August 18, 2020 -- LMA Seven Principles: Principle #5
LMA Principle #5: Stop Being Pushed Around by Fear and Guilt
Fear, guilt, and shame undermine more efforts to overcome addictions and compulsions than any other issue. Also, holding resentments toward others is known as the #1 offender by the 12-Step Program (as in the number one thing that leads to relapse). God will provide both help and hope with these problems.
Read Romans 5:1-2 (NKJV): “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”
Romans 5:1-2 (Mirror Bible): The conclusion is clear: our righteousness has absolutely nothing to do with our ability to keep moral laws; it is the immediate result of what Jesus accomplished on mankind’s behalf. This gives context to faith and finds expression in unhindered, face to face friendship with God! Jesus Christ is the head of this union! (2) Jesus is God’s face to face grace embrace of the entire human race. So here we are, standing tall in the joyful bliss of our redeemed innocence! We are God’s dream come true! This was God’s idea all along!
Principle 5 points out that many people are trapped in the grip of fear and shame. Guilt is a constant nagging issue. Many are consumed with resentments (real and/or imagined). God (Father-Son-Spirit) can and will deliver you from these spiritual maladies. Seek the Lord with your heart and mind. In other words, have a metanoia moment……a change of mind which is repentance. Try it.
Isaiah 41:10 (TPT): Do not yield to fear, for I am always near. Never turn your gaze from me, for I am your faithful God. I will infuse you with my strength and help you in every situation. I will hold you firmly with my victorious right hand.
Keep your gaze upon Jesus Christ. Do not yield to fear.
Blessings All Around,
Senior Pastor, Trinitarian Grace International