The law is always happy—thrilled—to dampen every celebration of life. It will throw you into depression and hopelessness, bringing torment with it. Guilt and shame are two other fellows that love a party. They can come without an invitation. I have formulated a guide to help you determine how much of the law rules your daily routine. Scripture states that the letter kills but the Spirit gives life. The Lord wants you free! It is this very reason He lay down His life and carried His heavy cross—the weight of our sin—all the way to Calvary’s Hill.
“He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant–not of the letter but of the Spirit;
for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.”
II Corinthians 3:6 (NIV)
• What will people think? My house is such a mess today.
• Did I pray long enough…read the Bible enough?
• I don’t have my life together like my pastor’s wife.
• I’m just a stay at home mom. Other women have real jobs.
• I feel the Lord’s disapproval. This tells me I fall short.
• I remember when I lied to my mother. I’m such a loser.
• My boss rejected my project. I’m just low life.
• I failed third grade. I’m just not smart like others
• I wish I were skinny and pretty like other girls.
• My children make mistakes. It’s all my doing.
• I overdrew my bank account. What an idiot.
• Who needs me? I have zero talent.
• I’m a fallen woman—my reputation will always be questionable.
The list is endless. The common thread tying these thoughts together is this—they bring you to a standstill. They shut the mouth of God’s lioness. They defy the work of the cross and the atoning blood of Jesus Christ. The focus is taken off the Redeemer and placed on the struggling saint and her shortcomings. Several items on this list receive their power from a religious spirit. A religious spirit attempts to clone God. It sounds like this.
“I saw you do that…God is upset with you…you’re a hypocrite…shame on you…God doesn’t love you…you’re in trouble now.”
If you sin, run to the Forgiver. Embrace His grace…trust in His mercy. Don’t retreat into your small constricting pot. Shut the mouth of your accuser and don’t give him the satisfaction of spoiling your day and aborting your destiny.
What can separate us from the love of God?
Believe this, receive this