Free from the Stronghold of Blame
Written by Christian author, Pola Muzyka.
It is so easy to blame and criticize others–even the ones we love. And yet we know we have the same faults and insufficiences. So why do we blame; where did it come from; is there a spiritual stronghold involved, and how can we overcome it?
The capture of Christ
The stronghold of blame begins as a curse when we’re very young. In order to avoid punishment we blame others. Or we get blamed for things we don’t do instead of being asked or trusted. We learn to lie from our parents and others to deflect blame or protect ourselves. Lying creates mistrust. Mistrust brings on blame and blame sets in as a stronghold.
Blame is a form of judgement. But more likely it is an accusation that encourages spirits of defensiveness and insecurity. If we have received Christ, we as Christians have been set free from the curse of sin and death. We are no longer under the law of condemnation but under the law of grace.
If we continually backslide and transgress the law, we have not really been set free.
John 15:22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin [would be blameless]; but now they have no excuse for their sin.
Receiving Christ cannot be taken lightly. God can and will forgive us for everything we’ve ever done so that we will be blameless on the day of judgement. But just as we make the decision for Christ, with earnest submission, we must emphatically decide and determine with earnest submission to change the way we think and act.
Killy as seen in Blame! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
1. Turn from all forms of wickedness. In our world today it is becoming harder to turn away from wrong doing and wrong thinking because wrong doing and wrong thinking is sometimes being presented to us as right or natural. Take on the mind of Christ.
Ephesians 1:4 Even as [in His love] He chose us [actually picked us out for Himself as His own] in Christ before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy (consecrated and set apart for Him) and blameless in His sight, even above reproach, before Him in love.
2. Judge yourself before you are judged. If you are blamed, let it be because the blamer [the world] is wrong.
1 Corinthians 4:4 I am not conscious of anything against myself, and I feel blameless; but I am not vindicated and acquitted before God on that account. It is the Lord [Himself] Who examines and judges me.
Luke 6:41 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye but do not notice or consider the beam [of timber] that is in your own eye?
3. Don’t struggle any longer with sin. Determine with the help of God to overcome any backsliding in your life. Where there is no backsliding, there is no blame-ability.
4. Don’t blame others. Anything you do to cause others to stumble will come back to bite you in the end. So, encourage, help, and gently guide a believer who is struggling to overcome his or her struggles or strongholds–whatever they may be.
Romans 14:13 Then let us no more criticize and blame and pass judgment on one another, but rather decide and endeavor never to put a stumbling block or an obstacle or a hindrance in the way of a brother.
5. Confess your own sins and faults regularly — seek to overcome anything that may be holding you back from fullness of life in Christ Jesus.
1 John 1:9 If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action].
Psalm 16:11 You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.