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Coming To The Cross
4/21/2016

The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, And He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the LORD upholds him with His hand. Psalms 37:23-24 (NKJV)

I don’t think anyone of us have escaped the condemning thoughts of the enemy. It could be as simple as looking a little too long at something you’re not suppose to, or hanging around the wrong people and making a bad choice to go along with something you knew to be wrong. Fact is, it could be any number of things that you have participated in that can be used in an attack against you.

It is really simple when you think of the premise with which Satan works—if he can get you to believe that you are doomed, or beyond the love of God, then you will be tempted to simply stop having fellowship with God out of guilt, and eventually lose your passion for Him and His Word.  Condemnation from the enemy can paralyze every one of us in our Christian walk as well. Satan and his emissaries know this, and that is why they use this counterfeit tactic. 

I say counterfeit because he has no right to do this. Condemnation is for those who die in their sin—those who have not accepted the cleansing of Christ’s blood through salvation. Only One righteous judge reserves the right to judge, and that is Jesus. For those of us who are “In Christ,” and who love God, there is no condemnation. 

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)

God knows our heart, and it is our heart He cares about and looks at rather than our outward appearance. When we give our heart to the Lord, and ask Him to come in and cleanse us from all unrighteousness, He does!  He has made this promise to us, and His promises are true (2 Cor. 1:20).

We are not perfect—we fall and make mistakes just like every other person.  But if it is our desire within our heart to know and love the Lord on a greater level every day, we can be confident, knowing God will guide our path and see to it we make it through each of the tests we will face.  We are told in Psalms, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, And He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the LORD upholds him with His hand.”  This assures us, God will take care of us and He will not cast us down when we make mistakes. He will hold us up with His hand—that same hand that was scarred for us and bled for our sin.

I want to encourage you today—if you have, or are suffering from guilt, I want to encourage you to keep your eyes on the Lord. Hold fast to His promises and His protection. Don’t listen to the enemy and his lies. God can and will forgive you for all that you have done if you would simply come to the cross and seek His mercy, His grace, and His forgiveness. Just keep walking in the freedom that He has provided for you—freedom from the bondage of sin. Just keep walking with Him daily—seeking Him for your strength, wisdom and guidance. This is what it means to walk in the Spirit.

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn about God’s faithfulness to those who love Him according to the Scriptures contained within this devotional?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you living in guilt from poor choices you have made, or are you accepting God’s forgiveness and grace through your faith in Jesus?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let God’s forgiveness wash your guilt and shame away for good. There is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus. God said it, and that settles it. Confess your sin, repent and start walking with Him in the fullness of life that He has planned for you.

Father, thank You for Your forgiveness of my sin. Thank You for the joy of knowing that I have been declared righteous by the blood of Your Son. Help me today to remember this when I make mistakes and fall short of Your glory. Help me to walk in victory over the enemy’s lies so I may be a light unto others. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 


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