Last Sunday I wrapped up my series of messages “Help, my emotions are out of control.” The final message was on GUILT. In fact, my hope was that you would finally know “How To End Your Guilt Trip.” We spent all our time looking at God’s agenda concerning guilt and how to begin dealing with your guilt. I want to now quickly review a few points and then show you what God says about replacing your guilt with an intimate relationship with Him.
The major biblical text we looked at was Psalm 32. I think it would be helpful to re-read it right now, especially verses 1-5.
Psalm 32:1-11 NASB “How blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered!
2 How blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no deceit!
3 When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away through my groaning all day long.
4 For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; My vitality was drained away as with the fever heat of summer. Selah.
5 I acknowledged my sin to You, And my iniquity I did not hide; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD”; And You forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah.
6 Therefore, let everyone who is godly pray to You in a time when You may be found; Surely in a flood of great waters they will not reach him.
7 You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble; You surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah.
8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.
9 Do not be as the horse or as the mule which have no understanding, Whose trappings include bit and bridle to hold them in check, Otherwise they will not come near to you.
10 Many are the sorrows of the wicked, But he who trusts in the LORD, lovingkindness shall surround him.
11 Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, you righteous ones; And shout for joy, all you who are upright in heart.
So, let me briefly review what God would like to do with your guilt.
1. God wants to forgive you. (Ps 32:1)
2. God wants to blot out your sin. (Ps 32:1)
3. God wants to erase the record of your sin. (Ps 32:2)
4. God wants to purify your mind. (Ps 32:2)
I don’t know about you, but I sure want God to do what He wants to do. Not to worry. He will do all of this unless we block Him with our resistance. So, what can you do to end your guilt trip? Below is a list of things you need to take seriously and apply to your life. The first 4 points deal with your salvation and redemption. The next 6 points are about cultivating a relationship with God that results in a guilt free life and intimacy with God.
1. Acknowledge your sin to God. Be honest with God about your guilt. (Ps 32:5)
2. Quit covering your tracks. No need to cover them if God will wash them. (Ps 32:5; 1 John 1:9; Ps 103:12)
3. Confess your transgressions to God. Cry out to God in your guilt and ask for mercy. (Ps 32:5
4. Speak to God while you are able. Now that your guilt has gotten your attention, turn to God. (Ps 32:6)
5. Allow His life to cover yours. He is the perfect One. The life you allow to reign on your throne must be God’s, not yours. (Ps 32:7; John 3:30; Gal 2:20)
6. Expose yourself to life changing testimonies of others who have been delivered. Nothing will encourage you and motivate you more than hearing how God dealt with the guilt of others and gave them victory and freedom. (Ps 32:7 “You surround me with songs of deliverance”)
7. Expect God to personally guide you in the future. His presence in your life is the secret to victory over your sin and guilt. (Ps 32:8 “I will instruct you and teach you”)
8. Don’t be surprised when God corrects you. Your flesh will rise up and demand a following. When you give in to this, God will immediately convict you of your sin and correct you. He is not going to sit by idly and allow intimacy with Him to evaporate with silence. (Ps 32:8 “I will counsel you with my eye on you”)
9. Engage your mind, will, and emotions when dealing with God. You are not a robot nor a puppet in the hands of God. He created you in His image and expects you to live that way. (Ps 32:9 “do not be as the horse or as the mule which have no understanding.”)
10. Choose to live with an attitude of gratitude. Accept His forgiveness, live like you’re forgiven, and broadcast it. (Ps 32:10)
Ernest Hemingway in his short story, “The Capitol of the World,” tells the story about a father and his teenage son, who lived in Spain. Their relationship became strained. Eventually they separated and the son ran away from home. After some time, the father began to search for his lost and rebellious son. Finally in desperation, he put an ad in the Madrid newspaper as a last resort. His son’s name was Paco, which was a common name like John would be in the USA. The ad simply read like this:
“Dear Paco, Meet me in front of the Madrid Newspaper office tomorrow at noon. All is forgiven. I love you.
The next day at noon, in front of that newspaper office, there were 800 Paco’s seeking forgiveness.
You are not alone with your guilt. Your guilt is an alarm that notifies you that something is wrong between you and God. God has amazingly dealt with your sin on the Cross of Jesus. His wrath has been satisfied (“the wages of sin is death” Rom 6:23) and forgiveness and cleansing are offered from the resurrected Jesus.
How do you get off your guilt trip? Turn to God right now. You won’t regret it.