Have you been at that place where you felt you had disappointed God once again? I guess we all get there sometime in our walk of faith. You had kept a good record of righteousness for a while and now you’ve broken it again; feeling unworthy, filled with guilt and wanting to give up because it seems so tough living for Christ. You may perhaps say; “story of my life!” First, do know that you are not alone. The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience as the Apostle Paul wrote to the church at Corinth [NLT 1 Corinthians 10:13]. It is thus vital to know you are not the first and definitely won’t be the last to enter that place of condemnation. With that said I pray this article blesses you and rescues you from the place of condemnation when you get there.
Forgiveness is one key reason why Christ came to earth. The redemptive work of salvation has released forgiveness from God for all mankind [1 John 2:1-2]. In the second book of Corinthians, chapter five teaches us “God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them.” Therefore God is not against you but for you. Christ’s death on the cross has purchased righteousness for us; it has taken us from the nature of sin into being righteous. As children of God, we are no longer considered sinners in the court of God’s judgment. This is something the devil dislikes and therefore he makes all attempts to bring you into condemnation when you fall; into feeling unworthy of God’s love, grace and relationship.
The acts of sin are not the main agenda of the enemy but how you respond in its aftermath. The feeling of the supposed failure can depress you to the point of feeling unworthy of anything good and eventually even sliding out of the faith. This is the enemy’s goal and staying in condemnation delivers him arsenals towards this goal. You cannot allow him to succeed. It is your decision to get up and walk out of condemnation. I did not say it is easy but neither is it impossible.
The truth about the judgment of God is that a born-again believer is never condemned no matter what he or she does. No amount or degree of sin will equal or be enough to cancel out the redemptive work of Christ. That statement might pull the eyeballs out of somebody’s sockets but relax; am I proclaiming licentiousness? God forbid. Rather I seek to help you appreciate Gods perspective of the believer so you don’t allow the enemy to gain influence through condemnation on your day of fall. Condemnation is a taunting state to be in. It is therefore critical to know and accept that you are worthy of Gods sight not because of your good deeds but because of Christ in you. God knew we could falter even when reconciled to him and so made a beautiful provision in the covenant for us stated in 1 John 1:9.
Chapter one of the first book of John makes a fascinating argument about the Christian and Sin. In verse six he writes, If we walk in darkness whiles claiming to have fellowship with the Godhead – we lie and do not do the truth. The Greek meaning of the word “walk” in that scripture is to make progress or conduct one’s self continually in a manner of life. Thus John explains here that if you continually progress in unrighteousness then you lie to claim fellowship with the Godhead and to know the truth. Note that John did not say if we walk in darkness then surely we are not saved. He makes this statement because a person can be born again and yet know not the truth or have a worthwhile relationship with the Godhead. This is why Paul mentioned to Timothy that the will of God is not only getting saved but to come to the knowledge of truth [1 Timothy 2:3-3]. There are many saved who yet do not know the truth; Gods principles of living in grace and laying hold on eternal life through faith. This is why the Church is important.
To be continued…
Author: Mike Sarkodie [Pastor]