As A Child Of God, You Can . . .

As A Child Of God, You Can . . .

As a child of God, you can . . .

believe what God says about you, rather than the devil’s lies. Sometimes, it’s easy to ignore what God has to say about us, and fall for the enemy’s deception. Your Heavenly Father says that you are His beloved, cherished, valued, and treasured son or daughter. Choose to believe His words, and accept them as truth!

approach God with the freedom and confidence that comes from with knowing that He is your loving Heavenly Father. You are a child of God, and as His child, you have the privilege of boldly approaching His throne of grace (Hebrews 4:16). Use this privilege!

allow God’s love and grace to free you from condemnation and regret. You don’t need to constantly condemn yourself over mistakes you’ve made. Christ has paid the price for them in full!

trust in what Christ has done for your continued right standing before God, rather than your actions. You can never be good enough to earn righteousness. If what Christ did was enough to save you, then it’s enough to keep you in right standing with your Father in Heaven!

receive God’s blessings as the free gifts of grace they are intended. God’s blessing upon your life isn’t dependent on what you do, but rather on what Christ has done. His finished work has qualified you to receive all of the blessings God has for you!

Linking up this post with Thriving Thursdays at Serving Joyfully, and Monday’s Musings at What Joy Is Mine.

No Condemnation For Those Who Are In Christ

No Condemnation For Those Who Are In ChristThis week’s memory passage from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is Romans 8:1-2. These verses declare that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ, for the law of the Spirit of life has set us from from the law of sin and death.

There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ. Stop and think about that statement for a moment – NO condemnation. If you are in Christ, then even when you mess up, there’s no condemnation. Even when you make a mistake, there’s no condemnation. Even when you fail in some area you’ve failed in dozens of times before, there’s still no condemnation for you, for you are IN CHRIST!

Why is there no condemnation for those of us who are in Christ today? Because the law of the Spirit of life has set us free from the law of sin and death! We are no longer under the old covenant of the law, with its regulations that we just aren’t able to keep, that condemn us at every turn. We are under the new covenant of God’s grace, under which His Spirit – the Spirit of life – lives within us!

Always remember that if you are in Christ, there is no condemnation for you. The law of the Spirit of life has set you free from the law of sin and death!

You Don’t Have To – Part 2

You Don't Have To - Part 2You Don’t Have To . . .

  • believe everything you hear without stopping to consider whether or not it’s the truth. Sometimes, this world tries to tell us things that aren’t really true. Just because you hear it doesn’t make it the truth. Always ask the Spirit of Truth to guide you into all truth (John 16:13).
  • feel condemned every time you mess up. Romans 8:1 says that there is NO condemnation for those who are in Christ. Today, you don’t have to experience a constant sense of condemnation, because at the cross, Christ was condemned in your place!
  • worry about the opinions of others. As long as you are doing the right thing – doing what God wants you to do – don’t worry about what others think of you. After all, if God is for you, who can be against you (Romans 8:31)?
  • watch or listen to things that don’t reflect your values as a believer. Some songs, while having a catchy beat, contain lyrics that aren’t very edifying. Some movies and tv shows, while possessing an engaging storyline, include some questionable content, as well. Just because something’s popular doesn’t mean that you have to watch or listen to it. If it doesn’t line up with the kind of thing
    Philippians 4:8 says that you should be thinking about, you may want to rethink your choice of media.
  • always be worrying about situations in your life. Instead, cast all of your cares upon the Lord, believing that He will sustain you (Psalm 55:22). Trust that He will work all things together for your good (Romans 8:28)!

Which of these do you need to break away from? How can you begin to do so today?

Receive The Gift Of No Condemnation

Receive The Gift Of No CondemnationWeek 13 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is nearly finished. This week’s reading was John 7-11. These chapters speak mainly of some of Jesus’ interactions with the crowds and the religious leaders, as well as a few of His miracles and teachings.

In John 8:1-11, we read of the Pharisees bringing to Jesus a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery, stating that the law commanded them to stone her, and asking what He had to say about it. In reply, Jesus bid he who was without sin to cast the first stone. One by one, the people left, until only Jesus and the woman were left standing there. Jesus asked her if anyone condemned her. Everyone was gone, so she answered no. Jesus told her then neither did He condemn her, and to go and sin no more.

Before Jesus bid the woman to go and sin no more, gave her the gift of no condemnation. He offers the same to you today, for He came not to condemn, but to save (John 3:17). No matter what you may have done over the course of your life, if you believe in Him, you are not condemned (John 3:18). Know and believe that because of what Christ has done for you, your Heavenly Father does not remember your sins any longer (Hebrews 8:12)!

When we truly understand the gift of no condemnation that we have been given, it empowers us to go and sin no more. The power of God’s love and grace sets us free, enabling us to move beyond our failures, and live the life God desires for us. When we catch a glimpse of His great mercy, we will be drawn to live a life that honors Him, out of love for the One who saved us!

Today, know that there is no condemnation for you, because you are in Christ (Romans 8:1).  Receive the gift of no condemnation, and step into the plans that God has for you!

Join us next week for more of the All That He Has Done series, which is all about what Christ has accomplished for us, and how His death and resurrection affect our lives today!

Look To Him

Look To HimThis week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is Ephesians 1:7. This verse states that in Christ, and through His blood, we have redemption – the forgiveness of our sins – according to the riches of the grace of God.

In Christ, we have been redeemed. We all have sinned (Romans 3:23), the wages of which is death (Romans 6:23). However, Christ took our sins upon Himself, and bore  the punishment that should have been ours. His pure, spotless, sinless blood was shed for the forgiveness of our sins (Matthew 26:28). He has redeemed us. We have have been bought with a price (1 Corinthians 6:20), which He paid on our behalf.

Because Jesus paid for our sins in full, there’s no longer any price left for us to pay. It’s all been done away with in Him. God is no longer mad at us, and in fact remembers our sins no more (Hebrews 8:12). He welcomes us with open arms as His beloved sons and daughters.

Rather than feeling like we need to pay for our sins in some way or another, God wants us to look to Jesus at the cross, and know that the price was paid for us over 2,000 years ago. It’s already finished (John 19:30). We need only receive what’s already been done for us. There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ (Romans 8:1). God’s Word declares if we believe in Him, then we are NOT condemned (John 3:18)!

In Christ, you have been redeemed. The price for your sins has been paid in full. Look to Him, and begin to walk in the redemption that you have been given!

The Gift Of No Condemnation

The Gift Of No CondemnationRomans 8:1 says that there is NO condemnation for those who are in Christ. Today, no matter what you have done or failed to do, there is no condemnation for you in Him!

Why is there no condemnation for those who are in Christ? Romans 8:2 gives us the answer – because the law of the Spirit of life has set us free from the law of sin and death. No matter how hard we try, we never can live up to the standards of perfection detailed in the law. Every time we try, we end up caught in a cycle of trying and failing, trying and failing, over and over again. 2 Corinthians 3:7 calls it the ministry that brought death, engraved on stones, and 2 Corinthians 3:9 declares it the ministry that brought condemnation. 2 Corinthians 3:9 goes on to say, however, that if the ministry that brought condemnation was glorious, how much more glorious is that which brings righteousness!

Through Moses was given the law, but through Christ came grace and truth (John 1:17). We are made righteous through faith in Him (Philippians 3:9). If we believe in Him, we are NOT condemned (John 3:18)! Know that you are the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21). Receive His gift of no condemnation, and walk in the freedom He desires for you!