The Bible is clear on the stipulations for condemnation. Of which, is this powerful verse found in Romans 8:1 KJV, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”. Several versions left out the last portion of the scripture, I suppose to be concise. My word processor is always attempting to change my wording, thus making my work leaner. I’m not sure exactly why those other versions left off that chunk of scripture but I desperately need to know the criteria for condemnation. The enemy, that thief, is attempting to make his condemnation appear to be Godly correction which is totally different.
My discourse about the importance of the last piece of this verse, is because what Satan tried to use to condemn me, no longer applies because I was walking after the spirit and not after the flesh when I did __________ or said __________. You may be wondering, how can you be sure if you are walking after the spirit or the flesh, I interpret this as walking to please, gratify, or meet the needs of either the spirit man or my carnal nature. One thing is for certain, we cannot walk after the flesh and the spirit simultaneously, somewhere we are going to compromise and give in to the drives we are being controlled by, whether spiritual drives to please God or carnal drives to make our flesh happy. Newsflash. Our flesh will never be satisfied.
“Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.” Proverbs 27:20
Why is the enemy going through so much trouble to make me feel “wrong” all the time? How do I know which way I am walking? Line yourself up with the word of God. The relationship between a believer and God’s word correlates to the satanic suggestions, lies, insults, and trickery. He accuses us of being wrong ALL the time when we are RIGHT, not right in a sense of accuracy and doing what’s right always but right in a sense of our standing before the Father because of the blood of Jesus. To counter the mind and emotional attacks, find the lie and tear it apart. Look for evidence that God does not feel that way about you, look for proof of who God says you are.
Finally, as opposed to the condemnation that you just avoided, we may or may not need to be corrected in any given scenario, mindset, or belief. One thing that I’ve noticed is that when our Perfect Dad corrects us it is not a meaningless, series of events or a purposeless exercise of authority when God corrects us it is gentle yet challenging for growth. Correction is productive and fruitful, condemnation has the opposite effect which is why Jesus came not to condemn but to save (John 3:17). Many of us know John 3:16 but never looked at the next verse. Satan uses our lack of knowledge against us to make us feel condemned when we are saved in Jesus name. Once we are convinced of our condemnatory state we believe that nothing good can be produced out of our lives, but the devil is and will always be a liar. We are not condemned. We may need correction but we are not condemned, we walk after the spirit and not after the flesh.
“For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” John 3:17
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