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Saturday, February 13, 2021

Purity 341: Encouragement for the Path of Christian Discipleship

Purity 341 02/12/2021  Purity 341 Podcast

Good morning!

Today’s photo of a late January sunrise comes from a friend who lives in the Chatham area of Columbia County in upstate New York. 

As the sun rises on Valentine’s weekend, I pray that all my friends take time to appreciate all the love in their lives.  

While the focus of Valentine’s Day is romantic love between spouses, life partners, and lovers, it is important to remember that the love we experience on earth goes beyond the amorous love between couples.   And if this season finds you not involved in an amorous relationship its important to remember the love you do have.  

The first love that we experience is the love of our family who cared for us when we couldn’t care for ourselves. Our family lovingly taught us a lot about how to live and love in this world.  While biological ties don’t necessarily guarantee a relationship, the term family is only used with those we love.  

The next love we get to experience is the love of friendship. As we have gone through this life, we have made many acquaintances but the people we call friends are the ones we love.  They are the ones that remain in our hearts no matter the time, distance, or circumstances.      

The list of loves would be incomplete without mentioning the love we can have for our pets.  The loving relationship we can have with our pets shouldn’t be dismissed because the care and affection that we give is never without meaning. 

All of these loves that we know are a reflection of the love of God for scripture tells us that God is love.  Take time this weekend to show your love and appreciation for all the loves in your life and when you do, thank God for lovingly providing you with this life and all the love that you have known.  

While lovers, spouses, family, friends, and even our pets can disappoint or even leave us, the word of God tells us that God will never leave us or forsake us.   So even though Valentine’s Day can be a lonely day for some, please know that with God you are never alone, and you are always loved.  


This morning’s meditation verses are:

Galatians 5:22-23 (NKJV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

 As we try to live life in the Spirit, it is important to remember that the first fruit of the spirit is love!

 When we put our faith Jesus Christ, we have a revelation of the love of God for the first time. We are forgiven for our sins and accepted by God because of God’s love for us.  

Our salvation should be the product of our discovering that we are loved by God and that naturally leads to the next fruit of the Spirit: joy!  

 When I realized I was forgiven of everything I’ve ever done or would do and that I was given eternal life. I was filled with joy!

 When I realized that I no longer had to fear death and that life had a meaning and a purpose that was define by the kingdom of God, I had the next fruit of the Spirit: peace.   

 After that though I would say that the cultivation of the rest of the fruit of the Spirit is dependent upon our willingness to follow God’s ways for our lives.  

 They can grow quite naturally out of the revelation of our relationship with God and the incredible blessings that we have been given but they may be hindered by the conditioning that we have learned from the world’s ways.  

 We may have learned to cut corners or do things that are acceptable by the world’s standards but fall short of righteousness.   We may be consumed with fleshly or material desires.  We may be shallow or selfish.  We may just be totally ignorant of how a Christian should live.   

 That’s why the word of God instructs us to not be conformed to this world but to be transformed by the renewing of our mind and that our hearts of stone need to be changed to hearts of flesh. 

 The world did a number on us, but Christ has overcome the world and when we seek God and His wisdom and ways for our life, we can progressively experience all the fruit of the Spirit.   So Follow the love that led you to life everlasting, and you will be a living expression of the fruit of the Spirit.     

 I invite all to mt4chritst.org where I always share insights from prominent Christian counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk. 

 

Today we will continue to share from Dr. June Hunt’s Biblical Counseling Keys on “Self-Worth: Discovering Your God-given Worth”.

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage all to purchase Dr. Hunt’s books for your own private study and to support her work:

F. Accept 7 Steps to Self-Acceptance

For years Dorie concealed a secret. She thought people would not believe her if she told the sordid truth. After Dorie left the orphanage at age 13, she went into the first of many foster homes in which she suffered merciless verbal and emotional abuse, as well as physical and sexual abuse. She confided, "There was nothing I could do to stop him from violating my body. He warned me that if I ever told anyone he would kill me." Dorie believed him.

At a later home, her rollaway bed was placed in a hallway where strange men passed by in the night. Her foster mother gave these men permission to perform immoral acts on Dorie, and she was repeatedly forced to participate in their perversions. As a result, she believed she could never be clean and whole again.

Dorie later said, "[God] gave the grace to bear my trials. It was He who chose me to belong to Him; He knew the first day of my life, as well as all the days in between. He knew that some day that dirty little girl would stand before thousands of people and tell them that God is faithful."

Although Dorie van Stone experienced the depths of degradation and disgrace at the hands of those with the hardest of hearts, the Lord raised His choice servant up to bring hope to multitudes of people in America, on the mission field, and around the globe. The Bible says ...

"Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up."
(Psalm 71:20)

It is possible for you to acquire a positive self-image and to learn to value yourself as God values you. In order to do that, God wants you to accept the following seven truths about yourself.

  1. I accept God's Word that I was created in His image.

"God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them" (Genesis 1:27).

  1. I accept myself as acceptable to Christ.

"Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God" (Romans 15:7).

  1. I accept what I cannot change about myself.

"Who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, 'Why did you make me like this?' Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use?" (Romans 9:20-21).

  1. I accept the fact that I will make mistakes.

"Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:12-14).

  1. I accept criticism and the responsibility for failure.

"I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, 'I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.' And you forgave the guilt of my sin" (Psalm 32:5).

  1. I accept the fact that I will not be liked or loved by everyone.

"If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. ... If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also" (John 15:18, 20).

  1. I accept the unchangeable circumstances in my life.

"... I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances" (Philippians 4:11).


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God bless you all!

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Encouragement for the Path of Christian Discipleship


Friday, February 12, 2021

Purity 340: Encouragement for the Path of Christian Discipleship


Purity 340 02/12/2021 Purity 340 Podcast

Good morning!

Today’s photo comes from yours truly as I was working near Mariaville Lake in upstate New York in February of last year. I remember that day was particularly beautiful and bright, and I was stopped in my tracks as I caught sight of this SUV underneath this tree.   As pleasant as that day was, apparently winds off the lake had caused this tree to break right on top of this vehicle.  

It didn’t appear that this had just happened either.  The community on the Lake is somewhat seasonal and this damage may have been awaiting an unsuspecting seasonal resident’s springtime return.  

I share it to point out the contrast in our lives of beauty and calamity.  Upon discovering this scene, the owner could lament of the injustice inherent in the universe or they could focus on the solution and enjoy the sunshine. 

Easier said than done, I know, but that’s how we can walk through this world that seems to be against us at times with peace: by focusing on The Solution: Jesus Christ – the light of the world.  In Christ, we can overcome any tragedy because our identity is not built on the things of this world but is founded on the truth that we are secure in Him.   

As bad as this scene might seem to the car owner and to us, I’d like to point out that this was February of last year. Coronavirus was a distant problem on the other side of the world at the time.  Things were “normal”.  At the time we didn’t know what was coming and undoubtedly, we were concerned with the normal problems of life. Back then we probably thought of every bad thing that happened to us was a “major problem!”  

If we were consumed with reactive emotions over these things, I would imagine the events of last March would have consumed us with fear, depression, or anger.   

That’s why our faith in Christ is so important. 

I was working two “essential” jobs when Covid-19 dropped and unlike the majority of people I went about life pretty much the same as before the virus came. I still had to work. I didn’t really have a choice.  Although the times were uncertain and filled with fear, my faith in Christ gave me tremendous peace as I knew that God was and still is calling the shots. I knew God was in charge and if He wanted me to get sick and die, I would get sick and die.   But as a Christian I also knew that because I was in Christ, no matter what should come to pass God would be with me.    

So whether it’s a worldwide pandemic or some other, more personal, unfortunate turn of events, we can focus on the damage or we can focus on the solution.   Christ overcame the world. If you walk with Him, He will give you peace in the storm and He will see you through.   


This morning’s meditation verse is:

Psalm 97:10 (NKJV)
10 You who love the LORD, hate evil! He preserves the souls of His saints; He delivers them out of the hand of the wicked.

 I find today’s verse to be very timely as I taught extensively on the fact that believers are not sinners but are rightly to be called saints last night.   If God is going to preserve your soul, because of your faith in Christ, you are a saint!    Check out Lesson 2 of the Victory over the Darkness Discipleship Class on the mt4christ247 podcast to hear last night’s message.   

 So as saints, who are we? What do we do? 

 As this verse indicates, we are the ones who love the LORD, whose souls are preserved and who are delivered out of the hand of the wicked (in this world or eternity).        

 And if we truly love the Lord, we are going to hate evil. We will rightly turn from the sin in us and reject the wicked ways of the world.  Our faith is properly made alive in us through our adoption of our identity in Christ. 

 When we really believe that we are a child of God, our old ways are no longer appropriate for who we are.  We know all the negative consequences of our old ways, but they never stopped us from living in darkness. But now if we accept who we are in Christ, those ways go against who we are as a person. 

 Those worldly ways also get in the way of our relationship with God. If we are to be a part of His kingdom and enjoy the harmony of a life in the Spirit, we will repent by changing our minds about how we think about our old ways and dedicate our lives to walking according to God’s wisdom.      

 So hate evil and rejoice that God saved you and is calling you to higher purpose that is confirmed by His continual presence and care for you.  

  

 I invite all to mt4chritst.org where I always share insights from prominent Christian counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk. 

 

Today we will continue to share from Dr. June Hunt’s Biblical Counseling Keys on “Self-Worth: Discovering Your God-given Worth”.

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage all to purchase Dr. Hunt’s books for your own private study and to support her work:

E. How to Have a Heart of Forgiveness

Forgive? Did God really expect Dorie to forgive all who mercilessly used and abused her ... who treated her worse than a rabid animal ... who withheld from her all the longings of her heart? Such a thing would be humanly impossible. Why would she even want to forgive the evil done to her? How could she ever forgive it? And why should she forgive it?

People with low self-worth often struggle to get past the circumstance that was the breeding ground for their low self-esteem. However, Dorie knew that in order to put the pieces of her broken life back together, it was necessary for her to forgive those who had grievously wronged her. The Bible says ...

"Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you."
(Colossians 3:13)

Because the issue of forgiveness is such a stumbling block to so many people, let's understand that ...

  • Forgiveness is not ...

·    — Circumventing God's justice. ... God will execute His justice in His time and in His way.

·    — Letting the guilty off the hook. ... It is moving them from your hook onto God's hook.

·    — Excusing sinful behavior. ... God says the offense is without excuse.

·    — Stuffing your anger. ... It is resolving your anger by releasing it to God.

·    — Being a doormat. ... It is being like Christ — He is certainly not a doormat!

·    — Forgetting. ... It is essential to remember in order to forgive.

·    — A feeling. ... It is an act of the will.

"You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised."
(Hebrews 10:36)

  • Forgiveness is ...

·    — Dismissing a debt owed to you. ... It is releasing the offender from the obligation to repay you.

·    — Giving up the option of holding on to the offense. ... It is giving the offense to God.

·    — Possible without reconciliation. ... It is one-way and requires the action of only one person.

·    — Extended even if it is never requested or earned. ... It is in no way dependent on any action by the offender.

·    — Extending mercy. ... It is not giving the offender what is deserved.

·    — To set the offender free from you. ... It is to also set you free from the offender and free from bondage to bitterness.

·    — Changing your thinking about the offender. ... It is seeing the offender as someone in need of forgiveness, just as you are in need of forgiveness.

"The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him
(Daniel 9:9)

  • Make a list of all persons you need to forgive.

·    — Write down all offenses committed by each person.

·    — In prayer, one by one, release each offense to God.

·    — Take each offense off of your emotional hook and put them all onto God's hook.

·    — Then take the offender off of your hook and put that person onto God's hook.

"Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, 'will take revenge; I will pay them back,' says the Lord."
(Romans 12:19 NLT)

forgiveness Prayer...

"Lord Jesus, thank You for caring about how much I have been hurt.

You know the pain I have felt because of (list each offense).

Right now I release all that pain into Your hands.

Thank You, Lord, for dying on the cross for me
and extending Your forgiveness to me.

As an act of my will, I choose to forgive (name).

Right now, I take (name) off of my emotional hook, and I place (name) onto Your hook. I refuse all thoughts of revenge.

I trust that in Your time and in Your way You will deal with (name) as You see fit. And Lord, thank You for giving me Your power to forgive

so that I can be set free.

In Your precious name I pray. Amen"

Question: "How do I sustain a forgiving spirit?"

Answer: Most often, forgiveness is not a onetime event. You may need to go through many rounds of forgiving in your fight against bitterness. This is a normal part of the process of forgiveness. But if you confront your hurts and face your wounds, it will be worth the emotional bruises you will likely experience. As you consistently release each recurring thought of an offense or revenge for an offense, eventually the thoughts will diminish and disappear.

Dorie was constantly asked one question: "Aren't you bitter toward your mother?" And Dorie's consistent reply? "No. I am not. As a child in the orphanage and the difficult years that followed, I experienced periods of bitterness, but I chose to forgive my mother even though I knew she would never respond to me. Perhaps the most basic mistake made by those who are bitter is the belief that they cannot forgive because they don't feel like it. Forgiveness is not an emotion. One can choose to forgive whether one feels like it or not. Many of us have had to reject our emotions, saying 'No' to our natural inclinations and firmly declare, 'I forgive.'"

Jesus emphasizes the "again and again" nature of forgiveness when He says ...

"Even if they sin against you seven times in a day ... forgive them."
(Luke 17:4)


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God bless you all!

Join our “Victory over the Darkness” or “The Bondage Breaker” series of Discipleship Classes via the mt4christ247 podcast!

at https://mt4christ247.podbean.com, You can also find it on Apple podcasts (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-mt4christ247s-podcast/id1551615154). The mt4christ247 podcast is also available on Google Podcasts, Amazon Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartradio, and Audible.com. 

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Encouragement for the Path of Christian Discipleship

 

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Purity 339: Encouragement for the Path of Christian Discipleship


Purity 339 02/11/2021  Purity 339 Podcast

Good morning!

Today’s photo comes from Dave Baun Photography who spied this tree while traveling between Goolwa and Clayton Bay in Southern Australia.  It caught his eye and he made sure to find it and capture its unique beauty on his return journey, urging his audience to “Be the tree… Be unique… Be YOU!”     

I couldn’t agree more with the sentiment. God made us all to be ourselves and to live out the individual purpose that He made us for.  

I love this photo because it tells a story or perseverance and strength.  I don’t know if it was high winds or a traumatic break that caused this tree to be shaped in this manner, but it shows us that God’s purpose for this tree was to thrive and grow in spite of whatever forces wanted to change its course.  

Not only did this tree thrive, but Dave captured it to inspire his friends and now I am sharing it to encourage my friends to know that there is a God above us all that has made us for a purpose and that no matter what “winds” of the world we have endured or what traumatic “breaks” lie in our pasts, there is nothing and no one that can stop us from being all that God created us to be.   

Our journeys and our relationship with God are personal, individual, and unique.  Cooperate with God to discover who you were made to be and answer His call to be that.

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This morning’s meditation verses are:

1 Peter 5:6-7 (NKJV)
6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time,
7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

 I might have to shuffle the deck of index cards that I draw from because two days ago I shared 1 Peter 5:8. Today we share the preceding verses of 1 Peter 5.  However, I don’t know. After walking in the Spirit for a while, I don’t dismiss it when the same portions, books, chapters, or themes from the Bible get brought to our attention repeatedly.  

 Walking in the Spirit means more than taking steps, it means we are also listening for the direction that God wants us to walk in.   

 The life-giving power of our salvation and our subsequent relationship with God can give us great confidence for life and make us feel special and it should.  But as these verses indicate we must not become spiritually prideful.  We have to humble ourselves and not promote ourselves as some great person because God has chosen us to know the truth.   Instead we are to serve the Lord and give Him the glory because He is the one who revealed the truth to us and made us righteous. We didn’t figure it out on our own or do any work to make ourselves approved.  

 Now while taking the instruction to humble ourselves can be…. well…  humbling, we shouldn’t be disappointed for as the verses tell us, because of our relationship with God we can cast all of our cares upon Him because we know that He cares for us. 

 He’s given us the truth, the way, and the life.  All our cares are addressed by Him.  So know that you are loved and cared for. Humble yourself under the magnitude of this awesome truth and be sure to share this hope with others.  

 We can’t say exactly when we will be exalted by God but if we live a life where we bear witness of His love and give Him the glory, it might happen more than once.   I, for one, can tell you that if you humble yourself before Him, He will lift you up.  If you walk with Him, the testimonies of His goodness simply do not end.  

 I invite all to mt4chritst.org where I always share insights from prominent Christian counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk. 

 Today we will continue to share from Dr. June Hunt’s Biblical Counseling Keys on “Self-Worth: Discovering Your God-given Worth”.

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage all to purchase Dr. Hunt’s books for your own private study and to support her work:

D. Don't Be a Prisoner of Poor Parenting

By the world's standards, Dorie had every right to hate her mother and harbor feelings of bitter unforgiveness. When her mother was charged with child neglect, Dorie had to appear in court. The judge asked her mother if Dorie was her child. After an agonizingly long pause, she answered, "Yes ... but I'd have gotten rid of her before she was born if I could have!"

The judge ordered Dorie and her sister permanently taken from their mother, and as they left the courtroom, her mother muttered to Dorie, "If I ever see you again, I'll kill you!" Dorie later said that her mother's rejection was total and final and all hope was quenched. "Am I that awful?" she asked herself. As she walked home alone, she prayed aloud that God would help her to understand why her mother had abandoned her, and she prayed that she wouldn't hate her mother.

Dorie said, "In that moment God let me forgive her. ... I felt sorry for her. I had no hatred. ... That day God performed a healing work in my life and prevented a permanent scar." She was able to ...

"Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice."
(Ephesians 4:31)

Do you struggle with low self-worth today because of poor parenting from your past? Are you floundering now because you had faulty authority figures? If so, leave behind those feelings of worthlessness and experience your worth — the worth you have in the eyes of your heavenly Father. He wants you to ...

  • —Admit the past truth.
  • —Address the present truth.
  • —Appropriate God's truth.

"Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long."
(Psalm 25:4-5)

Don't Let the Past Determine Your Present Worth

Using the list below, identify the parenting style by which you were raised. Then take the three appropriate steps to leave your feelings of worthlessness behind.

  • Overly critical parents and authority figures
    • —Admit the past truth. "My parents were impossible to please."
    • —Address the present truth "My worth is not based on pleasing people."
    • —Appropriate God's truth "I am fully accepted by God."

"... He made us accepted in the Beloved."
(Ephesians 1:6 NKJV)

  • Overly protective parents and authority figures
    • —Admit the past truth. "I was smothered by my parents."
    • —Address the present truth. "My worth is not based on my ability to protect myself."
    • —Appropriate God's truth. "The Lord is my help in times of trouble."

"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble."
(Psalm 46:1)

  • Overly controlling parents and authority figures
    • —Admit the past truth. "I was not allowed to make my own decisions."
    • —Address the present truth. "My worth is not based on my decision making."
    • —Appropriate God's truth. "The Lord is my guide."

"For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end."
(Psalm 48:14)

  • Overly permissive parents and authority figures
    • —Admit the past truth. "My parents did not set firm boundaries for me."
    • —Address the present truth. "My worth is not based on my ability to set boundaries in my life."
    • —Appropriate God's truth. "The Lord has established my boundaries."

"You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me."
(Psalm 139:5)


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God bless you all!

 

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Purity 338: Encouragement for the Path of Christian Discipleship


 Purity 338  02/10/2021  Purity 338 Podcast

Good morning!

Today’s photo comes from a friend in San Rafael, California who took this pic on New Year’s Day of 2021.  It’s not a UFO, but merely one of the wonders of nature (along with parking lot lighting and some reflective phenomenon from my friend’s phone). It shows hundreds, if not thousands, of starling’s celebrated the new year by flying in swooping, intricately coordinated patterns through out the sky, a phenomenon known as murmuration. 

My friend also took video of this event but because of my lack of technical finesse, or the limitations of FB, I wasn’t able to share it.  I did find a video on YouTube by someone in the same area of California that captured the same phenomenon, a week or so earlier, if you wanted to see this phenomenon for yourself go to mt4christ.org and click on the link: (https://youtu.be/N5YVntc8D2g ).   

The beauty of the heavens, the wonders of nature, and the design it points to should give us hope that our lives are not just a random phenomenon that will pass away into nothingness. 

God reveals Himself in nature.  He wants us to find the meaning and purpose behind our lives.

While our individual lives have their own unique potentials and plans, God wants all of us to seek Him and His ways for our lives. 

Christ said that we were to love God and love our neighbors as ourselves.  Often humanity takes that second commandment as their marching orders for life, but I would like to point out that we have to make first things first by building our relationship with God and experiencing His love before we can adequately love one another.  

So seek the Lord and His love. When you find it, pass it on to others because our world desperately needs it.


This morning’s meditation verse is:

Psalm 86:12 (NLT2)
12 With all my heart I will praise you, O Lord my God. I will give glory to your name forever,

An aspect of our Christian faith that should bear evidence of our relationship with God is our praise.  

 As I prepare for another week of teaching and as I have recently counseled a few brothers on their path to discipleship, I realize that there seems to be a dynamic to our faith that can limit our developing the fruit of the Spirit, particularly the fruit of peace and joy.     

 I emphasize the relational or experiential knowledge as being critical to a Christian life that is marked by freedom and victory and sometimes wonder why my counselees don’t seem “to get it”.    Their lack of progress, assurance, trust or confidence reveals that while they can say the right things like “I am a child of God”, they haven’t fully embraced their identity in Christ. They still worry about falling into sin, despite an extended period of victory. 

 Instead of worrying about the next sin, why aren’t they claiming their identity and their freedom from it?  If they would just believe they are set free, I believe the struggles would decrease.  By worrying about falling, they are revealing that they doubt what they are supposed to embrace.  The worry and doubts are showing that a part of them doesn’t “really” believe that they are spiritually alive and have been given freedom from sin.   

 When we “really” believe we have been saved and we really have been given spiritual life, our belief is reflected in our lives.  

 Our praise is not only an evidence of our belief, but it can be a means by which our belief is brought to a relational or experiential level as our hearts and minds become united in their love and knowledge of the Lord.  

 Our praise is shown through or giving thanks to the Lord, by worshiping Him in song, and through our prayers and sharing our faith.  

 When we really believe we are His and have been made spiritually alive, our praise is natural expression of the change that has taken place in our lives and our praises act to deepen our love of God.  

 So praise Him! With all your heart!  Because when you realize the freedom and victory you have in Christ doesn’t go away but grows and matures, you will give glory to His name forever!

 I invite all to mt4chritst.org where I always share insights from prominent Christian counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk. 

 Today we will continue to share from Dr. June Hunt’s Biblical Counseling Keys on “Self-Worth: Discovering Your God-given Worth”.

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage all to purchase Dr. Hunt’s books for your own private study and to support her work:

C. How to Get Rid of Your Guilt

Dorie understands the waves of guilt with which countless victims struggle. Victims of childhood sexual abuse typically struggle with guilt even though they are not guilty of the abuse. A reason for the ongoing after-the-fact guilt is that they think or wonder whether they could have taken actions to lessen or stop the abuse. And because everyone has periodic sin (not doing what is right in God's sight, whether in attitude or action), false guilt can get tangled together with true guilt.

Being pounded by prolonged guilt can strike a most damaging blow to your sense of worth, leaving you feeling dejected, discouraged, and demoralized. The problem with guilt is that it wears two faces — one is true, the other false.

  • False guilt is Satan's way to shame you, condemn you, and produce disabling discouragement in you.
  • True guilt is God's loving way to convict you, correct you, and conform you into the image of Christ so that you will reflect His character more accurately.

Godly sorrow over true guilt moves you to repentance, forgiveness, and freedom. Worldly sorrow produced by false guilt moves you to depression, despair, and death. In order to know how to get rid of your guilt, you need to identify whether it is true or false. Then you can respond accordingly. ...

"Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death."
(2 Corinthians 7:10)

  • False guilt arises when you blame yourself even though you've committed no wrong, or when you continue to blame yourself after you've confessed the wrong and turned from your sin.
  • False guilt is not resolved by confession because it is not based on sin but on false accusations aimed at making you feel unforgiven and unaccepted by God. The truth is ...

"The accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down."
(Revelation 12:10)

  • False guilt can be resolved by conferring with wise, objective persons — mature Christians — to help you determine whether the guilt you are feeling is false. If it is false guilt, remind yourself and your adversary, Satan: (1) that you are not guilty or (2) that you were guilty but have been forgiven by God. The Bible gives this assurance ...

"There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus
(Romans 8:1)

  • True guilt refers to the fact of your being at fault.
  • True guilt requires payment of a penalty so that fellowship with God and others can be restored.
  • True guilt can be forgiven by God as you admit you have sinned and confess your sin to Him.

Pray, "Heavenly Father, I confess my sin of (          ) to You,
and I am willing to turn from it. Thank You for Your forgiveness.
I will rely on the power of Christ within me to overcome my times of temptation.
Thank You for Your grace and mercy toward me.
In Jesus name I pray. Amen."

When you deal with your guilt God's way, God's Word says ...

"... as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us."
(Psalm 103:12)


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