Staying free from condemnation is possible. You’re learning how to do that, and the more you walk in victory over condemnation, the more you can pass it on to others. It’s too easy for people to believe the lies of the enemy partly because they don’t know he is feeding them lies and death. But you are learning more how to overcome and have victory in these areas.
Remember that you’ve already been set free from sin and death through Jesus Christ. Jesus has declared you are totally and forever free in Him walking “in newness of life” (Romans 6:4). You are not under the law that says you missed it. You’ve been raised to sonship and declared righteous in Jesus. In your position as a beloved child of God there is NO condemnation.
TRUTH: Recognize that condemnation centers on what you believe about yourself. But what you believe about yourself doesn’t define you. Why? Because you are not categorized by what you’ve defined. Most self-definitions are wrong because we see our imperfections and flaws. Our focus is wrongly centered. We’re not seeing ourselves as Jesus sees us. We aren’t seeing the same definition our Heavenly Father gives us. Whatever self-condemnation you’ve put on yourself needs to be removed. God doesn’t see you in that way. He sees no condemnation because you are in His Son.
That’s what Romans 8:1-2 NASB declares – “1 Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.” If you haven’t memorized this verse, you should. Any time the enemy says you’ve failed, quote this to him. Any time he tells you’re imperfect and will never amount to anything, quote this verse to him—and yourself.
Lauren Daigle shares in her song “You Say” how easy it is to stay under condemnation yet shows a way to come out from under it. (If you have opportunity, look up her song up on YouTube. I guarantee you’ll be blessed and encouraged). Condemnation comes through the thoughts we entertain, the thoughts of not being enough or measuring up to expectations, the thoughts and lies we hear in our heads. When we give in to those thoughts, we easily believe them.
What’s the solution to this dilemma? Lauren Daigle says overcoming condemnation is in believing what God says about you, not what you think or what others have told you. How do you do that and gain victory in the turmoil and trouble of life? Renewal is needed as we’ve mentioned; a refocusing of your thoughts and heart on the sure promises of God. He hasn’t abandoned you, nor ever will, but comes along side always encouraging, always strengthening, always loving you—NEVER condemning you. (Remember, Jesus took your condemnation so you don’t have it carry it—you’ve been set free).
You walk in greater freedom and liberty, far from condemnation, each time you anchor your thoughts and words in the Word. The Word is your arsenal, and its power is stronger than any thoughts or words of condemnation. Look at Romans 5:1 NASB – “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
We will continue to share that Jesus bridged the gap for us providing not only salvation but peace, righteousness, love and grace through His sacrifice. It’s only when we don’t appropriate His provision we fall under condemnation. But remember, you are IN Christ so there is no condemnation – from the enemy, from yourself, or from others.
APPLICATION: As a liberated believer, one set free from the condemnation of sin and guilt, you can enjoy each day as His dearly beloved child. (Are you beginning to believe that?) It’s a matter of seeing yourself the way God sees you as Lauren Daigle sings.
Don’t look through the blurred and broken mirror at yourself. Let Jesus recreate more of His image IN you as you change your focus. You don’t have to stay condemned and guilty. What will you choose?
Putting these scriptures into your heart, your mind each day will help you walk in greater freedom from condemnation. The Word is powerful. It is alive. It is Life.
Romans 6:4 ESV – “We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.”
Make It Personal: Because of my new life in Jesus Christ, I will continue walking in newness of life, free of condemnation, guilt, and anything negative.
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: I am no longer under any condemnation because I am IN Christ, and He has set me from everything that would keep me bound.
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’ve been justified by faith in Jesus, I have peace from God, never condemnation.
**For further encouragement, see listed scriptures from the previous two Bible studies (May 17th, May 24th).
How are you changing what you believe about yourself?
How are you overcoming thoughts of not measuring up?
How is the Word becoming a strong arsenal for you against the lies of the enemy, against condemnation?
As a liberated child of God, how are you appropriating Jesus’ provisions in your life?