1. “It is a lie and it is a damaging one at that because it seeks to minimize the work of the cross and puts the focus on me instead. It seeks to make me strive to achieve my own forgiveness.” This sentence stopped me in my tracks. How true it is, and how often I fall for the lie. Thank you so much for sharing.

  2. Enjoyed reading your post! I agree – ” If I confessed my sin, He IS faithful and just to forgive me and cleanse me of ALL…not some but ALL…unrighteousness. Jesus paid the price already! It is done! It is finished! ”

    It’s a beautiful truth.

    I’m linking up for the first time here. Thanks for the opportunity. : )

  3. That’s so true. When something I have already confessed to God comes back to haunt me, I have to remind myself that He has already forgiven it–despite how I feel. The feelings do eventually line up when we focus on the truth.

  4. Such great thoughts and an excellent reminder that God’s forgiveness is His work and not based on how I feel. Thank you for sharing this and for hosting!

  5. Isn’t it funny that we can confess our sins and be forgiven by God, but we can’t forgive ourselves? Satan likes to bring up our past sins and get us feeling guilty again, but God has already forgiven us and Satan has nothing on him. Thank you for another great post.

  6. Diane,
    Thank you for your forceful words in this post! Sometimes I think the only way to deal with repetitive guilt is to speak words of truth firmly! I appreciate the focus on God’s Word and what HE says. This is not only the answer to fighting satan and our own “feelings”, but also the correct way to answer others who refuse to forgive us, or mock our faith. I have had that happen to me from people who knew me before I was saved. I am not defined by my past; but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.

    1. Yes!! Donna I can tell you that sometimes the people closest to us who knew us before we were saved can be the biggest source of shame and guilt. They dont seem to get past the person we were and that we have changed, and in some cases they are mourning the past us they used to have because it enabled them or took part in things with them. I know that all too well and all we can do is pray for them and not let it pull us back into our old lives. Yeshua dealt with that too when they Pharisees would say “Isn’t that the carpenter’s son??” as though how could a lowly carpenter’s son possibly have the wisdom and knowledge of Torah He had.

  7. Diane,
    The enemy is so sneaky and insidious in the ways he plays upon our emotions. Condemnation, false guilt, and shame are some of his favorite weapons. We need to be wary of his ways. Romans 8:1 has been a longtime “go to” verse for me when condemnation comes calling: Therefore, there is now NO condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. The Law has been fulfilled by Christ!! Awesome post! I love seeing scripture from your viewpoint as a Messianic Jew. I truly think you have the best of all worlds – a rich heritage and saving grace.
    Bev xx

    ps. I’d love to have you do a guest post on my blog sometime! Or if you have a particular post you’d like to share with my readers, I could do an introduction, brief bio, and start your post on my blog and then link them over to your blog to continue reading. Thoughts?? bevritter413@gmail.com

    1. I would love to! Whichever you prefer is fine! I will email you and we can discuss! Thank you so much Bev!

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