The man or woman of God has somehow accepted condemnation as Holy Spirit’s conviction and nothing could be further from God’s truth.
Jesus said He didn’t come into the world to condemn it but to save it. John 3:17-18. Jesus even told the woman who was caught in the act of adultery that He would not condemn her and to go and sin no more. Then the Apostle Paul tells us, there is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (Romans 8:1)
Scripture details one of the functions of Holy Spirit as the one who convicts the world of sin. John 16:7-9
What is the difference you ask?
Conviction says this is where you are wrong; this is where you erred. Condemnation pronounces judgment with no way to make it right.
When I counsel abused women, condemnation is one of the biggest enemies to their deliverance.
- You are such a failure
- You blew it…again
- You are weak; you’ll never be able to. . .
- You better not leave or you’ll go to hell
- If you did this better, things would be better
- You will fail without him
- See, if you had done this (or not done that) then he would not have…
Condemnation is a hard taskmaster and is successful most times in foiling attempts to unseat it from its place of power within the believer.
Condemnation never travels alone either; fear always rides shotgun.
Between condemnation’s lies, and fear’s paralyzing ability, deliverance is often a lengthy process.
So how does one unseat condemnation? How does one release fear’s grip?
It starts with prayer and then replacing condemnation with God’s word. I teach that you have to watch what you tell yourself about yourself. Your thinking must line up with God has already spoken. God’s word will expose any lie. That is why is so important when under condemnation’s grip that you rehearse and stand on the Word of God.
An inward deliverance occurs when you and God agree with His Word; it is a freeing of the mind and spirit. From that point, you are able to hear Him clearly and walk out His plan for your life.
Condemnation and conviction are not the same.
Conviction if heeded brings about change; condemnation only wants to imprison you.
Today you can be free from condemnation.
There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.