Just A Thought – May 7, 2019May 7, 2019
Just A Thought – May 8, 2019May 8, 2019
As you’ve been learning, condemnation comes from others or ourselves. What others say can alter what you believe about yourself. Understand what you believe about yourself doesn’t define you. In fact, most self-definitions are wrong because our focus is wrong. We tend to focus on and see our imperfections and flaws. Our focus is wrongly centered because we’re not seeing and using the same definition our Heavenly Father does. John 3:17 ESV reminds us “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” God sees no condemnation because you are in His Son. Romans 5:1 NASB – “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” In this truth we need to repent—change our mind—and agree with God. This will involve not allowing our emotions to be swayed by temporary feelings of condemnation, guilt, shame, or anything else that is not of God. It involves renewing our mind to His truth. Romans 8:1-2 NASB declares – “1Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.” Any time the enemy tells you’re imperfect, will never amount to anything, you’re worthless, unlovable, quote this verse to him—and yourself. Know for certain that there is NO condemnation for those who are IN Christ—those who are a child of God, and that’s you! Your past doesn’t disqualify you ever! You’re a ‘new’ you. 2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
How do we condemn ourselves? Whenever we entertain condemning thoughts and lies from the enemy —that is, continue the movie you see and hear in your mind— that puts your emotions on high alert. So the more you think condemning thoughts, the more he throws at you, and the battle continues. It’s like a never-ending game of ping pong, but you’re not winning; you’re just batting at the ball and getting nowhere except under more frustration, condemnation, and even guilt. That’s not where you should be child of God.
TRUTH:God created you a triune being just as He is. You have a spirit that will live for eternity. You have a soul comprising your will, mind, and emotions, and you live in a body. What happened when you were born again is your spirit became a new you—2 Corinthians 5:17 again. Now it’s a matter of renewing your mind to this truth in the finished work of Jesus and what God says about you. In fact, Jesus prayed for you. In His prayer He said those following Him are not of this world—not to be pulled into its ways. John 17:15, ESV – “I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.” After His resurrection, He apprehended Saul, a persecutor of the Church but soon a transformed believer, released from condemnation, guilt, and shame. Paul understood the power of forgiveness and transformation of his new life. That’s why he could write extensively in the Epistles and Romans of new life in God’s grace, the true Gospel. Always keep this is mind: You are not of the world held to its condemning and shaming ways. You can now walk in fulness of life as God meant it to be—free of condemnation, guilt, shame, walking in all blessings as a child of God.
Yes, emotions are good and helpful, but we’re not meant to live in them or by them. The enemy would enjoy knowing you’re walking in condemnation all day long. He doesn’t actually care about you or about your emotions except to use them against you. Emotions are good and helpful in this world, but not when we rely more on them than God’s Word.
Emotions come from our thoughts. When our thoughts aren’t centered and grounded in who we are, we give more room for our fickle emotions to yell at us. It’s when we allow our soul to dictate how we respond that we’ve listened to our emotions. 2 Corinthians 10:5 NASB tells us “We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.”
APPLICATION: You are more than your emotions. Your emotions are to be under the control of the renewed you. That’s living and walking in the spirit and not after the flesh. That’s a daily challenge. So many are living by their emotions and go from one crisis to another. Our lesson is to rise above the contrary emotions and live more fully in God’s life.
Let’s not allow fickle emotions, triggered by condemnation or guilt, dictate how we feel, what we do, or how we respond. Let’s choose to keep our emotional responses in check and in line with God’s grace and love because we’ve been transformed from the inside out. You are working out our salvation, coming more into the image of our Jesus. Yes, you can overcome emotional condemnation.
John 3:17 ESV – “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”
Make It Personal: God didn’t send Jesus to condemn the world or me, so I know that condemnation is not from Him.
Romans 5:1 NASB – “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Make It Personal: Because I have been justified through my faith in Jesus, I have peace with God, and He isn’t mad at me but pleased with me.
Romans 8:1-2 NASB – “1Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.”
Make It Personal: There isn’t condemnation of any kind, from myself or others, because I am a new person in Jesus, and I have the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus, not death and law.
2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV – “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
Make It Personal: Because I AM IN CHRIST, I am a new person, and the past is just that: past. I live a new life now.
John 17:15, ESV – “I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.”
Make It Personal: I am not of the world just as Jesus was not of this world, and I have the power of His Word working in me.
2 Corinthians 10:5 NASB – “We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.”
Make It Personal: I am actively taking down any and every thought and accusation that comes against what God has done in my life through Jesus and standing strong in His power working in me.
How are you changing your self-portrait to match how God sees you?
In what ways are you changing your self-talk and not reinforcing condemnation?
How are you practicing 2 Corinthians 5:17 in overcoming fickle emotions?
In what way(s) has your focus changed?