Today I want to share this from Andrew Womack's devotional:
Matthew 26:2 "Ye know that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified."
In Israel, crucifixion was a common sight. This practice was first mentioned in scripture as one used by the Egyptians (Genesis 40:19). Anyone hung upon a tree was accursed by God according to the Mosaic law (Deuteronomy 21:22-23).
Failure to obey the law brought on the curse. Praise God that Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law by bearing the curse for us. Now, through Christ, we will never receive any curse from God even though we still disobey the law in some way. Justice was satisfied when Jesus died for the law that we broke, thus paying the prescribed penalty and bearing the curse.
There is no condemnation awaiting us from the law; for we died in Him.
A Christian who still walks in condemnation is being condemned by the devil or himself. It's not God who condemns us (Romans 8:34). It is the law that brought God's adverse sentence against us.
When the government condemns a building it is declared unfit for use and must be destroyed. Likewise, when Satan condemns us, he makes us feel unfit for use and ready to be destroyed. Since the Christian is no longer under the law, he should no longer be condemned or feel unfit for use. We have been accepted by the Father through Jesus.
God convicts of sin but He doesn't condemn (Romans 8:34). Conviction is solely for our profit with no malice, while condemnation includes punishment. Satan is the one who condemns the Christian, but the Holy Spirit has given us the power to escape that condemnation.
I LOVE the underlined part above! Condemnation is ALWAYS of the flesh or the devil! There is now, NO CONDEMNATION for those who are IN CHRIST! Receive JESUS as Lord and personal Savior, and YOU will receive the FREEDOM that comes when there is no condemnation! Look at John 3:17:
For God did not send the Son into the world in order to judge (to reject, to condemn, to pass sentence on) the world, but that the world might find salvation and be made safe and sound through Him.
AMEN! We are all so familiar with verse 16, but verse 17 is equally as important! When we receive JESUS as Lord and Saviour, then condemnation is forever removed from us! Refuse to receive it from others! AMEN! Here is Hillsong with "Beneath The Waters - I will Rise":
Shalom in Him!