Peace and blessings to you! Today I want to talk about one of the main tools that Satan uses against God’s people: CONDEMNATION. Let’s face it, Saints. None of us is perfect. When we fail, the Holy Spirit will convict us and let us know that our behavior or speech does not line up with the Word of God. However, our failures also create an open door for the enemy to bombard us with condemnation, or negative thoughts injected into our minds designed to bring us down spiritually and emotionally and destroy our identity in Christ. Therefore, this devastating issue must be controlled and eliminated from our lives, which is no easy task. So how do we deal with condemnation when it arises?
- Remember that we have been made righteous through the blood of Jesus. Romans 8:1 says there is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 Corinthians 5:21 says, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” No matter what we do or don’t do, God wants us to recognize we have permission to feel good about ourselves because HE DOES. Therefore, we need to prepare for those inevitable times when we do fail by making sure we declare that we are the righteousness of God BEFORE we fail. We need to say it to ourselves as often as possible because faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17).
- Recognize when we accept the condemnation of the enemy, we are attempting to punish ourselves for our fallibility. In the GOD’S WORD® translation of Galatians 1:4 we read, “In order to free us from this present evil world, Christ took the punishment for our sins, because that was what our God and Father wanted.” In other words, God does not want you to punish yourself for your own sins. That’s why He sent Jesus. Therefore, if we punish ourselves and accept the enemy’s condemnation, we are trying to be our own savior, and that’s called IDOLATRY. As the song says, JESUS PAID IT ALL. Therefore, if you are engaging in self-punishment in your attempt to be SELF-righteous, it’s time to STOP IT.
- Use praise and worship as a spiritual weapon against the enemy. God gave King Jehoshaphat the strange battle strategy of putting the worshippers out in front of the army (2 Chronicle 20). As the worshippers sang, the three armies coming against the Israelites became confused and started fighting each other. In the same way, when we sing worship songs to God, we confuse the enemy. Furthermore, we can’t sing to God and think condemning thoughts at the same time. That’s why praise coupled with worship through song is such a powerful weapon. So when you are hit with condemnation by the enemy, declare you are righteous and keep on singing until the condemning thoughts and feelings subside.
Through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, God has separated sin from us as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12), and He also wants condemnation separated from you as far as the east is from the west. He has too much for you to do, and the anointing is shut down in your life when you allow Satan’s condemnation to get the best of you. Therefore, if you want to fulfill the purpose and plan of God for your life, as Joyce Meyer would say, “Climb out of the pit and skip the guilt trip.”
|Have you battled with condemnation? What strategy has worked for you? Please leave a comment below.|
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Tracey L. Moore (a.k.a. The Purposeful Poet) is a poet, author and speaker whose goal is to challenge you to be your best for Christ. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Christian Counseling from Oral Roberts University and is an Associate Minister at Chesapeake Christian Center in Chesapeake, Virginia. Learn more about Tracey at http://www.TraceyLMoore.com.