Monday, December 14, 2015

My Identity in Christ #7 - I am not condemned by God

Now that my Bible Study group has finished Priscilla Shirer’s Armor of God study, I need to keep moving in the right direction.  Continuing the series of blog posts taken from the list Priscilla included in her 6th week of Bible study regarding our identity and inheritance in Christ.  I pray these reflections will open your eyes to how much God loves you.  Read them as if you wrote them.  Meditate on them.  God bless you.

I am not condemned by God

I’ve struggled with meditating on this truth that I am not condemned by God.  It’s not difficult to believe.  My problem is that I usually approach this from the other direction:  I am saved by God.  These ideas certainly have commonality, but the concept of not being condemned by God makes me mindful that I deserve to be condemned by God.  I forget this sometimes and that leads me to thoughts of entitlement.  Ick!  So here’s my meditation:  even though I absolutely deserve to be condemned by God, I am not.  This is completely about Him and nothing about me!  It’s His mercy that spares me from the pit of hell.  He’s chosen me to belong to Him through Christ Jesus and there is no condemnation in Christ.  Hallelujah!

If He’s drawn you here, He’s probably chosen you, too.  Do you know Christ as your personal Savior?  Yes?  Praise Him!  No?  Would you like to?  Pray and ask Him to be.  Use your own words or start with my prayer on the left side of your screen.  After you do that, let a trusted Christian know.  Plug into a Bible-teaching church so you can grow.  Comment on this post so I can be praying for you.  And let me leave you with one truth that I didn’t learn until I’d been a Christian for 10 or 15 years:  the Holy Spirit now lives in you!  He is your Teacher, your Comforter, your Counselor.  Get to know Him.  Pray and ask Him to teach you, to help you make decisions, to make Scripture come alive and pop off the page as you read.  Ask Him to comfort you when you are sad or weary.  The power that raised Jesus from the dead now lives in you, my sibling, and He will protect you.  Talk with a Christian friend or a trusted Pastor about this.  Also, check out my post titled “Pathway to Discipleship”.

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