Wednesday Word: May 18, 2016
*Express complete disapproval of, typically in public; censure
*Sentence (someone) to a particular punishment, especially death
*Officially declare (something, especially a building) to be unfit for use
*Prove or show the guilt of
*(Of circumstances) force (someone) to endure something unpleasant or undesirable
Condemn origin: Middle English: from Old French condemner, from Latin condemnare, from con- (expressing intensive force) + damnare ‘inflict loss on’.
Just as one of the definitions states above, when something is condemned it means it is no longer good for use. A building that has been condemned means it is not able to be lived in. If we are the temple and we are under condemnation (or feel condemned) then we are saying the temple is not able to be lived in or used by the Lord. If we place someone else (or ourselves) under condemnation we are executing someone (or ourselves) to death and saying ‘The vessel is not fit for use’. When we do this we are putting ourselves in the position of God.
No one can live in a condemned building. A building becomes condemned because it is far too dangerous to occupy. The Bible makes it clear that Christ lives in us and we live in Christ if we love Him.
John 14:23 – Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.
If we feel condemned or bring condemnation upon another we are speaking against the Word of God. We are not allowing God by His Holy Spirit to change someone’s heart. We are directly saying to God, ‘You cannot do anything in this situation; You are not big enough to handle this; I do not trust You or believe Your Word’. Ouch! Just writing that out hurt me so deeply because there have been times that I felt condemned over a situation. I cannot stress enough that when we feel condemned (conviction is something different and IS of God) we are believing a lie that God made a mistake in creating us. Are we understanding this?
Romans 8:1-2 – 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. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.
Let’s sum this all up. If there is condemnation, one is not living in Jesus Christ. If there is condemnation then Jesus Christ is not living (or not being allowed to live) in that vessel. Are you living under condemnation or placing another under condemnation?
John 3:16-21 – For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”
Father God, forgive me. I repent of not believing You. I repent of my doubt in You and Your only Begotten Son. Forgive me, Father, of believing the lies that have come against me instead of believing what You have said about me. Forgive me, Lord, where I have placed anyone of Your children under condemnation. Show me, Lord, how to love everyone as You love them; including myself. Continue to grow me and change me more and more by Your Spirit. I surrender my ALL to You. I surrender every place within me to You. I surrender all my wounds and hurts to You, Lord. Even the ones I don’t know exist. I surrender my ALL to You. I give myself away to You to allow Your will to be done in me and through me. I surrender my will to You. Thank You, Father, for Your unconditional love, mercy, grace, and passion for me.
Alicia R. Shipe
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