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Guarding Against Condemnation

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 that any one of us has escaped the condemning thoughts of the enemy.  It could be as simple as looking a little too long at something you’re not supposed 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 somehow beyond the love and grace of God, then you will be tempted to simply stop having fellowship with God out of guilt, or lack of hope, 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 continually shoot those “fiery darts” (evil thoughts) into our minds, to discourage us (Eph. 6:12, 16). The enemy knows that if he can get us to accept his condemnation, then we will be naturally drawn away from God.    

We need to remember, that condemnation is for those who die in their sin — it’s for 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)

When we become believers God gives us an amazing gift — the Holy Spirit.  His Spirit now lives within our body, and He will guide us in all our ways. He is there to strengthen us, lead us in our understanding of God’s Word, and remind us of what we have been taught in God’s Word.  He will also give us a sense of conviction when we stray from His perfect will.  This conviction is to let us know that we are thinking or acting in a way that is not God’s perfect will, and it is meant to draw us back to God — back to His path, and will for that situation, thought, or action.  

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. 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). 

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 — the 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 planed for you.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:  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…


May the Lord bless your day abundantly, Scott




Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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