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No More Condemnation

GuiltMany people struggle with constant guilt and self-condemnation for their past actions. Most of us wish we could correct the mistakes we’ve made, but we can’t. What’s done is done. All we can do is learn from the past and avoid repeating the same errors in the future.

I have to admit that I have plenty of reasons to feel guilty for my own past.

Before I accepted Christ, I did some pretty terrible things (I think we all have). But after I was saved and spiritually born-again, I repented before God almighty and all these past sins were forgiven. My slate was washed clean, and I began living a new life in Christ. Behold, the old life is now a thing of the past and all things have become new.

I received the indwelling of God’s Holy Spirit that guides me each and every day to do what is right, instead of what is wrong, to make good choices in my new life, and avoid the wrong choices I was so inclined to make in my former life. I can sincerely say, that since I accepted Christ my life has radically changed for the better. If you are a Christian, I’m sure you can say the same thing about yourself. If not, then maybe you are not really saved at all.

Does that mean that Born-Again Christians can no longer sin?

Of course not. We can still sin and make poor choices if we choose to, but we no longer have to. Sin has no more power over us. And when we do sin, we know what to do: Confess and ask God to forgive us once again, and the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us of all unrighteousness.

Sometimes, however, we try to hang on to our guilt and self-condemnation. We feel like God is angry with us, when He is not. It is usually Satan, our enemy, who is playing with our thoughts and emotions in this manner. Your heart and mind is one of his favorite targets. He shoots the flaming arrows of guilt and shame at us, with the intent of keeping us down.

Condemnation:

* Is from Satan
* Looks to Self
* Makes Us Believe We Can’t Change
* Leads to Old Identity
* Ends in Despair

So, how do we fight back against these satanic attacks? The Book of Ephesians tells us to take up the Shield of Faith and extinguish these fiery missiles (thoughts of guilt and self-condemnation) and prevent them from having any influence over us. We must remind the devil that “there is no more condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.” We are now children of the Most High God, and Jesus Christ has redeemed us from the penalty of sin and death.

It is written.

In the wilderness, when Jesus was attacked by Satan with temptations and lies, Jesus fought back by reminding the devil, “It is written, it is written, it is written.” We also need to fight back with God’s Word. Next time you are attacked with guilt and self-condemnation, resist the devil and remind him that God loves you, you have been redeemed by the precious blood of Christ, and there is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.

– Luis Josephus

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Scripture References:

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17

” But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” – 1 John 1:9

” In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil.” – Ephesians 6:16

” So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.” – Romans 8:1

” Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God…” – 1 Peter 3:18

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Stop dwelling on your past

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No matter how old or young you are, stop dwelling on your past; there’s nothing you can do to change what went before. What’s done is done. Trust in Christ to give you hope for a bright future and a fresh new beginning. Commit your life to Him today and receive His love, mercy and forgiveness.

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature (has spiritually become a new person). The old things (the old life) have passed away; behold, all things are become new (a new life has begun as a result of spiritual re-birth).” – 2 Corinthians 5:17

– Luis Josephus

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Who’s responsible for Messiah’s death?

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Jesus – The Sacrificial Lamb of God

I have to admit I get a little bit annoyed when I hear people argue about who is responsible for the death of  Jesus the Messiah. Some blame Pontius Pilate and the Roman government – who executed Him by Crucifixion. Others, blame it on the Jewish religious leaders who accused Jesus (falsely, I may add). People can argue all they wish; the fact remains that if I hadn’t been a sinner, and if you hadn’t been a sinner, nobody could have put the Son of God to death. It was our sins that put the Messiah to death!

Jesus delared that He was laying down His life voluntarily:

The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life–only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.” – John 10:17-18

The truth of the matter is, neither the Roman government, nor the Jewish religious leaders really had any power to take the Messiah’s life unless He was willing to be put to death. “No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord.”  He allowed them to do it because it was His mission at His first advent to die for our sins. At His second coming in the future, Jesus is going to rule and reign over the entire earth.

The innocent dies for the guilty.

The prophets long ago predicted that the Messiah would be the sin-bearer for His people:

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on Him (Jesus The Messiah) the iniquity of us all.” – Isaiah 53:6

When John the Baptist saw Jesus coming, he declared to all the people, “…Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” – John 1:29

Jesus Christ the Messiah was the Holy Lamb of God who was sacrificed in our place so that we would not have to pay the penalty for our sins. Yahovah God laid the iniquity of us all upon Him. The innocent had to die for the guilty. God loved us so much that He sent His only begotten Son to take our place on the cross. Yahovah God is a God of love and mercy, but He is also a God of justice. He could not allow our sins and iniquities to go unpunished. So He sent Jesus to suffer on our behalf.

“Messiah also once (and for all) suffered for our sins, the just (Jesus) for the unjust (that’s us)…” – 1 Peter 3:18.

He was the fulfillment of the Old Testament Passover Offering.

Many of the Old Testament offerings were simply types and shadows of what the Messiah would ultimately accomplish  on the cross. The innocent Passover Lamb which was sacrificed each year under the Old Testament sacrificial ordinances pointed to the sacrifice Jesus would make with His own body and blood in the New Testament.

Under the Old Covenant, the sinner had to bring a sacrificial animal to take his place. As the sinner put his hand on the animal to be slain he was designating this little animal was to be his substitute. The man was admitting that he deserved to die for his sins, but the little animal was instead taking his penalty. The animal would die a substitutionary death in the place of the offerer, and God’s justice would be satisfied.

That’s what Jesus did for us.

When you receive Jesus as your Saviour, you are admitting to God that you are a sinner, and that you can’t save yourself. You want to turn from your sins, make Jesus Lord of your life, and allow the Holy Spirit to transform you into the righteous man or woman that God created you to be.

Ask God’s forgiveness and receive Jesus as your Savior.

If you’ve never asked Jesus Christ to be your Savior and Lord, won’t you pray and ask Him today?

If you need someone to pray for you, email us your prayer requests: RealJesusMinistries@gmail.com

–         Pastor Luis Yosefus

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This man has done nothing wrong

When Jesus was crucified there were two criminals crucified next to Him. One of them mocked Jesus and said, “If you are the Messiah, save yourself and us.” But the other criminal defended Jesus and said, “We indeed receive our punishment as due reward for our [evil] deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong.” – Luke 23:39-41

Jesus indeed did nothing wrong.

He always obeyed the will of God the Father and fulfilled the just requirements of the Old Testament Law. He lived a sinless life and died on the cross – not for His sins, but for ours. The apostle Peter wrote of the vicarious sacrifice of Jesus:

“who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth…Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree [the cross], that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness…” – 1 Peter 2:22-24

Many times we get confused and wonder about the difficult circumstances that afflict our lives. “Is God mad at me?”, we ask ourselves. “Have I done something wrong?” Many of these questions and doubts are generally unfounded because trials, tribulations, and suffering are a normal part of the Christian life. When they occur, we are to follow Jesus’ example of patience, and respond to these difficulties and persecutions with prayer and blessings. When Jesus was reviled, He did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten or react bitterly, but committed Himself to Him (God the Father) who always judges and responds righteously (1 Peter 2:23).

Remember that your circumstances do not alter God’s love for you, nor His concern for your well being. He continues to love you and watch over you no matter what you may have to undergo. Regardless of what difficulty you’re going through today, commit yourself to God’s care and ultimate deliverance. He will give you the grace and strength to see you through to victory.

Continue to live committed to your faith in Christ and His example of endurance, despite your difficult circumstances. This is the true test of your growth as a Christian and the testimony of a true follower of Jesus Christ.

–         Luis Yosefus

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