Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you[a] free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh,[b] God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering.[c] And so he condemned sin in the flesh,
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. I know that, and its easy to remember for most big things in my life, but the little things… Its so easy to condemn myself for the failure I have been living in, because hey, others get it done, why can’t I? It’s not like it’s easy and just so simple for all of them. And on a certain level I know I can do it too, I know in the natural, with a little more effort from me, I should have done it and got it done. And even worse, in Christ Jesus I can do all things, so since I am connected to the vine, why isn’t it happening?
Jesus does not fail so the problem isn’t Him, and because of my past experience with my own actions, it’s so easy to turn around look at myself with disdain. Why can’t I just pull it together? Why do I have to be such a slacker? What part of the vine is fruitful do you not understand Cassie? At this rate, you are going to be stuck here forever. Lazy hands make for poverty, diligent hands bring wealth…no need to even think about it, you know where you stand.
Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense…so stop daydreaming, why do you keep daydreaming? You know it doesn’t get you anywhere. Remember diligent hands will rule, laziness ends up in forced labor, guess where you are headed. You can’t starve forever, one day you will want to feed yourself, and forced labor is where you are headed.
It goes on and in mind. Maybe not exactly that laid out but I do get stuck in it. And I know all hard work leads to profit while mere talk leads only to poverty. But somehow I stop and stand there and never actually go for what I want to accomplish. I wish I failed after trying, then at least I could learn something from it. But I fail by default, I am just not diligent or disciplined enough to go for what I want. There is no plowing in season and at harvest time I feel regret and shame when I look and find nothing.
I once described myself as a hungry person just too lazy to get up and get food even when it’s laid out in front of them. Or a person looking at the remote sitting a hand’s reach away but they are too lazy to reach out even though they are bored to death and need to change the channel. It didn’t click until just now as I write this that there is a verse for that,
A sluggard buries his hand in the dish, he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth.
How can so much wisdom be wasted on a person? In October, November, and December I read Proverbs almost every day and all I have to show for it is knowing where the verses to use to condemn myself are found. And not just the laziness ones, there is a lot more in there I see in myself and hate about myself. But right now, I am more concerned with that laziness bit. I should be making the most of every opportunity but I find myself being foolish instead.
Be very careful, then, how you live-not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.
When I try to fight the condemnation, it’s hard to win the battle, because it’s a consequence, the poverty, and maybe even the condemnation are all just consequences. A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of hands and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man. It’s not punishment, its consequences. How do you fight the consequences? All I can think is by stopping them from happening in the first place. Learn from it all, and move on.
So why do I find myself back in the same situation again? Over and over again, like a broken record. I hate poverty, I hate lack, but its beginning to look like I enjoy being here. One of my friends has a profile that says ‘I would rather be tired than broke’…reading that I could say was… ‘that’s nice,’… Really Cassie, really?
You deserve what you’ve got in your life right now. And maybe God isn’t showing up because He is waiting for you to do the last thing He instructed of you, get up redeem the time and do all you do as unto Christ…
Whatever you do, do it for Him, you said you wanted to do it for Christ right? To give glory to Him? Where is the glory you are giving?
The guilt settles in as failure settles in before I have even started. Defeat is already here, I am very good at doing the exact opposite of what I should be doing. So really some of that stress and anxiety, well, most it, is my fault. If I did things differently I could probably avoid it.
There is therefore now no condemnation
There is therefore now no condemnation
There is therefore now no condemnation
You are the branch and He is the vine, He is your peace, your diligence, and your discipline. Look to Him and not your capability or lack of. Look up child, don’t look down, don’t look at yourself. Because even in this cycle of defeat, He is the only one who will save you from it. Look at what the Apostle Paul said, just like him, what you will to do, you are not doing, what you will not to do you are expertly accomplishing. The flesh you in you has you hooked. And who will deliver from yourself? Only one person, Christ Jesus our Lord.
18 For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature.[c] For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For
I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it…24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you[a] free from the law of sin and death.
Well okay then, it seems we are back to the vine. Even if at moments it feels so painful staying there because I am not bearing fruit the way I should be. Separating myself from the vine in shame will only make it worse though. So if I want to bear fruit,if I want to experience fruitfulness and productivity, I have to stay here.
I have to remind myself every morning that there is no more condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, even when I feel like am obviously abusing the verse. Especially then actually, because it has me stuck and not moving forward. Right believing leads to right living remember? As a man thinks in his heart, so is he(Proverbs 23:7). Guard your heart, for all you do flows from it (Proverbs 4 :23). I have to guard it against this guilt and condemnation, cause right now, all I do is far from what I want it to be. And constantly scolding and shaming myself, is producing only more reason for shame and condemnation.
I am linking a couple of Joseph Prince blogs here for anyone interested in reading about the topic of no condemnation from someone who has studied it and knows it more than I do:
- Receive the Gift of No Condemnation and Walk in Peace
- The Gift of No Condemnation
- The Root Cause of your Problem is Condemnation
- Condemnation is the Root Cause
- No Condemnation
But that’s my story. What about you? Are you living the vine life from a mindset of victory and fruitfulness? Comment down below or send me a message. I am would like to know how things are working for those living in the vine from a different position. Maybe you are already producing all own your own. Is it a case of the grass is greener on the other side or it’s a better position to start from? Are we just in a position where we all have a battle in our minds that we need to give to Him? Comment down below on what level you have to bring every thought into captivity to His obedience on the cross.
2 Corinthians 10
4 For the weapons of our warfare are not [a]carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ
BTW, as I was writing this, I discovered a song that I had never heard before and ended up playing it on repeat. It speaks so much to what I need right.
Riley Clemmons – Fighting For Me
Hope it encourages you too if you have never heard it.
Once again, comment down below or send me a message, let’s talk…