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Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus…

I use to think that this verse meant that once I became a Christian I would no longer feel guilt. That just isn’t true.  I have quoted it when the enemy wrongfully accuse me. What about when he rightfully accuses me? The enemy is not the only one- my very conscience will condemn me. If I break God’s law I will feel guilt. God said He would write His law on my heart. ( Romans 2:15)  I have been in the grip of guilt, with my mind bombarding me with thoughts of my wrong doing. It just keeps swirling and swirling like being stuck under a wave, tumbled and tossed by its relentless onslaught. I cant just quote this verse to myself when I feel guilty and move on though. I have used it that way in the past, it just doesn’t work like that. I end up reaping what I sow and eventually it all starts to pile up and stink because no matter what I am still responsible for my sin. I have to deal with the issue that is making me feel guilt. I have to deal with my sin.

That is the reason it is important to read the whole text not just a piece of it. That first part sounds amazing and makes me feel so good but the rest of this verse says… who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. That is a stipulation, a requirement right there. There is no condemnation to those in Christ who do NOT walk according to the flesh. I have something I must do. I cant just sin, quote the first part and get out of jail free!

So how does that flesh walk :

Romans 8:5 says that those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires.

The flesh wants to run its own life and not be held to God’s standard. Ever been there? I have.

God’s standard never changed! He is the same yesterday, today and forever! Jesus lived up to that standard and paid the cost for our sin. He was our substitute. He died in our place. We can claim that. We can apply His blood to our sin every time we mess up.

I feel guilt because something is wrong. That is a blessing! However, my flesh does not want to be fixed it wants to reign free. I don’t want to admit I did wrong. I don’t want to apologize for what I think are trivial things. My flesh would rather me blame the other person for being so trivial and ridiculous.  The next thing I know my flesh tells me all about how what I did wasn’t that bad, or as bad as someone else, or some other mix of reasons and justifications. I might get angry, even bitter and just move on like nothing happened. That is flesh!

Something is wrong no matter if I agree with these thoughts or not. Sin is sin.

God sent the fix for what is wrong. Jesus Christ accepted the penalty for my sin. The reason I am not condemned because when I feel guilt, is because I now have the freedom to choose to confess my sin and repent! I am not a slave to the sin task master. I can plead the blood of Jesus and He is faithful and just to forgive me of it. I can be really free. I can walk in the Spirit.

That is how there is NOW no condemnation. There is no condemnation when I walk according to the Spirit. The Spirit will always call me to repent. He is a gift of God’s goodness toward me.

Romans 2:4 Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?

Don’t despise the richness of this gift … It is always NOW…..

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Sin is an entity

Romans 6:12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires.

Sin is not just lust, greed, hate, adultery. Those are sins! Behaviors. Actions. Out workings of sin called sins. Sin in this verse has reign. Root meaning of the word reign is kingdom, to hold or exercise sovereign power. This is an enemy entity. The entity’s job is to get you to do its bidding.

If it can get you to obey it then you will wear a mask because you are not who Christ has made you and you will walk out the flesh with all its deeds instead of walking in the spirit and its fruits. This entities job is to get you to think and believe that the commands are coming from you : THE SINNER!

Romans 6:6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin—

If you have received Christ then your old self is dead! The old self was the one who was sold into slavery to sin through Adam.

Romans 5:12[ Death in Adam, Life in Christ ] Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned—

Romans 6:14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.

  That self that is THE SINNER who SINS under SIN as a SLAVE is NO MORE!

In reality YOU are in CHRIST you are now ALIVE in Christ. You are no longer UNDER SIN!

Romans 7:20 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.

Its your choice to walk in FAITH -you are free or you will yield to an enemy entity trying to gain control through your God given ability to believe.

For a great teaching on this from John Piper!!

http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/sermons/do-not-let-sin-reign-in-your-mortal-body-part-1

http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/sermons/do-not-let-sin-reign-in-your-mortal-body-part-2

festering quill

Awareness

A big word

full of seeing, observing

knowing and catching

I became aware while reading

THE CURE

a set of words that are stuck in me ….festering

“I would say, I am sorry, if I

thought you would believe me”

SO WHAT! your not sorry then?

and you think I wont believe you

so, I am some mass hoarder of non believing

I wonder, is that my track record?

or is that your sin?

I’m sorry “IF” …if …if…if….if what

so you would say sorry if you thought….

SOUNDS like a YOU issue

but here it is AS MINE ….stuck in me like a festering quill

Somehow you managed to turn your wrongdoing

into an assassination of my character

and sadly because IT IS HERE STILL FESTERING…

I LET YOU!

How is that, I ask myself? by believing the lie

and not trusting that what GOD says about me is true

and letting the lie grow in me ….festering.

oh this happened a while ago and life has gone on since then

God help me,  forgive me for believing the lie!

It hurt me… angered me

created in me a sense of helplessness and hopelessness

created yet another moment where I believe

some people will never change

making me protect myself by being stand-offish

distant and barely there when together

I don’t trust and at times I fear

thinking if I say much I am overbearing and annoying

this disconnection is disconcerting

I am upset and hurting

GOD HELP ME, 

FORGIVE ME FOR BELIVING THE LIE!

Help me to remember Your truth about me.

I AM YOURS!

FULLY LOVED and FULLY ACCEPTED!

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People will sin against us but we don’t have to

believe about ourselves, what they give as their reason and

justifications of their sin. An aspect of grace is remembering

that they are struggling with the sin just as much as we are!

…even if we can not see it.

If true forgiveness and  reconciliation hasn’t happened

we are all still struggling…

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Identity crisis

Heard on the Christian radio the other day…

Anytime you have sin in your life it is directly related to your identity your worth.  You will sin around these issues trying to prove your worth until you learn to identify yourself as Christ does.

They always say a double witness is proof of truth

The other day a fellow worship team member went to our leader and asked her to come with him to give me a word from the Lord. He was praying for the group and I began to be heavy on his heart. (thank God for people who pray) It was simple but I am finding it more and more to be digging deeper and deeper into me.

The word was(paraphrasing – how I heard it and how God interpreted it to me as I reflected) : God created you to sing for Him. He knew you before you were born. God has a slight rebuke for you. It isn’t about your worth when you sing. God is who made you of worth. Your worth is based in Christ lives in you.  Singing is about obedience. Stop entangling your worth with obedience. Let go and just sing!

This is an area of issue for me.

For as long as I can remember I wanted to sing. I had a desire from the bottom of my soul that propelled me to sing even through times I heard that I couldn’t sing, that I wasn’t any good, that I should just stop that. I refused and I just kept singing. It was as if the fire to sing was roaring through my blood.

I am also a bit of a perfectionist. If I mess up. I am so upset with myself. I silently live in a world in my head that berates and rails inside against any sign of imperfection and yes…I do tie it to my worth, silently weeping inside that I am not worthy to even stand up there and open my mouth.

I heard this radio bit a few days before I got the word…..

To entangle this worth and obedience thing….will be a process as usual. But I will grow and walk through it and be obedient, separating who I am in Him from what I do.

I am HIS ….I sing because I am His and I love Him!

Last night I read this verse in Romans 10:9-10 (msg):

That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: “God has set everything right between him and me!”

He’s GOT this!

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