There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. Romans 8:1
There is absolutely zero condemnation when you are His.
When you have given your life to God, the world’s condemnation no longer sticks.
It’s no longer your identity.
You are covered, instead, by God Himself.
Are you still living under your old identity?
Your old condemned self?
Because it’s what you know.
Your old ways are safe.
When you face trials, you revert to old labels.
Because they are like old familiar blankets.
Wrapping up in self-pity feels normal.
Clothing yourself in anger feels justified.
When you choose to become God’s, you are changed.
Your identity becomes new.
Condemnation falls away.
But only if you choose to stay under the new identity from God.
The choice is yours.
Romans 8 reminds us God declares we have no condemnation when we are His.
But He gives us free will.
You can choose at anytime, to walk from under His wings.
Out from His identity for you.
Your old identity is out there.
Easily attainable and readily available.
But with it comes the usual fear, anxiety, and angst.
Because it also includes the absence of God’s peace.
Reaching for your old identity results from walking in the flesh.
In your own sinful self.
Romans 8 urges us to walk in the Spirit, not in the flesh.
Because when we walk with God according to His will, we are within His peace.
Choose every day to walk with God.
Choose every day to refuse the pull of the flesh.
When you do, condemnation will fall away as God Himself remains.
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Thanks Amy, so good!
Love, Aunt Ruth
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