One of the ‘indicators’, if you will, of a spirit of guilt operating in your life might be ‘regret’ and/or ‘remorse’.
Several weeks ago, I realized that every time I would look at old family photos, old home videos, or a child was turning 20, or 19 or 15 or 10, the age didn’t matter, I would feel sadness. Something didn’t feel right, but I couldn’t discern it. I could never look back and have joy over the events or revel in the beauty of growth and change.
I prayed, asking the Lord to give me discernment into this. It was obvious that something was not right. It wasn’t long before, through teachings, His Word and circumstances that this kind of thinking was tied to a spirit of guilt. As I repented and removed and began to fill my mind with Truth, freedom came. I was able to discern that the ‘names’ for those feelings were indeed ‘regret’ and ‘remorse’. Discerning, naming, repenting and removing has brought a whole new outlook on life.
It was like I had these dark glasses on that only allowed me to see things through guilt. This is how I would describe what it is like as I discern each new layer of bondage the Lord is removing. Can I tell you the world looks entirely different than it did 337 days ago!?
The joy that fills my soul as I face each day without guilt! (not to mention,a spirit of fear, performance, drivenness, envy, jealousy . . . shall I keep going? )
I watched an old home video last night, guess what? Nothing but pure joy and thankfulness for the life we have lived. No regrets. No remorse. No guilt. Just joy! Freedom is sweet.