26. Condemned? No way!

Romans 1-8 Meditations No.26: Condemned? No way!

Rom 8:1 there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”

You don’t have to be an Einstein or a Hawking to understand these things, they are very simple. Yes, they need a little thinking about but that’s it. Have you noticed the flow in the Christian life sometimes: you start the day with the desire to be all out for Jesus, to be righteous in all you say and do (having that good attitude actually makes the outcome worse), then some way into the day, the pressure is on and before you know it, you make a wrong decision, say something unpleasant, let someone down, or a whole host of other negative possibilities?

What follows? Suddenly there is the whisper in your mind: “Blown it! What an idiot! Call yourself a Christian? What sort of witness is that? Watch out for God to smack you down and punish you.” Now whether you want to attribute that ‘whisper’ to the enemy or to poor low self-esteem, I leave up to you, but you can summarize it under sone very simple heading – condemnation. And what is that? Serious disapproval, blame, judgment, and sentence-passing.

The other day, I had a brilliant time with the Lord and in writing, early in the morning, and I came out of my office going in my mind, “Wow, what an amazingly incredible morning, that’s fantastic,” and I could almost hear the whisper out loud, “Yeah, so it can only go downhill from now on!” Fortunately I spotted its origin and declared out loud, “No way, it’s just the start of an ongoing brilliant day!” And it was.  

The enemy delights in ‘fly-tipping’, dumping the old rubbish of past condemnation into our minds. We need to recognize it, reject it, heave it out and replace it with a large dose of spiritual reality: “Jesus has taken my sin, my guilt, my shame, my failures, and so God doesn’t hold them against me anymore. I’m free from condemnation, from heavenly blame, criticism, censure, and disapproval.  No, I’m cleared, spotless, approved, utterly accepted, rejoicing in being loved and being able to love.” Wow! Awesome! Wonderful!

THAT is what this starter verse is all about, “there is now NO condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”  Why? because when Jesus died on the cross it was to carry EVERY single sin, failure, mistake, wrong judgement etc. etc. of mine. My role now is simply to believe it and when I do get caught out, trip over my feel, so to speak, fail, transgress, etc., I rely on and speak out the apostle John’s teaching, “if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 Jn 1:9) Confessing means owning up to it, facing it and bring it to God for Jesus to deal with. Done deal! No room for condemnation here, just a new chance to get it right.

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