Christian Living

Sword Training – Day 7

Welcome back to the challenge, my friends. This is day seven of our sword training. Our readings are Psalm 31-35 and Proverbs 7. You’ll recall that Paul wrote that the Sword of the Spirit IS the Word of God. As such, the more of God’s Word that you read, the better you can wield your sword in the spiritual battles.

A couple of verses spoke to me today, Psalm 31:10 and Psalm 32:2. Let’s look closer.

“For my life is spent with sorrow and my years with sighing. My strength has failed because of my guilt, and my body has wasted away.”  (Psalm 31:10)

What I see here is a man who knows God’s calling for his life. He knows the task or tasks that God has given him to do, but he has not done it yet. What’s keeping him from fulfilling God’s will in his life? Guilt and condemnation for the sins that he continues to commit. Have you ever felt that way? I have.

God has a job for every believer to carry out. The tasks are different for everyone, but they are all for the good of the Body of Christ. Unfortunately, we stumble and fall sometimes. Our enemies (flesh, old sin nature, the Devil, etc.) know that we must be about the Father’s business and they play on our weaknesses to keep us distracted or defeated. Guilt and self-condemnation creep in to tell you that you aren’t good enough to do what God wants you to do. Before you know it, you are pushing through this life under a weight that God never intended for you to carry, and it’s keeping you from answering His call.

Saints, the Bible tells us that there is no condemnation at all for those who are in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1) We are human, and we mess up sometimes – maybe even a lot of times. Nevertheless, as a believer in Christ Jesus, you are no longer bound by the law of sin and death. The law of the Spirit of life in Christ has set you free, and remember what Jesus said, “whom the Son sets free is free indeed!” So, when you mess up, just get back up. Dust yourself off with a few scriptures like Romans 8:1 or 1 Corinthians 6:12 or 1 Corinthians 10:23, and get back to doing what God called you to do. Any feeling of guilt or condemnation is not of God, it’s a distraction from the enemy to keep you incapacitated.

That’s what I hear in Psalm 31:10, the regret of a man who has yet to fulfill God’s purpose because he never felt righteous enough. Don’t fall for it, saints! Your righteousness is from Christ. Psalm 32:2 says,

“How blessed is he whose wrongdoing is forgiven, whose sin is covered! How blessed is a person whose guilt the Lord does not take into account, and in whose spirit there is no deceit!”

What did I tell you?!? Paul said it, and now we see David saying the same thing! Be encouraged today. If you know what God has called you to do…do it! Don’t wait because your flesh is condemning you. Paul tells us that you don’t owe the flesh a single thing. You are crucified with Christ, therefore you no longer live. Jesus Christ now lives in you! Tell the flesh to get back on the cross because you have Kingdom business to do.

Brothers and sisters, I leave you with this song from Don Francisco called “There Is No Condemnation”. It’s a little folksy, but man it hits home! Give it a listen. 😊

And lastly, here is another song called “No Condemnation” from Integrity’s Hosanna! Music.

May the Lord bless you and keep you my friends!
Griff

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