Sunday, May 9th

Guilt Needs an Office


“We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” II Corinthians 10:5 (NIV)



So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. Romans 8:1-2 (NLT2)



At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul. Acts 7:57-58 (NIV)



Saul was there, giving approval to his death. Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off men and women and put them in prison

Acts 8:1, 3 (NIV)



Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord's disciples

Acts 9:1 (NIV)



THIS UNDERCOVER BOSS LOVES TO

REMIND US OF HIS POTENTIAL 



If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth.
If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that His word has no place in our hearts. 1 John 1:8; 10 (NLT2)



THIS UNDERCOVER BOSS LOVES TO

PUT HIS NEPHEW IN CHARGE:  SHAME



At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves

Genesis 3:7 (NLT2)



He replied, “I heard you walking in the garden, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked.” Genesis 3:10 (NLT2)



The man replied, “It was the woman you gave me who gave me the fruit, and I ate it.”
Then the LORD God asked the woman, “What have you done?” “The serpent deceived me,” she replied. “That’s why I ate it.”  Genesis 3:12-13 (NLT2)


THIS UNDERCOVER BOSS HATES IT

WHEN WE TAKE THE STEPS THAT LIMIT ITS CONTROL



1. CONFESSION



If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth.
But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. 1 John 1:8-9 (NLT2)



Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. James 5:16 (NLT2)



2. REPENTANCE



“Give the following instructions to the people of Israel: If any of the people—men or women—betray the LORD by doing wrong to another person, they are guilty. They must confess their sin and make full restitution for what they have done, adding an additional 20 percent and returning it to the person who was wronged. Numbers 5:6-7 (NLT2)



Meanwhile, Zacchaeus stood before the Lord and said, “I will give half my wealth to the poor, Lord, and if I have cheated people on their taxes, I will give them back four times as much!” Luke 19:8 (NLT2)



This messenger was John the Baptist. He was in the wilderness and preached that people should be baptized to show that they had turned to God to receive forgiveness for their sins. All of Judea, including all the people of Jerusalem, went out to see and hear John. And when they confessed their sins, he baptized them in the Jordan River. Mark 1:4-5 (NLT2)


When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, "Brothers, what shall we do?" Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:37-38 (NIV)



3. GRACE AGENTS



News of this reached the ears of the church at Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. When he arrived and saw the evidence of the grace of God, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts. Acts 11:22-23 (NIV)



Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch. 

Acts 11:25-26 (NIV)


Oh, how generous and gracious our Lord was! He filled me with the faith and love that come from Christ Jesus. This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I am the worst of them all.
But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life. 1 Timothy 1:14-16 (NLT2)



THERE IS ONLY ONE WHO OFFERS NO CONDEMNATION

AND HE INVITES YOU TO STEP INTO IT!