What incredible news! What radical, life-changing, magnificent news for those who believe! We have been brought from death to life! We are not condemned! Because of His great love, our Rescuer came, not to punish us, but to take our punishment. We are freed from the bondage of sin and by His wounds we are healed. Jesus, God’s own Son, gave up His life to give us life everlasting.
Why, then, do these conflicting and shameful thoughts scroll across our minds so often, crushing our confidence and hope?
“I am unlovable.”
“I am unforgiveable.”
“I am worthless.”
Why do our hearts condemn us when Christ has rescued us?
Why do we listen to the voice of our enemy when Jesus says we’re forgiven?
There’s an all-out war taking place in the battlefield of our minds. From the beginning of time, Satan has attempted to convince God’s children that His Word cannot be trusted. That God is not who He says He is and will not do what He says He’ll do. Our enemy is a LIAR. Revelation 12:10 calls him “the accuser.”
There is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a LIAR and the father of it. John 8:44
The enemy’s ruthless tactics to wound, disarm and leave us powerless often catch us by surprise. He starts with a grain of truth and ends with lies intended to destroy. When we struggle, when we doubt, when we’re broken… he kicks us when we’re down. He begins by reminding us that we’re desperate sinners. And he’s right. But that’s only half of the story. Tim Keller says,
“The gospel is this: We are more sinful and flawed in ourselves than we ever dared believe, yet at the very same time we are more loved and accepted in Jesus Christ than we ever dared hope.”
When condemnation floods our minds and hearts, we must root out the LIES and replace them with the TRUTH. The only way to combat the lies of condemnation is to preach the gospel to ourselves every single day.
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 5:1
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved. Ephesians 2:4-5
See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. 1 John 3:1
You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. 1 Peter 2:9-10
In order to speak words of life in the face of condemnation, we need a reservoir of truth stored up for immediate access in our moments of temptation and struggle. And this is done by constantly, daily, filling our minds with the truth. The last place the enemy wants to find us is in the Word of God. Because he knows,
If you abide in My word, you are truly My disciples, and you will know the truth and the truth will set you free. John 8:31–32
God, teach us to live in the the truth of who we are in Christ Jesus. Loved, forgiven and free. Amen.
Held by Him,