Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, Romans 8:1
What a wonderful promise from God’s Word to us His holy people. Our identity is defined throughout scripture. God tells us who we really are, however there are a lot of voices speaking to us trying to conform us to their opinions of who we should be. So who should we listen to? If we choose to believe that we are the most important person in the world, then we will find only disappointment because this simply isn’t true. God calls us to think of others needs above our own. Romans 12:9,10. We are called to ‘do to others, what you would have them do to you.’ Matt 7:12.
We are called as God’s people to produce fruit Galatians 5:22,23. As we seek to delight in Jesus, to glory in His cross and seek the betterment of other people, there will come a sense of purpose and satisfaction that is beyond this world. Jesus said “I have food to eat that you know nothing about” This is to do the will of the Father. John 4:32,34.
Health practitioners recommend 5 things for health and wellbeing. 1. Sleep, 2. Diet, 3. Exercise, 4. Socializing, 5.Sunlight. On the whole this is good advice.
However maybe delighting in our Saviour Jesus needs to be 1st on this list!
I once asked a group of students ‘where does the critical condemnation come from?’ As we discussed this, it became clear that it was from within each person as they processed their internal self talk etc. It is this space that I wanted to highlight. What does your internal thought life look like. Do you meditate on Gods Word often? Do you remember particular verses in the bible that bring you back on track. Romans 8:1 is a great one to have in your collection of promises, but is doesn’t stop there. The bible tells us that our biggest problem is SIN along with the various ways we try to deal with it. Again the bible has the only satisfactory answer to this.
Romans 8:3b He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin's control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. Guilt and shame can make a mess of us internally our continual giving into temptation gives us no rest.
This is no longer the pattern that reflects our lives. For we are new creatures in Christ!
2Corinthians 5:17. We have the life giving Spirit! And because of this we are free from the bondage of sin and its destructive effects. Though sins effects are all around us, as we accept that Jesus has overcome both sin and death on our behalf we have peace with God.
Do you accept that Jesus has done this for you? And is your thought life a reflection of this. (Though the battle rage) who is winning?