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Day 5: Freedom from Condemnation

…even through His perfection and righteousness, Jesus still did not come into this world to condemn us, but rather to give us life!

For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not belived in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

John 3:17-18 KJV

Isn’t it awesome to know that even through His perfection and righteousness, Jesus still did not come into this world to condemn us, but rather to give us life! So often we lose sight of this fact and condemn others, ourselves, or both, when all we really need to do is believe, and encourage others to believe in Jesus. Take this scripture to heart, knowing that if you feel condemnation, it most definitely does not come from Jesus, but from the enemy.

Condemnation is a tool that Satan can use to pull us away from God, to try to keep the power of the Holy Spirit from working in our lives. But yesterday we talked about sanctification, which means cleansing, and the work of the cross–this means that Satan’s attacks of condemnation against us hold no power! Living in condemnation will keep you from entering into an intimate relationship with God; it causes us to miss the promise of no condemnation and stay bogged down in our past. If you’ve accepted Jesus, when God looks at you, He doesn’t see the sin or your past, but instead, He sees the blood of Jesus Christ that has washed your sins away and removed condemnation from your life. Rise up, brother or sister, and take your place in the Kingdom!

Prayer for the Day:

Lord, I want to go beyond courtyard kingdom living, and move into that “intimate” place with You. I have carried tremendous guilt and condemnation, but Your promise is, “Therefore now, there is no condemnation to them that are in Christ that walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit” (Romans 8:1). I worship You, God. I’m entering into Your rest this day. I receive supernatural peace. I thank You, my Father. No condemnation, no guilt, no shame, Jesus, You are my righteousness. Thank You for dying for me. Thank You for the cleansing power of Your blood that gives me confidence toward God. Thank You for loving me while I was yet a sinner. Oh, I bless You Lord! In Jesus’ Name, amen.