June 3, 2011
“So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.” Romans 8:1-2 New Living Translation
Your life is now free in Christ. You don’t have to live with the slightest stain of condemnation. You may have held some back just so you could feel condemned when you chose “your way” over God’s way. But God didn’t. He’s never held any condemnation on anyone who has trusted in His Son. It seems to good to be true .. but then the Lord is so good because He is true. Just think about how your day is beginning: You are starting this day free of condemnation because of God’s grace. It’s not you that gets rid of the condemnation. It’s God’s adopting Spirit giving you life and freeing you from living like a fear-filled slave. His power is that great even when all those voices and circumstances conspire to drag you down into the mud and make you think that nothing can help you be free. It couldn’t be any clearer: There is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus! You’re not just free .. You are freely adopted by God as his son and his daughter. And in that freedom is a word so powerful that only His kids speak it with intimacy and love: Abba .. Father. He’s closer than your earthly father. He’s your Father who has freed you from the power of sin’s death march day after day .. year after year. You’re free to live uncondemned. That alone should shake off all kinds of weight you’ve been carrying for a long time. You’re free to shake off anything that would lead you to believe that you have to do something .. exhaust yourself .. and try harder each day in order to qualify for this title: No More Condemnation! It is amazing how the world we live in holds “no condemnation” out as an incentive. But God holds it out as an offer of your true identity when you trust Him. May the Lord bless you .. May the Lord give you His peace .. May the Lord lift you up if you are down. May the Lord guard your heart and mind as you dare to open it to His wonders and Word. May the Lord lead you into the daily fellowship of His care. May you love Jesus so much that your wife is blessed .. your kids are made to feel loved .. and may you allow the Lord to lift up His countenance and fill your life with His abiding always peace. It only takes a moment ..
“So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, Abba, Father. For His Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are his children.” Romans 8:15-16 New Living Translation
Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Grace-Condemned Followers of Jesus and friends of Priority One (firstname.lastname@example.org)