Guilt: 5 of 7 Oppressive Spirits Plaguing Families of Inmates

Sep 05, 2017

By Roger Hollar

We are in a series called The Seven Oppressive Spirits Plaguing Families of Inmates.

Read the 4 previous posts: Anonymity, Isolation, Loneliness, Shame

I propose to you that there were seven oppressive spirits present around the arrest, trial, sentencing, and execution of Jesus. These same oppressive spirits stand arrogantly against the families of inmates and prevent them from finding hope and redemption in Christ.

The fifth of these is the demon prince, Guilt. We find him in Mat 27:23. “Then the governor said, ‘Why, what evil has He done?’ But they cried out all the more, saying, ‘Let Him be crucified!’”

What did Pilate say? Verse 24: “Pilate saw that he could not prevail at all, but rather that a tumult was rising, he took water and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, ‘I am innocent of the blood of this just Person.’” He could have declared Jesus innocent. Public opinion drove him to declare an innocent man GUILTY. Jesus was condemned to death.

The demon prince, Guilt, puts blame and disgrace upon families of inmates. Guilt by association comes into play (I.e. Peter denies Jesus; he can’t handle the guilt by association). Guilt works itself out among families of inmates in self-condemnation and blame. It hangs around their necks like a millstone keeping them bowed low with the other prince, Shame. Guilt flows like a might river from an inner reservoir of indescribable pain and hurt. Guilt robs these families of all hope and redemption available through Mercy Heart.

PRAYING TODAY IN JESUS NAME

Covered by the blood of Christ, call out the demon prince, Guilt. May the bonds of Guilt be broken. In Jesus name may this powerful stronghold over families of inmates be torn down. May these families be delivered from the kingdom of darkness and redeemed by the Kingdom of Light by the precious blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. 

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