Free of Condemnation
There’s one serious mistake we often make that trips us up and keeps us from winning our victory…it’s letting the devil put us under condemnation.
The condemnation of the carnal mind will weaken the spirit man. Yet we use condemnation on ourselves and each other all the time.
That’s what happened to me. I fought cigarettes with everything I had. I threw away more than I smoked. I knew I ought not be smoking those things, but after I got saved, I went from 11⁄2 packs a day to three packs a day.
Some people would say that was proof I wasn’t saved, but they’d be wrong. I was born again. I knew it!
Two and a half months later, I received the Baptism in the Holy Ghost and spoke with other tongues. Still, I was fighting those cigarettes with both hands and feet. Why? My spirit was trying to get me to believe God and quit, but my body was fighting to keep doing what it had been trained to do.
Every time I lit a cigarette, it would tear me up inside. Yet I was walking in all the light I had.
I finally went to a meeting in Houston and heard godly men preach under the Anointing of God that Jesus was coming back. You know, the Word says when a man puts his hope in the return of Jesus, it will purify him, and that’s what it did for me. I walked away from that meeting without any desire for tobacco. Years have come and gone since then and I haven’t had any desire for it at all.
If you’re struggling with something, you need to develop your own spirit and become skillful in the Word of righteousness regarding condemnation.
Learn to confess, “There is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus—and that’s me. Therefore, there is no condemnation to me, praise God. I’m walking after the dictates of my spirit, not after the dictates of my flesh.”
Before long, you’ll be free of that thing…and free of condemnation.
Speak the Word
“I am in Christ Jesus. I do not walk after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Therefore, I am free of condemnation.” (Romans 8:1)
Scripture Study: Hebrews 10:1-17