There are two emotional trips the enemy delights in for the children of God: the guilt trip and the power trip. We call them trips because satan’s plan is to take us away from the path we are on by leading us astray. At times, others may be on trips and they try to pull us into theirs. We must remain on our own course. Boundaries are important when we are following the directions of the Lord.
Self-condemnation leads us into a guilt trip. We take responsibility for some situations where we had no control. We keep thinking on the what if and the if only. Regrets bring sorrow and grief. Self-glorification leads to a power trip; we are too proud of what we have done and are prideful. It’s legalistic, self-righteous and glorifies self instead of God. Whether it’s the bad or the good things we focus on, it’s a stumbling block in the midst of our path.
The Lord knows how to bring us back onto the right path, His. With love and care He picks us up from the middle of the wrong road and removes us from our own ways. He leads us on a glory trip, guiding us from glory to glory!
Proverbs 4:18 “But the path of the just is like the shining sun, That shines ever brighter unto the perfect day.”
Knowing our divine identity in Christ helps us walk totally free from who we used to be apart from Christ. One of the things we no longer have to deal with is shame.
Shame relates to our whole self being perceived as defective, rejected, fundamentally damaged and not loved. We have the opposite in the Lord. We are new creations accepted, loved and filled with His glory. Before we were born again, we experienced shame because we were lost. Traumatic events in our lives increased our perception of unworthiness. Shame comes with a desire to hide or disappear. When Adam and Eve fell into sin, they hid themselves. It’s only when we are hidden in Christ that we truly come out of our hiding places. We are restored and safe in Him. We are free from the old; all things have become new!
It’s our whole being that has been forgiven. We are accepted in the beloved. Even if at times we do something wrong in the flesh, we are immediately forgiven. We have been made righteous in Him. When the old things that have passed away, try to rise up in our lives, let’s walk forward as new, in the new, from glory to glory!
2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
As we walk with God, we are not always consistent in our behaviors. We go back and forth in the promises we believe. Our adversary tries to lead us into his lies in order to hinder us from walking in the perfect will of God. Guilt and condemnation may war in our souls and bring oppression and depression.
Jesus said He was the door. If anyone entered into the Kingdom by Him, they would be saved and would go in and out to find pasture. This in and out is an allusion of the sheep going in and out of the fold, not in and out of salvation. This relates to our exercises of faith, walking in His truth as we learn to walk in the spirit and not in the flesh. We come out of the fold when we go out of who we are in Christ and return to the flesh and our own righteousness. We come out when we walk by sight and not by faith. We come in and out this door; but praise God, this door never closes once we have entered in, Hallelujah!
We can shut all the doors the thief opens for us as he tries to lead us to destruction; because the Great Shepherd teaches us gently to remain in the fold. We do not go out as often as we used to. We are stronger and stronger in the power of Christ. What a blessing to be in Christ, to have a safe place to run to, to experience His protection, love and care from glory to glory!
John 10:9-10 “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”