The Dangers of Condemnation & How To Overcome.
While both condemnation and conviction both point out an area of improvement, a shortcoming, a sin in our lives, they are vastly different. It is important that we accurately discern the difference of the two and respond appropriately to each of them. In short, condemnation focuses on your sin and leaves your hopeless, whereas conviction focuses on God and leaves you hopeful. Condemnation is a trick of the enemy to keep you oppressed, depressed, and out of the will of God.
The dangers of condemnation are extensive. Below are four specific dangers of condemnation:
1. Condemnation separates you from God.
Due to the feelings of guilt, shame, fear, unworthiness, etc. you assume God is not with you, for you or desires to call His own any more so you walk away from Him. The Word tell us that He will never leave us nor forsake us, (Deuteronomy 31:6) and that He has loved us in our darkest hour, (Romans 5:8). Therefore we know, that even when we mess up and fall short, God is right there with us, waiting for us to turn to Him. However, condemnation will make you feel otherwise and makes you want to leaveHim.
2. Condemnation skews your perception of yourself, and you no longer see yourself as a child of God.
The danger of no longer perceiving yourself as a child of God is you no longer operate as a child of God. You relinquish your rights, the power and authority that God has given you and live beneath who you are in Christ.
3. Condemnation effects your prayer life.
Condemnation will keep you in the “outer courts” of prayer. (Refer to _____ for an in depth an in depth explanation.) It will make it hard to press pass asking for forgiveness and into the presence of The Lord while in prayer. Condemnation will lead you to begging instead of boldly entering unto the Throne of Grace. It will keep you from walking in your authority and doing all God has called you to do, i.e: decreeing, declaring, prophesying, binding, loosing, praying Heaven down from your place of authority.
It’s hard to pray from a place of power and authority, in FAITH when you are condemned.
4. Condemnation will keep you from walking out your purpose.
God has given each person a tailor made purpose/calling to fulfill. (Your calling may be to preach, teach, prophesy, dance, sing, read, write, create, lead or help and you may be called to do so in the church, a the mission field, an office, a school, or behind the scenes of a stage.The possibilities are endless but whatever and wherever your calling is, God has given each person a purpose to fulfill.) Condemnation, however, will hinder you from accepting your calling and boldly walking forward in it.
John 10:10 tells us the enemies one goal is to kill, steal, and destroy. His main objective is to kill, steal, and destroy you and keep you from going to your God given destiny – and bombarding your mind with condemning thoughts such as “I’m not good enough”, “I’ve messed up too many times”, “God is probably tired of me” is one of his tactics to do so.
—Something to also keep in mind—
The enemy is tricky. Sometimes he will sand false condemnation to oppress you. What is false condemnation? False condemnation is when you feel bad for something you should NOT feel bad for. You actually did the right thing, at the right time; you did what the Lord told you to do, but it is a tactic to make you feel as if you didn’t, it is the enemy’s way of trying to falsely condemn you.
Also noteworthy: the enemy loves to condemn the saints when they step out on faith and do what the Lord told them to do. For example, if you were to fall short and make a mistake in an instruct from The Lord (the Lord, in all actuality, would be right there to loving redirect, counsel, and encourage you to continue) but the enemy would pounce on the mistake and attempt to paralyze you with guilt, fear, and condemnation (which are all three in one).
It is imperative that you reject, and combat condemnation using the Word of God.
Below are examples of things to decree when condemnation begins to attack your mind:
- There is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus. I will walk according to The Spirit and not the flesh. (Romans 8:1)
- God will never leave me nor forsake me. (Deuteronomy 31:6)
- God is faithful, and just to forgive me when I confess my sins. ( 1 John 1:9)
- God heals those who confess their sins one to another. (James 5:16)
- God used all types of flawed people in The Bible.
- God has called me to holiness and he will help me to walk in it. (2 Cor. 12:9)
- God’s grace is sufficient and He will help, enable, and strengthen me to grow in my walk with Him. (2 Cor. 12:9)
- God is not done with me. (2 Cor. 3:18)
While condemnation focuses on you and your sin, conviction emphasizes God and His love for you. It is out of love the Lord highlights your sin and leads you back to Him. Conviction is always done in love.
When I was younger, and my daddy would discipline me for getting in trouble, he would tell me “if I wash my hands with you – then, you need to be worried”. Years later, I now understand what he meant. He meant, as long as he cared enough and saw enough potential in me to take the time to correct me, I was good…but if he were to leave me to myself -to my own destruction, it was then I needed to be worried. And it is the same concept with God. As long as He is convicting us…correcting us…as long as we are on the heart and mind of Christ, we are good. It is when He leaves us to our own destruction we need to worry.
Hebrews 12:6 says “For the Lord disciplines, the ones He loves and punishes the sons He receives”. Therefore conviction…correction…chasitements…discipline makes your a legitimate child of God. 🙌🏾🎉🎉 Only a GOOD father corrects their children instead of leaving them to their own self destruction.
It is my prayer that you accurately discern the difference of condemnation and conviction and respond appropriately. May you combat condemnation using the Word of God and embrace The Lord’s conviction and love so that you will boldly BE all and DO all the Lord has called you to.
All of us have to accept the finish work of Jesus Christ and receive the Lord’s forgiveness so we can move forward in all God has for us.
With lots of love,
Now and forever,
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:36
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