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The Packhorse

  • Nevertheless I tell you the truth: It is to your advantage that I go away, for if I don't go away, the Counselor won't come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. When he has come, he will convict the world about sin, about righteousness, and about judgment; John 16:8 WEB

    There I stood with my head down, too ashamed to look around me, and every fiber of my being telling me to run out of the door. I spent a lot of time looking at the floor in those days, and I avoided making eye contact when I first started attending church. I felt ashamed to be there because of my past. Oh, I had been saved and baptized, but I was saddled with baggage and being ridden by the enemy like a packhorse. I was carrying shame from the past, and it was a heavy load.

    Jesus came to convict the world of sin, but I often see people walking around bound by shame because of something they did twenty years ago, repented of seventy seven times, and they still feel like God is mad at them over it. I have been there.

    Let me tell you this: God does not look at you like that. When you repent of something, it is gone.If you asked God about it again, He will not know what you are talking about because He has put your sin as far as the East is from the West (Psalms 103:12). When God forgives you, He actually means it.

    To Convict means: to expose, lay bare, to detect, to reveal your mistake to you. The feeling of conviction urges you to make something right, and when you repent, it is gone.

    To Shame means: to humiliate, dishonor, and to disgrace. Fear and shame are tools of the enemy. They are like bullies, and they will not leave without a fight, but when you decide to face them, they will flee.

    Conviction is good and says: 'What you did was wrong. Apologize and don't do it again.' It will shape you into a better person.

    Shame is evil and says: 'You are what is wrong.You are no good, and you will never be any good. Look at what you did.Why don't you just quit.' The purpose is to get you to give up trying, and to drown you in defeat.

    When you stumble, repent, tell God you are sorry about that, and then lift your head up and stand tall. Know that you are forgiven and washed as white as snow.As far as hanging your head down in shame, stop it! Never give into that trap. How can you ever lead others to Jesus when you look so miserable yourself? The joy of the Lord is our strength. The kingdom of God is righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. Shame will only keep you back from what God has for in store for you. So let it go and never fall into its trap.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You for forgiving me. Please set me free from the chains of shame that try and cling to me. Lead me into all that You have for me to do here and let Your light shine in my life. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: "And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord's people" (Ephesians 6:18). If you have a prayer need, we are here for you! We and the prayer team are ready to lift you up at our private prayer page: RHM Prayer Network


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Thank you for all you do for us and me, for we are nothing without you! Praise the Lord Hallelujah! ❤️
August 30, 2019
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen!

August 30, 2019
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

Amen! This is the enemy's #1 tactic against me. Thank you Holy Spirit for the work You do in us. This message is spot on for me this morning, thanks pastor Dion.

August 30, 2019
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Lord, amen

August 30, 2019
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Thank You Lord!

August 30, 2019
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Dear God protect us and guide us. At times Things feel so hopeless. My hope is in you God. Increase my faith.  Please Lord provide for us. Thank you for your many blessings. Praise God Amen 

August 30, 2019
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Perry Robertson
Perry Robertson

Amen! Thank God that when he forgives us he really forgives us and its gone, we must repent to be forgiven, its easy to hold on tothat baggage I have done it and still do sometimes, but learning to let go. If God forgives you, you too can forgive yourself and move forward, with God everything is about moving forward, And I personally love that about him. His kindness mercy and grace. God is good all the time, And All the Time God is Good.!

August 30, 2019
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Amen,our God is awesome.We love and worship Him..

August 30, 2019
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Greg Hall
Greg Hall

Amen. Thank you for this message Pastor Dion!

August 30, 2019
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen...we all needed this message this morning . Thank you Lord for helping me through all my yesterdays and forgiving me for all my sins and mistakes. 

August 30, 2019
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Thank You Father for Your love, mercy and forgiveness! Amen.

August 30, 2019
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Thankyou for all my blessings   in jesus name amen!!

August 30, 2019
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Oh Heavenly Father, I thank You for all You have done for me, forgiving our sins and leading us to a better life following Your designs. That Your grace be upon us because You are a awesome God, in Jesus name I pray .Amen. Praises be to Your Holy name forever. 

Thank you Pastor for this wonderful reminder, God bless you. 

 

August 30, 2019
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

August 30, 2019
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen this a great reminder 

August 30, 2019
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

August 30, 2019
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Yes Lord, and please let Your light so shine in me that others can see You, and only You, Amen!

August 30, 2019
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Sandra Colby
Sandra Colby

AMEN

August 30, 2019
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Dana Rozell
Dana Rozell

Amen!

September 5, 2019