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Running In The Wrong Direction

You ran well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? Galatians 5:7 (NKJV)

When the Apostle Paul spoke to the churches in Galatia he complemented them, but then asked them a pointed question, “Who hindered you from obeying the truth?”  Paul told them they had run well, but something had obstructed them from running, or at least from running in the proper direction. 

We need to take notice of this because this same temptation will be presented to us to stop running, or worse yet, to run in the wrong direction. When we sin, we know it immediately because the Holy Spirit convicts us.  The closer our walk with God, the more sensitive we are to sin, and to the resulting conviction.  The further away we are in our walk with God, the more calloused our spirit of sensitivity and feeling becomes.

The devil loves to counterfeit God, so he will bring forth condemnation as his counterfeit of the Holy Spirit’s conviction after we sin.

Q:         So how do we know which one we are feeling – is it conviction or condemnation?

Here is any easy way to determine.  Conviction comes from the Holy Spirit, and it will cause us to “run” towards God to seek His forgiveness, and to get back to the shelter of His arms.

Condemnation comes from the devil, and it will cause us to “run” away from God.  And as a result we feel horrible and depressed—not worthy of God’s love or grace within our lives.  But God doesn’t want us feeling this way, and He has given us a promise to hold onto when the temptation to feel condemned comes our way.

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. Romans 8:1 (NKJV)

The next time you feel bad because of your sin, check out what your response is.  If you find yourself running towards God, you can be sure He is the One who brought the conviction to your mind and heart.  But if you find yourself running away—not going to church, not wanting to read your Bible or daily devotions, or not wanting to talk to other Christians—then you can be sure it was condemnation from Satan in an attempt to destroy you and your walk with God. 

Jesus paid the price for our sin in full.  Let’s not get full of pride when we recognize this, let’s get right with God by confessing our sin for what it really is, and let’s get back to the protective shelter and to the peaceful walk we know He has for us.  

STUDY QUESTION: What does Romans 8:1 tell us about condemnation in the life of a believer?

PERSONAL INVENTORY:  Have you found yourself running away from God after living in sin?  Can you now see how the devil was lying to you?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let’s ask God for forgiveness of any sin we may have in our life.  Let’s make it our intention to serve the Lord today.  If you fall short, run straight towards Him and confess it for what it is.  It’s this simple!

LET'S PRAY: Father, thank You for convicting us when we are in error and have sinned. We understand Your Son’s payment covers our transgression, and that we simply need to confess it for what it is—sin.  It is not our desire to write a blank check with regards to sinning because of your grace, and we desire for You to continue to allow us to see what sin looks like to You.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott






Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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