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Romans 8:1 tells us there is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus. Does that mean no condemnation ever?

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  • It was just God and me. I had no friends, nothing to sink my teeth into, no business or work to validate my worth and nothing really that I felt I could do at Church. Sure there were lots of things I could get involved in yet nothing that I could connect with. I realise now that God was slowing me down so He could address some fundamental issues in me. The most fundamental of which was how I saw myself and how He sees me.\nThe thing I didn’t understand was how much he knew me and how much he still loved me anyway!\nI had to wrestle with self condemnation by the bucket load and how to manage that \nHe started me on this journey in Romans 8 and verse 1\n
  • I had no problem with the in Christ Jesus bit - I have been a believer all my life - with a detour here and there - but that is another story\nWhat I needed was fuller understanding of \n what condemnation is \n where it comes from and\n what to do with it\nBecause I had it by the truckload and it was crippling me\nSo what is condemnation?\n
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  • What are we condemned for?\n
  • I would take that even broader and say we can be condemned because of who we are or are not\nThere is a strong relationship between unforgiveness and condemnation\nBut condemnation can be unrelated to something we need to be forgiven for \nWho condemns us?\n
  • World - other people who we rub shoulders with family, friends, colleagues, neighbours, other drivers\n
  • Ourselves - we can sometimes be our own worst enemy\n\n
  • Principalities and powers is a new area for me.\nSatan in Revelation 12:10 is referred to as \n the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night,\nI am well versed in condemnation and conflict from those around me.\nI am well versed in beating myself up\nI am becoming more familiar with and understanding of the spiritual forces we contend with\n
  • Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. \nPut on the full armour of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.\nFor our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, \nagainst the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. \nTherefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, \nand after you have done everything, to stand.\n
  • My eye really stuck on that little word no and a debate with God began \n\nDo you really mean no? \n
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  • As a believer is there ever a circumstance under which my sin will make me worthy of condemnation?\nDoes my heavenly Father ever condemn me?\nI don’t know why I had not seen that before\n\nAre you like me? Do you have the newly released Caves translation of the Bible that has bits added for clarification?\n
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  • So what is your except for\nIs there something you can’t forgive yourself for?\nIs there something you can’t forgive someone else for?\nIs there something you can’t forgive God for?\nHow can there be no condemnation? well the answer lies in the next verse Romans 8:2\n
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  • Involves judgement\nInvolves justice\nThere is a sentence\nThere is punishment - regardless of repentance\nThe outcome in condemnation\n
  • Jesus death on the cross paid the penalty for all my sins past, present and future\nIt doesn’t matter what I have done deliberately or accidentally or horrendously there is no punishment from God\nI may reap what I sow, there may be consequences to my decisions or actions but God does not condemn me as a person\nHe looks on me with love and mercy and compassion\nThe outcome is freedom?\n
  • Before the cross judgement and condemnation reigned\nAfter the cross grace and mercy were the order of the day\n
  • Matthew 18:31-35 tells us the parable of the unmerciful servant\n10,000 talents - servant begged for mercy and was forgiven\nWent straight out and found someone who owed him 100 denarii\nNo mercy - threw him in prison\nKing heard about it and revoked his forgiveness and through the other person in prison\nSo the moral to the story is \n
  • I would extend that to say that you will also be in prison if you cannot forgive yourself or God\nWhen you accept the condemnation of others you are condemning yourself\nHear me clearly- I am not saying I have never done anything wrong but what I am saying is that I need to forgive myself because God has forgiven me\nI need to show mercy to myself because I have been shown mercy\n
  • What, then, shall we say in response to this?\n If God is for us, who can be against us? \n He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all- \n how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? \n
  • Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? \nChrist Jesus, who died —more than that, who was raised to life —is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.\n\nWhat an insult it is to God and Jesus when I condemn others or condemn myself or accept other peoples condemnations\nBy doing so I put myself in a prison of self loathing and bitterness or anger\nIt is not what Jesus came for \nHe came so I might be free\nHe came so I might be saved, healed and delivered from any oppressive spirits \nBut sometimes gaining that freedom requires my cooperation and some action on my part\n
  • Lord why are their backs towards me? I want to see their faces!\n\nSo do I my sweet, I want them to face me so I can interact with them and be with them and speak with them and see the pain and joy in their faces. I want to love them and care for them and discipline them and bring them into my kingdom. I want to wrap my arms around them and care for them. They are so precious to me. They are my gorgeous girls, the light of my life. They are the reason I let my beloved son go through all that He did. \n\nI want them to be restored into relationship with me. That is what I want. I want to spend time with them and talk with them about life and heaven and earth. I want to give them my joy and peace. They live such hard lives, lives that are much harder than they need to be because I am not part of them. They reject me because they don’t know about me or they misunderstand my role in their life.\n
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  • How should we look on ourselves?\n
  • Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. \nPut on the full armour of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.\nFor our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, \nagainst the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. \nTherefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, \nand after you have done everything, to stand.\n
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  • Search me, O God, and know my heart; \ntest me and know my anxious thoughts. \nSee if there is any offensive way in me,\nand lead me in the way everlasting.\n
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  • No condemnation

    1. 1. NOCondemnation
    2. 2. Therefore, there is now nocondemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, Romans 8:1
    3. 3. con·demn (kn-dm)tr.v. con·demned, con·demn·ing, con·demns1. To express strong disapproval of: condemned theneedless waste of food.2. To pronounce judgment against; sentence: condemnedthe felons to prison. www.thefreedictionary.com/condemn
    4. 4. Definition of CONDEMNtransitive verb1: to declare to be reprehensible, wrong, or evilusually after weighing evidence and withoutreservation <a policy widely condemned as racist>2 a : to pronounce guilty : convict b : sentence, doom <condemn a prisoner to die> www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary
    5. 5. Do Don’t Do Say Don’t SayThink Don’t Think
    6. 6. World
    7. 7. World Ourselves
    8. 8. World Satan OurselvesPrincipalities and powers
    9. 9.  ……... against the powers of this dark world andagainst the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:10-13
    10. 10. Therefore, there is now nocondemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, Romans 8:1
    11. 11. NO
    12. 12. NoneNada Nil ZipZilchZero
    13. 13. None?Ever?
    14. 14. The Caves Not So Inspired Version
    15. 15. Therefore, there is now nocondemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,(except for Sandra Michelle Caves who is particularly sinful)
    16. 16. Therefore, there is now nocondemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,(except for this particular sin ofmine because I should be able to get on top of it)
    17. 17. Therefore, there is now nocondemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, (except for Fred because he isparticularly evil and hurt me badly)
    18. 18. Therefore, there is now nocondemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, (except for ………..)
    19. 19. …….. because through Christ Jesusthe law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:2
    20. 20. What is the law of sin and death?
    21. 21. What is the law of the Spirit of Life?
    22. 22. Justice Mercy Judgement GraceCondemnation Freedom
    23. 23. Parable of the unmerciful servant $160 $832,000
    24. 24. So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart. Matthew 18:21-35
    25. 25. IF GOD IS FOR US, who can be against us? Romans 8:31-34
    26. 26. It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Romans 8:31-34
    27. 27. •Forgive• Repent
    28. 28. •Apprehend• Stand firm
    29. 29. It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Galations 5:1
    30. 30. and after you have done everything, to stand. Ephesians 6:10-13
    31. 31. •Sober judgement• Ask God
    32. 32. See if there is any offensive way in me,     and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:23-24
    33. 33. •Extend grace & mercy• Let God to sort it out• Move in the opposite spirit

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