Some of you may have noticed that I have not been writing as consistently as I once did. It has been very difficult for me to write over the last several months due to physical and spiritual battles I have been going through. On top of dealing with pain from chronic illness, there has also been a great deal of suffering from homesickness, feelings of hopelessness, and horrible condemnation attacks from the enemy. The evil one loves to constantly accuse those who belong to Jesus, and remind us of times we have sinned or fallen away from the Lord. The attacks of condemnation are brutal, and many times are accompanied by dark thoughts of shame, guilt, and even suicide. It can leave a believer in Jesus feeling like a complete failure, and feeling isolated, alone, and abandoned, but we must remember who we are in Jesus. There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus!
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.” -Romans 8:1-2
It is not easy talking about our struggles, but I write this in hopes that it will help other believers who are suffering the same attacks. None of us have followed the Lord perfectly since the day we accepted Him as our Lord and Savior. Even the Apostle Paul was very open and real about his struggles and encouraged us to “press on toward the goal.” None of us are perfect, and of course we should never abuse the grace of the Lord or use our freedom as a cover up for sin, but the Lord will never leave us nor forsake us even if we slip. It is the evil one who tries to make us feel condemned and abandoned. Those types of thoughts are not from the Lord.
“What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means!” -Romans 6:15
“You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.” -Galatians 5:13
“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 3:12-14
If we fall into sin at some point during our walk with Jesus, there will be discipline and correction (and that can be painful), but the Lord promises to never leave us. He will finish the work He started in us, and He will fulfill His purpose for us. He will treat us with love in His discipline, and restore us in His wonderful grace, mercy, and forgiveness. He will never condemn or abandon us!
“In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons:
“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son.”
Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live! Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” -Hebrews 12:4-11
“I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 1:3-6
“The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me;
your love, O LORD, endures forever–
do not abandon the works of your hands.” -Palm 138:8
“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,
“Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake you.” -Hebrews 13:5
We are saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus, and Jesus promised us that once we belong to Him nothing can snatch us out of His hand. Nothing can separate us from His love, we are sealed in the Holy Spirit, and He will never leave us! Through faith in Jesus, God does not treat us as our sins deserve. He forgives our sins, removes our sins from us, and remembers them no more! Just like the paralytic in Matthew, we can always and forever take heart that our sins are forgiven!
“If you, O LORD, kept a record of sins,
O LORD, who could stand?
But with you there is forgiveness;
therefore you are feared.” -Psalm 130:3-4
“The LORD is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love.
He will not always accuse,
nor will he harbor his anger forever;
he does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our
For as high as the heavens are above
so great is his love for those who fear
as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our
transgressions from us.” -Psalm 103:8-12
“For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” -Hebrews 8:12
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–not by works, so that no one can boast.” -Ephesians 2:8-9
“My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense–Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.” -1 John 2:1-2
“And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of his glory.” -Ephesians 1:13-14
“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” -Jesus speaking in John 10:27-30
“Jesus stepped into a boat, crossed over and came to his own town. Some men brought to him a paralytic, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.” -Matthew 9:1-2
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” -Romans 8:38-39
Amen! Thank You, Lord Jesus! Thank You so much for loving us, dying for us, and saving our souls! Thank You for Your discipline, and thank You for Your unending mercy, grace, and forgiveness! Thank You for never leaving us nor forsaking us! The condemnation attack is nothing compared to You, Lord! When those attacks come, help us remember Your Holy Word and Your promises! Help us draw the Sword of the Spirit, and cut the lies of the enemy down! All blessing, praise, honor, and glory be to You, Lord! In Your Holy Name, Lord Jesus, amen!
Always remember the Lord’s great mercy, grace, love, and forgiveness. Shame, guilt, and condemnation are attacks of the enemy. The sins we committed before we knew the Lord are painful, but it is the sins we fell into after knowing the Lord that the enemy uses against us the most. The condemnation attack is meant to make us feel separated from the Lord, forsaken, and abandoned, but those lies will never be able to stand up to the Truth of God’s Holy Word or His promises to those of us who believe in Jesus. If you have fallen, repent and run back to Jesus. He has never left you, and He never will. He is waiting for you with open arms to restore and heal you just like the father of the prodigal son.
“I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.’ So he got up and went to his father.
But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.” -Luke 15:18-20
“I have swept away your offenses like a
your sins like the morning mist.
Return to me,
for I have redeemed you.” -Isaiah 44:22
If you believe in Jesus, you will never be condemned! Remember His great love for you! Remember, and be at peace in the Lord! If you don’t know Jesus, today is the day of salvation. Come to Jesus this very moment, and your sins will be forgiven and your soul will be saved!
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” -Jesus speaking in John 3:16
Grace and peace to you all!