Have you ever felt condemned?
It’s a terrible feeling.
I once felt condemned when a friend called to give me a message from God.
A few years separated from the phone call and a lot of time on my knees, I can now say that I do believe what she told me that day, the scripture she gave me, was from God, and His timing was perfect.
But my initial feeling resulting from her prophecy was an overwhelming wave of condemnation.
I wrestled with God.
I moped some more.
And then I had a brilliant idea (which I believe was from God’s loving, life giving Spirit).
“Andy, there is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus. My words will never condemn you. They will only bring you freedom.”
Immediately, the condemnation ran away like a puppy with its tail between its legs. And God began to show me what He wanted me to learn from that scripture. I was convicted, but no heaviness lingered. His truth was setting me free from my habit of trusting other people, people I respected over my own faith…my own knowing what God was doing.
I. Was. Free.
Until I took it back several times.
But. Now I’m free.
Because “there is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus because the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of the sin and death.”
I love the library. I think it is the most wonderful place because everything in it is free.
My man and I had a date the other day, and we spent it at the library. (Smile) The books we chose were incredibly polar opposites, just like us. You can learn a lot from a person by what books they choose at the library.
[But that’s just a side note.]
I chose a book written by an author whose fiction series is one of my favorites. This book was nonfiction. I was excited to read it. But that night as I crawled up into my bed and began to read the words written by this author I began to feel burdened and uncomfortable… heavy in my spirit. I made myself read a few chapters until I couldn’t read it anymore. I shut the book, turned off the light, and prayed for wisdom concerning finishing its contents.
“….the law of the Spirit of life has set me free.”
Reading this book reminded me of a very short debate I had with a man who believes there is no such thing as truth.
How do you debate with a person who has never met Truth heart to heart?
[tweetability]I have met Truth. His Truth is the only one that has set me free.[/tweetability]
How do we discern what is true?
I believe we can know if the message from God a friend gives us or the words in a book are true by what our outflow is after they’ve been poured into us. The litmus test is:
Do those words give you life? Do you experience a freeing of your spirit?
The ancient word the Apostle Paul (who wrote Romans) used for the word “life” in Romans 8:2 is the Greek word Zoe. (Long o and e)
“Zoe: to live. Life, the element or principle of life in the spirit and soul. Distinguished from bios, life, the course of life, the business or affairs of life. ..Zoe is most often used in connection with eternal life. This life is the very life of God which believers are made partakers.” (Key-Word, Spiros Zodhiates)
I am amazed at the thought that I can right now, this very minute, while breathing oxygen on this planet, in this realm, can be a partaker of the very life of God. And you can too. It’s for anyone who chooses to receive its freedom.
Are you free?
Are you living with the very life of God pumping through your spiritual veins?
There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
He’s only a prayer of surrender, a prayer of faith away.
Have you experienced condemnation? What did you do?
I love you my friends.