants me to feel that somehow I haven’t done enough, as though forgiveness was in my own hands and there is actually works that I can do in my own power to exact it.

It is a lie and it is a damaging one at that because it seeks to minimize the work of Yeshua, it seeks to minimize Torah and it puts the focus on me instead. It seeks to make me strive to achieve my own forgiveness taking God’s grace and mercy out of the equation.

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The Power of the Word in Overcoming Shame

Satan deals in feelings and feelings are fickle; they can change in an instant! We can desire happiness, but happiness is merely a feeling that can change from day to day. What made us happy yesterday may not make us happy today. Joy and contentment that come from the Lord are a condition of our spirit but happiness is just how we “feel”.

ir?source=bk&t=live31 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=2f0bdeb4d1978d75ca554875060890ea& cb=1546449052399God’s Word has the power to defeat the lies of the enemy!

It doesn’t matter how I feel after I have repented of sin. What matters is what God says about it. What matters is what Yeshua does with it.

He takes ALL my sin, ALL my shame and makes me as white as snow!

You see, by making me feel unforgiven, Satan keeps those sins on my mind and in my spirit. God has forgotten them. 

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“As far as the east is from the west,

so far has He removed our transgressions from us.”

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They are dead…buried! Adonai SAYS they are!

By making us feel unforgiven, Satan ensures we keep resurrecting them! Yeshua buried them and, much like a dog keeps going back to where it buried a bone, we keep going back and we keep digging them up because we feel we just haven’t done enough!

Satan attempts to keep us from living in victory and instead living in burden, guilt and shame.

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When the Lies of the Devil Leave You Feeling Ashamed

He is a liar! He is the father of lies! And our feelings DO lie! He wants to use those feelings, those lies, to leave you feeling ashamed!

He wants to leave you with guilt and shame so that you don’t feel you can go to HaShem!

Fickle feelings change but God and His Word are constant! His grace and His mercy are constant in our lives!

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I don’t need to feel forgiven. I don’t need to wait until the feelings of guilt and shame disappear. I just need to focus on God’s truth and my feelings will get in line with that as long as I keep focused on His promises! ir?source=bk&t=live31 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=754a789e552cc212366cc65036f65d39& cb=1546448897323

If I confess my sins and practice teshuvah (repentance), His Word tells me that He IS faithful and just to forgive me and cleanse me of ALL…not some but ALL…unrighteousness. Yeshua wrote His own Name where mine had been etched in the Book of Death, He took my place, and He inscribed mine in the Book of Life! He paid the price already! It is done! It is finished!

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By standing on His truth and not relying on your own fickle feelings, it WILL change how you feel and your spirit will line up with it. His truth defeats all lies!

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Scripture quotations are from Tree of Life (TLV) – Scripture taken from the Holy Scriptures, Tree of Life Version*. Copyright © 2014,2016 by the Tree of Life Bible Society.  Used by permission of the Tree of Life Bible Society.

Updated and Republished from 10/16/2019

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54 Comments

  1. This is a blessed truth, that God’s Word and ways are true and unchanging no matter what our feelings.

  2. Good timing no this post–a day in which I had already resolved to talk to myself (about truth!) more than I listen to myself.

  3. Got me. I have a tendency to beat myself up over past sins. I’ve even written a blog post about it – Stop peeking into your old box of sins, God has already forgiven you! Thanks for this poignant reminder!

  4. My brother Dalton who is in Heaven shared a nugget of wisdom with me that is forever etched in brain. He said, “We cannot live our lives by our fickle feelings. We must live by the truth of God’s word that never changes. You can’t trust your feelings but you can trust God.” He loved Jesus and trusted Jesus with every fiber of his being. What an excellent example of a godly man…

    1. What a wise and godly man and what a blessing for you to have had such a wonderful brother and godly example! Thank you for sharing a bit of Dalton with us!!

  5. I have come a long with with trusting God rather than my feelings, but there are some that are so deeply rooted. When there is the tiniest opportunity, Satan uses that to bring me right back to my feelings. I’m grateful God doesn’t give up.

  6. This is such great encouragement, Diane! And so often we forget it when our “feelings” take us in the wrong direction. But we don’t have to let those feelings dictate where we go or what we think, nor do we need to let Satan trick us into feeling condemned. I needed this today! So thank you for this powerful reminder! Pinning!

  7. Feelings can be strong and seem so real, can’t they? But they can and will lead us astray. We must continue to stand on God’s Word and His principles. Thanks for a powerful reminder!

  8. So true. God created our minds, and He knows when we feel like we failed we grow heavy with shame and guilt making it hard to change and do better.

  9. This is so powerful and an area I think we all struggle in. There is something in us that wants to earn forgiveness but it is impossible! Only God can forgive! And you are so right, the enemy is a liar!

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