“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” Romans 8:1
What would we do without this verse…this truth? I think I would have given up and died, honestly. At a very specific time in my life that I had a major failure, I repeated this verse often. In the months that followed that failure, I would scribble; “there is therefore now no” on slips of paper to keep the truth constantly in front of me. It was so impactful because I did not trust myself to continue to make right choices and I condemned myself for the former choices I had made. I was very in touch with what Paul wrote here in Romans 7:15-25;
“For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice, but what I hate, that I do. If then, I do what I will not to do, that I do not practice, but what I hate, that I do. If then I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that is good. But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. For the good that I will to do, I do not do: but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. How if I do what I will not to do, it is not longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.
I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. But I see another law in my members warring against the law of my mind and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God- through Jesus Christ our Lord!”
While I was in sin, making ultimate choices to sin, I would will to do good, set my mind to do good and then do evil. I take heart in Paul’s example and so should you. Even though he was dedicated to serving God, he fell short of God’s moral standards. He was conflicted, a place I found myself many times. But as he clearly states in verse 8:1, we are free from the law of sin when we walk according to the Spirit, remembering that we are in Christ Jesus. Jesus is who started turning to, continually, for my “escape”. I chose to agree with the truth that Jesus was the only power able to save me from all the lies of the devil would tempt me with and all the feelings that accompanied them. Jesus is where our freedom is found, one second, one minute and one day at a time.
Father of mercy, Jesus savior, Holy Spirit of truth., continue to walk with me in freedom through Jesus Christ who has made me free. I set my mind, will and emotions on the Spirit and I pray for the Spirit to keep me. I desire freedom from my bondage and complete healing. I look to You, Spirit, to provide all that I need according to your rices in glory. Help me to continually turn to You for relationship, attention, affections, strength, peace and love. In Jesus’ mighty name, amen.
“Then the scribes and pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, they said to Him, “Teacher this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do you say?” “This they said, testing Him, that they might having something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear.
So when they continued asking
Him, He raised Himself up and said to them. “He who is without sin among you,
let him throw a stone at her first”. And again, he stooped down and wrote on
the ground. Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went
out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left
alone and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had raised Himself up and
saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of
yours? Has no one condemned you?”
She said, “no one, Lord.” And Jesus
said to her, “Neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more.” Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light
of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light
I read this account so many times in
the wake of my adultery. What grace, mercy, kindness, gentleness,
masculinity, protection, power, control,
patience, trust, wisdom, truth, what justice Jesus Christ extends in this
passage! There is so much to pull from this scripture, but in my recovery
process, I would often rehearse Jesus speaking this directly to me. It wasn’t
hard for me to relate to“being the
midst,” because there were times that I was completely exposed and vulnerable,
standing in front of pointing fingers, expecting the worst reprimanding and
highest law. But just as in this biblical situation, Jesus never responded to
me that way. He held my face in His hands and spoke words of truth, protection,
and healing. He used others to do it, and He also spoke it audibly to me. He is
the great shepherd; when He finds one of his sheep that has been lost, what
does he do? Luke 15:15 says, “And when he finds [the lost sheep], he joyfully puts it on
What? He doesn’t beat it all the way home and say, “Bad
sheep! How dare you get lost, you knew better than to wander away!” No, with
joy, love and trust, comforting the sheep safely on His shoulders, He
says, “Neither do I condemn you, go and
sin no more.”
That is powerfully healing! Read this again and again. Let
this sink deep into your bones and let its truth reverberate in your being.
This is how The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit see you. This is what they have
revealed about themselves to you. They have no greater joy than to see you
walking in the truth (3 John 1:4). The
truth is that you are forgiven, loved, accepted and pleasing to God.
Did you notice that He did not require an account or
repentance from the woman thrown in the midst? He did not address her as or see
her as, the woman caught in adultery. He
saw the act as sin, something that every other person standing there was guilty
of in their own way. Jesus simply
comforted her by saying; I do not accuse you. He called her sin, sin, and told
her to keep moving forward and not to do that anymore. It is my heart’s cry to send that same
message to you as you read this book.
This thing, this adultery, is
what you did; it is not who you are. Jesus sees you as who you really are.
Righteous, pure, and spotless in Him. It goes against all of our feelings and
it goes against the judgements of others. It takes faith to believe it is true
and to line yourself up to it, but cling to its truth as much as you are able
and ask God to help you with your unbelief regarding it.
He simply says; go and sin no more. He still calls it what
it is: sin. David said in Psalm 51, “Against you [God], you only, have I sinned.” This was after David committed
adultery and had the woman’s husband sent into battle, knowing that he would be
killed. But God forgives us when we ask, when we turn away from walking in the
direction of sin, and turn to Him again. His Holy Spirit was left here for us
as a counselor, comforter and a keeper of what God has entrusted to us until
the day of redemption.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will
forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). I
choose every day to believe this is true, to cling to Jesus, and to walk in
truth. As I have done that, He pulls off the grave clothes of my sin and lets
me dance in freedom. God does a thorough job of cleansing and healing our
wounds. He always wants us to heal and is always ready to reveal deeper things
about Himself through our situations. He is the great physician and the lover
of our souls, and He knows every hair on your head. Put your head in His kind
hands, and lay in the lap of His love and freedom.
Father God, Jesus, Holy Spirit, thank you for your unfailing love to me. Thank you that it is your kindness that leads to repentance, and that your mercy is new every morning. Thank you that you are so slow to anger, but so rich in mercy. Thank you that you trust me to make the right decisions and the right choices. Thank you that you have plans to prosper me and not harm me. Thank you that you have a future and a hope for me. Thank you that you want to use me in the lives of others to lead them into truth by your Holy Spirit. Thank you that you love me with an everlasting love, that you will build and rebuild me. Thank you that you never tire of or give up on me; you are always waiting with your arms open and expectant. Thank you that there is rejoicing in heaven when one of your children repents. Thank you that what the enemy intended for evil can be turned for good by your supernatural power and that you cause all things to work for good for those who love you and who are called according to your purpose. Thank you that if I suffer while I do good, it is used for your purposes. Thank you that there is now therefore no condemnation in Christ Jesus! Thank you that I can walk in right standing with you, by what Jesus has accomplished on the Cross. Be glorified and magnified through my life, Amen.
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I go to the gym three times a week and work out like a fiend to get all the happy hormones I can get in a morning! I listen to my playlist through my headphones, but there are TV monitors in the gym that I can not escape the view of. I have purposely quit watching and listening to news over the last few years to de clutter my mind and allow space for more peace in my life.
I blogged last week about the devastation in Las Vegas and the last few day, news has been about all of the perversion in Hollywood (not surprising there;-( Devastation seems to be on every side. Hurricanes, fires, scandal, the demise of families; this is a hurting world. I have been harmed by people in my life and I have also caused harm because of my selfishness. I understand pain very acutely and I understand stumbling and making a mess of my life. From here forward, I want to be a healer and a light to others who are in darker places.
I wrote a song last year as part of a healing process that I want to share. I had this deep pain and I had to get it out. God gave me the ability to write this song and music and it was pivotal in facing the trauma and bringing healing. A friend of mine used the term “bloody battle” to describe her journey and I resonated with that. My heart is that I can comfort someone else by the understanding I have received and the vulnerability to give it away. I believe there is only one face you can look into, one Name that has power to overcome the world, and one voice that you can listen to, to apprehend this healing. His Name is Jesus. You can click here to hear the song on YouTube. Many Blessings and Peace to you<3
This is a chorus from a song I wrote a few months ago. Hopefully in the very near future I will have the recorded music linked to my blog- a lot more of me can be understood in the music and melody I write than from words alone.
I have kept my self busy with activities, I have “run” so I do not have to deal with the hard things of life, I have sought satisfaction through other people…and it has all left me wanting. But when I spend time with The Son, He speaks to me with a sharp sword that pierces the thoughts and intents of my heart and puts it at peace. Today I had to take most of the day to get to that peace, but He spoke and the anxieties, confusion and doubt instantly left when He did.
I think that truth is it for today!! He is the only thing that can satisfy<3