Ever since I allowed Christ to enter my life the devil has used condemnation to keep me in bondage. I knew the scripture, Romans 8:1, but I didn’t exactly know what condemnation was and how to identify it and receive freedom from it.
The following teaching is from one of the best books ever, How to Succeed at Being Yourself, by Joyce Meyer. This has freed me from so many things and a big one is condemnation.
Ladies I pray it does the same for you. Your journey to freedom starts now!!!
“In order to be bold one must be confident. We have established that confidence is vital to success. Everyone desires to be confident, and yet many people, perhaps even most people have serious problems in this area. Why? There are many possible reasons: an abusive past, a poor self-image, ignorance of the love of God, rejection from family and peers,etc. But I believe one of the biggest reasons is condemnation.
WHAT IS CONDEMNATION?
Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. NKJV
In Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible the Greek word translated condemnation in this verse means an ‘adverse sentence’.
Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words tells us the Greek noun krima translated condemnation ‘denotes (a) the sentence pronounced, a verdict, a condemnation, the decision resulting from an investigation.’
The word translated condemn in various New Testament Scriptures means to ‘note against, i.e., find fault with- blame;’ ‘judge against;’ ‘pronounce guilty;’ ‘punish, damn.’
In the light of Romans 8:1, does this sound like the kind of activity we Christians ought to be engaged in–especially against ourselves?
EXCESSIVE SELF EXAMINATION
2Corithians 13:5 Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?… NKJV
The Bible tells us to examine ourselves, and I wholeheartedly agree that we need to do so. We should examine ourselves to see if we have sin, and if so we should sincerely repent, then move on to living without that sin in our lives.
There is a great difference between examination and condemnation. Examination helps us to prove to ourselves that we are in Christ and He is in us, and that in Him we have been set free of sin. Condemnation keeps us mired in the very sin we feel condemned about. It does not deliver us-it traps us! It weakens us and saps all our spiritual strength. We give our energy to feeling condemned rather than living righteously.
There is a such thing as excessive self-examination, and I personally believe it opens the door for much of the unbalance we see today in the area among God’s children.
To be overly introspective and continually examining our every move opens a door for Satan. In the past I experienced multiple problems in this area, and