June 15, 2012
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way.” Psalm 139:23-24 New American Standard
What a relentless burden it would be to start each day bearing a life of “yesterdays”. You could never break free. You could never really live. You could never talk of freedom. The life that is in Christ no longer has to carry around your “yesterdays”. You can relax your grip and learn to live in the grip of His grace. You can pray like David because you know that the Lord isn’t frantically scouring your life to find all your flat spots and disguised wrongs. He’s in the “setting-things-right” business of transforming your life into the “strong family likeness of Jesus”. You can’t be alive in Christ and lived condemned … for long. His Spirit won’t let such a disease exist in His presence. God alone knows the power of sin-stained memories and sin-conditioned thoughts and actions. His nail scared hands are proof of how far He has gone to remove the law of condemnation from your heart and mind. Your could never evict it on your own. Real freedom is inviting the Lord to search your heart without fear … but in faith. Fear is the “faith” of condemnation. It cannot give life. It can only steal. “There is no condemnation in Christ” … this is real freedom .. real oxygen .. and a real life to live forever. Jesus Christ announces your complete and total release and pardon from condemnation. And instead of making you earn it or work it out on your own … He sends His Spirit to set you free from your terminal “yesterdays”. They are no longer. And in their place is His Spirit .. His life .. and His Way of living. In Christ … there is no more condemnation .. no more fault-finding .. no more blame-placing .. and no more pending indictments of guilt and shame. They’re gone …. It’s time to start living … and it only takes a moment …
“Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:1-2 New American Standard
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