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GOD DOES NOT CONDEMN

There is a common pattern in the ministry of Jesus that I recently discovered; and that is Jesus never condemned those He ministered to. Throughout the Gospels of Matthew through John, I saw Jesus dealing mercifully with the “so called sinners” whom He ministered to. The Pharisees and Sadducees were different though, even His disciples questioned Jesus about the sin the parents of the young blind man had committed. In all these, Jesus never condemned them, instead He ministered salvation, healing and He delivered them.

Let’s cite a few examples of Jesus mercy and compassion

  • The taxpayers were known crooks -yet Jesus dined and fellowshipped with Him. In fact, some of them became His disciples (Matthew 9:9-10)
  • On the blind young man, the disciples thought he has sinned from birth, but Jesus said no sin had nothing to do with and healed him (John 9:1-2)
  • Jesus pardoned the woman who was caught in adultery saying “neither do I condemn you, sin no more (John 8:11)
  • Martha who washed Jesus feet with perfume and her hair apparently had a bad rap sheet in the community, but she ended up serving Jesus throughout His ministry (Luke 7:37-38)
  • I can go on, with the woman at the well, the demoniac in Gerasene etc.

 If you are going through something right now and you feel as though God is condemning or punishing you, that is not true. Not long ago I was approached by two pastors who believed that the adversities that their spouses and children faced were punishment and condemnation from God. I can’t forget an experience in the recent mission in Africa where a lady came to be prayed for healing and as we ministered, she kept saying “Oh God forgive me, forgive me”, yet she was a born-again believer.

Anyone who condemns or reminds you of your sins or faults operates with a demonic spirit. Controlling, manipulative and insecure people will do this. A religious spirit often condemns; satan is also good at reminding people of their faults, sins or failures. Stay away from people who put you down who constantly remind you of your faults no matter and how “spiritual” they are. Condemnation is a strategy the devil and people use to keep you from progressing. Condemnation is a hinderance that has both spiritual and natural(life) implications.

So, should we continue sinning because God does not condemn? The answer is NO! Whenever you sin, repent right away and receive forgiveness immediately. No, that God is Love, He is merciful and compassionate. God always wants the positive for you not the negative.

Consider these Scriptures: – I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore, I have drawn you with lovingkindness (Jeremiah 31:3). Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28); 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 (Romans 8:1) if the Jesus  sets you free, you will be free indeed(John 8:36)

No matter how bad it is, with God it is pardonable. God does not condemn!

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WRAPPED IN THE BUBBLE OF GOD’S PRESENCE

-Most believers can relate to the word “presence” as it is commonly used among them. The appearance, reaction and application of “presence” varies though from one person to another. For this blog,” presence” means the presence of God- and I am writing about “presence” because it seems to be a recurring theme this month. I believe God wants us to tap into and engage His presence in this season.

A few Sundays back while I was in devotion, I heard the Lord say, “this is a Sunday of His Presence” This Monday, I saw friends wrapped in a bubble of His presence. This theme caught my attention mostly because it was repeated. Whenever a theme, dream or impression is repeated, it should be taken seriously because it sure to happen; see Genesis 41:32for having two similar dreams, it means that these events have been decreed by God, and He will soon make them happen.

The presence of God is always with you; I believe this presence is the Holy Spirit who is part of the Trinity.  When you are wrapped in Him you can engage Him in all your affairs from inside the bubble. Consider the bubble as the high seat that you are seated in right next to Jesus Christ for the Bible says that we are a royal priesthood, co-heirs who are seated with Christ at the right hand of the Father; Ephesians 2:4-7. Consider that bubble of His presence as your royal throne.

The bubble of His presence is a supernatural atmosphere. It is from here that your can affect the natural. Since you are seated and wrapped in high places, you can decree execute the decrees and laws of God’s Kingdom to your situation. While you are wrapped, you are in “Your Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven” zone. This means whatever situation you are going through has to be impacted by God’s presence.

Each believer experiences God’s presence differently. My encouragement to you this week is to activate Him when you experience Him. Don’t just experience Him without placing a demand on Him. God does not show up just for showing up sake, He has an agenda whenever He visits. If you’ve never experienced God’s presence, ask the Holy Spirit to show you how He manifests Himself to you.

Be encouraged this week that the Omnipresent God is with you. Engage Him, involve Him in all your affairs, view live situations from His perspective, ask Him for direction, wisdom and protection. Allow His Presence to raise up a standard for you amidst difficulties.

Take advantage of His Presence this week. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you, Deuteronomy 31:6. The Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you, John 14:17