Archive | January 2017

Condemnation

Your Honor, I’d like to present the case against this defendant. It is open and shut. We have eyewitnesses. We have video evidence. And most importantly we have their own testimony about why they are here in this courtroom today. Your Honor based on the evidence I ask that you find this defendant guilty and condemn¬†them to death.

What does it mean to be condemned? The dictionary defines it as the expression of very strong disapproval. Buildings are most often condemned. People who find themselves convicted of a crime are often condemned or sentenced to serve time in prison. But what about you? Have you ever been condemned? You may not know it but each day that you live Satan is constantly trying to make you feel ashamed and unworthy. His job is to make you look at the decisions you’ve made in the past and start to live condemned. He wants you live as if everyone, especially God, disapproves of who you are and what you’ve done but…..that is not God’s view of you.

Romans 8:1 says “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit.” This scripture is quoted a lot by Christians and I often remind myself of it as well; but what does it mean? The first time I heard this scripture I had only been saved for a few months. I didn’t hear it at church. I didn’t hear it from a preacher on television. I heard it from someone who was very close to me and it was the first thing that was said after we became reacquainted. Why would that be the first thing someone said to me? I’ve asked myself that question over and over again and I think I finally have the answer. Shortly before I gave my life to Jesus I was involved in a relationship with a married man. And honestly it was this relationship along with other things going on in my life at the time that made me realize how much I needed Jesus.

I believe that God knew I needed to be away from him so He used a situation with me being diagnosed with tendinitis in my wrist to place me on leave. I was away from my job for a while which meant that I couldn’t see this individual. When I finally was able to go back and I saw him I didn’t quite have the same feelings about him as I’d had before. For years I’ve thought it was strange that he quoted that verse to me but now I know that it was God telling me that no matter what I’ve done in the past, as long as I’ve given it to God and asked for forgiveness, I don’t need to feel ashamed.

How freeing is that? How amazing is it to know that God doesn’t look at our sins and say “I don’t like you.” Why? Because when He looks at us He only sees the atoning blood of Jesus. And how awesome is that all we have to do to receive that atonement is to admit that we are sinners and ask Jesus to save us from our sins. We may have consequences to our sins but we will not have the heavy burden of proving our worth to anyone.

Hallelujah Jesus that we have the opportunity to no longer be condemned, to no longer live a life without hope.

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This entry was posted on January 24, 2017. 3 Comments

What You Do In The Dark

I was recently thinking about something my aunt said to my cousin years ago “remember what you do in the dark will be shown in the light”. My aunt was referring to the fact that she know my cousin was pregnant before my cousin said anything but I know that this saying can be in reference to anything.¬†For me I was thinking about our relationship with God.

Being part of a church is important and it is something that God asks of us in Hebrews 10:25 but more important than that is having and developing a close relationship with God. Throughout the Old Testament God has always been concerned with how we interact with Him. He took Moses on a mountain for 40 days to commune with Him. He met with Jonah in a whale after Jonah ran from Him. He met with Adam daily in the Garden of Eden because He wanted that relationship with Him. And He still wants that relationship with us. He sent Jesus to reconcile us back to Him after 400 years of silence.

Why is it so important to have that relationship with Him? Because we are instructed to be conduits of His light to others and we can’t be that if we aren’t connected to the source of the light. How do we get connected to the light? We first admit that we are sinners and that we need a savior. We ask Jesus to come into our heart and make us over.

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How do we stay connected to the light? We spend time building our relationship by reading His word, meditating on His word and most importantly praying & listening to what He has to say.

All those things are done in our private time with Him. You know that preparation time when no one sees you. The time when you are holding yourself accountable for how much you pray and spend time reading & meditating on His word. See the time you spend dedicated to Him in the dark will at some point show up in the light. It will show up in how you treat yourself and others. Are you judgmental? Are you angry or irritated? Are you impatient? Do you constantly compare yourself to others and weigh your achievements against theirs?

We all fall into those traps but at some point we need to decide if we are going to let the light of God’s word truly shine within us or if we are going to continue believing the worst in ourselves and others?

I have decided that I will no longer allow myself to be held in bondage by words that don’t affirm myself and others. The only way for me to break those chains of bondage is to deepen my relationship with God and allow the Holy Spirit to lead and guide me. What about you?