PITFALL 2: DEALING WITH SELF-CONDEMNATION-1
Job 18:10 “The snare is laid for him in the ground, and a trap for him in the way.”
Job 9:20 “If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me: if I say, I am perfect, it shall also prove me perverse”
Genesis 3:11 “And he said Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat”
When man fell, the first question God asked Adam was “Who told you…” God knows that once a man start listening to the devil he will surely condemn himself. Adam switched over to the self-condemnation and guilt mode and God knew immediately that he has listened to the accuser of the brethren.
One of the sins that came into the world immediately after the fall was this terrible pitfall. Adam became a shadow of his vibrant self and could no longer fellowship with his creator. This is one thing self-condemnation always seek to achieve.
I want you to also note that if the devil can’t get you to think self-condemnation by obsessing your mind, he will use people against you. He will instigate people to dig up your past. These folks will remind you of your terrible past.
When they say these things to us and it gets into our spirit, it can easily be accepted as a norm which makes us condemn ourselves.
So, how do I deal with the pitfall of self-condemnation?
1. KNOW YOU’RE FORGIVEN AND ACCEPT IT
Romans 8:1 “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”
Romans 8:2 “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.”
1John 2:12 “I remind you, my dear children: Your sins are forgiven in Jesus’ name.”
When Paul showed up in church after his conversion, the whole church nearly scattered. Can you imagine a notable hired killer who murders only Christians showing up in your church next Sunday?
To be continued…
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