Conquering Condemnation

 
I am so glad to be with you all for the month of November to share on these Faith-filled Fridays! I want to talk to you this month about a subject that has challenged me and that is condemnation.  Condemnation is a word that just sounds dirty..  And it even feels heavy and like a cloud of darkness swarming over you. It carries with it serious implications, one of which is bondage. I know because I lived in this place for way too long.  That is, until recently when I learned my new identity in Christ.  I allowed condemnation to choke the very life out of me and it had me walking around passive and numb, which is dangerous.  Put simply, condemnation is a self-imposed prison. You see, condemnation means the same as guilt, and the opposite of it is pardon.
Those of us who are in Christ have been pardoned or released from the shame of our sin by the blood of Jesus.  It no longer has a hold on us because of what we know and believe happened on the cross.  We can walk in freedom because Jesus loved us so much that He took the penalty for our sin.
For what the Law could not do [that is, overcome sin and remove its penalty, its power] being weakened by the flesh [man’s nature without the Holy Spirit], God did: He sent His own Son in the likeness of sinful man as an offering for sin.. And He condemned sin in the flesh [subdued it and overcame it in the person of His own Son],”  ROMANS‬ ‭8: 3‬ ‭AMP‬‬
In order for us to embrace this concept, we must follow the leading of the Spirit of life in Christ. The minute we begin to operate in our flesh, we have opened the door to the enemy of our souls to plague us with the burden of guilt and shame for sin.  I believe this is a strategic plot from the enemy of our souls to cycle us downward into a dark and gloomy place.  I don’t know about you, but as imperfect of a being as I am, I mess up all the time and I can not afford to take my eyes off of Christ.. Being made aware of this, I have to train myself to walk in the Spirit.  One of the very best ways we can do this is by staying in tune with God’s Word.  He has given us His Word to defeat the enemy just as He did during moments of temptation.  So the next time you face moments where your sin tries to tempt you to look at it instead of God, repeat after me….
It is written…”there is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death..” (Romans 8: 1-2 KJV).
You will be tempted again and again, but use the sword of the Word and just keep repeating this verse and watch the enemy of condemnation flee from you!

April McCullough