There is probably nothing more destructive than unresolved guilt and shame. Guilt is a natural internal reaction that occurs when we violate our conscience. It’s a signal that we’re taking a wrong direction. When we correct our course and accept the forgiveness of God we’re immediately back on course living in peace. But the problem is many don’t forgive themselves. In time, guilt turns to shame. Now instead of negative feelings about what we’ve done we have negative feelings about who we are. If shame isn’t resolved through accepting God’s mercy and forgiveness the shame leads to condemnation, i.e. the expectation of punishment. Condemnation results in a psychological reversal (PR).
Psychological reversals create an incredibly deceptive scenario. Intellectually we want our circumstances to improve, but at a deeper belief level we don’t feel worthy and may even feel we need to be punished. Our intellectual mind convinces us we are in complete faith, but our heart is 100% in the opposite direction. This begins a deep spiraling syndrome of guilt, shame, fear, unbelief and anger; yet, all the while our mind is saying, “Of course I believe God’s promises are for me.” In time, we will blame God for not doing His part. In my series, The Supernatural Power of Making Decisions, I will show you how to resolve psychological reversals.
The Bible explicitly tells that all the promises of God are already ours; yet, we must step into those blessings by putting off every aspect of the old man and all his beliefs. Then we must renew our mind to align with the truth of God’s Word. Finally, we must “put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.” (Ephesians 4:24) Join me in Impact CyberChurch as I share about, Stepping Into a Life of Blessing, i.e. putting on the new man with all the blessings of God!