“SO THERE IS now no condemnation awaiting those who belong to Christ Jesus. For the power of the life-giving Spirit – and this power is mine through Christ Jesus – has freed me from the vicious circle of sin and death” [Romans 8:1-2 TLB]
As soon as you’re born again, you enter into a supernatural relationship with God, who is a God of plan and purpose. We all have a race to run, yet we’re not to choose the kind of race to run in; rather we’re to discover it. In other words, we’re to discover God’s plan and purpose for our lives. In this life, which I often refer to as a race, our prosperity, achievement, success, breakthroughs, etc. all depend on the following two major factors: firstly, discovering God’s plan and purpose for our lives; and secondly, getting fully involved in doing that plan and purpose.
The devil is, however, conscious of this truth even more than a lot of Christians. What he does is to use a very powerful weapon; with his sole aim being to stop believers from discovering and getting fully involved in their God – given plan and purpose. This satanic weapon is what I call “condemnation”.
What is condemnation? What does it mean to live under condemnation? What does it mean to live a life dominated by condemnation? Answers to these and many other similar questions are the issues I intend to deal with on this post, considering that Jesus came to usher mankind into a new kind of life – one that’s totally free from condemnation.
In simple terms, the word condemnation refers to a way of thinking that opposes the Word of God. A believer who lives under condemnation is one whose way of thinking is completely antagonistic to the Word of God. Though he claims to be a child of God, yet his thoughts don’t reflect the Word of God.
Among others, such a lifestyle [condemnation] will stop you from walking in the spirit; praying and studying the Word of God; going to Church and attending prayer meetings. Condemnation wants you to walk in the flesh; it wants you to walk in selfishness. But you see, what God’s Word teaches us in our opening scripture points us to the fact that in Christ Jesus, God has created room for all who will dare to believe in Christ’s finished work to triumph over condemnation. This is why, speaking by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Paul tells us ingenuously that: “THERE IS now no condemnation awaiting those who belong to Christ Jesus.” Paul tells us further that the reason why this is so is because “The power of the life-giving Spirit – has freed me from the vicious circle of sin and death”. Clearly, what Paul seeks to establish here is that our complete freedom from condemnation isn’t a function of our effort; it’s solely the outcome of the power of the Holy Spirit in our born again spirit. He refers to that power as “The power of the life-giving Spirit.”
In Romans 8:3 [NLT] Paul tells us further that “The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins.” You see, the believer’s complete victory over condemnation is solely divine. It didn’t necessitate human effort. That’s what Paul implies when he says “God did what the law could not do”. The law here represents human effort to meet up with God’s righteous standard. Establishing man’s complete victory over condemnation outside the law came through Jesus.
This explains why Paul tells us that “He [God] sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins.” The death of Jesus on the cross marked the beginning of man’s endless victory over sin, given that through it, God put an end to sin’s control [dominion] over man. The death of Christ was “So that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit” [Romans 8:4 NLT]. This is what complete victory over condemnation is all about.
In Christ we have been endow with a supernatural ability to think in line with the Word of God, by following the leading of the Holy Spirit. That’s what it means to walk in the spirit. But the unfortunate thing is that we still have a lot of Christians, though in Christ, who still walk in the flesh? To walk in the flesh means to harbour a thought pattern – from which actions emanate – that doesn’t line up with the Word of God.
Whether you choose to think in line with the Word of God or not won’t change the fact that in Christ Jesus, mankind has already been declared by God to be completely free from condemnation; and that’s because our complete victory over condemnation is solely depended on the finished work of Christ. Walking in the spirit, which has to do with aligning your thoughts with God’s Word, is imperative because it will set a stage that would guarantee your access and every possibility of enjoying the blessings brought about by our new life in Christ, that’s free from condemnation, while here on earth. For every believer, who, while in Christ decides to line up his thoughts with the Word of God; the Bible says there is no condemnation for such people. On the other hand, if you choose to think contrary to God’s Word – an attitude considered supernaturally as a lifestyle that’s dominated by your sinful nature, you’ll deprive yourself from ever enjoying the fullness of the blessings God. Your responsibility therefore is to make up your mind to refuse to think contrary to the Word of God; and that’s what it means to walk in the spirit. It’s the only thing that will stop you from walking in the flesh. It’s a Word walk.
Walking in the Word stops you from walking in the world. It’ll help you to walk in love; and walking in love will stop you from walking in selfishness; considering that selfishness is the foundation for walking in the flesh, while love is the foundation for walking in the spirit.
Practical Steps to Enjoying Complete Victory over Condemnation
Have you read of the story of the woman who was caught in adultery? You can find the story in the eighth chapter of the Gospel According to Saint John. If you haven’t I’d like to share few nuggets of truths with you from this story. As soon as the woman in question was caught, her accusers brought her before Jesus condemning her according to the law. Here was a woman who found herself unable to meet up with God’s just requirement of the law, not because she wouldn’t but because she couldn’t. The reason why she couldn’t was because of the weakness of her sinful nature; which made it practically impossible for her to keep God’s commandment. According to the law, the penalty of her sin was death. Jesus however, had a different view. John tells us that “Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman ‘Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you? ‘No, Lord,’ she said. And Jesus said, ‘Neither do I. Go and sin no more” [John 8:10-11 NLT].
What of Zacchaeus? Due to the nature of his job, he wasn’t loved by most people. In spite of that, Jesus made a public request to be a guest at his house. The people’s reaction showed their opinion about him: “And when they (the people) saw it, they all murmured, saying, that he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner! [Luke 19:7].
The opinion of the people about Zacchaeus was different from Jesus’ opinion about him, because being God, Jesus saw him differently [Read more on my post “God Sees Differently”]. “Jesus responded, ‘Salvation has come to this home today, for this man has shown himself to be a true son of Abraham’” [Luke 9:9 NLT].
From these two instances, Jesus’ reaction leaves us with a blue print of God’s stand in His relationship with mankind: He doesn’t condemn you, so don’t condemn yourself. Stop building your thoughts outside God’s Word. Irrespective of the devil’s suggestions, tell him that Jesus has never condemned you, so he (the devil) can’t condemn you.
My dear friend, your responsibility is to live a life on earth that depicts your complete victory over condemnation, because that’s why Jesus came, died, resurrected and ascended into the heavenly Holy of Holies. Jesus was born to destroy the works of the devil. To enjoy complete victory over condemnation, I’d like to show you some things that you must do:
- Rely on the Truth of God’s Word Concerning Your Complete Victory over Condemnation
“Of course not! Though everyone else in the world is a liar, God is not. Do you remember what the book of Psalms says about this? That God’s words will always prove true and right, no matter who questions them” [Romans 3:4 TLB].
- Be Quick to Act on the Word of God any time that You Miss the Mark
“My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous” [1 John 2:1 NLT].
- Accept and Recognize that God’s Love and Mercies Never End
“The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease” [Lamentation 3:22 NLT].
God’s mercy is bigger and greater than every sin that has ever existed. Did you hear that?
- Realize that God is Still Working in You
“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns” [Philippians 1:6 NLT].
I don’t mean to give you a license to sin, but you should remember always that God is still working in you. People may see you falling and rising, they won’t understand. Some will even ask “What’s wrong beloved? Simply tell them, “God hasn’t finished with me”
The reason why you’re still standing though you have fallen several times is because God is still working in you. Know this today. As long as He continues to work in you, whenever you fall, don’t forget that the price for your complete victory over condemnation has already been fully paid; so don’t condemn yourself, get up and keep moving while relying on the help of the Holy Spirit, through the agency of the Word, to take you to a place of full maturity. That is when He would have finished working in you. Don’t give up on yourself because God hasn’t given up on you. I’m happy to announce to you that God hasn’t yet finished with you.
Condemnation brings fear; such fear pushes you to think you’re no more important; loved; useful or trustworthy. It distracts you from reaching into the supernatural purpose of God for your life. It wants to stop the perfect will of God for your life. It wants to limit you in life, your marriage, business, career, etc. Condemnation exerts a paralyzing effect over the life of its victims. I praise God, however, for this good news for all of mankind; it’s what the Holy Spirit is declaring: “SO THERE IS now no condemnation awaiting those who belong to Christ Jesus. For the power of the life-giving Spirit – and this power is mine through Christ Jesus – has freed me from the vicious circle of sin and death” [Romans 8:1-2 TLB]
No more Condemnation! All you need is to belong to Jesus. It’s your supernatural relationship with Jesus that grants you access into this new life that endows you with God’s supernatural virtues to live beyond sin, limitations, setbacks, impossibilities, sickness, poverty, failure, etc. Alleluia!
My dear friend, what you need right now in case you’re not in a relationship with Jesus is to enter into one with Him, given that it’s in Him that you have been declared triumphant over condemnation. You can do that by simply praying the following prayer of faith:
“Dear God, according to Romans 4:25, I believe in my heart that Jesus died for my sins, and rose again to make me right with you, in order to fill me with your goodness. I also confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord. Today, I accept Jesus into my heart as my Personal Lord and Saviour.
In accordance with Romans 10:10, which say if I believe with my heart and confess with my mouth, I will be saved, I know that from now henceforth: I am born again; I am a new creation in Christ, old things are passed away, behold, all things have become new. I have the very life of God in me; I am God’s righteousness in Christ. I am lifted with Christ and together we are seated in heaven at the right hand of the Father, far, far above principalities and powers. Just as Christ is, so am I in this world, in Jesus’ Name”. Amen.
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Jesus is Lord!