Scene of the
by Frances M. McCrory-Meservy
Returning to the scene of the crime is not from God. When Jesus died on the cross, every sin committed on earth past, present and future was placed on Him. All we have to do is accept what He has already done for us and all our sins are forgiven and forgotten. After that when we realize we sinned and repent (change our minds and stop doing the sin), God's forgiveness is there for us and He forgets it ever happened.
The hard thing is forgiving ourselves. But since we have played the blame game since Adam and Eve, we are not accusing ourselves. That would be totally against human nature. If we are not accusing ourselves and God is not condemning us, who is? Satan is the great accuser. He has been kicked out of Heaven and can no longer accuse us to God. So, he accuses us to our own faces every time we give him the opportunity.
One of Satan's greatest tools is guilt. Satan can stop us from going to Church, going to visit our loved ones, witnessing to people and associating with other Christians by reminding us of what we did so we will feel guilty. He keeps reminding us of what we did wrong.
Satan can not poses us; but he can oppress us. That pressed down feeling you have is Satan oppressing you. We have all sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God; but we as Christians have also been forgiven and that weight lifts because God forgives us.
Satan tries to put that weight back on us by reminding us of our sins. Each time he reminds us, we should (out loud - he can't hear our thoughts) say "Get the behind me Satan." As soon as Satan realizes that we know who is behind the guilt, he will leave.
I have observed that if a person becomes judgmental of other people, Satan takes that opportunity to make that person feel guilty. God knew being judgmental would open the door for Satan. That's one of the reasons He told us not to judge.
Forgive yourself by forgiving and not judging others. Don't open the door for Satan to drag you back to the scene of the crime.
Mat 26:28 "For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
John 8:24 "Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins."
Acts 3:19 Repent, therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out.
Mat 7:1-2 "Judge not, that you be not judged. "For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.
Luke 6:36-37 "Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful. "Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
Rev 12:10-12 Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, "Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. "And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. "Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time."
(Webster's on line dictionary)
Guilt: 1a : the fact of having committed a breach of conduct especially violating law 2a : the state of one who has committed an offense especially consciously b : feelings of culpability especially for imagined offenses or from a sense of inadequacy : self-reproach 3: a feeling of culpability for offenses
Innocent a :
free from guilt
(Wikipedia Encyclopedia on line) Innocence is the opposite of guilt.
If someone is innocent it means that they did not do it. If someone is accused of a crime, they have to be tried. The court will decide whether they are guilty or not-guilty (innocent). People must be treated as innocent unless (or until) they are found guilty.