Conquering Condemnation

Hey there!! I hope everyone has has a fabulous week so far! I know I have!

We are continuing our faith-filled Friday’s on the subject of condemnation.

We know that Christ defeated our sin and shame once and for all, but what we forget is that there is a part that we must play in that process of restoration.  When we are feeling the weight of that sin, we just need to stop and admit our faults, ask for forgiveness, and change our ways.  Condemnation is rendered powerless in our lives through an act of confession.  When we miss the mark, we sin against God, and God alone.  If and when we commit a fault against someone, we offend them but we don’t actually sin against them.  Since we as believers are now made sin conscious, we can begin the process of restoration in any relationship by confessing.  Confession is a tool of repentance.  It is through the awareness and confession of our sins that brings us back into alignment with our heavenly Father.  Confession initiates the healing process that detaches our souls from that offense. James says it this way:
JAMES‬ ‭5: 16‬  “‭Therefore, confess your sins to one another [your false steps, your offenses, and pray for one another, that you may be healed and restored. The heartfelt and persistent prayer of a righteous man (believer) can accomplish much [when put into action and made effective by God—it is dynamic and can have tremendous power. AMP‬‬
Confession has dynamic power! An act of humility, it allows you to admit that you are not righteous on your own and you need help.
Confession speaks volumes about our maturity as Christ followers by allowing us to take responsibility for our actions. Truth be told, we live in a broken and sinful world, and sometimes our selfish desires get mixed in with the motives of our hearts.  We are going to miss the mark. And when we do, we have to know that God wants us to be restored immediately. But because we are imperfect people who have deep wounds, we do not always want to be restored—sadly not to God or to the people who hurt us.  We live in a world where we are taught that vulnerability is a sign of weakness.  Holding on to offense is our way of controlling the hurt and a means of protection.  When we live according to God’s Word, it is the total opposite of the worlds view of protection .  As believers, we should live our lives in a way that what our flesh desires for our security and protection is denied and we risk all for the sake of love, because that’s what Jesus did for us.  The same grace that He has bestowed on us should be our automatic response of our heart towards those who offend us.  Talk about reprogramming our heart!!! Just know that it takes a power that is greater and higher than us for this to be our new normal, and this power has already been given to us by the Holy Spirit.
“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”  2 Timothy‬ ‭1: 7‬ ‭ NIV‬‬

April McCullough