LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE PARABLE OF THE UNJUST JUDGE

I know that we have been going through a lot in 2020, but I just want to encourage you to persevere through it all. Change is coming. This too shall pass because only the Word of God stands forever.

Today, however, I want us to look at the parable of the unjust judge in Luke 18. You know the story about the woman who kept going back to the judge and asking for justice. Finally, the judge gave in because she wore him down. When Jesus finished telling the story, in Luke 18:6-8 He said to His disciples, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly.”

Jesus was making a contrast between God and the unjust judge. He was saying, “Your Father is nothing like that judge.” That is obvious because God is cerrtainly just. He is not unjust (I John 1:9), and He is not trying to withhold anything good from us (Psalm 84:11). Therefore, I don’t think this parable was about praying about the same thing over and over again. Notice that even in Luke 18:1 we read, “Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.” He explains why He is sharing the parable. He wanted to encourage them to 1) be in constant communication with Almighty God (I Thessalonians 5:17),  and 2) be persistent.

Given the above, I would like to submit to you that the judge in the parable represents the world system that attempts to keep you from fulfilling God’s plan or realizing your goals and dreams in life. On your journey, you will face obstacles and people who will tell you, “NO!” But you must be persistent and refuse to take no for an answer. Thus, this is what we can learn from the widow in the parable:

  1. We must have a consistent prayer life. We must be committed to having a consistently scheduled quiet time with God every day. The widow was there before the judge every day. This is not saying to pray the same prayer every day, but get in God’ s presence daily and seek guidance and direction.
  2. We must be persistent. If we want to see our goals and dreams realized we must be persistent in faith and action. Faith without works is dead (James 2:26). At the end of the parable, Jesus said in Luke 18:8, “when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” Make up in your mind that you will have faith like a “pit bull” and refuse to give up in spite of overwhelming odds that you may be facing!
  3. We must be bold. The widow came before the judge each day with boldness and fervor. He said in verse 5 that he feared that she would eventually come and attack him! Apparently, she came with a boldness that intimidated him. Proverbs 28:1 says, “The righteous are as bold as a lion,” and we, too, have to pursue our dreams with passion and boldness.

Saints, God wants you to thank and praise Him once you have asked Him for what you want in prayer. There is no reason to keep asking if you have prayed according to His will because you will know that your petition is granted (I John 5:14-15). Therefore, continue to get in God’s presence on a daily basis. As stated in Galatians 6:9, refuse to get weary in the pursuit of your God-given goals and dreams. Be Tenacious and bold as you step out in faith to do what God has called you to do!

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THE POWER OF YOUR WORDS

I have a question for you? What have you been saying to yourself lately? What have you be saying to those around you? Today, my goal is to remind you today of the power of your words. The Bible says death and life are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). Therefore, here are three things to remember if you are going to be able to effectively use that power God has given you:

  1. You are made in the image of God.  God said, “Let us make man in our image.” How does that impact our ability to effectively use the power of our words? God speaks things into existence that first exist in the spirit realm. Roman 4:17 says God is the one Who calls those things that be not as though they exist. Therefore, we must imitate our God and use our words to cause what we see in the spirit realm through the eyes of our faith to manifest in the natural realm.
  2. Jesus lives in you. Colossians 1:27 says that Christ in you is the hope of glory. Also, you have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16). Words are formulated in the mind as thoughts first. Therefore, when you speak the Word (or the thoughts) of God, It’s as if Jesus is speaking. You are His mouthpiece. When you speak the Word, He speaks.
  3. Jesus desires to do great works through you. Jesus said in John 14:12, “Greater works shall ye do.” He also said in Mark 16:17-18, “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues. They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” Therefore by faith, we should expect to do what Jesus did and believe God can use us to heal the sick, raise the dead, and drive out demons as well.

With that being said, when we recognize and meditate on these truths, our faith for God to perform signs, wonders, and miracles through us should soar! You are made in the image of God and you are able to create things by the power of speaking His Word. Furthermore, the words you speak are not just idle words floating in the air, and it’s not just you alone doing whatever you can. Jesus lives in you, He is speaking through you, and when Jesus speaks, He gets results, Amen?

Isaiah 55:11 says His Word will not return to Him without accomplishing what He sent it to do. In summary, this is the thought  I want you to get a hold of today: WHEN YOU SPEAK THE WORD, JESUS IS SPEAKING, AND THEREFORE, YOU SHOULD EXPECT RESULTS. Jesus said, “According to your faith be it unto you” (Matthew 9:29). The question is do you believe it? Mark 11:23, For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.” Therefore, I want to challenge you to meditate on this thought today: “I believe God’s Word spoken through me will get the job done.”

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HOW TO STRESS LESS

We are in unprecedented times right now. Everything has been turned upside down. Life as we know it has changed to a new normal. The stress that this Coronavirus crisis has created has been tough on us all because of the adjustments we have had to make. I pray that you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy, wearing a mask, and following the guidelines.

Yesterday was so stressful for me. I ran all day long hurrying from one appointment to another with my 86 year old mom in tow. Some of the stress was Coronavirus related, but much of it was not.

Have you ever had a stressful day?  Maybe you are a person who has a laid back personality. Well please pray for me because I am not. I HATE BEING STRESSED AND HURRIED. Jesus NEVER hurried anywhere He went, even when His friend Lazarus was ailing (John 11). God does not want us to live stressed-out lives either. Why? Because when we are stressed out, we are not our best selves, not to mention that stress will kill you.

So the question is how can we do better? How can we stress less?

  1. Recognize and target that as an area where we need to grow. If we don’t recognize the issue, we will continue to go down the same path without making any changes. I see now that I need to work on this area of my life and make it a goal to stay in peace at all times. Jesus died to give me peace. I don’t want His death to be in vain.
  2. Confess our faults. When stress has gotten the best of us, confess it to God, confess our fault to whoever we need to, and repent if necessary. I had to apologize to my mom because I was not the nicest person that day. When you’re in hot water, like a tea bag, what’s in you will come out of you.
  3. Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to give us the power to do better and stay peaceful next time. His job is to help us grow and change. Self-sufficiency, trying to do better without asking for His help, will result in failure. Without Him we are nothing.
  4. Refuse to wallow in condemnation when we fail. Romans 8:1 says, “There is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.” Remember, you are the righteousness of God in Christ no matter what.
  5.  Develop a deliberate plan of action. For instance, I will not schedule so many appointments in one day. I will give myself more time between appointments. I will focus on peace scriptures to build myself up in that area. When I am stressed, I will take a mental vacation and imagine myself in a tropical paradise, seated under a palm tree with a glass of lemonade (Ahhhh). We have to decide how we will respond beforehand.

Saints, Jesus said, “Let not your heart be troubled” (John 14:1). That means we have control over whether we have heart trouble or not. We have to decide that we are going to get to another level. If this is not an issue for you, I thank God that you have gotten the victory. But for those of us who haven’t, I challenge you to come up higher in this area. Let’s do our level best to keep the chaos on the outside from getting on the inside.

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BRIDGING THE RACIAL DIVIDE IN THE CHURCH

John the Apostle writes in Revelation 7:9, “After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.” That gives us a clue about how God wants His worship services on earth to look like every Sunday. However, it has been said that Sunday is the most segregated day in America. For the most part, Caucasians worship with Caucasians. African Americans worship with African Americans. Latinos worship with Latinos. Asians worship with Asians, and so on.  I don’t believe that God is pleased with segregated worship.

WHY THINGS ARE THE WAY THEY ARE

Unfortunately, there is an ugly reason why there is a “black church” and a “white church” in America. In the days of slavery and in the Jim Crow era, blacks were not allowed to worship in white churches. Therefore, African Americans chose to start their own churches where they knew that they would be welcome. Sadly, this divide has not been overcome and, by and large, still exists today.

THE BODY OF CHRIST NEEDS TO LEAD THE WAY

2 Chronicles 7:14 says,  “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”I believe that the reason that systemic racism still exists in our country is due to the fact that we have not addressed racism in the church and healed the division in the body of Christ FIRST. The land will not be healed until we ourselves get it right in the body of Christ. The healing of the land begins with US! We have got to lead the way. If we as the body of Christ cannot bridge the racial divide in the church, and we have the Holy Spirit available to us, how can we expect America to bridge the racial divide?

ADOPTING A MULTICULTURAL MINDSET

The body of Christ needs to ponder on Revelation 7:9 and decide how we will proceed forward to implement God’s vision for His church. This may require that we as individual believers step out of our comfort zones and visit, and maybe eventually join, churches that have people attending the service that are a different race than we are. It may mean that churches of different races will agree to merge. We have to adopt a multicultural mindset and develop multicultural fellowships as we move forward into the future.  

What will it take for that to successfully happen?  We as people of different races have to get to know one another by having fruitful conversations that will help us to break down walls and get past the stereotypes. We have to pray and be able to apply the Word to bridge the gap between our differences and overcome the conflict that may result from those differences. Only then will we become the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ that we were predestined to become. Only then will we be able to operate at maximum capacity because where there is unity, God commands the blessing. Only then will the bride of Christ be ready to be presented to her bridegroom without the spot of racism and the wrinkle of segregation.

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A CONVERSATION ABOUT CONDEMNATION

The other day, I made a mistake. I hate making mistakes, but I guess the positive outcome is that every time my humanity manifests, God gives me the opportunity to reflect and get a deeper revelation and a clearer view of how He sees things. That means I learn new lessons. Unfortunately, during that incident, it took me hours to learn the lesson and get out of the condemnation. But I can say I have come a long way because I got out of it in less than a day. I use to take days, sometimes weeks back in the early days of my life. Thank God, for spiritual growth!

Below I have listed some things God has shown me or reinforced in my thinking during this bout with condemnation. My goal is just to remind you of some things that will help in the time of testing. We all will be tested in this area, and we need to keep the following in the forefront of our minds if we are going to win the battle:

  1. The Origin.  We may call it “self-condemnation,” but we should remember it’s actually “satanic-condemnation” because as you well know, it originates from the devil. He injects negative thoughts into our minds and fools us into thinking they’re our thoughts so we will not wage a counter-attack. Therefore, the first step to nullifying condemnation is to fully recognize its origin.
  2. The Idolatry. We must also recognize when we accept the enemy’s condemnation and accept it as our own by agreeing with him, we have slipped into IDOLATRY. Condemnation is a form of idolatry because it’s an attempt to punish ourselves for our own sins or pay the penalty for our own sin apart from Jesus’ death on the cross. It’s an attempt to appropriate our own righteousness.
  3. The Consequences. There are unfortunate consequences that come with condemnation that should motivate us to fight against it with all we have. Condemnation pollutes our spirit with negative emotions. We fail to receive God’s best when we lose faith because we don’t think we deserve anything from God. We try to hide from God unless we deliberately make an effort to overcome this human tendency. Finally, the anointing of the Holy Spirit is shut down in our lives. Accepting satan’s condemnation is simply not worth it.
  4. The Remedy. Since condemnation is a renegade thought from the devil run amok, we must cast down condemning thoughts, bringing them into captivity to the obedience of Christ as stated in 2 Corinthians 10:5. Furthermore, we must deliberately think thoughts about our righteousness which are clearly stated in the Word of God (2 Corinthians 5:21) and speak these thoughts out of our mouth. If we have to say “I am the righteousness of God” a hundred times before the condemnation loses its grip, then that is what we must do.

Therefore, when condemnation comes, we must recognize where it’s coming from, and make a conscious decision to refuse to engage in idolatry. We must keep in mind the negative consequences that will ensue if we don’t deal with it effectively and rebuke the devil. Finally, we need to take the thoughts of condemnation captive, replacing them with the Word of God, speaking the Word out of our mouths, and plead the blood over our minds. We have got to learn to forgive ourselves quickly and keep it movin’. Joyce Meyer put it this way: “Climb out of the pit and skip the guilt trip.” That’s truly God’s desire is for us.

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HOW TO DEAL WITH BOREDOM

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Have you ever been bored? Now that we have been quarantined and have been ordered by the government to “shelter in place” because of the Coronavirus pandemic, our avenues for entertainment have been effectively shut down. We can’t go to the places we use to go or do what we use to do. We are now gathered together with family members in our residence, or if single and living alone,  maybe isolated from our family and friends all together. One of the by-products of this unprecedented situation we find ourselves in is that we may become bored. I define boredom as being disinterested in what’s going on around us in the current moment. Have you become bored during this shut-in?

If you are currently experiencing boredom, a good question to ask during this time is, “Why am I bored?” Why are some people bored, and others are never bored? I’d like to submit to you that boredom may be a natural by-product of the following life situations:

1)      Lack of Productivity. Therefore, one remedy for boredom is to vigorously go after the dream God put in your heart. Has God told you to do something, and you have failed to act on it? Do you know what gifts God has given you to impact this world for Christ? Have you discovered your purpose and are you actively pursuing it with everything you’ve got? When you do whatever the Master is directing you to do to fulfill the plan and purpose for which He created you (Jeremiah 29:11), boredom can be kept at bay.

2)      Lack of Growth. What is your plan for growth? What will you do to be better than you are by this time next year? You must set a goal for which to aim, and then write down the goal and the strategy you will use to accomplish it. You must be about the business of becoming all you can be in Christ if you want to live a life without boredom.

3)      Lack of meaningful connections to God and/or others. Some people may be saved, but they have little intimacy with God. Others may have lives void of intimate relationships with others. I believe that people who have only superficial relationships crave the richness and emotional depth intimate relationships offer, and the discontent they experience sometimes manifests as boredom. Therefore, if you are battling boredom, seek to improve the intimacy in your relationships with God and others. Spending time with God everyday fellowshipping with Him in the Word is one of the best ways to battle boredom. Seek God for emotional healing if needed, and ask Him to remove whatever is causing you to maintain the emotional walls you may have erected that keep Him and others at an emotional distance.

To summarize, I personally believe boredom is the soul’s expression of utter discontent with a lack of productivity, growth, and/or connection to God and people. If you want to avoid boredom, be productive for the Kingdom. Seek to grow and become the best Christian you can be. Stay connected to God and others in a meaningful way. The Christian life is by no means boring. It’s one of the most exciting lifestyles imaginable when we keep God at the center, follow His instructions, and stay in His will.

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THE CONDITIONS OF FAVOR

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Psalm 5:11-12 says, “But let all those that put their trust in you rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because you defend them: let them also that love your name be joyful in you. For you, LORD, will bless the righteous; with favor will you surround him with a shield.” Let’s hone in on the word “FAVOR.” Favor is defined in the Bible dictionary as “approval, acceptance, or special benefits or blessings,” We all would love to have the favor of God on our lives.  But that favor will not just fall on you because you are a child of God. If you want God’s favor, you must meet certain conditions.

God wants to extend his favor in our lives, but what are the conditions that we must meet?

  1. Trust in Him. Psalm 5:11 says, “Let all them who put their trust in you rejoice…because you defend them.” Trust, unlike faith, has an object. Trust means we rely on God and expect He will come through for us and do what He says He will do. Trust says that God is going to be the main ingredient in bringing to pass what we want. Daddy says if we trust in Him, He’ll defend us. Therefore, trust is a means of defense because it puts us in a position to be shielded with His favor (Psalm 5:12). Therefore, we must have the expectation that He will be good to us if we want to be favor recipients.
  2. Love His name. In Psalm 5:12 we read, “Let all those who love your name….”  In John 14:15 Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commandments.” In Matthew 22:37-39, when Jesus was asked about the greatest commandment, He responded, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind…. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” So in order to receive God’s favor, we must show that we love Him by being obedient and making sure we walk in love towards the people God puts in our path on a daily basis.
  3. Realize your righteousness. Psalm 5:12 also relays that God surrounds the righteous with favor. Therefore, in order for us to receive the favor of God, we must first be in right standing with God through Jesus Christ. Furthermore, it’s important to know who you are in Christ. You must KNOW that you are the righteousness of God 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.” It’s not enough to have head knowledge of this truth. You have to believe it when the devil comes knocking at your door with condemnation. Jesus said in Matthew 9:29, “According to your faith be it unto you.” If you don’t believe you are righteous, you won’t believe that you have a right to expect anything from God, let alone favor. Therefore, realizing your righteousness is imperative.

When we meet the necessary conditions for receiving God’s favor, we will also get the by-product of that favor: joy.  In Psalm 5:11-12, joy is mentioned 3 times. We are joyful when we feel secure and blessed because God’s favor shields us and empowers us to succeed and prosper. Therefore, if you want to receive the favor of God, simply meet the necessary conditions and enjoy the benefits of being in your Father’s good graces.

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FEAR VS. CONCERN (PART 2)

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In my last post, I contrasted the concepts of fear and concern. During this global coronavirus pandemic, it’s normal to be concerned. However, fear must be recognized and arrested if we are to make it safely through. Fear will kill your faith, and if your faith is dead, you open the door for “Corona” to kill you.

To recap, fear is characterized by compelling thoughts, reactions in your body (e.g., insomnia and loss of appetite, etc.), negative emotions of anxiety and unrest in the spirit to the point of torment, and irrational behavior (e.g., hoarding). In contrast, concern is characterized by peace, confidence in God, and Spirit-led action. We must choose the latter if we want to survive.

So what if you are in fear? What do you do? How do you combat fear and maintain a healthy concern all the way through this crisis?

  1. Recognize and take authority over the spirit of fear.  I Timothy 1:7 says,For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” Luke 10:19 says, “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” If we don’t recognize that fear is not an emotion, but a spirit, and that we do have power over it, we won’t even attempt to fight against it. When we don’t fight, we lose.
  2. Build yourself up in the Word. During this crisis, it’s imperative that we stay rooted and grounded in the Word of God. A consistent quiet time with God on a daily basis is a necessity. Now is not the time to miss spiritual meals. Jude 1:20 says, “But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit….” You build your faith by reading and speaking the Word of God.
  3. Guard your eye and ear gates. You must control what enters your soul daily. Tony Robbins said, “You must stand guard at the door of your mind every day.” Watch what you read, programs you view, and what you listen to. You cannot resist fear when you fill your mind with CNN reports. Proverbs 4:23 (NLT) says, “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”
  4. Keep a positive confession. When you confess God’s Word daily, you build your faith because Romans 10:17 says, “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Job 22:28 says, “You shall decree a thing and it shall be established for you.” So when you speak the Word of God, you build your faith and automatically counteract the fear the enemy attempts to dump on you.

Therefore, Beloved, don’t let the fear get the best of you. It’s OK to be concerned. Let that concern motivate you to make it through this crisis. Let concern motivate you to wash your hands regularly and wear a mask. Concern will help to keep you safe. Concern is your friend. Fear, however, is your worst enemy and will torment you right into sickness and disease, into the hospital, until you find yourself on a ventilator fighting for your life. Remember, Job 3:25 says, “What I feared has come upon me; what I dreaded has happened to me.” Please don’t let it happen to you. Put fear in its proper place: under your feet.

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FEAR VS. CONCERN

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Beloved, this global pandemic has required us to drastically change our way of life. The coronavirus crisis has struck fear in the hearts of people everywhere, even some Christians. Surely, we should be concerned about our health and the potential of the dreaded virus to cause sickness and death, but we should not wallow in fear like the rest of the world. Why? Because we have a God Who is our refuge and our fortress (Psalm 91:2) He is the Difference Maker. That is why we can maintain a position of concern and not let our emotions mushroom into full-blown fear.

What is the difference between fear and concern? This is very important to know so that we can maintain a position of faith throughout this ordeal and come out on the other side of it alive. Therefore, Let’s take a look at the characteristics of each, then you can make a determination as to whether you are simply concerned or in fear.

CHARACTERISTICS OF FEAR

Hopefully, as you read this you do not have the coronavirus. However, if you fear getting the disease, this is what you might be experiencing:

  • Your thoughts are continuously preoccupied with evil forebodings or extremely negative thoughts about the fact that you could indeed contract the coronavirus.
  • You may have negative emotions of depression, hopelessness, anxiety, or feelings of continuous stress.
  • You are anxious to the point where you may lose sleep or your appetite, or you overeat to cope with your negative feelings, setting the stage for your immune system to be compromised and sickness and disease to come upon you.
  • You see the threat of the coronavirus as a clear and present danger, although you don’t know for sure that you have been exposed to the virus, or you don’t have any symptoms manifesting at this time.
  • You have irrational fears due to feelings of not having any control over whether you contract the disease or not, and you fail to factor in the sovereignty of God Who is in control of your life.

CHARACTERISTICS OF CONCERN

Concern, however, is far different from fear. If you are simply concerned, this is what you are probably experiencing:

  • You refuse to let thoughts about contracting the coronavirus dominate your thought life.
  • Your daily activities of eating and sleeping remain unaffected.
  • You have peace and joy in spite of what is going on, and you are believing that you will not contract the virus because you are standing in faith on the Word of God.
  • You view the coronavirus crisis as a potential danger, not a clear and present danger.
  • You see yourself as having some control over whether you get sick or not, and you conduct yourself accordingly by taking the proper measures as prescribed by the governmental entities, and you are aware that God is ultimately in control of your life and what happens to you.

So you see Beloved, fear and concern are very different in nature. Are you concerned, or are you in fear? Know that how you respond to this crisis will determine your end result. Job 3:25 relays, “The thing I greatly feared has come upon me.” That is why we must be careful not to let concern morph into fear. I pray that you will stay in faith and not let fear get the best of you. A healthy concern is necessary, but fear must be cast down if we are to get through this situation with a powerful testimony that will ultimately draw unbelievers to the Savior.

How are you dealing with the spirit of fear during this coronavirus crisis? Please leave a comment below.

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HOW TO DEAL WITH CONDEMNATION

 

Accusation by Ambro

Today I want to focus on a topic we all deal with from time to time: condemnation. The Bible says that all of us have sinned and fall short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23). None of us is perfect, and because of that fact, when we miss the mark, the enemy will try to cripple us with accusing and condemning thoughts.

Just the other day I battled with condemnation when I was supposed to attend a meeting, and got so caught up in something else I was doing that I forgot about it! The enemy began to heap condemnation on me, and the fight was on. That’s typical because the devil is always looking for opportunities to pounce on us and beat us down. If we wallow in that negativity, we will end up totally missing God’s plan for our lives. That’s why we have to know who we are in Christ so we can keep condemnation at bay.

So when we fall weak and fail to live up to God’s, other people’s, or our own expectations and Satan begins to inject condemning thoughts into our mind, how should we respond? Here are some good steps to take:

  1. Receive the conviction of the Holy Spirit and repent before God if necessary.
  2. Take responsibility for your actions and refuse to blame others.
  3. Learn the lesson and determine what you need to do differently next time.
  4. Extend a heartfelt apology to whomever you need to.
  5. Pray for the person’s heart to be healed if applicable.
  6. Do what you can to make amends and make restitution where possible.
  7. Reject the condemnation of the devil.

Remember you are the righteousness of God in Christ, and Jesus died on the cross to take your punishment. Therefore, there is no need to punish yourself. After you have done all of the above steps, you have earned the right to be at peace and get your joy back. You are now at ground zero, and you can forgive yourself and move forward.

Beloved, if you have missed the mark in some way or offended someone, expressed true remorse over the wrong, and you’ve taken the steps above and done all that you can do to rectify the situation, what else can you do? NOTHING. At that point, you can place the situation in the hands of the Master and drop the charges against yourself even if the offended one chooses not to do so. You can exhale and go forth in peace without condemnation. After all, nobody is perfect, not even the person with whom you had the problem in the first place.

The last time the devil hammered you with condemnation, how did you handle it? Please leave a comment below.

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