by Jim Henry

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Rev. Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church Orlando
3000 South John Young Parkway
Orlando, Florida 32805-6691

"Living Under The Influence Of--Guilt"

Genesis 42 & 43
Sunday, 1/8/95, 9:30 a.m. Service

How many of you when driving around the Maitland interchange, an
eyesore, have seen the Highway Patrol in the median on I-4 and
immediately moved your foot towards the brake pedal? Guilty?
True or false, which is it?

Guilt is a real thing, isn't it? We deal with it every day in
one form or another. This morning I want to begin a series of
messages about Living Under The Influence Of, the influence of
certain emotions and situations and sins and habits in our lives.
Like driving under the influence, living under the influence has
the same impact on our lives, spiritually, emotionally,
physically and eternally. But, there's good news and that's what
I want to share with you beginning with the reality of living
under the influence of guilt.

Now what is the definition for "guilt"? I'll try to give you a
one-sentence definition which is not mine. I wish it were but
it's someone else's. Here it is: "Guilt is the individual's
response to the conscience of having violated God's holiness."
Certainly in the Word of God we have many examples of that but
perhaps none that jumps out at us as much as the brothers of

How do we get guilt? Joseph's brothers in chapter thirty-seven
of the Book of Genesis got under the reality of violating God's
holiness and sensed it in their conscience. We read where
Joseph, who was their little brother, was greatly loved by his
father but hated by his brothers. The father had shown a little
favoritism towards him and had given him things he hadn't given
the brothers, including a coat of many colors, and they didn't
like that. So, the day came when his father sent him out to
check on the brothers. They had decided to get rid of him so
they took him and th ...

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