There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Romans 8:1
This afternoon the Lord brought this word to my mind, and then this scripture surfaced from my heart. For many years, I walked around in condemnation. Yes, I walked in the flesh. Because of my anger and other issues, I walked around with the heavy weight that someday I would pay for my sins. I was not walking in the freedom that God had forgiven me; I could not even forgive myself. I was in the bondage of carnality and my walk with Christ was a very religious one. I thought I had it all together. I was married to my first wife and attended church on a regular basis even. I was puffed up with pride, and very fleshly. I even read the bible and had my little routine going, but I was not moving into the things of God deep inside my heart. I was stuck in fleshly habits religiously and going nowhere. Eventually, I would have a mental breakdown and go through a divorce. I was crushed by the weight of my own sins and fleshly ways…
One sure fire way to know you are walking in the flesh, is if you get offended easily. That is a very big indication. Man, I wish I had realized it back in the day; I could have saved myself from so much heartache!
You might be thinking, “What does all this mean?” It meant that I was my own worst critic. I sized up and condemned myself before anyone else did, and was not living a full life in God. I was living a lie going through the motions. I didn’t have a life; it was as if I was a walking zombie. I really tried my best to walk it out, but sadly I fell short and did not pursue things in the Spirit. Misery was my companion. I would go through the motions of reading the Bible with no affect. Thinking back on those days, there were some good times with God, but it was as if He was giving me only tidbits on what I was really missing out from having a continuous fruitful relationship with Him. My flesh was no good.
The best way to get out of our fleshly condemnation is by ultimately “crucifying” it. I believe some of us will go through these things; period of times when we can’t go any further in Christ until we make the bold move of killing it. Christ Jesus came in the flesh and abolished it on the cross. He was born a human being who bore the weight of our sin on the cross…He gave His very life and blood so we could be able to walk in the wholeness of God!
There is a very fine life in walking in the flesh and walking in the Spirit. Just like with Peter walking on the water. These day I am a water walker, and have a more intimate and deep relationship with God, that I could only dream about back in the day. I’m not saying it is easy, but so much worth it!
In the Spirit, there is harmony and that peace that passes all understanding. Peace with God does not come easily when you are walking in the flesh, nor does harmony with the holy trinity.
I can say in the past 4 years that I have walked in the victory that the Lord ordained me to walk in. That doesn’t mean I don’t sin. That means I found the freedom to be who God ordained me to be by walking in the Spirit.
For those of you reading this who can relate to what I am saying, I would encourage you to go and sin no more. Take all your burdens fully to the cross, all the weightiness of your flesh trying to control things, Take up your cross, it’s the only way. You know what your cross is….just take it and find true life and meaning.
Father touch everyone reading this and allow them to experience Your full grace deep in their hearts. Help us all to keep in step with Your Spirit. Help us not to get ahead of Your will, not lag behind. Ordain our steps according to Your word! Help us Father to not walk in guilt and condemnation but to lay all this at the foot of your cross and not go back and pick it up. Thank You for sending you son Jesus to die in our place. Amen.
At one time or another, I believe we have all experienced rejection. We have rejected someone, or been rejected by a friend, spouse, or family member.
What Im thinking is, “how many times have we resisted and rejected Jesus? I cannot for the life of me comprehend how we can reject the lover of our soul.
How can we resist the love of God our Father? How can we resist His Holy Spirit?
He is the one who can save us from death and hell. I know is I am just as guilty as the next person. I have made my mistakes, and rejected His love and resisted His grace.
Why do we make things so difficult? The Word of God does say that His yoke is easy, and His burden is light.
Thank God He doesnt hold it against us! When we totally give our hearts to Him, He doesnt hold any record against us! He wipes the slate clean! He washes our hearts clean with the blood of Jesus!
How many of us has that slate in our mind, “I remember this and that, and it seems you didnt help me and left me all alone.”
Do our own records of wrongs done to us make us reject others and ultimately Jesus Christ? Jesus will never leave or forsake you.
If it feels like He has rejected or deserted you, think again. He is with us always, even to the end of the age..
Can you imagine what it feels like for Jesus when we reject him or his help? When we reject His love, and try to go it in our own strength or in our own way? That is rejection.
My question is, “Why do we do it, is it in our DNA or fleshly nature?”
Jesus was depised and rejected as He hung on that cross. He took it all upon Himself. The defnition of rejection is the act of rejecting. The term reject means to refuse to accept, or submit to, believe or make use of.
Jesus took all our hurts and rejection upon Himself. He went through the ultimate sascrifice so that He could come to us with open arms. He will never reject us.
He is standing here waiting for you. Stop rejecting Him, and give your heart and soul to him.
If you are being rejecting Him through disobedience, then be obedient on what he is telling your heart to do.
God our Father is going to discipline us to teach us His ways, But it is no way a form of rejection.
He can wash your stains and sin away with His redeeming blood!
How far can you go with rejecting God in your life? Time and time again He has spoken to your heart. Its time to come to Him…
Jesus, iim sorry for resisting and rejecting You. I come to You now, take my heart, and help me to love others the way You love me. Help me not to reject you anymore. Help me to accept others the way you have accepted me. In Jesus’ name I ask, and pray, Amen.
The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone.
He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
He who hears you hears Me, he who rejects you rejects Me, and he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me.”
So in the Gospel account of Luke, Jesus tells a parable (this kind of spiritually loaded word picture), which even if you’re not a particularly religious person you’re probably vaguely familiar with, commonly known as the Parable of the Good Samaritan.
Synopsis: A lone traveler is befallen by bandits and left bloodied and penniless by the side of the road. He is passed over by two religious folks (a Priest and a Levite) who both ignore the wounded man in their midst, but a Samaritan stops, binds up his wounds, gets a room for him, and pays for the man’s recovery needs.
To those not familiar with the scene and the characters Jesus uses or with his audience, the moral of the story might seem like just another feel good, lay-up, megachurch message of “Be kind to others in need.” but it’s far more scandalous and subversive than that.
Jesus, a First…
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