John 3:17-18 - “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.”
How are you going on Day 5 of The Fast? We want to remind you that we are praying for you. Our prayer is that you will be overwhelmed by the work God does in you, and in your life around you, over these 21 days. Like a flood!
We believe that God is going to speak some new things into your life over this time. But unless we first deal to the unhelpful things we are carrying, it will hinder us from embracing the new when we hear it.
Today we are addressing the areas of shame and condemnation in our life that try to drag us down or hold us back from pursuing all God has for us.
As believers, we are not going to walk this walk with Him perfectly. God understands our humanity. He knows our possibilities for greatness, as well as our possibilities for failure.
Think about the apostle Peter and Jesus at the time just before the crucifixion. Peter told Jesus there was no way that he would ever deny him. And yet, he did that very thing - just as Jesus said he would.
Jesus knew in advance about the shame, regret, and the complete sense of failure that Peter would experience. He knew all about it! Yet God was holding onto Peter every step of the way, and restored him in a mighty and extraordinary way to build his church.
A personal failure is a painful thing and it can send you reeling on a detour from the path that God has for you. It’s easy to feel so lost that you wonder if God even knows where you are.
Perhaps you consider reaching out to God, but you hear a voice quickly say, “That's true for every situation but this one. This really is too much.”
When facing guilt and shame, we are surrounded by the lies of the enemy. At first we don't worry about those lies so much. We just close a door off to that part of our heart that is hurting from the mistake we've made. But as the days wear on, and with that part hidden away, the heaviness intensifies. Sometimes we get so stuck here.
Condemnation is a negative, destructive thought pattern that seeks to destroy and undermine our self-confidence. It is a breaking down of the spirit.
Have you ever been there? Or is that something you are currently dealing with?
Be assured that He knows exactly where you are and He knows exactly what’s going on in your life. And He is right there with you. This is not too much for Him.
In Galatians 5, Paul reminds us that it is for freedom that Christ set us free. He begs us not to be yoked again to slavery. Before we believed, we were tied to sin. When we believed, we were untied and untangled from that sin. Paul is asking us not to be chained to sin anymore, but to walk in the freedom God has obtained for us.
If you belong to Christ, don’t think of him as far away, scrutinising you to see if you make the grade. God gives us an environment of overflowing acceptance that has nothing to do with our sins or our morals. It has everything to do with Christ:
Romans 8:1-3 – “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.”
The deepest truth about you is that God has put you safely in Christ. That’s the first way God helps us. We receive Christ by faith, and the all-holy God declares over us, “No condemnation!”
Practically today, here is what you can do: Go to quiet place and take a few minutes to talk to God about all of it. Remember that God’s love is unconditional, and He is on your side (always!) and wants to help you sort through all you’re feeling. He wants to give you the healing you’re seeking. Repent, then expect His help and His answer.