Dressed for Success: Guilt

Barb Marshall: Your Real Deal Christian Mentor


For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate.” ~ Romans 7:15

Guilt. It will hunt you, follow you, impact you and try to beat you down.

The worst is when you know you should not have made the same mistake over and over again. You start beating yourself up.

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I was very good at beating myself up over everything.  It originated by embarrassing my parents as a 13 year old. From that moment guilt stayed with me up to recently.  I turned into a people-pleaser because of guilt. I would beat myself up with thoughts of not being good enough, after I spoke for churches or at the TV shows. One day I asked the Lord how I should fast. I heard the Lord say: “Stop beating yourself up for one week.”


If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” ~ 1 John 1: 9 NASB

I thought this would be very hard to do since I had become so good at it.  But I choose to go for it. Starting that week, when I blew it once again, I confessed and moved on.

It was an incredible peace that I experienced over and over again. A sense of forgiveness and love came over me. It literally changed the way I viewed myself and how the FATHER sees me.  I started to experience God’s love for me in an incredible new way. It helped me to live in peace and not constantly make the same mistakes again and again. It set me up for success instead of my own words setting me up for failure.

God longed for this relationship right from the beginning of creation. God longed to walk through the garden with Adam and Eve. But Adam and Eve hid themselves from God after they sinned. God still longed to have a relationship with his creation.

It is the devil that wants to single you out and then attack you with what he had you fall for from the beginning. Corrie Ten Boom said it beautifully. When you confess your sin God puts it in the deepest ocean and puts a sign above it: “NO FISHING!!!” It is not God that reminds you of your past but Satan that will keep beating you over the head over and over again. He is the attorney against you.  Sin makes you want to hide. The more you live in sin the more you hide from God. When you confess and stop beating yourself up it brings a freedom. It breaks the guilt that is hunting you. It brings joy, love, acceptance and hope.

I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake, And I will not remember your sins.” ~  Isaiah 43:25


Life Changing Tip:  Fast for one week by not beating yourself up. Confess and move on and draw close to GOD.

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