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How should I handle the guilt of neglecting God for a long time and then coming back after?

Discussion in 'General Discussions' started by Juk, Jun 14, 2015.

  1. Here is what I mean. I always want to do everything I have to do and then read the Bible last, so that nothing is on my mind when I read. But recently, I have been procrastinating heavily, and I end up reading the Bible at 10 or 11 pm. So I get really guilt about that. What should I do that will help remove my guilt? What Bible verses might you have?
  2. #2 Cturtle, Jun 14, 2015
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2015
    1 John 1:9

    Repent, Forgive yourself, because God does not hold your sins against you and then change your priorities, and put God first.
    The only way to get rid of the guilt is to receive your cleansing according to 1 John 1:9. Realizing that as soon as you have repented you are forgiven, and cleansed from all unrighteousness.

    Plus when the devil reminds you of your sin, push those thoughts out....because he and you are the only ones who remember. And the devil is the accuser of the brethren.

    Romans 8:1 no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus
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  3. #3 Cturtle, Jun 14, 2015
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    Hebrews 8:12 and 10:17 remind us that God remembers our sins no more
    Psalms 103:12 says that God removes our sins as far as the east is from the west.

    Blessings :)
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  4. #4 Mykuhl, Jun 14, 2015
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2015
    I see it as an issue to do with your heart. If you are truly leaving your bible reading to the end so you can focus better and thus get more out of it then there is nothing wrong with that, and you don't need to feel guilty about it. Although as you said, procrastination can and often does come into play in this scenario. It is far too easy to end up procrastinating by doing it in this way. You end up "running out of time" and you use this as an excuse for not reading or studying the word of God. Realize that if you are going to leave your reading/studying to the end, that you are going to have to be more disciplined. Part of our Christian walk is one of discipline, especially early on. As we become more mature, godly desire starts to replace discipline more and more.

    Just don't beat yourself up over it and get condemned over it, that is the devil's tool. Simply repent and get back on track, even if you end up repenting many times because you end up doing the same thing. As long as you repent there is always forgiveness.
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  5. What should I do to remove the guilt ?
    First is this guilt from God ? Has God told Juk to read first ? If so then repent and read first.,
    You can make more problems for your self getting all caught up in things such as this. Listen friend, if you read an hour the devil will show you so and so read 2 hours. If you pray for 30 minutes the devil will show you so and so who prays for 50 minutes.

    It is all from a master plan to keep you in a YOKE that is not only NOT YOURS but does not FIT YOU. Christ destroyed that yoke of bondage but the devil works 24/7/365 trying to get you to accept a new one as yours and he will camouflage it any way he can.

    Juk learn your enemy before he drives you into frustration which will hinder your growth in Christ. Hmmm who would have thought the devil wants to stop your growth. ; ) :whistle::ROFLMAO::whistle:
    Do this from the written word of God and prayer.

    One last tip for you my friend - when ever you feel guilt or as if you are not doing it right and God is getting mad or what have you........STOP - DROP AND PRAY......chances are...it is your enemy Juk who has come to steal - kill and destroy.....

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  6. I don't see the problem. It's 11:45 pm where I'm at right now. I probably won't get to my Bible for another 30 minutes or so. Whatever time works best for you. As Mykuhl stated, you just have to be disciplined about it. For me, I won't let feeling tired or worn out be an excuse not to read that night. There have been a couple of times where I forgot, and I got myself out of bed to go get at least a chapter in.
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  7. I had something like this happen to me as well. I was upset that i didn't have time to read (for one reason or another) and one night the Lord helped me to see, that the time that i was playing free cell...i could be reading. I kind of felt stupid for not seeing that sooner. So i repented and changed my direction and read instead of playing free cell. And then played a couple of games after i was done.

    Your not alone, so as Jesus would say...peace be still. :)
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  8. But when I am tired I just can't read because I can't focus. I read better when it's around three or four.
  9. Another thing... I also feel bad when I pray because I feel (and know) that I don't deserve it. Right now, I'm like that "Christian" who calls themselves a Christian but doesn't actually know God. There might be an underlying so that I am doing but I don't know what it is. I also haven't found any Scriptures that say that that is how it works. But it might be because I still sit these guys who play Super Smash Bros at lunch, but they always take God's name in vain. School might be the problem, thank God it's almost over.
  10. Reading Bible as the last thing itself is not wrong. I often do that. Because my meetings at work start pretty early in the morning, like 7AM. So instead of rushing prayers and Bible reading, I just do prayers in the morning. Then at night, I read Bible after my wife and daughter goes to bed. It does help to meditate on Word of God in complete silence. Sometimes it is after 11 PM or so. But it does not matter. I don't see anything wrong with this
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  11. Unfortunately I don't have any Bible verses for you because I don't see that you necessarily did anything wrong. Some questions to consider:
    1. Is the person who gets up in the morning and reads the Bible with a cup of coffee, or the person who reads the Bible on their lunch break at work, or the person who listens to the Bible through their radio on their commute home any better than you in God's eyes?
    2. What time of day do you think is the 'best' time to read God's word?
    3. What chores/items on your agenda must be completed and what chores/items on your agenda must wait when you read/before you read God's word?
    After reading these questions, you can tell they are quite silly. What they end up doing to a person trying to grow in their walk with Christ is what you're experiencing - guilt and condemnation. This is from the enemy. Stop feeling guilty and rejoice in your relationship with the Lord. Although we may be unable or unwilling to read His word from time to time, it does not mean we do not love Him. We are always thinking about Him; He is always with us; He is constantly renewing our minds. Shed the guilt and condemnation before it turns into anxiety, in Jesus name.
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