Typically, condemnation is thought of in terms of Satan’s condemning the Christian regarding their past mistakes, failures, and outright sin. In reality, many Christians… many ministers battle condemnation and feel there is a force pushing them down. This condemnation is the accusing voice of Satan telling a person that where they are and what they are going through is their fault. Daily, they are reminded that their family situation, their financial situation, their church situation is never going change: trapped and condemned to a situation from which there is no relief or reprieve. God’s people do not have to live like that. There comes a point and a time when we must renounce the curse of condemnation on our life. Here are some steps to take to break the downward cycle you or a loved one may be in.
1. In Faith, We Must Embrace Who We Are In God.
The voices of condemnation always communicate the very opposite of what God’s Word says. Condemnation results, in us having a distorted view of who we are. Understanding and embracing our identity in God is critical to renouncing the curse of condemnation. In the words of a popular praise and worship song: I Am Who “I Am” Says I Am! Don’t believe the devil’s lies another day. God says that in Him (Jesus Christ, His Son), we have redemption and the forgiveness of sins through His blood according to the riches of His grace. We have been pardoned by His mercy, purged by His blood and empowered by His Spirit. We are in a covenant relationship with Jehovah God and we are heir and joint heirs with Christ. “God don’t make no junk” you are SOMEBODY in God! According to Romans 8:37. we are more than conquerors… more than overcomers through Christ.
2. In Faith, We Must Prayerfully and Persistently Press Through the Dark Vale of Condemnation.
Jeremiah 33:3 says, “Call unto me and I will answer thee and show you GREAT AND MIGHTY THINGS which thou knowest not”. The daily bondage of condemnation will NEVER be broken without persistent prayer. We can’t wish it away or will it away; it takes ongoing prayer. As we pray, we PRESS our way through our feelings. Like the woman with the issue of blood in Mark 5, we literally press through whatever stands between us and Jesus. You may have to press through some people to get to your peace.
3. In Faith, We Renounce the Voice of Condemnation. Notice what Jesus did in Luke 4:40-41:
“When the sun was setting, all those who had any that were sick with various diseases brought them to Him; and He laid His hands on every one of them and healed them. And demons also came out of many, crying out and saying, "You are the Christ, the Son of God!" And He, rebuking them, did not allow them to speak… Jesus did not allow them to speak! Sometimes, we just have to tell the devil to shut up! As a Child of God, you and I have that authority!
I encourage you today, to walk and talk in the victory that you already have, in Christ. You are neither a loser nor a failure…you are a child of the Most High God!