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The Devil's Work

Racism Guilt Redemption

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2020-06-06

Scripture: Galatians 3:28 ; Romans 2:11

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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There was a time in this country when blacks were forced to feel ashamed because of the color of their skin. That was pure evil.

But now another race is being pressured to feel ashamed because of the color of their skin. This is equally evil.

APPLICATION

If you have ever been guilty of racism toward another person, you must, for the sake of your own soul, go back and apologize. But if you’ve stood against racism your whole life, then have more respect for yourself than to confess to sins you’ve never committed.

False guilt and false shame are the Devil's work.

God’s work is redemptive, releasing us from our actual shame and guilt.

God doesn’t hold us accountable for sins we haven’t committed, but the Devil does. God doesn’t hold us accountable for the sins of previous generations, but the Devil does. God doesn’t seek to keep us locked under the bondage of shame and guilt, but the Devil does.

But God does hold us accountable for the sins we have actually committed. And by the power of Jesus' blood, He promises to wash them away.

In your search for redemption, make sure you seek it at the right altar.

"There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus" (Galatians 3:28). 

"God does not show favoritism" (Romans 2:11). 

The Sins of the Father

Legacy Sin Nature Guilt

Source: “Relatives of infamous Nazis reveal how their family ties have blighted them,” By Allan Hall In Berlin for MailOnline, May 9, 2016

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-08-14

Scripture: Isaiah 1:18

Author: Illustration Exchange
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The niece of Hitler's deputy Hermann Goering has had herself sterilized rather than risk giving birth to 'a monster.' This, and other revelations are a part of a documentary about the forgotten children of the Third Reich, called 'My Family, the Nazis and Me.'  

Allan Hall, with MailOnline, reports:

Israeli Chanoch Zeevi, director, said he found 'fascinating similarities' between the emotions of those related to Holocaust perpetrators and those of survivors, some of whom meet the children of their tormentors in the programme.

'I have made a powerful dialogue between the children of the perpetrators and the children of the survivors,' he said. 'Both live out the Holocaust daily, unable to move forward with their lives.'

... Niklas Frank remembers seeing concentration camp prisoners tormented as his father chuckled. 'Thin men were mounted on to a wild donkey and the donkey bucked and the men fell off, and they could only pick themselves up again very slowly, and they didn't find it as funny as I did,' he said.

'And again and again they got back on and the donkey was given a slap and again they fell off and they tried to help each other; it was a fantastic afternoon. Then we had cocoa. These are the … images I carry around of my father … I have never managed in my life to get rid of the memory of him,' he said. 'I live with this deep shame about what he did.'

... Monika Hertwig cannot accept anything about her own father. As commandant of the Auschwitz sub-camp of Plaszow, he was hanged in 1946 for the murder of tens of thousands of people, 500 of them by his own hands.

'He liked to shoot women with babies in their arms from the balcony of his house, to see if one bullet could kill two,' she said. 'How much of the murderer is in me? These are the things that torment me.'

 

 

APPLICATION

The Hebrew prophet Isaiah declared God’s heart when he wrote, “Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool” (Isaiah 1:18, ESV).

Notice, God speaks of your sins, not your parents' sins.  We are not responsible for what our forbearers have done, only for what we have personally perpetuated.  And even in that case, the shame and guilt can be made “white as snow” by the blood of Christ.

What a tragedy that anyone would continue to live in the shadow of the sins of others, when they don’t even have to live under the burden or shadow of their own.

Ironically, it’s a Jew, a member of the race so hated by their parents, who offers to remove the shame placed on them by those same parents. 

Search My Trunk, Please

Guilt Repentance Sin

Source: "Man tells police to search his truck, more than $3 million worth of drugs recovered," KFOR (NBC) Posted 2:29 pm, October 16, 2015, by M.DeLaTorre and Adam Snid

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-11-24

Scripture: Acts 2:21 ; Isaiah 59:20

Author: Illustration Exchange
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EL RENO, Okla. - An Arizona man, Jorge Vasconcelos, was pulled over for swerving while driving. According to KFOR (NBC):

Deputies were concerned that he was either intoxicated or fatigued, so they pulled him over.

Vasconcelos said he was helping move his girlfriend to Georgia, and he was indeed sleepy.

Deputies suggested that he take a nap before getting back on the road.

Then, out of nowhere, Vasconcelos told authorities he wasn't a criminal and they could check his truck if they wanted to.

The deputies thought it was strange that Vasconcelos would tell them that out of the blue, without prompting. So, they decided it might be a good idea to take a closer look:

During the search, they found a loaded Bursa .380 caliber pistol in the front passenger seat.

They also noticed that the manifold of the truck's engine had been tampered with.

A fiber optic scope had been run through a vacuum line to a large metal box inside the engine.

Inside the box, deputies found eight kilos of heroin wrapped in cellophane, carbon paper and aluminum foil.

Vasconcelos was taken into custody and booked on charges of aggravated trafficking of heroin and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

For a picture of drugs removed from engine click this link

APPLICATION

Not surprisingly, an unsolicited declaration of innocence followed by an invitation to search one’s vehicle is going to draw suspicion.  That’s because it is the predictable response of a guilty conscience.

One day the divine finger will point your way, waving you over. How will you respond? Will you declare your innocence, maybe even be so bold as to invite God to do a search of your life? Be assured of this: No matter how well you’ve worked to hide your sins, God knows every nook and cranny of your life, every secret compartment.

Don’t wait for God to pull you off the road of life, go to Him now. Confess your sins and plead for his mercy. Act preemptively with repentance and experience God’s love and forgiveness.

“And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Acts 2:21).

"The Redeemer will come to Zion, to those in Jacob who repent of their sins," declares the LORD” (Isaiah 59:20).

Man Faces Jail For Selling His Dirty Socks

Motivation God's Judgment Guilt

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-08-17

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 4:5 ; Matthew 5:8

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Held Up Pants, But Not In Court

Sin Nature Law (of God) Guilt

Contributed By: Rod Crowell | Date Posted: 2015-08-10

Scripture: Romans 8:4

Author: World Magazine / Illustration Exchange
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Snodgrass's Muff

Guilt Perspective Perseverance

Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2015-08-10

Scripture: Philippians 3:13

Author: Neal Pollard
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Police Dole Out Gifts Not Tickets

Christmas Guilt Joy

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-12-17

Scripture: Isaiah 9:6

Author: Kate Abbey-Lambertz / Illustration Exchange
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The Leftovers, Left With Nothing

Rapture Hopelessness Guilt

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-08-25

Scripture: Psalms 38:3

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Woman Films Her Own Abortion

Abortion Guilt Rationalize

Contributed By: Barnett Gushin | Date Posted: 2014-05-27

Scripture: Romans 81:

Author: Emily Letts / Barnett Gushin
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Call Your Momma!

Motherhood Guilt Humor

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-05-08

Scripture: Deuteronomy 5:16

Author: Unknown/Illustration Exchange
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