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The Skeleton and the Worm (A Lesson Regarding Guilt)

Updated on March 24, 2012

A skeleton flew out of my closet the other day, screaming, "You are a worm--you slimy piece of nothing! How can you even look in the mirror when you remember that mistake you made ten years ago? I am going to harass you the rest of your life and let that mistake overwhelm you to the point where it will drive you crazy! Don't you EVER forget what you did. I won't let you!"

I replied, "To whom are you speaking?"

"To YOU, Sparklea, YOU WORM!"

"I'm sorry," I said, but Sparklea is dead. You are only speaking to a vessel named Sparklea. There is a new Resident living in this 'house' now. You will have to take up the matter with Him. I have no part in it any more."

"And who might THAT be?" the skeleton sneeringly inquired.

"It it Jesus Christ," replied the Sparklea vessel.

"Let me speak to Him!"

Jesus said to the skeleton, "Sparklea is dead now. She is free. No matter what she has done, I covered that when I took on the sins of the world. This 'house' is clean, and you cannot haunt it again. You see, I now indwell this vessel--for all eternity. In Me, she is a new creature, and all is forgiven.

She has received My life, and I now live through her. Total trust in Me has resulted in total peace of mind for her."

"But, but..." replied the skeleton, "what makes YOU so great? So what if you live in Sparklea? Who ARE you, and who is she to you?"

"I," replied Jesus, "am the Light of the world, and Sparklea is my offspring. I created her. My saving her was not dependent on anything she did. All she ever had to do was to accept my free gift of salvation, which she has done. Therefore, she is resting in Me."

"But," argued the skeleton, "she has made so many mistakes! She is nothing! Don't you remember that day she walked around hanging her head because of what she did? She was so miserable that she wanted to die."

"I have no recollection of that, Mr. Skeleton. You see, when I died on the cross, all that garbage was totally washed away. I have absolutely no remembrance of any sin she has committed."

"Now, wait a minute," the skeleton persisted, "I have ALWAYS been able to knock Sparklea to the ground in total defeat and guilt when I have loomed out at her, even since she became a Christian. Explain that one!"

"Before," replied Jesus, "she had the misconception that she had to STRIVE for perfection in order to please Me. But now she knows who she is. It is true that she can be knocked to the ground during her life on this earth. However, she is dead to self and abiding in Me. Each negative experience that throws her to the ground is actually a 'seed,' working for good and producing fruit. Each adversity is now making her stronger, rather than weaker, because she is learning valuable lessons. If she has moments of despair, I am in them with her. She can now make the choice to get up, brush herself off and go on. She doesn't need you any more to remind her of her past. This Sparklea-vessel is now 'being' instead of 'doing.' In Me, she is perfect."

"Perfect!?" gasped the skeleton. "You have GOT to be kidding! I KNOW her life! Do you think that I am the ONLY skeleton in her closet? There are enough skeletons in there to accommodate a graveyard!"

Jesus replied, "Sparklea does not have to answer to you or anyone regarding her past. It is gone forever, wiped away. She is now totally dependent on Me, and no one and nothing else. She is clean and as white as snow. She is sitting in Heavenly places with me at this very moment."

Jesus continued, "What you don't seem to realize, Mr. Skeleton, is that Christians who feel guilty are putting themselves through unnecessary torture. Since Sparklea has finally realized that this is not necessary, she desires to share this with others."

"You mean she's telling other people to ignore us skeletons?!"

"Yes."

"But she will put us out of business!" the skeleton cried, slowly backing away.

Jesus' reply was, "You have absolutely no business abiding the closets of My people. They abide in Me, and there is no room for you in their lives. You are wasting your time."

The skeleton retreated back to the closet, hanging his head, and mumbled something to his cohorts.

The house shook, as hundreds of bones vacated the storage space.

I walked over to the empty closet, and I shut the door.

Blessings, Sparklea :)

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      Faith Reaper 

      5 years ago from southern USA

      SPARKLEA!!!

      This is an amazing write and, wow, what a great talent and gift you possess. What a blessing to read your writing dear! Yes, when that one (who I do not like to even speak of) attempts to whispers those false imaginations into our ears, then it is Jesus, no doubt, and His truths we should turn our thoughts to for pure truth and His amazing love.

      Voted Way up ++++ and sharing (This deserves a second round!)

      God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

    • Sparklea profile imageAUTHOR

      Sparklea 

      6 years ago from Upstate New York

      Mekenzie: I am almost in tears and very humbled by your comments. If ANYTHING I write has a positive impact, even on one person, it means so much. On my Profile I wrote that my purpose in life is to contribute to the happiness of others through writing and public speaking. I am THRILLED to hear from you. I hope fellow hubbers realize how very much one comment can affect a writer. THANK YOU SO MUCH. Blessings, Sparklea :)

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      Susan Ream 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      I had to come back for another read. I've posted it on my Facebook page twice now. I will never forget this story. This is so awesome and you are one gifted writer.

      Thanks!

      Mekenzie

    • Sparklea profile imageAUTHOR

      Sparklea 

      6 years ago from Upstate New York

      The Stages Of ME: I am so overwhelmed and filled with gratitude...not only for your comments, but that you are going to share this with your Sunday School class! THANK YOU SO MUCH. I SO wish to spread encouragement to others through writing and public speaking! Just to know you are passing this on means the world to me. Comments are SO important, and you have made my day! THANK YOU from my heart for taking time to read this hub, for your positive feedback and for sharing this with your class. I pray for you and everyone in the class. Prayer is SO powerful. Blessings, Sparklea :)

    • Sparklea profile imageAUTHOR

      Sparklea 

      6 years ago from Upstate New York

      Mekenzie: I am overwhelmed by your wonderful, encouraging comments. THANK YOU SO MUCH. You are beautiful! I see your heart with the comments you have shared. I pray that God will continue to write and speak through me...without Him I can do nothing. GOD BLESS YOU REAL GOOD TODAY! Blessings, Sparklea :)

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      The Stages Of ME 

      6 years ago

      Sparklea ~

      This is so very beautiful and such a wonderful way to explain what happens when we open our hearts to Jesus and he then dwells there. I love love love this and plan to share with my Sunday school class today. They are young ladies grades 6th through 9th and I am so excited to share your story with them.

      Hugs and again love this :)

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      Susan Ream 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      I am blown away by the way you communicated God's truth of total forgiveness in story form. "As far as the East is from the West, so far have I removed your sins from you." The enemy does not want us to believe this and so many (I once was one of the many) are entrapped in the guilt of their past or in the belief that if they are not perfect they stand condemned ... living in defeat instead of in the abundant life Jesus died to give us.

      I must say this hub was exceptional. Your writing is beautiful and you too are beautiful! Voted up, beautiful and awesome!

      Hugs and Thanks,

      Mekenzie

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      Larry Wall 

      6 years ago

      Unknown Spy:

      Forgive the gender confusion. Unfortunately I grew up in a time where unless obviously clear, the appropriate pronoun was always He. I will do my best to remember to reference the correct gender in the future.

      I can share a little in your frustration. I am speech impaired and on some telephones, my voice appaprently comes over sounding like a woman. So I get a lot of yes ma'ams, to which I reply, sir. It is usually telemarketers, and they are so intent on reading their script, they do not hear a word you say. Others will apologize and use the correct gender references. It can be frustrating.

    • Sparklea profile imageAUTHOR

      Sparklea 

      6 years ago from Upstate New York

      Larry and Unknown spy, your kind words mean so very, very much to me...You have NO idea! THANK YOU from my heart, blessings to both of you Sparklea :)

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      IAmForbidden 

      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Hi Larry, im a She. :) And thank you also for reading Sparklea's hub and be enlightened by the story. She is indeed a true messenger of the Word. We just have to remember always that Christ is always with us.

    • Sparklea profile imageAUTHOR

      Sparklea 

      6 years ago from Upstate New York

      Larry, THANK YOU for reading this. I ask God every day to guide me moment by moment...and I wanted to share this with people who struggle with guilt...I call them "guilt attacks." It is then I have to remember that Christ died for my sins. And It Is FINISHED. I so appreciate your comments. Blessings, Sparklea :)

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      Larry Wall 

      6 years ago

      The Unknown Spy said he hope that many more people will read your Hub and be enlightened by this story. I share his views completely--you are true messenger of the Word.

    • Sparklea profile imageAUTHOR

      Sparklea 

      6 years ago from Upstate New York

      Unknown spy: THANK YOU for taking time to read this hub. I know so many let guilt get them down and it is my prayer they can remember who they are in Christ.

      Blessings, and thank you also for your kind words.

      Sparklea :)

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      IAmForbidden 

      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      This hub is amazing. Jesus died to take away the sins of the world. We just have to accept Him as our saviour and His gift of new life. Thank you Sparklea for this amazing hub. I hope there are many more people who will read this and be enlightened by this story.

    • Sparklea profile imageAUTHOR

      Sparklea 

      6 years ago from Upstate New York

      Larry thank you so much for your comments, really means alot to me, as you well know! Sometimes guilt can be such a struggle! Your words are a great encouragement. THANK YOU from my heart, Sparklea :)

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      Larry Wall 

      6 years ago

      Just got around to reading this Hub. You bring a new sense of enlightenment with each Hub you write. We have all heard about the conflict with us between good and evil. But this is the best I seen about who we are today and who we were before accepting Jesus as our savior. Keep it up. You are a real inspiration.

      Larry

    • Sparklea profile imageAUTHOR

      Sparklea 

      6 years ago from Upstate New York

      Drtruthman, Oh, THANK YOU! SO MUCH! :) :) :) Although I am certainly not a preacher, I KNOW so many struggle with guilt. Also thank your for voting up, and it is my sincere desire to encourage those who carry guilt. Guilt is an awful thing, and it is sometimes easy to forget how forgiven we are and that Jesus carries our burdens and to come to Him when we are heavy laden. Thank you for taking time to read this. You are so appreciated! GOD BLESS, Sparklea :)

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      Drtruthman 

      6 years ago from Harlingen, Texas

      Preach it my sister, preach it!!! Oh I love it. A wonderful, wonderful illustration of what Jesus did for us on the cross of Calvary and how He continues interceding constantly on behalf of those who invite Him in to be Lord and Savior. One more thing, HE DID DESTROY THOSE OLD SKELETONS AT CALVARY TOO. Satan only makes us think they're still hidden but Jesus actually took them and they died with Him on the cross. You had this old Baptist preacher wanting to jump up, sing "Just as I am" (guess that dates me ,hey?) and call for an invitation. LOL, Great Hub. I voted UP all across. Lee

    • Sparklea profile imageAUTHOR

      Sparklea 

      6 years ago from Upstate New York

      Michele: THANK YOU for voting up and for taking time to read this hub. REALLY appreciate it so much! Blessings, Sparklea :)

    • Sparklea profile imageAUTHOR

      Sparklea 

      6 years ago from Upstate New York

      teaches12345: THANK YOU, the purpose is to encourage others as I have dealt with guilt from an early age. Thank you for reading me and for your positive comments.

      Blessings, Sparklea :)

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      Michele Travis 

      6 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      This is a wonderful hub. I wish many people read and understand this hub. Voted up!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      Sparklea, this reminds me of a dream I had awhile back. It had this same message. What a beautiful story! I hope that it will reach others who could use the encouragement. Voted interesting,up and shared!

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