No Condemnation In Life In The Spirit
Before we can discuss life in the spirit, let’s discuss about condemnation and conviction, which brings quite the opposite result. What is condemnation? What does it feel to be condemned? Condemnation is the act of declaring something awful or evil, and being condemned is having been expressed an unfavorable or adverse judgment upon. When one feels condemned or makes other feel condemned, there is a negative flow of energy between the persons, and it brings out negative results as well. The one affected tends to withdraw from his beliefs, and there is a feeling of inadequacy and the feeling that one would never live up to the expectations of the Lord. There is this feeling of hopelessness. When this type of person falls, he lingers on his pain and never moves on. He magnifies his error that it becomes his whole world, and he is then reduced to the size of a bacteria in this world.
Conviction, on the other hand, is born from strong belief. One recognizes his faults, but doesn’t remain fallen. He accepts his faults, makes a resolution and stands up, and picks up where he left off, on the way to carry out his original mission. This happens when one is strongly persuaded by his faith. When one feels convicted, there is no stopping him, no matter how many failures he encounters. Conviction in one’s faith creates a positive energy around that person, and the results of his conviction is always positive and good. Conviction stems from what you truly desire in your heart which is inline with what God wants, and what you believe is to be true.
There are many who feel that they are being led by the Holy Spirit to do a majestic task which may appear impossible for them to achieve. Due to their feeling of being condemned, they place themselves so lowly before the Lord. They feel that they are not ready or up to the mission because they feel the need to accomplish something in grand scale first, or they feel the task is better given to someone else who is more deserving and capable.
First of all, condemnation and everything negative that comes with it, does not come from God. It comes from the evil one. John 3:16-17 states, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” God loves us so much that He sent Jesus to us to die for our sins and set us free. He sacrificed His only Son for us. What does that make of you? It means you are very important to Him, no matter how imperfect you think you are. If the Lord is telling you to do something, then it is something He believes you can do, with His help. There is nothing impossible with God on your side.
People think they have to be righteous in order to gain favor from God. True, but righteousness is not by our acts, but by our faith in God. No amount of good deeds nor amount of tithes given will make a person a righteous person, but it is in his faith in God that a person becomes righteous. When Jesus died for us and rose again, He made this available for us. The ultimate sacrifice of Jesus is God’s act of removing the guilt and penalty of sin while at the same time declaring a sinner righteous through Christ‘s atoning sacrifice. There is no need for us to punish ourselves or to do something in grand proportions to be declared righteous. Jesus said, “It is done.” These were part of his 7 last words. All we need is to believe that Jesus made us righteous, and believe in this. All the hard part was already done by the Lord. This is how much the Lord loves us.
Instead of drowning in self-pity and feeling condemned, know that God loves us very much, and He has special plans for each and every one of us. Remember that Jesus already did the impossible for us, so that we can do anything that the Lord asks us to do. All we need is to accept this truth, and believe in it. Believe in our salvation. Everything else follows as the Holy Spirit will guide us.
John 6:63 states: “The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.” A spirit-led life gives real life, while a life of flesh and sin is worth nothing.
Read the entire Romans 8, and know how much God loves you.