From Condemnation to Grace (Part 2) NY

Aug. 14, 2018 | By Creflo Dollar

Summary

God sent Jesus to show us grace, not to condemn us. To understand this on a deeper level, we must know exactly when we are dealing with condemnation. This spirit comes straight from the enemy, and makes us feel like we aren’t good enough and can’t become who God wants us to be. It triggers guilt, fear, and a sense of defeat because of our past sins and mistakes. When we trace these emotions back to their foundation, we realize that any issues we may be struggling with are based in condemnation. Feeling condemned, and letting this feeling control us, is part of the curse of trying to live by the Law of Moses. When we are aware of how insidious and deadly condemnation is and how it attacks us, we can master it and accept God’s favor.
  1. Condemnation wreaks havoc in our lives. God’s grace removes all traces of it.
    1. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved (John 3:17, NKJV).
      1. Condemnation does not come from Jesus and God has nothing to do with it.
      2. We cannot build on a faulty foundation.
      3. If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? (Psalm 11:3).
      4. If we do things with the wrong motives, we will never get rid of the condemnation that makes us feel unworthy.
      5. Condemnation, fear, guilt, and stress are all related. They work their way into our souls and sit at the base of our lives, ruling us like tyrants.
      6. If we make a decision based on these emotions, they have become our masters.
    2. Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree  was good for food, that it  was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make  one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate (Genesis 3:4-6, NKJV).
      1. Adam and Eve did not need to eat the fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil to be like God; they were already like Him.
      2. The warning not to eat from the tree was the only law in effect at that time. When they ate the fruit, they immediately felt guilty and condemned.
      3. The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law (1 Corinthians 15:56).
    3. And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself… And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel… In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return (Genesis 3:10, 14, 15, 19).
      1. Condemnation for violating the law came first, immediately followed by fear. “The sweat of thy face” is an indication of stress.
      2. The resulting fear and stress from condemnation opens us up to the curse of the law.
      3. Condemnation can also be seen as a pronouncement of judgment and punishment. God punished and judged Satan, and now Satan wants to pass this curse on to us.
  1. God offers us the same grace that He gave to the woman caught in adultery.
    1. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?  She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more (John 8:7-11).
      1. Satan is referred to as the accuser. He accuses us constantly, in order to bring condemnation into our lives.
      2. …For the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night (Revelation 12:10).
      3. Just like the woman caught in adultery, when we are freed from condemnation, we can conquer sin.
    2. If we “blow it” and make a mistake, we must realize that sin has already been dealt with. Jesus has forgiven us for our past, present, and future sins.
      1. We can be confident that God already knows everything about us and He still forgives us.
      2. For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God (1 John 3:20, 21).
    3. We do not have to walk in condemnation and guilt if we accept God’s mercy.
      1. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more (Hebrews 8:12).
    4. It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness (Lamentations 3:22, 23).
      1. We need to believe this. Our faith in this promise prevents condemnation from taking over our lives.
  1. Condemnation tells us we are not enough; God in us makes us more than enough.
    1. And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns (Philippians 1:6, NLT).
      1. God is still working on us. Condemnation stops us from having confidence in the work of the Holy Spirit.
      2. Condemnation reminds us of our failures and keeps us in shame over our current struggles. It magnifies what we are currently going through and will not let us recover from our mistakes.
      3. On our own, none of us are good enough, but God changes everything. When we are spiritually dead in our sins, He brings us back to life.
      4. And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2:1).
    2. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God (John 3:18).
      1. We cannot win the spiritual battle we are fighting unless we are in Christ. Being in Him settles the entire condemnation issue.
      2. When God created Adam and Eve, He put them in His finished work in the garden of Eden. The devil used condemnation to rob them of what they already had.
      3. We no longer live our lives alone when we are in Christ.
      4. For in him we live, and move, and have our being… (Acts 17:28).
    3. Grace saves us, no matter how wretched we are. In Christ is the only place where we find no condemnation.
      1. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin (Romans 7:22-25).
      2. There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:1, 2).
    4. And you who were dead in trespasses and in the uncircumcision of your flesh (your sensuality, your sinful carnal nature), [God] brought to life together with [Christ], having [freely] forgiven us all our transgressions, Having cancelled and blotted out  and wiped away the handwriting of the note (bond) with its legal decrees  and demands which was in force  and stood against us (hostile to us). This [note with its regulations, decrees, and demands] He set aside and cleared completely out of our way by nailing it to [His] cross. [God] disarmed the principalities and powers that were ranged against us and made a bold display  and public example of them, in triumphing over them in Him and in it [the cross] (Colossians 2:13-15, AMPC).
      1. “The note” refers to the Law of Moses. Jesus took away the very source of condemnation.
      2. When Jesus went to the cross, He disarmed the demons that oppose us. They now have no more power to condemn us if we believe in Him.

Scripture References

John 3:17, NKJV

Psalm 11:3

Genesis 3:4-6, NKJV

1 Corinthians 15:56

Genesis 3:10, 14, 15, 19

John 8:7-11

Revelation 12:10

1 John 3:20, 21

Hebrews 8:12

Lamentations 3:22, 23

Philippians 1:6, NLT

Ephesians 2:1

John 3:18

Acts 17:28

Romans 7:22-25

Romans 8:1, 2

Colossians 2:13-15, AMPC

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