Joseph Stalin (1878–1953) was the dictator of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) from 1929 to 1953. During his rule, he sent many of his opponents to prison by forcing them to confess to heinous crimes. It is rumored that Stalin had a psychologist who could get anyone to confess to any crime using what was called the Mongolian peasant principle.
According to legend, a poor peasant went before a Mongolian ruler who told the peasant he would give him all the money he ever dreamt of if only he pressed a red button. When the peasant asked what the red button did, he was told that upon pressing it and old man would be killed. The ruler convinced the peasant that the old man was ready to die anyway so it was a favor to him. The peasant clicked the button and instantly got his reward.
However, in the months that followed, guilt ate him up to the point that he was unable to spend even a dime of his newfound wealth. A year later, the guilt was so overwhelming that the peasant ended up taking his own life.
Stalin’s psychologist used this principle to break people. He would dig until he found something terrible they had done and of which they were very ashamed. He would remind them of it repeatedly until it became unbearable. His victims would be more than happy to confess to anything if it would end their misery.
This story explains how the devil keeps Christians in bondage. He continually reminds us of what we did in our former life, and the more we meditate on our mistakes, the more frustrated and depressed we get. The devil knows there are some things that you are not too proud of and he will keep reminding you of them. But what does Scripture say?
With the arrival of Jesus, the Messiah, that fateful dilemma is resolved. Those who enter into Christ’s being-here-for-us no longer have to live under a continuous, low-lying black cloud. A new power is in operation. The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death. — Romans 8:1 (MSG)
Don’t let the devil condemn you even for a second. You are totally free from guilt because Jesus paid the price for all sins, past and present, and even future. You are fully covered in the insurance of the blood of Jesus!
There is a well-known account that comes from the life of Martin Luther regarding guilt. It is said that the devil approached Luther one evening and tried to remind Luther how bad he was. He presented the Reformer with a long list of sins of which he was guilty. When he had finished reading, Luther said to Satan, “Think a little harder; you must have forgotten some.” The devil did and added other sins to the list. When the exchange concluded, Martin Luther simply said, “That’s fine. Now write across that list in red ink, ‘The blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanses us from all sin.’” There was nothing the devil could say to that.
- Do you feel guilty of some sins you did in the past?
- How can you trust more in Jesus’ forgiveness?
Lord, thank You for forgiving all my sins—past, present and future. No matter what the sin is, I am totally forgiven and I am totally guiltless. In Jesus’ name, Amen.