For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
The great hindrance to man’s fellowship with God is guilt. Guilt is mean and knows no end to its torture and destruction. Many suffer in hospitals from the agony of guilt. Many psychological and emotional disorders grow in a heart that has been planted with the seeds of guilt. Guilt can destroy a marriage, prompt suicide, or distort the human personality.
Guilt must be removed from our lives if we are to experience victory. There are two types of guilt: false guilt and true guilt. Quite often the man or woman of prayer struggles with false guilt. False guilt is general in nature and has Satan as its source. Satan, the accuser of the brethren, accuses us in general terms. He whispers in our ears, “You are no good. How can you pray? You are not worthy.”
The one who listens to such accusations will never become mighty in prayer. How can one repent of being “no good”? Only Jesus is worthy. Our access to God is never based on the worthiness of man; our access is based on the blood of Jesus. It is only by grace that we can approach God. Therefore, we must reject all false guilt when we pray.
Grace-filled Father, so many people I know struggle with their self-worth, or are uncertain of their salvation! Please show me how to pray for them, and then how to help them to gain victory over Satan’s lies! We are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus, but so many fall victim to bondage, or feelings of inadequacy! Your grace allows us to approach Your throne with confidence…indeed, we should live in the throne room, praying without ceasing! Thank You, Father, that the risen Christ lives IN us, and prays through us, even choosing to use us to fulfill Your plans and purposes! What better victory can there be than this?!
Praise your Father as the head over the entire family of believers (Eph. 3:14-15). Thank God for the love he lavishes on you and others as he calls you “children of God” (1 Jn. 3:1). Confess those times when you have felt comfortable in your own circle of Christian brothers and sisters and forgotten to reach out to others beyond your own “family.” Commit yourself this week to gaining at least one new brother or sister in Christ. Ask God to lead you to a person in your life who is ready to accept the gospel.
Ask God to fill all the outreach efforts of his church worldwide with his love, that Christians of all nations will “not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth” (1 Jn. 3:18).
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