If forgiveness is one of the awesome benefits of a relationship with Jesus, what do you think would be one of the biggest tools Satan would use against us?
Think about it: forgiveness – what is the opposite?
One of the fiercest attacks Satan brings is the attack of condemnation. We’ve all experienced it. It begins this way:
“You’ll never….” And if that doesn’t work, then Satan says:
“You always….” And if that’s not working, how about:
“You _____” You fill in the blank or maybe you don’t have to because Satan always does. Whatever- it’s negative!
Condemnation has a purpose. It is intended to make you believe and therefore feel you are far away from Christ. If you are condemned, you cannot be forgiven, correct? That’s what Satan wants you to believe. If you don’t believe you are forgiven and therefore don’t feel forgiven, your power and authority disappear. That’s what Satan is after because if you walk in power and authority, he’s in trouble!
If you were Satan – thank God you’re not! – how would you attack a believer?
The Bible clearly says:
“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” Romans 8:1
Notice a couple of words in this verse:
1. Walk – this is a word that does not mean “an occasional failure” but one that means “a set way of life” or “a pattern of behavior”. We all mess up but, I don’t practice the things I used to: fornication, filthy communication, lying, etc. I may occasionally sin but “occasionally” and “practicing” are two different things!
2. Now – There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. When is the believer free from condemnation? Now! Do we ever leave “now”? Isn’t it “now” all the time? If you’re not condemned “now”, then you’re never condemned!!
Have you ever lived a “lie”?
That’s what Satan seeks to get the believer to do: live the lie that they are not released from condemnation. Remember: it doesn’t have to be true for it to be effective. You just have to believe it.
Jesus’ perfect sacrifice is enough for your forgiveness. If you’re forgiven, you are free from condemnation. And the bonus: you get His Spirit to lead you to emulate His behavior and attitude!!!
What part of “no” do you not understand? There is therefore NOW – That describes when! NO CONDEMNATION – That describes how much!
So, right now – in Christ, you have no condemnation. Shake off the lies of Satan! He’s afraid you’ll learn who you are in Christ. And, when you do, the curtain falls on His deception!
Satan is condemned, not you, so get out of his “parade” and leave his “charade”!
Child of God, be bold and be strong, for the Lord your God is with you!!!!