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Saturday, January 16, 2021

Purity 315: Encouragement for the Path of Christian Discipleship


 Purity 315 01/16/2021 

Good morning!

Today’s stunning sunset photo comes from a friend in San Marcos, California.  

I share it because as the sun sets on another week it is my prayer that all my friends enjoy their weekend, even if the weather doesn’t present us with scenes like this one.    

Today I continue to share Dr. Neil Anderson’s “Twenty “Cans” of Success”, to encourage my friends that are fasting as well as those who aren’t.  

12. Why should I feel condemned when the Bible says there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1)?

 Our success can not be realized if we are constantly condemning ourselves. 

 If I were to have a life verse, it would be Romans 8:1 which says:

 Romans 8:1 (NKJV) 

1 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.

 This verse really took on meaning for me when I went into recovery five, almost six, years ago.  

 When you live a double life of a law-abiding hard-working citizen with a boozing lustful rebel just beneath the surface, you suffer from a “Jekyll and Hyde” type of existence, filled with pain, guilt, anger, and shame.  A big part of that syndrome are the condemning thoughts that tell you that you are evil, twisted, different, or just plain no good.     

 When I applied this verse to my life, I realized two things:

 

  1. Those condemning thoughts or “voices” were wrong. Since I put my faith in Jesus, I was “in Christ” and this verse told me that because I was, there was no more condemnation for me.  What I or what anyone else said about me that was negative was no longer true because I had become accepted by the highest authority in the universe. I was forgiven, I was free, and any condemnation directed towards me was to be rejected. 

 

  1. This awesome phenomenon, being free from condemnation, would only really “stick” if I no longer walked in the flesh but instead chose to walk in the Spirit.   

 I was in recovery, so I was openly repenting of my past and doing my best to walk in the Spirit. So I kept going.  I used Romans 8:1 to fuel my fire to walk out of the darkness that I had lived in for most of my life.

 The renewing of our mind with the word of God is a powerful process that can transform how we think and live to experience the power of God in our lives.  

 If you suffer from condemning thoughts, as I suspect many do, please understand that, if you place your faith in Christ, those lies no longer apply to you. For you are accepted, significant, and secure in Christ.   

 So do the work of renewing your mind to agree with what God says about you, His opinion is the only one that matters, and His word says some pretty wonderful things about those who are in Christ.  

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This morning’s meditation verse was:

Psalm 109:21 (NLT2)
21 But deal well with me, O Sovereign LORD, for the sake of your own reputation! Rescue me because you are so faithful and good.

 I have a lot of rescue verses on index cards because I really need to be recused from God.  I was morally corrupt and spiritually deceived by a false religion when the gospel message was finally received.   Amazing grace, indeed!  

 Why did He save me?  Well as the verse says, He saved me because He is faithful and good.  

 At the time I was seeking meaning and purpose, and because God is the definition of meaning and purpose, He revealed Himself to me and caused me to understand His truth.  I had finally found what I was looking for.   My testimony of blessings is almost unbelievable, and the amazing thing is that it never ends. 

 His goodness and faithfulness are His “reputation”.  If you seek Him and follow His ways, He will show you how good and faithful He can be. 

 Today we continue chapter 10 of Anderson & Baumchen’s Finding Hope Again.

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage all to purchase Anderson’s books for your own private study and to support his work:

Commit Yourself to Prayer

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:6, 7, NIV).

We are asking you to pray, not to "Get tough and try harder." That kind of advice and attitude could itself lead to burnout and depression.

Human effort alone will not be an adequate answer. Besides, adding one more thing to your plate would only contribute to your crisis. Instead, we are encouraging you to trust God by submitting yourself to Him and His ways, and by seeking a holistic answer through the godly counsel and assistance of others.

If you have the desire to get well, and if you are willing to assume your responsibility for your own attitudes and actions, then we believe there is hope for you. E. Stanley Jones said:

I laid at Christ's feet a self of which I was ashamed, couldn't control, and couldn't live with; and to my glad astonishment He took that self, remade it, consecrated it to kingdom purposes, and gave it back to me, a self I can now live with gladly and joyously and comfortably.

He alone can bind up the brokenhearted and set the captive free. God can do wonders with a broken heart if you give Him all the pieces. The world will encourage you to seek every possible natural explanation and cure first. When that is not successful, people will say, "There is nothing more that we can do but pray." Scripture has a different order. "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you" (Matthew 6:33).

The first thing a Christian should do about anything is pray. May we suggest the following prayer to begin your process of recovery:

Dear heavenly Father, I come to You as Your child. I declare my total dependence upon You, and acknowledge that apart from Christ I can do nothing. Thank You for sending Jesus to die in my place in order that my sins could be forgiven. I praise You for Your resurrection power that raised Jesus from the grave in order that I too may have eternal life.

I choose to believe the truth that the devil has been defeated, and that I am now seated with Christ in the heavenlies. Therefore I choose to believe that I have the power and the authority to do Your will and be the person You created me to be. I submit my body to You as a living sacrifice, and ask You to fill me with Your Holy Spirit. I desire nothing more than to know and do your will, believing that it is good, perfect, and acceptable for me. I invite the Spirit of truth to lead me into all truth that I may be set free in Christ.

I choose from this day forward to walk in the light and speak the truth in love. I acknowledge my pain to You, and confess my sins, doubts and lack of trust. I now invite You to search my heart, try my ways, and see if there is any wicked way within me, then lead me into the everlasting way by the power and guidance of Your Holy Spirit. In Jesus' precious name I pray. Amen.

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God bless you all!

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