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TODAY'S DEVOTION:    October 31, 2021

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NO CONDEMNATION

8. There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 2. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. 3. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 4. That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

Romans 8:1-4 (KJV)

Reflection:

 

Some believers are plagued by feelings of condemnation. Either they think they'll never live up to God's expectations for them or they're nearly drowning in guilt over past sins. These men and women cannot seem to shake the sense that God is displeased with their puny efforts at being Christlike.

The book of Romans confronts this lie head-on:

"There is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus.." (Romans 8:1).

When the Savior went to the cross on our behalf, He lifted the blame from our shoulders and made us righteous before God. 

Those feelings of condemnation do not belong to us; they are from Satan. He amplifies our guilt and feelings of inadequacy and then suggests that's how the Lord feels about His "wayward child."

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Our sins are wiped clean, and we are chosen and loved by God. Condemnation is reserved for those who reject the Lord

(John 3:36).

Sin is a death sentence (Rom. 6:23).

Anyone who chooses to cling to sin instead of seeking divine forgiveness must pay the penalty, which is an eternity separated from God.

Two synonyms of condemn are 'denounce' and 'revile.'

Those words certainly describe Jesus' statement to unbelievers in Matthew 25:41:

"Depart from me, ye accursed.."

There is no condemnation for those who receive Jesus Christ as their Savior.

The believer's penalty for sin is paid, and he can stand blameless before God.

Trust in the Lord's love and let go of Satan's lie.

God's beloved children are covered by His grace and the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

Prayer: 

Lord, thank You for releasing me from the slavery of sin and hell. I thank You that through my repentance and surrendered life to Jesus, my sins are forgiven and paid by His blood. I pray to You, in Jesus name. Amen.

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