Live by Faith
In being realistic, we have either condemned ourselves or limited ourselves to the access of God’s divine promises for us as His people.
We say, having or showing a sensible and practical idea of what can be achieved or expected is being realistic.
This is true, but the extent to which we understand this definition is very paramount.
Our being realistic has become folly in many instances today especially among Christians.
We have either condemned ourselves or limited ourselves from accessing the promises God has in stock for us as believers.
In this post, I will be concentrating on self-condemnation.
I put – In being realistic, we limit ourselves from encountering God’s grace, and become foolish in His sight.
I know you will be quick to ask how we condemn ourselves. I will tell you!
Most people feel because of some evil habits or past deeds they’re unworthy to appear before God or merit his presence.
But if you don’t, why would God show so much love to the world by sending His only begotten son Jesus Christ to come die for you. John 3: 16
Jesus Christ came to die so that today, you and I can be free from every bondage of sin that we have been born into.
That is why the bible says in Roman 8: 1-4; “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you[a] free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh,[b] God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering.[c]And so he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”
If you are thinking our righteousness is what gives us access to the presence of God, let me remind you that, in Isaiah 64:6, the Bible says: “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags, and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”
The death of Jesus condemned sin so that you and I can be free today. That sin was condemned on the cross so that today God can be able to forgive us our sins.
In Revelation 1:6, the Bible says: “And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever.” Amen.
This is what Jesus has done for us today, that even in our weakness we appear before God as Him by grace.
So when you sin, God does not see the sin but sees Jesus Christ. You can only enjoy this when you accept the person of Jesus Christ as your Lord and personal saviour.
Self-improvement does not help, it modifies your outward behaviour but does not change your heart.
You need Jesus in your life, and by confessing Him as your Lord and saviour, He will send you the Comforter, the Holy Spirit to come dwell in you, and help you.
This is what Jesus said concerning the Comforter:
John 14:16 says: “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever;”
John 15:26 says: “But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:”
John 16:13 says: “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.”
Jesus knew we cannot run this life all by our strength or might, that was why He asked the Father to send us the Holy Spirit. He Jesus even enjoyed the ministry of the Holy Spirit whiles on earth.
Sin of the flesh is that part of you that makes you think evil. For example, you love someone and you have a knife in your hand, and suddenly a thought comes into your mind; stab this person you love. This is sin of the flesh, you in most cases will be shocked, how can I think like this?!
Have you ever looked down a storey building, and thought — jump down! You don’t hate yourself, you are not depressed. This is sin of the flesh, it is not always the devil, but it’s a tool that devil capitalises on.
At night, you have very crazy, sinful thoughts.
When you wake up, what do you do?
You confess it? No
Just tell the Lord, Thank You.
It is condemned in Jesus.
God forsaw that already.
Get the distinction here! Through the cross, God condemned sin (singular) of the flesh, and this sin of the flesh produces sins (plural). Note, sins (the action) is forgiven, but sin is not, but rather condemned.
Condemn means in God’s eyes it seizes to exist.
Anytime you have such evil thoughts: to stab yourself or someone, jumping down, slapping someone, or any crazy thought. Catch yourself, and just remember, praise God, as far as God is concerned this is condemned in Jesus’ name, and this seizes to exist in the eye of faith because it is in the eyes of God.
This is what causes depression when people see themselves with such evil thoughts.
Christians are depressed because they see so many ugly things about themselves.
Welcome to the club, now you know how to address this.
You hear people say this, I am stronger now, especially after an awesome church service or after a camp. I have listened to an anointed preaching, I am strong.
No no no!!!
If you feel strong in yourself! That is dangerous. You are in for a fall.
How do you know you are growing in grace or in the Lord?
When you are more and more conscious of your weakness. You see your weakness but, then, you know in Christ it’s all resolved.
In Christ is all your resource.
When it comes to self, there is a greater consciousness of your weakness, but, then, there is a greater dependence in Christ. That is growth.
That is Christian growth. Christian growth is not I pray in tongues a lot, then, it means no more bad thoughts, I read the bible more. Hey! My friend, you are in for fall.
Even though you’re conscious of this weakness, you are conscious that Christ is your holiness, Christ is your sanctification. Amen!
What God condemns seizes to exist in his eyes, but it does not mean we won’t experience it but we know that what God condemns on the radar is no more.
When you see that sin (not sins) in you manifest, ain’t you glad that on God’s radar it doesn’t exist.
No condemnation is not dependant on our walk, but dependent on us in Christ. But, the requirement of the law being fulfilled in us, depends on us walking in grace.
Read Romans 8: 1-4
Note, when you feel condemned. You are actually walking under the flesh. But, when, you are living everyday under the sense of His favour for you, His love for you, then, you are under His Grace. This is walking after the Spirit.
Live each day under the sense of His grace and love for you
God bless you