For There Is Now No Condemnation by Tawonga Gausi
If there is a lie that the Father of lies has fed us and we have fallen head-first into believing, it is the one that convinces us that we are unworthy to come to God, our Father, because of our sins. There are some believers who have believed this lie more than they have believed God’s Word and others that have literally backslid and drifted away from God because of this lie. I was once one of them.
I can begin to recall the number of times this deafening voice rang in my ears, numbing me from hearing the gentle whisper of the Holy Spirit reminding me of the forgiveness of my sins. The enemy always succeeded at convincing me that I am sick and unworthy before God’s eyes by echoing what I had done the previous day or what I had watched or said that morning. There were days I couldn’t share the Word with someone I knew really needed to hear it or simply remind them of the love of God. Some days I could not even step into a church or let alone talk to God because of this voice. This voice always seemed to be amplified over the gentle voice of the Holy Spirit. For the longest time, I inclined my ears and heart to the voice that had made my guilt stand out above all things and echoed that God loved me less each time that I did something that, according to the Word, was displeasing to Him.
All this went on until God started to make things clear, showing me the truth which is what set me free. Isaiah 44:22 was the beginning of the knowledge of this truth. God said to me through this verse: “I have blotted out like a thick cloud your transgressions, and like a cloud your sins. Return to Me for I have redeemed you.” I want to you to imagine a thick cloud concealing a patch of dirt until it is unclear. That’s how it is with your sins because the moment you admit to Him your shortcomings, He is faithful and just to forgive and cleanse you from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).
2 Corinthians 5:21 speaks volumes because it says through Christ you and I are made to be the righteousness of God. Imagine the righteousness of God! Just imagine that. That is who you are through Jesus. Isn’t that amazing and overwhelming? In Christ Jesus, there is a way that God looks at you and He sees His righteousness. Ask Him to help you see yourself the way He does. The voice of the Holy Spirit is a conviction that gives you a desire to change your ways and the enemy’s voice is a condemnation that makes you feel guilty and bad and unworthy before God. I pray you will hear the voice of the Holy Spirit alone.
Ever heard of Romans 8:1? For there now no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus is what it says. I want you to remember this every time that the enemy comes with the lie of condemnation. Realize that whether or not you have messed up, God won’t love you any less because His love is not based on conditions but is never changing. He loved you before you ever even knew what love was and He still does. He is not making up is mind about whether He loves you or not or to what percentage He loves you depending on your deeds. He already made up His mind about you. God is not on a mission to disapprove of you or judge you to be unworthy. Stop beating yourself up for your sin. Instead RISE UP. For the righteous man falls seven times and rises again. Rise up and allow God to transform you until He presents you without blemish.
And if you feel condemned about your sin because you do not have a relationship with God, I believe it’s high time that you made a decision to be in Christ Jesus and experience the genuine and deep love of your Father for you outside this condemnation.