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REPENTANCE,
RENEWAL OF THE MIND,
 MEANS CLEANSING OUT THE FILTH OF THE WORLD
WITH THE PURITY OF GOD’S WORD,
 AND ITS TRUTHS

The devil comes to us, via thoughts, dreams, suggestion from others, worldly television, radio, movies, internet, etc., and tries to implant in our minds things that are contrary to the Word of God.  Those thoughts pollute,
hinder, aggravate, distress, depress, and warp our minds.

What we need to do is wash them from our minds.  There is an agent the Lord has chosen for us, that will do it.  It is the Word of God. 

Ephesians 5:26-27
26 That He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27 That He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. 

John 15:3
"Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you."
   
Our cleansing from the pollution of false thinking, is accomplished by the Word of God.  The Word reveals sin, it allows the Spirit of God to shine light on what is darkness of mind.  The Word awakens our conscience.  The Word shows us the nature of Jesus for us to admire and allow Him to change us into that same image.

There is no power like the Word of God.  It detaches from us the pollution of the mind, it gives us spiritual ideals, truths that are certain and sure, and a peace of mind of knowing we are in harmony with the truth. 

Allow Jesus to speak to your inner being via the Word of God, via your prayers.  Test all voices that speak to you, by the Word of God.  If Eve had verified what God had truly said, if she had not blindly accepted the pollution of the serpent’s voice, she would not have fallen.  If we study the Word, accept the Word and its truths, we will find the pollution, instigated by the devils, will be washed from our minds.
 
THE ALTERNATIVE TO REPENTANCE IS GUILT.
THE CURE FOR GUILT IS REPENTANCE.

For many of us, guilt seems like a plague, a blanket of shame that covers us and makes us feel horrible.  In researching the Scriptures, I am finding that the common concept of guilt is often tainted and incorrect. 

The idea of ‘guilt’ is that there is a ‘cause’ that brings a feeling  of blameworthiness.  Some would be more culpable if they know to do good, and yet fail.  Others would be less at fault if they had no knowledge of the wrongness of the thought or action. 

The idea of guilt brings most often the need to ‘make good’ through some kind of punishment, self inflicted, society inflicted, or God inflicted. Often the person feels that inner need to repay, remunerate, compensate for what was done.   Of course, crime needs punishment, sin has consequences. Yet, the cause of the guilt is often not a sin, and even sins can be forgiven by grace, unmerited favor.   
 
The ‘debt’, that the action bringing the guilt incurred, is sought by the person to be paid.  The remuneration for the cause of the ‘guilt’ can be eternal, if the wrong price is always paid, and the guilt remains after what the person thought was full payment. An inner disease of the soul is the eternal attempt to repay for an imagined, or misconceived guilt felt by the person.   Years of feeling the guilt, years of trying to repay, years of hanging one’s head in shame and depression is not God’s plan for a Christian.
    
In different societies, they use a whip to inflict self pain, or walk on coals of fire to pay the price for their guilt.  Some in our society spend their lives constantly attacking the inner guilt by denial of its wrongness.  They argue with those who feel ‘abortion’ is wrong. They mock and verbally attack anyone who says that there are things that are ‘sinful’ to all.  That is guilt trying to alleviate itself, and the payment there chosen is ‘denial’. 

Others bear the guilt, and walk in an inner shame that plagues their lives.   This inner guilt feeling sometimes is manifest by anger, sometimes by fear, sometimes by extreme depression, and sometimes by withdrawal.

Guilt is feeling blameworthiness. The idea of ‘blameworthiness’ is Scriptural. For we are told that ‘all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.’ Also, the Bible tells us that ‘there is none righteous, no not one.’ So, the fact of ‘guilt’ having to be upon us is very Scriptural. The Biblical concept of guilt is that there are ethical, moral, and holy principles from God that are put upon His creation. This kind of guilt is to be alleviated by God’s plan for salvation from guilt.
         
God uses guilt to bring us to salvation in His grace.  He uses guilt to steer us from great sins, making the little sins that would steer us into greater sin to guide us toward His mercy and love.     

The devil misuses guilt to make the forgiven to still feel deserving of penalty, and the devil seeks to get them to self inflict that punishment.  Society tries to make one feel guilty for sins of a spouse, of a child, of a sibling, or of the parent. The guilt that a parent can put on a child, blaming them for the marriage troubles, blaming them for their economic distress, making a child to feel inferior to another sibling in educational achievement, can trouble the child for decades.

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