Romans 8:1 NIV
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus
Not guilty! You are acquitted of all charges! You are free to go!
These are words any person being held as a prisoner would desire to hear! But don’t be so quick to think this message doesn’t apply to you. True you may not be sitting in front of a judge at a courthouse or in a cell waiting on your freedom but many of us are indeed prisoners. Prisoners of our past, our minds, thoughts, and actions and so many of us want to be free but we don’t feel worthy. We feel too far gone to be loved by anyone let alone God. We feel ashamed, embarrassed, angry, confused…unfit for kingdom use and unfit for life.
Let me tell you all that God is a God of love! When he sent his Son to die on the cross for our sins it covered all sins! The deepest darkest secret in your memory bank to the thing you are willing to do in public even though convicted because it is socially acceptable. God covered all that.
If I could be honest no matter how free I get from certain things self-condemnation often rises up in me. “God I know this was wrong I did it anyway, I don’t deserve to be used”, “I’m unworthy”, “God has to be mad at me for this so I won’t ask him to forgive me again”.
Condemnation is a beast! A trick of the enemy to make someone feel they are guilty and unfit for productive kingdom use because of the wrong they may have done. He wants to keep you there because as long as you are bound in the condemnation of past events (anything that happened more than 1 second ago) you will not go forward in your calling, you will avoid your purpose, and you will not be used at your fullness.
If you are a believer of Jesus Christ, sisters and brothers you are free! Free from condemnation! Free from guilt! You have been acquitted of all charges! You are free to go! Keep walking on the road towards righteousness. Understand you will make mistakes it’s apart of the human’s life. But also understand your past has no control over your present and it doesn’t define who you are! Use it! Stop letting it use you!
Take time to go to God in candid honesty. Tell him your angry, scared, hurt, embarrassed, feel unloved, unworthy, guilty in the highest power and let him begin the work of freeing and releasing you from it all. It’s already been done in the spirit realm! Jesus put in real work for you! Now receive it! There is now NO condemnation for those in Christ Jesus!
THIS FRIDAY! May 30, 2014 at Calvary Tabernacle in Lakewood! Will you be there? I'd love to see your face!
It's a youth service so make sure to bring your pre-teens, teens, and your grown self too ;) Allow the Spirit of the Lord to release you from all you've been holding on to on this night!
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